Disclaimer/ Privacy Policy

Updated October 2016

This online privacy policy applies to all Benefit Company Bar Association (“BCBA”) websites and online resources that link to our websites. BCBA is a nonprofit association comprised of lawyers who advise benefit corporations and other forms of business organizations that have as part of their purposes creating positive benefits for society and the environment. BCBA is aware of our users’ concerns about their privacy when visiting our site and online resources. This policy explains what information we collect about users, how we collect that information, what we use the information for, who we disclose information to, and how users can limit the uses we make of Personally Identifiable Information.

Please read this entire policy before using or submitting information to us through this website or any online resource. By using our website, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy, and any information you submit to BCBA through a website or online resource will be collected, processed, used, and disclosed in accordance with these terms.

1. What Data Do We Collect and How Do We Use It?

Personally Identifiable Information. BCBA’s website may collect Personally Identifiable Information, which is information that either directly identifies you or could reasonably be used in combination with other publicly available information to identify you. Examples of Personally Identifiable Information include your name, contact information, email address, and other information in combination with such identifiers.

Certain areas of our website and online resources allow you to submit your Personally Identifiable Information to us. For example, you may subscribe to a BCBA mailing list or newsletter, or create an account in our Members Only area. We may use the information you provide to send you requested information, respond to your inquiry, improve our website, verify your relationship with BCBA, and take other actions that may be necessary to respond to your request.

We may combine Personally Identifiable Information you provide with other information you’ve provided to BCBA through our website. We may also combine Personally Identifiable Information collected through our website and online resources with BCBA’s offline records and information provided to us by third parties. We use this consolidated information to improve our website and online resources, enhance our marketing activities, better design our offerings, create membership lists or directories, and facilitate other business and charitable functions.

Other Information
. Our website and online resources also collect other basic information about you which does not directly identify you but which may correspond with you or a particular device. We use this information to learn more about how our website and online resources are used and to otherwise improve and administer the site. We also use this information to enable us to deliver information tailored to your interests and preferences, based on your use of the site. For example, we may collect the Internet Protocol Address assigned to your computer by your internet service provider. This address may change each time you connect to the internet (a “dynamic” IP address), or it may remain the same (a “static” IP address).

To collect basic information, we use the techniques described below:

Cookies. This website may use a tracking technology called a “cookie.” A cookie is a small data file that a website can place on your computer’s hard drive, where your internet browser files are kept. Cookies enable us to recognize when a computer being used to browse our website has previously visited a BCBA website or online resource. Cookies can also be used to enable a site to “remember” the information a visitor has previously inputted. Cookies may be placed on your computer both by us and by third parties with whom we have a relationship, such as web analytic services and advertising network services. Further information concerning the use of third-party cookies on our site can be found below, in the section titled Our Policy on Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.

Web Beacons. On certain web pages or in emails we send to you, we may utilize a technology called a “web beacon” (also known as an “action tag” or “clear GIF technology”). We may use web beacons to help determine which email messages sent by us were opened and whether a message was acted upon. Web beacons also help analyze the effectiveness of websites by measuring the number of visitors to a site or how many visitors clicked on key elements of a site.

Social Plugins. This site may use social plugins (e.g., the Facebook “Like” button) to enable you to easily share information with others. When you visit our site, the operator of the social plugin may be able to place a cookie on your computer, enabling that operator to recognize individuals who have previously visited our site. If you have previously logged into the associated social media website (e.g., Facebook) before browsing on our website, the social plugin allows that social media website to receive information about your visit to particular pages on our website. The social plugin may collect this information for any such visitors who have logged into social networks, whether or not they specifically interact with the plugin on our website (e.g., by clicking “Like” or “Share”). The social plugin may also allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our website with other users of their social media website. For further details about the information shared via a particular social media plugin, you should refer to that social media site’s privacy statement.

2. Does BCBA Disclose Your Information to Third Parties?
BCBA does not sell, share, or otherwise disclose the information we collect through our website or online resources, except as provided in this policy. We may disclose information to third parties who provide us with various business services, including monitoring and maintaining the website and preparing newsletters and mailings. We may also share Personally Identifiable Information with third parties with whom we are working to provide you with services or information.

