Interactive Tax Group, Inc.
Effective: January 5, 2012
This policy does not apply to information collected through any other website, service or to the practices of companies that ITG does not control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of others or other websites, and we recommend that you read the privacy policies of each website and application that you visit and use.
In certain instances, Users of the Service have the option of registering an account with us (a “Member Account”) and becoming a “Member”, or merely using the Service as a visitor without registering personal information with us. You should note however, that many of the features of the Service may require Users to become Members. In other instances, Users of the Service can simply visit without registering personal information with us, or may provide an email address or other information to us for notifications and email communications.
1. Personal Information
“Personal Information” is unique information that identifies you, or any other person, as a distinct and identifiable individual. Personal Information includes information such as your name, email address or telephone number. The personally identifiable information may include e-mail addresses, work zip code, educational background, professional information, disciplinary actions, criminal history or other similar information, the access code and password used by you to access the Web Site, and individual profile information. You can review your non-public, password protected Personal Information that you provide us in your Member Account. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, we may, for a time, retain residual information about you in backup and/or archival copies of our database.
See Paragraph 2 below about subscribing or unsubscribing to emails. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, we may, for a time, retain residual information about you in backup and/or archival copies in our database, and we may retain information about you to make sure you remain unsubscribed until requested to re-subscribe to email notices and communications. We may also retain certain data contributed by you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, Non-Personal Information (as defined below under Paragraph 6), account recovery, or if required by law.
You can also close your member account through the applicable Website. If you close your Member Account, we will remove your non-public, password protected Personal Information from our database, provided, however that we may continue to hold and maintain such Personal Information if your account is a Contributor Account (for ITG Contributors) or Member Account on TaxProConnect.
2. Subscribing and Unsubscribe
You can subscribe to our email notices and communications by either signing up for our emails or requesting ITG personnel to receive email notices. You can unsubscribe by clicking the “unsubscribe” button within ITG’s general email communication to you or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Directory Information
Because our site provides information relevant to the tax field, we may collect and provide personal information about persons and businesses included in a general directory located at TaxProConnect.com or otherwise generally made available through a Website or the Service (“Directory Information”). Directory Information is different from Personal Information in that any changes to Directory Information are subject to ITG’s review and sole discretion, and nothing obligates ITG to delete, remove or change any Directory Information or otherwise restricts ITG’s use of Directory Information.
4. Sharing and Disclosure of Personal Information
We disclose information to companies and individuals we employ or contract with to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include hosting our web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, and providing customer service. These companies and individuals will have access to your Personal Information as necessary to perform their functions, but they may not share that information with any other third-party.
We reserve the right to transfer Personal Information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of ITG or a transfer of all or substantially all of our assets to that successor in interest.
Users of the Website may provide us Personal Information in connection with compiling Directory Information or other profile information (such as part of participating in TaxProConnect’s directory or other activities we perform providing the Services). We may also obtain Personal Information from third parties. We may use Personal Information, whether provided by you or independently obtained by us, (a) in the course of the research process for TaxProConnect or creating Directory Information or recruiting ITG contributors; (b) to evaluate tax professionals for inclusion in TaxProConnect or as part of the ITG contributor program; (c) to maintain and operate the ITG contributor program, and (d) in connection with the sale of sponsorships, advertising, profiles, plaques, certificates or other items or services.
5. Surveys and Promotions
We may conduct surveys or sponsor promotions, sweepstakes, or contests on the Website. You may be asked to provide Personal Information including name, email address or home address, or asked to answer questions in order to participate. Furthermore, we may transfer Personal Information to certain ad partners that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the Personal Information and whose privacy statement will apply.
6. Non-Personal Information
“Non-Personal Information” is information that does not specifically identify you or any person as an individual, and includes, but is not limited to, such non-unique information obtained from users of the Service like aggregated data, web-browser type, browsing history, Internet protocol (“IP”) address or an internet service provider. Non-Personal Information is used to manage the Website, track usage and improve the Service and is not linked to any Personal Information. Non-Personal Information may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to Users.
7. Aggregate Data
Non-Personal Information may be collected about your usage of the Service or retrieved from your Member Account and aggregated with data from other users. This aggregated anonymous data will not contain any Personal Information. Aggregate data is collected to build higher quality, more useful services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of users of the Service. We may provide statistical information based on this data to advertisers and other current and potential business partners.
8. Content; Business Activities
9. Log Files
Due to the Internet communications standards, when you visit the Website we may receive the URL of the site from which you came and may receive the URL of the site to which you are going when you leave the Service. We also may receive the IP address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. This information can be used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the Service. IP addresses may also be recorded for security and monitoring purposes as well as providing more relevant advertisements. The linkage between your IP address and your Personal Information is not shared with third-parties without your permission unless otherwise required by law.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive by a webpage server. Cookies are used to store a visitor’s preferences and to record session information. Cookies are also used to prevent duplicative advertisements and to customize newsletter, advertising, and Website content based on a User’s browser type and Member Account information. The Service uses uniquely identifiable cookies for your session activity while you are using the Service, which will not function without this session tracking security enabled. This session cookie will expire at the time of your (a) logging off of our website or (b) after one (1) day has passed since using the Service. We will, however, never reveal or share this cookie information to any third party site, nor does your cookie contain any Personal Information.
You may be able to configure your browser to accept or reject all or some cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Each browser is different. Refer to the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. However, please note that YOU MUST ENABLE COOKIES ON YOUR BROWSER IN ORDER TO USE MANY FUNCTIONS OF THE SERVICE.
11. Third Party Links
12. Surveys, Polls and Promotions
You may receive requests to participate in promotions and market research including polls and surveys submitted by us or other ITG members. If you participate in promotions, surveys and polls offered through the Service, the information you provide may be visible to others using the Service.
If you post on a public section of the Service, such as a bulletin board, forum or blog, or participate in a chat room on the Website, you should be aware that any Personal Information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other Users of these forums, as well as other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the Personal Information you choose to submit in these public areas of the Service.
14. Children Under Age 13
Visitors and email recipients Members must be aged 13 years or older. Unless we have permission from the legal guardian of a user who is under 13 years of age, we do not allow persons under age 13 to create a Member Account; nor do we knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that information has been collected from a child under age 13 without verification of parental or guardian consent, that information will be deleted as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under age 13, please contact us.
We use commercially acceptable measures to protect the confidentiality of your non-public information that is stored within password protected portions of the Websites. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.
17. California Residents
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding certain disclosure of Personal Information to third parties in certain circumstances for a business’s direct marketing purposes. To make such a request if this section of the California Civil Code applies to you, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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