Your privacy is very important to us. We will not knowingly disclose personally identifying information about you to third parties if you do not wish us to, except when we believe that the law requires it, or to protect the rights, safety or property of Tower Technologies, Inc., our users or others. The following policy describes how Tower seeks to assure you and all its visitors how it protects information provided or collected through this web site.
What Information is Collected
We may collect certain personal identification information from you such as your name, social security number, e-mail address, and property preference information. We also may collect certain financial information about you for distribution to potential lenders if you choose to be pre-qualified for a home loan. By requesting to be pre-qualified for a home loan, you are consenting to our sharing your personal financial data to potential lenders and others to facilitate the pre-qualification. This financial information may include your salary, your assets, your debt obligations, and credit history. When you register for "Properties By Email™" we collect specific information about you, which allows us to keep a user profile so that we may customize preferences and auction settings and send you the property information you desire, as well as provide a faster method for you to submit and receive information to and from us. When you visit our website, we obtain general information about you, including technical information related to your computer and the manner in which you are accessing our site. In addition, we gather information about your website browsing habits and the bids you make. From time to time, we may also collect other information from you when you complete questionnaires, surveys, or use our other services. We may aggregate the general and personal information that we gather about you with information of other users.
The Use and Sharing of Collected Information
We use your information to contact you, ensure that you are eligible to participate in our auctions, better understand how our website is used and improve and customize our services for you. We may also use the information that we collect during the registration processes to notify you about important functionality changes to the web site, new Tower services, or special offers we think you will find valuable. We may from time to time share all of the information that we collect from you, as stated above, to third parties, including property sellers, brokers and financial institutions, who wish to offer products or services of interest to you. If you prefer that we not disclose any of your information to third parties, you will be given the opportunity to opt out of such disclosure at any time by following the procedures described in the next section. Even if you do opt out in the manner set forth below, we reserve the right to share information about you solely in aggregated form (that will not enable anyone to personally identify you) to third parties for marketing, advertising and other uses. Also, even if you do opt out of disclosure, we will still share your information in the following instances:
How You Can Access, Limit or Change the Information Collected About You?
- When we are compelled to do so by law or by an order of a court or governmental authority;
- In order to cooperate with law enforcement authorities or governmental regulatory bodies; and
When you register with us, you may elect ahead of time to be excluded from any surveys or product announcements. If you did not elect to be excluded at the time of registration, but decide later that you'd like to be excluded from such surveys or product announcements, you can choose to opt out by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting that your preference be changed. However, if you opt out of disclosure of your information, you will not be able to take advantage of the mortgage pre-qualification service. You may also delete any information that has been previously collected about you and de-activate your account by accessing the "Properties By Email™" and the "My Profile" areas.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of the information that you provide to us. It is our policy to store your information on a secured network and only to offer access to it to a limited number of employees, to our auditors and to third parties who help us service, repair and maintain our networks, or as otherwise required to comply with any laws, court orders, or governmental regulations. Unfortunately, when you submit information to us over the Internet, the information may travel over many networks and systems that are not under our control. The Internet is not completely secure and others may intercept the information you are sending.
Third Party Sites
We may publish links to other sites from our website. Please note that Tower does not control the content, practices or policies of any other site, including what information those sites collect about you.