Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Revised/updated: September 15, 2020

Terms of Use

This website (this “Website”) is provided by Tech Contracts Academy®, LLC, a California limited liability company, subject to the following terms and conditions.

1) No Legal Services

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SOURCE OF LEGAL ADVICE. Every matter is different, and results depend on the unique law and facts present in a specific transaction or matter. You agree that you are not relying on any of the information on this website in determining how to conduct your legal affairs.

The publication of the information at this Website, including contract forms, does not constitute the practice of law, and such information and contract forms are not legal counsel or advice. Neither the author nor publisher of this Website, nor the author or publisher of The Tech Contracts Handbook (the “Book”), is rendering a legal or other professional service, and neither is anyone else affiliated with this Website. The information and contract forms here should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation with an experienced attorney.

This Website is authored and published by Tech Contracts Academy, LLC, which is not a law firm and does not provide legal services of any kind.

2) Attorney Advertising

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO ADVERTISE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY LAWYER OR LAW FIRM OR TO PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ANY LAWYER OR LAW FIRM, including the law firm that employs one or more of this Website’s key authors (Sycamore Legal, P.C.). Visitors interested in legal services should visit the website for a lawyer or law firm, or make contact in another way, and should not use this Website or its contact information to contact the lawyers referenced here. Contact information and mechanisms at this Website are solely for inquiries about training, books, and the other resources provided or advertised here, and not for inquiries about legal services.

If notwithstanding the foregoing, this Website or information contained within it is construed as ATTORNEY ADVERTISING, the following governs those services: (a) results in legal matters depend upon a variety of factors unique to each matter; and (b) in any representation of clients by attorneys affiliated with this Website, such attorneys do not guarantee, warranty or make any prediction regarding the result of any representation.

3) Disclaimer / No Warranty or Guarantee

NEITHER ANY AUTHOR OF THIS WEBSITE NOR ITS PUBLISHER REPRESENTS THAT ANY FORM CONTRACT PROVIDED HERE, OR ANY CONTRACT LANGUAGE OR OTHER RESOURCE, WILL MEET YOUR SPECIFIC GOALS, PROTECT YOUR SPECIFIC INTERESTS, OR WITHSTAND CHALLENGES TO ITS LEGAL OR FACTUAL SUFFICIENCY. THE INFORMATION AND CONTRACT FORMS HERE ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH ANY GUARANTY, WARRANTY, OR REPRESENTATION AS TO QUALITY OR SUITABILITY FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE MATERIAL AT THIS WEBSITE—INCLUDING ANY SAMPLE CONTRACT FORMS OR OTHER RESOURCES REFERENCED OR PROVIDED—IS GENERAL IN NATURE AND MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT FOR A SPECIFIC CONTRACTUAL, TECHNOLOGICAL, OR LEGAL PROBLEM OR DISPUTE.

4) Content License & Restrictions

The form contracts available at this Website for download in Microsoft Word, and the other sample contract language provided here and in the Book, are referred to herein as the “Forms.” The Forms are available for the use of Website visitors. In other words, you may reproduce and create derivative works from the Forms, and you may use the Forms for your own transactions, including your clients’ transactions (whether or not you charge for your services). However, you may not sell or resell the Forms, and you receive no rights to the Forms other than those specifically granted in this Paragraph 2. You receive no license to any content at this Website other than the Forms. All content at this Website is protected by copyright, and the owner reserves all rights to such content, except as specifically set forth in this Paragraph 2. (All use of the Forms and other content at this Site is subject to the provisions of Paragraph 1 above.)

The Privacy Policy below is not part of these Terms of Use; rather, it is a notice to the general public.

Revised/updated: Sept. 17, 2020

Privacy Policy

This website collects any data you give us on one of our contact forms, including our blog subscription form. It also collects data about use of the website, including through cookies. This Privacy Policy lists the data Tech Contracts Academy®, LLC (“we,” “us,” “our”) collects at this site and lists our policies and procedures related to that data.

This Privacy Policy relates only to TechContracts.com (our “Website”) and our company, not to any third party site or service linked to our Website or recommended or referred by us or through our Website.

A. Personal Information We Collect

As you can see by reviewing them, the contact forms at our Website collect first name, last name, and e-mail address.

Outside the contact forms, we collect data on how our website is used: number of page visits and duration, type of browser, etc. This “usage data” may include personal information, like your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.

Some of this usage data comes through “cookies.” A cookie is a string of data our system sends your computer and then uses to identify your computer when you return to our Website. You can set up most browsers to refuse all cookies or to notify you of any cookies you receive. But if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to make as efficient use of our Website.

Our Website is not meant to collect information from children or from anyone under 18. If you know of children’s information collected through our Website, please contact us at info@TechContracts.com.

B. Our Use of Personal Information

We use your personal information to reply to messages you send us through our contact forms. Also, if you send us a contact form or subscribe to our blog, we’ll put your name and e-mail address on our notices list, so that you get e-mail notice of future blog posts and announcements. (You can unsubscribe when you receive one of those announcements.)

