Legal Netlink Alliance
For thirty years, Legal Netlink Alliance has served the needs of clients worldwide.
For thirty years, Legal Netlink Alliance has served the needs of clients worldwide.
This website is owned and operated by Legal Netlink Alliance, a global network of independent law firms. Legal Netlink Alliance consists of two companies: (i) LEGAL NETLINK, INC., PO Box 1802, 126 Stonehenge Drive, Suite 107, Crossville TN 38558-6274, USA and (ii) LEGAL NETLINK EUROPE LTD., Company number 03717858, 10 St Bride Street, 5th Floor, London EC4A 4AD, United Kingdom (jointly referred to as “LNA”, “LNA entities“ or “we” ). We regard both entities as one group and our joint activities (e.g. marketing, communication with public, global membership issues) most often relate to the LNA brand and not the individual entity.
The main purpose of the LNA website is to raise LNA brand awareness, communicate with public, present the network and its member firms and provide a single place for searching of member law firms according to their country and expertise.
Please note that each of the LNA entities may act as a sole controller when it comes to processing of personal data for which the LNA entity itself determined the purposes and means of processing (e.g. accounting, employment, corporate issues, local membership issues). These activities are not dealt with here but in each entity’s own privacy policies.
In this document we explain:
Our website and its sub-domains may contain links to individual LNA member firms and third-party websites. These websites have their own personal data protection policies and we do not assume any responsibility for these policies. Before submitting any personal data to such websites you should check their policies.
1.THE ESSENCE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEN LNA ENTITIES
The joint controllers’ arrangements between the LNA entities are as follows:
However, the data subject may exercise his or her rights in respect of and against each of the personal data controllers;
2.WHERE TO CONTACT US
If you have any questions concerning our processing of the personal data, you can contact us:
FROM COUNTRIES OTHER THAN USA:
Please note that LNA is not entitled to handle or respond to request of data subjects on behalf of our member firms. If you have questions about how our members process personal data, please contact them directly.
3.HOW WE PROCESS PERSONAL DATA
i)Visitors to our website/fan pages
As you interact with our website, we will automatically collect certain technical data about your equipment and browsing actions by using cookies:
Duration: 1 day
Cookie purpose description: Ensures visitor browsing security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor and therefore it is considered a necessary cookie.
Duration: 1 day
Cookie purpose description: the cookie is handling the Session (checks if you are logged in, keeps logged in user persistence). This cookie is a necessary cookie.
We do not use the data for any ads targeting, user tracking or user profiling.
Visitors to LNA fan pages on Facebook and LinkedIn
LNA uses fan pages on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/legalnetlinkalliance/ and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/legal-netlink-alliance-inc/ („fan pages“). The fan pages are used to increase LNA brand awareness, for communication with public, presenting the network and their member firms, success stories and news. We consider that it is our legitimate interest (Art. 6 (1) letter f) GDPR) to operate LNA fan pages and process certain personal information for this purpose, while we need to communicate with our members, existing and prospective clients of our members and the public on the social networks.
We may receive certain personal information when you visit our fan pages. We may typically receive personal data (depending on the user’s profile settings and privacy settings on each social network) when visitors communicate with us on our fan pages, “Like” us, put comment, share or otherwise respond to our activities or posts. We assume that the users provided us with this personal information actively and voluntarily.
Regarding our fan page on Facebook, please note that in connection with the processing of statistical data on the use of our Facebook profile, we have the status of a joint controller with Facebook, while basic information on the agreement of joint controllers can be found here:
The personal data are processed for ten years.
Furthermore, we inform you that if you click on the button of the social network placed on our website, you will be redirected to the website which is operated by third parties (Facebook, LinkedIn), and which have their own privacy policies for which we assume no responsibility. The operators of social networks may place cookies on the computer or any other device of the person who visited our fan page, some of them (e.g. Facebook) do so regardless of whether the person has the social network account or not. Cookies of the social networks (including Facebook) are used and managed by the social network operators. In other words, the social networks process personal data for their own purposes and may even transfer the data to countries which do not provide sufficient level of protection of personal data (e.g. USA). You can find more information about Cookies Policy and Personal Data Protection Policies here:
Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA):
LinkedIn (LinkedIn Corporation, Sunnyvale, USA):
Finally, please note that if you click on the Facebook/LinkedIn button available on our website while you are signed in and/or registered to your Facebook/LinkedIn account, the content of the website is redirected to your Facebook/LinkedIn profile. Consequently, Facebook/LinkedIn may associate your visit to our website with your user account.
These tools allow you to automatically identify and delete third-party digital identifiers (including those from Facebook) in your browser, thereby preventing your personal data from being processed.
ii)Communication (e.g. through a contact form or electronically);
If you decide to communicate with us (e.g. by using contact form or by sending an email), we receive your personal data you provide in such communication (in particular, e-mail, name, surname, job position, content of the message etc.). We assume that you provide such personal data voluntarily and that the provided data is correct and up-to-date. Handling of your correspondence is our legitimate interest (Art. 6 par.1 letter f) of the GDPR), but you can object against processing on grounds relating to your particular situation (in such a case, however, dealing with your correspondence may not be possible). We also assume that by sending a message to us you are expecting and agreeing that we may subsequently contact you by e-mail, phone or by an electronic message with the aim of dealing with your correspondence or request. Your personal data are processed only for the duration of the purpose of their processing, and shall be deleted without delay after the purpose of the processing ended.
iii)New membership inquiry
If you decide to send us a new membership inquiry, we will receive personal information which you provide in the form. We receive mainly the basic identification data (name, surname, company), contact details (e-mail, phone number) and content of your message. The inquiring candidate member firm shall be responsible for fulfilling all information obligations towards the data subjects whose personal data are provided. We rely that you are providing us with the personal data legally, under the knowledge (and where necessary, consent) of the data subjects and that the data is correct and up-to-date. During the application assessment we may process or request further personal data, including personal data of leading persons of the candidate member firm; nevertheless, they will be strictly limited to business or professional expertise.
LNA shall use the personal data in order to assess the application. We can also use the personal data in order to communicate with you by phone, e-mail or otherwise. It is our legitimate interest to deal with the inquiry, but the data subjects can object against processing based on their legitimate interest on grounds relating to their particular situation. In the case where you as an individual are the person, who applies for the membership, then the legal basis for the processing shall be Art. 6 par. 1 (b) (taking steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract).
Personal data may be disclosed to LNA EU and/or LNA US board members and in the final stage (before voting) to all LNA members.
Personal data provided by unsuccessful candidate member firms shall be erased within 6 months after the purpose of processing ended, unless we agree otherwise or unless there are legal or statutory requirements to keep the data for a longer time period.
iv)Administration of global LNA network
Purposes and legal basis for processing
We process personal data in following situations and for following purposes:
all of which we consider our legitimate interest (Art. 6 par.1 letter f) of the GDPR).
which we also consider our legitimate interest (Art. 6 par.1 letter f) of the GDPR). As LNA events are business events we consider it legitimate and usual to make and use the videos/photographs for purposes mentioned herein. Despite, the participants will always be informed accordingly and we will never proceed in a way which could undermine the seriousness, dignity and security of the data subjects; in special situations, we will ask the data subjects for their consent.
It is our legitimate interest to be able to apply/fulfil the rights and duties resulting from our contracts (e.g. we may process personal data of persons acting on behalf of our counterparty) - (Art. 6 par.1 letter f) of the GDPR). As the case may be, the processing may also be is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party (Art. 6 par.1 letter b) of the GDPR);
The data subject shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to his/her particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning him/her which is based on legitimate interest. The objection should be filed using the contacts mentioned in part II. hereof.
We process personal data of natural persons – most often members, partners, employees, staff or relevant contact persons of our member firms. We may also process personal data of other persons, if it is necessary for performing our tasks and providing our services (e.g. when organizing LNA meetings, introducing sponsors, speakers, guests). We may also process personal data of contact persons of our other business partners and natural persons who communicate with us. Personal data are provided directly by the data subjects (e.g. speakers, sponsors) or by their original controllers - member firms or our business partners (here we rely that the original controllers fulfil their information duties and provide us with the personal data with proper knowledge – or where necessary – consent of the data subject).
Extent of personal data processed
The data processed are strictly limited to the purpose which their processing serves. Most often, they include only basic identification data, contact data, data regarding experience or specializations (name, surname, title, position, contact details, expertise etc.) and – voluntarily – a photograph. For purposes of logging-in to the website, the member firms shall be provided with login and password details; the member firms should take reasonable care in how they treat, protect and disclose these data.
