Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how Beene Garter LLP may use and disclose the information we collect from and about you when you visit BeeneGarter.com. Beene Garter LLP is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. This privacy policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on our website.

This privacy policy is an agreement.  By visiting or using this website, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy, and you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of information in accordance with the terms of this privacy policy.  You also may be subject to additional terms that may apply when you access particular services or materials on certain areas of this website or by following links that take you away from this website. 

Information Collection

The Beene Garter website collects various kinds of information:

Behavioral Information. Beene Garter collects information that your browser routinely shares with websites regarding the way you interact with our site. This can include, for example: pages visited, time spent on a page, the URL that you have just come from (whether this URL is on our websites or not), the URL you go to next (whether this URL is on our websites or not), your computer’s browser information, mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text that is typed and your IP address. This information is used to improve site experience. Behavioral data collected via data services such as Google Analytics is not used to determine the personal identity of anyone merely visiting the site. 

Personal Information. Beene Garter collects personal information that you provide on a voluntary basis  when you complete a form on our site and can include: name, email address, job title, etc. This information is stored in a secure server and used to improve your experience with Beene Garter both online and offline.

Additional information collected from mobile devices.  We may also operate a version of this website specifically designed to work with mobile devices. The mobile website may include a feature that uses geographic location information provided by your mobile device to identify stores in your vicinity. We do not collect or store your geographic information except to temporarily provide this service.

Information Collected From Other Sources.  We may obtain information about you from other sources, including social networks like Facebook that you use to connect with Beene Garter or the website.  This information may include name, user name, demographic information, updated address or contact information, interests, and publicly-observed data, such as from social media and online activity.

 Information Use and Disclosure

 The information we collect may be used and disclosed by us for the following purposes: 

  • To respond to website inquiries submitted by you
  • To send you marketing communications such as event invitations (you will always be given the opportunity to unsubscribe or opt out of receiving further marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions in the email communication)
  • To personalize your experience while on the Beene Garter website
  • To help us improve our site, understand its users and their preferences, and to market our products and services
  • To protect our business interests or the rights of others, when required by law, to cooperate with law enforcement, or in connection with the sale or merger of all or part of our business

Information Shared with our Business Partners.  We may use business partners to help us design and operate our website or to provide other services to support our website. For example, we may hire a company to run certain website applications, help us analyze our data, or send you information about products and services that you may be interested in on our behalf.  We may also share your information with our business partners for their direct marketing purposes or if we believe you may be interested in their products or services.  If you receive promotional communications from one of our business partners, you will have the opportunity to opt out of receiving any further promotional communications from that partner.  Unless otherwise indicated on our website, if we allow our business partners to access the personal information we collect, it will be for limited purposes and in compliance with this privacy policy.  

Business Operations, Law Enforcement and Legal Actions.  We may release your information without prior notice when we believe it is appropriate to prevent fraud; to comply with law or to cooperate with law enforcement activity or other governmental request; to respond to subpoenas, court orders or administrative agency requests for information; to enforce our policies; to protect the rights, property and safety of our business and of others; or when required or otherwise permitted by law. For example, we may share information with law enforcement to reduce the risk of fraud or if someone uses or attempts to use our site for illegal reasons. If there is a sale or merger of the company, division or business unit that operates this site, we may also transfer the information we have collected in connection with such sale or merger.

Use of Cookies & Similar Tracking Technology

A "cookie" is technology that allows a site to store tokens of information (an 'identifier') in your browser.  They help us track traffic patterns so that we know which areas of our site users like and don't like and to better serve you.

Tracking on our Website.  The BeeneGarter.com website uses cookies and other tracking technologies. We may allow our business partners who provide services to our site to place cookies on your computer that assist us in analyzing usage data. We do not allow these business partners to collect your personal information from our website except as may be necessary for the services that they provide.

You can manage these cookies. For example, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. If you disable cookies, however, it may interfere with the functionality of our site and you may not be able to use all of the site's features.

