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Privacy Statement

Last Updated: March 15, 2016

PublicAssets' Privacy Statement

PublicAssets, Ltd. (“PublicAssets”, “we”, “us” or “our”) provide this Privacy Statement that covers the Web site http://www.publicassets.com. By accessing, using or registering with PublicAssets’ Web site, you accept and agree to PublicAssets’ Privacy Statement. PublicAssets provides a variety of online services. Any user information we collect is considered private and we do not use it or share it except as permitted herein, without the user's permission. We use this personal information at PublicAssets to provide the best quality service possible. The following privacy statement summarizes PublicAssets' protection and use of any personal information provided by visitors to the PublicAssets site.

This statement does not apply to any public area of PublicAssets’ Web site or services. In the event you submit personal information to contact a government official, such information becomes publicly available and PublicAssets is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit to these persons.

Information Collected by PublicAssets

PublicAssets collects user information from several areas of the PublicAssets site including the ‘Member Registration' area (where PublicAssets collects each user's name, telephone number, email address, and self-selected primary role in real estate); services; the adding and editing of Professional Profiles; email forms; and any surveys or contests that PublicAssets may sponsor. PublicAssets collects individual user search activity for statistical, archival, and business purposes. PublicAssets collects financial information (such as billing address, credit card number, expiration date) for billing payment and credit card authorization purposes. PublicAssets may track the IP address of a user's computer or place a ‘cookie’ in the browser files of a user's computer. This is required by PublicAssets services to provide automated features.

Use of Information Collected

Collected information helps PublicAssets better understand its users' needs in order to improve its product and service offerings. Email addresses are used to communicate with members, promotional emails, and for site administration purposes. Users may be deleted from promotional email at their request. Personal information may be used to contact users for the purpose of research, product development, marketing, or customer service, if the user has opted to receive such communication. User search activity is collected and analyzed and may be utilized by PublicAssets in the aggregate or in the abstract for a variety of business purposes. Financial information is used to bill users for products and services purchased. Within PublicAssets, only accounting managers have access to the credit card account information. This information is not shared with anyone outside of PublicAssets. IP address and cookie log data is analyzed to better understand traffic flows and user preferences. PublicAssets may retain the data it collects indefinitely. You may have your personal information deleted or deactivated by sending an email to privacy@publicassets.com. You may be asked to confirm your identity. You will receive a response within 10 business days.

Use of Email Tools

You may NOT use the contact form for contacting government officials to send spam (i.e. unsolicited commercial email) or otherwise send content that would violate PublicAssets’ Terms and Conditions. We may monitor, track or save the use of this feature, but will be under no obligation to monitor, track or save these email messages sent from these tools. If you send and email using the email to a colleague service to an email address that is not registered in our system, we do not use that email address for any purpose other than to send your email, and for us to automatically send your colleague a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. PublicAssets stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and for tracking the success of our referral program. We also do not rent or sell these email addresses of un-registered users.

Your friend may contact us at privacy@publicassets.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

Shared information

We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement. We do not sell your personal information to third parties.

These companies are authorized to use your personally identifiable information only as necessary to provide these services to us.

Though PublicAssets makes every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request served on our Web site and to any other third party with your prior consent to do so.

PublicAssets shares information with its partners for the purpose of providing related services in which we deem our users have interest. The use that PublicAssets’ partners make of customer information will not exceed PublicAssets’ use of the data. Key billing information (such as credit card number, expiration date and dollar amount) gathered from users making online purchases of products or services is shared with Stripe, our credit card processing partner, in order to authorize charges to the credit card. PublicAssets also uses third party providers to perform email and postal mailings on behalf of PublicAssets, but this information (such as name, address and email) is confidential and is not used by the provider for any other purpose.

