Effective Date: January 1, 2020 

Rutan & Tucker, LLP (“Rutan,” “We,” “Our”) is a law firm based in California. We value and respect your privacy. This policy demonstrates our commitment to collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing your information fairly and responsibly. This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) applies to your use of www.rutan.com (the “website”).

This Policy does not apply to information provided to us in the course of Rutan’s attorney-client relationships or protected by confidentiality, the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work product doctrine or any other applicable protection. Nothing in this Policy should be construed to create an attorney-client relationship with visitors to our website or, conversely, to detract from any of the protections resulting from such relationships.

California residents, to learn more about your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Notice for California Residents.

1. What Information Do We Collect?

a.    When You Browse Our Website 

Like most websites, Rutan’s website collects certain information automatically and stores it in log files. This information is technical and usage information and may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, the general, non-precise location where your computer or device is accessing the internet, your browser type, operating system, and information about how you navigate the site like the times you viewed certain pages, the links you clicked on, etc. Rutan may use this information to improve the performance of its servers and to administer the website. This information may also be used to analyze trends, track visitor movements, and gather broad demographic information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences. Rutan’s website also uses cookies. Cookies are pieces of data that a Web site transfers to a user’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes.

Rutan’s website does not track users when they cross to third party websites, does not provide targeted advertising to them, and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. For more information on cookies, please review our cookie statement.

Rutan collects technical and usage information to fulfil our legitimate interest in understanding how website visitors use the website, and to assist us in more effectively marketing Rutan’s legal services. Rutan uses Google Analytics to assist us with this endeavor. Google’s cookies are placed on our website to provide usage analytics. The information generated from these cookies will be transmitted to and stored by Google, who may transfer this information to third parties in certain circumstances. Google allows users to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting services. You can adjust your setting here, or download the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.

We may use aggregated data about our website visitors and disclose the results of such aggregated (but not personally identifiable) information to our partners, service providers, advertisers and/or other third parties for our business purposes.

b. Information You Submit To Us Through the Website

Our website has several features by which you are able to enter personal information. When you fill out a form or provide information through the website, we will use that information for the purpose for which it was collected (e.g. responding to general questions) and for other reasonably related purposes we determine are appropriate. We may provide your information to third parties for the processing of that information solely for our benefit, but we will not provide your information to any third party for marketing purposes except in connection with information requests you make that involve third parties or in connection with events that involve presentations or sponsorship by third parties.

Rutan’s website also provides links by which users may email a particular member of the firm. If you correspond with us by email, the postal service, or other form of communication outside of the website, we may retain such correspondence and the information contained in it and use it to respond to your inquiry; to notify you of Rutan’s presentations, publications, or other services; or to keep a record of your inquiry, request, and the like. We have a legitimate business purpose for maintaining personal information of those who communicate with Rutan voluntarily.

2. How We Share Information With Others

The personal information Rutan’s website collects from you is stored in one or more databases hosted by third parties located in the United States. These third parties do not use or have access to your personal information for any purpose other than cloud storage and retrieval. On occasion, we engage third parties to send communications on our behalf with restrictions on the use of personal information for other purposes.

Rutan’s website uses interfaces with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you choose to “like” or share information from Rutan’s website through these services or you navigate to those sites from ours, we urge you to review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your site visit to your personal data.

Otherwise, we do not send your personal information to third-parties for their independent use unless: (1) you request or authorize it; (2) it’s in connection with Rutan-affiliated event co-sponsored or co-hosted by others; (3) the information is provided to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order), enforce an agreement we have with you, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others; (4) to address emergencies or acts of God; or (5) to address disputes, claims, or to persons demonstrating legal authority to act on your behalf.

3. Where Your Information is Processed

Rutan is located in the United States. The information we collect through the website will be processed in the United States. While the website is accessible to users around the world, we do not market our services outside of the US, nor does the website monitor or profile the behavior of users while in their country of residence.

4. The Security and Storage of Your Information

Rutan’s website is not designed or intended to store sensitive personal information such as financial information (including payment card information), legal questions, or legal documents; You should not use the website for that purpose. Rutan uses commercially reasonable efforts to secure your personal information, but we cannot and do not assure that these measures will be sufficient to protect against all efforts to gain unauthorized access to the information.

Your personal data is stored on the servers of the cloud-based database management services the Rutan engages, located in the United States. Collected data is retained only for so long as needed to fulfill the purpose for which it was provided, or as long as is necessary to for our legitimate business purposes. We may retain your information for longer periods if required by law, or in relation to legal claims.

5. Children’s Privacy

Rutan’s website is not intended for children under 18 years of age. No one under age 18 may provide any personal information to or on the website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18. If you are under 18, do not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features of the website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact us immediately.

6. Changes

We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use at any time, for any reason, without notice to you, other than the posting of the amended Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use at this Site. If we decide to update our Privacy Policy, we will post these changes next to the Privacy Policy link on the front page of our Site. If there are material changes to the Privacy Policy, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. Any information collected under our old Privacy Policy will be subject to the terms of our new Privacy Policy.

7. California Residents

California residents are granted certain rights under law regarding the personal information collected or processed by certain legal entities. If you are a resident of California, please review our Privacy Notice for California Residents.

8. Contact Information

To request access to personal data relating to you which is processed by Rutan, and/or if you have any queries, claims, etc. on the handling of personal information, please send e-mail to privacy@rutan.com. Requests for notification of the purpose for which personal information will be used and/or its disclosure, correction, addition, deletion, termination of use, erasure or termination of provision to a third party will be processed in accordance with firm procedures.