Last Updated: 27th Dec, 2020
PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT WE COLLECT: When you use our Services by, among other actions, subscribing to our newsletter, browsing our Site or otherwise interacting with our Services, we gather personal information. This information is necessary for delivering you the Services or enhancing your customer experience. Personal information is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual. Several types of personal information can be are gathered when you interact with the Services. Examples of such personal information include your name, email address, demographic data (such as age, gender, and zip code) and interests.
COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: We and our service providers collect personal information in a variety of ways including when you:
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: We collect, use or otherwise process personal information as allowed under applicable law, including where based on one or more of the following: The performance of the contract we have with you; The legitimate interests of HomeVerge, a third party or yourself. “Legitimate interest” is a technical term under the regulation. It means that there are good reasons for the processing of your personal information and measures are taken to minimize the impact on your privacy rights and interests. “Legitimate interest” also references our use of your data in ways you would reasonably expect and that have a minimal privacy impact. We have a legitimate interest in collecting and processing personal information, for example: (1) to ensure that our networks and information are secure; (2) to administer and generally conduct business within HomeVerge; and (3) to prevent fraud; The compliance of a legal obligation to which we are subject; or The consent you provide to us at the point of collection of your personal information. We use personal information to: Provide you with content and services that you request; Communicate with you about changes to our policies; Send you newsletters and emails; Provide you with advertising, including advertising based on your activity on our Services or activity on third-party sites and applications; Administer contests, sweepstakes, promotions, and surveys; Optimize or improve our products, services and operations; Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal; Communicate with you about your account, respond to your inquiries and send you information about features and enhancements of the Services; and Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Services. We may aggregate and/or anonymize personal information so that it will no longer be considered personal information. We do so to generate other data for our use, which we may use and disclose for any purpose.
OTHER INFORMATION Other information is any information that does not specifically identify you and is collected through technology includes tracking information collected by us as well as third parties. Other information includes: information about your computer, mobile device, or other devices that you use to access the Services such as your device type and brand, operating system, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser client ID, browser language, Internet Service Provider; Usage information about your use of our Services, such as a reading history of the pages you view; Additional “traffic data” such as time of access, visitor ID, traffic channel, traffic source, traffic medium, campaign name, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses; Search terms and search results; Location data such as your IP address, geolocation information (longitude and latitude); Demographic information and other information provided by you that does not reveal your specific identity; and Other information that has been aggregated in a manner such that it no longer reveals your specific identity.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF OTHER INFORMATION We may use and disclose other information for any purpose, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law. In some instances, we may combine other information with personal information. If we do, we will treat the combined information as personal information as long as it is combined.
SENSITIVE INFORMATION Unless we specifically request it (for example, in connection with a particular survey), we ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive personal information (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, biometrics or genetic characteristics, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Services or otherwise to us. Any requested information that includes sensitive information about health, political opinions, ethnicity, race, religion, sex life or sexual orientation can be left unanswered.
INFORMATION SECURITY We use reasonable efforts to safeguard personal information. However, no data storage system or transmission method can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any information (including personal information) that we obtain. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us in accordance with the “Contacting Us” section above.
OPT-OUT INSTRUCTIONS If you do not want to receive promotional emails from us, you can opt-out at any time by sending a request using our contact page. We will comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that if you opt-out of receiving marketing-related emails from us, we can still send you important administrative messages, from which you cannot opt-out.
HOW YOU CAN ACCESS, CHANGE OR DELETE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION If you would like to request to review, correct, restrict or delete personal information that you have previously provided to us, object to the processing of personal information, or request to receive an electronic copy of your personal information for purposes of transmitting it to another company (to the extent this right to data portability is provided to you by applicable law), you may contact us by completing this form. In your request, please state what personal information you would like to have changed, whether you would like to have your personal information suppressed from our database or otherwise let us know what limitations you would like to put on our use of your Personal Information. For your protection, we may only implement requests with respect to the Personal Information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. We will respond to your request consistent with applicable law. Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes and/or to complete any transactions that you began prior to requesting a change or deletion (e.g., when you enter a promotion, you may not be able to change or delete the personal information provided until after the completion of such purchase or promotion). If you are a resident of California, under 18 and a registered user of the Services, you may ask us to remove content or information that you have posted to the Services by contacting us at the information listed above. Please note that your request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information, as, for example, some of your content may have been reposted by another user.
RETENTION PERIOD We retain personal information for as long as needed or permitted in light of the purpose(s) for which it was obtained and consistent with applicable law. The criteria used to determine our retention periods include: The length of time we have an ongoing relationship with you and provide the Services to you (for example, for as long as you participate to a promotion with us or keep using the Services); Whether there is a legal obligation to which we are subject (for example, certain laws require us to keep records of your transactions for a certain period of time before we can delete them); or Whether retention is advisable in light of our legal position (such as in regard to applicable statutes of limitations, litigation or regulatory investigations).
THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISING We may work with third-party advertising companies that may utilize web beacons, cookies, pixel tags, or other similar technologies to better provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you when you access and use the Services and other websites or online services. These companies do not have access to your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, or other Personal Information from us. They may, however, anonymously track your Internet usage across other websites in their networks beyond the Services. To learn more about the use of this information or to choose not to have this information used by our third-party advertising partners by opting out please visit the Network Advertising Initiative by clicking http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
USE OF SERVICES BY CHILDREN The Services is not directed to children and we do not knowingly collect or store any personal information from children except as permitted by applicable law. If you are a resident of California, USA, under 18 years old and a registered user of the NYT Services, please see above “How do I access, change or update my personal information?”
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS Under the California “Shine The Light” law, California residents may opt-out of our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. As detailed above, you may choose to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by submitting a request in writing using out contact page.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS The information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Services is collected in your country and subsequently transferred to the United States or to another country where we have facilities or our affiliates operate or in which we engage service providers. Some countries that are not located in the European Economic Area (EEA) are recognized by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of data protection according to EEA standards (the full list of these countries is available here). For transfers from the EEA to countries not considered adequate by the European Commission, we have put in place adequate measures, including by ensuring that the recipient is bound by EU Standard Contractual Clauses, to protect your personal data. To obtain a copy of these measures click here. In certain circumstances, courts, law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, or security authorities in those other countries may be entitled to access your personal information.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE EEA If you are located in the EEA, you also may lodge a complaint with a data protection authority for your country or region or where an alleged infringement of applicable data protection law occurs. A list of data protection authorities is available at http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/article29/item-detail.cfm?item_id=612080.