Effective Date: June 2016
This Privacy Statement describes how Baker & McKenzie LLP (“Baker McKenzie”) collects, uses, and discloses certain personal information obtained through our global public websites at www.bakermckenzie.com and bakerxchange.com (“Websites”). The website for a local Baker McKenzie office may have a privacy statement that differs from this Privacy Statement. Please review the website privacy statement for the relevant local office for any information that applies specifically to that local office. This Privacy Statement does not address information collection through other sources such as in-person seminars or an attorney’s personal contacts. By visiting the Website(s) you are accepting and consent to the practices and provisions set out in this Privacy Statement.
Personal Information Collection and Use
In general, you can visit our Websites without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. There are times, however, when we ask for personally identifiable information from you, such as your name, company, e-mail address, phone number, and address as well as other personal contact details (“Personal Information”). We request this information in order to:
- correspond with you, to provide you with a subscription to a newsletter or publication,
- notify you about events, or otherwise to respond to your requests or provide you with information that we consider may be of interest to you;
- provide and improve our services to you and to our clients including handling Personal Information of others on behalf of our clients;
- market our services;
- assist recruitment;
- improve our websites;
- compile anonymous statistics, for example, Website usage statistics;
- fulfil our legal obligations; and
- deal with situations when you report a problem with our Website(s).
Where applicable, we will differentiate between personal data fields that are optional and those that are mandatory to obtain the requested information. The information you give to us may include Personal Information, such as your name, address, email address and other personal contact details. The other information that can be gathered when you visit our website(s) includes information in relation to your visit.
If you receive a marketing e-mail from Baker McKenzie, you will generally be provided with an automated way 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 receive. If you have received unwanted e-mail from our Firm, please forward a copy of that e-mail to Unsubscribe.
Please note that if you reply to a Baker McKenzie address in one of our marketing e-mails or otherwise send a communication to us, your communication 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.
Baker McKenzie is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, with member law firms around the world. We may share information we obtain about you, including Personal Information among our member law firms for purposes of responding to your requests or otherwise as necessary for the purposes described above. We may also in limited circumstances share Personal Information with government authorities or others as required to protect the interests of the Firm or others, as necessary in connection with the sale or transfer of all or a portion of the business, or as required by applicable legal or regulatory requirements or court order. If we are required to share your Personal Information we will use reasonable endeavours to notify you in advance, unless we are legally restricted from doing so or it is otherwise not practicable to do so.
International Data Transfers
These Websites are hosted on our web servers in the United States. If you are located in a non-US jurisdiction, for example in the European Economic Area ("EEA") / European Union ("EU") you agree that the provision of Personal Information or other access to our Websites constitutes your consent to the transfer of such data/information, including Personal Information, to the United States, a jurisdiction that may not provide an equivalent level of data protection to the laws in your home country however we have procedures in place to ensure the protection of your information, including your Personal Information.
Baker McKenzie maintains appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration.
Links to Other Websites
The privacy practices set forth in this Privacy Statement are for our Websites only. These Websites may contain links to other sites. Baker McKenzie is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other sites. If you link to or otherwise visit any other site, please review the privacy policies posted at that site.
Cookies and Passive Tracking
A "cookie" is an element of data that can be sent to your browser. Your browser may then store it on your system based on the preferences you have set on your browser. Cookies gather information about your operating system including, but not limited to, browser type, and Internet Protocol (IP) address. Baker McKenzie Websites use this information to analyze the traffic on our Websites, to look at the pages views as well as the length of time on each page and better serve you when you return to our Websites. It is not our intention to use such information to personally identify a user. This information is held in an aggregated and anonymous form. You have the option to configure your Internet browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. Further, you have the option to block all cookies. Please note, however, that if you refuse or otherwise block cookies you may not be able to use all of the functionality available on the Websites.
Access and Correction
You have the right to access, delete or update the Personal Information you submit through our Websites, or to make any inquiries about the processing of such information. If you wish to do so, please contact us as described below. We provide individuals with access to their Personal Information where we believe appropriate, including in situations where you are entitled to access and review your Personal Information under applicable data protection and privacy laws.
Revisions to this Privacy Statement
Baker McKenzie reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement from time to time. Please check the Privacy Statement frequently and particularly before you submit additional personal information via the Website. All revisions to this Privacy Statement will be posted on the Website via a link from the homepage. We also display the effective date of the Privacy Statement on the top of this page.
Questions or Comments
For questions or comments about our Privacy Statement, or if you need assistance accessing or updating information we have collected about you, please contact:
City Quays One
7 Clarendon Road
Niall McSorley is in the Firm's Global Services group in Belfast and, with Peter Engstrom the Firm's General Counsel, is responsible for the content of this Privacy Statement.