Privacy Policy

Last Updated October 18, 2018

Thank you for visiting www.ablglobal.net (the "website"). The website is owned and operated by Alliance of Business Lawyers (“ABL”, “we”, “our”). We recognize that you may have questions about our collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information ("PII"). Accordingly, we would like to share with you this Privacy Policy to inform you about the information we collect from you, how we collect it, and what we do with it.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at  info@ablglobal.net

Personally Identifiable Information ("PII")

PII is information that can be used to identify you individually.  PII may include your name, business name, mailing address, phone number, email address, credit card number, resume and financial information. We only collect PII which you choose to provide to us.

When you register or submit personal information to ABL we will use this information in the manner outlined in this privacy statement. Your personal information is not used for other purposes, unless we obtain your permission, or unless otherwise required or permitted by law or professional standards.

In some cases where you have registered for certain services we will store your email address temporarily until we receive confirmation of the information you provided via an email (i.e. where we send an email to the email address provided as part of your registration to confirm a subscription request).

ABL member law firms provide us with basic contact information of their lawyers and staff. We keep member contact information in our database and may, from time to time, email you information to make you aware of opportunities which may be of interest to you and of developments in sectors we believe may be of interest. If you do not wish to receive further communications from us for these purposes, please let us know by sending “unsubscribe” to info@ablglobal.net.

How We May Collect Your Personal Data

Cookie Storage

Cookies are files created by websites you visit. They make your online experience easier by saving browsing information. With cookies, sites can keep you signed in, remember your site preferences, and give you locally relevant content.

ABL uses cookies to improve and track website usage and to provide our website features and services. You can manage cookies via your browser’s settings ( which may be accessed through your browser’s Tools, Settings or Preferences menu options ). From the browser’s settings you can choose whether or not to accept cookies. You may also delete cookies from your device at any time. However, please be aware that if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to fully experience some of our features and services.

Further information about managing cookies can be found in your browser's help file or through sites such as www.allaboutcookies.org .

The sections below list the types of cookies used on our website.

Google Analytics

When someone visits our website, we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the website. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone, however, as the information can be linked to private individuals, it is considered personal data in the context of applicable data protection laws. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Social Media Plugins

Our website uses Social Media Plugins to enable you to easily share information with others. When you visit our website, the operator of the social media plugin that is on our website can place a cookie on your computer that lets that operator recognize individuals on their website who have previously visited our site. If you have previously logged into the social media website while browsing on our website, social media plugins allow that social media website to receive directly identifiable information about you that shows you have visited our website. The social media plugin collects this information for visitors who have logged into social networks, whether or not they specifically interact with the plugin on our website. Social media plugins also allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our website with other users of their social media website. ABL does not control any of the content from social media plugins. For more information about plugins from social media websites you should refer to those sites’ privacy and data sharing statements.

Contact Form

Should you contact us via the contact form on the website, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to reply to your request and any follow-up questions.

Security

If you register for access to a restricted member only area, our cookies ensure that your device is logged in for the duration of your visit. You will need your username and password to access the restricted areas. Security cookies are automatically deleted upon ending your session by closing the browser.

BY NAVIGATING ON OUR WEB SITE OR ENTERING YOUR LOGIN DETAILS TO ACCESS AREAS RESERVED FOR REGISTERED MEMBER ONLY USERS, YOU AGREE THAT WE CAN PLACE THESE COOKIES ON YOUR COMPUTER OR INTERNET ENABLED DEVICE.

Use of Personally Identifiable Information

PII will only be used for purposes relating to: (a) your use of the website or (b) if an attorney-client relationship is created between an ABL Member Firm and you. We will never share any of your PII with any third parties for purposes unrelated to your interaction with the website.

We process your Personal Data only for a limited number of specific purposes. We collect data that is adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes.

Circumstances in which we may use your Personal Data include but are not limited to:

  • administer this website and help us improve our services and the content and functionality of our website;
  • provide you with news, offers, events, webinars and general information about the services we provide and the opportunities available to you when you have opted in to receive these;
  • inform you of updates on issues that may be of interest to you, when you have opted in to receive these;
  • carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between you or your firm and us;
  • Carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between ABL members and us, where you may be a subcontractor, supplier or client of our member;

In some circumstances we may anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use it without further notice to you.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

We do not sell or distribute your personal data to unrelated third parties.

However, under some circumstances we may need to share your personal data where we are required by law, where it is necessary to administer the relationship between us of where we have another legitimate interest in doing so and/or with the parties set out below for the purpose of providing you with a seamless service.

In order to provide you with the information or services you have requested, we may share your personal data with or transfer it to ABL member firms.

Where you have registered for access to the Member Portal on the website or joined an ABL member group / Business Unit, we may share your personal information/data with other members within ABL member groups / Business Units.

When you attend an ABL event, we will share basic contact information with other event attendees, including sponsor representatives and speakers.

External third parties such as software – and/or service providers acting as processors providing marketing management and email services

Links to Other Websites

ABL is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-ABL websites to which this website may link. These links are provided for informational purposes and to provide access to member firms within ABL.

Data Security

We have put in place commercially reasonable and appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Rights Of Access, Correction, Erasure, and Restriction

Your duty to inform us of changes

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Should your personal information change, please notify us of any changes of which we need to be made aware by contacting us, using the contact details below.

Your rights in connection with personal data

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal data. This enables you to receive details of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are processing it lawfully.
  • Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you.
  • Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this basis. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer of your personal data to you or another data controller if the processing is based on consent, carried out by automated means and this is technically feasible.

If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please email our data protection point of contact info@ablglobal.net .

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us to confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person which has no right to receive it.

Right to Withdraw Consent

In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal data for a specific purpose you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please email our data protection point of contact info@ablglobal.net .

Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your personal information (personal data) for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy forms part of the Website Terms Use which you agreed to by accessing this website, and as such shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Switzerland.

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is effective as of October 18, 2018.

Please note that the use of the ABL website is governed by this Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time, and not the privacy policy in effect at the time the data was collected.

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be updated on our website at:  www.ablglobal.net

Please regularly review our Privacy Policy. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should immediately discontinue use of the website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this policy or if you would like to speak to us about the manner in which we process your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Point of Contact at info@ablglobal.net.