BROWSER SAFEGUARD PRIVACY POLICY

 

MAY CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME

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Effective as of December 30, 2013

 

Browser Safeguard is your window to the Internet.  That is how we keep you safe.  When you browse the internet, you talk to us.  So, that means that you need to knowingly consent to Browser Safeguard’s  activities described in this Privacy Policy.  Browser Safeguard has established this Privacy Policy to disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices for the www.browsersafeguard.com website and our Services, and to allow you to make an informed decision about how you will use our Services.  Our "Services" include www.browsersafeguard.com, the services provided thereon, the Browser Safeguard application, and all related services, applications, components, programs, software, listings, directories, tools, updates, databases and information made available and utilized. References to "you" in this Agreement means you, your duly authorized representatives and any entity you may represent in connection with your use of the Services.

By using our Services, you are consenting to the terms of this Privacy Policy and all of the activities described herein. If you do not agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy, you should uninstall Browser Safeguard and not use our Services. We reserve the right to enter into new or different lines of business with consumers and if and to the extent we do, we may display a different privacy policy to the consumer for such lines of business.

This Privacy Policy addresses only our practices with respect to information we collect in the course of using our Services and does not apply to information about you that might be collected by a third party website or an offering linked to or otherwise accessible from our Services. Any information collected, obtained and/or used by any such third parties is subject to the privacy policies of those third parties. We encourage you to review the policies of such third parties. Finally, to the extent any of our Services are undertaken in conjunction with or as a co-branded service with a third party, then both our Privacy Policy and such third party's privacy policy may apply.

1.             Collection of Information

Browser Safeguard does not, generally, track or maintain personally identifiable information about consumers that use our Services. However, we may collect personally-identifiable information through the use of our Services upon your contacting us so that we may respond to your questions or comments, such as your name, email or mailing address, or other information you include when contacting us. In addition, as part of the functionality provided by our Service, we may collect and store URLS that you visit which could contain personally identifiable information. We may also collect, use and store information about your search activity when you use web search services (such as search queries) (“Search Data”). This information may be shared with third-party applications that use Search Data to function, or to offer you more customized information, advertising and services. Your Search Data is collected and stored and may include personally identifiable information, depending on your search query. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO GRANT BROWSER SAFEGUARD PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR URLS AND SEARCH DATA, INCLUDING SEARCH QUERIES THAT MAY CONTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, SHARE THEM WITH THIRD PARTIES, AND USE SEARCH-RELATED COOKIES.

When you use or interact with our Services, we may also collect certain anonymous information that is not sufficient to permit someone to identify you by name, mailing address, telephone number, social security number, driver's license or other government-issued identification. The anonymous information we may have access to, obtain, retain and use may include:

·        Information about your use of our Services, such as the frequency with which you use them, how you use and interact with them, when you visit them, and your responses to the offerings and advertisements made available to you through them, among other things; and

·        Information that may be gathered or received when you use the Services or visit other websites, including, without limitation, the following:

o   The type of browser you are using when using our Services, including your browser's "user agent" (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, and other browsers);

o   Your operating system type, whether Mac OS, or Windows, and which version of Windows;

o   Your Internet protocol (IP) address and information about the version of any software comprising a portion of the Services that you use;

o   Your geographic location and the domain name of your Internet service provider (ISP); the URLs and websites that you visit and have visited; your search queries on the web pages you visit; and/or Diagnostic information which describes how our Services are operating on your system.

All of the foregoing information is collectively referred to hereinafter as "Anonymous Information". We may also supplement Anonymous Information with additional information from other third parties in some cases. Additionally, those portions of the Services comprised of software have been configured to communicate to us any information relating to computer errors arising from use of such software, without providing any notice to you of the delivery of such communications. Such communications may include the configuration settings applicable at the time of the error. We use this data to help us clarify and fix performance issues with and to improve the software and the Services.

2. Use of Information

(a) Anonymous Information and Search Data is used to (i) operate and improve upon the Services, including all constituent parts of the Services such as the software, the websites and the various offerings, among other things, (ii) research and analyze your use of the Services, and (iii) present you with offers for other products, offerings, programs, features and/or services that may be of interest to you.

We will not share your Anonymous Information and Search Data with third parties unless:

·        You have given us your prior consent to disclose such information;

·        The third party is our parent, subsidiary, or an affiliated company owned by our parent company;

·        We must disclose some or all of your Anonymous Information to authorized officers of the court in order to comply with valid legal process or to act in other urgent situations (as further discussed below); or

·        Such information is needed by third-party advertising networks and advertisers who help deliver relevant ads when you are on a webpage. We only share anonymized or aggregated information and your Search Data with them to improve the relevancy of the ads you see. As mentioned below in section 3, these third-party advertising networks and advertisers may also use cookies and similar technologies to collect and track non-personally identifiable information such as demographic information, aggregated information, and Internet activity to assist them in delivering advertising that is more relevant to your interests.

 

(b) We note above, but it is worth reiterating here, that your Anonymous Information, as well as your Search Data and other information about you as a user of our Services, may be disclosed by us to those authorized officers of the court in response to valid legal process, including without limitation, a valid court order, search warrant or subpoena), as well as in other circumstances if we believe in good faith that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person or that the Services are being used in the commission of a crime by your or another third party. Furthermore, we may disclose your Anonymous Information to protect our own rights, Services and property or those of our affiliated providers, in addition to providing you with the Services.