PublicAssets does not rent or lease user information to any third party, except as disclosed here. From time to time, PublicAssets may obtain information (such as electronic mail addresses) from third party providers. It is our goal to only contact individuals who we believe may have a legitimate business interest in PublicAssets based on their membership or participation in other organizations or Web sites, and who have indicated a willingness to be contacted for this purpose. While PublicAssets endeavors to work with other sites and companies with a similar respect for user privacy, PublicAssets cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of other sites.

Security of personal information

PublicAssets’ clients and their personal information are considered to be PublicAssets’ greatest asset and thus their privacy is treated with the utmost regard and respect. PublicAssets takes every reasonable precaution to secure personal information within both its computers and its physical premises.

The security of your personal information is important to PublicAssets. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can email us at privacy@publicassets.com.

Cookies and Tracking Technologies

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by PublicAssets Ltd. and our ad retargeting partners, affiliates, analytics or service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

We use cookies to make it easier for you to use the site by storing your user preferences, such as the last location you searched, or for remembering your log in information so that you do not have to re-type it each time. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.

We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.

Local Storage

We use Local Storage (LS) such as HTML5 to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity use LS such as HTML 5 to collect and store information.

Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LS.

Behavioral Advertising

We partner with third parties to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partners may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.

Blog / Forum

Our Web site may offer publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at info@publicassets.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. Alternatively, if you used a third party application to post such information, you can remove it, by either logging into the said application and removing the information or by contacting the appropriate third party application.

Social Media Widgets

Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button [and Widgets, such as the Twitter button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site]. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy statement of the company providing it.

Collection and Use of Third Party Personal Information

You may also provide personal information about other people, such as their name, physical address, email address and etc. This information is only used for the sole purpose of completing your request or for whatever reason it may have been provided.

Links to 3rd Party Sites

Our Site includes links to other Web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of PublicAssets. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy statements. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy statement of any Web site you visit.

Opting-out, editing, updating or deleting personal information

PublicAssets utilizes email as a vital and primary communication channel with registered users and customers. As a registered user/customer, you hereby acknowledge and grant PublicAssets the permission to communicate with you via email (as well as other communication channel such as phone and fax) for any purposes PublicAssets determines to be relevant including, but not limited to, system messages, product updates, service announcements and other marketing messages. PublicAssets will use best efforts to honor customers request to opt out of marketing messages, but under no circumstances will PublicAssets have any liability for sending any email to its registered users/customers.

Users who do not wish to receive marketing emails can select the opt-out option by deselecting the email notifications in their member profile. We also send our users site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about service notices and responsibilities. PublicAssets occasionally communicates with its users via email and phone to provide information about requested services and regarding issues related to their account. It is important to note that this communication is not used for marketing or promotional purposes. Requesting the deletion of certain types of user information may prevent users from accessing some Web site features.

If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, delete or update your personal information by making the change on your member profile page or by emailing our Customer Support at info@publicassets.com.

Subscriptions will automatically renew using the Customer's current credit card account number unless Customer cancels their subscription in their member profile. All cancellations are processed immediately, however, only take effect at the end of the billing cycle so that a member has access to their current subscription until the end of that billing cycle. Upon the next billing anniversary, the member will not have access to the cancelled subscription. Once the cancellation is processed, a confirmation email will be sent via the customer's email account on record with PublicAssets. If Customer has a question about a cancellation, Customer should contact PublicAssets Client Services at support@publicassets.com.

The Company reserves the right to change its fees or billing methods at any time. The Company will provide timely notice to the affected Customers of any such changes.

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at info@publicassets.com. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Notification Procedures

PublicAssets may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice (including via fax), or through posting of such notice on our Web site, as determined by PublicAssets in our sole discretion. PublicAssets reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to our users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described herein. PublicAssets is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us. We recommend that you add info@publicassets.com to your email address book to help ensure you receive email notifications from us.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

If PublicAssets decides to change its privacy statement, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

PublicAssets reserves the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If PublicAssets makes material changes to this statement, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page prior to the change becoming effective.