CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC. PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: March 16, 2011

Welcome to the CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC. Web site and its network of various local Construction Guilds and websites around the United States which are organized as a privately held company based in Santa Cruz, California. Thank you for thinking and shopping local! Your privacy is very important to us. We request that you read this Privacy Policy carefully. This privacy policy describes our collection, use and disclosure of personal information from all end users and visitors to our Web site at CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC. and also its various local Construction Guilds around the country (collectively referred to herein as the “Site”), as well as our collection and use and disclosure of any information that we collect from our Construction Guild members who pay a monthly fee to a part of a local Construction Guild. By visiting or using our Site, or by becoming a paying member of our Guild, you consent to our collection and use of information in accordance with this policy and your use of our websites amounts to a consent and your agreement to the policies stated herein as if you had signed an agreement with us. Please consult this privacy statement prior to every use for any changes.  If you do not agree with our Privacy Policy, kindly choose not to use our websites. Please feel free to contact us using the contact form to the right if you have any questions about our privacy policy.

Our Passive Information Collection

When you log into a ConstructionGuild site, some information may be automatically collected (“passive collection”), such as your computer’s IP address, browser type, and system type, the content, generic pages that you access on the Site, the URL, the member pages you navigate on the Site, pages you visit, and your time on the Site. We may use third parties to assist us in collecting this information so that we can better track the use of this site and improve our performance and ability to meet our customer’s needs. We use the information above non-personally identifiable form only. Third parties may set cookies on your hard drive or use other means of passively collecting information about your use in this process of collection of passive information.

A “cookie” is a small data file that can be placed on your hard drive when you visit certain Web sites. Our company may use cookies to collect, store, and sometimes track information for data collection purposes to improve the services we provide and to track the use of our websites.

If you are a Visitor or Member we may use a cookie to save your settings and to provide customizable and personalized services. Advertisers may also use their own cookies. We do not control use of these cookies and expressly disclaim responsibility for information collected through them.

Your Personal Information

“Personal information,” as used herein, is information that specifically identifies someone, such as an individual’s name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Personal information also may include such information someone’s activities, i.e. information about your activity on the Site, and demographic information, such as your date of birth, gender, are you live in or conduct business in, etc…

Your personal information does not include “aggregate” or other non-personally identifiable information. Aggregate information is information that CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC. may collect about a group or category of products, services, or users that is not personally identifiable or from which individual identities are removed. We may use and disclose this “aggregate information”, and other non-personally identifiable information, for various purposes.

Our Collection of Voluntarily Provided Information

We do collect personal information that you may voluntarily choose to provide to us in a on the Site, such as when you request information about the ConstructionGuild, sign up on our site as a Construction Guild Member, subscribe to an email list, request support, or generally communicate with us expecting a response. We may collect personal information such as name, e-mail address, telephone number, type of computer used, credit card information, your interests and preferences, other business and personal information that you provide for your personal website page if you are a Guild member, etc…

Information from Other Sources

We may receive information about you, including personal information, from third parties, and may combine this information with other personal information we maintain about you. If we do so, this policy governs any combined information that we maintain in personally identifiable format.

This information is not shared with third parties, unless specifically stated otherwise or in special circumstances.  In certain instances where our company and another company jointly promote our Services, we may provide the other company we are working with certain personal information, such as the name, address, and username of persons who subscribed to the Services as a result of the joint promotion for the sole purpose of allowing us and the partner to assess the results of the promotion.

Some products and services may be offered to Visitors and Construction Guild members in conjunction with an affiliate, independent contractor seller or non-affiliated company. To provide Visitors and Guild Members some of these products and services, the company may need to collect and maintain personal information. Additionally, our partners may have advertisements or co-branded Web Pages that are cosponsored by an affiliate, independent contractor seller, or non-affiliated company. Our company may share non-identifying and aggregate information, but not personal information, with such partners in order to administer the co-branded products or services offered.

Additionally, in some instances, we use this aggregated and non-identifying information to deliver tailored online advertisements or joint ventures. For instance, an advertiser or joint venture company tells us the audience they want to reach and provides us an advertisement tailored to the audience. Based upon the aggregated and non-identifying information we have collected, we may then display or send the advertisement to the intended audience. Our company does not share personal information about its Visitors or Members with these advertisers or joint venture companies.

