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Effective: November 2007
Modified: December 2010
Authentic Response, Inc. complies with the U.S. EU Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union. The framework can be accessed here http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.
Through the Sites, we operate MyView (“MyView”) through which we provide surveys that can be taken at the Sites or via electronic notification methods such as, but not limited to, email. We provide statistical sample to organizations that conduct research primarily for marketing or for social science purposes. We're committed to helping you understand how we manage and protect the information we collect. We take privacy seriously, and have taken many steps to help safeguard the information we collect from you.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, you may contact the Authentic Response Privacy Office at email@example.com. If you have any Customer Service issues, please contact Customer Service here.
- Opt-In to MyView
- The Information we Collect and Use
- Information Sharing and Disclosure
- Communications From the Site
- Rights Pertaining to Personal Information
- Security and Information Protection
- Changes to this Policy
- Contacting Us
you for using MyView, a service of Authentic Response, Inc.
Jim Follett, CEO
Opt-In to MyView
Members may sign up for MyView by completing the “double opt-in” process at our Site(s) or through one of our many partners’ Websites. During the double opt-in process, members are sent a confirmation email following an initial request to subscribe at one of our Site(s) or one of our partners’ Websites, and all members must affirmatively click an additional link in that confirmation email – confirming their opt-in preference.
The Information We Collect and Use:
By information, we mean information about you collected through MyView and our Sites, including “personally identifiable information” such as your name, email address, residential or work address, certain demographic information, as well as information regarding your hobbies, interests and product ownership and other information you provide to us by registering for MyView, participating in our surveys or services, or making requests for information about our services. Registration for MyView is not required to view non-member areas of the Sites. If you elect to register for MyView, we ask you for information that enables us to provide MyView. You will be registering with MyView on the form provided and such registration may require you to provide contact information such as your email address, your name, and your residential or work address and certain demographic information. In addition, from time to time, we receive e-mail addresses from one of our partners, who may ask us to contact you to offer you a survey.
We may collect other “non-personally identifiable information” such as your user name and password (your “Login”), IP address, and your website browsing patterns (discussed in further detail below). We use such non-personally identifiable information to serve you better and send you surveys that are most relevant to your interests. We and/or our data partners, where you have given such data partners your consent, may also seek other personally and non-personally identifiable information from you or where such information is otherwise publicly available.
From time to time we may use third party providers to validate the accuracy of personal information you provide, so that we may offer better statistical sample to our clients. We may use third parties to provide us with data they have collected about you, and append this data to your demographic profile. In such cases only a minimum amount of information is transferred to these third parties so as to enable them to perform specific functions on our behalf.
Additionally, in certain circumstances, we offer individuals the ability to participate in our client’s surveys outside of MyView. If you are asked to participate in such a survey, we will request limited non-personally identifiable information about you. In some cases, after completion of the initial survey, we may request personally identifiable information about you in order to provide rewards, to offer you the opportunity to join MyView, or to participate in further surveys.
You may be referred to MyView or our surveys by one of our third party business partners. In the event that we ask such partner to contact you with additional survey opportunities, we may share certain basic personal information that we understand such partner already maintains (such as your e-mail address and gender) as well as certain basic information regarding your MyView activity (such as the last time you completed a survey).
Any information provided to us will be retained and used solely for the purposes of fulfilling your requests, responding to your questions, offering you opportunities to participate in surveys, performing and carrying out the terms of MyView (including fulfilling any rewards), or communicating with you as a member of MyView.
We support the rights of our members by limiting the use of their information for legitimate market research purposes and we make every effort to conform to the efforts of the following organizations created to uphold ethical survey research:
- Marketing Research Association (MRA)
- Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO)
- Advertising Research Foundation (ARF)
To further improve the quality, targeting and relevance of our surveys, you may be asked to provide certain demographic data (like your age, gender, zip code, income) and profile data (like occupation, shopping habits and other areas of interest) as certain surveys may be directed to those participants who meet a particular profile. You will be asked to answer certain questions on forms and pages hosted by us. The information we collect will be used to determine whether you are eligible to participate in the survey and will also be maintained by us to enable us to provide you with more relevant surveys in the future.
To update your email address, you can either click on the "Preferences" tab after you log-in to www.myview.com .
From time to time, we may collect general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of the Site and the Service, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Site, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they "click" on. We collect this information from you by “passive” means through the use of technologies such as "cookies" and IP addresses, which are discussed in greater detail below. We may also group this information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of the Sites and MyView to our existing or potential business partners or other third parties, or in response to a government request. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify you, other list members or any other visitors to the Sites.
