Property Explorer Privacy Policy

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Last modified: January 1, 2020

1. The Scope of this Policy

HouseCanary, Inc. (“HouseCanary,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is committed to respecting the privacy rights and concerns of all users of the pexp.housecanary.com website where this Privacy Policy is posted (the “Site”), and the services made available by us (with the Site, the “Service”). As such, we have established and implemented this Privacy Policy to inform visitors to the Site and users of the Service how we use and protect the information we collect through the Service. By accessing the Site or using the Service, you consent to our collection, use, storage, deletion and disclosure of information relating to you as set forth in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective as of the date set forth above and is only applicable to the Service and not to any other website that you may be able to access from the Service which may have its own data collection and use practices and policies.

 

2. The Information We Collect

Types of Information We Collect

Personal information means information that can be used to identify and contact you. You do not need to submit personal information to access the Service generally. However, you may be required to submit personal information to access certain aspects of the Service. We may also collect non-personal information such as your browser type, domain names, mobile device operating system, when you accessed the Service and from what location you access the Service. This information may be aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent, page views, and other statistics about users of the Service. We also may use this data to monitor the Service’s performance and to make the Service easier and more convenient to use.

We collect personal information when you create an account through the Service; receive customer or technical support; or participate in components of the Service through which you may post content. Specifically, we collect information that you submit with respect to any property or real estate listing. This Section explains how we collect and use information based on your level of engagement with the Service.

To create an account for the Service, we require you to provide certain information, including your email address and a password. You may also provide information beyond what is required to create an account, including your full name and address, at your option.

By submitting personal information through the Service, you authorize us to share this personal information for the purposes identified herein, such as responding to user inquiries, processing transactions, distributing materials, and requesting feedback. Any content you provide on the public sections of the Service will be considered “public” and will not be subject to the privacy protections referenced herein.

Registered Users of the Site

We are required to collect certain information, including your name and email address, as a condition of our licenses with the multiple real estate listing services (the “MLSs“) in order to allow you to access the full MLS listings. You give us this information when you create your account. When you give us this information you agree that this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use apply. Your account password is encrypted on our server. It is your responsibility not to disclose your password to other people, and to ensure you maintain its security.

3. How We Use Your Personal Information

The personal information you provide to us will allow us to communicate with you and provide the Service to you, depending on the aspects of the Service for which you register. This includes, but not limited to, handling your customer service questions or issues; alerting you of new products, services, features, or enhancements to the Service; verifying your identity; requesting feedback and upon your consent, connecting you to certain realtor referral networks, insurance referral networks or affiliates thereof. We may also use your email address as part of the Service in sending you messages about the Service and other general announcements. We keep track of your interactions with us, including but not limited to your activity within the Service. Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, or unless we have your consent, we will not share your personal information with any person or entity other than those affiliated with us, entities acting on our behalf, and relevant third parties such as those needed to collect and maintain our servers and perform technology and related services.

We may use your personal information with non-personal information that we have collected in a manner such that the end-product does not personally identify you or any other user of the Service. We may make your personal information non-personally identifiable by either combining it with information about other users (aggregating your personal information with information about other users), or by removing characteristics (such as your name or email address) that make the information personally identifiable. This process is known as de-personalizing your information. You grant us a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and fully transferable right and license to use your personal information in connection with the creation and development of analytical and statistical analysis tools relating to the use of the customer data we collect in providing the Service (the “Analytical Data”). We are expressly authorized to make any commercial use of the Analytical Data, including without limitation, supplementing our valuation products, sharing the Analytical Data with third parties, and otherwise exploiting the Analytical Data, provided that we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer from us any part of the Analytical Data that personally identifies any Service users.

Do Not Track

In compliance with California legislation, AB370, effective January 1, 2014, our practices in responding to “do not track” signals and collecting user information over time and across a network of websites when you visit the Site are as follows: We do not currently respond to “do not track” signals sent by your browser when you visit the Site. Additionally, we may collect user information about your online activities over time and across different websites, or authorize third parties to do so.

Google Analytics

We use third-party service providers such as Google Analytics to help us learn about who visits the Site and what pages are being viewed. For more information about Google Analytics, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. You can opt out of Google Analytics’ collection and use of data generated by your use of the Services by going to http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Cookies

“Cookies” are small bits of electronic information that a website sends to a visitor’s browser and are stored on the visitor’s hard drive. Like many websites, we employ cookies in certain areas of the Site to allow us to provide information to make your online experience more convenient. For example, when you return to the Site after logging in, cookies provide information to the Site so that the Site will remember who you are on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing your experience of the Service by, for instance, tailoring content to you or keeping track of your login name and password. While we may use cookies to track your visit to the Site, this information does not identify you personally and you remain anonymous, even if you have previously submitted personal information to us through the Site or otherwise.

