Privacy Policy

The Law Offices of Karen J. Bernstein, LLC (the “Firm”) shares your concerns about privacy while using the website found at www.karenbernsteinlaw.com (the “Site”). Accordingly, we want you to understand what types of information we are collecting and what may happen to that information. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is subject to the Site’s Terms and Conditions. Your use of the Site and any personal information you provide on the Site remains subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions.

Collection of Information

Information is collected from our users at several different points during your visit to the Site.

Passive Collection of Information

The Firm collects information about how you interact with the Site. The Firm collects passive information for purposes such as testing and improving a user’s experience at the Site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to third parties such as advertisers and content partners. The types of passive information collected by the Site include, without limitation, your IP address, which type of browser you are using, where you go on the Site, and how long you stay on any part of the Site.

Cookies

When you visit the Site, we may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. We use only “session” cookies; this means we store the cookie on your computer only during each visit to the Site. “Session” cookies are used by our software for load management and database access. No personal information is contained in these cookies. After you turn off your computer or stop using the Internet, the cookie is erased and nothing will be remembered the next time you visit our Site. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Site may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

Children Under Age 18

You must be at least eighteen (18) years old in order to use the Site and enter personal information. If you are under 18 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address or e-mail address. If we discover that we have collected any personally-identifying information from a child under the age of 18, we will remove that information from our database as soon as possible.

We are strongly committed to protecting the safety and privacy of children who visit the Site.  We do not knowingly collect personal information online from children under 13 and have adopted techniques to ensure compliance with this Privacy Policy and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). COPPA and its accompanying regulations under United States federal law protect the privacy of children using the Internet. We encourage
all parents to talk to their children about online safety and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

Collection of Information

The Firm utilizes passive information to learn more about how you interact with the Site. This passive information may be combined with your other information for purposes such as testing and improving your experience at the Sites and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to third parties such as advertisers and content partners. This aggregate passive information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.

The Firm may use your contact information periodically in order to send you e-mail regarding updates at the Site, case reports, and/or to alert you to important information on intellectual property protection. The frequency of these messages will vary depending upon various factors.

The Firm will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer your information other than in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. The Firm does not share any information that can be tied to you without your permission. If you give your permission to allow third parties to contact you, personal information about you (such as your contact information and other information collected during your visit to the Site) may be shared with builders, product manufacturers, data aggregators, marketers, and other organizations. Regardless of your decision regarding the sharing of your personal information, we may share broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information with our business partners. This aggregate information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.

From time to time, the Firm may decide that it is more efficient to use third parties to perform specific services, such as sending communications to its users. If we use a third party to provide specific services (such as sending communications to our users on our behalf), then information (such as contact information) may be shared with that party to the extent necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third party service providers are only allowed to use personally identifiable information for the purpose of providing the specific services requested by the Firm. The third party services covered by this paragraph do not include links to third party sites found on the Site, which are governed by a more specific provision below.

While the Firm strives to protect the personal information of our users, the Firm will release personal information if required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary or appropriate.

Security

The Firm has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and/or unauthorized alteration of the information under our control. The Firm helps protect personally identifiable information by utilizing both online and offline security methods, including firewalls, passwords and restricted physical access to the places where your information is stored. Our staff is trained to comply with our security procedures, and our security procedures are regularly reviewed and revised, if necessary, by the Privacy team at the Firm.

If you have any questions about security issues at our sites, please use our contact form and we will try to answer your questions.

Your California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of personal information we share with third parties or affiliates for those third parties or affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. That notice will identify the categories of information shared and will include a list of the third parties and affiliates with which it was shared, along with their names and addresses. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit an email request to questions@karenbernsteinlaw.com. In your request, please specify that you want a “Your California Privacy Rights Notice”.  Please allow at least 30 days for a response.

Changes To Our Privacy Policy

We will occasionally update this Privacy Policy as necessary to protect our users and to comply with a changing environment. We recommend that you check the Privacy Policy when you visit the Site to be sure that you are aware of and understand our current policy. If we make material changes to this policy, or in how we use or collect your personally identifiable information, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. We will not make any retroactive material changes in how we handle previously collected personal
information unless you allow us to do so, or unless we are legally required to do so.

If you choose to visit the Site your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject tothis Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, resolution of disputes, and application of the law of the State of New York.  If you have any concern about privacy at the Site, please contact us with a thorough description, and we will try to resolve it. As our business changes, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use may change also.

You should check the Site frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. We will not materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of personal information collected in the past without the consent of affected user.

Other Provisions

The Site is hosted in the United States and is intended for and directed to Users worldwide. If you are a User accessing the Site from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site, which is governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice, and our Terms of Use, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.

Your use of the Site indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy. The Firm reserves the right to update or amend this Privacy Policy at any time.

In the event that the Firm sells, assigns or transfers some or all of its business to a successor or acquirer, the Firm may sell, assign or transfer all of your information, regardless of your opt status, to such successor or acquirer.

The Site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the Firm does not exercise control over the information, products, services or policies of third party companies accessible through our site. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave the Site and to read the privacy policies of each and every third party site. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the information collected by the Site.

Your privacy is important to us. If you have questions about any of the provisions described above, please e-mail us at questions@karenbernsteinlaw.com.