Meisterline Analytics Limited (“Meisterline” or “we”) is a research-based organisation applying cognitive analysis and advanced technology to the assessment, tracking and measurement of the expertise of lawyers who practice in specific jurisdictions and areas of legal specialisation.
Our mission is to bring greater transparency to the market for legal expertise so that lawyers can more meaningfully differentiate their legal services and clients can make better hiring decisions. We also seek to help lawyers better understand and improve their cognitive development as legal experts.
Content on some of our services is visible to visitors that have no other connection with what we do (“Visitors”). We believe that our services allow our users (excluding Visitors) to effectively compete and achieve their full potential as legal practitioners or as users of legal services. The cornerstone of what we do is to focus on these two categories of users.
Maintaining your trust is our top priority, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
We protect your personal information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as reasonably necessary in order to provide our features and functionality to you; (4) when we reasonably believe it is required by law, subpoena or other legal process; or (5) as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or safety of Meisterline, our users, and the public.
We have implemented appropriate security safeguards designed to protect your information in accordance with industry standards.
1. What Information We Collect
1.1. Data Controllers
We may collect your personal information in the following ways:
When you create an account with us (which is required or automatic when you use our services), we collect information (including your name (unless you are using our services anonymously), email address, and password).
1.3. Profile Information
After you create an account, you may choose to provide additional information which will establish your profile. This may, among other things, enable us to serve you ads and other relevant content on and off of our Services.
1.4. Address Book and Other Services That Sync with Meisterline
We may make tools available to sync information with our Services, and may also develop additional features that allow users to use their account in conjunction with other third-party services.
Another example are software tools that allow you to see our and other public information about the people you email or meet with and leverage our Services to help you gain insights from and grow your network. If you grant these products (mobile applications or our other Services that sync external email and calendar services) permission to access your email and calendar accounts, they will access and may store some of your email header and calendar history information. Our products that sync with external email services may also temporarily cache message content for performance reasons, in a way that is unreadable by us and our service providers.
1.5. Customer Service
1.6. Using the Meisterline Sites and Applications
We may collect information when you use (whether as a user or a visitor) our websites, applications, our platform technology or other Services. For example, we may collect information when you view or click on ads on and off our Services, perform a search, or install one of our mobile applications. If you are logged in on meisterline.com or another Service or one of our cookies on your device identifies you, your usage information and the log data described in Section 1.10 of this policy, such as your IP address, will be associated by us with your account. Even if you’re not logged into a Service, we may log information about devices used to access our Services, including IP address.
1.7. Using Third-Party Services and Visiting Third-Party Sites
You allow us to receive information when you use your account to log in to a third-party website or application. Also, when you visit a third-party site that embeds our plugins we receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. If you are logged in as a user on our website when you visit sites with our plugins, we may use this information to recommend tailored content to you. We may use this information to personalize the functionality we provide on third-party sites. Our retention of this data is addressed in Section 3.2. We may provide reports containing aggregated impression information to companies hosting our plugins and similar technologies to help them measure traffic to their websites, but no personal data.
You also allow us to receive information about your visits and interaction with the sites and services of our partners that include our cookies and similar technologies.
1.9. Advertising Technologies and Web Beacons
We may use advertising technologies and web beacons to collect information. We give you a number of ways to opt out of targeted ads, including through the Ad Choices icon shown with any ads we serve on third-party sites.
If you do not opt out, you consent to our use of beacons and other advertising technologies.
We may target (and measure the performance of) ads to users and others on and off of our Services through a variety of ad networks and ad exchanges, using the following, whether separately or combined:
a. Advertising technologies on and off of our Services, like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and mobile identifiers as permitted by mobile platforms;
b. Information from 3rd parties (e.g. advertising partners, publishers and data aggregators) which we use in addition to the information from our cookies (and similar technologies), your profile and use of our Services.
We do not share your personal information with any third-party advertisers or ad networks for advertising without your separate permission. Note that, as described in Section 2.6, your profile may be visible to other users and through public search depending on your settings. Also, advertising partners may associate personal information collected by the advertiser directly from you with our cookies and similar technologies. In such instances, we contractually require such advertisers to obtain your explicit opt-in consent before doing so.
1.10. Log Files, IP Addresses, and Information About Your Computer and Mobile Device
When you visit or leave our Services by clicking a hyperlink or when you view a third-party site that includes our plugin or cookies (or similar technology), we may automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came or the one to which you are directed. Also, advertisers receive the URL of the page that you are on when you click an ad on or through our Services. We may also receive the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web, your computer operating system details, your type of web browser, your mobile device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing Meisterline using a mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up, which we use to show you local information (for example, Pulse articles about your area or jobs postings in your location) on our mobile applications and for fraud prevention and security purposes. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location data being sent to us, and of course we will honour your settings.
In the case of our Android apps, you will be provided notice of the types of data (e.g. location) that will be sent to us. If you choose to use our app after this notice, we process this data to enable registration or preview product features for you (e.g. jobs near you). If you choose not to become a Member, we will delete this information.
2. How We Use Your Personal Information
2.1. Consent to Meisterline Processing Information About You
Supplying to us any information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law is entirely voluntary on your part.
2.2. Meisterline Communications
We may communicate with you through email, notices posted on the Meisterline websites or apps, and other means available through the Services, including mobile text messages and push notifications. Examples of these communications include: (1) welcome and engagement communications - informing you about how to best use our Services, new features, updates about other Members you are connected to and their actions, etc.; (2) service communications - these will cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of our Services; (3) promotional communications - these include email and may contain promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners.
Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us.
2.3. User Communications
Many communications that you initiate through our Services will list your name and primary email address in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide the recipient with aggregate information about your network. Other communications that you initiate through the Services may list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information. Once you have connected with an individual, regardless of who sent the invitation, your contact information could or will be shared with that individual.
2.4. Service Development; Customized Experience
We use information and content that you and other users provide to us to conduct research and development for the improvement of our Services in order to provide you and other users with a better and more efficacious experience.
We may also customize your experience and the experiences of others on our Services.
2.5. Sharing Information with Affiliates
We may share your personal information with our affiliates (meaning entities controlled by, controlling or under common control with Meisterline) outside of the Meisterline entity that is your data controller (for example, Meisterline may share your information with Meisterline Limited, or other Meisterline operating entities) as reasonably necessary to provide the Services. You are consenting to this sharing.
We also combine information internally across different Services.
2.6. Sharing Information with Third Parties
We don’t provide any of your non-public information (like your email address) to third parties without your consent, unless required by law, or as described in Sections 2.6 and 2.14 of this Policy.
We support middleware providers that offer archiving solutions to firms subject to legal and regulatory archiving requirements, which, with your permission, facilitate the archiving of your communications and other activity by a third party for compliance purposes.
2.7. Third Parties Using Meisterline Platform Services
We may work with developers to build Platform Applications using our developer tools. Whether you use Platform Applications is up to you.
We may collaborate with and allow third parties to use our developer platform to offer services and functionality in conjunction with our Services. These third-party developers will have either negotiated an agreement to use our platform technology or agreed to our self-service API and Plugin terms in order to build applications (“Platform Applications”). Both the negotiated agreements and our API and Plugin terms contain restrictions on how third parties may access, store, and use the personal information you provide to us.
2.8. Polls and Surveys
We may conduct our own surveys and polls and may also help third parties do this type of research. Your participation in surveys or polls is up to you. You may also opt out of getting invitations to participate in surveys.
Polls and Surveys may be conducted by us or third parties. We may use third parties to deliver incentives to you to participate in surveys or polls. If the delivery of incentives requires your contact information, you may be asked to provide personal information to the third party fulfilling the incentive offer, which will be used only for the purpose of delivering incentives and verifying your contact information. It is up to you whether you provide this information, or whether you desire to take advantage of an incentive. Your consent to use any personal information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it.
Our Services can help you and others to search for individuals with specific profiles and legal skills.
You are responsible for any information you post on our Services, and this content will be accessible to others.
2.11. Testimonials and Advertisements Placed through Meisterline Ads
If you provide any testimonials about our goods or services or place advertisements through the Meisterline Ads, we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with our promotion of these services to third parties. Testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided. For more information about Meisterline Ads, please see the Meisterline Ads Agreement.
2.12. Talent Hiring, Marketing and Sales Solutions
We offer a premium service to search for, organize, and communicate with and between our users. In some cases we allow the export of information which you have agreed is public.
A user may manage and store information it has independently obtained about you outside of our Services, such as a resume or other on-line directory, in connection with our platform. Any personal information obtained independently of our Services will not be added by us to your profile and is not under our control. We may store such information on behalf of such users who can remove it at any time. We do not further process such information.
2.13. Pages Created by Users
Companies and other entities may create pages on our Services. If you follow one of these pages, non-identifiable information about you will be provided to the page’s administrators.
Certain pages on the Services are public and any communications or information shared through them will be accessible by the entity that created them. If you follow a person or organization, you will be listed among its followers, which can be viewed by others including the page owner. We use aggregate information about followers and viewers to provide data about such pages’ performance (for example, visits and updates).
2.14. Compliance with Legal Process and Other Disclosures
We may disclose your personal information if compelled by law, subpoena, or other legal process, or if necessary to enforce our User Agreement.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information, or information about your activities as a user of our Services when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, whether in the Hong Kong or other jurisdictions, or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce the User Agreement, investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our Service; or (3) exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of Meisterline, our Members, Users, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members and Users about legal demands for their personal information when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every demand.
2.15. Disclosures to Others as the Result of a Change in Control or Sale of Meisterline
2.16. Service Providers
We may employ third parties to help us with the Services.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services (e.g. maintenance, analysis, audit, marketing and development). These third parties will have limited access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to Meisterline not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
2.17 Data Processing Outside Your Country
We may process your information outside the country where you live.
We may transfer your information and process it outside your country of residence, wherever Meisterline, its affiliates and service providers operate.
3. Your Choices and Obligations
3.1. Rights to Access, Correct, or Delete Your Information, and Closing Your Account
You can change your Meisterline information at any time by requesting us to edit your profile or delete content that relates to you.
You have a right to request us to (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by Meisterline, and (2) change or remove your content.
Please note: Information you have shared with others or that others have copied may also remain visible after we have deleted the information you requested us to delete. In addition, you may not be able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other Members copied or exported out of our Services, because this information may not be in our control.
3.2. Data Retention
We keep your information for as long as you remain an active user or as needed. We may need to do this to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce this agreement.
We may retain personal information, for a limited period of time, if requested by law enforcement. We may also retain information for as long as is necessary to provide support-related reporting and trend analysis only, but we generally delete or de-personalize data consistent with Section 3.1.
4. Important Information
4.1. Minimum Age
We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. We also partner with security services providers to protect your data. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other users may not be encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.