Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource in the United States and across the globe as demand continues to rise due to population and business growth. This emergent scarcity means businesses will face more consequences of the complex regulatory and legal frameworks governing water use and water quality.
Michael Best’s Water team understands those issues. We guide clients through the heavily regulated, politically sensitive environment surrounding the management of, investment in, and development of water resources.
From artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency, the rapid evolution of technology shows no sign of slowing down. Companies in the digital technology sector are among the world’s most highly valued companies, with good reason. And businesses in every sector now use digital technology in all kinds of ways, from basic email to sophisticated data analytics.
All businesses have to comply with government regulations—some more so than others. Our Regulatory practice is designed to serve clients in heavily regulated industries, such as manufacturing and utility services, as well as across various industries in regulated areas that impact business as a whole, such as environmental regulation.
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This Policy applies to data we collect in multiple ways, including when we provide professional services (“Services”), when you visit our offices, participate in our events, when you apply for a job, when you visit our websites: www.michaelbest.com, bestworkplacesolutions.com, michaelbeststrategies.com, and venturebest.com (collectively, our “Sites”), or when you otherwise communicate with us.
We are committed to processing your Personal Information in accordance with applicable data privacy and security laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (as amended, the “CCPA”).
This Policy outlines our general data protection practices, including how we process Personal Information in the course of our legal representation of clients. We balance our general data protection practices with our overarching responsibilities to our clients as described in our client agreements and communications, to protect the confidentiality of our clients and to meet our professional responsibilities under applicable laws.
Providing Personal Information to us, as set forth below, does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions or concerns about this Notice, please contact us.
IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, PLEASE SEE YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POLICY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT APPLIES TO YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS.
For purposes of this Policy, we define Personal Information as information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with you or your household (“Personal Information” or “Personal Data”). Personal Information excludes publicly available information or aggregated information that does not include personal data elements.
We may collect the following categories of Personal Information from or about you in connection with the operation of our organization:
Your name, alias, telephone number, email address, postal address, IP address, driver’s license or state identification number, social security number and passport number.
We retain this information for so long as needed for business, legal and compliance purposes, or as provided in our engagement letter with you.
Client records such as your name, signature, social security number, address, telephone number, passport number, driver’s license or state identification card number, insurance policy numbers, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, financial information, medical information, or health insurance information.
We retain this information in accordance with our engagement letter with you.
If no engagement letter exists, we retain the information for so long as needed for business, legal and compliance purposes.
Records related to Services we provide and communications with us.
We retain this information for so long as needed for business, legal and compliance purposes or in accordance with our engagement letter with you.
Internet or other electronic network activity information, including your IP Address, the websites you visit before or after you visit the Sites, the date and time you visited our Sites, search history, information regarding your interactions with the Sites, online identifiers like a Cookie ID, browser type, your internet service provider, operating system, application, or advertisement.
We retain this information as long as needed for the purpose for which we collected this information.
General geographic location.
Audio, Electronic, and Video Information
Recordings for events we hold, security footage and phone or video calls for business reasons as permitted by law.
We retain this information as long as needed for the purpose which we collect this information.
Characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, veteran or military status, and citizenship.
As required by law.
Professional or employment-related information, including information you provide when applying for a position with us.
Education-related information, including information you provide when you apply for a position with us.
We collect Personal Information in the following ways:
We collect Personal Information using technology.For instance, we
Affiliates: We may collect Personal Information from our affiliates to refer clients that may have multiple business needs for our services or for marketing purposes.
Third Parties.We may collect Personal Information from third party companies for our business and marketing purposes. For instance, we collect Personal Information from analytics providers and market research companies that help us understand the demographics and user preferences of visitors to our Sites and to evaluate the operation of the Sites. We also receive Personal Information from third parties that perform targeted advertising, including website analytics and targeted marketing advertisers.
