Barton Insurance Group, Inc. is committed to respecting the privacy of our users. We strive to provide a safe, secure user experience. This Privacy Statement sets forth the online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Web Sites (sometimes referred to herein as the "BIG Sites" or "Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Sites" or "Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking") and does not apply to information we collect in any other fashion. Your data will be stored and processed in whole or in part in the United States. The information we gather on the BIG Sites may be shared within the Barton Insurance Group, Inc.-affiliated companies on a worldwide basis in order to deliver the products and services we offer to customers or in order to undertake analysis of our database such as aggregate profiling of our registered users. The BIG Sites contain links to other Web sites over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other Web sites to which you choose to link from our Sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of those other Web sites so you can understand how they collect, use and share your information.
Collection and Use of Information by Barton Insurance Group, Inc.
In some areas of BIG and Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking, we request or may request that you provide personal information, including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, contact information, and any other information from which your identity is discernible. In other areas, we collect or may collect demographic information that is not unique to you such as your ZIP code, age, preferences, gender, interests and favorites. Sometimes we collect or may collect a combination of the two types of information. Examples of areas on the BIG Sites where we collect personal or combined personal and demographic data are pages where you can open a Barton Insurance Group, Inc. account, create a Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking profile or account, sign up to use a service, post a profile, enter a contest or purchase a product. We also gather or may gather certain information about your use of BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking, such as what areas you visit and what services you access. Moreover, there is information about your computer hardware and software that is or may be collected by us. This information can include without limitation your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses, but is not linked to your personal information. We may sometimes afford you the opportunity to provide descriptive, cultural, behavioral, preferential and/or life style information about yourself, but it is solely up to you whether you furnish such information. If you do provide such information, you are thereby consenting to the use of that information in accordance with the policies and practices described in this Privacy Statement. For example, such information may be used for the purpose of determining your potential interest in receiving e-mail or other communications about particular products or services.
Our Use of Your Information
We use the information we gather on BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking, whether personal, demographic, collective or technical, for the purpose of operating and improving the BIG Sites, fostering a positive user experience, and delivering the products and services that we offer. If you have provided consent for us to do so, we may also use the information we gather to inform you of other products or services available from us or our affiliated companies. We may use your contact information in order to send you e-mail or other communications regarding updates at the BIG Sites, to contact you about your opinion of current products and services or potential new products and services that may be offered. We may also provide additional communications, promotions and information on new BIG opportunities which may be of interest to you. The nature and frequency of these messages will vary depending upon the information we have about you. In addition, you may receive free informational newsletters from us relating to topics that may be of special interest to you, such as new financial management tools, insurance products, rate changes, and other announcements. We have areas on the BIG Sites where you can submit feedback. Any feedback you submit in these areas becomes our property, and we can use such feedback (such as success stories) for marketing purposes or to contact you for further information.
Choices Regarding the Disclosure of Personal Information to Others
We do not disclose your personal information to third parties, or your combined personal and demographic information or information about your use of BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking (such as the areas you visit or the services you access), except as set forth below. 1. We disclose information to third parties if you consent to such disclosure. For example, if you indicate that you would like to receive information about the opportunities, products or services of third parties at the time you register for a Barton Insurance Group, Inc. account, we supply your contact information to third parties such as insurance providers, fulfillment companies, data aggregators, marketers or others for the purpose of sending you e-mail or otherwise communicating with you. We use data we have about you (such as the interests and preferences you have expressed) to determine whether you might be interested in the opportunities, products or services of a particular third-party. 2. We disclose information to companies and individuals we employ 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. 3. We disclose information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public. 4. We disclose and transfer information to a third party who acquires all or a substantial portion of our business, whether such acquisition is by way of merger, consolidation or purchase of all or a substantial portion of our assets. In addition, in the event we become the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, we or our trustee in bankruptcy may sell, license or otherwise dispose of such information in a transaction approved by the bankruptcy court. You will be notified of sale of all or a substantial portion of our business to a third party via email or through a prominent notice posted on the Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Sites. If you have a Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking profile, other users or members of Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking may access your profile, however, they will not have access to your contact information and your contact information is not displayed in any Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking profile.
Other Uses of Information
We also share aggregated anonymous information about visitors to BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking with its clients, partners and other third parties so that they can understand the kinds of visitors to the Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Sites and how those visitors use the Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Sites.
Posting to Public Areas of BIG
Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking, such as in online forums or chat rooms, or in the BIG searchable database, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of BIG or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking.
Use of Web Beacons
BIG and Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access your personally identifiable information; they are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about our Web site usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides. You may not decline web beacons, however, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. Third parties are not permitted to use Web beacons on the BIG Sites.
Security of the Personal Information
We have implemented commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.
The Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Sites are not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.
Changes to Privacy Statement
If we decide to materially change our Privacy Statement for BIG and Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking, we will post those changes through a prominent notice on the web site so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and to whom we will disclose it.
Thank you for using BIG and/or Barton Insurance Group, Inc. Networking.