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Privacy and Cookie Policy

(version 5, effective November 16, 2018)

This Privacy and Cookie Policy (“Policy”) applies to the website and online services offered by McGlinchey Stafford LLP and McGlinchey Stafford PLLC ( collectively “McGlinchey Stafford“ or “we,” “us,” and “our”) through the domain mcglinchey.com, including any mobile application or version of the site (collectively, the “Site“). This Policy explains the types of information collected through the Site and how such information may be processed, transferred, used, stored, and shared. Please read this Policy carefully. This Policy can be accessed any time in the footer of the Site. By accessing and using the Site, you, the user, agree to the terms of this Policy. If you do not agree with this Policy, you cannot use, and must discontinue any use of, the Site.

 

Collection of Personal Information


Information Collected Automatically: Users may browse the portions of the Site that do not require entry of log-in credentials and without actively entering personally identifying information. Certain information may be automatically provided by the user’s web browser or application and collected by McGlinchey Stafford when the user enters or uses the Site, including, as examples: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses; other device identifiers; browser types; operating systems; access dates and times; and referring and exiting Uniform Resource Locators (URLs).

User-Provided Information: Certain areas and services on the Site may ask users to provide personal information when completing forms on various webpages. This may include providing personal information to register for McGlinchey Stafford’s client alerts and other publications; register for firm-sponsored events; to register for access to the secure extranet; or to apply for career opportunities with McGlinchey Stafford (for example, employment and educational background, and other relevant identifying information). The personal information we may collect includes the user’s first and last name, the user’s organization and job title, phone number, mailing address, and email address. If any of the information you provide changes, you must update it promptly by using the mechanism or contact information on the Site that allows you to change or update your information, if available. If no such mechanism or contact information is available, please immediately notify us as described later in this Policy.

Use of Information: McGlinchey Stafford will use information it collects (either automatically or as provided by the user) for the purpose for which it was provided, as well as to:
  • Provide information on our legal services;
  • Provide customer service, dispute resolution, or other troubleshooting;
  • Generally communicate;
  • Provide surveys;
  • Provide requested information;
  • Detect and prevent fraud or illegal activity;
  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements; and
  • Make business decisions.

Marketing Opt-Out: Users may opt-out of receiving direct marketing communications, such as client alerts or other information on firm-sponsored events, either when prompted to do so by the Site; through an email communication from McGlinchey Stafford; or by sending requests to .

 

Cookie Policy


To ensure that our Site is well-managed and to facilitate improved navigation, McGlinchey Stafford uses “cookies,” which are small text files stored in a user’s browser to keep records of the site visits. Cookies are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently to improve the user experience. If you do not change your browser settings to block cookies, by continuing to use this Site or by accepting our McGlinchey Stafford’s Cookie Policy, you consent to the collection and use of the information collected through the use of cookies by McGlinchey Stafford.

This Site uses cookies to record session information, and uses aggregate cookie information to analyze Site performance and provide insights into how we can improve our visitors’ experience. The cookies we use cannot read data off of your hard drive or read cookie files created by other sites.

McGlinchey Stafford also uses Google Analytics, which plants a permanent cookie on the device’s web browser to identify the user as a unique user the next time the user visits the Site using the same device. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the Site, what pages they visit, the other sites used prior to coming to this Site, and the IP address of the device used to connect to our Site. McGlinchey Stafford uses the information it receives from Google Analytics only to improve this Site. McGlinchey Stafford does not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with any user’s personally identifiable information. The Google Analytics cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Visit Google's Privacy Policy to learn how Google uses the data gathered by Google Analytics.

Disabling Cookies and Other Do-Not-Track Signals
Web browsers allow you to exercise some control over cookies through the browser settings. Most browsers enable you to block cookies entirely or to block cookies from particular sites. Browsers can also be set to delete cookies when you close your browser. You should note however, that this may mean that any op-outs or preferences you set on the Site will be lost when the cookies are deleted.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit allaboutcookies.org, which includes information on how to manage your settings for the major browser providers.

We are unable to respond to other Do-Not-Track signals or other similar tools or settings at this time. 

Use of Cookies
Cookies on the McGlinchey Stafford Site are used in a number of ways. To the extent any personal information is collected through cookies, this Policy applies.

The main reasons we have cookies on the McGlinchey Stafford Site are to:
  • Remember your choice: recording when a user has given their consent for the use of cookies.
  • Remember you: recalling that you have visited the site before and implementing your chosen settings.
  • Save your preferences: recalling your chosen settings.
  • Provide data for improving our websites: McGlinchey Stafford uses Google Analytics to collect top level information about how people use its sites.

