At Rappel Health Law Group, we respect and understand your concerns about privacy and we take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information and communications are handled in a safe and responsible manner. Because of our respect and understanding of your rights, we have developed this policy which discloses our privacy practices, both with use of this website and through use of electronic communications and in our general professional services operations and describes the information we collect and what use we may make of that information. This policy may change from time to time to as required by our business needs or legal requirements. Please check it frequently.
Information We Collect Through Our Website & Cookies
We collect information that you chose to disclose to us. For example, when you request via e-mail to receive free written information about our qualifications and experience from us, we collect the information necessary to deliver the information to you, such as your name, e-mail address, phone number, etc.
Additionally, in the course of using our site, we automatically track certain information about you. This information includes the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on our site or not), and Internet Protocol (IP) address of the Host server used by you to enter our website. Many sites automatically collect this information. Cookies are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website. Cookies help make websites work. They also provide us with aggregated information about how users interact with our site. We use this information to try to improve your experience on our website. Cookies are stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted at the end of a session. You are always free to decline cookies if your browser permits. We will not and do not attempt to read any additional information on your hard drive, and we do not combine collected information with other personal information to determine your identity or your email address when using this website to inquire about us. The law about cookies changed in May 2011. Websites must get your agreement before they set certain types of cookie on your computer or handheld device. There are no cookies set by this website; However, files are embedded in our website by our shared domain provider, Web hosting by PureHost. A brief description of the file and what each file is used for is as follows:
If you send us personal correspondences, such as e-mails including attachments, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.
There may be other forms and sources of information we collect about you, depending on how you use the site or contact us electronically through the use of the Internet.
Our Use of Your Information Collected Through Use of Our Website
We internally use non-personally identifiable information to statistically analyze site usage, to improve our content and to customize our site's content and layout. We believe these uses allow us to improve our site and better tailor it to meet our users' needs.
We may also use personally identifiable information to deliver material to you that, in some cases, is targeted to your interests. If you supply us with your mailing address or other contact information, you may receive periodic mailings from us. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your e-mail address or mailing address as applicable.
We may, in some situations, use your e-mail address, your mailing address or phone number or facsimile number, to contact you.
Our Protection & Disclosure of Your Information In General
Regardless of whether you communicate with us on-line, we do not sell, rent or in any way share any personally identifiable information about you to any third party outside of Rappel Health Law Group or it affiliates. As part of our law practice, your personal information is kept secured in accordance with the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, the Florida Security of Communications Act and the Florida Information Protection Act (FIPA) as well as our internal operation policies and procedures which include "best practices" standards adopted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, although we are exempted from this regulatory regime pursuant to federal statutory law and legal precedence.We may collect nonpublic personal information about you from the following sources:
· Information we receive from you, such as on applications or other forms or in arrangements to compensate us for our legal services. Examples may include,
Contact Information (such as name, address, and telephone number). We use contact information, for example, to identify you, send you information about our services, and call or write you about your matters and accounts.
Identification Information (such as a social security number). We may need your social security number, for example, to obtain a credit report when you apply for retaining our legal services with us; report proceeds received from you or on your behalf or paid to you to the IRS and/or the US Treasury Department or any other governmental revenue collection authority, or comply with other legal requirements.
Financial Profile Information (such as income, assets, and liabilities). We use this information, for example, to process regulatory applications or transactions, to assist in litigation matters and make appropriate legal product and service recommendations to help you get the most from your relationship with us. If you are making a payment, we may ask for your credit card number and billing address. If you pay your account by draft, we may electronically store or make a photocopy of your check.
· Information about your transactions we secure from our files, or from our affiliates or others. This information, such as your account balances, payment or overdraft history, parties to transactions and trust account usage, permits us, for example, to process your requests quickly, recommend appropriate products or services, and price products and services competitively on the basis of your entire relationship with us.
· Information we receive from a consumer reporting agency.
· Information that we receive from others involved in your transaction, such as a real estate agent or broker, certified public accountant, financial planner, lender or financial institution, depending on the nature of your transaction.
Unless it is specifically stated otherwise in the course of providing legal services to you, no additional nonpublic personal information will be collected about you unless you disclose the information to us. We may disclose any of the above information that we collect about our clients or former clients to our affiliates or to nonaffiliated third parties as permitted by law or as based on your written consent or authorization or release.
We also may disclose this information that we collect about our clients or former clients to the following types of nonaffiliated companies that perform services on our behalf in order to assist our clients or with third-party vendors who are utilized to support our operations and with whom we have confidentiality agreements and data security safeguards in place to meet our professional services operation needs:
· Financial service providers such as companies engaged in banking, consumer finance, securities and insurance.
· Non-financial companies such as expert witnesses and consultants, information technology repair and support services and public accounting professionals.
We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about you to those employees of financial and non-financial companies for any purpose that is not specifically permitted by law. We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees who need to know that information in order to provide legal services to you or to support our operations. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information. We use advanced technology and information management techniques to implement security, audit and control programs designed to protect the confidentiality and security of the information we collect.
It is the policy of our firm to protect the privacy of our clients. We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about you to anyone for any purpose that is not specifically permitted by law or without your express consent, authorization or release. It is the policy of this firm to protect the confidentiality of Social Security, driver's license, passport and credit card and debit card numbers, bank account and other financial data, date of birth and other nonpublic personal information of our clientele; prohibit the unlawful disclosure of such nonpublic personal information and limit access to nonpublic personal information of our clients.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint about unauthorized disclosure of your personal identifiable information or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov on-line or call toll-free 1–877–FTC-HELP (1–877–382–4357);TTY: 1–866–653–4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, in the State of Florida, you may file a complaint about unauthorized disclosure of your personal identifiable information with the Office of the Attorney General; in the District of Columbia, you may contact the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Consumer and Trade Protection Section of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).; and in the State of Michigan, you may contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Complaint Division.