Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy
last updated 1/5/2021
(Link to full Privacy Statement web page: https://www.powelllegal.com/privacy-policy)

Powell Legal Counsel, Ltd ("the Company" or "PLC Ltd") is the publisher of the Powell Legal Counsel web site. Powell Legal Counsel, Ltd is an Illinois law firm, and has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. 

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices regarding the Personal Data, (as defined below), we collect from users of this web site: http://www.powelllegal.com/ (the "Site") and the data, text, reports, documents, templates, agreements and other materials that are made available or enabled via our affiliate client portal site: https://www.clientspace.org/index.asp?firm=050C411A - through DirectLaw, Inc.,( the "PLC - MyLegalAffairs Site") (Collectively - "the PLC Site").

Children Visitors
We do not intentionally gather Personal Data from visitors in the US who are under the age of 18. If a child under 18 submits Personal Data to the PLC Site and we learn that the Personal Data is the information of a child under 18, we will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible. If you believe that we might have any Personal Data from a child under 18, please contact us at: contactus@powelllegal.com.

Users Outside of the United States
If you are a user of the PLC Site who resides in a country other than the United States (including in the UK or any other country within the EEA): You agree that your accessing or using the PLC Site, in any way, constitutes your agreement that (a) we may process your Personal Data for the purposes identified in the Privacy Policy, and (b) your Personal Data may be transferred to and processed in the country in which it was collected and in other countries, including the United States, where laws regarding processing of Personal Data may be less stringent than the laws in your country. By providing your Personal Data, you consent to such transfer (see also "Your Data Protection Rights Under the GDPR" below).

What Does the Privacy Policy Cover?
This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of personally identifiable information gathered when you are using or accessing this PLC Site. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties who are not affiliates or who we do not own or control.

The statistics program on our web server collects aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit which we use for internal review and to improve the content of our web site. This information is not personal information. EMAIL addresses collected from this Web Site are never sold or rented, and are archived. Personal contact information is collected in connection with the purchase of our Services and is used for accounting purposes (e.g., process a refund) or to contact you if there is a problem with your purchase. We do not share your personally identifiable information with third parties except if required by law.

Please note that if the Company is acquired, sold, or dissolved, its assets, including personally identifiable information we may possess about you, may, in whole or in part, be sold, disposed of, transferred, divested, or otherwise disclosed as part of the transaction or proceeding. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and any acquirer may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

What Information Do We Collect?
The types of data we collect are: Personal Data and Anonymous Data.
" Personal Data" means data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data. 
“Anonymous Data” means data that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Data; Anonymous Data does not, by itself, permit the identification of individual persons.

Information You Provide to PLC
We may collect Personal Data from you such as:
*your first and last name, e-mail, mailing address, and phone number,
*when you purchase documents and/or services through the PLC Site (we will use your name and email address only to communicate with you, and we will not sell, rent or distribute your name or email address to any third party or use it for any marketing purpose for which you have not subscribed). 
*when you provide us feedback, post information or contact us via e-mail, (we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the form, in order to send you a reply), and/or
*at other points in the PLC Site that state that Personal Data is being collected.

Information Collected Using Technology
Information Collected by Servers: To make the PLC Site more useful to you, our servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) collect information from you, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (“IP“) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet, which may vary from session to session), domain name, and/or a date/time stamp for your visit.

Log Files: Similar to most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (“ISP“), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the PLC Site, track users’ movements around the PLC Site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. For example, some of the information may be collected so that when you visit the PLC Site, it will recognize you and the information could then be used to provide information appropriate to your interests. Except as noted in this Privacy Policy, we do not link this automatically-collected data to Personal Data.

Cookies: Similar to many online services, we use cookies to collect information. “Cookies” are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or mobile application. Cookies are then sent back to the originating site on each subsequent visit, or to another site that recognizes those cookies. You can find out more information about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. Cookies are widely used in order to make sites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the platform. We use cookies to enhance the online experience of our visitors and to better understand how our site is used. Cookies may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our site before or whether you are a new visitor. This type of information is collected to make the PLC Site more useful to you. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the 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 the PLC Site. The PLC Site uses the following types of cookies:

Cookies necessary for essential purposes: These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through our site and to use some of its features.

Analytics Cookies:  These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.The information gathered does not identify any individual visitor and is aggregated. It includes the number of visitors to our site, the sites that referred them to our site and the pages that they visited on our site. We use this information to help operate our site more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on our site.

Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use the site, so that we can analyse traffic and understand how our site is performing, including Google Analytics, on which see more below.

Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our site to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Social Media Cookies: These cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button or “like” button on our sites or you link your account or engage with our content on or through a social networking site such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. The social network will record that you have done this. This information may be linked to targeting/ advertising activities.

Do-Not-Track Browser Setting: We do not currently respond to Do-Not-Track ("DNT") signals from web browsers (known under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)). Although most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications do include a DNT feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored or collected, no uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, this is the reason we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted in the future that we must follow, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy policy.

Pixel Tags: We may use “Pixel Tags” (also referred to as clear Gifs, Web beacons, or Web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of Web users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in Web pages. Pixel Tags allow us to send e-mail messages in a format users can read, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that we are sending only messages that are of interest to our users. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user. We do not tie the information gathered by Pixel Tags to our users’ Personal Data.

Collection of Data by Advertisers: We do not use third parties to serve ads on the PLC Site or collect personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across different websites.