To Communicate with You
To respond to your questions, requests, comments, or concerns
To share client alerts
To provide Services
To notify you of changes to this Policy, other terms on our Sites or similar communications
To communicate regarding our Services
To provide promotional e-mails
To keep your information current
As you request or consent
To Provide Professional Services
To communicate with you regarding your client matters
To communicate with you about Services we are providing to you or your organization
To maintain your account information
For billing and collection purposes
To operate our business
To facilitate transactions
To inform our business strategies
To recruit employees
To administer employment and benefits
To operate our information technology systems
For marketing and advertising purposes
For Targeted Advertising, Marketing and Promotional Activities
To serve targeted advertising to you about events and information which may be of interest to you
To notify you about upcoming events and other information about our organization
To customize content and to improve our ability to contact you
To enhance our marketing capabilities, and to inform marketing, communication plans, and strategies
To Perform Analytics
To improve the content of our Sites
To enhance users’ experience when visiting our
To generate statistical information about Site usage and traffic patterns
To prevent fraud
To operate the Sites and troubleshoot problems with the Sites
To improve the content and functionality of the Sites and your user experience
To improve the security of the Sites
To conduct statistical and other analyses of the Sites
To Process Job Applications
To evaluate your qualifications for employment with us
Legal Purposes and Protection of Rights
To protect the legal rights or interests of our clients, our employees, our organization and those of third parties
To bring a legal action against you or anyone who may be causing harm to us, our Sites, or to other users of the Sites
To seek business, financial, or legal advice
To respond to subpoenas, court orders, and other legal processes
In the chart below, we explain the types of Personal Information we share or disclose, with whom, and for what purposes.
Category of Information
We may share your Personal Information with our affiliates to assist in offering and providing Services.
We share information with service providers for our organization to receive services in accordance with contractual provisions which require those service providers to protect your Personal Information
To help us collect and analyze Personal Information for a Business Purpose
To help us host, operate, support and secure our Sites
To improve the content and functionality of the Sites
To provide public relations and marketing services
To provide IT services
To provide data processing services
Third Party Advertising Networks and Analytics Providers
To enable them to provide services to us
To provide us targeted advertising or analytics services
To perform data analysis and statistical analysis of our website usage and operations
To provide learning management systems
Social Media Companies
To allow you to interface with our Sites and your social media sites
To receive advice from our professional advisors, such as our attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, and business advisors, in their capacity as advisors to us
Government Officials and Law Enforcement
To comply with court orders or other valid legal process
To comply with applicable laws
To enforce our website policies
To protect our Sites, clients, employees or others
To identify, contact, or bring a legal action against someone who may cause or be causing harm to our clients, employees, our organization or to another person, including persons who are interfering with our information technology systems and equipment, or an individual’s privacy or property
Parties to Business Transactions
If we are involved in a potential business transaction, including a due diligence process, merger, asset sale, financing, corporate divestiture, reorganization, or acquisition of all or some portion of our business to another company or if we undergo liquidation or bankruptcy proceedings, we may share your Personal Information in connection with such transaction or proceeding before and or after the transaction closes or the proceedings are completed, and we may transfer that Personal Information to be used by the new owner or successor at the end of the process
We may de-identify or aggregate Personal Information to create an anonymous data set. We will maintain this data in a de-identified form and will not attempt to re-identify such data.
The Sites are not directed at, nor do we knowingly collect information from, individuals under the age of legal age of majority. If a parent or legal guardian learns that their child provided us with Personal Information without his or her consent, please contact us and we will delete such Personal Information.
For clarity, we do not knowingly sell or share the Personal Information of anyone under the age of majority without affirmative authorization.
We are active on social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn (“Social Media”). Anything you post on Social Media is public information and will not be treated confidentially. We may post (or re-post) on the Sites and our Social Media pages any comments or content that you post on our Social Media pages. Your use of Social Media is governed by the privacy policies and terms of the third parties that own and operate those websites and not by this Policy. We encourage you to review those policies and terms.
7. HOW WE SECURE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We use commercially reasonable physical, technical, and organizational measures to help secure Personal Information against unauthorized access to, acquisition of, loss, misuse, or alteration. If we learn of an unauthorized access to or acquisition of your Personal Information, we will notify you of the incident as required under applicable law.
8. THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES
Most browsers automatically accept Cookies. You can disable this function by changing your browser settings, but disabling Cookies may impact your use and enjoyment of the Sites. You cannot disable all Cookies, such as Cookies that are essential to the functioning of the Sites. You can manually delete persistent Cookies, or Cookies that track your activity across websites, through your browser settings.
We describe below some of the tools we use on our Sites to collect information, including Personal Information, for Targeted Advertising and Analytics and how you can opt-out, customize ad preferences, or limit collection of use of Personal Information for those purposes.
Targeted Advertising and Analytics
We use Google Analytics and other analytics and advertising tools to serve targeted advertisting to you, to learn more about how our Sites are used and to improve our Sites.
