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Privacy Policy

The Law Office of DeCaro & Howell, P.C. (“DeCaro & Howell”) shares your concerns about privacy on the Internet. In order to better protect your privacy, DeCaro & Howell has provided this notice explaining its online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the information that DeCaro & Howell collects on its website, www.decarohowell.com, (“Website”) and does not apply to information that DeCaro & Howell may collect by any alternative means or media.

DeCaro & Howell’s Collection and Use of Your Information

In the course of using the Website, DeCaro & Howell may ask users for their name, email address, postal address, mobile or other telephone number, fax number, and, on some occasions,  payment information, as well as other related information. DeCaro & Howell will not collect personal documents, such as tax returns, or other similar information through its website. These other personal documents and information will be accessed in connection with our representation in your case.

In many cases, users choose the amount of information they supply.  DeCaro & Howell also may collect certain information that is not personally identifiable when you visit many of our Web pages, such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, the domain name of your Internet service provider, aggregate data about the number of visits to the Website, and/or aggregate data about the pages visited. Information gathered through the Website may be transferred, used, and stored in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions in which we, our agents, customers, and other users of the Website are located, and by accessing the Website, you consent to the transfer, use, and storage of your information in those jurisdictions.

How DeCaro & Howell Uses the Information

DeCaro & Howell uses the information that is not personally identifiable (“Aggregate Data”) to improve the design and content of the Website and to enable DeCaro & Howell to personalize your online experience. DeCaro & Howell may use the Aggregate Data to analyze Website usage as well as create services and/or products to fit your needs. DeCaro & Howell shall own such Aggregate Data and may maintain copies of such as part of its records.

Except as otherwise indicated, DeCaro & Howell uses the personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you provide about yourself: (a) to determine whether we are able to assist you to resolve your case; (b) to respond to any of your inquiries or questions about our services; (c) for internal marketing purposes; (d) to provide you with additional and updated information, materials, and other advertisements regarding DeCaro & Howell products and/or services; (e) to offer you other materials and/or information that DeCaro & Howell believes may be of interest to you; (f) to cooperate with government officials or parties in litigation under process of law, to prevent a crime, or as otherwise required by law; (g) to protect against fraud, identity theft, or a threat of safety or destruction of property; (h) to protect against legal liability; (i) to create and manage user accounts; (j) to process payment; (k) to perform data analyses and/or research (including de-identification and aggregation of Personal Information). In all cases, DeCaro & Howell’s agents, employees, and contractors who have access to Personal Information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. Furthermore, DeCaro & Howell encourages all its business partners to adopt and adhere to standards of protection consistent with this Privacy Policy. DeCaro & Howell will not use the Personal Information, except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, without your permission; provided, however, DeCaro & Howell shall own all such Personal Information and may maintain copies of such as part of its records. The Aggregate Data and Personal Information may be disclosed, transferred, assigned, licensed, distributed, and/or sold as part of DeCaro & Howell or its assets.

DeCaro & Howell does not knowingly collect personal information from users under 13 years of age. In the event that DeCaro & Howell becomes aware that it has collected personal information from a user under 13 years of age, it will take steps to delete such information from its database.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

If you are a California resident and use our website or app, you are entitled to request certain information regarding our disclosure of certain “personal information” (as defined in California Civil Code Section 1798.83) to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and have provided us with personal information within the last year, you may make such a request by emailing us at [email protected] and typing “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line of the email.

Within 30 days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. A request may be made no more than once per calendar year and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the email address above.

Security, No Liability

DeCaro & Howell has implemented security measures to help protect against the risk of loss, misuse, and alteration of any information under DeCaro & Howell’s control. Nevertheless, such security measures may not prevent all loss, misuse, or alteration of information on the Website, and DeCaro & Howell is not responsible for any damages or liabilities relating to any such security failures. Although DeCaro & Howell takes reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of any visitor information collected, we shall have no liability for disclosure of any visitor information obtained due to errors in transmission or the unauthorized acts of third parties. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet or over mobile networks is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to and from our Website or over mobile networks; any transmission is at your own risk. You understand that data and communications, including email and other electronic communications, may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when communicated over the Internet.

IP Addresses and Cookies

Like other websites, DeCaro & Howell uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with DeCaro & Howell’s servers, to administer the Website, and for security purposes. “Cookies” are pieces of data sent from a Web server through a Web browser, which writes a file on your computer. This file enables a Web server to identify users that visit a site hosted by that server. DeCaro & Howell may use Cookies in order to identify you to the Website so that DeCaro & Howell can provide more customized information and services to you. In addition, the Website may contain advertisements that may contain Cookies. In general, if you choose, you can disable the use of Cookies by reviewing your browser’s preferences and options. Disabling the use of Cookies will make some portions of the Website inoperable.

Modification of Privacy Policy

DeCaro & Howell may change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the changed or amended Privacy Policy on the Website. Your continued viewing of or use of the Website following the posting of any changes to this Privacy Policy will signify your assent to any such changes or amendments.

How to Contact DeCaro & Howell for Any Reason

You may contact DeCaro & Howell with questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, to update any Personal Information, or anything else related to DeCaro & Howell and/or the Website at 301-464-1400.