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WEBSITE PRIVACY POLICY

 

Deborah J. Blum, Esq. wants your visit to be a most satisfying one — and we want that to be the case every time you visit us.

 

We understand the importance of your privacy and strive to take all reasonable efforts to be transparent about what information we collect about you and to safeguard that information against intrusion or misuse. Except as required by a court or other lawful order, we will never re-distribute or sell personal information collected on our web servers.

 

This privacy policy details the ways in which we collect information about you, what information we collect, and what we do with that information. You can always visit this page for the most up-to-date version of this privacy policy.

 

We routinely check to see how well things worked as you navigated around our website and did any one of the following things:

 

  • Fill in and submit a form
  • Email us
  • Join us in a live chat
  • Stream audio or video content
  • Ask us to automatically notify you when we have news
  • Follow us on Facebook and “like” us
  • Follow us on Twitter/other social-media sites and share us with your friends
  • Ask us for any kind of assistance or information
  • Download or upload text, images, videos, or other types of files

 

You can choose to be anonymous when visiting our website. If so, we will not track you personally while you spend time with us on this website. Please be aware, however, that some of our website’s features may not operate correctly or at all if you visit anonymously.

 

Please also be aware that we always count the number of visitors to our website, whether they state their name or not. This information is stored in our web-server logs and is used to give us a big-picture view of our audience so that we can keep working hard to make our website the finest of its kind.

 

In addition to counting visitor heads, we also gather the following blind information (by blind we mean we do not associate the information with any individual user):

 

  • Internet service provider you used to visit our website
  • General geographic area in which you are located
  • Type of computer and browser you utilized during the visit
  • Which website you visited before you clicked over to ours
  • When you stopped by and how long you stayed
  • Starting point of your visit (which page you viewed first)
  • Which pages you looked at while you were here
  • Which pages seemed to interest you most and least
  • How many links you clicked while you were here
  • How you searched for things of interest on our website

 

Whether it is information you share with us or information we gather as part of our anonymous head-counting, our promise to you is that we will exercise all due and reasonable care in keeping it private.

 

First, all information in our possession is housed on our own computers and hidden behind a security firewall. Only Deborah J. Blum, Esq. employees and authorized agents have access to this information – and, at that, only as is reasonably necessary for the performance of their assigned tasks (which includes but is not limited to system maintenance and operation).

 

Next, we have installed a number of protective systems to prevent unauthorized, prying eyes from viewing information you share with us. Specifically, our server is outfitted with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. This allows us to encrypt whatever you give us. Encrypting is like putting something in a vault. No one can unlock and open that vault except our webmaster and a select group of highly trusted employees and authorized agents.

 

COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION 

In general, we collect two types of information from our visitors: anonymous information and personal information.

 

ANONYMOUS INFORMATION 

You do not have to provide any personal information to use many of the features of this website. However, your web browser or application may automatically provide certain information about you (“anonymous information”), such as your IP address, which may include your geographic location; details about browser software, operating system, and device; access dates and times; and referring and exiting URLs.

 

We use this information, both individually and in the aggregate, to help us understand how visitors use our site and to improve our content and your experience visiting our site. We may retain this type of information indefinitely, or to the extent permissible by law.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION 

Our website contains certain features, such as contact forms, where you have the option to affirmatively provide information about yourself (“personal information”). You may be asked to provide personal information, including your name, address, email address, and telephone number(s). You have no obligation to use these features of our website. If you choose to provide us with personal information by submitting a contact form on this website, we may use that information to contact you back and to improve subsequent communications with you, if any. We may also use your voluntarily submitted personal information to keep you informed of law firm news and events, but only if you are provided the opportunity to opt out of that type of use (see Removal of Information and Opting Out section, below). We will seek your affirmative consent before using your personal information for any purpose other than those described in this policy.

 

Information transmitted on the internet, including via the contact forms on our website, is not secure and should not be considered confidential. The submission of a form on our website does not constitute attorney–client communication and does not create an attorney–client relationship.

 

Our website also may provide a third-party “Live Chat” feature, with which you can choose to provide personal information to the firm. Information provided on the Live Chat feature is not confidential, and your use of Live Chat does not constitute attorney–client communications and does not create an attorney–client relationship. If you choose to provide us with personal information by using the Live Chat feature, we may use that information to contact you back and to improve subsequent communications with you, if any.

