Premier Title (“PT") respects and is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Notice lets you know how and for what purposes your Personal Information (as defined herein) is being collected, processed and used by PT. It pledges that it will take reasonable steps to ensure that your Personal Information will only be used in ways that are in compliance with this Privacy Notice. The provision of this Privacy notice to you does not create any express or implied relationship, or create any express or implied duty or other obligation, between PT and you. See also No Representations or Warranties below.
This Privacy Notice is only in effect for any generic information and Personal Information collected and/or owned by PT, including collection through any PT website and any online features, services and/or programs offered by PT (collectively, the "Website"). This Privacy Notice is not applicable to any other web pages, mobile applications, social media sites, email lists, generic information or Personal Information collected and/or owned by any entity other than PT.
How Information is Collected
The types of personal information PT collects may include, among other things (collectively, "Personal Information"): (1) contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address); (2) demographic information (e.g., date of birth, gender, marital status); (3) Internet protocol (or IP) address or device ID/UDID; (4) social security number (SSN), student ID (SIN), driver's license, passport, and other government ID numbers; (5) financial account information; and (6) information related to offenses or criminal convictions.
In the course of its business, it may collect Personal Information about you from the following sources
o Applications or other forms it receives from you or your authorized representative;
o Information it receives from you through the Website;
o Information about your transactions with or services performed by us, its affiliates, or others; and
o From consumer or other reporting agencies and public records maintained by governmental entities that it either obtains directly from those entities, or from its affiliates or others.
Additional Ways Information is Collected Through the Website
Browser Log Files. PT’s servers automatically log each visitor to the website and collect and record certain information about each visitor. This information may include IP address, browser language, browser type, operating system, domain names, browsing history (including time spent at a domain, time and date of your visit), referring/exit its pages and URLs, and number of clicks. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about the user other than the IP address from which the user has accessed the Website.
Web Beacons. Some of PT’s web pages and electronic communications may contain images, which may or may not be visible to you, known as Web Beacons (sometimes referred to as "clear gifs''). Web Beacons collect only limited information that includes a cookie number; time and date of a page view; and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides. PT may also carry Web Beacons placed by third party advertisers. These Web Beacons do not carry any Personal Information and are only used to track usage of the Website and activities associated with the Website. See the Third Party Opt Out section below.
Unique Identifier. PT may assign you a unique internal identifier to help keep track of its future visits. It may use this information to gather aggregate demographic information about its visitors, and it may use it to personalize the information you see on the Website and some of the electronic communications you receive from it. PT keeps this information for its internal use, and this information is not shared with others.
Third Party Opt Out. Although PT does not presently, in the future it may allow third-party companies to serve advertisements and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit the Website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to the Website in order to provide advertisements about products and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party Web Beacon to collect this information, as further described above. Through these technologies, the third party may have access to and use non-personalized information about its online usage activity.
You can opt-out of online behavioral services through anyone of the ways described below. After you opt-out, you may continue to receive advertisements, but those advertisements will no longer be as relevant to you.
o You can opt-out via the Network Advertising Initiative industry opt-out at http://www.networkadvertising.org/.
o You can opt-out via the Consumer Choice Page at www.aboutads.info.
o For those in the U.K., you can opt-out via the IAB UK's industry opt-out at www.yitsonlinechoices.com.
More information can be found in the Help system of your browser. Note: If you opt-out as described above, you should not delete your cookies. If you delete your cookies, you will need to opt-out again.
Use of Personal Information
Information collected by PT is used for three main purposes:
o To provide products and services to you or one or more third party service providers (collectively, "Third Parties") who are obtaining services on your behalf or in connection with a transaction involving you.
o To improve its products and services that it performs for you or for Third Parties.
o To communicate with you and to inform you about PT's, PT's affiliates and third parties' products and services.
When Information is Disclosed by PT
PT may provide your Personal Information (excluding information it receives from consumer or other credit reporting agencies) to various individuals and companies, as permitted by law, without obtaining your prior authorization. Such laws do not allow consumers to restrict these disclosures. Disclosures may include, without limitation, the following:
o To agents, brokers, representatives, or others to provide you with services you have requested, and to enable PT to detect or prevent criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation, or nondisclosure in connection with an insurance transaction;
o To third-party contractors or service providers who provide services or perform marketing services or other functions on PT’s behalf;
o To law enforcement or other governmental authority in connection with an investigation, or civil or criminal subpoenas or court orders; and/or
o To lenders, lien holders, judgment creditors, or other parties claiming an encumbrance or an interest in title whose claim or interest must be determined, settled, paid or released prior to a title or escrow closing.
In addition to the other times when PT might disclose information about you, it might also disclose information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with a legal process or applicable laws; (2) enforce this Privacy Notice; (3) respond to claims that any materials, documents, images, graphics, logos, designs, audio, video and any other information provided by you violates the rights of third parties; or (4) protect the rights, property or personal safety of PT, its users or the public.
PT maintains reasonable safeguards to keep the Personal Information that is disclosed to it secure. It provides Personal Information and non-Personal Information to its affiliated companies, and other businesses or persons for the purposes of processing such information on its behalf and promoting the services of its trusted business partners, some or all of which may store your information on servers outside of the United States. It requires that these parties agree to process such information in compliance with PT’s Privacy Notice or in a similar, industry-standard manner, and it uses reasonable efforts to limit their use of such information and to use other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. The use of your information by one of its trusted business partners may be subject to that party's own Privacy Notice. PT does not, however, disclose information it collects from consumer or credit reporting agencies with its affiliates or others without your consent, in conformity with applicable law, unless such disclosure is otherwise permitted by law.
