PTE may collect information about you directly from you and from third parties, as well as automatically through your use of the Website.
Information collected directly from you:
We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you participate in any interactive features of the Services, fill out a form, communicate with us via third party social media sites, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect include your name, email address, social media usernames and handles, postal address, phone number, interests, preferences, and any other information you choose to provide. This may include personally identifiable information (“PII”).
Information collected automatically:
PTE may automatically collect the following information about your use of the Website, and/or Services through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies:
- (a) your domain name;
- (b) your browser type and operating system;
- (c) web pages you view;
- (d) links you click;
- (e) your IP address;
- (f) the length of time you visit the Website; and
- (g) the referring URL or the webpage that led you to the Website.
PTE does not link the information that is automatically collected to any PII submitted by you. Please see the section regarding “Cookies and Other Tracking mechanisms” below for more information.
PTE is the sole owner of the information collected in connection with the Services. PTE will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.
The information we collect from you may be used in any of the following ways:
- To fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information. For example, if you share your name and contact information to request additional information, PTE will use that PII to respond to your inquiry.
- To provide, support, personalize, and develop the Services.
- To create, maintain, customize, and secure your account.
- To process your requests.
- To provide you with support and to respond to your inquiries, including to investigate and address your concerns and monitor and improve responses.
- To help maintain the safety, security, and integrity of the Services, the Website, databases and other technology assets, and business.
- To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
- As described to you when collecting your PII.
- To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of PTE’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which PII held by PTE is among the assets transferred.
- To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
- To send periodic emails and newsletters.
- To detect, investigate and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities and protect the rights and property of PTE and others
Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
PTE takes reasonable precautions to protect your PII. When you submit information via the Services, PTE takes steps to protect your information both online and off-line. Although PTE endeavors to create secure and reliable Services and to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, PTE cannot assure you that the PII collected will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Policy.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that, to the extent permissible by applicable law, PTE is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet and you hereby release, to the extent permissible by applicable law, PTE from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of any intercepted information in a manner that may violate this Policy, the law, and/or your personal privacy.
COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING MECHANISMS
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that PTE transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. Some cookies allow PTE to make it easier for you to navigate the Services, while others allow PTE to track your activities and use of the Services. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies.
- Session Cookies. Session cookies exist only during an online session. They disappear from your computer when you close your browser or turn off your computer. PTE may use session cookies to allow its systems to uniquely identify you during a session or while you are using the Services. This allows PTE to process your online activities as you move through the Services.
- Persistent Cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer. PTE may use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to the Website who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Website, but some features may not function.
Clear GIFs, pixel tags, and other technologies:
Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. PTE may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs, or pixel tags), in connection with the Website to, among other things, track the activities of Website visitors, help PTE manage content, and compile statistics about Website usage. PTE and third-party service providers may also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to clients of PTE to help PTE track email response rates, identify when emails are viewed, and track whether emails are forwarded, for example. Third party vendors may also use pixels and tags on social media posts, ads, and chatbots to track click through rates to the Website.
You may disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies); you also may opt-out of targeted advertising by following the instructions in the Third-Party Ad Networks section below. However, the Website may not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests.
Third-Party Ad Networks:
Users in the United States may opt out of many third-party ad networks. For example, you may go to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Consumer Choice Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by DAA companies. You may also go to the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) Consumer Opt-Out Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by third-party companies who are NAI members.
Opting out from one or more companies listed on the DAA Consumer Choice Page or the NAI Consumer Opt-Out Page will remove you from those companies’ delivery of interest-based content or ads to you, but it does not mean you will no longer receive any advertising through the Website or on other third-party websites. Even if you opt out from one or more companies listed on the DAA Consumer Choice Page or the NAI Consumer Opt-Out Page, you may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing (i.e., contextually based ads). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you opt out on the DAA or NAI websites, your opt out may not be effective. Additional information is available on the DAA’s website at www.aboutads.info or the NAI’s website at www.networkadvertising.org.
Generally speaking, PTE does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your PII. However, PTE may share your PII with third parties in the following instances:
Sharing for Legal Purposes:
PTE shall disclose PII when required by law or under the good-faith belief that such action is necessary under applicable law. PTE may disclose PII in order to establish or exercise its legal rights or defend against legal claims. PTE also may share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, to protect PTE’s property or interests or that of their agents and employees, and to protect clients’ personal safety, and/or the public.
