Last revised and effective as of: December 1, 2023
- through your use of the Morse website at https://www.morse.law/ and any subdomains and any features and information available thereon, as well as the Morse blog located at https://blogmbbp.wordpress.com/, the Morse blog located at https://employmentlawblogma.com/, and any online forms or other online requests submitted by you such as to subscribe to Morse newsletters (along with associated and successor websites, applications, features, blogs, forms and information, or any part thereof, collectively, the “Site”);
- that you may provide to us when you meet us in person such as at business conferences, when you are involved in our networking activities, or in an online event hosted by us such as a webinar (collectively, “Networking Activities”); and
- where an individual natural person engages us as a client or prospective client, or where an employee, representative, or agent of a corporate entity that is a client or prospective client (collectively, “Clients”) makes such information available to us, or where we otherwise receive information in connection with our provision of legal services (“Client Services”).
- What information about me is collected?
- Does Morse collect information from children under 13 years of age?
- What does Morse do with the information it collects?
- When does Morse disclose information to third parties?
- Could my information be transferred to other countries?
- For how long will my information be kept?
- What choices do I have regarding my information?
- Who do I contact if I have any privacy questions?
1. WHAT INFORMATION ABOUT ME IS COLLECTED?
In connection with the Site, Networking Activities, and Client Services, we may collect information about you. Such information may include your name, address, occupation, employer, title and position, areas of interest, e-mail address, and telephone number. In addition, in connection with our provision of Client Services, such information may include government issued identification numbers, signature, date of birth, beneficial ownership information, and any other information needed to provide the Client Services. Furthermore, in connection with Client Services (to the extent applicable), our Outside Contractor (as defined below) that is responsible for billing and payment processing services (the “Payment Services Provider”) may collect your billing and credit card information from you directly. We may also collect demographic information, browser types, unique device identifiers, device types, requested URL, referring URL, browser language, the pages you view, the date and time of your visit, domain names, and statistical data involving the use of the Site. To the extent any such information can be used to identify you or can be tied to you in an identifiable manner, such information amounts to ‘personal data’ for the purposes of and as defined in the European Data Protection Laws (to the extent applicable).
We will collect information that you submit to us. We may also receive information about you from third parties providing analytics services as part of your use of the Site, or (in connection with Client Services) from third parties providing credit and debit card authorization and fraud screening. We may also receive information from or on behalf of our Clients.
Cookies and Action Tags
We may collect information passively using “cookies” and “action tags.”
“Cookies” are small text files that can be placed on your computer or mobile device in order to identify your web browser and the activities of your computer on the Site and other websites. Cookies can be used to personalize your experience on the Site (such as dynamically generating content on webpages specifically designed for you), to assist you in using the Site (such as saving time by not having to reenter your name each time you use the Site), to allow us to statistically monitor how you are using the Site to help us improve our offerings, or to determine the popularity of certain content.
In addition to cookies that we may place on your computer or mobile device, cookies might also be placed on your computer or mobile device by third parties that we use to provide analytics-related services or to collect information in order to provide analytics-related services. In the course of providing analytics-related services, such third-party analytics providers could place or recognize unique cookies on your browser.
You do not have to accept cookies to use the Site. Although most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, you may reset your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to reject cookies generally. Most browsers offer instructions on how to do so in the “Help” section of the toolbar. However, if you reject cookies, certain features or resources of the Site may not work properly or at all and you may experience some loss of convenience.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Site may use third-party service platforms (including to help analyze how users use the Site). These third-party service platforms may place cookies on your computer or mobile device. If you would like to disable “third-party” cookies, you may be able to turn them off by going to the third party’s website.
Here are links to the main third-party platforms we use:
“Action tags,” also known as web beacons or gif tags, are a web technology used to help track website usage information, such as how many times a specific page has been viewed. Action tags are invisible to you, and any portion of the Site or e-mail sent on our behalf, may contain action tags.
By using cookies and action tags together, we can gain valuable information to improve the Site and measure the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. We may also combine information collected from cookies with information that you may provide, such as information provided in a form that you complete.
We also collect information through our Internet log files, which record data such as user IP addresses, browser types, domain names, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of the Site. This information may be used to analyze trends, to administer the Site, to monitor the use of the Site, and to gather general demographic information. We may link this information to other information about you for these and other purposes such as personalizing your experience on the Site and evaluating the Site in general. [Back]
3. DOES MORSE COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE?
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Site is not designed for or directed to children under the age of 13. We do not collect information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. [Back]
4. WHAT DOES MORSE DO WITH THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS?
We will only use your information to the extent that the law allows us to do so. Pursuant to the European Data Protection Laws, legal bases for our processing your information may include (without limitation):
(a) where you have given consent to the processing, which consent may be withdrawn at any time without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on consent prior to withdrawal;
(b) where it is necessary to perform the contract we have entered into or are about to enter into with you (whether in relation to the provision of the Site, Client Services, or otherwise);
(c) where it is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject; and/or
(d) where it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) in providing the Site, engaging in Networking Activities, or providing the Client Services and your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms do not override those legitimate interests.
We use the information collected to provide the Site to you, to engage in Networking Activities, to provide the Client Services to you, to contact you for billing purposes, to help us understand who uses the Site, for internal operations such as operating and improving the Site, and so that we and third parties acting on our behalf can contact you regarding information that may be of interest to you.
