Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

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Welcome to Searchingness.com, your premier destination for job search. At Searchingness, we prioritize your privacy and are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information you entrust to us. This privacy policy elucidates how we collect, use, share, and protect your personal information while using our website and services. We encourage you to peruse this policy thoroughly to comprehend our practices and make informed decisions about your privacy.

A. Purpose and Scope of the Policy:

The objective of this privacy policy is to apprise you of the types of personal information we gather, the rationale behind collecting it, how we utilize and share it, and the rights and choices you possess concerning your personal information. This policy extends to all users, whether you are exploring our website, comparing prices, or engaging in transactions with our affiliate partners.

Additionally, this policy underscores our adherence to pertinent regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other relevant statutes.

B. How the Policy Applies to Users:

This policy encompasses all users accessing our website, including visitors, registered members, and customers. It envelops the collection, utilization, and safeguarding of personal information acquired through various channels, such as voluntary information provision, service usage, website interaction, or automated technologies like cookies.

By utilizing our website or furnishing us with your personal information, you acknowledge and consent to the practices articulated in this policy. If you dissent from any aspect of this policy, we recommend refraining from using our website or submitting your personal information.

We may periodically update this privacy policy to reflect alterations in our practices or legal requirements. Notification of material changes will be communicated through suitable means. It is your responsibility to periodically review the policy and stay informed about any updates.

For questions, concerns, or requests pertaining to your privacy or this policy, please refer to the contact information provided at the conclusion of this document. We are here to assist you and address any privacy-related inquiries you may have.

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II. Collection of Personal Information:

A. Types of Personal Information Collected:

  • Contact information (such as name, email address, and phone number)
  • User Preferences and Settings
  • Purchase history and transaction details
  • Demographic information (age, gender, etc.) if voluntarily provided
  • Device information (IP address, browser type, operating system) through automated means

B. Methods of Collection:

  • User submissions: Information provided by users during account registration, product purchases, or when contacting customer support.
  • Cookies and similar technologies: We may use cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to collect information about your interactions with our website, such as pages visited, links clicked, and referring websites.
  • Affiliate partners and third parties: We may receive personal information from our affiliate partners and other third parties with whom we collaborate.

C. Purpose of Collecting Personal Information:

  • Provide and improve our services, including personalized recommendations, customer support, and order fulfillment.
  • To process transactions and payments accurately and securely.
  • Communicate with users regarding their inquiries, requests, and account-related updates.
  • Analyze website usage and performance, conduct market research, and enhance user experience.
  • Comply with legal and regulatory obligations.

D. Legal Basis for Processing Personal Information:

Our legal basis for processing personal information may include:

  • Performance of a contract: Processing personal information necessary for fulfilling our contractual obligations, such as order processing and delivery.
  • Consent: Obtaining explicit consent for specific processing activities, where required.
  • Legitimate interests: Processing personal information based on our legitimate business interests, provided it does not override your rights and interests.
  • Legal compliance: Processing personal information to comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal obligations.

E. Compliance with GDPR, HIPAA, COPPA, FERPA, and CCPA Regulations:

We are committed to complying with relevant privacy regulations, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

We implement appropriate measures to safeguard personal information, respect data subject rights, and maintain the required data protection standards as outlined by these regulations. Additionally, we provide mechanisms for users to exercise their rights and choices regarding their personal information in accordance with the applicable regulations.

III. Use and Sharing of Personal Information:

A. How Personal Information is Used for Price Comparison Services:

We use the personal information collected to provide price comparison services, including:

  • Displaying product prices, availability, and details from various merchants.
  • Facilitating product searches and comparisons based on user preferences.
  • Generating insights and analysis to improve the relevance and accuracy of price comparisons.

B. Sharing Personal Information with Affiliate Partners:

We may share personal information with our affiliate partners to enhance the price comparison experience and provide you with relevant offers. This sharing may include:

  • Transmitting order details to merchants for fulfillment purposes.
  • Providing aggregated and anonymized data for analytics and market research.
  • Collaborating with trusted partners to offer personalized promotions and exclusive deals.