Transfers of Personal Information


McGlinchey Stafford is an United States of America based law firm, with clients potentially located in other parts of the world, including in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and clients in Switzerland. McGlinchey Stafford may, from time to time, transfer personal information amongst its affiliates, amongst its offices, or to individuals, agents, representatives, service providers, or contractors providing services, under confidentiality agreements, to McGlinchey Stafford. These entities include, but are not limited to, financial institutions, auditors, marketing service providers, database managers, and others who perform technical, logistical, financial, tax, legal, compliance, or administrative functions on our behalf. These entities may perform functions, including, but not limited to, analyzing data, supplying marketing assistance, providing search results and links, sending postal mail and email, providing customer service, and providing other financial, technical, logistical, tax, legal, compliance, or administrative functions. Any such transfers to agents and contractors shall be solely for the purposes of providing services to McGlinchey Stafford.

Additionally, McGlinchey Stafford may disclose and transfer personal information where:
  • Required by law, by court rules concerning the production of records, or by an order or requirement of a court, administrative agency, law enforcement authority, or other government entity;
  • We have reasonable grounds to believe that use or disclosure is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, property, or safety of our users, employees, or others;
  • We have reasonable grounds to believe that the information relates to the breach of an agreement or violation of the law that has been, is being, or is about to be committed;
  • It is necessary for fraud protection, risk reduction, or the establishment or collection of funds owed to us;
  • It is necessary to enforce or to apply our legal agreements, to pursue remedies, or to limit damages to us;
  • The information is public;
  • You have provided consent or with your direction; and
  • Other reasons allow it or other laws require it.

Some transfers of personal information may be overseas, which may include transfers to countries outside of the EEA whose laws provide levels of protection for personal information that are not always equivalent to the level of protection that may be provided in the user’s own country.

In certain limited circumstances, and in compliance with applicable laws, McGlinchey Stafford may share personal information with government authorities or others as required to protect the interests of McGlinchey Stafford or certain third parties; or as otherwise required for compliance with applicable law or legal process.

McGlinchey Stafford has procedures in place to ensure that personal information is transferred, processed, and stored in accordance with applicable laws. McGlinchey Stafford’s Privacy and Cookie Policy governs the transfer of personal data from the EEA and Switzerland to the United States.

McGlinchey Stafford reserves the right to transfer any information about users in the event that McGlinchey Stafford, or any affiliate thereof, sells or transfers all or a portion of its business or assets.

 

Security Procedures


McGlinchey Stafford maintains appropriate technical and organizational security procedures to keep your personal information confidential, and protect users’ personal information against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or alteration, in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws. However, no method of transmission over the internet or via mobile device is absolutely secure and McGlinchey Stafford cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that users transmit to the Site. McGlinchey Stafford is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third-party.

In addition to such measures, McGlinchey Stafford maintains confidentiality policies that govern all information that any attorney or other personnel of McGlinchey Stafford receives in the course of his or her employment or association with McGlinchey Stafford. All attorneys and personnel are made aware of these policies and McGlinchey Stafford has in place procedures to train all attorneys and personnel in the implementation of these policies.

 

Third Party Links


The Site may contain hyperlinks to websites of third parties. If users decide to follow such links, they must be aware that McGlinchey Stafford does not take any responsibility for the third party content or compliance of the third party website with data privacy laws. This Policy does not apply to such third party content or sites. Users are encouraged to make themselves aware of applicable privacy laws and policies before they submit personal information to third party websites.

 

Children’s Privacy


The Site is not intended for users under the age of 18 and McGlinchey Stafford does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 18. Such users are expressly prohibited from submitting personally identifiable information to us. If McGlinchey Stafford is made aware that it has collected personal information from a child under 18 years old in a manner that is inconsistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and applicable state laws, McGlinchey Stafford will delete this information as soon as possible.

 

Revisions to this Privacy and Cookie Policy


McGlinchey Stafford reserves the right to change this Policy at any time whereby relevant changes take effect for the future. The effective date of the applicable version of this Policy is available on the Site. Please check this Policy regularly, and before you submit additional personal information via the Site. Continued access and use of the Site will constitute acceptance of any changes or revisions to this Policy. IF THE USER DOES NOT AGREE TO FUTURE CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY AND COOKIE POLICY, THE USER MUST STOP USING THE SITE AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF SUCH CHANGES.

 

Users’ Rights and Contact


Users may at any time review their personal information stored by McGlinchey Stafford and request its correction or deletion, subject to restrictions that may otherwise apply under applicable laws or rules of professional conduct. For this purpose and for other questions, comments, or enquiries regarding the collection, processing, and storage of your personal information by McGlinchey Stafford, please contact us via e-mail at:

or in writing to:

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Attn.: Office of the General Counsel
601 Poydras Street
Suite 1200
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States of America

All such requests will be handled in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.