Website Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 9, 2020 Foundry General Counsel respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This Privacy Statement (the “Statement”) describes how we look after your personal data collected by us when you visit our website (the “Site(s)”), or which we otherwise receive or collect from you in the course of our operations and client services. It also describes certain privacy rights and data protection laws that may apply to you. It is important that you read this Statement together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This Statement supplements other, more targeted notices and is not intended to override them. This Site is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect information from children. WHO WE ARE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Who We Are. Foundry General Counsel is a nationally renowned law firm that provides legal counsel to guide our client’s business strategies. Foundry General Counsel consists of former in-house attorneys and other professionals admitted to practice law in numerous jurisdictions with offices located in Virginia, Maryland, and Illinois. Data controllers. For the purposes of data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation and any applicable national implementing laws, regulations, secondary or other legislation (collectively, the GDPR), the legal entity overseeing the processing of your personal data is Foundry General Counsel PLLC. Clients, prospects, candidates, providers and other individuals in the EU (or whose personal data is otherwise subject to the GDPR) should contact the data protection officer for the controller with whom they have actively engaged. If you have privacy or data protection questions in connection with the Site, please contact us. WHAT PERSONAL DATA DO WE COLLECT FROM YOU Foundry General Counsel only collects personal data required to serve the purpose for which it was collected. The type of personal data we collect will depend upon the nature of your relationship with us (e.g., whether you are a client, prospect, candidate, provider, or visitor to our Site or office), the purpose for which the data is required, and our legal and regulatory obligations. We collect this personal information in connection with services we provide to clients, from this Site and blogs, software that we use to register you for events, or software we maintain for marketing our services. We may also collect this information from you when you visit our offices or attend our events. The categories of personal data we may collect include: Data That You Provide. Foundry General Counsel collects data from you through the Sites when you choose to share it with us. This may include when you sign up for one or more of our newsletters or our email list, register for one of our events, request information from us, or otherwise communicate with or contact us. The data we collect from you on the Site falls into the following categories:
  • Contact Details: We collect your contact information, such as first and last name, email and postal address, and telephone number.
  • Business Information: We collect data about your company or business, including company name, your job title, and business telephone number or mailing address.
  • Marketing Preferences: We collect data concerning your preferences in receiving marketing, other targeted information from us, and your contact preferences.
  • Other Communications: If you choose to send us an email message, we may retain the content of the email, including any attachments, your email address, and our response.
Data Received from Third Parties. Foundry General Counsel does not employ any analytics or cookies on its Sites; however, third-parties (unbeknownst to us) may place such technology on our Sites. We do not have access to, or control over, these third parties’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies. Our Social Media Pages. We may receive data about you when you connect with us through one of our social media pages. When you do, we may automatically receive certain data about you based on your registration and privacy settings on those third-party services. This may include, but may not be limited to, name, username, demographic information, updated address or contact information, location, interests, and publicly-observed data, such as from social media and online activity. Combination of Data. We may combine the Data we receive from and about you, including data you provide to us and data that we automatically collect through the Sites, as well as data collected from third-party sources. WHY DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL DATA FROM YOU Foundry General Counsel collects and processes your personal data in connection with its business as a provider of legal and ancillary services and to pursue our related legitimate interests and rights, including the promotion and marketing of our services. We collect this data in order to keep track of clients and prospective clients, share relevant content including to market the firm’s capabilities, provide invitations to relevant events and registration for those events, and distribute relevant content. Purpose and legal basis for processing. When processing your personal data, the purpose and legal basis include the following (to the extent that they apply to you):
  • to perform client services, to fulfill our contractual obligations toward you, on the basis of our legitimate interests or our clients’ legitimate interests, and to provide the best client service we can;
  • to support our business processes, to fulfill our contractual obligations toward you, or, if not applicable, on the basis of our legitimate interests to provide the best client service we can, to support our business operations, administration, IT services, and network security, and to prevent fraud;
  • to safeguard your personal data and our IT system with appropriate security, on the basis of your and our legitimate interest for such security;
  • to exchange information, conduct due diligence, answer your questions, take steps required to enter into a contract with you, or for the purposes of our legitimate interests to protect our legal rights and a third party’s rights, or, on the basis of your consent;
  • for our recruitment purposes, including in the context of a selection and recruitment procedure, to take steps prior to entering into an employment relationship or contract with you or on the basis that it is our legitimate interest to use your personal data in such a way to ensure that we can make the best recruitment decisions — we will not process any special categories of personal data except where we are able to do so under applicable legislation or with your explicit consent;
  • to keep you up to date with Foundry General Counsel events, activities and news that may be of interest to you, on the basis of your consent, or for our legitimate interests to use your personal data for marketing purposes;
  • to present the Site and its content in the best possible way for you and on your computer, on the basis of our legitimate interests to keep our Site updated and relevant, to develop our outreach and business operations, and to develop marketing strategy;
  • for business transactions such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets on the basis of our legitimate interests to sell or expand our business operations; and/or
  • to comply with legal and regulatory requirements applicable to us.
