Privacy Policy

BWLA Privacy Policy

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The Black Women’s Law Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (“BWLA”, “we” or “us”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and other users (“you”) of its website and services. BWLA has created this privacy policy to explain its practices related to the gathering and disclosure of information from this website and our programs, products and services whether you interact with us online or in person. Please read this privacy policy carefully as it will help you make informed decisions about sharing your personal information with us.

Information We Collect

BWLA collects information that enables us to identify and contact you as well as to carry out certain business purposes described below and to provide services to our members. For example, we may collect personal information about you when you register for or use an account through our website, make purchases from us, access our networking or other programs, engage with us on social media, fill out a survey or otherwise use our website.

Information You Provide

The types of information we collect directly from you may include:

· Personal information about you, including personal identifiers, such as your name, physical address, email address, and phone number, and other information you provide, such as your birthday and gender.

· Professional and educational background information, including your employer, attorney bar number and professional specialization.

· Financial information, such as credit card information, needed to process your requests such as purchases and donations may be collected by our service providers. All payments and donations are processed through our service providers. At the National Summit photos and videos may be taken. By attending this event your image may be captured in these photos and videos. By attending the National Summit you are granting permission to be recorded via photos or video. The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. may use the photos and videos captured at the National Summit for promotional and other reasonable purposes.

Automatic Data Collection

When you use our website or services, we automatically collect information about you and the device you use to access our website or services. When you access our website or services, we may collect your IP address, device identifier, geolocation information, web browser type and

version, language and information about your usage of our website or services such as the searches you run or the pages you view.


A cookie is a small text file that a website can send to your internet browser and may be stored in your browser or elsewhere on your computer. BWLA’s website uses cookies to allow us to recognize and remember you.

Our Use of Cookies

We use both our own and third-party cookies on our website:

· BWLA Cookies: BWLA uses cookies on our website to provide basic functionality to the website for purposes such as logging into the system, maintaining session information, and enhancing access to the features of this website.

· Google Analytics: Our website uses Google Analytics to help us analyze how users use the website and target users with appropriate advertisements. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google. Read about Google’s privacy practices.

How We Use Your Information

We collect information about you for a variety of business reasons, including but not limited to membership registration, the purchase of BWLA products or services, or otherwise interacting with BWLA. BWLA collects and uses the information described above in order to:

· Conduct our business and provide programs, products and services to our members

· Offer information or promotional materials to members about products and services that BWLA offers

· Research how our members use our website

· Facilitate purchases and donations through our website, including to process and fulfill orders and communicate with users about orders and their status

In addition to the uses identified above, BWLA uses member information, which may include information collected on the website, for the following purposes:

E-mails. BWLA sends e-mails to its members, former members, and others for various purposes, including but not limited to upcoming programming, member benefit information, and more. If you do not wish to receive e-mail communications from BWLA, please email or use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the e-mails you receive.

Programming. Where BWLA hosts or sponsors events or other programming, BWLA may use your information to identify attendees and potential attendees and to provide the programming to you.

E-Commerce. BWLA allows members and others to order products and services through our website. Information collected during this process is used to verify membership (if applicable) and to bill for the purchased products and services.

Legal requests and obligations. We may use your information to comply with our legal obligations. For example, if we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond.

User inquiries and support. We may use your information to respond to your inquiries and solve any potential issues you might have with the use of our website or services.

Sharing of Personal Information

BWLA may share your information with third parties as explained in more detail below. BWLA does not sell your personal information to any third party.

Consent. We may disclose your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information for a specific purpose.

Delivery of the services. We may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to provide you with services that you are requesting from us; investigate, prevent, or take action regarding potential violations of our policies, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, and illegal activities; or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved. We also use third-party providers to process donations, purchases and any other financial charges.

Legal obligations. We may disclose your information where we are legally required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, governmental requests, a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena (including in response to public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements).

Vendors, consultants and other third-party service providers. We may share your data with third-party vendors, service providers, contractors, or agents who perform services for us or on our behalf and require access to such information to do that work in connection with providing you the services or delivering information to you that you have requested. We share information with these third parties only where (a) the sharing of your personal information is necessary for them to carry out such support

services and (b) those service providers agree to use any personal information they receive in accordance with our instructions.

Third-party analytics. We use selected third parties to collect data about how you interact with BWLA website and our services. This information may be used to, among other things, improve the functionality of our website and services.

Business transfers. We may share or transfer your information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.

Keeping Your Information Safe

BWLA takes reasonable security measures to protect against the loss or misuse of information under its control, including administrative and technical security measures. Although we will do our best to protect your information, transmission of information to and from BWLA is at your own risk.

You can also help keep your data secure. Members are responsible for choosing a secure password when creating your account to log into our website. You should keep this password confidential and choose a password that you do not use on any other website.

Managing Your Information

If you register on our website, we store the information that you provide in your user account. You can review, modify, or delete the personal information attached to your account, any time by logging into your account on our website.

Notice to Residents of California

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below. Please note, however, we do not make your personal information available to any third party for their marketing purposes.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) does not apply to BWLA as a non-profit organization.

Notice to Residents of Nevada

If you are a Nevada resident, you have the right to opt out of the sale of certain personal information, including your name and mailing address, to third parties. BWLA does not sell your personal information.

Where We Store Your Information

BWLA’s website and services are intended for residents of the United States. However, if you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect through our website and services will be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using the website and services or by voluntarily providing your information to us, you consent to the transfer, processing, and storage of your information in the United States.

Personal Information of Minors

The BWLA website is not intended for use by users under the age of 16, and BWLA does not knowingly collect, maintain, or process personal information submitted online by minors. If we obtain actual knowledge that we have collected information from someone under the age of 16, we will delete that information.

Do-Not Track Signals

Web browsers and other technologies you may use to access BWLA site or services may include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. No uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online.

Third Party Websites and Content

BWLA’s website and services may contain links to other websites (“Third-Party Websites”) as well as text, pictures, designs, sound, video, information and other content or items belonging to or originating from third parties (“Third-Party Content”). Such Third-Party Websites and Third-Party Content are not monitored, or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by us, and we are not responsible for any Third-Party Websites or Third-Party Content. Inclusion of, linking to, or permitting the use or installation of any Third-Party Websites or any Third-Party Content does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by us. If you decide to leave BWLA website or services and access the Third-Party Websites or to use or install any Third-Party Content, you do so at your own risk. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any website to which you navigate from the Course Website or Services.

BWLA has established accounts on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others. BWLA has established these accounts for the benefit of members and our users. These social media platforms are hosted by third parties and are governed by the privacy, terms and conditions, and other relevant policies of those third parties.

Updates to This Privacy Policy

BWLA may change this privacy policy from time to time. If we make material changes to this privacy policy, we will attempt to notify you and/or obtain your consent, as required by law. BWLA encourages members and public users to periodically review this privacy policy.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this privacy policy or would like to contact BWLA about it, you may do so via by contacting us at: E-mail:

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