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Privacy Statement

Our goal in creating the Erickson Immigration Group website is to provide you with the type of information that may be helpful to your case. We encourage you to visit our website; you don’t have to feel compelled to provide any information about yourself.

However, there are times, when we may need some information from you, such as your name and e-mail address, to correspond with you or provide you with a subscription to our newsletter or blog. If you choose to give us personal information via the Internet, it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information. If you tell us that you do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact with you, we will respect your wishes.

If you receive a marketing e-mail from Erickson Immigration Group, your e-mail address is either listed with us as someone who has expressly shared that address for the purpose of receiving information in the future (you have “opted in” or “subscribed” to the communication), or you have an existing relationship with us.

We will not share, sell, give or rent your personal information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law.

The information you submit to us is available only to employees who manage this information for the purposes of sending you marketing e-mail communications and to contracted service providers for the purposes of providing services related to our communications with you.

We use security measures to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information.

Each of our marketing e-mails includes an automated way for you to opt out (unsubscribe) from that particular communication or from all marketing e-mails sent by our Firm. Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you received.

Please note that if you reply to an Erickson Immigration Group address in one of our marketing e-mails, the communication you send to us will not create a lawyer-client relationship with us. Do not send us any information that you or anyone else considers to be confidential or secret unless we have first agreed to be your lawyers in that matter. Any information you send us before we agree to be your lawyers cannot be protected from disclosure.

 

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 1, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group (“EIG”, “we”, “our”, “us”) is a U.S. based law firm that serves clients in the U.S., European Union (EU), and in other countries around the world. We respect your privacy concerns and value the relationship we have with you. Our Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, and disclose the personal information of individuals who visit our sites, use our online services, or receive legal services from us (“you”) and details the rights and choices you have with regard to your personal information.  “Personal information” generally means information that enables you to be identified or recognized.  “Personal data” is a category of personal information, defined by the General Data Protection Regulation and only applicable to visitors or clients based in the EU.

Information Collection

You may browse our website without providing any personal information. However, we may collect personal information from you if you submit a job application, sign up to receive emails from us, or otherwise contact us directly.  In addition, as a function of normal logging, we automatically collect information about your access to our website, such as your IP address or the type of browser you are using, the search terms you use on our website, the specific web pages you visit on our website, and the duration of your visits.

In the course of providing legal services to our clients, we collect several categories of personal information, including: contact details (which may include name, address, email address, phone and fax contact details and associated local time zone information); employment details (which may include company name, job title, grade, demographic and location data); financial details (e.g. credit, payment and bank details); and IT systems information (which may include user ID). We also collect sensitive data, such as data regarding health, race, and national origin.

We sometimes obtain your personal information from third parties, such as your employer, or third parties we work closely with, including referral sources.

Information Use and Sharing

Any personal information that you provide will be used solely to respond to your inquiry. We will not contact you about other matters, unless you specifically request it, nor will we rent or sell your personal information.  For example, if you submit a resume to us in connection with a job application, we will use the information provided only for the internal application review process.

We generally do not share your personal information outside our firm.  However, we may store your personal information with third party service providers, such as case management software providers, system maintenance and back-up providers. If you are our client, we may also share your information with third parties in accordance with our engagement terms.  Any such third parties will be under an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information.

We may use the personal information we collect about you, either by itself or aggregated with other information, in a variety of ways, such as to analyze website traffic, which allows us to improve the design and content of our website.

We may disclose personal information about you as required by law, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; or (c) to protect or defend our legal rights or property, our website, or other users.  In addition, we may disclose personal information in the event of a sale or transfer of our business for the purpose of evaluating and/or performing the proposed transaction (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).

Links to Third-Party Sites

Our website may link to or contain links to other third-party websites that we do not control or maintain. We are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by any third-party website.

Cookies and Web Beacons[1]

We use “cookies” and “web beacons” (also called “clear gifs” or “pixel tags”) to obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses our website. “Cookies” are small files that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive or your Web browser memory so we can remember who you are, and to provide convenience and other features to you, such as recognizing you as a frequent user of our website. “Web beacons” are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and may be used to track the online movements of users, when an email has been opened, and to provide other information. We use cookies and web beacons to personalize your interaction on our website and to collect anonymous, aggregated information to assist us in understanding how users use our website.