PT also reserves the right to disclose Personal Information and/or non-Personal Information to take precautions against liability, investigate and defend against any third-party claims or allegations, assist government enforcement agencies, protect the security or integrity of the Website, and protect the rights, property, or personal safety of PT, its users or others.
PT reserves the right to transfer your Personal Information, as well as any other information, in connection with the sale or other disposition of all or part of the PT business and/or assets. It also cannot make any representations regarding the use or transfer of your Personal Information or other information that it may have in the event of its bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, receivership or an assignment for the benefit of creditors, and you expressly agree and consent to the use and/or transfer of your Personal Information or other information in connection with a sale or transfer of some or all of its assets in any of the above described proceedings. Furthermore, it cannot and will not be responsible for any breach of security by any third parties or for any actions of any third parties that receive any of the Information that is disclosed to PT.
Information from Children
PT does not collect Personal Information from any person that it knows to be under the age of thirteen (13). Specifically, the Website is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of thirteen (13). You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in this Privacy Notice, and to abide by and comply with this Privacy Notice. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as THE WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13 THAT ARE UNACCOMPANIED BY HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.
Parents should be aware that PT's Privacy Notice will govern its use of Personal Information, but also that information that is voluntarily given by children - or others - in email exchanges, bulletin boards or the like may be used by other parties to generate unsolicited communications. PT encourages all parents to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of their Personal Information while using the Internet.
Privacy Outside the Website
The Website may contain various links to other websites, including links to various third party service providers. PT is not and cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any of those other websites. Other than under agreements with certain reputable organizations and companies, and except for third party service providers whose services either it uses or you voluntarily elect to utilize, it does not share any of the Personal Information that you provide to it with any of the websites to which the Website links, although it may share aggregate, non-Personal Information with those other third parties. Please check with those websites in order to determine their privacy policies and your rights under them.
European Union Users
If you are a citizen of the European Union, please note that PT may transfer your Personal Information outside the European Union for use for any of the purposes described in this Privacy Notice. By providing PT with your Personal Information, you consent to both its collection and such transfer of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
Choices with Your Personal Information
Whether you submit Personal Information to PT is entirely up to you. You may decide not to submit Personal Information, in which case PT may not be able to provide certain services or products to you.
You may choose to prevent PT from disclosing or using your Personal Information under certain circumstances ("opt out"). You may opt out of any disclosure or use of your Personal Information for purposes that are incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected or for which you subsequently gave authorization by notifying it by one of the methods at the end of this Privacy Notice. Furthermore, even where your Personal Information is to be disclosed and used in accordance with the stated purposes in this Privacy Notice, you may elect to opt out of such disclosure to and use by a third party that is not acting as an agent of PT. As described above, there are some uses from which you cannot opt-out.
Please note that opting out of the disclosure and use of your Personal Information as a prospective employee may prevent you from being hired as an employee by PT to the extent that provision of your Personal Information is required to apply for an open position.
If PT collects Personal Information from you, such information will not be disclosed or used by PT for purposes that are incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected or for which you subsequently gave authorization unless you affirmatively consent to such disclosure and use.
You may opt out of online behavioral advertising by following the instructions set forth above under the above section “Additional Ways Information is Collected Through the Website," subsection "Third Party Opt Out.”
Access and Correction
To access your Personal Information in the possession of PT and correct inaccuracies of that information in its records, please contact it in the manner specified at the end of this Privacy Notice. It asks individuals to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed and amended before processing such requests, and it may decline to process requests in limited circumstances as permitted by applicable privacy legislation.
No Representations or Warranties
By providing this Privacy Notice, PT does not make any representations or warranties whatsoever concerning any products of services provided to you by its affiliated companies. In addition, you also expressly agree that your use of the Website is at your own risk. Any services provided to you by PT and/or the Website are provided “as is” and “as available” for your use, without representations or warranties of any kind, either express or implied, unless such warranties are legally incapable of exclusion. PT makes no representations or warranties that any services provided to you by it or the Website, or any services offered in connection with the Website are or will remain uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the web pages on or accessed through the Website, or the servers used in connection with the Website, are or will remain free from any viruses, worms, time bombs, drop dead devises, Trojan horses or other harmful components. Any liability of PT and your exclusive remedy with respect to the use of any product or service provided by PT including on or accessed through the Website, will be the re-performance of such service found to be inadequate.
Your Consent to This Privacy Notice
By submitting Personal Information to PT, you consent to the collection and use of information by it as specified above or as it otherwise sees fit, in compliance with this Privacy Notice, unless you inform it otherwise by means of the procedure identified below. If it decides to change this Privacy Notice, it will make an effort to post those changes on the Website. Each time it collects information from you following any amendment of this Privacy Notice will signify your assent to and acceptance of its revised terms for all previously collected information and information collected from you in the future. It may use comments, information or feedback that you may submit in any manner that it may choose without notice or compensation to you.
If you have additional questions or comments, please let PT know by sending your comments or requests to:
Corporate Counsel/Chief Privacy Officer
1350 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Copyright 2015. Premier Title. All Rights Reserved.
Effective as of May 1, 2015