We use cookies – including the personal information they collect – so that our Website can remember you and give your the information you’re most likely to need. We also use information gained through cookies to compile statistical information about use of our Website, such as the pages users visit most often. Finally, we use personal information collected by cookies and other automated systems on our Website for tracking, as explained in the next two paragraphs.

User Tracking and Do Not Track Notice

We also track users across third party Websites, in order to place advertisements in front of them elsewhere, beyond our site. That tracking includes personal information.

Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a setting in a web browser that directs websites not to track your behavior. We don’t respond to DNT signals or turn off tracking.

C. Retention of Personal Information

We retain your personal information so long as it serves the purposes listed in this Privacy Policy, including to send you blog post notices and other general messages (unless you’ve unsubscribed), to collect and monitor traffic and other usage statistics at our Website, and to comply with our legal obligations.

D. Transfer of Personal Information

We may store or process your information outside your city, province, state, or country, including through one of our contractors (described below). So your personal information may be stored in a country that operates under privacy and data protection laws different from those of your home jurisdiction.

E. Contractor and Other Third Party Access to Personal Information

Certain independent contractors can access data we collect, including personal information. Our contractors help us with hosting and storage of this Website, tracking Website use, and marketing to and communications with Website users. (See below for information related to three sets of these contractors: WordPress and various associated vendors, Google Analytics and Google Adwords, and Mailchimp.)

Some of the contractors may make independent use of data they gain through us, including personal information. In most cases, we have not restricted those vendors’ use of data they collect.

We also may disclose personal information to attorneys or law enforcement authorities to address contract violations or illegal behavior. And we disclose any information demanded in a court order or otherwise required by law or to prevent harm to persons or property. Finally, we may share personal information in connection with a corporate transaction, like a merger or sale of our company, the sale of most of our assets, or a bankruptcy.

WordPress and Associated Vendors

Our Website is hosted on the WordPress system, provided by a company called Automatic. All data collected through our Website is collected by WordPress’ computers. For information on WordPress’ privacy practices, please visit WordPress’ Privacy Notice for Visitors to Our Users’ Sites.

Our Website also uses “plugin” software from various third party vendors who serve WordPress users. These third parties may also gain access to data collected by or through WordPress at our site.

Google Analytics and Google Adwords

Our independent contractors include Google Analytics: a web analytics service that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Website. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. We are told that you can opt-out of Google Analytics tracking on our Website by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy Terms web page.

We also use Google Adwords to track users after they leave our site and to serve up advertising to them (mentioned above under User Tracking and Do Not Track Notice).

Mailchimp

Our independent contractors also include Mailchimp, which sends bulk e-mails for us. For information on Mailchimp’s use of personal information, please visit the Mailchimp Privacy Policy web page.

We are not responsible for the conduct of WordPress, Google, Mailchimp, or any of our other contractors.

Finally, as noted above, we compile Website usage statistics from data collected through cookies. We may publish those statistics or share them with third parties, but they don’t include personal information.

F. Protection of Personal Information

We do not directly store the personal information that may be included in usage data collected by cookies and other mechanisms at our site — with two exceptions (described below). The data we don’t store ourselves is collected and stored on our behalf by our contractors, including WordPress and Google, under their policies and procedures. See Section E above for more information on those contractors and their policies.

We do store data you send us via e-mail and through contact forms. We keep that information on password-protected computers and share it only with contractors who have agreed to use it only as we instruct.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the security of personal information or any other data, and your use of our Website is at your own risk.

G. Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information

You can access and change any personal information we store by contacting us via e-mail, at info@TechContracts.com.

H. Special Notices related to the European Economic Area

We do not believe the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to the data we collect. Nevertheless, we provide the following information related to the GDPR, for users in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Legal Basis for Processing

We process (use) the personal information you give us in contact forms (name, e-mail address, other information you choose to provide) because, by filling out those forms, you’ve sent us that data and authorized us to use it.

We process usage data, like number of page visits and personal information like IP addresses, because our contractors (e.g., Google Analytics) use that data to tell us about usage of our Website. So we believe the lawful basis for processing that data is that it’s in our legitimate interests.

We will also process personal information wherever we have a legal obligation to do so—for instance, if a court subpoenas that data.

Rights Under GDPR

The following are key rights of data subjects under the GDPR:

  • The right to access, update, or delete your personal information.
  • The right of rectification—to have your information altered if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • The right to object to our processing of your personal information.
  • The right of restriction—to request that a company restrict how it processes your personal information.
  • The right to data portability—to receive a copy of the information a company has on you in a structured, machine-readable, and commonly used format.
  • The right to withdraw consent to processing of your personal information.
  • The right to complain to an EEA data protection authority (a government agency) about a company’s management of your personal information.

I. Other Privacy and Security Laws

Tech Contracts Academy LLC is not a “business” regulated by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

We believe that the data we collect is not subject to any non-U.S. privacy and security laws.

J. Amendment of This Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a new version on this page or on a successor page. The new version will become effective on the date it’s posted, which will be listed at the top of the page as the new Effective Date.

K. Contact Information

For questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@TechContracts.com.