You are not required to accept cookies. However, some parts of our website will not function properly or be available to you if you refuse to accept a cookie or choose to disable the acceptance of cookies.

Google Analytics. In addition to using cookies and related technologies as described above, we use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use our website. You can opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Google Adwords. We also use third party vendor re-marketing tracking cookies, including the Google Adwords tracking cookie. This means we will continue to show ads to you across the internet. As always we respect your privacy and are not collecting any identifiable information through the use of Google’s or any other third party remarketing system. If you don’t want to see our ads, you can opt-out of interest-based advertising here http://optout.networkadvertising.org/.

Our Commitment to Security

We have implemented security measures we consider reasonable and appropriate to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and we are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personal information.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our visitors who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Because we do not disclose your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes, we are exempt from the requirement to respond to such requests.

Visitors Located in the EU

If you are located in the European Union or European Economic Area, the following sections apply with respect to any personal data we collect through the use of our website.

Legal Basis for Processing

As part of our new client onboarding procedures, we process your personal data to verify your identity and to perform conflict of interest searches. The legal basis of this processing is performance of a contract for our services to which you are a party.

We process your personal data to provide you with immigration services based on your consent.

We use your personal data to send you legal updates and news by email, or to otherwise contact you about our services we think may interest you. The legal basis for this activity is legitimate interest – to develop and grow our business and services and promote EIG.

Data Privacy Rights

You have the following rights concerning your personal data that we process and maintain.  You may exercise these rights at any time by contacting us at dpo@eiglaw.com:

  • Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the data that we maintain about you;
  • Right of rectification – you have a right to correct any inaccuracy or incompletion in the data we maintain about you;
  • Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances, you can request that we delete the data we maintain about you;
  • Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply, you may have the right to restrict our processing of your personal data;
  • Right of portability – you have the right to have the data we maintain about you transferred to another organization; and
  • Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing, such as direct marketing.

Please note that we will not be able to delete data that we require to maintain our business purpose or that is otherwise required to perform or facilitate your contract with us. When appropriate, any data privacy requests you submit to us will be forwarded to the parties with whom we shared your personal data.

When you provide us with certain types of sensitive data, we request your consent to use the data for certain described purposes.  When you give us your consent, you are giving us permission to process your personal data specifically for the purpose identified in the consent request. If we ask you for additional personal data, we will obtain your consent to our proposed use of that data if required.  You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at dpo@eiglaw.com.  We may require that you verify your identity by a process we will communicate to you at the time of your request.

Transfers of Personal Data

This is a United States-based website and is subject to United States law. Your personal data may be transferred to, stored, and processed in a country other than the one in which it was collected, including the United States. When we transfer your data, we do so in compliance with applicable data protection laws, including transferring data subject to the terms of an agreement that incorporates the standard contractual clauses adopted by the European Commission.

 

Revisions to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to revise this policy or any part of it from time to time. We will post a new or revised policy to our website, and suggest you review our Privacy Policy periodically. The current effective date for our Privacy Policy is always listed at the top of the policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please contact us at dpo@eiglaw.com.

 

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Policy

Effective Date: October 2020

Erickson Immigration Group (“EIG”, “we”, “our” or “us”) complies with the US-EU Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from Individual Customers in the European Union member countries. EIG has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles of notice, choice, accountability for onward transfer, security, data integrity and purpose limitation, access, recourse, enforcement, and liability. If there is any conflict between the policies in this Privacy Shield Policy and the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles, the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov and to view our certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has jurisdiction over EIG’s compliance with the Privacy Shield.

Scope

This Policy applies to the processing of Individual Customer Personal Data that EIG receives in the United States concerning Individual Customers who reside in the European Union.

This Policy does not cover data from which individual persons cannot be identified or situations in which pseudonyms are used. (The use of pseudonyms involves the replacement of names or other identifiers with substitutes so that identification of individual persons is not possible.)

