PRIVACY POLICY OF MMAIPLAW.COM

PRIVACY POLICY OF MMAIPLAW.COM

 

Effective as of July 1, 2020

We at Law Offices of Michael M. Ahmadshahi, APC, Inc. (hereinafter “Company” or “MMAIPLAW.COM” or “LAW OFFICES” or “we” or “us” or “our”) created this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) because we know that you care about how information you provide to us is used and shared. This Privacy Policy relates to the information collection and use practices of MMAIPLAW.COM in connection with our Website and Services.

We strive to educate parents and kids about how to appropriately safeguard their privacy when using our Services. We are committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), which requires us to inform parents and legal guardians about our information collection and use practices. COPPA also requires that we obtain parental consent before we allow children under the age of 13 to access and/or use our Services. We urge kids to check with their parents before entering information through our Website and/or Services, and we recommend that parents discuss with their kids restrictions regarding the online release of Personal Information (as defined below) to anyone they don’t know.

By visiting our Website and/or using our Services, or by permitting your child to use our Services, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy and the accompanying Terms and Conditions of Service

Capitalized terms not defined in this Privacy Policy shall have the meaning set forth in our Terms and Conditions of Service.

Information We Collect

Personal Information

We do not collect any personal information from you unless you voluntarily provide it to us.

When you USE the Website, you may provide us with certain personal and case-related information, such as your first name, last name, email address, phone number, and a brief description of the legal matter. In this Privacy Policy, we refer to this information as “Personal Information.” As a User, , your Personal Information along with any other information you provide us in accordance with the use of the Service may be stored and used to assess the legal matter and to contact you, if we so choose, to discuss the issues relating to the legal matter. 

Other than the online contact information required to obtain parental consent, we do not collect any Personal Information from Users under the age of 13 unless the User’s parent or legal guardian has first provided us with consent for that User to use the Services and disclose Personal Information to us. If you are a User under the age of 13, please do not send any Personal Information to us if we have not obtained prior consent from your parent or guardian. If we learn we have collected Personal Information from a User under the age of 13 without parental consent, or if we learn a User under the age of 13 has provided us Personal Information beyond what we request from him or her, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a User under the age of 13 may have provided us Personal Information in violation of this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@mmaiplaw.com.

Usage Information

Like most websites, we use automatic data collection technology when you visit the Website to record information that identifies your computer, to track your use of our Website, and to collect certain basic information about you and your surfing habits. This information includes information about your operating system, your IP addresses, browser type and language, referring and exit pages and URLs, keywords, date and time, amount of time spent on particular pages, what sections of a website you visit, and similar information concerning your use of the Website and the Services (the “Usage Information”).

 

We collect this Usage Information by using cookies and pixel tags (also called web beacons or clear gifs). Cookies are small packets of data that a website stores on your computer’s hard drive so that your computer will “remember” information about your visit. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of website users. You can reject cookies by following the directions provided in your Internet provider’s “help” file. If you reject cookies, you may still visit the Website, but may not be able to use some areas of the Website and/or the Services.

We do not collect Personal Information in this way, but if you’ve provided us with Personal Information, we may associate that information with the information that is collected automatically. Automatic data collection may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.

How We Use Your Information

We may use your Personal Information and Usage Information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy and the context of our relationship with you. We will use your Personal Information and Usage Information collected through the Website for the following purposes:

  • To identify you when you use the Website;
  • To respond to your requests and to provide you with the Services;
  • To respond to your inquiries and contact you about changes to the Website and/or the Services;
  • To send you notices (for example, in the form of e-mails, mailings, and the like) regarding products or services you are receiving, and for billing and collection purposes;
  • To send you information we think you may find useful or that you have requested from us;
  • To enhance and improve the Website or the Service, such as through personalized features and content;
  • To analyze the use of the Website and the Service and the people visiting to improve our content and Website and the Service;
  • To investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our policies, or as otherwise required by law;
  • For any other purposes disclosed at the time the information is collected or to which you consent; and
  • As otherwise specifically described in this Privacy Policy.

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

We do not disclose your Personal Information to third parties for their direct or indirect marketing purposes.

We, like many businesses, sometimes hire other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples include mailing information, maintaining databases, hosting services, and processing payments. When we employ another company to perform a function of this nature, we provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function, which may include Personal Information.

If we or all or substantially all of our assets are acquired, we expect that the information that we have collected, including Personal Information, would be transferred along with our other business assets.

We may disclose your Personal Information and Usage Information to government authorities and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required by law, including but not limited to in response to court orders and subpoenas. We may also disclose your Personal Information and Usage Information when we have reason to believe that someone is or may be causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of this Website, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.

How We Protect Your Information

We take commercially reasonable steps to protect the Personal Information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to and from us over the Internet. In particular, e-mail sent to or from us may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.

