US Housing is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of our many offerings. This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically.
This policy will let you know:
1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you;
2. What cookies are and how they are used;
3. How your information is used;
4. Who is collecting your information;
5. With whom your information may be shared;
6. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use, and distribution of your information;
7. How you can access, update or delete your information;
8. The kind of security precautions that are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of your information;
9. What else you should know about your online privacy.
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What personally identifiable information does US Housing collect from me?
US Housing collects information in several ways from different parts of our network of web sites.
Some personal information is gathered when you register. During registration, US Housing asks for your name, email address, and other personal information. The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able to customize your experience. Once you register you are no longer anonymous to US Housing - you are given a US Housing ID and are able to take full advantage of US Housing's many offerings.
What are cookies and how does US Housing use them?
(1) Remind us of who you are and to access your account information (stored on our computers) in order to deliver to you a better and more personalized service. This cookie is set when you register or "Sign In" and is modified when you "Sign Out" of our services.
(2) Estimate our audience size. Each browser accessing US Housing is given a unique cookie which is then used to determine the extent of repeat usage, usage by a registered user versus by an unregistered user, and to help target advertisements based on user interests and behavior.
(4) Measure certain traffic patterns, which areas of US Housing's network of web sites you have visited, and your visiting patterns in the aggregate. We use this research to understand how our users' habits are similar or different from one another so that we can make each new experience on US Housing a better one. We may use this information to better personalize the content, banners, and promotions that you and other users will see on our sites.
Advertising networks that serve ads onto US Housing may also use their own cookies.
US Housing also collects IP addresses for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. In addition, US Housing Mail includes IP addresses in outgoing mail message headers.
How does US Housing use my information?
US Housing's primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our network of sites. This includes personalization services, interactive communications, many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you. In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, US Housing is able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence better service, to you.
In our role of delivering targeted advertisements, US Housing plays the middleman. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, males over 35 years old). US Housing takes the advertisement and displays it to users meeting that criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only US Housing has access to individuals' accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads as well as promotional email through US Housing Delivers.
Who is collecting information?
When you are on a US Housing site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with US Housing alone.
Promotions that run on US Housing may be sponsored by companies other than US Housing or may be cosponsored by US Housing and another company. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If data will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection or transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don't want your data to be shared. Currently, most US Housing promotions are limited to US or North American residents.
Please be aware that US Housing advertisers or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those web sites linked to US Housing are not covered by this privacy statement.
With whom does US Housing share my information?
As a general rule, US Housing will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.
Business Partners & Sponsors: US Housing may disclose your personal information to business partners or sponsors, but this is specifically described to you prior to data collection or prior to transfering the data. Details of shared use can be found in specific Terms of Service or Use Agreements, and sweepstakes and promotions rules. Some or all data collected during a US Housing promotion may be shared with a sponsor. If personally identifying data about you will be shared, we will tell you before we collect or transfer the data.
Many promotions offer opportunities to request additional information from sponsors. By requesting more information, you give US Housing permission to transfer your personal information to the sponsor so they can fulfill your request. In many instances, only your email address will be shared. If more information will be shared with the sponsor, you will be notified prior to the transfer.
Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Under confidentiality agreements, US Housing may match user information with third party data. Also, US Housing discloses aggregated user statistics (for example, 45% of our users are female) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Other: US Housing may also disclose user information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) US Housing's rights or property, other US Housing users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. US Housing may disclose user information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain and improve our products and services.
What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of my information?
If you indicated upon registration that you are interested in receiving offers or information from US Housing and our partners, we may occasionally send you e-mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. Only US Housing(or agents working on behalf of US Housing and under confidentiality agreements) will send you these direct mailings and only if you indicated that you do not object to these offers. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information. Or, at any time you can easily edit your US Housing Account Information to no longer receive such offers and mailings. You will need your US Housing ID and Password in order to access your US Housing Account Information.
On some types of US Housing promotions, we will ask for your email address in order to update you on your score, entries, and status in prize drawings. When you participate in these types of promotions, you automatically receive promotion-related email, unless you choose the no-email option that some promotions offer. Occasionally these promotion-related email messages may include targeted advertisements.
You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies you will be unable to use those US Housing services that require registration in order to participate.
US Housing does not sell or rent user information to anyone. We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service or not to participate in certain promotions or contests.
What is US Housing's policy on allowing me to update, correct, or delete my personally identifiable information?
You may edit your US Housing Account Information and your public US Housing Profile at any time by using your US Housing Login and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new password. For all other problems signing in to US Housing, please contact our webmaster.
Your US Housing account can be deleted or deactivated, but doing so will result in not being able to access any members-only area of the US Housing network. If you saved the confirmation email you received when you first created your US Housing account, you can use the URL provided in that message to delete your account at any time. Please contact us for further instructions about deleting or deactivating your US Housing account.
If you are participating in a US Housing promotion and you wish to update your email address on the promotions mailing list or to quit a promotion and cease receiving promotion-related email, please contact us.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
Your US Housing Account Information and US Housing Profile are password-protected so that you and only you have access to this personal information. You may edit your US Housing Account Information and US Housing Profile by using your US Housing Login and Password.
We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. US Housing will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. Also remember to sign out of your US Housing account by quiting the browser application when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
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, US Housing cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
What else should I know about my privacy?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
Please contact us with any questions regarding this statement.