Third parties whose websites are accessible through links on the Site may also use their own cookies when you link to their site or service. We do not control these third parties’ use of cookies and cannot guarantee that they will uphold the same privacy standards as us. We expressly disclaim any and all liability related to the collection, use or disclosure of information by third parties. You should review the privacy policies of any third-party sites that you visit through a link from the Site to understand how these third parties use cookies and the information they collect through cookies. Most cookies are “session cookies” which means that they are automatically deleted at the end of each session. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you a chance to decide whether or not to accept it.

Log Information

Our servers automatically record information that your browser or mobile device sends whenever you visit the Site or use the Service. This information includes, among other things, your Internet Protocol address, mobile device operating system, your browser type and version, which aspects of the Service you use and from where, and when and how long you use them. We use this information to monitor and analyze how users use the Service, to provide customer service and to maintain and improve the Service. We may also collect similar information from emails we may send to you which then help us track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Service.

Children’s Privacy

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13, or allow them to create an account for the Service. We take children’s privacy seriously, and encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s online experience at all times.

4. How We Share Your Information

Sharing Your Information

We use your personal information to provide the Service to you, deliver products and services you request, complete transactions, handle your customer service questions or issues, request feedback, and send communications to you about promotions, updates, or special offers from us that may be of interest to you. The personal information uploaded by you through the Service will be shared only with authorized persons to whom you specifically grant access or direct us to share with. We may also use your depersonalized personal information to provide analyses of our users in the aggregate (including Analytical Data subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy) to prospective partners and other third parties. We will also share the personal information we collect from you under the following circumstances, and you expressly authorize us to share your information as follows:

Sharing with Friends or Colleagues

The Service may allow you to forward or share certain content with a friend or colleague, such as an email inviting your friend to view a specific property or otherwise use the Service. Email addresses that you may provide for a friend or colleague will be used to send your friend or colleague the content or link you request.

Additional Information You Should Know About Third Parties

The Service may contain direct links to websites operated by our partners and other entities. These third-party websites may collect information about you when you visit them or otherwise communicate with them. This Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of third-party websites linked to the Site or accessible through the Service. Although we encourage such third parties to adopt and follow their own privacy policies, we are not responsible for their collection and use of your personal information. You should refer to the privacy policies and statements of other websites or contact the respective webmasters of those websites to obtain information regarding their information collection, use and disclosure policies.

5. Your Rights and Choices Regarding Your Information

Control of Your Information

You may update or delete your personal information or modify your account preferences for the Service by accessing the account interface provided through the Service. Please note that if you disable your account, we will keep the information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected, resolve disputes, establish legal defenses, conduct audits, pursue legitimate business purposes, enforce our agreements, and comply with applicable laws.

Your Choice to Opt Out

If you no longer want to receive our emails or other announcements, you may unsubscribe by writing to us at [email protected] or following the instructions provided through the Service or the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of our emails. Please note that you cannot unsubscribe from certain correspondence from us, including messages relating directly to your account.

6. How We Store and Safeguard Your Information

The personal information that you provide to us is stored on servers which, to our knowledge, are located in secured facilities with restricted access and are protected by protocols and procedures designed to ensure the security of such information. We restrict access to personal information to our employees, independent contractors and agents who need to know this information in order to develop, operate and maintain the Service. All of our personnel who have access to this information are trained in the maintenance and security of such information. Access to such personal information is minimized whenever possible. Logs are kept of access to application data, which can be monitored for unauthorized activities. However, no server, computer or communications network or system, or data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect user information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or through the use of the Service and you acknowledge and agree that you provide such information and engage in such transmissions at your own risk. Once we receive a transmission from you, we will endeavor to maintain its security on our systems.

In the event that personal information you provide to us is compromised as a result of a breach of security, when appropriate we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation, notify you and take the necessary steps to comply with any applicable laws and regulations.

7. California Residents Privacy Rights

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) is a California law that gives California residents (“consumers”), the right to learn about and control certain aspects of how a business handles the personal information that a business collects about them. Pursuant to the CCPA, effective January 1, 2020, consumers whose personal information have been collected by us, have certain rights, including:

To learn more about these rights, your personal information under the CCPA, or to exercise your rights, please visit our ComeHome California Privacy Policy homepage. You can also email us at [email protected].

8. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Laws, regulations, and industry standards evolve, which may make those changes necessary, or we may make changes to our services or business. We will post the changes to this page and encourage you to review our Privacy Policy to stay informed. If we make changes that materially alter your privacy rights, We will provide additional notice, such as via email or through the Services. If you disagree with the changes to this Privacy Policy, you should deactivate your account and cease use of our Services. .

9. Contact Us

If you have any questions about our privacy practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at [email protected].

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