Privacy Policy

LexSchola Privacy Policy

Thank you for using LexSchola! LexSchola is a social network for law students who wish to connect with future lawyers, mentees, and potential job candidates. LexSchola provides a platform for users to provide information, and connects individuals through messages, online chat, and video chat. In order for us to provide these services, we need to collect information from you, the user. This policy applies to www.lexschola.com (and it successors) and all other LexSchola websites, apps, and other products and services (collectively “LexSchola” and referred to as we, our or us).

We wrote this policy to help you understand what information we collect, how we use it, and what choices you have. Because we’re an internet company, some of the concepts below are a little technical, but we’ve tried our best to explain things in a simple and clear way. In a nutshell, we may share your information with your consent or as required by law, and we will always let you know when we make significant changes to this Privacy Policy. We welcome your questions and comments on this policy.

What information do we collect?

We collect information in a few different ways:

  1. When you give it to us or give us permission to obtain it

    When you sign up for or use our products, you voluntarily give us certain information. This can include your name, profile photo, employment information, personal narrative, comments, likes, email address you used to sign up, and any other information you provide us. If you’re using LexSchola on your mobile device, you can also choose to provide us with location data. You understand that, by creating an account, we and others will be able to identify you by your LexSchola profile.

    You also may give us permission to access your information in other services. For example, you may link Twitter account to LexSchola, which allows us to obtain information from those accounts. The information we get from those services often depends on your settings or their privacy policies, so be sure to check what those are.

    When using private messaging services on our site, though the messages are generally kept between the individuals involved, we reserve the right to access message archives if we have a reasonable basis to believe that the terms of service have been violated. This may include a DMCA takedown request, or a notice to LexSchola that you have violated our content policy. If you are a member of an organization participating in the Access Success program, we may also provide information regarding your violation of the terms of service to the participating organization.

  2. We also get technical information when you use our products

    These days, whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other internet service, there’s certain information that almost always gets created and recorded automatically. The same is true when you use our products. Here are some of the types of information we collect:

    • Log data. When you use LexSchola, our servers automatically record information (“log data”), including information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website or your mobile app sends when you’re using it. This log data may include your Internet Protocol address, the address of the web pages you visited that had LexSchola features, browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, how you used LexSchola, and cookie data.
    • Cookie data. Depending on how you’re accessing our products, we may use “cookies” (a small text file sent by your computer each time you visit our website, unique to your LexSchola account or your browser) or similar technologies to record log data. When we use cookies, we may use “session” cookies (that last until you close your browser) or “persistent” cookies (that last until you or your browser delete them). For example, we may use cookies to store your language preferences or other LexSchola settings so you don‘t have to set them up every time you visit LexSchola. Some of the cookies we use are associated with your LexSchola account (including personal information about you, such as the email address you gave us), and other cookies are not. Also, certain plugins that we use to enhance the website’s functionality, like those powered by Google, use cookies for their own purposes.
    • Device information. In addition to log data, we may also collect information about the device you’re using LexSchola on, including what type of device it is, what operating system you’re using, device settings, unique device identifiers, and crash data. Whether we collect some or all of this information often depends on what type of device you’re using and its settings. For example, different types of information are available depending on whether you’re using a Mac or a PC, or an iPhone or an Android phone. To learn more about what information your device makes available to us, please also check the policies of your device manufacturer or software provider.
  3. Our partners and advertisers may share information with us
Sometimes our partners may let us collect information when you use their services, or may share with us the information they collect. For example:

    We use the information we collect to provide our products to you and make them better, develop new products, and protect LexSchola and our users. For example, we may log how often people use two different versions of a product, which can help us understand which version is better.

    We also use the information we collect to offer you customized content, including:

    • Suggesting site information or members you might like. For example, if you’ve indicated that you’re interested in a particular area of law, or want to connect with people of similar interests, we may suggest content or people that we think you might like.
    • Showing you ads you might be interested in. For example, if you express an interest or post information about a particular technology, we may show you ads for technology that is consistent with your post. Currently LexSchola is not ad supported, but we reserve the right to begin showing advertisements at any time.
  4. How do we use the information we collect?

    We also use the information we collect to:

    • Send you updates (such as when certain activity, like messages or comments, happen on LexSchola), newsletters, marketing materials and other information that may be of interest to you. For example, depending on your email notification settings, we may send you weekly updates that include information that might be of interest to you. You can decide to stop getting these updates by updating your account settings (or through other settings we may provide).
    • Respond to your questions or comments.

    The information we collect may be “personally identifiable” (meaning it can be used to specifically identify you as a unique person) or “non-personally identifiable” (meaning it can’t be used to specifically identify you). We use both types of information, and combinations of both types, as described above. In some cases, when non-personally identifiable information is combined, like your name, location, and employer, that combination can be considered personally identifiable. We may use or store information wherever LexSchola does business, including countries outside your own.

    What choices do you have about your information?

    Our goal is to give you simple and meaningful choices over your information. If you have a LexSchola account, many of the choices you have on LexSchola are built directly into the product or your account settings. For example, you can:

    • Access and change information in your profile page at any time or choose whether others can find your LexSchola account using various search terms.
    • Connect with, and disconnect from, other users as “friends”. Doing so limits the information that is visible to that person, though some information will be available to all users to facilitate connections.
    • Close your account at any time. When you close your account, we’ll deactivate it and remove your information from LexSchola. We may retain archived copies of your information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes (including to help address fraud and spam).

    You may have choices available to you through the device or software you use to access LexSchola. For example:

    • The browser you use may provide you with the ability to control cookies or other types of local data storage.
    • Your mobile device may provide you with choices around how and whether location or other data is shared with us.

    To learn more about these choices, please see the information provided by the device or software provider.

    How and when do we share information?

    LexSchola is a place that connects law students to lawyers and to each other. When you create a profile, generally anyone with access to the site can view the information. You may also provide us with profile page information that anyone can view. The other limited instances where we may share your personal information include:

    • When we have your consent. This includes sharing information with other services (like Facebook and Twitter if you provide your specific consent).
    • Online advertisers typically use third party companies to audit the delivery and performance of their ads on websites and apps. We also allow these companies to collect this information on LexSchola.
    • We may employ third party companies or individuals to process personal information on our behalf based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy. Or, we may share data with a security consultant to help us get better at identifying spam. In addition, some of the information we request may be collected by third party providers on our behalf.
    • If we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety, rights, or property of the public, any person, or LexSchola; or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
    • We may engage in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, reorganization, or similar transaction or proceeding that involves the transfer of the information described in this Policy.

    We may also share aggregated or non-personally identifiable information with our partners, advertisers, or others. For example, we may tell an advertiser on LexSchola how many people commented on a particular post, or the percentage of people who click on an article or use the video chat.

    Our policy on children’s information

    LexSchola is not directed to children under 13. If you learn that your minor child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us.

    How do we make changes to this policy?

    We may change this policy from time to time, and if we do we’ll post any changes on this page. If you continue to use LexSchola after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy. If the changes are significant, we may provide more prominent notice or get your consent as required by law.

Effective: August 20, 2015