Effective Date: 09/28/2014
Like most website operators, Choate collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Choate’s purpose in collecting nonpersonally identifying information is to better understand how Choate’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Choate may release nonpersonally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Choate also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Choate does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personallyidentifying information, as described below.
Certain visitors to Choate’s websites choose to interact with Choate in ways that require Choate to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Choate gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we may ask visitors who sign up for the job listing service at Choate.com to provide a username and email address and other information. Those who engage in transactions with Choate – by purchasing access to premium services, for example – may be asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information (such as credit card number and billing zip code) required to process those transactions. In each case, Choate collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Choate. Choate does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Choate may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Choate may monitor the most popular job listing sites on the Choate.com service, or republish job listings on Choate branded portals. Choate may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Choate does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Choate discloses potentially personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Choate’s behalf or to provide services available at Choate’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Choate will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Choate discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Choate believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Choate, third parties or the public at large. If Choate is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personally identifiable information.
We may also provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
If you are a registered user of a Choate website and have supplied your email address, Choate may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Choate and our products. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails, or you can contact us at email@example.com. We expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), Choate takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Our third party partners employ clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), images, and scripts that help them better manage content on our site. We do not tie the information gathered to our Customers’ or Users’ personally-identifying information.
Choate always transmits and stores personal information securely. This prevents potential hackers from "tapping" a data conversation. Your login credentials are encrypted with strong encryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard. The data security standards we have in place include auditing, logging, backups, and safe-guarding data. Our servers are housed in datacenters that are ISO27001 certified, the highest and most current standard for managing systems and data securely. All datacenter facilities are protected by professional security staff utilizing video surveillance, intrusion detection systems and other electronic means. Authorized staff must pass two-factor authentication a minimum of two times to access data center floors.
No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, amend, delete/remove, or deactivate it by emailing our Customer Support at email@example.com or by contacting us by at the contact information listed below. We will respond to your request to access within 30 days. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. Choate stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at email@example.com to request that we remove this information from our database.