Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains our policy regarding the collection, use, disclosure and transfer of your information by The Hartman Group.

Introduction

The Hartman Group ("THG") understands that your privacy is important to you. THG is strongly committed to protecting your privacy and the personal information that you may provide to THG as you access and use the materials on Hartman-Group.com (the "Site") and related properties, including the subscription pages of the Site. In addition, information that you submit to THG in response to an email request for information or other outreach from THG, or through THG’s careers pages, will also be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy. In this written Privacy Policy, THG describes the scope and breadth of our commitment to privacy. THG may, in its discretion, amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any material changes to our policy will be reflected on this page, so that you remain informed about the information we collect and how we use it. By exploring and using this Site, and by submitting information to THG, you agree to THG's use of such information as described herein. This Site may contain links to external sites, which sites are not governed by this privacy policy, and THG does not take responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party sites to which we link. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any such sites before you submit information there. 

Information That We Collect, and How We Use It

THG collects information from our users when they create their account for this Site, when they request copies of publications, seek additional information regarding our services or employment opportunities, or register for THG-sponsored events. Some of THG’s registration and other forms may ask users to give us contact information, and subject areas of interest and/or demographic information. 

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and job title
  • Contact information including email address and phone number
  • Demographic information such as postal address, preferences and interests
  • Other information relevant to customer surveys  

What we do with the information we gather: We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons: 

Internal record keeping.

  • We may use this data to tailor the visitor's experience at our Site or, if applicable, to assess candidacy and qualifications for employment with THG.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional email about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail.
  • We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests. 

We sometimes aggregate demographic information, and the types of systems and browsers of users for internal purposes, so that we may better understand the user population of our Site, identify subject areas of interest, and determine whether the Site is designed to work with the computer settings of a majority of our visitors. THG also may conduct user surveys on the Web, which usually are intended to provide THG with information on a number of areas, such as user identity, user viewing habits, whether or not users found what they were searching for, whether the Site content is relevant to user needs, and the like. THG uses the information gathered from such surveys to improve our web content, navigation, and overall visitor experience. 

Any personal information that you provide, such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number etc., allows THG to inform you about updates to the service and to notify you about other products and services offered by THG that may be of interest to you. We will not sell, share, or rent or otherwise make available any of that information to other parties, except that we may disclose the information to third parties who perform services on our behalf and have a need to access the information in connection with those services. 

E-Mail Addresses

We collect the e-mail addresses at the point of subscription, of users who wish to receive e-mail notification of publications, events, press releases in identified subject areas of interest, and of those who send us e-mail messages or express interest regarding our services or employment opportunities, or register for THG-sponsored events. We will not, however, share any e-mail addresses with any third party or send unsolicited e-mail to any of the addresses we collect, except in very limited circumstances as set forth in this policy. 

Cookies

THG may use browser cookies on this Site to keep track of your visit to our Site. A "cookie" is a small amount of data that is sent from a Web server to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. Use of cookies may allow THG to provide a higher quality, more relevant, customer experience. Use of cookies may also allow THG to automate entry into password protected portions of the Site so that you will not need to re-enter your password each time you visit our Site. We may also use cookies to track which areas of the web site are most popular with our users and to further THG's understanding concerning overall use of the site. With most Internet Browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your computer. Please refer to your browser instructions or a help screen to learn more about these functions and how to use them. Please be advised that certain sections or functionalities of the Site may be inaccessible to you if your browser does not accept cookies. 

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. 

We keep track of your interactions with us and collect information related to you and your use of our web sites, including but not limited to: your online activity and publications accessed. 

The Hartman Group's California Do Not Track Notice

THG does not track its customers over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.

Security Processes

THG has in place technological and operational security processes designed to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. Only authorized employees and contractors will have access to any data provided by you, and that access is limited by need. Each employee or contractor having access to any personally-identifiable information is obligated to maintain its confidentiality. Although we take steps that are generally accepted as industry standard to protect your personally-identifiable information, THG cannot guarantee that your personally-identifiable information will not become accessible to unauthorized persons. 

Transfer of Information

Given that the Internet is a global environment, using the Internet to collect and process information necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by using the Site, you acknowledge and agree to the transfer of your information outside your country of residence to any country (including the United States) where we engage third parties (including but not limited to payment processors, cloud service or other IT providers, and other companies that provide services to us). You understand that the countries to which we may transfer information may not have as comprehensive a level of data protection as in your country. 

Links to Other Web Sites

THG is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any non-THG web sites to which we link from this Site. 

Changes to This Policy

THG may, from time to time, make changes to this Privacy Policy. Such revisions shall be effective immediately; provided however, for existing members, such revisions shall, unless otherwise stated, be effective 30 days after posting. 

Compliance With Law

THG complies with all applicable privacy laws and regulations. THG may be compelled to surrender personal user or customer information to legal authorities without express user consent if presented with a court subpoena or similar legal or administrative order, or as required or permitted by the laws, rules and regulations of any nation, state or other applicable jurisdiction. Also, in the event of a violation of the terms and conditions of use of this Site or a violation of any restrictions on use of materials provided in or through this Site, we may disclose personal user information to our affected business partners or legal authorities. 

Children

THG understands the importance of protecting children's privacy, particularly in their online interactions. This website is not designed for and does not intentionally target or solicit to children 18 years of age and younger. 

Use of THG Web Sites

Your access to and use of the Site are subject to certain terms and conditions, which are summarized in our Terms and Conditions of Use. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this Policy, please email us at privacy@hartman-group.com. You may also contact us by calling 425-452-0818 or sending a letter to: 

The Hartman Group
3150 Richards Road
Bellevue, WA 98005

Last Updated: April 18, 2014

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