This website does not collect personally identifiable information from your computer when you browse this website and request pages from our servers. This means that, unless you voluntarily and knowingly provide us with personally identifiable information, we will not know your name, your email address, or any other personally identifiable information. We may use IP addresses, browser types and access times to analyze trends, administer the site, improve site performance and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. When you request a page from our website, our servers log the information provided in the HTTP request header including the IP number, the time of the request, the URL of your request, and other information that is provided in the HTTP header. We collect the HTTP request header information in order to make our website function correctly and provide you the functionality that you see on this website. We also use this information to better understand how visitors use our website and how we can better tune it, its contents and functionality to meet your needs.
Information We Collect and Its Uses
We collect your personal information if you decide to purchase one of our products or retain our services, participate in our affiliate marketing program, subscribe to our newsletter, complete an application form, participate in one of our surveys or transact other business with us. We need to collect personally identifiable information from you to execute the requested transaction, provide you with a particular service, and/or to further enhance your account. At anytime, we may ask you to voluntarily supply us with additional information needed. We will ask you for information such as, but not limited to: name, current and/or billing address, your e-mail address, telephone number, your Social Security number and certain other personal information, such as your date of birth, address, employment information, and certain credit card and loan account information. We may use your email address to send a confirmation and, if necessary, we might use the other information to contact you for help in processing.
In addition, when you provide contact details for transaction requests such as scheduling an appointment or requesting a proposal, we may use the contact information to keep you updated about future offers or promotions unless you opt-out online or otherwise notify us. Under no circumstances will Francois & Associates sell or share your personal information with any person or organization (“third party”) except: as authorized by you, our participating lenders, agents, and debt management firms depending on the application you fill out and the information you request.
We may also use the information we collect about you in order to, but not limited to: • learn more about your interest in the products or services we offer and provide you with information; • enroll customers who desire our services • open customer files and establish their accounts • provide customer service • negotiate settlement of our customers’ debts (according to the terms and conditions of their written agreements) • learn how to improve our products or services • provide opportunities for our affiliates and other companies to inform you about the products or services they offer that may interest you • to share aggregated statistical data with our business partners or for public relations. For example, we may disclose that a specific percentage of our users are between the ages of 25 and 35. This information is not disclosed to third parties.
Disclosure of Information to Participating Providers of Services
We may disclose a consumer’s personally identifiable information in order to effect or carry out any transaction that you have requested of us or as necessary to complete our contractual obligations with you. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SELL, RENT OR TRANSFER YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO our participating providers, as authorized by you, which include: lenders, agents, and debt management firms FOR ANY PURPOSE IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION. We prohibit the sale or transfer of personal information to non-affiliated entities for their use without giving you the opportunity to opt-out (See Opt-Out below). We may share your personally identifiable information with affiliated companies that are directly or indirectly controlled by, or under common control of Francois & Associates. We may send personally identifiable information about you to non-affiliated companies that are not directly or indirectly controlled by, or under common control of, Francois & Associates. The personal information collected on this site and by participating providers will be used to operate the site and to provide the services or products or carry out the transactions you have requested or authorized. We may change or broaden the use of your personal information at any time. We may use your personal information to provide promotional offers to individuals by means of email advertising, telephone marketing, direct mail marketing, banner advertising, and other possible uses.
We provide you the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes, when we ask for this information. For example, if you purchase a product/service but do not wish to receive any additional marketing material from us, you can indicate your preference by emailing or calling us per the information contained on our contact page.
If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, you may opt-out of receiving it by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by emailing or calling us per the information contained on our contact page.
Customer Care Contact Information:
Francois & Associates, LLC
15 Lincoln St., no. 181
Wakefield, MA 01880
We may use affiliates or contractors to provide certain clerical and information processing and shipping services on our site. When you sign up for our services, we will share only as much information as is necessary for the provision of those services.
These parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.
Securing the Transmission and Storage of Information
The security of your personal information is extremely important to us. We employ generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.
Our site uses security technology to protect information you provide to us through the site when entering sensitive information.
After information reaches Francois & Associates, it is stored on a secure server that resides behind firewalls designed to block unauthorized access from outside of Francois & Associates. You can help to maintain the security of your online transactions by not sharing your personal information with anyone. Remember, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. (Example: any information you provide us by email is not encrypted) Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about the security on our Web site, please feel free to e-mail us.
As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data.
We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.
We use session ID cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close you browser. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as contests or surveys, will be limited.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), 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. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personally identifiable information.
We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, please contact us.
Links to Other Sites
While we try to link only to sites that share our standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the applicable privacy policies and terms of conditions of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.
This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.
We may be co-branded with “partners and affiliates”. These business to business relationships are helpful to us and to you as they afford all concerned with greater product and service opportunities. We always provide opt-out opportunities regarding the sharing of your information with such partners and affiliates. Please note the sites linked to our site are governed by their own privacy policies which may or may not reach the standards set by our company.
Access to Personally Identifiable Information
If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our product or service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate same by emailing our Customer Care by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.
If you send us correspondence, including e-mails and faxes, we may retain such information in your customer file. Information you give us over the telephone may be noted for your file. We may also keep copies of any correspondence sent to you. We retain these records in order to provide the products and services you have requested and to measure and improve our customer service. We may, over time, delete these records as permitted by law. Phone calls may be recorded or monitored for customer satisfaction purposes.
Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide, we may communicate with you to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We may communicate via email or telephone, in accordance with your wishes.
We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information, as required, to comply with the law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, judicial proceedings, court orders or subpoenas, to enforce our Legal Notices or other agreements, or to protect our rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of our users or others (e.g., to a consumer reporting agency for fraud protection etc.).
In the event our company goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via e-mail and/or a prominent notice on our Web site for 30 days of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time. We will not jeopardize your privacy. The provisions contained in this privacy statement supersede all previous notices or policies regarding our privacy practices with respect to this site. Any and all changes will be made here, to this privacy statement.
We encourage you to check our site frequently to see the current privacy statement to be informed of how we are committed to protecting your information and providing you with improved content on our website in order to enhance your online experience. Upon any material changes to the policy statement, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.
Francois & Associates, LLC
15 Lincoln St., no. 181
Wakefield, MA 01880
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