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PRIVACY POLICY (SAFE HARBOR)
Effective 11/1/2005, Last Modified 9/3/15

This Privacy Policy (this “Policy”) describes how personal information is collected from users of the PowerReviews and PowerReviews Express websites at http://www.PowerReviews.com and http://www.PowerReviewsExpress.com (collectively, the “Site”) and the PowerReviews and PowerReviews Express product reviews and ratings service (“Review Service”), operated by PowerReviews, Inc. (“PowerReviews,” “we,” or “us”) and how that information is used and disclosed. The Review Service is provided both through the Site and through third party sites via framing techniques as described below (“Third Party Sites”). We encourage you to read this Policy carefully before providing any personal information on the Site or Review Service.


SAFE HARBOR

We self-certify compliance with:

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PowerReviews complies with the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries and Switzerland. PowerReviews certifies that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view PowerReviews’ certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/


INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We collect “personal information” about users of the Site and the Review Service in the normal course of our business. As used in this Policy, “personal information” is information that identifies or is capable of being associated with an identifiable person. Some examples of personal information include a user’s name, address, and email address. Personal information does not include aggregate information or de-identified information. “Aggregate information” is information about the use of the Site, such as information collected about Site users, or a category of services or users, from which any personal information has been removed. An example of aggregate information would be a report stating that forty-seven percent of the Site’s registered users identify themselves as male.

Most of the personal information we receive comes directly from users who register on the Site, use the Review Service or who otherwise voluntarily provide information to us in connection with various activities on the Site or Review Service. The information we request at registration includes, without limitation, name, address, e-mail address, and birth date. We may also collect other types of information during registration or in connection with your other activities on the Site, such as demographic information (including, without limitation, your age, occupation, and income) and information about or contained in postings you make in forums or any other interactive areas of the Site, your answers to surveys, your participation in sweepstakes, contests, games and promotional offers; and in any email request you send us for any reason (such as to request customer service or provide us with comments or feedback). Also, we request your email address when you submit a product or service review using the Review Service (whether through our Site or a Third Party Site) and if you provide it, we send an email message to you confirming that you submitted the review.

We also automatically collect some information when you use the Site or Review Service. We log your IP address. If you reached the Site by clicking on a link or advertisement on another site, we also log that information. This helps us understand our users’ interests and maximize our online exposure. All of this information is collected and used only as aggregate information; that is, it is entered into our database, where we can use it to generate overall reports on our users, but not individual reports that identify you personally.


FRAMED CONTENT

The Review Service may be displayed on or through Third Party Sites with the use of inline frames or other framing techniques. We may collect personal information in such framed pages or content located on or provided by Third Party Sites. When you submit personal information to us in this manner, it is treated as personal information under this Policy. The collection and use of personal information by the Third Party Site directly (i.e., outside of the Review Service framed pages) is governed separately by the privacy policy of such site.


COOKIES, WEB BEACONS, AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES

We may use cookies to identify Site and Review Service users and to customize their experiences on the Site and Review Service. Unless you provide your email address to us, our cookies contain no personally identifiable information about you. If you have provided your email address to us, however, our cookies may be used to identify you. We use cookies to help us understand how visitors use (and to help us to improve) the Site and Review Service. You may refuse to accept cookies from us by following the procedures specific to your Web browser. If you do so, your browser may react strangely and you may not be able to use some services on the Site or Review Service. To learn more about our cookie policy, click here.

Additionally, we may use, and may allow third parties to use, Web beacons on the Site and Review Service to monitor the effectiveness of advertising or for other legitimate purposes. Web beacons, also known as “Web bugs,” are small, graphic images on Web pages or Web-based documents or in email messages that allow us or third parties to monitor who is visiting the Site or Review Service. Web beacons collect the IP address of the computer that the Web beacon is sent to, the URL of the page the Web beacon comes from and the time it was viewed. Web beacons may be linked to your personal information.


HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We use the information we collect to:

  • Contact you for administrative purposes or provide you with customer service
  • Complete transactions requested by you or to verify that you have submitted a review to our Review Service
  • Respond to any questions, problems or complaints, or request feedback
  • Organize the Site and Review Service to better serve you and customize or develop our products and services
  • Send you emails pertaining to our verification process, our policies, and content that you submit

Personal information provided on our Site or through the Review Service may be linked together or merged with other personal information we obtain about you so that we may better understand your needs and inform you about our products or services and those of our business partners. In addition, if we receive personal information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, we may combine this information with the other personal information we maintain about you. In either case, this Policy governs this information.


DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Information we maintain may be stored both in and outside of the United States. If you live outside of the United States, you understand and expressly agree that we may transfer your information to the United States. Please note that U.S. laws may not afford the same level of protection as those in your country.

We do not rent, sell or disclose personal information to third parties without your prior consent, except as described in this privacy policy. We may share personal information when we have your consent to do so, when required by law, when required to protect our rights or property, as necessary to complete a transaction you have requested, or for marketing purposes. We reserve the right to use and disclose any non-personal information that we collect. We may use third party service providers to assist us with the administration of the Site or Review Service or to perform other services for us, including transaction processing and sending emails. These third parties may be given or may have access to your personal information, but agree to receive and use such information solely to provide services to us or on our behalf.

If you provide us with personal information through a Third Party Site, we may share such information with such Third Party Site for their internal business purposes and we generally require such Third Party Sites to comply with this Policy. In addition, we may also share personal information with third parties for such third parties’ (or other third parties’) marketing purposes; however, we provide you with the choice of opting-out of such disclosures (please see “Choice and Access” below).

We may use third parties, called third-party ad servers or network advertisers, to deliver ads to you on our behalf. These third-party ad servers may use cookies, web beacons or other technology to collect non-personally identifiable information about your visits to our Site or the Review Service in order to use it to present advertisements that may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice or whether you can opt out of having this information used by third-party ad servers to provide targeted ads, please visit here.

Information about our users, the Site and the Review Service is a business asset of PowerReviews. Therefore, information about our users, including personal information, will be disclosed as part of any (a) merger or acquisition, (b) creation of a separate business to provide the Site or our Review Service, or to provide other services or fulfill products; (c) debt financing, sale or pledge of company assets, or (d) insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which personal information would be transferred as one of PowerReviews’ business assets.

We may release personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law (e.g., a lawful subpoena, warrant or court order); to enforce or apply our policies or any other agreement with a user; to initiate, render, bill, and collect for amounts owed to us; to protect our rights or property; to protect our users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of our Site or its services; to enforce contest, sweepstakes, promotions, or game rules; or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records without delay.


CHOICE AND ACCESS

Opting out:

Cookies. To delete cookies, simply close your web browser or turn off the computer’s power and the session cookies will be deleted automatically. To delete persistent cookies, you will need to manually delete them through your browser’s setting options.

You can disable both session and persistent cookies by adjusting the settings on your web browser. For instructions on disabling cookies, click here. To learn more about our cookie policy, click here.

Marketing Communications. If you receive marketing communications from a PowerReviews client and would no longer like to be contacted by them, please contact that client directly.

If you receive marketing communications from PowerReviews and would no longer like to be contacted by us, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or by sending us an email request to be opted out of marketing communications to privacy@powerreviews.com.

Access and Correction:

If you would like to access, correct, amend, or delete consumer account info or user generated content submitted through a PowerReviews client or the Review Service, please contact that client directly. If a PowerReviews client requests us to update or remove your information from our systems, we will respond to their request within thirty (30) days of receipt.

If you would like to access, correct, amend or delete any of your personally identifiable information collected or held by PowerReviews through the Site, you may do so through your account settings, if applicable, or by mailing your request to the below address. We will respond to such requests within thirty (30) days of receipt.

Attn. Privacy
PowerReviews, Inc.
180 N. LaSalle, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601


CHILDREN

We do not intend, and the Site is not designed, to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old, you should not register with or otherwise provide personal information to our Site or the Review Service.


SECURITY

We use reasonable security measures in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. We cannot, however, guarantee protection of all information against interception, misappropriation, misuse, or alteration, or that your information may be not be disclosed or accessed by accidental circumstances or by the unauthorized acts of others. Furthermore, we have no control over the security of other sites you might visit, interact with or do business with.


POLICY CHANGES

We will modify this Policy if our privacy practices materially change in the future. We will notify you of such changes only by posting the new policy on our Site and indicating at the top of the Policy the date it was last updated. We encourage you to review the Policy each time you visit our Site or Review Service to see if it has been updated since your last visit to make sure you understand how personal information you provide will be used.


DISPUTE RESOLUTION

In compliance with the Safe Harbor Principles, PowerReviews commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. European Union citizens with inquiries or complaints regarding this Policy should first contact PowerReviews by mail as follows:

Attn. Privacy
PowerReviews, Inc.
180 N. LaSalle, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

PowerReviews has further committed to refer unresolved complaints to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU Safe Harbor, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, please visit here.  


QUESTIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions about this Policy, or the practices of or your dealings with the Site or Review Service, please contact us at the following address:

PowerReviews, Inc.
180 N LaSalle, 5th Floor
Chicago IL 60601