C. Customization and Personalization of User Experience:

We may utilize personal information to customize and personalize your experience on our website, including:

  • Tailoring product recommendations based on your browsing and purchase history.
  • Customizing website layout, features, and content to match your preferences.
  • Delivering targeted advertisements or promotional offers based on your interests.

D. Legal Basis for Using and Sharing Personal Information:

The legal basis for using and sharing personal information may include:

  • Performance of a contract: Fulfilling our contractual obligations with users, such as facilitating transactions and delivering requested services.
  • Legitimate interests: Pursuing our legitimate business interests while ensuring your rights and interests are not overridden.
  • Consent: Obtaining explicit consent for specific processing activities, where required by applicable regulations.
  • Legal compliance: Complying with legal obligations and requirements imposed by relevant regulations.

E. Compliance with GDPR, HIPAA, COPPA, FERPA, and CCPA Regulations:

We are committed to complying with applicable privacy regulations, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

We implement appropriate measures to ensure compliance with these regulations. This includes obtaining necessary consent, providing data subject rights, implementing security safeguards, and facilitating user requests regarding their personal information. We also respect the specific requirements and restrictions imposed by these regulations, such as restrictions on the processing of sensitive data or the rights of minors.

IV. Data Retention, Security, and Storage:

A. Retention Period for Personal Information:

We retain personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. The specific retention periods may vary depending on the nature of the information and the purposes for which it was collected.

B. Safeguarding Personal Information and Data Security Measures:

We are committed to ensuring the security of your personal information and have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard it against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

These measures include:

  • Encryption of sensitive data during transmission and storage.
  • Access controls and authentication mechanisms to restrict unauthorized access.
  • Regular security assessments and audits to identify and address vulnerabilities.
  • Employee training on data protection and privacy practices.
  • Secure data storage and backup systems.

C. Compliance with GDPR, HIPAA, COPPA, FERPA, and CCPA Requirements for Data Protection:

We strive to comply with applicable data protection laws and regulations, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

We ensure that our data processing activities adhere to the specific requirements imposed by these regulations, such as obtaining necessary consent, implementing appropriate security measures, and respecting individuals’ rights regarding their personal information.

D. Storage and Transfer of Personal Information:

Personal information collected may be stored and processed in the country where our servers are located or in other jurisdictions where our service providers are located. These jurisdictions may have data protection laws that differ from your country. However, we take appropriate measures to ensure that any transfers of personal information comply with applicable laws and provide adequate protection for your data.

When transferring personal information to third parties or affiliates, we maintain contracts and agreements that include provisions to protect the privacy and security of personal information in accordance with applicable regulations. We strive to choose service providers and partners who adhere to robust data protection standards.

In the event of a data breach that poses a risk to your rights and freedoms, we will take prompt action to mitigate the impact and notify the appropriate authorities and affected individuals, as required by applicable laws and regulations.

V. Cookies and Tracking Technologies:

A. Use of Cookies and Similar Tracking Technologies:

We employ cookies and similar tracking technologies to enhance your browsing experience on our website. These technologies are small text files that are placed on your device when you visit our website. They enable us to collect certain information about your interactions with our website and improve its functionality.

B. Purpose of Cookies (e.g., Analytics, Affiliate Tracking):

Cookies serve various purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Analytics: We use cookies to gather information about website usage, such as the number of visitors, pages visited, and user preferences. This helps us analyze and improve the performance and relevance of our website.
  • Functionality: Cookies enable certain features and functionalities on our website, such as remembering your preferences and settings.
  • Affiliate Tracking: Cookies may be used to track referrals and affiliate links, allowing us to provide accurate attribution and commissions to our affiliate partners.

C. User Options for Managing Cookies and Preferences:

You have the ability to manage and control cookies through your browser settings. You can choose to accept or reject cookies, delete existing cookies, or set preferences for certain types of cookies. However, please note that disabling or deleting cookies may impact the functionality and user experience of our website.

Additionally, we may provide you with options to manage your cookie preferences directly on our website, such as through a cookie consent banner or settings page. By adjusting your preferences, you can choose which types of cookies you consent to and customize your browsing experience.

