Effective Date: January 2021
“Personal Information” means any data that relates to an individual who can be identified from that data, or from that data and other information. If you are a resident of a jurisdiction with data protection legislation that provides a different definition for this or any similar term (e.g. “personal data” or “personally identifiable information”), then “Personal Information” shall also include the data covered by such definition.
“Service Provider” means any third-party entity that processes Personal Information on behalf of B&K pursuant to a written contract that prohibits such entity from retaining, using, or disclosing the Personal Information for any purpose other than for the specific purpose of performing the services identified in such contract, unless required by applicable law. B&K may use Service Providers for various functions, including website, application, and system development and support, customer and alumni relationship management, event management, billing and payment processing, human resources support, IT support, website and system security, data hosting and storage, financial, tax and other professional services, and marketing and promotions management.
- INFORMATION WE COLLECT
B&K may collect and process the following categories of Personal Information about you from the sources identified as follows. Note that we may combine Personal Information collected from different sources for any of the purposes listed in Section 3, below (“Purposes for Processing and Disclosures of Personal Information”).
Communications & Event Data. We may collect Personal Information from you when you contact B&K for any reason, such as to sign up for news, alerts, events or publications from B&K, when you attend B&K events, when you use a “Contact Us” or similar form to obtain further information from us via our website or otherwise, or when you download certain content. Such information may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, organizational affiliation, dietary requirements and preferences, data concerning your health and travel history (where you may be attending one of B&K’s offices), interests, and certain other Personal Information that B&K may use to identify you. B&K may combine this Personal Information with data it receives from other sources, such as LinkedIn and other publicly available sources.
Account Data. We may collect Personal Information that you provide in connection with client account set-up and management, including login ID and password, account preferences and settings, and other Personal Information concerning the account or our services that may be transmitted through the B&K client portal.
Transaction and Payment Data. When you engage us to provide legal services or when we engage you to provide products or services, we may require that you provide us with your contact information such as name, address, email address and telephone number; billing information such as billing name and address; or financial information such as credit card information or bank account information.
Applicant Data. When you apply for a position with us, whether online or offline, we may collect Personal Information from you, from publicly available sources, and from third parties, including from recruiters and in connection with performing reference checks. This information may include contact information, data concerning your health and travel history (where you may be attending one of B&K’s offices), resume details, and reputation & background check data (as described in detail below).
Identity Verification Information. To allow us to respond to requests for data access and/or deletion in accordance with applicable laws or when you visit one of our offices, we may collect Personal Information from you, including your contact information such as name, address, email address, and telephone number; a copy of your government issued ID (such as driver’s license or passport); and other identifiers as permitted or required by applicable laws and regulations.
Reputation & Background Check Data. We may collect Personal Information from you, from publicly available sources, and from third parties, including background investigation or credit check service providers, in connection with performing diligence on our Service Providers, business partners, clients, job applicants, as well as on other entities on behalf of our clients. This data may include contact details, information concerning business practices, creditworthiness, reputation and business history, job titles or roles, and other identification or reputation data.
Other Service Data: We may collect your Personal Information as needed to provide our legal services. Such Personal Information may be provided to us by you, by our clients (as a result of your relationship with one or more of our clients), and/or via other sources, including our Service Providers and publicly available sources.
- PURPOSES FOR PROCESSING AND DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
- General Purposes for Processing and Disclosures of Any and All Categories of Personal Information
We may share your Personal Information among B&K offices, including amongst the offices of B&K’s affiliate entities. In general, B&K may also use and disclose any Personal Information it maintains about you as follows:
|Purpose for Processing||Disclosures|
|To manage and mitigate risk, including to maintain the privacy and security of our data, to conduct internal audits or investigations, and for business continuity and disaster recovery planning purposes.||Service Providers, law enforcement, governmental authorities, regulators or other bodies, courts, insurers, tax or financial authorities or consultants, legal advisors.|
|As needed to assess and ensure compliance with applicable laws, legal requirements, and company policies; to protect the health, safety and well-being of our clients and staff (including for reasons of public health, such as protecting against serious cross-border health threats); to protect our assets or to investigate or defend against any claims of illegality or wrongdoing, including to obtain legal advice or to establish, exercise or defend legal rights; or in response to a court order or judicial or other government subpoena or warrant.||Law enforcement, governmental authorities, regulators or other bodies, courts, insurers, tax authorities, legal advisors, and mediators.|
|In the event B&K undertakes or is involved in or contemplating (e.g., in connection with due diligence) any merger, acquisition, reorganization, sale of assets, bankruptcy, or insolvency event.||Buyers or purchasers (or potential buyers or purchasers) and their representatives.|
- Other Purposes for Processing and Disclosures of Specific Categories of Personal Information
In addition to B&K’s general purposes for processing and disclosing any category of your Personal Information, the chart below includes other purposes for which we may process specific categories of your Personal Information and to whom such information may be disclosed:
|Category of Personal Information||Purpose for Processing||Disclosures|
|Communications & Event Data||To build or expand upon our business relationships, including by communicating with you concerning B&K news, alerts, events or publications and for marketing and promotional purposes.||Service Providers, including those used for website, application, and system development and support, event management, customer relationship management, IT support, website and system security, data hosting and storage, and marketing and promotions management.|
|Alumni Data||To manage, administer and build upon our business relationships, including by communicating with you concerning B&K news, alerts, events or publications and for marketing and promotional purposes.||Service Providers, including those used for system development and support, event management, alumni relationship management, IT support, website and system security, data hosting and storage, and marketing and promotions management.|
|Account Data||To provide our services and to fulfill our contractual obligations to clients.
