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Berks County Bar Association Privacy Policy for berksBar.org

Thank you for visiting the Berks County Bar Association (BCBA) on the World Wide Web.  Our Web site has been designed to make it easy and efficient for our members and visitors to access and navigate our Web site.  The following paragraphs disclose our data collection and distribution practices.   This privacy statement is subject to change at any time; any changes will appear on this page.

Purpose of Web Site

The Berks County Bar Association created this Web site as a tool to help its members and the legal community and the general public connect with useful information.

Purpose of the Privacy Policy

The BCBA has created this Privacy Policy to ensure the confidence of our visitors and members and to demonstrate our commitment to fair information practices and protection of privacy.

Visitor Privacy Policy

The BCBA is committed to the online privacy of its web site visitors and recognizes the need to safeguard and manage any personally identifiable data.

"Personally identifiable data" refers to any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home or other physical address and an e-mail address or other contact information, whether at work or at home.

The BCBA strives to comply with all applicable laws that are designed to protect a visitor's privacy.  The BCBA's goal is to provide protection for a visitor's personal information no matter where or how that information is collected, transferred, or retained.

If you elect to provide the BCBA with personal information on the Web, the BCBA may transfer that information within the BCBA; to BCBA Members or to a third-party service provider for the purpose of expediting requested services.   We do not sell, rent or distribute e-mail addresses to anyone outside the BCBA; however, the BCBA's Lawyer Referral Service ("LRS") will provide an LRS member attorney's (office) e-mail address and contact information to a referred client upon request.  If at any time you wish to be removed from our e-mail mailings, please contact us by e-mail at berksbar@berksbar.org or by phone at 610-375-4591 or; simply follow the instructions associated with the correspondence or Listserv in which you would like to be removed.

The BCBA from time to time will make information, which is provided by members in their "public profile", available to other members and its professional partners.  All material that is sent in such correspondence must be reviewed in advance by the BCBA for content and suitability prior to being circulated.  If you do not wish to be included on such correspondence, please contact us by e-mail ator by phone at berksbar@berksbar.org610-375-4591.

Third Party Services

Third parties provide certain services available on the MBA Web site on the BCBA''s behalf.  The BCBA may provide information, including personal information that the BCBA collects on the Web to third-party service providers to help the BCBA deliver programs, products, information, and services.  Service providers are also an important means by which the BCBA maintains its Web site.  The BCBA will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect personal information on BCBA"s behalf.

The BCBA does not intend to transfer personal information without a visitor's expressed consent to third parties who are not bound to act on the BCBA''s behalf unless such transfer is required by law.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Certain areas on the BCBA Website utilize "cookies" and other tracking technologies. A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used, for example, to maintain a user session or to collect/track general information about Web site activity.  Some cookies and other technologies may serve to recall personal information previously indicated by a Web site visitor.   Most browsers allow a visitor to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them.

Visitors may set most browsers to notify them if they receive a cookie, or a visitor may choose to block cookies with their browser.  Please note that if you choose to erase or block your cookies, you will need to re-enter your original visitor ID and password to gain access to certain parts of the BCBA Web site.  Tracking technologies may also record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; click stream patterns; and dates and times that the BCBA site is accessed.  The BCBA's use of cookies and other tracking technologies allows the BCBA to improve its Web site by enabling it to evaluate non-personal information for trends and statistics.

Forms

Our site uses forms that require users to provide both "public" and "private" contact information, payment methods, and other information.  The BCBA utilizes this information to process orders and special requests and to send to the user requested products or services or information about the BCBA.  The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary.  Information regarding method of payment is collected for membership purposes and to check the users' qualifications and bill the user for authorized products and services.

External Links

The BCBA site contains links to other external web sites that do not fall under our domain.  The BCBA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external web sites.

Public Forums

This site may make chat rooms, forums, Listservs and message boards available to BCBA members.  Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas or through these media becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal or other information.   Although the BCBA attempts to take reasonable care in safeguarding your personal information when you are using these forums, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use these forums at your own risk.  It is also not the BCBA's responsibility to maintain the secrecy of any passwords you set up and/or any account information which you have disclosed.

Security

Wherever a visitor's Personal Information may be held by the BCBA or on its behalf, the BCBA intends to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect this personal information from unauthorized access or disclosure.

Children's Privacy

The BCBA is not structured to attract children.  Accordingly, the BCBA does not intend to collect personal information from anyone we know to be under 13 years of age.

Consent

By using this Web site, you consent to the terms of the BCBA's Privacy Policy for berksbar.org and to the BCBA's processing of Personal Information for the purposes given above as well as those explained where the BCBA collects personal information on the Web.