Revised Date: August 21, 2020
Non-Personal and Aggregate Information May be Collected Automatically
When you visit our Web site, we may log general data, such as your domain name, the name of the Web page from which you entered our Web site, which pages you visit on our Web site, and how much time you spend on each page. We may use this information to monitor use of and improve our Web site as well as for internal analysis. In particular, we may use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the Web site, and gather information for aggregate use. (IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.)
Our Web site uses “cookies” to help personalize your online experience, such as recognizing repeat visitors. A cookie is a text file that is anonymously placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. www.dataquestllc.com cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. www.dataquestllc.com does not match your personally identifiable information with the cookie assigned to you. We will not share or sell non-aggregated information contained within cookies with any third party.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of our Web site or receive some of our services.
DataQuest is a consumer reporting agency. It is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. (“FCRA”) to maintain the confidentiality of all consumer information.
DataQuest obtains information on an individual consumer only upon the request of a user who has a permissible purpose under the FCRA to request information on that consumer in order to provide consumer reports. The FCRA requires a user for employment purposes to certify to us that it has permissible purpose for the report and has obtained the written consent of the consumer to request information before we can supply the requested information. (There is an exception for employer investigations of suspected employee misconduct or for compliance with law or employer policies, e.g., sexual harassment investigations.) The user must submit to reasonable audits by DataQuest to confirm that it is, in fact, obtaining such consents. Our customers agree to keep your information confidential and secure.
DataQuest does not maintain a commercial database of consumer information.
Any information gathered on any consumer may only be provided to the user authorized by the consumer or permitted by the FCRA or similar state law to receive the information. DataQuest cannot and does not share, sell or distribute consumer information with or to any third party other than the requesting party thereof. Any consumer, upon proper identification, has the right under the FCRA to request us to furnish to the consumer any and all information it may have on that consumer. The consumer has the right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the consumer’s file. The consumer’s rights under the FCRA may be obtained by contacting us or going to the FTC website at: https://www.ftc.gov
However, DataQuest may be required, upon receipt of a court order to release the information in civil litigation or as otherwise required by law, to disclose information regarding a consumer to law enforcement agencies.
Other privacy initiatives and procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Access to confidential consumer information is limited within DataQuest to those who have a need-to-know the information: obtaining and transmitting information on the consumer or those dealing with a consumer request for information or consumer disputes.
- Access to DataQuest’s computer terminals, file cabinets, fax machines, trash bins, desktops, storage rooms, etc. are secure from unauthorized access.
- DataQuest maintains a secure network to safeguard consumer information from internal and external threat.
- Any backup data is maintained in an encrypted form.
- DataQuest maintains records on each request for information and identifies each user who requested information on a consumer.
- Employees/Workers are prohibited from “browsing” files or databases without a business justification.
- Destruction of consumer information follows the Federal Trade Commission’s requirements that the information be unreadable upon disposal.
Personal Information Disclosure: United States or Overseas
When you submit personally identifiable information to DataQuest, such personal information may be transferred to third parties (including to a contractor, foreign affiliate, wholly owned entity or an employee of the investigative consumer reporting agency) outside of the United States or its territories. You hereby consent to the transfer of your personal information across national and state borders and the storage and processing of your information in a country or state that may not provide privacy protections similar to those your country or state provides. If information is sought from outside of the United States, the information is gathered in that country and then transmitted to us here in the United States where it is treated as any other consumer information.
Personal Information You Provide
You can use our Web site without divulging any personally identifiable information, including your e-mail address. Our Web site does not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you expressly provide such information to us on a voluntary basis, for example, when you log onto the area designated on our Web site as our “Client Login” page, subscribe to our newsletter, or request us to contact you. The personally identifiable information we collect in such places on our Web site may include: your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, type of industry, number of employees of your company, your initials, customer number and password. In addition, we collect via our secure “Client Login” page personal information that you provide us about third persons for whom you direct us to obtain consumer reports in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), including, without limitation, information which may include: the name, social security number, address (including past addresses), telephone number, date of birth, driver’s license or state identification card number, employment/education and employment/education history of such persons.
We may also add the information you provide to our databases, subscriber lists and/or contact lists. In the event you do not want to submit personal information via our Web site, you may contact us directly by writing or calling the contact provided below.
DataQuest does not rent, sell or share personal information about you with third parties or nonaffiliated companies, except as required by law or in response to a governmental investigation. However, if you use our Client Login page to request consumer reports on third persons, we will share the personal information about such persons with other third party furnishers of information under the FCRA to the extent necessary to process your transaction, conduct the search and compile the consumer report that you have requested.
Our Commitment to Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access to your personal data, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect through this Web site.
DataQuest uses secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use our secure online forms through our “Client Login” page.
E-mail that you send us is not necessarily secure against interception. If your e-mail communication includes sensitive information like your Social Security number, your bank account number, or your credit or charge card numbers, you may desire to contact us through one of our secure online forms or by mail or telephone.
www.dataquestllc.com may provide links to external Web sites for your convenience. The links and information these sites contain are not monitored by us and those sites are subject to their own privacy polices and terms and conditions of use. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or practices of these sites nor do we endorse these sites or content provided thereon.
Policy Regarding Children
We define children as individuals under the age of 18. Our Web site is not intended for the use of children and we do not intend to collect information about children through our Web site.
California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine the Light” law, permits our customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us at the address set forth below.
P.O. Box 1308
Snohomish, WA 98291 USA
If you wish to discontinue or “opt out” of the use of your personal data by DataQuest, or to unsubscribe from any newsletter or promotional materials, please contact us by e-mail at our “Contact Us” page or at the contact information above.