We may periodically conduct both business and individual customer surveys. Your personal information and will remain strictly confidential, even if the survey is conducted by a third party. Participation in our customer surveys is always voluntary and appreciated. We may aggregate the responses to our surveys in a generic form. This aggregated, non-personally identifying information may be shared with third parties.

Finally, we may disclose personal information about Visitors or Members, or information regarding your use of the Services or Web sites, for any reason if, in our sole discretion, we believe that it is reasonable to do so.

Disclosure of Personal Information

We are not in the business of selling personal information about our users to third parties. We may disclose personal information to third-party service providers that assist us in our work (e.g., those who provide data storage, maintenance services, database management, web analytics, payment processing, and otherwise help us to manage and improve the Site). We limit the personal information provided to these service providers to that which is reasonably necessary for them to perform their functions.

We will cooperate upon demand with government and law enforcement officials. Accordingly, we may also disclose personal information as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including, without limitation, subpoenas); to protect our rights and property (including, without limitation, to enforce our agreements), or a third party’s rights or property; to protect the safety of the public or any person; or to prevent, limit or stop any activity that we may consider to be, or think may pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical, inappropriate or legally actionable – should that come to our attention.

In addition, information about our users, including personal information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets, or similar transaction, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership in which personal information could be transferred to third parties as one of our business assets.

Personal Information Available to Third Parties

Some features on the Site may allow you to post or submit to us personal information that is made available to other users of the Site. For example, we display some categories of personal information that you provide in a Guild Member listing.  If you post a Guild Member listing on the Site, any personal, business or testimonial information that you provide to us will be made available to other Site users who view it. You include the information referred to above and in other publicly visible portions of the Site at your sole risk and are solely responsible for verifying the truth and accuracy of all such information. No security measures are impenetrable or perfect. Additionally, even after information posted on the Site is removed, certain computer functions may have saved that information, and third parties may have copied or stored the information available on the Site. We cannot warrant or guarantee that any personal information that you provide on and in connection with the Site will not be accessed, viewed, copied or otherwise used by unauthorized persons.

Choice

If you receive commercial email from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions contained within the email. You may also opt-out from receiving commercial communications from us by making the appropriate changes to your “account settings” while logged in to your ConstructionGuild account.

Guild Member Access

As a Guild Member, you may review, update, correct or delete the personal information provided to us, or subsequently may have provided to your Guild Member profile by contacting us using the contact form to the right.

Links to Other Sites

For your convenience, the Site may contain links to other Web sites, products, or services that we are not owned or operated by CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC.. As you would expect, our policies as described herein will not apply to your activities or any information you disclose while using third-party products, websites, services or otherwise interacting with third parties though our site.

Visitors from outside the United States

Our Sites are hosted in the United States and is generally intended for United States visitors. If you visit from other countries with laws governing data collection and use that differ from U.S. law, you are transferring personal information to the United States. By providing personal information to us, you agree to the transfer of this information and data to the United States and the use of it in accordance with the policies herein.

Minors

The safety of minors is important to us, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active interest in the online activities of their children. Our Site is not directed to children, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, and you become aware that the child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us using the contact form to the right. It is our policy to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and all other applicable laws.

YOU MUST BE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR OLDER TO ACCESS THIS WEB SITE. IF YOU ARE UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY REASON. DUE TO THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR USE OF THIS WEB SITE, NO INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THIS WEB SITE, FALLS WITHIN THE CHILD ONLINE PRIVACY ACT (COPA) AND IS NOT MONITORED AS DOING SO. 

Security

The security of personal information is important to us. We use reasonable security measures that are designed to protect personal information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.  However, no data security measures can be guaranteed to be completely effective. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any personal information or other information. You transmit personal information to us at your own risk.

Contact Us & Revisions to our Policies

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this privacy policy, you agree to contact us using the contact form to the right BEFORE using our site or becoming a Guild member.

CONSTRUCTION GUILD US INC. reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this privacy policy, our Terms Of Use agreement, and our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner, by updating these documents on our websites. Your use of these sites after such changes are implemented subjects you to and constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of these amendments and revisions as may occur from time to time.

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