D. Compliance with GDPR, CCPA, and Other Applicable Regulations Regarding Cookies and Tracking Technologies:

We are committed to complying with relevant regulations regarding cookies and tracking technologies, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

To ensure compliance, we take appropriate measures such as:

  • Obtaining user consent for the use of cookies that require consent under applicable regulations.
  • Providing clear and transparent information about the types of cookies used, their purposes, and any data collection associated with them.
  • Allowing users to manage their cookie preferences and providing options for opting out of certain types of cookies.
  • Implementing suitable technical and organizational measures to protect the privacy and security of data collected through cookies.

We regularly review and update our cookie practices to align with changes in regulations and industry standards. By using our website and accepting cookies, you acknowledge and consent to the processing of data in accordance with this policy and applicable regulations.

VI. Third-Party Links and Services:

A. Links to Third-Party Websites and Services:

Our website may contain links to third-party websites or services that are not operated or controlled by us. Please note that clicking on these links will redirect you to external websites over which we have no control. This privacy policy does not apply to those third-party websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third-party websites you visit to understand their data collection, usage, and disclosure practices.

B. Integration of Third-Party Services and Data Sharing:

We may integrate certain third-party services or features on our website to enhance functionality or provide additional services. These integrations may require the sharing of certain personal information with the respective third-party service providers. Such sharing will only occur to the extent necessary to enable the desired integration or feature.

It is important to note that each third-party service provider has its own privacy practices and policies. We encourage you to review their respective privacy policies to understand how your personal information will be handled when interacting with these integrated services.

C. Responsibility for Third-Party Privacy Practices and Compliance:

While we make efforts to select reputable and reliable third-party service providers, we are not responsible for the privacy practices, data security, or compliance of these third parties. Once you leave our website and engage with third-party websites or services, any personal information you provide or is collected by them is subject to their respective privacy policies.

We encourage you to exercise caution and familiarize yourself with the privacy practices of any third-party websites or services you interact with. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the privacy practices of a specific third party, we recommend contacting them directly for clarification.

Despite our commitment to data protection, we cannot be held liable for the actions or omissions of third parties. However, we appreciate feedback regarding any concerns you may have about third-party services integrated on our website, and we will take reasonable steps to address them within our capabilities.

VII. User Rights and Choices:

A. User Rights Regarding Personal Information:

You have certain rights regarding your personal information, including:

  • Right to access: You can request access to the personal information we hold about you and obtain a copy of that information.
  • Right to rectification: If you believe that any personal information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to request its correction or update.
  • Right to deletion: You can request the deletion of your personal information under certain circumstances, such as when it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected.
  • Right to restriction of processing: You can request the restriction of processing your personal information under certain circumstances, such as when you contest the accuracy of the data or the lawfulness of the processing.
  • Right to data portability: You have the right to receive your personal information in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit that data to another controller.
  • Right to object: You can object to the processing of your personal information based on our legitimate interests or for direct marketing purposes.

B. Opt-Out Options for Data Collection and Marketing Communications:

You have the option to control certain aspects of data collection and marketing communications, including:

  • Cookies and tracking technologies: You can manage your cookie preferences through your browser settings or our website’s cookie management tools.
  • Marketing communications: You can opt out of receiving marketing communications from us by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the communications or by contacting us directly.

C. “Do Not Sell” Rights Under CCPA and Related Processes:

If you are a resident of California, you have the right to opt out of the sale of your personal information. We respect your “Do Not Sell” rights and provide mechanisms to exercise this choice. You can review our “Do Not Sell” policy for more information on how to opt out of the sale of your personal information.

D. Procedures for Exercising User Rights and Managing Privacy Preferences:

To exercise your rights regarding your personal information or manage your privacy preferences, you can contact us using the contact details provided below. We will respond to your requests and inquiries in a timely manner and in accordance with applicable regulations.

E. Compliance with GDPR, HIPAA, COPPA, FERPA, and CCPA Regulations Related to User Rights:

We are committed to complying with the relevant regulations concerning user rights, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

We have implemented processes and procedures to facilitate the exercise of user rights and ensure compliance with these regulations. We handle user requests related to their rights in a transparent and efficient manner, providing appropriate mechanisms to verify the identity of the requesting individuals.

