HomeSphere, Inc. Privacy Policy
 
 
 

HomeSphere, Inc.'s Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. This HomeSphere, Inc. Privacy Policy Statement applies to data collection and usage of such data on HomeSphere, Inc. Web sites. It does not apply to other products and services provided by HomeSphere, Inc. which are covered under separate terms and conditions as specified for those products and services. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used at this web site. If you feel that this company is not abiding by its posted privacy policy, please click here to contact us.

HomeSphere, Inc.'s Web site consists of both a general audience Web site section and also a Web site section tailored to certain clients and customers of HomeSphere, Inc. that have contracted with HomeSphere, Inc. to provide specific products and services that require use of some or all of HomeSphere, Inc.'s Web site tools.

Collection and Use of Your Personal Information

HomeSphere, Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. HomeSphere, Inc. collects Personal Information from our users at several different points on our Web site. Generally, we collect the domain name, e-mail address, Uniform Resource Locator (URL), and Internet Protocol (IP) address of visitors to our Web site, those who post messages to our bulletin board, those who communicate with us via e-mail, and those who make postings to our chat areas. We collect aggregate information on the Web pages customers access or visit, as well as information volunteered through surveys or site registrations.

Certain HomeSphere, Inc. services may be co-branded and offered in conjunction with another company or business partner of HomeSphere, Inc. If you register for or use such products or services, both HomeSphere, Inc. and the other company may receive information collected in conjunction with the co-branded services.

Registration

To use certain parts of the HomeSphere, Inc. Web site, a user may be required to complete a registration form. During registration a user is required to give their contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact the user about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest. Certain other information such as job title, company name, and certain limited demographic data are also requested so we can provide a more personalized experience on our site.

On-Line Product or Service Order

From time-to-time HomeSphere, Inc. may offer products or services for sale from our Web site. We request information from the user on our order form requiring contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill customer orders. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the customer.

Use of Cookies

A "cookie" is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. We may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience with HomeSphere, Inc. We use them to store visitor preferences, record session information, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, alert visitors to new areas that we think might be of value to them when they return to our site. Some of our business partners may from time-to-time use cookies on our site. However, we have no access to or control over these cookies. 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 interactive features of the HomeSphere, Inc. Web site.

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing

We will share aggregated demographic information with our business partners and potentially, advertisers. This information is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We may use an outside shipping company to ship orders and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. We may partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Links

HomeSphere, Inc.'s Web site may on occasion contain links to other sites. Please be aware that HomeSphere, Inc. or its affiliates or subsidiaries are not responsible for the 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 each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This HomeSphere, Inc. Privacy Statement applies solely to information collected by HomeSphere, Inc.'s Web site.

Newsletter

If a user wishes to subscribe to a newsletter or other HomeSphere, Inc. publication, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. Users are not required to subscribe to our publications as a condition for using our Web site.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Security

This Web site takes precautions to protect our users' information. When users choose to submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and off-line. We do everything in our power to protect user information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees and certain consultants operating under confidentially agreements working specifically for HomeSphere, Inc. who need the information to perform a specific job for HomeSphere, Inc. (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice. If you have any questions about the security at our Web site, you can send an email to info@homesphere.com.

HomeSphere, Inc. reserves the right to disclose personal information about any user that HomeSphere, Inc. deems, in good faith, to be necessary to: comply with applicable state and federal law or legal process; or protect HomeSphere, Inc.'s rights or assets, including, but not limited to HomeSphere, Inc.'s property rights under Copyright, Trademark, and other intellectual property law. HomeSphere, Inc. may disclose user data if it feels that user has provided fraudulent or illegal information, has attempted to pose as someone else, or has attempted an unauthorized access of HomeSphere, Inc.'s computer systems. Persons responsible for attempting unauthorized access of HomeSphere, Inc.'s computer systems will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Supplementation of Information

In order for this Web site to properly fulfill its obligation to our customers, it is necessary for us to supplement the information we receive with information from 3rd party sources. In order for this Web site to enhance its ability to tailor the site to an individual's preference, we may combine information about the purchasing habits of users with similar information from our partners to create a personalized user profile.

Site and Service Updates

We may send the user certain site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to unsubscribe from such service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate with the user to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account via email or phone.

Correction/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user's personal data provided to us. This can usually be done by clicking here to contact us.

Opting Out of Use of Personal Information

Our users are given the opportunity to 'opt-out' of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information. Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials from our partners may opt-out of receiving these communications by following the instructions listed at the bottom of the newsletter. HomeSphere, Inc. will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under which circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. Users are responsible for reviewing any changes to our policy and determining any changes they wish to make to their Personal Information and to their permission granting HomeSphere, Inc. rights to use such Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy Statement.

Disclaimer of Warranties

HomeSphere, Inc. disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, reliability, or operability or availability of information or material displayed. HomeSphere, Inc. disclaims any responsibility for the deletion, failure to store, mis-delivery, or untimely delivery of any information or material. HomeSphere, Inc. disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from downloading or accessing any information or material on this site.