Fiore Achermann is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential “Personal Information,” which includes information that directly or indirectly identifies individuals. This policy is based on the privacy and data protection principles common to the United States, Canada and the European Union (EU). This policy is intended to summarize our firm’s data protection practices in general, and to inform our clients, website visitors and other third parties about our privacy policies that may apply to them.
This policy is also specifically addressed to parties outside the firm who provide any personal information to our firm or who visit or use our firm’s websites, apps, including live chat, phone, telephone or internet messaging platforms, social media sites, fax, and email messages (collectively “Internet Services”). This policy also contains information as to how our firm collects, processes and discloses personal information in connection with the provision of legal services and internet services, if applicable.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
Our firm collects Personal Information while providing legal services to clients and as provided by accessors of our website or users of Internet Services. We may also collect Personal Information about you when you interact with us on social media sites and from other third parties. Our firm uses that Personal Information for the following reasons:
- to contact you and respond to your requests and inquiries, including but not limited to by phone, email, fax, social media, or internet or text messaging applications
- to carry out, monitor and analyze our business or website operations
- to provide clients with legal services, if you are or become a client of the firm, and otherwise work with you, and administer client matters
- to contact you (unless you tell us that you prefer us not to) regarding legal or law firm developments that may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive such publications, you may do so by clicking on the unsubscribe link in those electronic marketing communications
- to comply with applicable laws, regulations guidance or professional obligations.
Confidentiality and Retention of Personal Information
Our firm’s policy is to exercise the utmost discretion regarding the information our clients entrust to us. We maintain reasonable and appropriate safeguards intended to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information, including that provided by a visitor to this website and provided while using other Internet Services. We do not guarantee that our safeguards will always work.
We rely on consultants, suppliers and vendors to maintain data protections consistent with reasonable and appropriate obligations of data processors, including, where applicable, HIPAA laws and regulations and European Union’s data protection laws and regulations.
We may retain Personal Information to comply with our legal obligations, or to achieve the purposes for which the information was originally collected and for the purposes described in this policy.
Non-Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Information
We do not disclose any Personal Information to unrelated parties outside of our firm except in limited circumstances to our consultants or agents where it is necessary for representation on client matters. If required, we may provide Personal Information to regulatory authorities and law enforcement officials to comply with applicable laws.
In order to respect the privacy of minors, the firm does not knowingly collect, maintain or process Personal Information submitted online via our Internet Services by anyone under the age of 18. To the extent the firm collects Personal Information on minors in the context of one of the purposes stated in our policy, our firm will only do so with consent or as otherwise permitted under applicable laws.
California Privacy Rights
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.100 (California Consumer Privacy Act), California residents may have certain data protection rights regarding their Personal Information. These rights which may be subject to limitations and/or restrictions include: (i) the right to disclosure, deletion, access, and nondiscrimination; and (ii) the right to opt out of having your Personal Information shared or sold. The firm does not sell or share your Personal Information with third-party companies for their direct marketing purposes. To exercise your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act, please send us your request using the “Contact Us” section below.
The following are categories of Personal Information defined under the Act we may collect, receive, or maintain in the course of administering firm business or receive from a client in the course of providing legal services: Identifiers, Personal information described in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)), Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law, Commercial information, Biometric information, Internet or other electronic network activity, Geolocation data, Sensory data, Professional or employment-related information, Non-public education information, and inferences drawn from other Personal Information.
European Union (EU) Data Protection Rights
A cookie is a text file sent by a web server and placed on your computer by your web browser. Cookies can be usefully divided into two different types, session and persistent. Session cookies differ from persistent cookies in that they are generally temporary and expire and are normally deleted when you close your browser. Persistent cookies, on the other hand, remain stored on your computer after you close your browser until they are deleted either because they expire or you delete them. The firm uses session cookies in connection with its Internet Services.
None of these cookies are strictly necessary to access our Internet Services. You may set your browser to alert you when a cookie is set or reset your browser to refuse all cookies.
Do Not Track Signals
“Do Not Track” signals are options available on your browser to tell operators of websites that you do not wish to have your online activity tracked. Our website does not operate differently if “Do Not Track” signals are enabled or disabled. Our Internet Services do not allow any third parties to collect Personal Information about your online activities over time or across websites for their own purposes.
Reservation of Rights
Our firm reserves the right to change this policy at any time without advance notice. Should any new policy go into effect for our Internet Services, the firm will post it on this website and relevant Internet Services.
Questions or Concerns – Contact Us
If you do not agree with our policy, please do not use our services.
If you have any questions relating to our use of your Personal Information please contact our firm or you would like to opt out of being contacted through phone, email, fax, social media, or internet or text messaging applications, please inform us in writing by email at [email protected] or by mail at: Fiore Achermann, 605 Market Street, Suite 1103, San Francisco, CA 94105.