As professionals engaged in the provision of legal services to clients worldwide, Sidley Austin LLP, including its affiliated partnerships, (collectively, the Firm) is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential and personal information, including personal data relating to individuals who may be clients, staff, agents, lawyers, law students, job applicants or others inside or outside the Firm. It has always been and remains the policy of the Firm to comply with the rules of professional conduct which impose a duty to preserve and protect confidential client information upon lawyers and their associated personnel.
This Privacy Statement is based on the privacy and data protection principles common to the countries in which we operate. We apply it in light of our over-arching obligations to comply with law, to preserve client confidentiality and to represent our clients as effectively as possible within the bounds of the law. This Statement is intended to summarize the Firm’s data protection practices generally, and to advise our clients, interested law students, job applicants, website visitors, and other third parties about the Firm’s privacy polices that may be applicable to them.
This Privacy Statement is specifically addressed to parties outside the Firm who provide personal information to the Firm or who visit or use the Firm’s websites.
Collection and use of Personal Information
The Firm does not collect any personal data from visitors to its website that is not voluntarily provided (Personal Information). If you do provide Personal Information, we may use that Personal Information to:
- provide you with legal services, if you are or become a client of the Firm, and/or deal with any requests or inquiries you may have
- carry out, monitor and analyze our business or web site operations
- conduct our recruiting and selection process
- contact you (unless you tell us that you prefer us not to) regarding legal or law firm developments that may be of interest to you
- enter into or carry out contracts of various kinds
- comply with any applicable laws or regulations in any country.
Confidentiality of Client Information
Consistent with our professional obligations, it has always been the policy of the Firm to exercise the utmost discretion regarding the information our clients entrust to us. The Firm accepts and processes client information always subject to the client’s direction and control, and the Firm maintains reasonable and appropriate, although not infallible, security precautions. As an international Firm, we operate systems that may make data related to your matters accessible from our various offices around the world and often transfer client data between our offices. We never trade, sell or share your information with any unrelated parties except as necessary or appropriate to conduct the Firm’s legal and business activities, subject to appropriate confidentiality, privacy and information security commitments provided by the receiving party, or to further your interests or as permitted or required by law or as authorized or directed by you. Please feel free to raise any questions, concerns or specific directions you may have regarding the privacy and security of your information to the attorney who is handling your matter or to the Firm’s Data Protection Administrative Committee.
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Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Information
We do not disclose any Personal Information to unrelated parties outside of the Firm, except to our agents or data processors or other contractors acting on our behalf and at our direction, subject to appropriate confidentiality, privacy and information security commitments provided by the receiving party, or where we believe it necessary to provide a service which you have requested, or as permitted or required by law, or as otherwise authorized or directed by you.
We may transfer your Personal Information to other offices of the Firm for the purposes set out for use of Personal Information in this Privacy Statement. Such transfers may involve the transfer of your information between jurisdictions and outside of the jurisdiction in which you submitted your information, including to jurisdictions which the European Union may not deem to provide “adequate” data protection. Please do not provide us any information that you do not wish to be transferred between our offices.
Do Not Track Signals
“Do Not Track” signals are options available on your browser to tell operators of websites that you do not wish to have your online activity tracked. With the exception of information that is entered voluntarily into our websites, we do not acquire Personal Information and therefore our websites operates no differently if these “Do Not Track” signals are enabled or disabled. Our website does not allow any other parties to collect Personal Information about your online activities over time or across websites.
If you are an individual you may have certain rights under applicable data protection legislation which includes the right for you to review and correct the personal data we hold about you. We may charge you a fee to receive a copy of this data. For a copy of or reasonable access to your personal data please contact us.
In order to respect the privacy of minors, the Firm does not knowingly collect, maintain or process Personal Information submitted online by anyone under the age of 18.
We maintain reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic and procedural safeguards intended to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information provided by a visitor to this website. We do not guarantee that our safeguards will always work.
We reserve the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time without advance notice. Should any new policy go into effect, the Firm will post it on this website.
We like to keep our clients, personnel and other interested parties informed of legal developments of interest to them. If you do not want to receive publications or details of events or seminars that we consider may be of interest to you, please let us know by completing this form.
Your California Privacy Rights
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California customers are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. The Firm does not sell or share your Personal Information with third party companies for their direct marketing purposes without your consent.
Consultants, Suppliers and Vendors
In order to support its provision of legal services to its clients, from time to time, the Firm may maintain business information about prospective or ongoing consultants, suppliers, and vendors. We use this information for internal purposes and do not share this data with unrelated third parties.
We require consultants, suppliers, and vendors to maintain data protections consistent with reasonable and appropriate obligations of data processors including, where applicable, the European Union’s Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC). Any prospective consultants, suppliers, or vendors with questions about our policies and expectations should contact the Data Protection Council, described below.
The Firm maintains a Data Protection Administrative Committee to enhance and promote compliance with and understanding of privacy and data protection principles. The Administrative Committee also serves as a point of contact for answering questions, accessing, amending, or correcting your information and resolving issues and disputes. If you have any questions relating to our use of your Personal Information please contact us via email.