Unless you opt out (to the extent permitted by applicable law), we and third parties acting on our behalf may subsequently send you electronic newsletters and contact you regarding information and news that may be of interest to you. If you no longer desire to receive these communications, we will provide you with the option to change your preferences in each communication we send to you. You may also inform us by email to: email@example.com.
If you identify yourself to us by sending us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use your information to respond to your questions or comments, and we may file your questions or comments (with your information) for future reference.
We may also use the information collected to contact you regarding the Client Services or, to the extent applicable, about your billing account status. You will not be able to opt out from these communications as they contain important information relevant to our provision of the Client Services and/or to the extent applicable, are necessary for the performance of our contract with you.
We may also use the information gathered to perform statistical analysis of user behavior or to evaluate and improve the Site. We may link some of this information to other information about you for internal purposes or to improve your experience with the Site. [Back]
5. WHEN DOES MORSE DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?
Laws, Legal Rights, and Ethical Obligations
We may disclose your information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with an applicable statute, regulation, rule or law, ethical obligation, a subpoena, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements, or other valid legal process. We may disclose information in special circumstances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating a contract with us, to detect fraud, to meet contractual or ethical obligations, to protect our rights or our property, for assistance with a delinquent account, or to protect the safety and/or security of our users or Clients, the Site or the general public.
Third Parties Generally
We may provide information to third parties, including where such information is combined with similar information of other users of the Site. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users who use the Site or the demographic breakdown of users of the Site. In addition to the above, when users use our Site, third parties (including without limitation third-party analytics service providers) may directly collect information about our users’ online activities over time and across different websites. The third parties to which we may provide or who may independently directly collect information may include providers of analytics services (including vendors and website tracking services), merchants, affiliates and other actual or potential commercial partners, sponsors, licensees and other similar parties. Please note in particular that the Site may use Google Analytics, including its data reporting features. Information collected by Google Analytics includes but is not limited to web metrics. For information on how Google Analytics collects and processes data, please see the site “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps”, currently located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. For information on opting out of Google Analytics, we encourage you to visit Google’s website, including its list of currently available opt-out options presently located at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We may provide your information to professional advisors, such as lawyers, auditors, bankers and insurers, where necessary in the course of the professional services that they render to us.
We may employ independent contractors, vendors and suppliers (collectively, “Outside Contractors”) to provide specific services and products related to the Site, such as hosting and maintaining the Site, providing credit card processing and fraud screening (in connection with Client Services, to the extent applicable), including the Payment Services Provider, developing applications for the Site, and related to our Networking Activities. In the course of providing products or services to us, these Outside Contractors may have access to your information. We use reasonable efforts to ensure that these Outside Contractors are capable of protecting the security of your information.
Sale of Business
We reserve the right to transfer information, where permitted by our professional confidentiality obligations (to the extent applicable), to a third party in connection with a sale, merger or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of Morse or any of its Corporate Affiliates (as defined below), or that portion of Morse or any of its Corporate Affiliates, or in the event that we discontinue our business or file a petition or have filed against us a petition in bankruptcy, reorganization, or similar proceeding.
As Necessary to Perform Client Services
Without limitation of the foregoing, in connection with the Client Services we also may disclose information to certain third parties, which may include without limitation: (1) parties involved in the matter such as lawyers, counterparties, experts, mediators, or witnesses; (2) courts, government agencies, or regulatory bodies; (3) insurers; or (4) service providers such as information technology, document production, or mail delivery services (collectively, “Client Services Related Parties”). [Back]
We want your information to remain secure. We strive to provide transmission of your information from your computer or mobile device to our servers through techniques that are consistent with commercially reasonable standards and to employ administrative, physical, and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
Notwithstanding the above, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that others could find a way to thwart our security systems. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security or privacy of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. [Back]
8. COULD MY INFORMATION BE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER COUNTRIES?
9. FOR HOW LONG WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT?
We will only retain your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which we collected it or as otherwise permitted by applicable law.
To determine the appropriate retention period for information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of that information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure, the purposes for which we process your information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. [Back]
10. WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE REGARDING MY INFORMATION?
Under certain circumstances and in compliance with the European Data Protection Laws, you may have the right to:
Request access to your information (commonly known as ‘subject access request’). This enables you to receive a copy of the information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it;
Request correction of the information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected;
Request erasure of your information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove your information where there is no good reason for us to continue processing it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove all of your information in certain circumstances;
Object to processing of your information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or that of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground;
Request the restriction of processing of your information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your information, for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it;
Request the transfer of your information to another party; and
Lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority (as defined in the European Data Protection Laws). If you have any complaints about the way we process your information, please do contact us. Alternatively, you may lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority which is established in your country.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your information, object to the processing of your information, or request that we transfer a copy of your information to another party, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should be aware that it may not be technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to us from our system. The need to back up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your information may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for us to locate. After receiving your request, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to update, correct, change, or delete, as appropriate, your information stored in databases we actively use and other readily searchable media as appropriate, as soon as and to the extent reasonably practicable.
Do Not Track
The term “Do Not Track” refers to an HTTP header offered by certain web browsers to request that websites refrain from tracking the user. We take no action in response to automated Do Not Track requests. However, if you wish to stop such tracking, please contact us with your request, using our contact details provided below. [Back]
12. WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY PRIVACY QUESTIONS?
By postal mail or courier:
Attn: Executive Director
Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC
480 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451