At Homesite, we respect the privacy of our customers and website visitors. This policy statement is intended to inform you about our policies with respect to the collection of personal information and how it is used at Homesite. The personal information you provide is primarily used to enhance your relationship with us, and to better serve the collective needs of our visitors and customers. We recognize that this information belongs to you and must be treated accordingly. This policy applies to www.homesite.com and all other websites owned and operated by Homesite Group Inc.
Use of Personal and Non-personal Information
At Homesite, we collect two kinds of information about our on-line visitors: personal and non-personal. Visitors are not required to register to access the public pages of our Homesite site. Non-personal information is collected to track the total number of guests visiting the Homesite site, and which portions of those sites are most commonly visited. This information helps guide our efforts to improve the content and structure of our site. The non-personal visitor information we monitor includes: the browser type and operating system being used; areas of our sites visited; date and time of access; host or service-provider information, and identification of the referring site. This information is used for our internal purposes and is not disclosed to any non-affiliated third parties.
Personal information that can identify a visitor, such as name, address or information about your home, is collected only when voluntarily offered and solely for purposes that are clearly identified on our site. Personal information acquired through registration or requests for quotes is kept confidential, but we may share the personal information you provide us with third parties, as permitted by law, in connection with applications, claims, or other routine transactions relating to your insurance with Homesite.
When you request a quote or apply for a policy, Homesite may also collect personal information from sources other than you or someone else named in your application. We may disclose this information, or information that we collect later in connection with your Homesite insurance policy, to third parties without your authorization in certain circumstances, as permitted by law. You have a right to request access to the information in our files, and a right to request that we correct, amend, or delete personal information in our records. Further details of Homesite's information practices are available as part of the quote or application process.
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our guests is of the utmost concern to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, Homesite cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online applications, products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we will make our best effort to ensure its security on our internal systems.
Homesite may place an electronic "cookie" in the browser files of a guest's computer. Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to your browser, which can then be stored on an individual's computer hard drive for record-keeping purposes or to provide you with tailored information. Cookies do not enable us to access any personal information about our visitors. Cookies do allow Homesite to analyze how visitors use our site. This helps us better understand which areas of our site are most useful, so we can plan improvements and updates accordingly.
Use of IP Addresses
An IP address is a number that's automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are connected to the Internet. Web pages automatically identify your computer by its IP address. Homesite collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration, to report aggregate information to our advertisers, and to audit the use of our site. When visitors request pages from Homesite, our servers log the user's IP addresses. We do not normally link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a user's session will be logged but the user remains anonymous to us. We will use IP addresses to identify a user when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our house rules or terms of service, or to protect our service, site, customers or others.
As we continue to develop our business, we may sell or buy stores or assets. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets. Also, in the unlikely event that Homesite, or substantially all of its assets are acquired, customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets.
Homesite encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children. No information should be submitted to Homesite by guests under 18 (eighteen) years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian. Whenever possible, Homesite will not collect online contact information or personally identifiable offline contact information of individuals under 18 (eighteen) years of age without prior parental consent. Homesite will not give the ability to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information of individuals under 18 (eighteen) years of age without prior parental consent.
Links to Other Sites
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on sites on which we advertise. Third-party advertising technology (1) uses information derived from your visits to this Web site and the sites on which we advertise to serve ads to you and (2) places a unique third-party cookie or cookies on your browser. We also use Web beacons, provided by third-party advertising companies, on both our Web site and on other sites, to help manage and optimize our online advertising. Web beacons enable us to recognize a browser's cookie when a browser visits this site and to learn which banner ads bring users to our Web site. Cookies and Web beacons also enable us to deliver more relevant ads to users. To "opt-out," please click here. Although we believe that each of the sites to which we target our ads or from which we otherwise collect data should post a privacy statement that fully describes the advertising and data collection activities on its site, we cannot guarantee that all of those sites post such a statement.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, you can contact us online at [email protected]. You can also reach us by mail at:
Homesite Group Inc.
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
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