Retention periods are limited by (i) purpose, for which the personal data are used or (ii) statutory provisions or (iii) prescription periods. Personal data, which are no longer needed shall be erased from our databases within six months. However, deletion may not be well possible in cases where personal data were published during their lawful processing (e.g. in brochures, photographs from events). We will also retain and use the data in cases where it is necessary to comply with legal obligations, satisfy any legal, regulatory, tax, accounting or reporting requirements, or where we need to establish, exercise or continue to exercise our legal rights, assert/defend against legal claims.
4.DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL DATA
We may disclose or share personal data with third parties in particular in the following circumstances:
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
6.RIGHTS OF DATA SUBJECTS
LNA entities do not perform any automated individual decision making nor profiling.
The data subjects have the following rights:
Request access to their personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables the data subject to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about her/her and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal data that we hold about them. This enables the data subject to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about her/him corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data provided to us.
Request erasure of their personal data. This enables the data subjects to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. They also have the right to ask us to delete or remove their personal data where they have successfully exercised their right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed the information unlawfully or where we are required to erase personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with the request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to the data subjects, if applicable, at the time of their request.
Object to processing of their personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about their particular situation which makes them want to object to processing on this ground as they feel it impacts on their fundamental rights and freedoms. The data subjects also have the right to object where we are processing their personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process the information which override their rights and freedoms.
Request restriction of processing of personal data. This enables the data subjects to ask us to suspend the processing of their personal data in the following scenarios:
Request the transfer of their personal data to them or to a third party. We will provide to the subject subjects, or a third party they have chosen, their personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which they initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with the data subject.
Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process the personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before withdrawal the consent. If the data subject withdraws his/her consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to the data subject. We will advise if this is the case at the time the data subject withdraws his/her consent.
No fee usually required
The data subjects will not have to pay a fee to access the personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if the request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we could refuse to comply with the request in these circumstances.
What we may need from the data subject
We may need to request specific information to help us confirm the identity of the data subject. This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact the data subject to ask for further information in relation to the request to speed up our response.
Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it could take us longer than a month if the request is particularly complex or the subject has made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify the data subject and keep him/her updated.
If you believe that your rights are being violated in the processing of personal data or that there is a violation of the personal data protection laws you may file a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK regulator for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
DATE: August 2021
Last modified: June 15, 2021
Legal Netlink, Inc. (“Legal Netlink Alliance," "LNA,” “we,” or “us”) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.
This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website, www.legalnetlink.net (our “Website”) and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.
This policy applies to information we collect:
• On this Website.
• In email, text, and other electronic messages between you and this Website.
It does not apply to information collected by:
• Us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by LNA or any third party; or
• Any third party (including our members), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.
Our Website is not intended for any person under 18 years of age. No one under age 18 may provide any information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from persons under 18. If you are under 18, do not use or provide any information on this Website or through any of its features, register on the 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 anyone under 18, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about anyone under 18, please contact us at email@example.com.
Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It
We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information:
• By which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, or employer and/or any other identifier by which you may be contacted online or offline (”personal information”);
• That is about you but individually does not identify you, such as a law firm with which you are affiliated; and/or
• About your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Website, and usage details.
We collect this information:
• Directly from you when you provide it to us.
• Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses, and information collected through cookies.
• From third party business partners, for example, Google Analytics.
Information You Provide to Us
The information we collect on or through our Website may include:
• Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of applying for consideration to be admitted as a member of LNA, posting material, or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website.
• Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.
• You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies
As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:
• Details of your visits to our Website, including traffic data, logs, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website.
• Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type.
The information we collect automatically is only statistical data and does not include personal information. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
• Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
• Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
• Speed up your searches.
• Recognize you when you return to our Website.
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:
• Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. For information about managing your privacy and security settings for Flash cookies, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.
• We do not collect personal information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us.
We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. For information about how you can opt out of receiving targeted advertising from many providers, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information, below.
How We Use Your Information
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
• To present our Website and its contents to you.
• To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
• To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
• In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
• For any other purpose with your consent.
Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
• To our members.
• To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business.
• To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an email address to use to contact you regarding a membership inquiry, we will transmit the contents of that email and your email address to members of our Membership Committee.
• For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
• With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal information:
• To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
• If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of Legal Netlink Alliance, our members, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:
• We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (”NAI”) on the NAI’s website.
California residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Your California Privacy Rights, below, for more information.
Nevada residents who wish to exercise their sale opt-out rights under Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 603A may submit a request to this designated address: firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please know we do not currently sell data triggering that statute's opt-out requirements.
Your California Privacy Rights
California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our Website that are 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 send an email to email@example.com.
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls.
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.