ID Watchdog® has established and implemented information handling practices for our ID Watchdog web site that we believe are consistent with the highest standards and best practices of organizations doing business on the Internet.
We believe that protecting that information and your privacy is an essential part of our relationship with you. Because you have entrusted us with your information for these very important tasks, we do not share information with outside parties who may wish to market their products to you.
- What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Our Commitment To You …
Within ID Watchdog Corporation, we safeguard your personal information carefully. We are committed to protecting your personal information at every stage of our process and at every level of our organization. We do not sell personal client information to third parties. We are committed to helping you protect your personal information and your privacy for life.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.
We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to access data reports.
Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number provided on our web site.
You may also contact us to:
- See what data we have about you, if any.
- Change/correct any data we have about you.
- Have us delete any data we have about you.
- Express any concern you have about the use of your data.
We protect the security and integrity of personal information through developed procedures and designed technology. We limit employee access to personal information to those who have a business reason to know this information. Employees are required to meet work standards that protect client confidentiality.
We maintain policies and procedures covering the proper physical security of workplaces and records. Our physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards are constantly reviewed and upgraded or revised to improve the security of information entrusted to us.
We monitor independent contractors and outside companies who work with us to make sure they adhere to our strict privacy standards.
We use current technology (such as backup files, virus detection and eradication software, firewalls, and other computer software and hardware) to protect against unauthorized access or alterations to client data.
We collect and maintain personal information as part of detecting, monitoring or resolving fraud or identity theft issues for you.
In the course of helping you with fraud or identity theft problems, we collect information about you from a variety of sources, such as:
- Information you provide to us on affidavits or forms, such as your income and accounts with others;
- Information we receive from an outside company, such as a credit bureau or other database, regarding your credit history or employment status; or
- Information about transactions or experiences with reporting agencies uncovered during our investigation, whether yours or perpetrated in your name.
The personal information we collect is used to detect, monitor or resolve fraud or identity theft and to support corrective action when required.
Information may be used within ID Watchdog, as well as by others involved in your personal detection and resolution processes, for a number of purposes, such as:
- To obtain information which may help detect fraud or identity theft.
- To process your requests for original documents to assist in resolving identity theft or fraud issues.
- To notify appropriate parties of possible identity theft or fraud.
- To provide adequate information with which to resolve issues of fraud or identity theft.
We do not share information with outside parties who may wish to market their products to you.
We may disclose the information we collect, as described above, with nonaffiliated third parties that are acting on our behalf, including:
- Companies that perform data searches and support services for us.
- Parties with whom there may be possible cases of identity theft or fraud, and then only to detect the actual facts or to resolve the case.
- Parties which could include governmental units, courts or other entities (in response to subpoenas and other legal processes), and those with whom you have requested us to share information.
It is important to note that we do not share customer information with other companies for the purpose of marketing their products to you. It is not necessary for you to instruct us not to share information with these outside companies, because we will automatically keep your information confidential.
Ways to Limit Direct Marketing You May Receive From Outside Sources
There are outside agencies and companies, including national consumer credit reporting agencies, which are in the business of compiling mailing lists for purchase by marketers. You may wish to have your name removed from many of these lists by following the procedures outlined below.
Direct Marketing Association Member Companies
To remove your name from direct mail or telemarketing lists of members of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), send a written request with your name, address, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number (if it was included in the mailing you received) to the Direct Marketing Association. The DMA is responsible for notifying its members (i.e., the agencies and companies that compile mailing and telemarketing lists) that you want your name removed from the lists they sell. Your name and address remains in the DMA's consumer exclusion files for five years.
DMA Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512
DMA Telephone Preference Service
P.O. Box 1559
Carmel, NY 10512
Or contact the Direct Marketing Association via email at www.dmaconsumers.org.
National Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies (Credit Bureaus)
You can reduce the number of credit offers you receive, by contacting the National Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies at 1-888-567-8688 (1-888-5-OPTOUT). Banks and other firms request information from the Credit Bureaus for credit verification and other purposes. You can tell the bureaus not to sell or share your personal information for marketing purposes.
You must personally contact these organizations, because they cannot process any requests from us. Be sure to include other ways in which you name might appear and different addresses that have shown up in mailings or telephone calls you have received.
We take great precautions to protect you information. When you submit sensitive information via the web site, your information is protected both online and offline.
Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted securely. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.
While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.
The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or our information handling practices, you may email us.