Collection of Information
Although you are not required to provide any personal information on the public areas of our website, you may choose to do so by completing certain contact forms. Should you do so, Chizen Law may, for example, keep a record of your name, email address, and any other information you voluntarily provide to us.
Additionally, Chizen Law may collect the following categories of personal information from you in the course of business, including through your use of the Website, when you contact or request information from Chizen Law, when Chizen Law provides services to you, or when Chizen Law receives services from you. If you choose not to provide such information, you may not be permitted to access certain Chizen Law Website features, content or services.
Identification data, such as name, gender, title, job title, or address.
Contact information, including your phone number(s), your email address, and your social media account or handle where appropriate.
Financial data, such as bank account information and invoicing details.
Event registration or mailing list data, such as dietary requirements (which may reveal information about your health or religious beliefs), preferences and interests, subscriptions, downloads, and username/passwords.
Job applicant data, such as identification data and contact information, resumé and other data provided by you or third parties (e.g. recruiters) on the Website, online recruitment portal (where applicable) or offline in connection with job openings, which may be subject to additional local requirements.
Legal and regulatory compliance data as required for purposes such as know your client, anti-money laundering, and market abuse regulations requirements, or as part of client onboarding process, which may include passport or other identification data, date of birth, home address, and other due diligence data.
Other service data, such as personal information relevant to the provision or receipt of services, in relation to any of your employees, customers or vendors, and client feedback.
Cookie and device data, such as information about your visit to the Website, IP address, the URLs of the websites and pages you visit (before, during and after your visit to the Website) and the times and dates of such visits, information about the computer hardware and software you use, device identifier, location and time zone setting, even when you are not logged in. Also, Chizen Law may place "cookies" on your computer to recognize you on return visits to enable it to enhance your browsing experience, as well as to collect additional information about you. As further described below, you may adjust your browser settings or use other means to prevent cookies from being placed on your computer, but doing so may result in reduced functionality and a less personalized browsing experience.
Chizen Law may supplement the information that you provide with information that it receives or obtain from other sources, such as from staff or personnel, clients, professional advisers, partners, and agents, third parties with whom Chizen Law interacts, and publicly available sources.
Use of Information
Chizen Law may use your personal information for the following purposes:
Provision of legal services – Chizen Law uses personal information that you voluntarily submit on the Website or during the course of your engagement with Chizen Law, regardless of the media used, such as identification data, contact details, and other service data that Chizen Law may process in connection with the provision of services. Chizen Law's work for you may also involve providing such information to third parties, such as expert witnesses and other professional advisers in order to represent your interests most effectively. This is necessary for Chizen Law to perform its contract with you.
Administration of client and vendor relationships – Chizen Law uses identification data, contact details, financial data, and other service data, including for the processing of invoices, the updating of client records, and the management of vendor relationships. This is necessary to perform Chizen Law's contract with you.
Addressing client inquiries/feedback – Chizen Law uses identification data, contact details, and other service data for this purpose. This process is necessary to perform its contract with you. It may also be necessary for Chizen Law's legitimate interests to establish or maintain a relationship with you; it is also in your interest to receive a response from Chizen Law when you contact Chizen Law.
Sending relevant marketing messages and inviting you to events/seminars – Chizen Law uses identification data, contact details, cookie and device data, and mailing list data to communicate with you by way of email alerts and post to provide you with information about events, seminars, or services that may be of interest to you. This processing is necessary for Chizen Law's legitimate interest to send you tailored marketing messages, client newsletters, and invitations to relevant events and seminars.
Improving our website – Chizen Law uses cookie and device data to improve the functionality and user-friendliness of its Website. This is necessary for Chizen Law's legitimate interests to constantly monitor and improve its online presence and services to you.
Keeping our website and IT systems and processes safe – Chizen Law uses identification data, contact details, financial data, cookie and device data, and other service data. This is necessary to perform its contract with you and to ensure the security and confidentiality of your data. It is also necessary for Chizen Law's legitimate interests to prevent illegal activities, including fraud, which could harm Chizen Law and/or you.
Complying with legal or regulatory inquiries/requests – Chizen Law uses identification data, contact details, financial data, cookie and device data, and legal and regulatory compliance data (including for anti-money laundering or fraud detection purposes, statutory returns and fulfillment of Chizen Law's ethical obligations). This is necessary for the purpose of complying with legal requirements that apply to Chizen Law.