Privacy Shield Principles

Notice:

EIG notifies Data Subjects covered by this Privacy Shield Policy about its data practices regarding Personal Data received by EIG in the U.S. from European Union member countries in reliance on the respective Privacy Shield framework, including the types of Personal Data it collects about them, the purposes for which it collects and uses such Personal Data, the types of third parties to which it discloses such Personal Data and the purposes for which it does so, the rights of Data Subjects to access their Personal Data, the choices and means that EIG offers for limiting its use and disclosure of such Personal Data, how EIG’s obligations under the Privacy Shield are enforced, and how Data Subjects can contact EIG with any inquiries or complaints.

Choice:

If Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy is to be used for a new purpose that is materially different from that for which the Personal Data was originally collected or subsequently authorized, or is to be disclosed to a not previously approved third party, EIG will provide Data Subjects with an opportunity to choose whether to have their Personal Data so used or disclosed. Requests to opt out of such uses or disclosures of Personal Data should be sent to: dpo@eiglaw.com

Accountability for Onward Transfer

This Privacy Shield Policy and the Privacy Policy describe how EIG shares Personal Data.

In the context of an onward transfer, a EIG has responsibility for the processing of personal information it receives under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. The EIG shall remain liable under the Principles if its agent processes such personal information in a manner inconsistent with the Principles, unless EIG proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

Except as permitted or required by applicable law and in accordance with EIG’s role as a controller or processor, EIG provides EU clients with an opportunity to opt out of sharing their Personal Data with third-party controllers. EIG requires third-party controllers to whom it discloses the Personal Data of EU clients to contractually agree to (a) only process the Personal Data for limited and specified purposes consistent with the consent provided by the relevant client, (b) provide the same level of protection for Personal Data as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles, and (c) notify EIG and cease processing Personal Data (or take other reasonable and appropriate remedial steps) if the third-party controller determines that it cannot meet its obligation to provide the same level of protection for Personal Data as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles.

EIG may disclose Personal Data to trusted third parties as indicated in the Privacy Policy without offering an opportunity to opt out. EIG requires that its agents and service providers that have access to Personal Data within the scope of this Privacy Shield Policy provide the same level of protection as required by the Privacy Shield Principles. We ensure that our agents process Personal Data received under the Privacy Shield in a manner consistent with our obligations under the Privacy Shield Principles.

We may also need to disclose Personal Data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, for law enforcement or national security reasons, or when such action is necessary to comply with a judicial proceeding or court order, or when otherwise required by law. We do not offer an opportunity to opt out from this category of disclosure.

Security:

EIG takes reasonable and appropriate measures to protect Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction, taking into due account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the Personal Data.

Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation:

EIG limits the collection of Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy to information that is relevant for the purposes of processing. EIG does not process such Personal Data in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by the Data Subject.

EIG takes reasonable steps to ensure that such Personal Data is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current. EIG takes reasonable and appropriate measures to comply with the requirement under the Privacy Shield to retain Personal Data in identifiable form only for as long as it serves a purpose of processing, which includes EIG’s obligations to comply with professional standards, EIG’s business purposes and unless a longer retention period is permitted by law, and it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles for as long as it retains such Personal Data.

Access:

Data Subjects whose Personal Data is covered by this Privacy Shield Policy have the right to access such Personal Data and to correct, amend, or delete such Personal Data if it is inaccurate or has been processed in violation of the Privacy Shield Principles (except when the burden or expense of providing access, correction, amendment, or deletion would be disproportionate to the risks to the Data Subject’s privacy, or where the rights of persons other than the Data Subject would be violated).  Requests for access, correction, amendment, or deletion should be sent to: dpo@eiglaw.com.

Recourse, Enforcement, and Liability:

EIG’s participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is subject to investigation and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, EIG commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your Personal Data. Data Subjects with inquiries or complaints regarding this Privacy Shield Policy should first contact EIG at: dpo@eiglaw.com.

If you have questions or concerns that are not satisfied through this process, you may bring your concern to the United States Council for International Business EU Data Protection Authorities (USCIB EU DPA) https://www.uscib.org/icc-dispute-resolution/.

In addition, you have the possibility, under certain conditions, to invoke binding arbitration for complaints regarding Privacy Shield compliance not resolved by any of the other Privacy Shield mechanisms. Additional information provided at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction