Information Gathering. This policy describes how Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean, PLC (hereinafter “SPTS” or “this firm” and sometimes “us” or “our”), handles information about you that is personally identifiable. SPTS may obtain information about you in various ways, including:
- Receiving information you provide us, including, without limitation, information you provide in filling out any hard copy or electronic forms, registering for events we are involved with, or in the course of working with us.
- You automatically give this firm information by browsing and downloading information from our website and by sending or receiving e-mail messages from this firm or any of its personnel. Such automatically-provided information includes, without limitation, the name of the domain and host from which you access the internet, the browser software you use, your operating system, and the internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the SPTS website.
- Depending upon the nature of your relationship with this firm or the type of matter for which you engage, or seek to engage, SPTS to represent you, SPTS may seek, receive, use, and keep both public and nonpublic personal information in connection with the matter at hand from other sources.
No “Sale” of Your Personal Information. SPTS does not sell or rent your personal information to any third party.
SPTS Use of Your Personal Information. SPTS gathers, keeps, and may use the personal information you provide for use in connection with (i) any legal services this firm may provide to you; (ii) any SPTS event, program or seminar you sign up for or participate in; (iii) this firm’s database and record-keeping; (iv) this firm’s marketing and website improvements or updates; (v) this firm’s systems and practices in connection with any legal work this firm may do for you; or (vi) in response to any legal obligation we may have such as in response to a Court order. If you are a client of this firm, we may disclose your personal information to third parties if and only to the extent doing so is required or necessary in the course of the legal matter for which you engage this firm to represent you.
Without limiting the scope of the preceding paragraph, SPTS may disclose your personal information to its attorneys, staff, and, subject to professional rules of conduct, service providers or suppliers in the course of said parties providing this firm their business, supply, professional, or technical services. SPTS may also disclose your personal information to others assisting you or this firm with a client engagement and to courts, other government agencies, opposing counsel, potential witnesses, and other outside parties as may be necessary to accomplish the purpose of a client engagement. We may also disclose nonpublic personal information, or any other information, if needed to defend this firm against a client’s claims, collect a fee, and otherwise as may be required or allowed by law or court order.
Securing Your Personal Information. Keeping your personal information secure is important to this firm, and we have put in place systems designed to protect the privacy of your personal information. These systems include anti-virus software, “firewalls”, policies and procedures regarding operational matters. In addition, we recommend you be careful about protecting your personal information and disclose no more personal information than necessary. Ask us any time you have any concerns or questions about disclosing your personal information to us for any reason or to others in connection with any legal matter where we represent you.
Even with the safeguards we have put in place to help protect the security of your personal information, breaches of information security are possible—especially in connection with information sent over the internet or stored by electronic means—including information stored in hard copy form. We encourage you to learn about the risks associated with disclosing personal information, read privacy policies (like this one) that third parties you do business with give you, and take such privacy protection and security measures as you determine are appropriate for you.
Accuracy of Information. We try to keep our records accurate and will make appropriate corrections when you notify us. Please let us know right away if there is incorrect information in any statements or other communications that you receive from us.
Keep this notice for your records. This notice and the policies it references are not intended to constitute an offer, contract, or an agreement, and in no event shall be deemed to be an offer, contract, or agreement of any kind on our part, or to impose any duty or obligation of any kind upon us except as and to the extent expressly required by law.
Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean, PLC
1905 East Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 220
Wayzata, Minnesota 55391