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Privacy Policy

Purpose of this Privacy Policy is to describe how Van Berings collects, uses, and discloses certain personal information obtained through our global public websites at www.vanberings.com (“Website”). Local Van Berings offices may have a regional privacy statements that differ from this Privacy Policy, because of local mandatory privacy rules. Please review the website privacy statement of the relevant local office for any information that applies specifically to that local office. This Privacy Policy does not address information collection through sources other than this Website such as in-person seminars or an attorney’s personal contacts. By visiting the Website you are accepting and consent to the practices and provisions set out in this Privacy Policy.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

In general, you can visit our Website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. However, there are circumstances, when we ask for personally identifiable information from you, such as your name, company, e-mail address, phone number, and address as well as other personal contact details (“Personal Information”). We request this information in order to: (a) correspond with you, to provide you with a subscription to a newsletter or publication; (b) notify you about events, or otherwise to respond to your requests or provide you with information that we consider may be of interest to you; (c) provide and improve our services to you and to our clients including handling Personal Information of others on behalf of our clients; (d) market our services; (e) assist recruitment; (f) improve our Website; (g) compile anonymous statistics, for example, Website usage statistics; (h) fulfil our legal obligations; and (j) deal with situations when you report a problem with our Website.

Other information that can be collected when you visit our website includes information in relation to your visit.

If you receive a marketing e-mail from Van Berings, you will generally be provided with an automated way to opt out (unsubscribe) from that particular kind of communications or from all marketing e-mails sent by Van Berings. Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you receive.

If you reply to a Van Berings address in one of our marketing e-mails or otherwise send a communication to us, your communication will not create an attorney-client relationship with us. Do not send us any information that you or anyone else considers to be confidential or secret unless we have first agreed to represent and assist you in that particular matter. Any information you may send us before we accept and agree represent and assist you is not covered by attorney-client privilege and cannot be protected from disclosure.

Data Sharing and International Data Transfer

Any information that you provide to us, including Personal Information, may be shared with and processed by any Van Berings Member Firm worldwide, our Partner Firms and certain service providers for purposes of responding to your requests or otherwise as necessary for the purposes outlined above.

The information sharing described above or elsewhere in this section may also entail a transfer of your information, including Personal Information, from a location within the European Economic Area (the "EEA") to outside the EEA, or from outside the EEA to a location within the EEA. The level of information protection in countries outside the EEA may be less than that offered within the EEA, however we have procedures in place to ensure the protection of your information.

In limited circumstances we may also share Personal Information with governmental authorities, public bodies or others as required to protect the interests of Van Berings or others, as necessary in connection with the reorganization, merger, sale or transfer of all or a portion of the business, or as required by applicable legal or regulatory requirements or court order. If we are required to share your Personal Information we will use reasonable endeavors to notify you in advance, unless we are legally restricted from doing so or it is otherwise not practicable to do so.

Security Measures

Van Berings maintains appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration.

Links to Other Websites

The privacy practices set forth in this Privacy Policy are designed for and apply to our Website only. Although this Website may contain links to other websites, Van Berings is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites. If you link to or otherwise visit any other website, please review the privacy policies posted at that website.

Cookies and Passive Tracking

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org. Cookies gather information about your operating system including, but not limited to, browser type, and Internet Protocol (IP) address.

On this Website we use following kinds of Cookies.

  • Necessary Cookies - Some of the Cookies on our Website are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. This includes accessing secure areas of this Website such “Clients’ Reserved Area”, “Extranet” and other online services and toolkits.
  • Performance Cookies - Some of the cookies on our Website collect information about how visitors use this Website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These Cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these Cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our Website works.
  • Functionality Cookies - These Cookies allow our Website to remember choices you made and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example, we use Cookies on seminar registration and online publication order forms so that if you wish to complete another form on this Website you do not have to re-enter all your details.
  • Third Party Cookies - Our Website also allows third parties to download Cookies to your device. For example, cookies from www.sharethis.com are used to allow you to send a page from our Website to your social media account such as Facebook or Twitter. Cookies from Google and YouTube are also used. The YouTube cookie is set on pages that contain YouTube videos. These third party cookies are not under our control. For further information about their use see www.sharethis.com, www.google.com and www.youtube.com.

We use this information to analyze the traffic on our Website, to look at the pages views as well as the length of time on each page and better serve you when you return to our Websites. It is not our intention to use such information to personally identify a user. This information is held in an aggregated and anonymous form. You have the option to configure your Internet browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. Further, you have the option to block all cookies. Please note, however, that if you refuse or otherwise block cookies you may not be able to use all of the functionality available on this Website.

By using our Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device

Access and Correction

Under applicable data protection legislation we must ensure that your Personal Information is accurate and up to date. Therefore, please advise us of any changes to your information. Further, you are entitled to request details of the information we hold about you and to have it rectified or deleted as required by applicable data protection legislation. For more information please send an email to privacy.policy@vanberings.com.

Revisions

Van Berings reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Please check the Privacy Policy frequently and particularly before you submit additional Personal Information through this Website. All revisions to this Privacy Statement will be posted on this Website through link from the homepage.