This policy (together with our Conditions of use and any other documents referred to in it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
- to assure you that we recognise and fully respect the privacy and personal data of the visitors to this website; and
- to explain what personal information we collect from this website and how we ensure its best protection.
The Law Society complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 (the "Act"). For the purposes of the Act, The Law Society is the data controller and sole owner of the personal data collected on the Website.
We use up-to-date industry procedures to keep personal data as safe and secure as possible and to protect against loss, unauthorised disclosure or access. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
The Act gives you the right to access details that we hold about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. A small fee may be payable in respect of any access request.
For more information please refer to our Data Protection Policy.
Information we may collect from you
It is not necessary for you to register with us in order to access the Website. However we may collect some information from interactive features such as online surveys, contact and registration forms. The basic personal information about you which we may collect and process is:
- your name
- your user type (eg solicitor, trainee solicitor, law student, member of the public)
- your e-mail address
- your user ID and password.
Depending on what you are registering for, additional information may be collected from you.
We may also collect and process information provided by you at the time of posting material to the Website, as well as details of your visit to the Website (including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data), and the resources that you use. Further, if you contact us, we may also keep a record of that correspondence.
Uses made of the information
We may use information held about you in the following ways:
- to ensure that content from the Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
- to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so, and
- to notify you about changes to our service.
- We may also use your data for the purposes of advertising, marketing and public relations, so as to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you.
If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please update your details at My Law Society or by contacting us at the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our separate page on cookies.
Changing the information we hold about you
If you would like to change any information we hold about you that has been collected via use of this Website or want to it to be removed from our database, you should contact us at TheSupportCentre@LawSociety.org.uk.
We may forward the information collected about you to selected third parties who may use it for marketing purposes, and for providing the services you order from them. You can exercise your right to prevent us sharing your data with these third parties at any time by changing your mailing preferences in My Law Society or by contacting us at TheSupportCentre@LawSociety.org.uk. We may also disclose information we have collected about you to third parties where required to do so by law or in order to enforce or apply our Conditions of use.
By using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the manner set out above.
The Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.