Thank you for visiting The Florida Bar website and our "members only" pages. Our goal in offering the website for member use is simple - to provide interested members with a secure environment in which they may conduct secure online correspondence with The Florida Bar and its systems. Whether that activity is Fee Payment, Address Change, or CLE Registration, we are committed to providing convenient, high quality services to our members. In order to accomplish that goal, certain user data may be collected and/or reviewed so that we can understand all website activity and, in turn, make the site all the more relevant to our members.
We are mindful of the concerns that some members may have regarding the privacy implications of the website, and therefore provide the information below so that users may have a better understanding of the information collected, its ultimate use, Bar systems and procedures, and other issues that may influence access to member data.
Information collected from both Members and the public includes:
Server log information: When you visit the Bar website or any other web site, your PC is identified by a unique number called an IP address. Your IP address is automatically collected in server logs. Website administrators use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to analyze server traffic to assess use volume and gauge the popularity of particular site pages. This information cannot be traced back to a specific individual. The server log also can tell us which browser you are using (i.e. Internet Explorer or Netscape), and the name of the web site that referred you to our site. (i.e., if you were visiting Lexis.com and clicked on a link to the Bar website, you were "referred" through Lexis.com).
Cookies: These are text files that our web site and many others place on your computer's hard drive to keep track of your preferences. Currently, cookies are used to track your session (session ID, name, e-mail - if you are logged in) and to identify your current shopping cart if indeed there is one. We use no persistent cookies.
Information collected from Members only includes:
User-supplied information: Court rules already require that members regularly advise the Bar of basic personal information such as name, address, and business telephone number. Many members voluntarily supplement their membership profile with facsimile machine numbers and e-mail addresses as well, although this is not required.
Use of the Bar website activities involving purchase or payment, requires that you give us limited personal information to confirm your identity and assure that you are authorized for such use.
Members should be aware that the Florida Constitution and Supreme Court rules make most member information received in connection with the transaction of official business of the Bar a "record" with few exemptions from public access. Art. 1, Sec. 24, Fla. Const.; Fla.R.Jud.Admin. 2.051; R.RegulatingFla.Bar 1-14.1; In Re Amendments to Fla. Rules, 608 So.2d 472 (Fla. 1992).
Member credit card account numbers used in connection with the commerce activities on the Bar website are protected and exempt from public disclosure.
However, by providing the necessary information for any Bar website commerce transaction, you can and will be able to conduct certain Bar business via the Internet which in the past required telephone or mail contact with our headquarters offices. These online services are provided as a convenience to our members, but are not their only option. Members are still free to use traditional "paper" methods for Fee Payment, CLE Registration, and the like.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of collected information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Currently, members may use Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express when transacting business requiring payment.
Again, state law recognizes that your passwords in the possession of the Bar are confidential. §119.07(6)(o), Fla.Stat.
Credit card account numbers are similarly protected. §119.07(6)(dd), Fla.Stat.
Member credit card details are maintained only to the extent that such maintenance is required to complete the current transaction, and these details are not stored beyond the current transaction. Credit card information is not shared with third parties unrelated to the credit card approval process.
In those instances where credit card details are provided via the Bar website, The Florida Bar specifically uses the industry standard encryption software, Secured Sockets Layer (SSL). This technology protects your information from unauthorized use via advanced encryption technology, and is used by numerous retailers on the Internet to protect confidential credit card and transactional information (for a more technical definition, visit http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci343029,00.html). The URL in your browser will change to “HTTPS” instead of “HTTP” when this security feature is invoked, and your browser may also display a lock symbol on its bottom task bar line to indicate invoked secure transmission (note that some browsers or "framed" web sites may not show this lock symbol).
Our website contains links to other web sites operated by third parties. The Florida Bar is not responsible for the privacy practices or policies of such third party web sites and this Notice does not apply to those web sites.
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If the practices or policies of The Florida Bar described in these statements materially change, such changes will be reflected in a revised privacy statement.