VIII. Children’s Privacy:

A. Age Restrictions for Website Usage and Compliance with COPPA Regulations:

Our website is not intended for individuals under a certain age as specified in our age restrictions policy. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age specified without obtaining verifiable parental consent in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and other applicable laws.

B. Protection of Children’s Personal Information and Parental Consent Requirements:

We are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of children online. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child without appropriate parental consent, we will take prompt action to delete that information from our records. We encourage parents or guardians to be involved in their child’s online activities and to provide consent when required.

In accordance with COPPA, we may obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information from children.

Parental consent may be obtained through various methods, including but not limited to:

  • Obtaining a signed consent form from the parent or guardian.
  • Verifying the identity of the parent or guardian through a reliable method.
  • Requiring the parent or guardian to provide a credit card or other payment method for verification purposes, with a nominal charge that will be refunded.

We encourage parents or guardians to review our privacy policy and online practices to understand how we collect, use, and protect children’s personal information. If you believe that we have unintentionally collected personal information from a child without appropriate consent, please contact us immediately so that we can take the necessary steps to address the situation.

We are committed to complying with COPPA and other applicable regulations related to children’s privacy. We continuously review and update our practices to ensure the protection of children’s personal information and to maintain compliance with relevant laws and guidelines.

IX. Updates to the Privacy Policy:

A. Notification of Policy Changes:

We may update this privacy policy periodically to reflect changes in our information practices or legal requirements. When we make material changes to the policy, we will provide notice through prominent means, such as posting a notice on our website or sending a direct communication to users. We encourage you to review the privacy policy periodically to stay informed about how we collect, use, and protect your personal information.

B. Last Updated Date:

The date of the last update to this privacy policy is indicated at the beginning of the document. By referencing this date, you can verify when the policy was last revised.

X. Contact Information:

For any questions, concerns, or requests related to your privacy or this privacy policy, please contact us using the following information:

Please allow up to [Insert Time Frame] for us to respond to your inquiries or requests. We are committed to addressing privacy-related matters promptly and professionally.

XI. Glossary of Terms:

The following terms have specific meanings in the context of this privacy policy:

  1. Affiliate Partner(s): Businesses or organizations that collaborate with us to provide products or services through our website or as part of our price comparison services.
  2. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): A U.S. federal law that regulates the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information from children under the age of 13.
  3. Consumer Data Access Request: A request by an individual to access the personal information collected about them, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.
  4. Consumer Data Deletion Request: A request by an individual to have their personal information deleted, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.
  5. Consumer Data Portability Request: A request by an individual to obtain their personal information in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format for purposes of transferring it to another data controller, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.
  6. Consumer Data Rectification Request: A request by an individual to correct inaccuracies or update their personal information, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.
  7. Consumer Data Restriction Request: A request by an individual to restrict the processing of their personal information under certain circumstances, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.
  8. Data Subject Rights: The rights provided to individuals under data protection regulations, such as the right to access, rectify, delete, or restrict the processing of their personal information.
  9. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A European Union regulation that governs the protection of personal data and privacy of individuals within the EU and the European Economic Area.
  10. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): A U.S. federal law that regulates the protection and security of individuals’ medical information and personal health records.
  11. Legitimate Interests: A lawful basis for processing personal information under applicable data protection regulations, subject to a balancing test to ensure the rights and interests of individuals are not overridden.
  12. Sensitive Data: Personal information that is considered particularly sensitive and requires special protection, as defined by applicable data protection regulations. This may include data related to health, racial or ethnic origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs, and more.
  13. User Consent: Explicit and informed permission granted by an individual to collect, process, or use their personal information for specific purposes, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations.

XII. Appendices:

This privacy policy includes the following appendices:

  • Appendix A: “Do Not Sell” Policy: A policy that outlines how users can opt out of the sale of their personal information in accordance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
  • Appendix B: “Age Restrictions Policy: A policy that specifies the minimum age required for users to access our website and its services.

Appendix A: “Do Not Sell” Policy

I. Introduction:

This “Do Not Sell” Policy outlines how users can exercise their right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information in accordance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Shopperer is committed to respecting the privacy preferences of our users and providing them with the necessary tools to control the use and sharing of their personal information.