(c) In the event that ownership of all or a portion of the Services currently provided by Browser Safeguard were to change as a result of a merger, acquisition or transfer to another company, your Anonymous Information and Search Data may be transferred as well.

 

3. Web Beacons and Cookies

(a) In providing the Services to you, we may use web beacons and cookies or similar technologies in conjunction with your Anonymous Information and Search Data to personalize and improve your use of and experience with the Services, including, without limitation, to operate and improve the Service's offerings; to present, measure and research the effectiveness of our Service's offerings, advertisements, and communications to you, such as by determining which pages you visit, which ads you click on, communications you respond to, and functionality you use; to store and allow retrieval of information that you have provided to third party services that are integrated with the Services, and configuration preferences; and to customize the content and advertisements provided to you through the Services. In addition, third party advertisers might also use cookies or web beacons downloaded through our Services to accomplish many similar goals in connection with the effectiveness of their advertising through our Services and in general. We do not have access to the cookies or web beacons employed by advertisers through our Services and such cookies or web beacons are not governed by this Privacy Policy, but rather by the privacy policy of such advertiser.  The cookies may reflect de-identified demographic or other data linked to data you voluntarily have submitted.  You can learn more about cookies and opting-out of the receipt of cookies at http://www.aboutads.info/choices; you can learn more about cookies in general from http://www.cookiecentral.com.

(b) Web beacons or clear GIFs are relatively small pieces of code placed on webpages that can be used for a number of purposes, including counting the users who visit that webpage, or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a user viewing that page. A cookie is a small text file transferred from Browser Safeguard to your computer that records information about your preferences and use of the Services. We may also use such cookies to help us identify your location by determining your IP address, or to allow us to recall certain Service settings that you have chosen previously. You can control cookies through your browser's settings. However, if you reject all cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of most our Service offerings.

4. Username and Password

You are responsible for keeping any password you use for third party services that are integrated with and/or accessed from the Services confidential and secret. As such and for other important security reasons, we urge you to keep any such password secure and safe at all times. By using our Services, you acknowledge that you and you alone are responsible for the security of any username and password.

5. We Are Committed to Security

Browser Safeguard stores Anonymous Information and Search Data in a database on Browser Safeguard computers. These computers have security measures, such as a firewall, to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under Browser Safeguard's control. Notwithstanding such measures, Browser Safeguard cannot guarantee that its security or privacy protection measures will prevent its computers from being illegally accessed and the data on them stolen or altered.

6. General Internet Hazards

Any time you receive files over the Internet from third parties, regardless of the application used, whether Browser Safeguard, email or other application, you may be subjecting yourself to receiving harmful files or files that are not compatible with your operating system. Prior to accepting any files from any Internet user, including those from an account that appears familiar to you, we highly recommend verifying that the person sending you such files is the person you believe he or she is. You should be extremely careful about accepting files from users you do not trust, from users you do not know, or from users whose identity you have not been able to confirm. You should also be aware that communications sent over the Internet are not secure unless they are encrypted. Browser Safeguard does not encrypt your communications through the Services. Further, your communications made through Browser Safeguard may be routed through different countries which may have different laws, rules, regulations and standards regarding activities on the Internet. As such, Browser Safeguard cannot accept any responsibility for any unauthorized access to your communications made through the Services or any loss of data.

7. European Union Members - International Transfer of Data

Our Services are international in scope. By using the Services you consent to your Anonymous Information, your Search Data and any personal information that you provide to us being sent and processed in other jurisdictions, including the United States and other jurisdictions outside the European Union and European Economic Area where there may be less stringent data protection laws.

8. Minors Under Age 18

The Resources are intended for a general audience, and children and minors under the age of eighteen (18) are not permitted to access or use the Resources, absent express consent from their parents or guardians. We do not intentionally solicit or collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a minor under age 18, please contact us through our contact form at: http://www.BrowserSafeguard.com/Home/Contact and we will remove it.  If you are a parent or guardian who approves of your minor’s use of the Services, please contact us through the same form, and provide to us the age and email address of your minor on whose behalf you are contacting us.

9. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Browser Safeguard may update this Privacy Policy from time to time in its sole discretion, as reflected in the "Effective as of" date above. As such, you should review this Privacy Policy frequently by clicking on the “Privacy Policy” link at the bottom of BrowserSafeguard.com, or visiting this link which you can bookmark:  Http://browsersafeguard.com/legal/privacy

10. Who We Are

Any references made in this Privacy Policy to "us", "we", "our" and/or "Browser Safeguard" shall be deemed to have been made to Browser Safeguard, as well as any company that controls Browser Safeguard, directly or indirectly, and any other subsidiary of that controlling company.

11. More Information

For more information about protecting your privacy, you may wish to visit http://www.netcoalition.com and http://www.privacyalliance.org. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center offers a helpline at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) to allow consumers to make comments or inquiries regarding companies and business practices.

We do not have a mechanism or process to respond to any “do not track” signals which a web browser may send or receive.  However, if you have questions about this Privacy Policy, or if you would like access to personal information we may have about you in our files, to correct, update or to have us delete it, or if you would like to notify us of your choice to opt-out of any sharing of your personal information, please contact us through our contact form at http://browsersafeguard.com/Home/Contact or write to us at:

Browser Safeguard
Attn: Privacy 
4600 Madison Ave 10th Fl 
Kansas City, MO 64112