Google Analytics: We may use Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the PLC Site. Google Analytics uses Cookies to collect information such as how often users visit the PLC Site, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the PLC Site. We may use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve the PLC Site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit the PLC Site, rather than your name or other personally identifying information. We do not combine the information generated through the use of Google Analytics with your Personal Data. Although Google Analytics plants a persistent Cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit the PLC Site, the Cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the PLC Site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can avoid the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our site by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB

Use of Your Personal Data
General Use: In general, Personal Data you submit to us is used to respond to requests that you make. We use your Personal Data in the following ways:
*to provide improved administration of the PLC Site;
*to improve the quality of experience when you interact with the PLC Site;
*to send you follow-up communications when you contact us via e-mail, submit feedback, or post an event; and
*to send you administrative e-mail notifications, such as updates regarding the PLC Site, security, or support and maintenance advisories.

Creation of Anonymous Data: We may create Anonymous Data records from Personal Data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We may use this Anonymous Data to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may enhance the content of, and improve navigation on, the PLC Site. We reserve the right to use Anonymous Data for any purpose and disclose Anonymous Data to third parties in our sole discretion.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data
We disclose your Personal Data as described below and as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.

Third Party Service Providers: We may share your Personal Data with third party service providers to: provide you with the PLC MyLegalAffairs client portal access and documents; to conduct quality assurance testing; to provide technical support; and/or to provide other services to PLC, Ltd. These third party service providers are required not to use your Personal Data other than to provide the services requested by PLC, Ltd.

Corporate Restructuring: We may share some or all of your Personal Data in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition or dissolution transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture, or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets. In the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, Personal Data may also be transferred as a business asset. If another company acquires our company, business, or assets, that company will possess the Personal Data collected by us and will assume the rights and obligations regarding your Personal Data as described in this Privacy Policy.

Other Disclosures: Regardless of any choices you make regarding your Personal Data (as described below), PLC, Ltd may disclose Personal Data if it believes in good faith that such disclosure is necessary (a) in connection with any legal investigation; (b) to comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on PLC, Ltd; (c) to protect or defend the rights or property of PLC, Ltd or users of the PLC Site; and/or (d) to investigate or assist in preventing any violation or potential violation of the law, this Privacy Policy, or our Terms of Use.

Is Information About You Secure?
PLC Main Web Site
Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that personally identifiable information in our possession on the main Powell Legal Counsel, Ltd website, (i.e.; via the Contact Us or Sign up forms), will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time. We otherwise store all of our information, including your IP address information, using industry-standard techniques. We do not guarantee or warrant that such techniques will prevent unauthorized access to information about you that we store, Personal Information or otherwise.

Client Portal Web Site
The PLC - MyLegalAffairs - client portal site that is hosted and maintained by our affiliate, DirectLaw, Inc, has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of user information under the control of the PLC, Ltd. Industry accepted standards are employed in protecting personal information, and the DirectLaw Site uses SSL [Secure Socket Layer] technology in transmitting sensitive information. For example: in order to use the client portal site features, a user must first complete the registration form. During the registration process a user is required to give their contact information (name, phone number, city, state, zip code and email address). Sensitive information; namely credit card number, name and billing zip code, is collected but is only used to contact the user about the documents and services for which they have expressed interest, as well as to process payment for services/documents procured. Please click here to visit the DirectLaw, Inc website Privacy page to read the Privacy Statement in full.

Please do not send e-mail to PLC, Ltd with personal information. All personal information should be sent through your secure client portal web space that was created at the time you registered on the PLC Site. Otherwise, we have no way to secure personal information sent via e-mail because this information can be accessed by other users on the Internet. If you send us e-mail to ask a question, we will only use the information you provide to answer your request.

What Are Your Privacy Options?
You have several choices regarding the use of information on the PLC Site.

Email Communications & Opt-Out: We may periodically send you free newsletters and promotional e-mails if you have indicated that you would like us to do so. When you receive newsletters or promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further communications from us and you will have the opportunity to “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the e-mail you receive or by contacting us directly (please see contact information below). Despite your indicated e-mail preferences, we may send you service related communications, including notices of any updates to our Terms of Use or Privacy Policy.

Cookies: If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to accept Cookies from the PLC Site for any of the purposes described above, then you can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting Cookies or to prompt you before accepting a Cookie from the websites you visit. Consult your browser’s technical information. If you do not accept Cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions, or all functionality, of the PLC Site. If you have any questions about how to disable or modify Cookies, please let us know at the contact information provided below.

Changing or Deleting Your Personal Data: Personal Data submitted for document generation is deleted daily by an automated process. Personal Data submitted for other purposes will be retained for such period as may be required to fulfill the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy, or such other period as may be required by law. You may request deletion of your Personal Data by us, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request, but please note that we may be required by law to keep such information and not delete it (or to keep this information for a certain time, in which case we will comply with your deletion request only after we have fulfilled such requirements). When we delete any information, it will be deleted from the active database, but may remain in our archives.

Your Data Protection Rights as a California Resident: California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits users of the PLC Site, who are California residents, to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.

If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account with the PLC Site, you have the right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly post on the PLC Site. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account and a statement that you reside in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the PLC Site, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems.

Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. PLC, Ltd aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
*The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your client portal "MyLegalAffairs" account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
*The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
*The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
*The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
*The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
*The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where PLC, Ltd relied on your consent to process your personal information.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests. You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Will This Policy be Updated?
We reserve the right to change or update this Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes made to our privacy policy will be posted on this site in a manner that is easily identifiable and we will change the “Last Updated” date above. Please review our privacy policy on a regular basis to review any changes.

Contact Us
You do not need to call or do anything as a result of this notice. It simply informs you of how Powell Legal Counsel, Ltd protects your nonpublic personal information.

Questions; Contacting PLC; Reporting Violations: If you have any questions or concerns or complaints about our Privacy Policy or our data collection or processing practices, or if you want to report any security violations to us, please contact us at the following address or phone number:

Powell Legal Counsel, Ltd
5041 South Dorchester Avenue; #1N
Chicago, IL 60615
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