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Effective February 6, 2014

This website (“the Website”) is provided by the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP (“we,” “us,” “our”).  This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect when you visit the Website and how we use, share and protect that information.

Collection of Information

We collect and receive the following types of information when you use the Website: 

  • Information You Provide Directly.  You may choose to provide information directly to us.  For example, when you sign up to receive our “E-Alerts,” we ask you to provide your name and email address.   Similarly, when you subscribe to one of our blogs, we ask for your email address. 
  • Information We Collect Automatically.  We also collect certain information about you and your computer automatically when you visit the Website.  This type of information may include:
    • The type of Web browser and operating system you have used to access the Services;
    • Your IP address (which is a number automatically assigned to your computer when you access the Internet and can be used to derive your general geographic location); and
    • Information about the content you view and the features you access on the Website that we collect using cookies, Web beacons, and similar technologies.

We may combine all of the information we collect or receive about you and use it in the manner described in this Privacy Policy. 

Use of Information

We use the information we collect and receive for the following general purposes: 

  • To provide you with the Website;
  • To improve the Website by, for example, learning more about what information users find interesting or useful;
  • To provide you with Covington & Burling LLP promotional materials, such as E-Alerts and Roundups of posts from our blogs; and
  • For any other purpose disclosed to you at the time we collect your information, or otherwise with your consent.

Sharing of Information

We may share your information with the following entities: 

  • Service Providers.  We may share your information with entities that provide services to us, including companies that provide web analytics, advertising, email distribution, and other services.  These entities are limited in their ability to use your information for purposes other than providing services for us.
  • Other Parties When Required by Law or as Necessary to Protect Our Services.  There may be instances when we disclose your information to other parties in order to:
    • protect the legal rights of Covington & Burling LLP and of the users of the Website;
    • protect the safety and security of users of the Website;
    • prevent fraud (or for risk management purposes); or
    • comply with or respond to the law or legal process or a request for cooperation by a government entity, whether or not legally required.
  • Other Parties in Connection With a Transfer of Assets.  If we make a sale or transfer of assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or transfer, we may transfer your information to one or more third parties as part of that transaction.
  • Other Parties With Your Consent.  In addition to the sharing described in this Privacy Policy, we may share information about you with other third parties when you consent to such sharing.

Third-Party Content, Functionality, and Services

Some of the content, functionality, and services on the Website may be provided by third parties that are not affiliated with Covington and Burling LLP.  For example, on our blogs we enable you to share certain materials on the Website with others through services like Facebook and Twitter.  These types of entities may collect or receive certain information about your use of the Website, including through the use of cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies.  These entities may collect this information over time and combined with information collected from different websites and online services.  We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these entities. 

Protection of Information

We use reasonable physical, technical, and administrative measures to safeguard information in our possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification.  Please note, however, that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we strive to protect the information we maintain, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us.

Children’s Information

We do not knowingly collect or store personal information about children under the age of 13.  If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information from our database.

Changing or Deleting Your Personally Identifiable Information

If you have submitted personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, email address) through our Website and would like to change or delete that information, please contact us at the address below.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

From time to time, we may revise this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to the Website or for other reasons.  If we make any material revisions to this Privacy Policy, we will provide prominent notice on the Website.  By continuing to use the Website after we make changes, you indicate your consent to those changes.

Questions

We want to assure you that we are dedicated to protecting your privacy. If you have questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at: privacy@cov.com.

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Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies

We — as well as certain third parties that provide content, functionality, or services on the Website — use a variety of technologies to learn more about how people use the Website.  This section provides more information about some of those technologies and how they work.

Cookies. Cookies are small text files that websites and other online services use to store information about users on the users’ own computers.  Cookies may be used to store a unique identification number tied to your computer so that a website can recognize you as the same user across different visits to the website.  You can configure your Internet browser to warn you each time a cookie is being sent or to refuse cookies completely.

We are the third parties that provide content, functionality, or business services on the Website may use cookies to collect information about your browsing activities in order to provide you with more relevant content and promotional materials, on and off the Website, and help us understand your interests and improve the Website.

Web beacons. We, along with our third-party partners, may also use technologies called web beacons that communicate information from your Internet browser to a web server. Web beacons can be embedded in web pages, videos, or emails, and can allow a web server to read certain types of information from your browser, check whether you have viewed a particular web page or email message, and determine, among other things, the time and date on which you viewed the web beacon, the IP address of your computer, and the URL of the web page from which the web beacon was viewed.  We and our partners use web beacons for a variety of purposes, including to analyze the use of the Website and in conjunction with cookies to improve the Website and to provide you with more relevant promotion materials. 

Please also see our Legal Notices.