California Privacy Statement


Effective Date: January 1, 2020

Schiff Hardin LLP (“Schiff Hardin”, “we”, and “us”) is providing this California Privacy Statement to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) and other applicable California statutes, and any terms used below that are defined in a statute shall have the statutory meaning. This California Privacy Statement supplements the information contained in our general Privacy Policy published on our website (the “General Privacy Policy”) and applies only if personal information you submit to us is within the scope of the CCPA or other applicable California statute, which may be the case where we receive personal information from residents of the State of California, USA. In the event of any conflict between this California Privacy Statement (if applicable) and our General Privacy Policy, this California Privacy Statement shall prevail.

Categories of Personal Information Collected

The sections of our General Privacy Policy entitled “Personal information we collect” and “Cookies and Usage Information collection” give details about the personal information we collect as well as the purposes and sources of such collection. The personal information that we have collected from consumers in the twelve months prior to the effective date of this California Privacy Statement fall into the following categories:

  • Personal identifiers such as name, postal address, phone numbers, online identifier, Internet Protocol (IP) address, and email address.
  • Commercial information such as records of services provided or interactions with our personnel.
  • Internet or other network activity information such as browsing history, search history, and information regarding your interactions with our websites or other services.
  • Audio, visual, or similar information such as voicemail recordings of calls to our personnel and CCTV video recorded at our facilities.
  • Professional or employment-related information such as employment history and professional licenses and memberships.
  • Inferences drawn from any of the above information categories, including information about preferences and characteristics that we collect via our Website or services or obtain from third parties.

Sources of Personal Information

We obtain the types of personal information listed above from the sources identified in the sections of our General Privacy Policy entitled “Personal information we collect” and “Cookies and Usage Information collection” which fall into the following categories of sources:

  • From our clients or prospective clients. For example, from information that our clients provide to us via our Website or when they otherwise interact or communicate with us,
  • From publicly available sources including mailing or email list service providers,
  • From our third-party service providers, and
  • From third-party Analytics Providers via cookies, web beacons and other tracking mechanisms that collect Usage Information about visitor traffic on our Website.

Purposes for Collecting Personal Information

We may use or disclose the personal information we collect for the purposes identified in the section of our General Privacy Policy entitled “Use of personal information” which include one or more of the following purposes:

  • performing services for which we have been engaged,
  • maintaining our business relationship with you,
  • informing you about our Firm and its services, activities, publications and events,
  • responding to your comments or requests for information,
  • enforcing any contracts that we enter into with you or the business you represent, or defending claims arising from such contracts,
  • operating, maintaining, improving, administering and providing our Website, including customizing and optimizing visitor experience,
  • safety and security purposes, including where necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of us or others,
  • where we are obligated, or permitted, to do so by applicable law, regulation or legal process, including disclosure to governmental authorities, or
  • as described to you when collecting your personal information.

Categories of Personal Information Shared

We may share or disclose the personal information that we collect for the purposes identified in the section of our General Privacy Policy entitled “Sharing of personal information.” In the 12 months prior to the effective date of this California Privacy Statement we have not sold any personal information of consumers. The personal information that we have disclosed about consumers for a business purpose in the 12 months prior to the effective date of this California Privacy Statement fall into the following categories:

  • Personal identifiers;
  • Commercial information;
  • Internet or other network activity;
  • Professional or employment-related information;
  • Inferences drawn from any of the above information categories.

The above categories of information have been disclosed to the following categories of third parties:

  • Service providers performing services for us or assisting us to provide a requested service to you;
  • Analytics providers that help us generate performance metrics regarding our Websites or services;
  • Third parties authorized by you.

Rights Under the CCPA

The CCPA grants California residents the following rights:

Right to Know and Data Portability

You can request information about how we have collected, used, shared, disclosed and otherwise processed your personal information during the past 12 months, including the right to request the specific pieces of personal information that we possess.

Right of Deletion

You can request that we delete any of the personal information that we have collected from you. We may deny your deletion request pursuant to certain exceptions in the CCPA, and the response we provide will explain any reason for denying your request.

Right of Non-Discrimination

You have the right to not receive discriminatory treatment by us for exercising any of your CCPA rights.

Right to Opt-Out of Sale

We do not sell your personal information so we do not offer an opt-out.

Exercising Your CCPA Rights

To exercise your right to know or right of deletion, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:

We reserve the right to confirm your California residency to process your requests. In accordance with the CCPA, we will need to confirm your identity to process your requests and we may require you to provide information associated with your transactions with us, or require you to provide government identification, signed declarations and other proof of identity. You may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf as provided under California law, and we reserve the right to request proof of such authorization. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child. We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm that the personal information relates to you, or if you do not provide us with sufficient detail to allow us to understand and respond to your request. Our response will explain any reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable.

Direct Marketing Disclosures

California’s "Shine the Light" law (Civil Code Section 1798.83) requires businesses to respond to requests from California customers asking about the business's practices related to disclosing personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. We do not sell or provide your personal information to any third party for such third party’s direct marketing purposes and therefore do not respond to such requests.

Do Not Track

We do not collect personally identifiable information about an individual user’s online activities over time and across third-party websites, and therefore we do not currently employ a process for responding to “Do Not Track” (DNT) signals sent by web browsers, mobile devices, or other mechanisms. We do not have arrangements with any third parties (such as third party advertising networks and social media platforms) authorizing them to collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use our websites or other offerings.

Changes to Our Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to amend this California Privacy Statement from time to time as provided in our General Privacy Policy.