Where the processing of your personal data is based on your consent only, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. We will then erase your personal data and stop processing it so long as we are not prohibited from doing so by applicable law. Marketing. You may receive marketing communications from us if you are an existing client, if you provided us with your consent, or where we are pursuing a legitimate interest and have a lawful right to do so and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing communication. You can stop receiving marketing messages by following the unsubscribe links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting privacy@foundrygc.com. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR DATA Your personal data is kept for the time required to pursue or fulfill the purposes for which it was collected and processed, including for the purpose of satisfying any applicable legal, professional, contractual, regulatory, accounting or reporting requirements unless you have requested deletion and we have honored that request. In determining data retention periods, we take into consideration local laws, contractual obligations, our professional duties to our clients, our reasonable business requirements, and your expectations and requirements. When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal data, we will securely delete or, in some circumstances, anonymize your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further statement to you. Any such anonymization would be performed in accordance with, and where allowed by, applicable law. If you request that we stop sending you marketing materials, we will continue to keep a record of your contact details and appropriate information to enable us to comply with your request not to be contacted by us. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL DATA This Site is hosted in the United States. Personal data that is voluntarily provided on or via this Site or online, via electronic communication, or otherwise to Foundry General Counsel, may be maintained or accessed in servers or files located in the United States. To provide legal services and effectively run our business, we may need to share your personal data as permitted by law. Transfer of personal data may occur internally between Foundry General Counsel offices, to our providers as necessary to provide our services, or to public and regulatory bodies in the event we are required to do so. These transfers may involve international transfer of your personal data to our Foundry General Counsel offices and data centers or those of our providers or public and regulatory bodies. We do not sell the personal information we collect about you to third parties. We may, however, share your personal information with our service providers or third parties in accordance with the business purposes set out in this Statement. Categories of recipients. Your personal data may be transferred to the following categories of recipients:
  • Service providers. We have retained to perform services on our behalf or on behalf of a client in connection with specific legal services we are providing for the client.
  • Public authorities. If we are required to do so by law or legal process, in response to a request from government authorities, or if we believe disclosure is necessary to prevent personal harm or financial loss.
  • Sale or Transfer of Business or Assets. We reserve the right to transfer your personal data in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will require that the transferee use the personal data you have provided in a manner consistent with our privacy policy and the applicable legal framework.
  • Safety. We may disclose your data to protect the security of our Sites, servers, network systems, and databases. We also may disclose your data as necessary, if we believe that there has been a violation of any legal document or contract related to our services, or the rights of any third party.
WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE IN RELATION TO MY PERSONAL DATA Depending on the facts and circumstances related to the personal data we collect or obtain about you – including, for example, the nature of the information we process, where you are located or reside, or whether we obtain the information in connection with legal services we provide to our clients – you may have rights regarding the personal data we hold about you afforded under relevant data protection laws. These may include: Right to be informed. You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent, and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we are providing you with this Statement. Right of Access.  You have the right to obtain access to your data (if we are processing it), and certain other information (similar to that provided in this Statement).  This is so you are aware and can check that we are using your data in accordance with data protection law. Right to Rectification. You are entitled to have your data corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete. Right to Erasure. This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your data where there is no compelling reason for us to keep it.  This is not a general right; there are exceptions. Right to Restrict Processing. You have certain rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your data. When processing is restricted, we can still store your data, but may not use it further.  We keep lists of people who have asked for further use of their data to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future. Right to Object to Processing.  You have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing (i.e., if you no longer want to be contacted with potential opportunities). Right to Lodge a Complaint.  You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with your national data protection authority. Right to Withdraw Consent. If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw consent to us for use of your personal data for marketing purposes. Foundry General Counsel is committed to honoring rights you have been afforded under data protection laws while ensuring that such rights are exercised in accordance with our other legal and ethical obligations, and we will not deny providing goods or services to you, charge you different prices or provide a different level or quality of goods and services to you for exercising any of the above rights, unless those differences are related to the value of your information. You may submit a request for the information above by emailing us at privacy@foundrygc.com. Foundry General Counsel will evaluate all requests for information under all applicable laws and confidentiality protections or restrictions that apply to the firm, its clients, its employees, or to other third parties whose data the firm collects. Foundry General Counsel will not provide any information if it would otherwise violate governing law or legal protections that apply to such data, including without limitation any applicable privileges. In connection with submission of your request, we will take steps to verify your identity, and you will need to verify your identity before action is taken. Cookies and California Do Not Track Disclosures. For California residents, certain parts of our Site require cookies. You are free to set your browser or operating system settings to decline cookies, but by doing so, you may not be able to use certain features on the Site. Please refer to your web browser’s or operating system’s website or “Help” section for more information on how to delete or disable your browser or operating system from receiving cookies or controlling your tracking preferences. Our system may not respond to Do Not Track requests or headers from some or all browsers. THIRD-PARTY CONTENT, LINKS, AND PLUG-INS The Site may provide links to third-party websites for your convenience. Please be aware that this Statement applies only to websites operated by Foundry General Counsel PLLC. We recommend that you review the privacy and security policies of each website you visit before providing any personal data. The Site may also offer you the ability to interact with social plugins from social media sites, which may allow us and the social media site to receive data from or about you. In some cases, we may know that you clicked on a social plugin, such as a Twitter Follow button, or receive other information from the social media sites. Similarly, if you have previously provided personal data to a third party operating a plug-in on this Site, then such third party may recognize you on this Site. Your use of social network plugins is subject to each social media site’s privacy policy, which may be different from ours, so please read these policies carefully to understand their policies and your options. As with linked sites, we have no control over the information that is collected, stored, or used by social network plugins, and are not responsible for the practices of such sites. SECURING YOUR DATA We have taken certain physical, administrative, and technical steps to safeguard the data we collect from and about our Site visitors. Although Foundry General Counsel uses security that it believes to be appropriate to protect the personal data received through the Site, we do not guarantee that our security precautions will protect against any loss, misuse, or alteration of any such data. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS Foundry General Counsel represent clients with a global reach and we, or our service providers, may process, transfer, and store information on servers located in numerous countries, including the United States. In some of these locations, data protection laws may be less stringent than in the EEA or other locations that provide similar data protection safeguards. To ensure that your data is protected, we transfer your data subject to suitable safeguards being in place. In particular, where we transfer your information outside the EEA, we rely on EU Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Commission and we transfer the information in accordance with applicable laws and using adequate and appropriate safeguards. To find out more about how we safeguard your data (including obtaining a copy of such safeguards) in relation to transfers outside the EEA, please contact us via the details provided below. REVISIONS TO THIS STATEMENT We reserve the right to modify this Statement at any time. Continuing to access any of our Site constitutes your acceptance of any modification to this Privacy Policy in effect at the time of your access. No modification or attempted modification of this Statement by you shall be binding on Foundry General Counsel. HOW TO CONTACT US If you have any questions, you may contact us at privacy@foundrygc.com or by mail to: FOUNDRY GENERAL COUNSEL PLLC Attn: Privacy 907 Shady Drive SE Vienna, VA 22180

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