|Service Providers, including those used for customer relationship management, billing and payment processing, IT support, website and system security, and data hosting and storage.|
|Transactions & Payment Data||To provide our services, receive services in connection with the provision of our services or administration or maintenance of our business, and to perform our contractual obligations.||Service Providers, including those used for billing and payment processing, IT support, website and system security, data hosting and storage, and financial, tax and other professional services.|
|Applicant Data||To evaluate your candidacy, for quality and risk management and mitigation, and to comply with law and regulatory requirements and enforce company standards and policies.||Service Providers, including those used for human resources support, IT support, website and system security, and data hosting and storage; as well as background check or identity verification services.|
|Identity Verification Information||For quality and risk management and mitigation, to comply with law and regulatory requirements and enforce company standards and policies, and to ensure the safety and security of B&K, its staff, and its assets.||Service Providers, including those used for IT support, website and system security, and data hosting and storage.|
|Reputation & Background Check Data||For quality and risk management and mitigation, to comply with law and regulatory requirements and enforce company standards and policies, and to ensure the safety and security of B&K, its staff, and its assets.||Service Providers, including those used for human resources support, IT support, website and system security, and data hosting and storage; as well as background check or identity verification services.|
|Other Service Data||To provide our services (including use of Personal Information of other persons on behalf of our clients) and to fulfill our contractual obligations to clients.||Service Providers, including those used for IT support, website and system security; professional advisers and business partners in connection with our provision of legal services, including local counsel, mediators, and expert witnesses; as well as others to whom you direct us to disclose this information.|
|Cookies, Web Beacons & Other Device Data||To enable, analyze and improve our website, authenticate you, track pages viewed or messages opened, overcome any technical difficulties that may threaten the availability of the website, and to personalize and optimize your browsing experience (including to provide you with tailored content, enable social media features, and to remember your preferences).||Service Providers, including those used for website and application development and support, IT support, security and hosting, and marketing and promotions management; as well as business partners.|
- RETENTION POLICY
- HOW WE PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against loss, misuse or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the personal information we collect and process. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any personal information during their transmission to our website or to us.
- YOUR RIGHTS AND CHOICES
B&K will send direct marketing materials if you have provided opt-in consent or if applicable laws otherwise permit. You can opt out of receiving any direct marketing communications at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions for the particular mode of communication.
Access Your Data
You have the right to request a copy of all Personal Information that we hold in relation to you, and to have it corrected, updated or removed from our files. All such requests should be emailed to [email protected].
Cookies will only contain information that your computer is set to provide to the website server and you can choose to reject all cookies, although this may affect the functionality of our website for technical reasons.
We may use “Session” and/or “Permanent” cookies. Session cookies are stored on your computer only during your browsing session. These cookies will automatically delete at the end of the session when your browser closes or you log out of the website. The information contained in these cookies will generally not identify you as the user, but will allow you to navigate the website without having to log-in repeatedly. These cookies are not written to your hard drive. The Permanent cookies we use identify your browser with a unique, random number and in themselves do not reveal any Personal Information about you. These cookies are stored on your hard drive and help us identify you as a returning visitor to our website. This gives us more accurate data to study traffic patterns so we can improve the website and the services that we provide through the website. We use the following cookies: Google Analytics.
- OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SERVICES AND PRACTICES
Do Not Track Signals
B&K does not track its users over time or across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.
Children and Minors
This website is not intended for, or designed to attract, individuals under the age of 18. We do not knowingly collect personal information from any individual under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, do not provide personal information of any kind.
Additional Services and Links to Other Websites
You may cancel your registration with B&K’s website by emailing a request to B&K’s Webmaster at [email protected], providing your correct Login ID and Password with a statement to the effect, “Please terminate my registered user status for the B&K website” and indicating “Cancel Registration” in the subject line. After receiving such request, B&K will deactivate your Codes.
Withdrawal of Services
B&K reserves the right to withdraw the B&K website or to remove any content without notice at any time and for any reason.
- HOW TO CONTACT US
Barney & Karamanis, LLP
Email: [email protected]
If any change may materially and/or negatively affect the privacy of your Personal Information, we will use reasonable efforts to notify you in advance and give you a reasonable period of time to object to any changes.