Privacy Policy

 

U.S. PRIVACY POLICY

Please review this U.S. Privacy Policy, which describes the information and privacy practices of Franchise Times Corporation (“Franchise Times”) for its website (the “Site”).  When you provide us with personal information about you, you are accepting the information practices described in this policy. Franchise Times reserves the rights to modify or replace this Privacy Policy at any time and effective on posting to the Site.

This Privacy Policy applies to Franchise Times and does not apply to sites of third-parties that may be accessible through the Site.  Franchise Times encourages you to read the privacy policies of all sites you access, to learn how third party sites collect, use, share and secure your information. We also remind you of the importance of using secure communications to access and use the Site, and to avoid the use of public or other unsecured wireless access to provide any private or other valuable information.

COLLECTION OF INFORMATION 

The information Franchise Times gathers from users of the Site allows Franchise Times to: personalize and continually improve your experience with the Site; process orders and other requests; analyze user usage, trends and other patterns; communicate offers or other information believed to be of interest to you; comply with governmental or law enforcement requests; and to protect the rights, property and safety of Franchise Times and/or certain third parties.

User Supplied Information.  Franchise Times receives and stores any information you enter on the Site, such as: search criteria, personal/contact information, and searching and navigation patterns.  This list is not exclusive, and Franchise Times may alter it without notice.

Automated Information.  When you interact with Franchise Times through the Site, Franchise Times receives and stores certain types of information from your visit in the form of “cookies,” or small storage files that transmit your electronic identity to the Web sites that you visit.  Like most Web sites, the Site uses cookies to be able to identify you as a return visitor to the Site. Your web browser should have the ability to accept cookies, reject cookies, or to prompt before accepting them. The Site also uses embedded web beacons, tracking pixels, advertising pixels, mobile device location information and certain other technology to gather certain information from anonymous users and email recipients, in order to operate and improve the Site.

Some examples of the general types of information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information, such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; the full Uniform Resource Locator (URL) clickstream to, through, and from the Site, including date and time; cookie number; and pages viewed or searched.  Franchise Times may use analytics or other software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling and clicks), and methods used to browse on the Site.

Information from Other Sources.  From time to time, Franchise Times may receive, store and use information about you from other sources and add it to your Franchise Times user account information.

SHARING OF INFORMATION

General.  The information collected by Franchise Times about its customers and Site users is critical to our business.  Franchise Times respects and values this information, and the value of a free flow of information between our users and the Site.  Franchise Times is not in the business of selling customer information to other Web sites or businesses.  However, in limited circumstances, Franchise Times may share some customer information with its subsidiaries or affiliates that either agree to follow this Privacy Policy, or that follow practices at least as protective as those described in this Privacy Policy.  Please recall that third party websites using or allowing access to the Site may have different privacy policies.

Agents.  Franchise Times may sometimes employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on its behalf.  For example, such agents are often used by website owners to assist with sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links) and providing customer service. These agents have access to only the personal information needed to perform their functions, and are prohibited from using it for other purposes.

Compliance Matters.  It may be necessary to release account and other personal information if Franchise Times is compelled to cooperate with governmental investigations, or otherwise to comply with laws; enforce or apply the Terms of Use and other related agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Franchise Times, its owners, directors, officers, employees, customers, vendors or other agents, their affiliates or other third parties. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection. Under no circumstances, however, does this reserved right include selling, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from customers for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this Privacy Policy.

With Your Consent.  Except for the activities disclosed above, you will receive notice from Franchise Times when your personal or contact information might be shared with third parties, and you will have a [five] day time period in which to advise Franchise Times that you object to the sharing of the information.

 USER CHOICES WITH REGARD TO ACCESS OF INFORMATION

General.  You always have the right to decline to provide any information to Franchise Times on the Site; however, this decision may limit or prevent your use of the Site and the ability to take advantage of certain unique features of the Site.  [Optional-You can also opt out of receiving additional marketing emails at any time and by sending an email with “OPT OUT” in the subject line to info@franchisetimes.com].

Prior Information.   When you update information on the Site, Franchise Times may keep a copy of the prior version for historical records.

Customer Communication.  If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from Franchise Times, please adjust your account setting regarding e-mail contact preferences.  You cannot waive the applicability of the Terms of Use and other legal notices, such as this Privacy Policy, and if you elect not to receive those notices, they will still govern your use of the Site.  It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Policy (and our Terms of Use) for notices for changes.

California Residents.    California residents may request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to Franchise Times at the address below.

CHILDREN

Franchise Times does not direct its Site to children under the age of 18 and does not offer subscriptions for purchase by children under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, you may use the Site only with the involvement and supervision of a parent or guardian.

CONDITIONS OF USE, NOTICES, AND REVISIONS

Acceptance of Conditions of Use.  By using the Site, you accept that your visit and any dispute over privacy related issues will be subject to this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, including those provisions and agreements governing limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the State of Minnesota, USA.  If you have any concern about privacy on the Site, please send Franchise Times a thorough description at 2808 Anthony Lane S., Minneapolis MN 55418, and every attempt will be made to try to resolve your concern.  You also agree to notify Franchise Times promptly and in writing if you believe that this Privacy Policy has been violated

Revisions.  Franchise Times reserves the right to periodically revise and/or replace this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, which shall be effective without prior notice and on posting to the Site.   You should check the Site frequently to see recent changes.

Applicability.  Unless stated otherwise, this Privacy Policy applies to all information that Franchise Times has about you and your account.

 

Thank you for visiting our Site. We value our relationship with you and we invite you to let us know if there is anything we can do to enhance your experience with the Site.

Last updated: March 18, 2016.

 

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