Privacy Policy



Welcome to the Oregon State Bar Web Site ("OSB Web Site"). The Oregon State Bar ("OSB") has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy for OSB members and other Web Site users. The following paragraphs disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices. The privacy statement may change at any time; any changes will be posted on this page. If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns please contact us.

By mail:
Webmaster
Oregon State Bar
P.O. Box 231935
Tigard, Oregon 97281-1935

By e-mail:
webmaster@osbar.org

By phone or fax:
503.620.0222


Information Collected and Its Use


Server log information: When you visit the OSB Web Site, you are identifiable as a unique number, called an IP address. Your IP address is automatically collected in server logs. We use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to analyze server traffic to learn which pages on the OSB Web Site receive more or fewer visitors. This information is anonymous and cannot be traced back to a specific individual. The server log also can tell us which browser you are using and the name of the Web Site that referred you to our site.

Session Cookies: When you visit the OSB Web Site, session cookies are maintained in your computer's temporary memory. These disappear when your session is over and you close your browser. Session cookies allow users to be recognized within the OSB Web Site so user data and selections are remembered within the OSB Web Site.

User-supplied personally identifiable information: Current and future services on the OSB Web Site may require that you give us your name, email address, billing and delivery information, credit card or other financial account information, or other personal information. By providing this information, you can and will be able to transact business via the Internet which in the past required telephone or mail contact with the OSB.

Member Section of OSB Web Site: Access to the member section of the OSB Web Site is protected by a password. We recommend that you not divulge your password to anyone. Members who have logged into the member section of the OSB Web Site have the option of updating contact information, stating preferences, and making regulatory reports online. These online services are provided as a convenience, and allow the OSB to provide you with efficient and high-quality service at a lower cost.


Email Privacy and Member Contact Information


From time to time, the OSB sends broadcast email to members or groups of members (e.g., members of a particular section). Read our Email Communication Policy here. All members must provide an email address to the bar, unless they qualify for an exemption. Bar Rule of Procedure 1.11, as approved by the Supreme Court, requires OSB members to maintain an email address for the purpose of receiving regulatory notices and correspondence. OSB members can always opt out of receiving nonregulatory broadcast emails or restrict the category of nonregulatory emails, by logging into the member section of the Web Site and visiting the OSB Communication Preferences page.

In some email messages, the OSB includes a "click-through URL" to the OSB Web Site. When message recipients click one of these URLs, they pass through a separate web server before arriving at the destination page on the OSB Web Site. We track this click-through data to help us determine interest in particular topics and measure the effectiveness of our communications. The OSB may also use pixel tags (also known as web beacons, or clear GIFs) in its messages. Pixel tags enable the OSB to tell whether messages have been opened. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent, to detect when regulatory messages are being mistakenly intercepted by spam filters, and for other purposes.

Oregon Public Records Act
Certain features of the OSB Web Site allow users to submit personal information to utilize OSB services or programs, or update member data. Users should be aware that information submitted, regardless of whether it is submitted via the OSB Web Site, is subject to the Oregon Public Records Act. This act requires the OSB to disclose this information upon request, unless an exception applies. Because of this requirement, this information may be obtained by commercial vendors. For questions about the OSB’s disclosure of information under the Oregon Public Records Act, please contact General Counsel’s Office at gc@osbar.org.

Information Submitted to BarBooks™ and Lawyer Referral Services
The OSB considers information submitted by lawyers using BarBooks™ and users seeking a lawyer referral to the OSB Lawyer Referral Service to be confidential submissions, pursuant to ORS 192.502(4), and exempt from disclosure under the Oregon Public Records Act. The OSB will maintain the confidentiality of these submissions to the extent allowed by law.  

Linked Sites
The OSB Web Site contains links to other external Web Sites (“Linked Sites”) that we believe may be useful to OSB members and the public. The OSB is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these Linked Sites. Please see OSB Web Site Terms of Use for more information. 

Third Party Service Providers
We may use third party service providers to help us analyze certain online activities, measure the performance of the OSB Web Site, and monitor the effectiveness of email communications. For example, these service providers may help us analyze visitor activity on the OSB Web Site or provide feedback on the effectiveness of our email communications. We may use a third party service provider to help us efficiently send email communications to members. Aside from member email addresses, we do not share any personal information about members with third party service providers. Our third party service providers are prohibited from sharing, selling or renting member email addresses.

Children
We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13. 

Security
The OSB Web Site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Only authorized employees, agents and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, the OSB cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online products or services. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.