PRIVACY POLICY
Updated February 3, 2022

 

This Privacy Policy applies to the Site and online services offered by VirtualCounsel, PC (“Firm”, “we”, “us”, “our”) through the domain www.atvirtualcounsel.com and any of its subdomains (the “Site“), and explains the types of information collected through the Site, and how such information may be processed, utilized, or shared. 

 

The Firm values individual privacy and we want to give our Site visitors the opportunity to know what information we collect about them and how they can limit the use of personally-identifiable information beyond the purposes for which they first provided it.  

If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, or if you have not reached the age of legal adulthood, you may not use and must not use the Site. 

 

WHAT WE COLLECT

 

We get information about you in a range of ways, such as:

  • From You. We may collect your‎ name, postal address, email address, phone number, fax number, username, password, demographic information (such as your gender and occupation) as well as other information you voluntarily give us on our Site.
  • From Others. We may get information about you from other sources. We may add this to information we get from this Site.
  • Automatically. We may automatically log information about you and your computer. For example, when visiting our Site, we log your computer operating system type, browser type, browser language, the website you visited before browsing to our Site, pages you viewed, how long you spent on a page, access times and information about your use of and actions on our Site.
  • Using Cookies. We may log information using "cookies." Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive by a website. We may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Site. This type of information is collected to make the Site more useful to you and to tailor the experience with us to meet your special interests and needs. If you wish, you can usually adjust your browser so that your computer does not accept cookies. Alternatively, you can adjust your browser to tell you when a website tries to put a cookie on your computer. By using the Site, you consent to the use of cookies by us. Note, If you do choose to disable cookies certain sections of our Site may not work properly.

WHAT WE DO NOT COLLECT

 

We do not collect any special categories of personal data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). 


USE OF PERSONAL DATA

 

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances: 

  • We use your personal data to operate, maintain, and improve our sites, products, and services.
  • We use your personal data to respond to comments and questions and provide customer service.
  • We use your personal data to send information including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages.
  • We use your personal data to communicate about promotions, upcoming events, and other news about products and services offered by us and our selected partners.
  • We use your personal data to link or combine user information with other personal information.
  • We use your personal data to protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity.
  • We use your personal data to provide and deliver products and services customers request.

SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

By using the Site, you authorize us to share personal information as follows:

  • We may share personal information with your consent. For example, you may let us share personal information with others for their own marketing uses. Those uses will be subject to their privacy policies.
  • We may share personal information when we do a business deal, or negotiate a business deal, involving the sale or transfer of all or a part of our business or assets. 
  • We may share personal information for legal, protection, and safety purposes.
    • We may share information to comply with laws.
    • We may share information to respond to lawful requests and legal processes.
    • We may share information to protect the rights and property of the Firm, our agents, customers, and others. This includes enforcing our agreements, policies, and terms of use.
    • We may share information in an emergency. This includes protecting the safety of our employees and agents, our customers, or any person.
  • We may share information with those who need it to do work for us.
  • We may also share aggregated and/or anonymized data with others for their own uses.

Please note, this Site may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

 

We are an international law firm. For some, this may necessitate transferring your data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

Whenever we transfer your personal data to external third parties based outside of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

  • We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission. 
  • Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe. 
  • Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US. 

Please contact us at info@atvirtualcounsel.com if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA. 

 

RIGHTS APPLICABLE TO GDPR 


Right to Access

The right to be provided with a copy of your personal information (the right of access)

Right to Rectification

The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal information

Right to be Forgotten

The right to require us to delete your personal information—in certain situations

Right to Restriction of Processing

The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal information—in certain circumstances, e.g. if you contest the accuracy of the data

Right to Data Portability

The right to receive the personal information you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party—in certain situations

Right to Object

The right to object:

  • at any time to your personal information being processed for direct marketing (including profiling);
  • in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information, e.g. processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests.

Right Not to be Subject to Automated Individual Decision-Making

The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you


For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on individual rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

 

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live, or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. Please contact your local supervisory authority as appropriate. 

 

KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURE

 

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or used or accessed in an unauthorized way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorized manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

 

INFORMATION CHOICES AND CHANGES

 

You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing emails at any time. As such, any marketing emails we may send will tell you how to “opt-out.” If you opt out, we may still send you non-marketing emails. Non-marketing emails include emails about your accounts and our business dealings with you.

You may send requests about personal information to our Contact Information below. You can request to change contact choices, opt-out of our sharing with others, and update your personal information.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

We welcome your comments or questions about this privacy policy. If you have any, or you wish to enforce your data rights under any applicable law or regulation, please contact us at info@atvirtualcounsel.com

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

 

We may change this privacy policy. If we make any changes, we will change the Last Updated date above.