Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how Watson LLP may collect and process information about you through our website.  We do not collect personally identifying information from visitors to this website unless voluntarily and knowingly submitted by the visitor.  Watson LLP will disclose your personal information if required to do so by law, or in urgent circumstances to protect personal safety, the public or our website.  You can have general access to this website and browse the pages without providing any personal information.  We will not use personal information provided through your use of this website except to notify you, respond to your requests, or to measure traffic and visitor patterns.  

Some third parties that provide services on our behalf may need access to your information, but only as necessary to carry out these services, and they may not share your information or use it for any other purposes.  We may communicate with you via email regarding our services, firm publications and events.  We will always permit you to unsubscribe or opt-out of receiving these emails, including by emailing us at subscriptions@watsonllp.com, or through the opt-out link contained on our email messages.

This privacy policy applies only to our practices relating to information collected on our website.  If you become a client of our firm, a separate privacy notice may be provided to you that applies to our client relationship. Watson LLP restricts access to all nonpublic personal information you provide to us, and maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information you submit on our website.  We also make an effort to protect your information offline.  Access to clients’ information is restricted in our offices.  Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.  The servers that store your personally identifiable information are housed in a secure environment. 

Use of Cookies and Tracking User Traffic 

Some pages on our website may use “cookies,” which may automatically collect certain information and data.  Cookies are small pieces of data sent to your computer browser from Watson LLP’s web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.  This website uses cookies in order to determine the usefulness of our information to our clients and visitors, and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping our clients and visitors reach that information.  Cookies cannot read data off of your hard drive.  The data identifies you as a unique user and facilitates your ongoing access to and use of this website.  Cookies also help us diagnose problems with our server.  You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser.  By not accepting cookies, however, some pages on our website may not fully function and you may not be able to access certain information.

Privacy of Children 

Children who are under 13 years of age are not the target audience of our website.  Watson LLP complies with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC’s Rule interpreting COPPA, 16 C.F.R. § 512.  This website is not directed to children, and we do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age through this website.  

Links to Third Party Sites 

Our site may contain links to other websites.  Watson LLP does not share your personal information with those websites, and is not responsible for their privacy practices.  Visitors should consult the privacy notices of other websites, as we have no control over information that is submitted to or collected by these third parties.  Watson LLP may post information about programs and events that are sponsored or co-sponsored by other organizations.  Should you choose to register electronically for any of these events, Watson LLP will have no control over the third party sponsors' use of your personal information. 

Changes to this Privacy Policy 

Watson LLP reserves the right to change this privacy policy at any time and without advance notice.  Should the firm decide to change its privacy policy, we will prominently post a notice on the main webpage and other subpages to alert you about the change.  If the privacy policy changes materially so that we are going to use your personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you via email and give you a choice as to whether or not we may use your information in this different manner.  However, if you have deleted and deactivated your account, then you will not be contacted and your personal information will not be used in this new manner.  In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy policy and associated practices that affect client or visitor information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our website notifying clients or visitors of the change.  In some cases where we post a notice, we will also email clients and visitors, who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices. 

If you have any questions about Watson LLP’s privacy policy, please feel free to contact us at privacy@watsonllp.com.