Privacy Policy

The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Online Media Legal Network (“OMLN”) website (the “Site”). We may change the information contained herein at anytime. Please periodically visit this section of the Site to ensure that you are up to date on the most current version of our privacy policies. The Site and all information and materials on it are provided to you "as is" without warranty of any kind.

YOUR USE OF THE SITE, OR YOUR PROVISION TO US OF ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION THROUGH THE SITE, CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THESE TERMS; DO NOT USE THE SITE OR PROVIDE OMLN WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS.

Normal Browsing

As with many websites, the Site may collect certain information, even when you are not logged in. When you browse, read, or download information from the Site, data is collected, including but not limited to your IP address, URL request, browser type, and the date and time of your request. The data are analyzed in various ways, including using a service called Google Analytics (subject to the privacy policy of Google, Inc.).

We use this information in order to improve the usefulness of the Site to our visitors. This information is collected on an aggregate basis only. For example, we track which pages are most popular among visitors as a whole. We do not track which pages an individual user visits. Unless you affirmatively provide additional information to us, we do not collect or store personally identifiable information such as name, mailing address, email address, phone number, or social security number. We do not collect any other information without your knowledge and permission.

Information Collected from Potential Clients and Participating Attorneys, Law Firms, and Law School Clinics

When participating attorneys, law firms, and law school clinics (“Members”) register for an OMLN account, we request personally identifiable information, such as the name, email address, and organizational affiliation. This information may be used or requested to perform research, improve the site, manage the network, or any other activity related to the OMLN’s provision of services in connecting potential clients with attorneys.

In addition to the information indicated above, the OMLN may request an additional three (3) categories of information from Members and potential clients:

(1) Client-Matter Intake Information

From potential clients, the OMLN will request: (a) client name and contact information; (b) a description of the matter; (c) disclosure of related or adverse parties; (d) business or nonprofit entity structure and state of organization; and (e) a description of the client’s online publishing activities. This information may be shared with Members for the purpose of matching a potential client with an attorney.

(2) Financial Eligibility Information

The OMLN will collect information to determine if a prospective client meets the financial eligibility requirements for receipt of OMLN Services on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis. This information may include, but is not limited to: (a) income; (b) tax return(s); (c) number of dependents; (d) recent donations; (e) operating budget; and (f) evidence of financial hardship. This information will be used solely by OMLN staff to determine eligibility for pro bono or reduced fee legal services and, apart from a prospective client’s eligibility for pro bono or reduced fees, such information will not be shared with Members or others. Note: The OMLN requests that clients black out their Social Security number on any copies of tax returns or other documents before submitting them to the OMLN.

(3) Member Applications and Profiles

OMLN will collect information from Members including, but not limited to: (a) contact information; (b) bar admissions; (c) office locations; and (d) areas of expertise and practice experience.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that the Site can send to your browser for storage on your hard drive. They make your use of the Site easier by saving your status and preferences and are refreshed every time you visit. The Site may use session cookies while your browser is open, or while you are logged in to facilitate the Site’s registration and login functions. If you do not log out of your account, these cookies allow us to keep track of your username and password so that you do not have to resubmit the information each time you visit the Site. If others will be using your computer, you should log out of your account so that your log on information is cleared. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, but you may be able to change the settings to refuse cookies or to be alerted when cookies are being sent.

Security

The OMLN will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure servers. Of course, data transmission over the Internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the Internet. The OMLN shall not be responsible for any harm that you or any person may suffer as a result of a breach of security with respect to your use of the Site or any information you transmit to the Site. You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. Except for logging into the Site, we will not ask you for your password.

Underage Users

The Site’s content is intended for adults and we will not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, do not send us any information about yourself, including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. If we discover that we have collected any personally identifying information from a child under the age of 13, we will remove that information from our records as soon as possible. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age 13 who you believe has submitted personal information to the Site, please contact us immediately.

Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege

Because the OMLN does not provide legal advice and is not your attorney, any information that you submit to the OMLN will NOT be subject to or protected by the attorney-client or other privileges. We recognize that some information may be sensitive or confidential in nature, and we will endeavor to keep this information private. Any information you submit will still be subject to the provisions above, under the heading “Security.” The OMLN will be as vigilant about protecting your information as possible, and as noted in the “Disclosure” section below, will only disclose information if required to do so by law (including court order).

Disclosure

Available log records, account information, and all data stored on the OMLN servers may be accessed by our system administrators. In the event that we are required by law (including a court order) to disclose the information you submit, we will provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited from doing so) that a request for your information has been made so that you may object to the disclosure. We may send this notice by email or post to the address you have provided. We prefer to independently object to over-broad requests for access to information about users of the Site, but we cannot assure you that we will be able to do this in all cases. If you do not challenge the disclosure request yourself, we may be legally required to turn over your information.