 

The third-party Live Chat provider has its own privacy policy, which we encourage you to review. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of any third parties, including the Live Chat provider.

 

Do not disclose confidential information, including any information that may expose you to civil or criminal liability, via contact forms or Live Chat on this website. 

 

We may retain information collected from contact forms and Live Chat indefinitely, or to the extent permissible by law.

 

Additionally, we do not give away, share, sell, rent, or lease your information to outside third-parties, with these exceptions:

 

  • Persons to whom we are required to release information in accordance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or any New York State equivalent, or by court order;
  • Persons who need the information in order to help us serve your needs;
  • Outside attorneys who we reasonably believe will be able to assist you with legal matters not within our scope of practice or geographic practice area;
  • Transferees, assignees, and other recipients of our business assets in the event our law firm is sold, merged, acquired, or dissolved, or in the event divulging the information is essential to the preservation of our legal rights or property.

 

Please note that our online privacy policy applies only to information we collect.

 

PRIVACY DISCLAIMER

Please note that it is not possible to guarantee absolute security of the information you entrust to us, and we make no claim to be able to provide a level of security beyond that which is reasonable under the totality of the circumstances.

 

We strongly advise that you not submit to us via this website or its associated email and live chat-room functions your Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account number, debit or credit-card number, or any other information that could reasonably be characterized as sensitive. Deborah J. Blum, Esq. does not request your sensitive information and therefore cannot be responsible for its security and confidentiality, nor will Deborah J. Blum, Esq. be liable for any breaches thereof. Sensitive information you submit to Deborah J. Blum, Esq. via this website or its associated email and live chat-room functions is submitted by you at your own risk.

 

USE OF COOKIES ON THIS WEBSITE

As indicated previously, one reason we seek the information that we collect is to help us determine the changes in content and functionality we should make to our website so that your future visits are more satisfying. That is why we use what are known as “cookies.” A cookie (in computer parlance) is a tiny data file that a website offers to a visitor’s computer. The tiny data file allows the website to remember you so that the website can automatically serve you better the next time you stop by. For example, a website that remembers you from one visit to the next will know the kind of information you usually like to access, the format in which you prefer to download it, and the folder to which it should be sent on your desktop.

 

In other words, cookies are all about good service to you. However, you are under no obligation to accept our cookies. You may refuse them at any time simply by adjusting the settings on your browser to not accept cookies. Please be aware, however, that blocking cookies may prevent you from logging in, conducting content searches, listening to audio files, viewing videos, and downloading files, among other things.

 

YOUR CONSENT

By using this website, you agree to the terms of our privacy policy and to all disclaimers and terms of use governing this website. By using this website, you acknowledge that you understand that all of our text, audio, and video content is for informational purposes only and that none is to be construed as the offering of a promise of any kind, nor is it to be construed as the offering of legal counsel or medical advice, nor is it to be construed as a solicitation to represent you in a legal matter, nor is it to be construed as the creation of a client-attorney relationship between you and Deborah J. Blum, Esq.

 

By using this website, you also agree that we may contact you in response to inquiries you might submit to us directly or indirectly through this website.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF COLLECTED INFORMATION 

We will not disclose, without your consent, personal information collected about you, unless we are required to do so by law. In certain limited circumstances, and in compliance with applicable laws, we may share personal information with government authorities or others as required to protect the firm or certain third parties; or as otherwise required for compliance with applicable law or legal process. We will not distribute or sell personal information to third-party organizations.

 

DO NOT TRACK REQUESTS

We do not respond or otherwise take any action with regard to “Do Not Track” requests.

 

THIRD PARTIES AND EXTERNAL LINKS 

Some pages on our website may contain hyperlinks to websites of third parties. We take no responsibility for third-party content or websites, nor for any information you disclose to third parties by visiting their websites.

 

REMOVAL OF INFORMATION AND OPTING OUT 

Users seeking to opt out of receiving communications from the firm may reply to any marketing communication with the subject line “unsubscribe.”

 

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We periodically update our privacy policy. When that occurs, the update will appear on this page. This policy was last modified on September 9th, 2021.

Our law firm partners with FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business. To learn more about the Thomson Reuters privacy policy and the data that might be collected, please visit: Thomson Reuters Privacy Statement.