Effective December 1, 2007
As used in this policy, the terms "using" and "processing" information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the United States or internationally.
Information Collection and Use
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Sites, services (in some cases the ability to design, create, prepare and manage documents), features and content (together, the "Services") and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate our Sites.
Personally Identifiable Information.
Log Data. When you visit our Sites, whether as a WelcomeLink Entity customer or as a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a "WelcomeLink User"), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website ("Log Data"). This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to one of our Sites, pages of our Sites that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Sites and access times and dates. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of our Sites and the Services and for a Site's technical administration, to increase our Sites' functionality and user-friendliness and to better tailor our Sites to our visitors' needs. For example, some of this information is collected so that when you visit one of our Sites again, the Site will recognize you and serve advertisements and other information appropriate to your interests.
Identity theft and the practice currently known as "phishing" are of great concern to WelcomeLink. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, your account ID or username, login password, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited email or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Request Processing. When you use the Services in conjunction with your purchase or lease of real estate we will share the Personal Information submitted to us to process the order and to perform the requested task (e.g., without limitation, sharing information with owners, buyers, lessees or the agents of these parties.) Any information you choose to provide should reflect how much you want other users to know about you. We are not responsible for any Personal Information you choose to submit to process an order.
Aggregate Information and Non-Identifying Information. We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.
Services Providers. We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services, to provide the Services on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of our Sites' features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Sites and Services are used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We may also provide Personal Information to our business partners or other trusted entities for the purpose of providing you with information on goods or services we believe will be of interest to you. You can, at any time, opt out of receiving such communications.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement. The WelcomeLink Entities cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of a WelcomeLink Entity or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.
Business Transfers. The WelcomeLink Entities may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of their assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.
Changing or Updating Your Information
For those of our Sites that allow a WelcomeLink User to register and/or access his or her account information, such WelcomeLink Users may review, update or correct the Personal Information in their registration profile by updating the "user preferences" associated with their account. See below for privacy contact information.
We are very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored "personal data" (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on these Sites in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Links to Other Sites
Our Sites contain links to other websites. If you choose to visit an advertiser by "clicking on" a banner ad or other type of advertisement, or click on another third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's website. The fact that we link to a website or present a banner ad or other type of advertisement is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third-party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
Our Policy Toward Children
Our Sites are not directed to children under 18. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.