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Privacy Policy

Last modified: 3/13/2023

Introduction

Melancon Legal PLLC ("We" or “Our”) respects your privacy, and we are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.

Any capitalized terms used but not defined in this privacy policy has the meaning provided to it in Our Terms of Use.

If We get data from or about you from a different source, then it is not governed by this privacy policy unless We explicitly state otherwise. This policy also doesn’t apply to any links to other websites. Links to other websites are governed by the privacy policies of those specific websites.

This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website Melancon.legal (our "Website") and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.

What You Can Do to Let Us Know You Accept This Privacy Policy

The internet is a big place, and it's hard to keep track of everybody who visits Us and agrees or disagrees with Our privacy policy. Because of that, when you select “I ACCEPT” when available to you or you access or use the Website, you accept the terms of this policy. If you don't like this policy and don't want your data treated the way described here, then you have to stop using the site.

Information We Collect About You

We use this section to explain Our data collection practices to you. We combine the data We have about you together. For example, We might combine information about how long you were on Our Website with your Username. Any information We combine will be treated as if it is all equally sensitive information, and We only collect information from you that allows Us to make the site run smoothly and provide you with Our Services.

 

Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information (“PII”) is information that can identify you as a person or a combination of information that reveals who you are.  PII can be either something very specific about you, like your full name, or it can be a combination of general details that let me narrow down the possibilities until I figure out that it can only be you.

What

While using Our Service, We may ask you to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • email address,

  • full name,

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address,

  • telephone number,

  • workplace, and/or

  • login details.

When

We may seek personally identifiable information from you using a number of methods, including:

  • Registration;

  • Contact forms;

  • Other online forms;

  • Automated means

  • Social media logins

  • Emails or calls to customer service

  • Affiliated companies; and

  • From our processors.

Why

  • We use personally identifiable information in order to connect You to “Melancon Legal PLLC” branded properties (individually, “Property”, collectively “Properties“) and enable the exchange of information between You and those Properties. Personally identifiable information may be used by Properties in order to provide services to You when such services have been requested by You.

  • We may use Your information for marketing purposes. However, We allow Our users to opt out of marketing if that is their preference.

  • We store any personally identifiable information that we’ve collected for as long as the account is maintained, unless otherwise required under the laws of Texas or the United States, or the professional rules governing lawyers.

 

Non-Identifiable Personal Information

Non-identifiable personal information is information that cannot be linked directly to You without being combined with personally identifiable information.

What

We purposefully seek the following non-identifiable personal information from You in a variety of circumstances:

  • Referral Links Used;

  • Search Terms; and

  • General location data.

When

We may request non-identifiable personal information from You in a variety of ways, including through:

  • Contact Forms; and

  • Through Automated Means.

Why

We use non-identifiable personal information in order to better provide Our services and to better understand Our general market segment.

We store any non-identifiable personal information that we’ve collected for no longer than one month unless necessary to provide services to You or otherwise required by law or the professional rules governing lawyers.

 

Sensitive Information

Sensitive information is the type of information that You might not necessarily want people to know, or at least, You would want to control who knows the information and how they come across it. An example of sensitive information could be Your credit score or Your social security number. As You can imagine, sensitive information should only be requested by a company if they really need the information to provide You with services.

We collect some sensitive information from You for various reasons and at various times, including credit card or bank account numbers, or legally relevant client information. When We collect sensitive information, it’s used only for the purpose for which it is submitted. We collect that information through registration, contact forms, emails or calls to customer service, from affiliated companies, and from Our processors. We store sensitive information for only as long as necessary to process a single transaction for which the information was collected, unless required in order to provide You with requested service or otherwise required by law or the professional rules governing lawyers.

 

About Automated Collection

Automated technologies help Us make Our Website run more smoothly. Through the use of automated means, We are able to see which of Our pages are most popular, how users find Our website, what causes errors in the website, and a lot of other details which help Us make the website the best it can be.

We may use a number of automation technologies, including cookies. Flash cookies, web beacons, or others as they become available or necessary.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that a website sends to Your computer to try to make Your experience online a smoother one. Cookies often contain very little data, such as a User ID or the last time You logged in to a particular site. When Your computer connects to the website, the website might read the cookie to figure out whether You’re a returning customer, whether You’ve seen the most recent privacy policy update, or whether You need to be automatically logged out. As You can probably tell from those examples, cookies serve a variety of necessary functions. However, if You’d prefer, You can disable cookies. You can visit www.allaboutcookies.org for information about deleting and blocking cookies on Your browser.

Our automated technologies are supported by the use of other companies’ technologies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Please note that disabling and deleting cookies might make this website (and others) work improperly.

Flash Cookies

Flash cookies are functionally similar to regular cookies, but they are not subject to the same controls as regular cookies are. While You can follow the directions in the “Cookies” section to block most cookies, flash cookies require a different type of opt out. To learn how You can manage Your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s website.

Web Beacons

Web Beacons are tiny files that load when a user completes an action like visiting a particular webpage, or opening an email. Because the tiny file is loaded from a server, and the server can see that Your computer is trying to open the page or email, the server can deduce that You have visited the page or viewed the email.

“Do Not Track”

“Do Not Track” signals are a brand new feature that some web browsers allow their users to send. The idea behind the “Do Not Track” signals is that all of the websites of various companies will come to an agreement about standardizing a way to not track people who visit their websites. That way, people who turn on “Do Not Track” will always know what parts of their privacy are protected without having to read every single privacy policy.

There is not yet an industry consensus on how to handle “Do Not Track” signals, so Our website is not yet set up to handle them. In the future, this section will discuss how the “Do Not Track” signals are honored.

