Last Updated: December 2018
This policy does not apply to information collected by us offline or through any other means, or by any third party, including through any application or content that may link to or be accessible from or on the Websites.
II. INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU AND HOW WE COLLECT IT
We may collect several types of information from and about users of our Websites, including information:
We collect this information:
Information You Give to Us. The information we collect on or through our Websites may include:
Information We Collect About You. As with many other websites, as you navigate through and interact with our Websites, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:
The information we collect automatically is statistical data and may include Personal Information. We may also maintain it or associate it with Personal Information you provide to us or that we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Websites and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
As with many other sites, our Websites may use “cookies” or other technologies to help us deliver content specific to your interests, to process your requests, and/or to analyze your visiting patterns. We may collect the following types of information about your visit including: the domain from which you access the Internet; IP address; operating system and information about the device or browser used when visiting the site; date and time of your visit; content you visited or downloaded; and website (such as google.com or bing.com) and website referral source (email notice or social media site) that connected you to the Websites. Our Websites use two types of cookies: single-session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). Temporary cookies last only as long as your web browser is open, and are used for technical purposes such as enabling better navigation through our Websites. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods and are used for purposes including tracking the number of unique visitors to our site and information such as the number of views a page gets, how much time a user spends on a page, and other pertinent web statistics. Cookies, by themselves, will not be used by MERGE to disclose your individual identity. This information identifies your browser, but not you, to our servers when you visit the Websites. We do not respond to ‘do not track’ signals in your browser. We may also collect data by using “pixel tags,” “web beacons,” “web bugs,” “clear GIFs” or similar means (collectively, “Pixel Tags”) that allow us to know when you visit our Websites. Through Pixel Tags, we obtain non-Personal Information or aggregate information that can be used to enhance your online experience and understand traffic patterns and online movements of web users.
III. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use information collected about you, including Personal Information, in the following ways:
IV. DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may disclose aggregated, anonymized information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
V. CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the Personal Information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with control over your information:
VI. WHAT MEASURES WE TAKE TO SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION
The security of your Personal Information is very important to us. We maintain commercially reasonable security safeguards that are designed to protect the Personal Information we collect against unauthorized use, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Notwithstanding the steps we have taken to protect your information, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, MERGE cannot guarantee or warrant that your Personal Information is under absolute security with the existing security technology.
If you have any questions about the security of our Websites or have a security concern, you can contact us at email@example.com.
VII. OUR RETENTION POLICIES & MANAGING YOUR INFORMATION
MERGE retains your information for as long as necessary to provide services, keep the Websites active or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, or resolving disputes.
If you are not a user and wish to remove any information related to you, you can notify us by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIII. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
If you are a California resident, you may request information about our disclosure of Personal Information to third parties or affiliated companies for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please either email us at email@example.com or contact us at:
ATTN: [Corporate Communications]
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
You must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field. We are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent improperly, or do not have complete information.
Non-affiliated third parties are independent from MERGE and if you wish to receive information about your disclosure choices or stop communications from such third parties, you will need to contact those non-affiliated third parties directly.
IX. THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES
X. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13
In general, our Websites are not intended for children under 13 years of age, and typically MERGE does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 13 should always ask their parents or guardians for permission before providing any Personal Information online. We urge parents and guardians to participate in their children’s online activities and use parental control or other web filtering technology to supervise children’s access to the internet.
XI. WHERE YOUR INFORMATION IS STORED
The Websites are intended for users in the United States. Your information will be stored and processed in the United States for statistical purposes and analysis. If you use our Websites outside of the United States, please be aware that the United States may have different laws, regulations and standards regarding data privacy from those in your own country.
XIII. CONTACT INFORMATION