We may share your personal information with the following categories of recipients:
Other entities within Chizen Law to provide legal services to you and to administer any service provided to you that Chizen Law agrees to undertake;
Professional advisers, partners, and agents to provide you with local legal services, as required, and to administer Chizen Law's relationship with you;
Vendors that will process your personal information on Chizen Law's behalf and under its written instructions to carry out their services during the course of Chizen Law's business, such as IT service providers, financial institutions, customer relationship management databases and other cloud-based solutions, third-party companies providing Chizen Law with business analytics and statistics to assist with marketing campaigns, and third-party venues in which Chizen Law may host events and seminars. Chizen Law contracts with such vendors to ensure that they only process your personal information under Chizen Law's instructions and ensure the security and confidentiality of your personal information by implementing the appropriate technical and organizational measures for such processing;
Any law enforcement, regulatory, or government agency requesting personal information in connection with any inquiry, subpoena, court order, or other legal or regulatory procedures, with which Chizen Law would need to comply. Chizen Law may also share personal information to establish or protect its legal rights, property, or safety, or the rights, property, or safety of others, or to defend against legal claims;
We are not responsible for the data policies or procedures or content of any linked websites. We recommend that you check the privacy and security policies of each website you visit.
Transfers of Information
If you are a California resident, you have the following rights, subject to certain exceptions as set forth in the CCPA:
Right to access personal information. You have the right to receive the specific pieces of your personal information Chizen Law has collected about you in the 12 months preceding your request.
Right to data portability. You have the right to receive a copy of your electronic personal information in a readily-usable format.
Right to know. You have the right to receive information from Chizen Law regarding the categories of personal information it collected, the sources from which it collects personal information, the purposes for which it collected and shared personal information, the categories of any personal information it sold as well as the categories of third parties to whom such personal information was sold, and the categories of personal information that it disclosed for a business purpose in the 12 months preceding your "right to know" request.
Right to request deletion. You have the right to request the deletion of the personal information that you provided to Chizen Law. Please note that in certain instances Chizen Law may not be able to process your request, such as (i) due to the existence of a legal obligation, (ii) to detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities, or (iii) in order to complete a transaction for which your personal information was collected.
Right to non-discrimination. You have the right to be free from discrimination by Chizen Law as a result of you exercising your rights under the CCPA.
If you wish to exercise these rights, you must submit a request by emailing email@example.com. The CCPA requires Chizen Law to verify requests it receives when one is seeking to exercise certain of the rights listed above. Chizen Law may ask you to provide certain information in order to verify your request.
Do Not Sell Personal Information
In accordance with the requirements of the CCPA, please follow the link in the Website footer if you would like select the following option: "Do Not Sell Personal Information."
Chizen Law has collected the following types of personal information about California residents in the last 12 months:
Identifiers and Personal Information. Examples include: name, mailing address, email address, phone numbers, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, Social Security number, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers, education, employment history, bank account number, credit or debit card number, other financial information, medical information, and health insurance information.
Protected Characteristics. Examples (without limitation) include: age, gender, demographic group, citizenship, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.
Internet or other similar network activity. Examples (without limitation) include: browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement.
Professional or employment-related information. Examples (without limitation) include: current or past job history or performance evaluations.
Sources of Personal Information Collected
Chizen Law obtained the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources: directly from you, such as when you complete forms, indirectly from you, such as observing your actions on the Website, and from publicly available sources.
Disclosures for a Business or Commercial Purpose
In the preceding 12 months, Chizen Law has disclosed the types of personal information listed above to its service providers for business purposes.
No Sale of Personal Information
In the preceding 12 months, Chizen Law has not sold any personal information.
Chizen Law endeavors to take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information, but cannot guarantee the security of any data you disclose online. Please note that email is not a secure medium and should not be used to send confidential or sensitive information. By providing information online, you accept the inherent security risks of providing information over the Internet and will not hold Chizen Law responsible for any breach of security, unless it is due to our negligence or willful default.
Chizen Law's Website uses certain tags, log files, web beacons, and similar tracking technologies from third parties (collectively, "cookies"), of which you should be aware.
In addition to the cookies used by Chizen Law and its service providers, some cookies are placed by third parties such as Google Analytics, as described below.
Essential Cookies: these are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
Performance and Analytics Cookies: Google Analytics ("Analytics") is Google’s free web analytics tool that helps Chizen Law understand how its visitors engage with the Website. Analytics collects information anonymously and, much like examining footprints in sand, it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so they can improve their website and how people find it. A different set of cookies is used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites. Analytics customers are obliged to notify users of their use of analytics software. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits. You can also opt out by clicking here.
Functionality Cookies: they remember the choices you make, such as language options or your current region. These cookies help to make your visit more personal and are deleted automatically when you close your browser or the session expires.
Sending Information Does Not Form an Attorney-Client Relationship
Transmission of information from this Website does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Chizen Law, nor is it intended to do so. The transmission of the Website, in part or in whole, and/or any communication with us via Internet e-mail through this site does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship between Chizen Law and any recipients.
Chizen Law may send you direct marketing messages including by way of email alerts and postal mail. If you no longer wish to receive email alerts, to be part of a mailing list, or to receive any marketing communications, you can opt-out of such communications at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the relevant communication or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of Changes
Effective Date: 01/01/2023