II. Right to Opt-Out Under CCPA:

Under the CCPA, California residents have the right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information. Shopperer acknowledges and respects this right and provides mechanisms for users to exercise their “Do Not Sell” preferences.

III. How to Opt-Out:

Users can opt-out of the sale of their personal information through the following methods:

  1. Online Opt-Out Mechanism:
    • Visit our website searchingness.com.
    • Navigate to the “Privacy Settings” or a similar section, where you will find options related to the sale of personal information.
    • Follow the instructions to opt-out of the sale of your personal information.
  2. Contacting Us Directly:
    • Users can contact us directly using the contact information provided in the main Privacy Policy.
    • Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Opt-Out Request.”
    • Clearly state your intention to opt-out of the sale of your personal information and provide any necessary details for verification.

IV. Verification Process:

To ensure the security and privacy of user requests, Searchingness may implement a reasonable verification process. This process is designed to confirm the identity of the individual making the opt-out request to prevent unauthorized access or fraudulent requests.

Users may be required to provide specific information, such as account details or other identifiers, to facilitate the verification process. This information will be handled in accordance with our privacy and security standards.

V. Authorized Agents:

Users have the option to designate an authorized agent to submit a request to opt-out on their behalf. Authorized agents must provide proof of authorization, and users may still be required to verify their identity directly with Searchingness.

VI. Confirmation of Opt-Out:

Upon successful verification and processing of the opt-out request, Searchingness will confirm the user’s decision to opt-out of the sale of their personal information. This confirmation may be provided through the user’s account settings or via email, depending on the chosen method of communication.

VII. Effectiveness and Duration of Opt-Out:

Once the opt-out request is confirmed, Searchingness will cease the sale of the user’s personal information. This preference will be maintained unless the user chooses to reverse their opt-out decision at a later time.

VIII. Non-Discrimination:

Searchingness does not discriminate against users who choose to exercise their right to opt-out under the CCPA. Users opting out will receive the same level of service and access to features as those who do not opt-out.

IX. Updates to the “Do Not Sell” Policy:

Searchingness may update this “Do Not Sell” Policy to reflect changes in practices or legal requirements. Users will be notified of any material changes through appropriate means.

X. Contact Information:

For any questions, concerns, or requests related to opting out of the sale of personal information, users can contact us using the following information:

Please allow up to [Insert Time Frame] for us to respond to your opt-out requests. We are committed to addressing these matters promptly and professionally.

Appendix B: “Age Restrictions Policy”

I. Introduction:

This “Age Restrictions Policy” outlines the minimum age required for users to access Searchingness website and its services. Searchingness is committed to complying with applicable regulations, including those related to the online privacy and protection of children.

II. Minimum Age Requirement:

To use Searchingness website and services, users must be at least 16 years old. This age requirement is in place to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

III. Verification of Age:

Searchingness does not knowingly collect personal information from individuals below the specified minimum age. Users may be asked to provide their date of birth during the account creation process to verify their age. In cases where age verification is necessary, users may be required to confirm their age through a reliable method.

IV. Parental Consent:

If Searchingness becomes aware that personal information has been inadvertently collected from a user below the specified minimum age without appropriate parental consent, we will take prompt action to delete such information from our records. Parental consent may be obtained through various methods, including obtaining a signed consent form or using other verifiable methods.

V. Education and Information:

Searchingness provides educational information to parents or legal guardians about our age restrictions and privacy practices. This information is designed to help parents understand our policies and encourage their involvement in their child’s online activities.

VI. Reporting Concerns:

If parents or legal guardians have concerns about their child’s use of Searchingness or believe that personal information has been collected without appropriate consent, they are encouraged to contact us immediately. We will take prompt action to address such concerns and ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

VII. Updates to the “Age Restrictions Policy”:

Searchingness may update this “Age Restrictions Policy” to reflect changes in practices or legal requirements. Users will be notified of any material changes through appropriate means.

VIII. Contact Information:

For any questions, concerns, or requests related to the “Age Restrictions Policy,” users can contact us using the following information:

Please allow up to [Insert Time Frame] for us to respond to inquiries or requests. We are committed to addressing these matters promptly and professionally.