 

Who Else Sees Your Data

Most websites who collect user data have relationships with other companies or people that result in user data being shared with those companies or people. This section explains how those relationships work, and what Our relationships with others look like when it comes to Your data.

When We share Your data with third parties, We restrict them from using that data other than to help Us perform Our services or obligations through this website.

 

Processors Who Help Us Run Our Site

Most businesses need others’ help to run properly (imagine using eBay without PayPal!). When a business hires another business or uses another business’s services, that other business is sometimes called a third party processor, or a subprocessor.

We try to keep this section up-to-date with who Our subprocessors are, and what kinds of information they collect.

As of the date that these terms were last updated, Our subprocessors include:

  • Facebook

  • Ghost Foundation Ltd (Ghost.io)

  • Google Analytics

  • Google Workspace

  • n8n

  • Twitter

Our subprocessors have access to a variety of information, insofar as their access to the data is necessary to help Us provide services to You. For more information on the privacy practices of Our subprocessors, please visit their web pages.

 

Third Parties We Share Information With

Businesses often have complicated relationships with other businesses. Some companies are owned by other companies, they work with companies that are owned by the same company, they engage in partnerships, and find any variety of ways to work together to bring services and products to the public. We may currently share information with some third parties. Before We get into that, You should know that if We ever sell the company, part of the company, or any of the assets of the company, Our users’ data would probably be shared with the purchasing company or person. Be aware that sharing of Your data might have to happen in that kind of circumstance.

In terms of what is currently being shared, We may share Your information with:

  • n/a

We may always share data, if Our legal counsel believes it is required of us, in order to comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request. We may also share data, at Our discretion, if We believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the company, Our customers, or others. We may also share data to protect ours or other people’s rights, or in connection with a sale, merger, etc. of the company, or sharing that is necessary for Us to run Our site or services.

 

Third Parties Who Share Information With Us

Some companies get information from third parties for a variety of reasons. One example might be if a website is trying to create a more personalized web browsing experience for their users. If a website knows the kind of content You like, and they’re able to share that information with another website, then that other website can also make sure to only show You content that You like. However, there can be any number of reasons why a website needs information from third parties, like for credit checks, allowing users to login through social media, or other reasons.

But We don’t collect any information about Our users from third parties.

 

Children Under the Age of Majority

Our Website is not intended for anyone under the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction, and in no case is Our website to be used by anyone under the age of 18 years of age. No one under the age of majority may provide any information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from those under the age of majority. If You are under the age of majority, do not use or provide any information on this Website  or through any of its features, register on the Website, make any purchases through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website, or provide any information about Yourself to us, including Your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name You may use. If We learn We have collected or received personal information from a person under the age of majority , We will delete that information. If You believe We might have any information from or about a person under the age of majority, please contact us.

 

Security

We make efforts to provide security to Our user data. It’s impossible to guarantee that data security will be 100% effective, that’s why You hear about hacks or viruses all the time now. Small companies, large companies, and even governments are sometimes the victims of cyber attacks. We take steps to protect Your data by encrypting data in transit, encrypting data at rest, seeking the physical security of servers, enforcing binding confidentiality obligations on employees, providing regular security trainings for employees, conducting external security audits, documenting internal data management policies that are strictly enforced, conducting penetration testing, performing reviews and updates to security measures and policies, and providing annual budgeting for security solutions purchases, upgrades, and maintenance.

When We delete Your information at Your request, or due to Our recordkeeping practices, it is first offered to the user if the user is a client or customer of one of the Properties. No physical copies of data are kept. When data is removed from Our servers, it may remain among Our data backups. Data which remains in backups will be overwritten on a set schedule in keeping with Our data management practices.

 

Your Choices and Rights

This section describes your choices and rights regarding how We handle your data. In order to protect User data from theft or misuse, We may need to request specific information from you to help Us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights).

You won’t have to pay anything to exercise your rights, the only exceptions being if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. In those situations, We might also refuse to comply with your request.

You may submit a request to know or a request to delete your personal information through an authorized agent. If you do so, the agent must present signed written permission to act on your behalf and you may also be required to independently verify your identity and submit proof of your residency with us.

We try to respond to all legitimate requests under these rights within one month. Occasionally it could take Us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, We will notify you and keep you updated as to when We expect to have the request completed.

The rights guaranteed by law (as described below) only generally apply to people and companies who are present in and residents of those jurisdictions. If access to the rights listed below are not guaranteed for you by law, then they are unavailable to you.

 

California Rights

The rights listed in this section are specific to California residents.

California's "Shine the Light" law allows California Users of Our Website to request certain information regarding Our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We attempt to be transparent about where your data is going. If you would like to request more information or clarification about whether your data is only going to third parties as described in this privacy policy, please contact Us using your preferred method in the “Contact Info” section at the end of this policy.

California Users are also allowed to opt out of any sales of their personal information that may occur. Users who opt out may opt back in at any time.

California Users may request that We delete their personal information, but those requests have some exceptions. One example of an exception would be if you paid for one of Our products or services, and then requested that your data be deleted before We could deliver the product or service you paid for.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We ask that You check back from time to time to see if any changes have been made to this policy. Continued use of the website after any changes are made means that You accept the changes.

The date that the most recent updates went into effect is listed at the beginning of this policy.

 

Contact Info

If You ever have any questions, concerns, or comments about this policy or about exercising the options made available to You in this privacy policy, please contact Us at the email listed below.

Online Properties Manager

info@melancon.legal

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