We may also disclose information we collect in special cases, including when we have a reason to believe that such disclosure is necessary to identify, contact, or bring a legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with our rights and property or those of any other person. We may also disclose information when we believe the law requires it and in any situation that involves threats to any person’s physical safety.

If all or part of BCBA is merged into another entity, the information we have about you may be transferred to a third party as part of that transaction. We will try to assure that no Personally Identifiable Information that is transferred will be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with this policy without your consent. Your information may also be included among the assets affected by financing agreements undertaken by BCBA. Your continued use of this website would, however, signify your agreement to be bound by the privacy statement and other applicable terms of the subsequent owner or operator.

3. Will BCBA Transfer Your Information Internationally?

BCBA’s website and online resources are owned and operated in the United States, but the information you provide may be accessible by our affiliates and vendors in other countries. If you are visiting this site from a country other than the United States, your information will cross an international boundary. The level of protection for your information in the United States may not be the same as the level of protection in your country. By using this site, you consent to the collection, storage, and processing of your information in the United States and in any country to which we may transfer your information in the course of our business operations.

4. Is this Website Intended for Children?

BCBA’s website and online resources are not intended for children. We do not knowingly collect any Personally Identifiable Information from children under 13-years old. However, if the parent or the guardian of a child under 13 years old believes that the child has provided us with Personally Identifiable Information, the parent or guardian of that child should contact us at One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Attn. Executive Director to request the information’s deletion. Anyone under 18 years old should seek their parent’s or guardian’s permission prior to using or disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information to BCBA.

5. How Can You Control and Update Your Information with BCBA?
BCBA wants to keep only accurate information about you. To update or correct your contact information, please email us at elizabeth.babson@dbr.com. At any time, you may also email us at elizabeth.babson@dbr.com to ask that we to remove your name, contact information, and email address from the lists we use to send our mailings and contact you. We may retain a copy of your Personally Identifiable Information, however, for our record-keeping purposes.

6. How Does BCBA Keep Your Information Secure?

BCBA takes reasonable steps to protect your information from unauthorized access. However, no internet transmission is ever completely secure or error free. In particular, email sent using this website or another online resource may not be secure. You should take special care before deciding to send us information via email. If you create an account on BCBA’s site, it is your responsibility to protect your access credentials from unauthorized access or use.

7. Is BCBA Responsible for the Websites It Links to?
We are not. We do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of third-party websites or resources, and our privacy policy does not apply to any sites that are not affiliated with BCBA, even if you access them via a link on our site. You should review the privacy policies of any third-party site before providing any information.

8. How Can You Contact Us About this Policy?

Questions about this policy may be directed to our Executive Director at elizabeth.babson@dbr.com, or you can call us at (215) 988-2700. You can also write to us at:
Executive Director
Benefit Company Bar Association
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6996

Your California Privacy Rights
: California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to the address provided above. Be sure to include your name and address. If you would like a response via email, please include an email address. Otherwise, we will respond by postal mail within the time required by law.

9. What Else Do You Need to Know?
BCBA reserves the right to amend this policy at our discretion. When changes are made, we will post the updated policy and the date of its revision.

Our Policy on Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Cookies save you the trouble of reentering certain information in some registration areas, help to deliver content-specific information to you, and track which sections of the site are most popular. A “cookie” is actually a file that our web server or the web server of one of our third-party partners may send to your computer when you access one of our sites. This file is then stored on your computer.

Why do we use cookies and other tracking technologies?

As mentioned in our policy above, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for a number of purposes. For example, we may use cookies to “remember” information you have entered on our site, like your email login to your Alumni Network Account. We may use cookies to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of the information we supply to you and other users and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping users reach that information.

How does our site respond to web browser “Do Not Track” signals?
Certain web browsers and other programs may be used to signal your preferences to BCBA about how or whether BCBA or third parties may collect information about your online activities. Currently, our websites and online resources do not respond to such signals.

What choices do you have about cookies?
The Digital Advertising Alliance maintains a website where consumers can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of the network advertising companies participating in the program (www.AboutAds.info/choices/).

In addition, most internet browsers allow you to change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, which lets you choose whether or not to accept it, or to automatically refuse all cookies. Please be aware that some functionality on some of our websites and online resources relies on the use of cookies and may not be available should you choose to refuse all cookies.