Privacy Policy

Your privacy is extremely important. This Privacy Policy applies to all services, features, applications, and websites offered by Lex Machina or Lex Machina affiliated licensees (collectively “Lex Machina Services”). We reserve the right to post more detailed information to explain our privacy practices, including posting supplementary privacy notices to describe how particular services process personal information. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us through our website or e-mail: privacy@lexmachina.com.

COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION

In order to provide the best services as securely and efficiently as possible, we may collect the following types of information: Information you provide: When you sign up for a Lex Machina Account or other Lex Machina Service or promotion that requires registration, we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address and an account password). We may combine the information you submit under your account with information from other Lex Machina Services or third parties in order to provide you with a better experience and to improve the quality of our services. For certain services, we may give you the opportunity to opt out of combining such information. For example, we are presently working on—but have not completed—systems to allow any government employee to, by default, opt out of any and all such combinations. Cookies: When you visit Lex Machina, we send one or more cookies – a small file containing a string of characters – to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. In the future, we will use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing user preferences and tracking user trends, such as how people search. Log information: When you access Lex Machina Services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. They are maintained for security and engineering purposes, and are regularly purged by automated process. User communications: When you send email or other communications to Lex Machina, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services. Affiliated sites: We may offer some of our services in connection with other web sites. Personal information that you provide to those sites may be sent to Lex Machina in order to deliver the service. We process such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. The affiliated sites may have different privacy practices and we encourage you to read their privacy policies. Links: Lex Machina may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. We use this information to improve the quality of our search technology, and customized content. Other sites: This Privacy Policy applies to Lex Machina Services only. We do not exercise control over the sites displayed as search results or links from within our various services. (For example, we do not control privacy policies of patent-related links to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.) These other sites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or request other individualized information from you. The Lex Machina only processes personal information for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy and/or the supplementary privacy notices for specific services. In addition to the above, such purposes include: Providing our services to users, including the display of customized content; Auditing, research and analysis in order to maintain, protect and improve our services; Ensuring the technical functioning of the Lex Machina system; and Creating new services. Wherever, and if relevant, you may find more information about how we process personal information by referring to any supplementary privacy notices for particular services. The Lex Machina processes personal information on our servers in the United States of America, in the Northern District of California.

PERSONAL INFORMATION CHOICES

When you sign up for a particular service that requires registration, we ask you to provide personal information. If we use this information in a manner different than the purpose for which it was collected, then we will ask for your consent prior to such use. If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy and/or in the specific service privacy notices, we will offer you an effective way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will not collect or use sensitive information for purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy and/or in the supplementary service privacy notices, unless we have obtained your prior consent. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some Lex Machina features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. Or, you may simply have to login to Lex Machina site more frequently. You can decline to submit personal information to any of our services, in which case Lex Machina may not be able to provide those services to you.

INFORMATION SHARING

Lex Machina would only shares personal information with other companies or individuals outside of Lex Machina in the following limited circumstances: We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information. We are providing such information to affiliated departments or trusted and closely monitored licensees or other trusted corporate or real persons for the purpose of processing personal information on our behalf. We require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Lex Machina, its users or the public as required or permitted by law. We may share with third parties certain pieces of aggregated, non-personal information, such as the number of users who searched for a particular term, for example, or how many users clicked on a particular link or web page. Such information does not identify you individually. Please contact us at privacy@lexmachina.com, or the address below for any additional questions about the management or use of personal data.

INFORMATION SECURITY

We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data. We restrict access to personal information to Lex Machina employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

DATA INTEGRITY

The Lex Machina processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Privacy Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our users to update or correct their personal information whenever necessary.

UPDATING AND SUPPLEMENTING PERSONAL INFORMATION

When you use Lex Machina Services, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required. Some of our services have different procedures to access, correct or delete users’ personal information. We may provide additional details for any such procedures in specific privacy notices or FAQs for such services.

ENFORCEMENT

The Lex Machina regularly reviews its compliance with this Privacy Policy. Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or Lex Machina’s treatment of personal information by contacting us through this web site or by writing to us at Lex Machina [Privacy] 1010 Doyle Street, Suite 200, Menlo Park,  CA 94025. When we receive formal written complaints at this address, we will employ best efforts to contact the complaining user regarding her or his concerns. We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between Lex Machina and an individual.

PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent, and we expect most such changes will be minor. Regardless, we will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice whenever possible. Each version of this Privacy Policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date, and we will also archive prior versions of this Privacy Policy. If you have any additional questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us any time at privacy@lexmachina.com.