Sharing Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable):
PTE may share some aggregated demographic information (e.g., age, zip codes) with some of their partners. This is not linked to any PII. PTE may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on its behalf. These companies may employ cookies and action tags (also known as single pixel gifs or web beacons) to measure advertising effectiveness.
Sharing with Third-Party Service Providers:
PTE may disclose information about individual users to third parties who provide services to PTE or have a contractual relationship with PTE. These third parties provide a variety of services to PTE, including, without limitation, tracking internet marketing campaigns. In addition, these third-party services may include enhancing the information PTE collects about users. PTE may also use third-party email providers to assist with sending marketing emails on behalf of PTE. Any PII that PTE shares with any third-party service provider may only be used to provide services to PTE and the service providers will not be given permission to use such information for other purposes such as contacting users directly.
Sharing in Business Transitions:
In the event PTE goes through a business transition, such as a merger, an acquisition by another company, or a sale of all or a portion of its assets, PII of users collected by PTE through the Website will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified via prominent notice on the Website for 30 days after a transfer of their PII, if PII will be used contrary to this Policy. If as a result of the business transition, the users’ PII will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, users will be given the option to discontinue sharing their information. As a result of the business transition, you may elect to discontinue the sharing of your PII and such information will not be transferred to the new entity. However, nothing in this Policy is intended to interfere with the ability of PTE to transfer all or part of its business and/or assets (including the Website), for any purposes, without any limitation whatsoever PTE specifically reserves the right to transfer or share a copy of PII collected from the Website to the entity to whom that portion of its business relating to that information is transferred.
THIRD PARTY LINKS
The Website may contain links to (or be hosted on) other websites maintained by third parties. Please be aware that PTE exercises no control over linked sites or other sites and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites. Each linked site or other site maintains its own independent privacy and data collection policies and procedures, and you are encouraged to view the privacy policies of these other sites before providing any PII and/or other information. You hereby acknowledge and agree that PTE is not responsible for the privacy practices, data collection policies and procedures, or the content of such third-party sites, and you hereby release PTE from any and all claims arising out of or related to the privacy practices, data collection policies and procedures, and/or the content of such third-party sites.
TRANSFER OF INFORMATION TO THE US AND OTHER COUNTRIES
PTE is based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using the Services or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information in and to the U.S. and potentially other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.
CALIFORNIA ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT COMPLIANCE
While we do not believe the California Online Privacy Protection Act to be applicable to us, under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information in obtaining Services for personal, family, or household use are entitled to request and obtain from PTE, once per calendar year, information about the customer information we shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include user information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared user information for the immediately prior calendar year.
To obtain this information from us, please contact us with “Request for California Privacy Information” on the subject line and in the body of your message. We will provide the requested information to you at your email address in response. Not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements, and only covered information sharing will be included in our response.
If you are a California resident, you have the right under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.84, to contact us to prevent disclosure of personal information to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes; in order to submit such a request, please contact us.
CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT COMPLIANCE
PTE is in compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). PTE does not collect any information from anyone under the age of 13. If PTE discovers that a person under the age of 13 has provided PII via the Website, PTE will delete such information from its systems.
If you discover that your child who is under the age of 13 has provided PII through the Website and you wish that such PII be deleted, please contact us.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
Except to the extent limited by applicable law, PTE reserves the right to update this Policy to reflect changes to our information practices by prominently posting notice of the update on our Website, and as required, obtaining your consent. Any updates will become effective immediately after posting the updates to this Policy and apply to all information collected about you, or where required, upon your consent. You agree that you will review this Policy periodically. If PTE makes any changes to this Policy, it will change the “Last Updated” date above. You are free to decide whether or not to accept a modified version of this Policy, but accepting this Policy, as modified, is required for you to continue using our Website. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy or any modified version of this Policy, your sole recourse is to terminate your use of the Website and any Services offered through the Website.
If we make any changes to this Policy that materially impact previously collected information about you, we will obtain your prior express consent.
If you have any questions about this Policy or information PTE has collected about you, please contact us.