Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.mergullaw.co.uk.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

By default, visitors may not leave comments on our site so it is unlikely that this section will apply

Media

If you upload (or send) images to (or for) the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Our site contains a range of contact forms which collect a range of data. By submitting data via our online forms you agree to such data passing through our external (e.g. SPAM) validation filters and to being stored on our secure database for sufficient time for the purpose of the submitted data to be dealt with in full.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

No personal data is collected from site visitors but technical data (e.g. IP addresses) are stored in our secure site databases for the purposes of site visitor analytics by third party organizations. Such data is generally aggregated and not personal data.

Who we share your data with

As a law firm client confidentiality is paramount. That said, if you submit data via our site it may well pass through SPAM and other filters to mitigate the risk of inappropriate content being distributed.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

This is retained in a secure site database if supplied through a site form and may also be copied to internal systems to enable us to deal with you inquiry(ies).

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our site uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You will observe that the URL includes HTTPS – not HTTP – throughout and may also display a padlock, the work “Secure” or other device depending on your browser and computing platform. Your conversation with our site and the site’s conversation with you is highly encrypted and typically offers the level of security that you would expect when making online payments.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If you feel that there has been a data breach of any kind then please inform us and we will investigate with rigour.

What third parties we receive data from

Our website only receives data via forms contained within it. There may be cases where we will publish a post which is open to comment. Other than that our site receives no third party data other than aggregated visitor data and SPAM warnings.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

No automated decision making or profiling takes place with user data. Specific forms may be directed to specific employees and/or departments within the company for the efficiency of dealing with your inquiry.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We are governed by the Law Society and our computerized systems are governed by GDPR and other regulations and statutes and we abide with the laws, regulations and standards contained within these.