We may also use web beacons or similar technology to help us track the effectiveness of our communications. A web beacon (also known as an action tag, a clear gif or pixel tag) is a 1x1 pixel image embedded in a website page used to transparently collect information. For example, we may use a web beacon to count the number of visits to the pages of our site. If you have signed up to receive any of our communications, we use similar technology to count how many recipients have opened the message and clicked on one of its links.

We may offer a version of this site specifically designed to work with a mobile device. If so, we may store information relevant to your use of the mobile site on your device's local storage.

Statistical Analyses of Data.  Our website uses web analytics services, such as Google Analytics, to help us gather statistical information about the visitors to our site and how they use the site. These services use cookies and other, similar technologies, to collect information about how users use our website. In the case of Google Analytics, the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States, and Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. These web analytics services will use the information they collect for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. They may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on their behalf. We use this information to gain a better understanding of the visitors to our site and to improve our website and service offerings. We reserve the right to license or sell aggregate information about the visitors to our website, but this information will not be individually identifiable.  By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google and other third party web analytics services in the manner and for the purposes set forth above. To learn more about Google Analytics, including how to opt out of it, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Tracking by Advertising Services.  Our website also use third party websites (such as Amazon, Bing, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) for remarketing and other advertising services to display relevant ads on sites across the internet based on your previous visits to our site. Cookies are used to store data regarding which areas of the Beene Garter site interest you. Information stored in the cookies is used to display ads relevant to your interests via participating sites. These third-party websites or services also may use cookies, pixels, and similar technology to collect or receive information upon visiting this website. We will share this information with the respective services or platforms, but we will not include your personal information. This is specifically for conversion tracking, measurement services and ad targeting based upon interests.

To learn more about the use of cookies generally or other technologies to deliver more relevant advertising, and to know your choices about not having this information used by certain service providers (including the ability to opt-out), please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices.  Note that our systems may not recognize Do Not Track (DNT) headers from some or all browsers.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. When you submit sensitive information via the BG Client Portals, your information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for “https” at the beginning of the URL for the client portals.

Beene Garter will not ask for sensitive information to be submitted via our website contact forms and sensitive information should never be submitted via a Beene Garter contact form. Unencrypted means of transmitting data, such as emails and website contact forms, are not considered a secure way of sending sensitive information (i.e. social security card numbers or credit card information).

Data Storage

Your personal information is stored on servers in the United States. You understand and agree that Beene Garter may collect, use, disclose, and otherwise process the information you provide as described in this privacy policy even if you are from an area outside the United States.  Your personal information may be disclosed in response to inquiries or requests from government authorities or to respond to judicial process in the United States.

Links to Third-Party Websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit third-party websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the third-party website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the content of such sites or the protection and privacy of any information that you provide while visiting such sites, and this privacy policy does not govern such sites. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

Children

Our website is not directed at children under the age of 13 and we will not knowingly collect information about children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit your personal information. If you are a parent who believes that we have collected information about a child under age 13, please notify us at 616.235.5200 or via our Contact Us form, found here https://beenegarter.com/contact, and we will be happy to delete the information.

Your California Privacy Rights

For California residents:  Beene Garter may share your personal information with affiliated third parties, some of which do not share the Beene Garter name, for their direct marketing purposes.  As this category of affiliate is considered an unaffiliated party under California law, you may request information about our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.  To make such a request, please contact us via our Contact Us form, found here https://beenegarter.com/contact.

Updates

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time.  If we do change this privacy policy, we will post the revised version on our website.  Additionally, if we are going to change this privacy policy in a way that would permit us to make additional uses of the personal information that we have previously collected about you, we will obtain your affirmative, express consent before using your information in a materially different way.   

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about our policies and practices, or feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 616.235.5200 or via our Contact Us form, found here: https://beenegarter.com/contact. You may also write to us at:

Beene Garter LLP 
56 Grandville Ave SW
Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

 

Last Updated: 5/19/17