We have enabled and implemented the following Google Analytics Advertising Features: Remarketing with Google Analytics, and Google Beacons.To opt out of remarketing advertising provided through Google, to customize your ad preferences, or to limit Google’s collection or use this information, visit Google’s Safety Center and Google’s Ad Settings and follow Google’s personalized ad opt-out instructions. Opting out will not affect your use of the Sites.
10. YOUR CONSUMER PRIVACY OPTIONS
You have a number of options with regard to limiting the use of your Personal Information.
If you have any questions, you may contact us as set forth below:
11. ACCESS FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
If you access the Sites from outside the United States, please be aware that Personal Information may be transferred to, stored in, and processed in the United States. Certain governmental authorities may not consider the level of protection of Personal Information in the United States to be equivalent to that required by that of other jurisdictions.
We may update this Policy at any time. All changes will be effective immediately upon posting to the Sites. We will notify you of such updates by posting a notice at the top of the Policy or the Sites or communicating to you in another manner.
TERMS APPLICABLE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY, INCLUDING YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
Under the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA"), California residents have additional rights with regard to their Personal Information. We provide a summary of those rights below. In the event of a conflict between this Section and the remainder of this Policy, this Section shall take precedence for California residents. Certain capitalized terms not defined in this Policy have the meanings set forth in the CCPA.
Categories of Personal Information Sold or Shared
In the last 12 months, we have not sold Personal Information within the meaning of the California Consumer Privacy Act. In the last 12 months, we have shared the following categories of Personal Information with certain third parties for targeted advertising and analytics. See the section above titled “Categories of Personal Information We Collect” for more detail on the type of Personal Information in each category.
Categories of Personal Information Disclosed For a Business Purpose
In the last 12 months, we have disclosed the following categories of Personal Information to our service providers for business purposes. See the section above titled “Categories of Personal Information We Collect” for more detail on the type of Personal Information in each category.
YOUR CONSUMER PRIVACY RIGHTS.
Subject to certain limitations such as (a) exceptions permitted by applicable law and (b) verification of your identity, California residents may exercise the following privacy rights with regard to your Personal Information:
Right to Know or Access Your Personal Information
California residents have a right to access any of the following which occurred in the prior 12-month period:
Right to Request Deletion
You have a right to request that we delete the Personal Information we collect from or about you.
Right to Correct Your Information
You have a right to request that we correct your inaccurate Personal Information. If you request that we correct inaccurate Personal Information about you, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to correct it. If necessary, we may ask that you provide documentation showing that the information we retained is inaccurate.
Right to Data Portability
You may request a copy of the Personal Information you previously provided to us in a portable form and, to the extent technically feasible, readily usable format.
Right to Non-Discrimination
You have a right to not receive discriminatory treatment for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA.
HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
To exercise your rights described as California consumers in this Policy, you may submit your request to us by:
Who May Exercise Your Rights. You may only make a request to exercise your rights on behalf of yourself. A parent or legal guardian may make a request on behalf of their child. If you are a California resident, a person that you authorize to act on your behalf may make a request related to your Personal Information. See the section titled "Authorized Agents" below for more information.
Verifiable Consumer Request In order to verify your request, you must provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected Personal Information, and you must describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it. To verify your identity, we may ask you to provide additional information. Any information you provide will only be used to verify your request. When seeking additional information from you, we may contact you through your account or the contact phone number or email address you provided in your request. If we cannot verify your identity, we may deny your request.
Authorized Agents. You may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf to exercise your rights under the CCPA by doing the following: (1) provide the authorized agent written permission to do so; and (2) verify your own identity (per the process stated above), as well as the identity of the authorized agent directly (when authorizing the agent to exercise the right to delete, correct, know, or to port your data). We may deny a request from an authorized agent if we do not have proof that they are authorized by you to act on your behalf.
When Will We Respond. We will try to respond to your request within 45 days. If we require additional time, we will inform you of the reason and extension period. Any disclosures we provide to California residents will only cover the 12-month period preceding our receipt of your request.
RIGHT TO OPT-OUT OF SALE OR SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
California residents may direct us not to Sell or Share their Personal Information at any time (this is your right to “opt-out”).
You may submit your opt-out request by:
If you are a California resident using an authorized agent to exercise your right to opt-out of the sale or sharing of Personal Information, please see the section entitled "Authorized Agents" below for the proof required when you use an authorized agent.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
Shine the Light. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1798.83, if you are a California resident you have the right to obtain: (a) a list of all third parties to whom we may have disclosed your Personal Information within the past year for direct marketing purposes, and (b) a description of the categories of Personal Information disclosed, by contacting us per the “Contact Us” Section above.
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