An IP address is a number that's automatically assigned to your computer whenever you're surfing the web. Web servers, the computers that "serve" web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We collect IP addresses for purposes of system administration, to report aggregate information to third parties and to track the use of the Sites. When visitors request pages from the Sites or click on a link in a mailing sent through MyView our servers log the visitors' IP addresses. We reserve the right to use IP addresses to identify a visitor or member when it will enhance the users experience or if we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with the Sites’ policies or to protect the Company, the Sites, the Sites’ visitors, MyView, our Internet Service Provider partners, the members or others.
For Banner Ads: When you visit one of our Sites or take one of our surveys, without registering for MyView, we may place cookies on your computer that alerts internet advertising networks that you have visited one of our Sites or surveys. These cookies, which do not track any personally-identifiable information, allows us to ask internet advertising networks to serve you advertisements with respect to survey opportunities, MyView and our Sites.
For Brand Awareness Studies: We may place cookies from a third party technology provider on your computer that signals when you visit a website that utilizes a supported internet advertising network. We provide only limited non-personally identifiable information to the third party technology provider, including certain demographic information and a coded user identification number. The signal emitted from the cookie includes solely the coded user identification number and the specific advertisement(s) that you may have viewed. Certain of our clients may ask us send you survey opportunities to determine the effectiveness of their internet advertising based on the signals sent by the cookie about the advertising you may have viewed. You may choose to opt-out of receiving these brand awareness cookies at any time by clicking on the following link: OPT OUT . In the event you opt-out of receiving these cookies, we will not longer place brand awareness cookies on your system. As a registered member of MyView, we will save this opt-out preference to your profile.
By your use of the Sites and MyView, you authorize cookies to be put in place and their use by us and our clients and business partners consistent with the disclosures above. The cookies will expire after one year.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons / Web Bugs)
Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly in HTML files and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
We may use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications. We may also use them to confirm payment to our third party partners. If you no longer wish to receive our communications sent by email, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each communication.
Information Sharing and Disclosure:
Agents and Third Party Service Providers and Partners
To provide MyView to you, we may sometimes use other businesses to perform certain specialized services such as data processing or other technology services. In such instances, we may provide your personal information to those businesses, but they are not permitted to retain or use your information for any other purpose.
Change of Control / Asset Transfer
As the Company develops, we may buy other businesses or their assets or sell all or parts of our business assets. Customer information is generally one of the business assets involved in such transactions. Thus, in the event that the assets of the Company in whole or in parts are acquired by a third-party, customer information, including any visitor information collected through the Sites or MyView, would be one of the transferred assets. In the event of a corporate change in control or sale of all or parts of our business assets our users will be notified and given the opportunity to opt-out of any such transfer of their personally identifiable information to the new corporate entity or asset purchaser.
Legal and Site Compliance
The Company reserves the right to disclose member information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Company's rights or property, other visitors, list members, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. The Company also reserves the right to disclose visitor or list member information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it. We may also use personally identifiable information to monitor compliance with the Sites’ Terms and Conditions.
Communications From the Site:
Survey Electronic Notification
We will send you targeted and relevant surveys by electronic notification (such as, but not limited to, email, sms, social media, smart phones) as is necessary to fulfill MyView to you.
We will send you service-related announcements, which are not promotional in nature, on occasions when it is necessary to do so. For example, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we may send you electronic notification.
Based upon the information you provide us, we will communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, to fulfill incentive requests, and to manage your account. We may communicate with you by electronic communication or telephone.
Rights Pertaining to Personal Information:
We regularly send electronic notifications to the members of MyView. If you do not wish to receive them you may opt-out and/or deactivate your account by following the instructions included in each communication.
Security and Information Protection:
The security of your information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it; however, no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Protecting the security of your personal information is very important to us. When we store information that you have provided to us when registering for MyView, that information is protected by security measures that include "firewalls" (a combination of computer hardware and software that helps keep unauthorized visitors from accessing information within our computer network), "intrusion detection systems" (a combination of computer hardware and software that helps detect any unauthorized visitors) and other tools such as data encryption and physical security, where appropriate. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data repository can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while Company strives to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personal information.
Links to other sites
We use single sign-on service(s) that allow you to sign into MyView using your third-party social networking login credentials such as your Facebook or Twitter accounts. These services allow you to link your existing social network profile to your MyView account. Once linked, you will be able to post content on the third-party site from MyView and interact with your friends. If you choose to use such a sign-on service, MyView may also access certain profile information from your third-party social network profile such as friends, profile picture, etc.
We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 on the Sites or through the Service without permission from a parent or legal guardian. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide any information to us. If we become aware that we have collected information from a child under the age of 13 without the permission of a parent or legal guardian, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database.
Changes to this Policy:
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