GUTIÉRREZ BERGMAN BOULRIS, PLLC
1. WHAT IS THIS?
Gutiérrez Bergman Boulris, PLLC (referred to as “we,” “us,” “our”) is a transactional law firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. Among our clients are U.S. individuals and entities seeking to do business in the EU and UK, as well as EU and UK individuals seeking to do business in the U.S. and elsewhere.
In our practice, we take privacy seriously and we are committed to protecting it.
This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about our EU and UK-based clients individuals, how this information is used, the conditions under which it may be disclosed to others and how it is kept secure in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and, when enacted, the Data Protection Act 2018 (UK)/Personal Data Protection Law (France)/DPA Act (Belgium) (together referred to as the “GDPR”).
This notice applies to current and former EU and UK-based clients and other third parties with whom we work.
2. WHO WE ARE
We are the data controller in relation to the processing activities described below. This means that we decide why and how your personal information is processed.
3. THE KIND OF INFORMATION WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
“Personal data” is any information about a living individual from which they can be identified such as name, ID number, location data, any online identifier, or any factor specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic or social identity of that person. It does not include data where any potential identifiers have been removed (anonymous data) or data held in an unstructured file.
There are “special categories” of sensitive personal data which are more private in nature and therefore require a higher level of protection, such as genetic data, biometric data, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, and health information.
When we refer to “processing,” this means such processes as collecting, using, storing, transferring, disclosing, altering, or destroying personal data.
The information we hold about you will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Name, title, address, phone number(s), email address, photograph, social media contact details;
- Date of birth, nationality, marital status, family details;
- Current and previous employment details, tax status, job title, salary, pension, and insurance details;
- Academic and other education details;
- Medical details;
- Political affiliation details;
- CCTV footage, vehicle details;
- Travel details for business and social travel;
- PC login and other electronic password details;
- Phone and internet use history;
- Details regarding meetings of a business and social nature;
- Criminal records and convictions; and
- Disciplinary record.
Some of this information may fall within the special categories of information mentioned above.
4. HOW WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We collect information from you in a variety of ways which we have explained below. These ways may evolve over time which will be reflected in changes to the Privacy Notice.
A. Personal information you give to us
This is information about you that you provide to us voluntarily in the following ways:
- through your instructions to us; in response to requests made from legal or regulatory purposes;
- when joining our firm as an employee, as a consultant or during your work with us;
- via our website www.gbbpl.com; or
- corresponding with us by phone, email, or otherwise.
B. Personal information we collect about you electronically
When you use our website or our services, the categories of information that we may collect about you may include: details of your visits to our site, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs, and other communication data, and any electronic resources you access. Any information collected via our website will include that provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to the services we provide through our site, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site. If you complete any survey for us for research purposes, we will collect information in such circumstances as well. The personal information you give us may include your name, address, email address, and phone number, enquiry details and records of any correspondence and responses to any surveys.
We may automatically collect technical information, including anonymous data collected by the hosting server for statistical purposes, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer or device to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform or other identification tags. Please see cookies for further information.
We may collect any personal information which you allow to be shared that is part of your public profile or third party social network, type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system, and platform. We also collect contact information from email communications addressed to us.
We may also collect, store, and use your special category personal data for a range of reasons, relying on a variety of different bases for lawful processing under the GDPR, as described below.
|Where You Have Provided Consent|
|We may use and process your personal information where you, as a client or prospective client have consented for us to do so.|
|This may include our sending you information about our services if you:
|You may withdraw your consent for us to use your information in any of these ways at any time. Please see “Withdrawing your consent” for further details.||How we use your special category information|
|Consistent with your consent, we may:
|Where There is a Legitimate Interest|
|We may use and process your personal information where it is necessary for us to pursue our legitimate interests as a business, or that of a third party.|
|This may include:
|How we use your special category information|
|This may include:
|We will use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations where you have consented to specific processing: (i) to assist a regulatory or other public authority or criminal investigation body; (ii) to identify you when you contact us; and/or (iii) to verify the accuracy of data we hold about you.|
|Where it is Required to Comply with Obligations Under a Contract|
|We may use and process your personal information where we have supplied you (or continue to supply you) with any services, where we have arranged for the supply of another firm’s services to you, or where you are in discussions with us about any service. We will use this information in connection with the contract for the supply of services when it is needed to carry out that contract with you or for you to enter into it.|
|Where it is In Your Vital Interests|
Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal data.