Accessing and Modifying Account Information

We strive to help parents ensure that their kids have a safe experience using our Services.  Parents or legal guardians can review any Personal Information collected about their child under 13 years of age, have this information deleted, request that there be no further collection or use of their child’s Personal Information, and/or allow for our collection and use of their child’s Personal Information while withholding consent for us to disclose it to third parties.  We take steps to verify the identity of anyone requesting information about a child and to ensure that the person is in fact the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Your Choices

If you wish to stop receiving promotional e-mails, you may do so by visiting https://mmaiplaw.com/contact-us/ or by e-mailing info@mmaiplaw.com. You may also choose to unsubscribe from our emails by following the instructions in the bottom of the email.

Links

The Website may contain content, services, advertising and other materials that link to websites operated by third parties. We have no control over those other websites, and this Privacy Policy does not apply to them.  Please refer to the privacy policies of those websites for more information on how the operators of those websites collect and use your Personal Information.

Shine the Light Law

Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California residents who have an established business relationship with us may choose to opt out of our sharing their contact information with third parties for direct marketing purposes.  If you are a California resident and you wish to opt out, please send an e-mail to info@mmaiplaw.com.

Do Not Track

We do not monitor, recognize, or honor any opt-out or do not track mechanisms, including general web browser “Do Not Track” settings and/or signals.

California Privacy Rights

This section applies solely to visitors, users, and others who reside in the State of California (“consumers” or “you”).  This notice is provided to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) and other California privacy laws.  Any terms defined in the CCPA have the same meaning when used in this notice. California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information, once a year, regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. In addition, if you are a California resident, beginning January 1, 2020 you have the following rights:

  • You have the right to request information about the categories and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you, as well as the categories of sources from which such information is collected, the purpose for collecting such information, and the categories of third parties with whom we share such information.
  • You have the right to request information about our sale or disclosure for business purposes of your personal information to third parties.
  • You have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties.
  • You have the right to request the deletion of certain personal information. Please note that notwithstanding your request, California law permits us to retain certain categories of personal information for numerous purposes, including to complete a transaction, to perform a contract between you and our dealership, and to comply with a legal obligation, such as a record retention requirement.
  • You will not be discriminated against for exercising any of these rights.

Your Rights and Choices

The CCPA provides consumers who are California residents with specific rights regarding their personal information.  This section describes your CCPA rights and explains how to exercise those rights.

Access to Specific Information and Data Portability Rights

You have the right to know and request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months from the date of your request.  Once we receive and verify your consumer request, we will disclose to you:

  • The categories of personal information we collected about you.
  • The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you.
  • Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
  • The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
  • The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).

 Deletion Request Rights

You have the right to request that we delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions.  Once we receive and verify your consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may retain your personal information even if you request deletion if we can’t verify your identity or if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:

  1. Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
  1. Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
  1. Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
  1. Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
  1. Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546).
  1. Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
  1. Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
  1. Comply with a legal obligation or if the information was collected, processed or disclosed pursuant to another law and is specifically exempted by CCPA.
  1. Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
  1. Notify you of, or process, a warranty or recall related vehicle repair.

Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights

We make available to California residents two designated methods for submitting requests to exercise access, data portability, and deletion rights of your personal information. Please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:

Only you or your authorized agent (i.e., a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf) may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.  In California, a minor is defined as any person under the age of 18 years.

You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:

  • Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative.
  • Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.

We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.  Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us.  We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.

How we verify your request for personal information

In order to access or delete your personal information, you must submit a request that we can verify.  We take important steps to ensure that the individual requesting the information is indeed the person whose personal information that our company is being asked to take action on.  Ways in which we will request verification include:

  • Verifying your email address with the address that is on record with our company.
  • Verifying phone information that has previously been associated with you.
  • Sending a communication to the data subject at the email address that we have on file previously associated with you.
  • If needed, we may contact you personally to review additional information should we not be able to verify you by the data provided.

Response Timing and Format

Upon our receipt of a consumer request, you will receive confirmation of our receipt of the request. We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within 45 days of its receipt.  If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.  We will deliver our written response by mail or electronically, at your option.  Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable request. The law allows you to make 2 requests within a 12-month period.

 Non-Discrimination

We will not discriminate against you if you exercise your CCPA rights.  For that reason, we will not:

  • Deny you goods or services.
  • Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
  • Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
  • Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services, or a different level or quality of goods or services.

Important Notice to Users Outside the U.S.

The Website and the Services are operated in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By providing us with any information through the Website or the Services, you consent to this transfer.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of the date stated at the top of this Privacy Policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time and will post any changes on the Website as soon as they go into effect. By accessing the Website or using the Services after we make any such changes to this Privacy Policy, you are deemed to have accepted such changes. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

How to Contact Us

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at info@mmaiplaw.com, “PRIVACY POLICY” in the subject line, or visiting https://mmaiplaw.com/contact-us/.