Last Modified December 5, 2019
Blakinger Thomas, P.C. (“Firm,” “we” or “us”) is committed to protecting the privacy of clients and others who visit the website www.blakingerthomas.com (our “website”). This notice describes how we collect and use your information when you visit our website. This notice only applies to information we collect through our website. It does not apply to information we collect from you in other ways, including information you send to us by email.
Information Collected on our Website
Personally Identifiable Information
The majority of the information we provide on our website is available without us collecting any information that is identifiable to you as an individual such as your name, email address, street address or telephone number (“Personally Identifiable Information”). You can review almost our entire website without disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information. However, we collect Personally Identifiable Information that you knowingly and willingly provide when you complete forms on our website.
You have a choice as to whether to provide us with any Personally Identifiable Information.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
We collect anonymous information about you that is not associated with or linked to Personally Identifiable Information, such as the type of Web browser you use, your domain name, links you may have used to locate our website, and usage details (“Non-Personally Identifiable Information”).
Use of Website by Minors
Due to the business and legal oriented nature of our website, it is not designed to appeal to children under the age of eighteen (18). We do not knowingly request, receive, or collect any information from individuals under 18. If you learn that anyone younger than 18 has provided us with personal information, please contact us in the manner described below to request the information’s deletion.
How We Collect Information
We and our service providers collect information:
- Directly from you when you provide it to us. For example, you may provide personal information to us when you complete a form on our website.
- Automatically through your browser or device. Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your internet protocol (IP) address, your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Mac), screen resolution, operating system name and version, and internet browser type and version. We use this information to ensure that our website functions properly.
How We Use the Information We Collect
We do not sell or rent any information which we collect on our website. Except as stated in this notice, we will not share your Personally Identifiable Information with anyone outside of our Firm and those we hire to perform work on our behalf.
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including both Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information for legitimate business purposes, including:
- To provide you with information about us and our services. We use personal information to send you requested information, respond to your inquiries, notify you about changes to our services, deliver information tailored to your preferences, and take other actions necessary to respond to your requests.
- To take actions you request or perform a contract for you. This includes providing you with requested information or services and taking other actions necessary to respond to or fulfill your request.
- To manage our firm, website, and online resources. This includes in part administering and updating our website and online resources; customizing our website to improve your experience; facilitating other business functions; ensuring network security; and carrying out internal record keeping, statistical analysis, reporting, and research.
How We Store Your Information
We store the information that we collect on servers in the United States. The European Union (“EU”) has deemed that such storage may not provide “adequate” data protection. If you are not willing to have your personal information stored in the United States, please do not provide it to us. If you are visiting the website from a country other than the United States, your information will cross an international boundary. The level of protection for your information in the United States may not be the same as the level of protection in your country.
How Long We Store Your Information
We retain your personal information for the length of time required for the specific purpose or purposes for which it was collected, taking into account factors including legal obligation(s) under applicable law to retain data for a certain period of time; statute of limitations under applicable law(s); (potential) disputes; and guidelines issued by relevant data protection authorities.
How We Share Your Information
We may disclose anonymous information or aggregated information about our users without restriction. Additionally, we may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this privacy notice:
- To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our Firm and website.
- To third parties as necessary to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and codes of professional conduct, including to comply with our legal obligations or to protect the vital interests of individuals. This may include disclosures to law enforcement, government officials, professional regulatory organizations, and other similar third parties.
- To enforce or apply our agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
- To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us about our website users is among the assets transferred. We will try to assure that no personal information that is transferred will be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with this notice without your consent.
- With your consent.
How We Protect Your Information
We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure, and to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Notice by our third-party service providers. Unfortunately, no internet transmission is ever completely secure or error-free. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our website or to any of our email addresses. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk.
Accessing and Updating Your Information
We do not currently have an online method for users to delete their Personally Identifiable Information contained in our database. However, you may change or update the Personally Identifiable Information we have collected, request that we delete it, or request that we change how we use it by sending an email to email@example.com with your instructions as outlined under Contact Information in this notice. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
Your Privacy Rights
Your California Privacy Rights
We do not disclose personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes
Your Rights in the EU
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is an EU regulation that provides individuals with certain rights in relation to their personal data which is either processed by an organization established in the EU, or, for individuals located in the EU, processed by an organization outside of the EU that offers goods/services to or monitors such individuals in the EU.
If this applies to you, you will have the following rights (subject to certain conditions) with respect to your personal information:
- The right to object to processing. You have the right to object to certain types of processing, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time insofar as that processing takes place for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party.
- The right to be informed. You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your personal information and your rights, which is why we are providing you with this information in this privacy notice.
- The right of access. You have the right to obtain access to personal information about you that we process. You can do this by contacting us in the manner provided above in the Contact Information section.
- The right to rectification. You are entitled to have your information corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete. You can request that we rectify any errors in personal information that we hold by contacting us in the manner provided above in the Contact Information section.
- The right to erasure. This enables you to request the deletion or removal of your personal information in certain circumstances, such as where there is no compelling reason for us to keep using it or its use is unlawful. This is not a general right to erasure and there are a number of exceptions, e.g. where we need to use your personal information in defense of a legal claim.
- The right to restrict processing. You have rights to suspend further use of your personal information, whereby we can still store your personal information but cannot use it further.
- The right to data portability. You have rights in some circumstances to obtain and reuse your personal information for your own purposes across different services.
- The right to withdraw consent. If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal information with your consent up to that point is unlawful).
- The right to lodge a complaint. You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we process your personal information with a data protection regulator where you live, work, or where you believe your rights have been violated.
To ask questions or comment about this privacy notice and our privacy practices, or to register a complaint or concern, please contact our Firm Administrator in one of the following ways:
Blakinger Thomas, P.C.
28 Penn Square
Lancaster, PA 17603
Changes to this Privacy Notice
Use of our website, including requesting and receiving information from us or subscribing to our mailing lists, does not, by itself, create an attorney-client relationship between you and us.