6. CHANGE OF PURPOSE
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
7. DATA ANONYMISATION AND USE OF AGGREGATED INFORMATION
Your information may be converted into statistical or aggregated data in such a way as to ensure that you are not identified or identifiable from it. Aggregated data cannot be linked back to you as a natural person. We may use this data for analytical and research purposes.
8. OTHERS WHO MAY RECEIVE OR HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Our suppliers and service providers
We may disclose your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors, and other organizations for the purposes of providing services to us or directly to you on our behalf. Such third parties may include:
- IT service providers (such data center and cloud hosting providers);
- advertising agencies,
- document management services;
- administrative services;
- finance/tax authorities for tax purposes; and
- the Financial Conduct Authority or Solicitors Regulation Authority in the UK, the Ordre des Avocats or Barreau de Paris in France, for regulatory purposes;
When we use third party service providers, we only disclose to them any personal information that is necessary for them to provide their service and we have an agreement in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions.
Third parties who provide products and services
We may share your information with other firms which we instruct on your behalf. They may use your personal information in the ways set out in how we use your personal information, in connection with the services that complement and/or support our services, for example, in using local counsel or experts to assist in representing our clients. When providing your data to those third parties, we will ensure that our terms of engagement with those third parties provide protection for your data commensurate with that protection which we provide.
All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
Other ways we may share your personal information
We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganization. We may also transfer your personal information if we are under a duty to disclose or share it in order to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation, to detect or report a crime, to enforce or apply the terms of our contracts, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our visitors and customers. We will always take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.
9. WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
All information you provide to us is very likely to be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). By way of example, this will happen as our servers (and possibly those of our third party service providers whom we may use from time to time) are located in a country outside of the EEA. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the European Union.
When we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy. These steps include imposing contractual obligations on the recipient of your personal information or ensuring that the recipients are subscribed to ‘international frameworks’ that aim to ensure adequate protection. Please contact us using the details at the end of this policy for more information about the protections that we put in place and to obtain a copy of the relevant documents, if applicable. Further, if you use our services whilst you are outside the EEA, your information may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with those services.
As to the physical locations in which we may store your personal information it may be in a variety of locations, including electronically on our secure servers and/or in hard copy form in access-restricted cabinets or locations. We take appropriate technical and organizational security measures to guard against unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, disclosure, and destruction and accidental loss of your personal data.
In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those members of our workforce who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected or actual data security breach and will notify you and the relevant national data protection authority (ICO in the UK, CNIL in France, Data Protection Authority in Belgium) of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
Whenever we propose using new technologies, or where processing is construed as ‘high risk,’ we are obliged to carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment to review that appropriate security measures are implemented in relation to the processing of your personal data.
10. HOW LONG WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR
If we collect your personal information, the length of time we retain it is determined by a number of factors including the purpose for which we use that information and our obligations under laws including legal, accounting and reporting requirements. We do not retain personal information in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary.
We may need your personal information to establish, bring, or defend legal claims. For this purpose, our expectation is that we will retain your personal information for at least seven (7) years in the UK and five (5) years in France (but it may be longer in certain circumstances) after the date it is no longer needed by us for any of the purposes listed under how we use your personal information above.
Therefore, where we act for you in providing legal services, we will retain personal information relevant to that matter for a period of seven (7) years in the UK and five (5) years in France following the conclusion of the matter;
The only exceptions to this are where:
- the law requires us to hold your personal information for a longer period, or to delete it sooner;
- you exercise your right to have the information erased (where it applies) and we do not need to hold it in connection with any of the reasons permitted or required under the law (see further erasing your personal information or restricting its processing below); or
- in limited cases, the law permits us to keep your personal information indefinitely provided we put certain protections in place.
11. SECURITY AND LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted to us and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we put in place reasonable and appropriate controls to safeguard against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, or unauthorized access.
Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organizations. This Privacy Notice does not apply to those other websites‚ so we encourage you to read their privacy statements. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other websites even if you access them using links that we provide. In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party website, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party website and recommend that you check the policy of that third party website.
13. OUR MARKETING
We may collect your preferences to receive marketing information directly from us in the following ways:
- Using contact details you have provided via our website, when attending an event we sponsor or to one of our attorneys.
- From time to time, we may send you an email with instructions to update your contact details and preferences regarding which types of communications you receive from us.
From time to time, we may also ask you to refresh your preferences by asking you to confirm that you consent to continue receiving information from us.
We may contact you with targeted information delivered online through social media by using your personal information or use your personal information to tailor marketing to improve its relevance to you, unless you object.
You have the right to opt-out of our use of your personal information to provide information to you in any of the ways mentioned below.
14. YOUR RIGHTS
You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information under data protection law. Should you contact us in relation to the personal data we may hold, as detailed below, we may ask you for information to confirm your identity and, where applicable, to help us to search for your personal information. Except in rare cases, we will respond to you within one month from either (i) the date that we have confirmed your identity or (ii) where we do not need to do this because we already have this information, from the date we received your request.
- Accessing your personal information
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information that we hold about you by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. This is known as a Subject Access Request. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.
- Correcting and updating your personal information
The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change your name or address/email address, or you discover that any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please let us know by contacting us at email@example.com.
- Withdrawing your consent
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information, as set out under how and why we use your personal information, you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us. If you withdraw your consent, our use of your personal information before you withdraw is still lawful. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, but we will keep your details on our files for the purpose of ensuring that we exclude you from any contact in due course.
- Objecting to our use of your personal information and automated decisions made about you
Where we rely on legitimate business interests as the legal basis for processing your personal information for any purpose(s), as outlined under how and why we use your personal information, you may object to us using your personal information for these purposes by emailing or writing to us. Except for the purposes for which we are sure we can continue to process your personal information; we will temporarily stop processing your personal information in line with your objection until we have investigated the matter. If we agree that your objection is justified in accordance with your rights under data protection laws, we will permanently stop using your data for those purposes. Otherwise, we will provide you with our justification as to why we need to continue using your data.
- Erasing your personal information or restricting its processing
In certain circumstances, you may ask for your personal information to be removed from our systems by emailing or writing to us. Unless there is a reason that the law allows us to use your personal information for longer, we will make reasonable efforts to comply with your request.
You may also ask us to restrict processing your personal information where you believe it is unlawful for us to do so, you have objected to its use and our investigation is pending or you require us to keep it in connection with legal proceedings. In these situations, we may only process your personal information while its processing is restricted if we have your consent or are legally permitted to do so, for example for storage purposes, to protect the rights of another individual or company or in connection with legal proceedings.
- Transferring your personal information in a portable data file (“data portability”)
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information or need to process it in connection with your contract, as set out under how and why we use your personal information, you may ask us to provide you with a copy of that information in an appropriate format. We will provide this to you electronically in a commonly used form, such as on a USB device.
You can ask us to send your personal information directly to another service provider, and we will do so if this is technically possible. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.
- Complaining to the national data protection authority
You have the right to complain to the national data protection authority if you are concerned about the way we have processed your personal information. Although you have the right to complain to the data protection authority, we encourage you to contact us (as set out below) first with a view to letting us help in resolving any issues, concerns or questions.
– In the UK, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website for further details.
– In France, please visit the Commission National de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) website for further details.
– In Belgium, please visit the Data Privacy Authority (DPA) website for further details.
- Right to define what happens with personal data in the event of death
In certain countries including France, you have the right to define and tell us what we should do with your personal data after your death.
15. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
Our managing member is responsible for ensuring that this privacy notice is maintained. Our contact for any issues relevant to this Privacy Notice is our managing member.
We may review this policy from time to time and any changes will be available to you by posting an updated version on our website. Any changes will take effect seven (7) days after the date on which we post the modified terms on our website, whichever is the earlier. We recommend that you regularly check for changes and review this policy whenever you visit our website. If you do not agree with any aspect of the updated policy, you must immediately notify us and cease using our services.
16. CONTACT US
Please direct any queries about this policy by contacting us electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1 (305) 358-5100.