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1. This policy (together with our Conditions of use and any other documents referred to in it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
- 3.1 to assure you that we recognise and fully respect the privacy and personal data of the visitors to this website; and
- 3.2 to explain what personal information we collect from this website and how we ensure its best protection.
6. The Law Society complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”). For the purposes of the Act, The Law Society is the data controller and sole owner of the personal data collected on the Website.
8. We use up-to-date industry procedures to keep personal data as safe and secure as possible and to protect against loss, unauthorised disclosure or access. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
9. The Act gives you the right to access details that we hold about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. A small fee may be payable in respect of any access request.
10. For more information please refer to our Data Protection Policy.
Information we may collect from you
11. When you register on this website you will automatically be registered on our website at http://www.lawsociety.org.uk.
12. It is not necessary for you to register with us in order to access the Website. If you do register, however, it will allow us to personalise our services and offer you some additional benefits.
13. If you do register, you are responsible for protecting your password and user name and must not share them with or disclose them to anyone else.
14. When you register, the basic personal information about you which we may collect and process is: your name; your user type (eg solicitor, trainee solicitor, law student, member of the public); your e-mail address; your user ID and password. Depending on what you are registering for, additional information may be collected from you.
15. We may also collect and process information provided by you at the time of posting material to the Website, as well as details of your visist to the Website (including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data), and the resources that you use. Further, if you contact us, we may also keep a record of that correspondence.
Uses made of the information
16. We may use information held about you in the following ways:
- a. to ensure that content from the Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
- b. to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
- c. o allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and
- d. to notify you about changes to our service.
17. We may also use your data for the purposes of advertising, marketing and public relations, so as to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we may contact you about these by post or telephone.
18. If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please email Paul Rogerson.
Changing the information we hold about you
19. If you would like to change the registration information we hold about you or want to it to be removed from our registration database, you may do so by returning to the personalisation area and changing or removing your details as you wish.
20. We do not at present forward the information collected about you to any third parties except where required by law to do so or in order to enforce or apply our Conditions of use. However, we reserve the right to change this position at any time. If The Law Society chooses to employ the services of a third party it will inform you, but the change will only apply in relation to information which we collect from you after we have informed you of the change. We will not disclose any information we have already collected about you without your consent, other than where required to do so by law or in order to enforce or apply our Conditions of use at all times, The Law Society will control and be responsible for the use of your personal information.
21. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer while you are visiting a website. Cookies help to make websites work. They also provide us with information about how users interact with our site. We use this information to improve your experience on our website.
The law about cookies changed in May 2011. Websites must get your agreement before they set a cookie on your computer or handheld device.
We are working to find the best way to get your agreement to set cookies without disrupting your experience of our website.
In the meantime, you can tell your web browser to notify you whenever a website attempts to set a cookie. You can also tell your browser to refuse all cookies, although doing so will affect your experience of many websites.
22. We may capture your credit card details if you choose to use the Law Society shop online. These details will be encrypted [using SSL technology – to confirm] and processed by our staff in the shop. They will not be passed to any third parties and we will not use online credit card authorisation software.
24. By using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the manner set out above.
25. You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing at any time by contacting Paul Rogerson.
26. The Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
27. The Law Society of England and Wales strives to make its web information accessible to people with disabilities in keeping with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
28. We intend to produce the Website to conform with international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
29. If you require any of our information in another format, or help finding a document, please contact us.