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Privacy Policy

 

updated: September 14, 2012

 

FG Global respects the privacy of our users and has developed this Privacy Policy to demonstrate its commitment to protecting your privacy. As an individual using our website, we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy very carefully when using our websites or services or conducting business with us. By using our websites, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This privacy policy and TRUSTe program covers the www.fgglobal.com website.

 

FG Global has been awarded TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and practices have been reviewed by TRUSTe for compliance with TRUSTe's program requirements including transparency, accountability and choice regarding the collection and use of your personal information. The TRUSTe program does not cover information that may be collected through downloadable software. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through this Web site, www.fgglobal.com.

 

TRUSTe's mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy trustmark and innovative trust solutions.

 

If you have questions regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at:

 

FG Global, PO BOX 1641, New York, NY 10009or by email at support@fgglobal.com.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact TRUSTe here.

 

Information Collected

 

FG Global may collect from you both identifying and non-identifying personal information through our websites or other manner.

 

Information provided by you. FG Global may require that you provide certain information to use the services on our site, such as name, email address, street address, state, city and phone number. You may always decline to give any personal information requested by FG Global, but without the presentation of such information, FG Global may be unable to provide our services to you.

 

How we use the information provided by you. FG Global uses the information you provide us to help match you with information about upcoming market research studies, daily deals, free samples, coupons, and more. In addition, FG Global (and its partners) may periodically contact you by email and/or phone to determine whether or not you qualify to participate in upcoming market research studies in your area. You may opt out of communications sent by FG Global by following instructions in our weekly newsletters or using your account settings page to modify your preferences. We may periodically provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as sending out our weekly newsletters. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.

 

Information Sharing. FG Global will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement. FG Global does not sell your personal information to third parties. However, personal information may be shared with our research affiliates in order to provide you with information about additional opportunities in your community.

 

Cookies. When you visit www.fgglobal.com, we may assign your computer one or more cookies, to facilitate access to our websites, to personalize your online experience, and to record information about your visit to our websites. Through the use of a cookie, we also may automatically collect information about your online activity on our websites, such as the web pages you visit, the links or advertisements you click, or the other actions you conduct while visiting www.fgglobal.com if you have enabled cookies. Some of our advertising partners, including Google and CJ, may also use 3rd party cookies and web beacons on our site as well in order to help us quantify our website traffic.

 

The use of cookies by our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, service providers is not covered by our privacy statement. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, service providers use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site.

 

Flash LSOs. We use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences such as volume control or high game score, or display content based upon what you view on our site to personalize your visit. Third Parties, with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information.

 

Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118

 

Clear Gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons). We employ [or our third party advertising partner employs] a software technology called clear gifs, that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. In order to reward certain users of our website, we tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personal information.

 

DoubleClick DART Cookie. Google as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on www.fgglobal.com. Google’s use of the DART Cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to www.fgglobal.com and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL - http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.

 

IP Address. www.fgglobal.com automatically collects your IP address, access times, and the referring website address for identification purposes. We will not use this information for any reason other than in the event that there is a violation of our Terms of Use and need to prevent a User from accessing the site in the future.

 

Personal Information. This website does not collect, save or store any personal information from visitors that simply browse this website, unless you voluntarily and intentionally provide it to us. We do not collect personal information without your knowledge or consent. Further, FG Global will never ask for your social security number or request any form of payment for your use of our website.

 

Services Through Other Sites. FG Global may also permit you to access third party sites, directly from our site to provide you with value-added information, functionality or services. If you provide personal information through these sites, your information may be shared with these third-party entities. We use other third parties such as PayPal to fulfill payments. It is also important to remember that, if you link to a non-affiliated site from our site, that party's privacy policy and its terms and conditions will apply to you. We encourage you to learn about each third party's privacy policy before sharing personal information with them.

 

Facebook Connect or other OpenID provider. You can log in to our site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network. In addition, these services may allow us to contact you through their network or post relevant information about upcoming opportunities in your community on your profile page.

 

Embedded Advertisements. Advertisements displayed on FG Global’s web sites may be delivered via an advertising management service. When you view a web page on our web site that contains advertising provided one of our advertising management services, the advertising service company may place a cookie on or retrieve a cookie from your computer if you have enabled cookies.

 

User Communications. Users of www.fgglobal.com may from time to time contact FG Global with inquiries or requests. FG Global will retain these communications in order to process and respond to these inquiries and requests.

 

Public Forums. Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. Contact us at support@fgglobal.com. to request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

 

Disclosure of Information

 

FG Global stores all personal information you provide in a database that we may allow approved research facilities to access for the sole purpose of recruiting participants for upcoming research studies and opportunities. Additionally, FG Global reserves the right to allow reputable marketing research companies to access to the information contained in our database for demographic research purposes or verification of personal data.

If you want your personal information edited or removed from our database, please email support@fgglobal.com with “REMOVE MY ACCOUNTS” or “EDIT MY ACCOUNT” in the subject line.

 

If you want your personal information edited or removed from our database, please email support@fgglobal.com with “REMOVE MY ACCOUNTS” or “EDIT MY ACCOUNT” in the subject line.

 

Additionally, FG Global may disclose your information: (1) in response to a subpoena, court order, or a request for cooperation from law enforcement agencies; (2) to defend against legal claims; (3) when we believe disclosure is appropriate in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activity, fraud or wrongdoing; (4) to protect the rights, property, and safety of our company, users, employees or others; (5) to enforce our website terms; (6) in the event of a substantial corporate transaction, such as the sale of our business, merger, or consolidation; or (7) as otherwise required by law.

 

Protection of Your Information

 

We take appropriate security measures (including physical, electronic and procedural measures) to help safeguard your personal information from unauthorized access and disclosure. Access to your personal information is restricted to FG Global’s employees, contractors, and agents, for whom the information is necessary to maintain and improve our services. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

 

The protection of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as your name, address, phone number, etc.) on our sign up forms, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

 

Users should also take care with how they handle and disclose their personal information.
Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission's website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.

 

Data Retention

 

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. Please contact us if you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

 

If FG Global is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

 

Social Media Widgets

 

Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

 

Modification of this Privacy Policy

 

FG Global may update this privacy statement to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

 


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