Last Updated: September 10, 2015
Similar to other websites on the Internet, the GRIDICS gathers information about Website visitors and their activity to improve the quality of online information and services offered. As you visit and use the Website, GRIDICS automatically tracks certain information about you to help us better understand how the Website is used and how we can enhance your overall experience on the Website. This information may include the domain name of the website from which you are connecting, the URLs and Website pages you visit, the number of times you visit each Website page, what downloads and/or search queries you have made, how long you spent on particular sections of the Website, and your browser or computer operating system type. We do not collect any information about your email address or other personally identifiable information merely by reason of your having visited this Website. The information is generally gathered through the use of “cookies” and “clear GIFs”.
We and our service providers sometimes use “clear GIFs” in connection with cookies and other Website functions. Clear GIFs perform administrative functions without detracting from your online experience. They may be used to perform statistical and administrative tasks including measuring site and page traffic, verifying advertising avenues and positioning images on the web. Clear GIFs do not collect personal information.
Optional Voluntary Information
There are occasions where we ask you to voluntarily submit information about yourself, (known as “Personally Identifiable Information” or “PII”) such as your name, address, e-mail address and property search criteria. We use your PII to enable us to better understand your needs, adjust to your personal preferences, enhance your ability to use the Website functionality, contact you regarding properties you may be interested in and for other similar business purposes.
Reasons for Gathering of Information
Information is collected and website traffic patterns are monitored by us on this Website for a variety of purposes, including:
- Editorial and feedback purposes
- Marketing and promotional purposes
- Statistical analysis of users’ behavior to measure the effectiveness of this Website
- Product development
- Content improvement
- To inform advertisers how many visitors have seen or clicked on their advertisements
- Customization and improvement of the content and layout of our Website
Modifying Your Information
If you want us to delete your PII, please contact us via email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. We will take steps to delete your PII as soon as is practicable, but some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.
Use of Information and Protection of Your Privacy
As mentioned above, we track your usage of this Website to better understand your needs, and enable you to search for properties. We may provide aggregate statistical information to reputable parties about the visitors to this Website, but such statistical information does not contain any personal or private information about you. We will not share your PII with any outside parties without your permission, unless such disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users, employees, independent contractors or the public. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of fulfilling your requests for additional information or services concerning a property for sale or lease, we will forward to an appropriate third party the personal contact information that you voluntarily provide to permit that party to contact you to provide you with the information or services you request. Once we have forwarded your contact information to the third party in response to your specific request, that party will be solely responsible for the further use of such information, and the GRIDICS disclaims any responsibility for acts or omissions of such parties. We may use third party contractors who can access our databases for the purpose of conducting repairs or upgrades to our computer system.
We may also use third party service providers and give access to your personal information as part of the services they provide to us. We hold all such third parties to the same privacy standards to which we hold ourselves. We require these third parties to use and disclose your PII only as necessary to perform their services for us.
We may also disclose the information we collect, including PII, to third parties as is required, usual, appropriate or acceptable to help us manage or administer our business, or to courts, litigants, or government agencies as required or permitted by law, or to protect the personal safety or property of the GRIDICS and its staff, subscribers or the general public.
We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard security protocols, such as (if and where appropriate) firewalls, encryption, and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary, and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our users.
Policy Toward Children
Our Website is not directed to children under 13. Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we do not knowingly collect PII from children under 13. If we discover that we have collected PII of a child under 13, we will delete such information from our system as soon as possible.
It is important to us at GRIDICS to hear what visitors have to say about our Website, our services, or any other issues. If you have any questions and/or concerns, or want to let us know what you think, please contact us via email at email@example.com.