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Tier4 reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to portions of the site or the site as a whole. When Tier4 requires a fee for portions of the site or the site as a whole, Tier4 will require you to register and create an account. The decision to provide the information required to create an account is purely voluntary and optional; however, if you elect not to provide such information, you will not be able to access certain content or participate in certain parts or features of this site. You shall pay all fees and charges incurred through your account at the rates in effect for the billing period in which such fees and charges are incurred. All fees and charges shall be billed to you, and you shall be solely responsible for their payment.
As part of the registration and account creation process necessary to obtain access to certain portions of the Service, including those portions that require a fee or payment for access, you will select a username and a password. You will provide Tier4 with certain registration information, all of which must be accurate, truthful, and updated. You shall not: (i) select a username already used by another person; (ii) create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission; (iii) use a username in which another person has rights without such person’s authorization; or (iv) use a username or password that Tier4, in its sole discretion, deems offensive or inappropriate. Tier4 reserves the right to deny creation of your account based on Tier4’s inability to verify the authenticity of your registration information. You shall be solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You shall immediately notify Tier4 of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or credit card information. You are fully responsible for all usage and activity on your account, including, but not limited to, use of the account by any third party authorized by you to use your username and password. You agree you will not sell, transfer or assign your login or any login rights. If the computer system on which you accessed the site is sold or transferred to another party, you warrant and represent that you will delete all cookies and software files obtained by or through use of the Service.
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We collect information about users of the services provided via the Site (our “Clients” and “Service(s), respectively), (“you”, “your”, or “yourself”). Some of the information collected may be Personal Data (as defined below). Your rights regarding Personal Data are described in this Policy.
By using the Site, you agree that your information will be handled as described by this Policy, and that your usage and any disputes over privacy are subject to this Policy and our Terms of Service (“Terms”) which are incorporated by reference into this Policy.
We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. We collect information about you through your use of our Site or when you register for an account on our Site. We will also use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to Services and/or products you have requested from us. We may also gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.
When you create an account, you provide us with a username, password, real name, phone number, company name and email address. If you create an account using a social network, we also store the IDs required to identify you. This information is used for the purposes of maintaining your account. Your email is only used for important account notifications.
Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by the Site. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring websites. This information is used for the operation of the Site, to maintain quality of the Site and the Services, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Site.
IP address (“IP”): IPs are anonymized before processing.
Assembling statistics regarding the use of a web site. (Accurately counting unique visitors is a vital statistic for any web site).
Preventing fraud and abuse, and maintaining information security. (Full IP addresses are necessary for this type of usage). Recital 47 of the GDPR states: “The processing of Personal Data strictly necessary for the purposes of preventing fraud also constitutes a legitimate interest”.
Your “Personal Data” that we log is as follows:
Your UID and IP address, per the legitimate interests above.
Your account username, per the legitimate interests above, as well as to help with customer service needs.
We may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within the Site, in order to determine what pages and Services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within the Site to users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
Your Personal Data shall only be retained for as long as it is required to fulfill our contractual requirements.
We use and process your information for the following purposes and legitimate interests:
To provide and maintain our Service to you.
To help understand how Clients use our Site on an individual and aggregate basis in order to improve it.
To help with Client service needs, such as troubleshooting issues that you report to us.
To contact you with important account notifications.
Other research and analytical purposes such as Site performance, client behavior and retention, and common navigations through the Site.
To respond to inquiries from Clients and prospective clients.
We may share your information with service providers or contractors who perform actions or functions on our behalf, but only as necessary to provide and maintain the Site and provide the Services to you. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to us, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information. We do not sell, rent or lease our client lists to third parties.
We may also share your information without notice to you for legal reasons, such as:
Meeting applicable laws, regulations, legal processes, or enforceable governmental requests.
In response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Detecting, preventing, or otherwise addressing fraud, security, or technical issues.
Protecting against harm to the rights, property or safety of Tier4 Research, our Clients, or the public as required or permitted by law.
Enforcing our Terms.
If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, of if Tier4 is subject to a merger, consolidation or other reorganization, or if Tier4, declares bankruptcy or is subject to another insolvency event, we may transfer your information to the new owner. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Policy.
Cookies are used with the Service. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. All cookies are first party unless otherwise noted. Temporary session cookies (that expire when you leave a web site) are not listed. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Site or the Services or websites you visit.
In addition, the Site uses:
This Site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
To the best of our ability, we protect all of our data from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access and destruction.
Secure (HTTPS) access and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol are used by our Site to help keep your information, including login credentials, secure in transit. You are responsible for using a strong and unique password for the Site to help keep your account secure and for the security of your password. We are not responsible for any unauthorized activity on your account because of lost, weak, or compromised passwords.
We retain Personal Data on behalf of our Clients for as long as needed to provide our Service to them, or as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
If you have any questions about this Policy or would like to make a complaint, please contact us by email: email@example.com
Tier4 does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use the Site.
You have the following rights with respect to your Personal Data:
The right to be informed; This means anyone processing your Personal Data must make clear what they are processing, why, and who else the data may be passed to.
The right of access; this is your right to see what data is held about us.
The right to rectification; the right to have your data corrected or amended if what is held is incorrect in some way.
The right to erasure; under certain circumstances you can ask for your Personal Data to be deleted. This is also called ‘the Right to be Forgotten’. This would apply if the Personal Data is no longer required for the purposes it was collected for, or your consent for the processing of that data has been withdrawn, or the Personal Data has been unlawfully processed.
The right to restrict processing; this gives you the right to ask for a temporary halt to processing of Personal Data, such as in the case where a dispute or legal case has to be concluded, or the data is being corrected.
The right to data portability; you have the right to ask for any data supplied directly to us to be provided in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format.
The right to object; you have the right to object to further processing of your data which is inconsistent with the primary purpose for which it was collected, including profiling, automation, and direct marketing.
You can withdraw your consent for us to use your personal information at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be able to connect your Tier4 Research account to third-party accounts. BY CONNECTING YOUR TIER4 RESEARCH ACCOUNT TO YOUR THIRD-PARTY ACCOUNT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE CONTINUOUS RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOU TO OTHERS (IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON THOSE THIRD-PARTY SITES). IF YOU DO NOT WANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, INCLUDING PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, TO BE SHARED IN THIS MANNER, DO NOT USE THIS FEATURE. You may disconnect your account from a third party account at any time.
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
This Policy is active as of 7/30/2020 and is updated from time to time. We will notify you via your registered email address or a notice on this Site prior to any significant changes becoming effective regarding Personal Data. You should periodically review this page for the latest information. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such changes will constitute: (i) acknowledgment of the modified Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.
If you have any complaints about the way we use your personal data, please contact email@example.com who will try to resolve the issue.
You also have the right to complain to the data protection supervisory authority in your country. If you need more information about how to contact your local data protection authority, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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