Who we are

Our website address is: https://sdipla.org – The San Diego Intellectual Properties Law Association

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We only collect information in our contact forms so we can answer your questions via phone or email or save your place at our events. We ask for minimal information such as first/last name, email address and phone to expedite your request for information. We NEVER share this information with anyone or any company outside our organization. If you request to be removed from our list, we will do it right away without retaining a record of your information. You would have to resubmit to get back on our list.

If you are registering for an event where there is a fee involved, we will redirect you to PayPal to complete the transaction. We do NOT keep records of your credit card or payment information, only the names of the people attending and how to reach them if we have a change in schedule or spelling questions.

We also have a subscription form. Our members are all part of the list. It’s how we communicate information about our elections, events, and opportunities. It’s the most efficient way to communicate, as all officers are volunteers and have limited time.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with – NO ONE.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). We don’t require user accounts to view any of our content. We are an open book and happy to share the content on our site without login requirements. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Your subscription information goes to GetResponse – they have their own privacy policy. Event form information with payment required is passed to PayPal so we can tie the form to payment record.

Contact information

Concerns? Contact us:  sdiplaorg@gmail.com

How we protect your data

Our forms pass through an encrypted HTTPS hosting. They are delivered via email to us so we can respond. We do not add you to our contacts unless you wish to continue beyond our initial contact with you.

What data breach procedures we have in place:

We have daily backups of both our database and files going back 30 days. After 30 days, the backups fall from the system and are deleted permanently.

What third parties we receive data from – Google Analytics.