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Privacy Policy

Last updated: January 14, 2011

PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING OUR WEBSITES OR SERVICES. BY ACCESSING OR USING OUR WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES (OTHER THAN TO READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY FOR THE FIRST TIME), YOU AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

INTRODUCTION

This Privacy Policy tells you the types of information we collect when you use our Sites or Services, how we use that information, and the instances in which we share your information.

Compare Driving School (“CDS”) operates online websites, including Comparedrivingschool.com, and provides other online services ("Services"). As we are based in Canada, your information will be transmitted to, held and processed by us there in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Compare driving school we have a few fundamental principles:

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

Summary

We collect two kinds of information about you: (a) information that you provide that personally identifies you (e.g., full name or phone number); and (b) information that does not personally identify you (e.g., your IP address or type of browser);

- This information is transmitted to, held and processed by us in Canada;

- We typically use this information to provide you with our website and related services, to deliver targeted advertising based on your preferences and our promotions to you, and to produce reports and data about online shopping;

- We may disclose this information to authorized third parties including our merchants, advertising and promotional partners and third party service providers for these purposes;

- We work with and permit advertising networks to use anonymous information about you for preference or targeted online advertising ;

- You may at any time opt-out of certain activities as set out below;

- Our websites use "cookies". You can set your browser not to accept cookies if you so wish although this may affect your use of our websites;

- We encrypt any information you input using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software and take reasonable security measures to safeguard information;

- If you register with us, you have the ability to update or correct the information you previously provided via the account section;

- If you have any questions or concerns about privacy at CDS, please contact us;

- Our websites and our services are not designed or intended for use by children under 13; and

- This Privacy Policy may change from time to time so please check this policy regularly. Any material changes will be notified to you by email as appropriate.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Compare Driving school “CDS” collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. CDS’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how CDS’s visitors use its website. From time to time, CDS may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

CDS also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for visitors leaving comments on Comparedrivingschool.com . CDS only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

We collect two kinds of information related to you: (a) Personally Identifiable Information ("PII"); and (b) Non-Personally Identifiable Information ("Non-PII").

(a) Personally Identifiable Information: PII includes any information that identifies you as person. We collect your PII when you choose to register with us or when you choose to participate in an interactive feature of our Sites such as a review, survey or promotion. You may: (a) provide your name, mail/shipping address, email address, credit card number and phone number when registering with our Sites or in connection with a contest entry; (b) provide certain demographic information about you (e.g., age, gender, shopping interests and preferences, etc.) when participating in a survey or poll; or (c) post a general comment and/or recommendation on our Sites.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information: Non-PII is any information that does not identify you as a person including PII which has been rendered anonymous. We obtain non-PII either separately or together with your PII as described above. We collect certain non-PII from you when you access our Sites including IP addresses and information relating to your browser, operating system, ISP, the third party website from which your visit originated and how you use our Sites such as the web pages you visit, and the duration of your visits.

HOW WE USE & SHARE THE INFORMATION COLLECTED

PII and Non-PII is used to provide, or improve, our Sites and Services to you and to carry out your requests, respond to your inquiries, better serve you and understand your needs, or is used in other ways naturally associated with the circumstances in which you provided the information.

We may disclose PII and Non-PII to:
(1) our third party service providers who perform functions on our behalf in connection with the operation of the Sites or Services e.g., providers who host and manage data, process credit card orders, etc;

(2) participating sponsors to a program or promotion you enter through our Sites or Services;

(3) our parent company, subsidiaries or other affiliated companies for operational, marketing and promotional purposes;

(4) co-promotional partners and others with whom we have marketing or other relationships;

(5) participating merchants where you consent at the time you submit PII to us when using the interactive features of our Sites such as surveys and reviews concerning our participating merchants; and

(6) our other users where you choose to publicly post reviews, comments or other information relating to products or services, communicate with other users via public forums (e.g., forums, message boards, bulletin boards, etc.).

In addition, we use non-PII to help analyze site traffic, understand customer needs and trends, carry out targeted promotional activities (see "Preference Based Advertising" below). We may use your non-PII by itself or aggregate it with information we have obtained from others to produce research reports and other information and data about online shopping for participating merchants and other customers, as well as media and other interested parties.

COOKIES AND PREFERENCE BASED ADVERTISING

(a) Cookies and Web Beacons: We automatically receive and store certain types of non-PII whenever you interact with us by using "cookies" and analogous technology. "Cookies" are small files that we place on your computer or your Web browser memory to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide convenience and other features to you. It is important to note that the cookies that we use do not contain and are not tied to PII about you.

You may be able to direct your internet browser not to allow cookies and you can delete existing cookies from your computer. Please note, however, some elements of our Sites will not function properly or be available to you.

(b) Preference Based Advertising: We work with third parties, including advertising companies and website analysis firms, who use cookies to collect non-PII when you visit our Sites and third party sites about your surfing activities. This non-PII, collected through cookies, is typically used by these third party advertising networks to serve you with advertisements while on third party sites tailored to meet your preferences and likely interests. If you do not wish to participate in this activity, please email us for a simple opt-out process.

SALE OF BUSINESS AND DISCLOSURE BY LAW

(a) Business Transactions: We may disclose PII and Non-PII held by us: (a) to a prospective seller or actual seller of any business or assets we acquire; (b) if all or any of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case, PII and Non-PII may be one of the transferred assets.

(b) Required disclosures: We may disclose and use any PII or non-PII if we are required to do so by law, with respect to copyright and other intellectual property infringement claims, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our Sites, or other users; or (d) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of our Sites's users or the general public.

SECURITY OF INFORMATION

We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input. We also use a secure server hosting location in the US, firewall protection, controlled access and encryption technology to protect your data. Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect your PII, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your PII. In the unfortunate event that your personally identifiable information is compromised, we will notify you by e-mail to the last e-mail address you have provided us as soon as feasible under the circumstances (delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system, as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement if notification would impede a criminal investigation).

YOUR OPTIONS & OPT-OUTS

(a) What Information Can I Access? If you register as a CDS member, you will typically have access to an account section that includes the registration information you previously provided which you can update or correct at any time. If there is any inaccurate information that you are not able to correct, just let us know. Also, if you wish, you can delete your membership account entirely although we may retain certain information in limited circumstances - e.g., to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce our terms of use. Furthermore, some information is never completely removed from our databases due to technical (e.g., information that is stored in our "back-up" systems) and certain legal constraints.

(b) What Choices Do I Have (Opt-Out)? You have many choices regarding how we use information about you, including: (1) To stop our emails (2) To opt-out of third party advertising; (3) To stop the sharing of PII with our participating merchants, and (4) as discussed above, the choices we offer you anytime you submit information through our Sites or Services.

(c) You May Contact Us With Questions: If you have any questions or concerns about privacy at CDS, please contact us by emailing info@comparedrivingschool.com

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to CDS’s websites choose to interact with CDS in ways that require CDS to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that CDS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a user account at Comparedrivingschool.com to provide a username and email address. CDS collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with CDS. CDS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

CDS may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites, and may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, CDS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

CDS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on CDS’s behalf or to provide services available at CDS’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using CDS’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. CDS will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, CDS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when CDS believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of CDS, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of an CDS website and have supplied your email address, CDS may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with CDS and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. CDS takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. CDS uses cookies to help CDS identify and track visitors, their usage of CDS website, and their website access preferences. CDS visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using CDS’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of CDS’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by CDS and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, CDS may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in CDS’s sole discretion. CDS encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Conditions of Use

If you decide to visit the CDS Web site, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our terms of use including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of Canadian law.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can email us at: info@comparedrivingschool.com :