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PRIVACY POLICY




This Website is operated by Mergent, Inc., a member of the London Stock Exchange plc group of companies (“we/our/us/Mergent”). “Website” means the website located at www.mergent.com, any subsequent URL which may replace this website, and all associated URLs, micro sites and websites, which includes fordequity.com, fordupdate.com, intrinsic-research.com, mergentonline.com, mergentarchives.com, bv.mergent.com, eventsdata.com, mergentinvestoredge.com, mergentintellect.com, mergentmddi.com, mergentkbr.com, epiconline.com,  predictdiv.com, mergentbluesky.com, mergentbusinesspress.com, mergentsmartbeta.com, mergent.firstresearch.com, mergentindustryreports.com, getmergentintellect.com, and us-marketatlas.com. “You/your” means you as a user of the Website. “User” means all users of this Website. We offer this Website, including all information, tools and services available from this Website, to you conditioned upon your acceptance of all the terms, conditions, policies and notices stated here.

WE TAKE PRECAUTIONS WITH USER INFORMATION AND PERSONAL DATA. We value our Users and respect your privacy. We collect information about you through the Website in an effort to improve your online experience and to communicate with you about our services and promotions. Neither your name nor anything personal about you is sold or shared with any non-affiliated company or agency. However, as described in greater detail below, we may share your information under certain circumstances with businesses with whom we work to help the Website function. This Privacy Policy describes the personal information we collect about you, why we collect it, how we use it, and when we share it with third parties. This Privacy Policy also describes the choices you can make about how we collect and use certain of that information.

By accessing this Website, you acknowledge this Website Privacy Policy and agree to be bound by the terms hereof and the Terms of Use set forth on the Website. If there is anything you do not understand please email any inquiry to customerrelations@mergent.com. If at any time you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use this Website.

We reserve the right to change or update this Privacy Policy by posting such changes or updates to the Website. Amendments to this Privacy Policy will be posted at this URL and will be effective when posted. It is your responsibility to review any such changes or updates and check the Website from time to time to be sure you understand all terms and conditions, agreements and policies of the Website and are in compliance with them. You can tell if the policy has changed by checking the last modified date that appears at the end of this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of any amendment, modification or change shall constitute your acceptance thereof.


1. Types of Personal Information Collected

We will ask you for certain kinds of personal information (“Personal Information”) to provide the services you request. This information includes:

Your Account - You have the opportunity to create a personal account with us. Using a user name and password of your choice, you may access your account online at any time to add, delete, or change information. Please be aware that although we may ask you for your actual name and address when you create your account with us, this information will not be viewable by other users of the Website. In creating this account, you authorize us to store your name, address, email address, telephone number and other Personal Information that you may provide. The Personal Information provided by you is not used for any purpose other than as outlined in this Privacy Policy. If you ever use a public computer to and access your Website account, we strongly encourage you to log out at the conclusion of your session. By doing so, although your information may still be stored with us, it will not be accessible to anyone else from that computer.

Email List - When you create an account with us, you may be given the option to be added to our mail list. Whether or not you select this option, your Personal Information will never be shared with or sold to third parties. To be removed from our email list, please email us at customerrelations@mergent.com and include your name and email address in the message, or click the “unsubscribe” button found at the bottom of the emails we send you.


2. Use of Your Personal Information

We use the Personal Information we collect for various purposes, including:
- to communicate with you about matters, including products, services, and promotions, that might be of interest to you; and
- to improve our overall Website experience.


3. Sharing Personal Information With Third Parties

3.1 We do not share, sell or trade your Personal Information gathered online with any third parties, except with your consent or as described herein. We do not contribute to or participate in cooperative databases, which give other companies access to such Personal Information.

3.2 We may disclose your Personal Information when legally required to do so, to cooperate with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings, to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Website, to limit our legal liability and protect our rights or to protect the rights, property or safety of Users of this Website or the public.

3.3 We may also disclose your Personal Information to outside individuals and/or companies that help us bring you the products and services we offer and to create, operate, and maintain our Website. For example, we may work with third parties to: (a)manage a database of customer information; (b) assist us in distributing e-mails; (c) assist us with direct marketing and data collection; (d) provide data storage and analysis; (e) provide fraud prevention; (f) provide customer service; and (g) provide other services designed to assist us in developing and running our Website and maximizing our business potential. We require that these outside companies agree to keep all information shared with them confidential and to use the information only to perform their obligations to us.

3.4 In addition, if we go through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets, your Personal Information will likely be among the assets transferred. Mergent is a member of a group of companies headed by the London Stock Exchange Group plc (the “LSE Group”). Your details may be held in our contact database which can be accessed and used by other entities in the LSE Group, which may be located outside the USA or EEA.


4. Mobile Privacy

4.1 We may offer mobile applications (commonly known as "apps") and mobile-optimized experiences that allow you to use our services through your mobile device. All Personal Information collected by us via our mobile applications is protected by this Privacy Policy.

4.2 Although you do not have to provide your location information to us to use our mobile applications, some of our specific services may require a zip code to function. You may manually enter a zip code and we will save your zip code for future reference. Alternatively, when you download our mobile application, you may choose to allow it to obtain your precise location from your mobile device. In this case, we will determine your zip code from the precise location data received from your mobile device. We do not store precise location data; we only store the zip code associated with the location, which contains no Personal Information. We may also offer automatic (or "push") notifications through our mobile applications. We will provide push notifications only to those users who opt-in to receive such notifications from us. If you have questions about location and notification privacy, please contact your mobile service provider or the manufacturer of your device to learn how to adjust your settings.

4.3 In the future, we may offer updated or enhanced versions of our mobile applications that include additional features created by us or using third party functionality. Our mobile applications or the third party may automatically collect information about your precise location from your device, but only if you allow it.


5. Non-Personally Identifiable Information

5.1 Through your use of this Website, we may also collect certain non-personally identifiable information from you (“NPII”). NPII is not associated with you as an individual. It is measured anonymously and only in the aggregate.

5.2 The Website may use cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a website that is saved on your hard drive by your computer’s browser. Cookies help us remember you when you return to the Website. Cookies also hold information to personalize and enhance your experience and to gather website statistical data, such as which pages are visited, the Internet provider’s domain name and the addresses of the sites you visited immediately before coming to and immediately after leaving the Website. The information in the cookies lets us trace your “clickstream” activity (i.e., the paths taken by users of the Website as they move from page to page) to enable us to better serve our users by revealing which portions of the Website are the most popular. Cookies contain absolutely no Personal Information. You may disable cookies on your browser. Please review your browser’s instructions for doing so.

5.3 We may also use “pixel tags” (sometimes called “web beacons” or “clear gifs”), which are tiny graphic images, on the Website. Pixel tags help us analyze Users’ online behavior and measure the effectiveness of the Website and our advertising and marketing. We may also use other analytical tools to evaluate site performance through the use of aggregated data, which contain no Personal Information. We work with service providers that help us track, collect, and analyze this information.

5.4 Cookies, pixel tags and/or other analytical tools that we may use on the Website may collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the features you use, the links you click, and other actions you take in connection with the Website. This information may include your computer’s Internet protocol (IP) address, your browser type, your operating system, date and time information, and other technical information about your computer. We may also track certain information about the identity of the website you visited immediately before coming to the Website. We do not otherwise track any information about your use of other websites.

5.5 Cookies, pixel tags, and/or other analytical tools in our emails may be used to track your interactions with those messages, such as when you receive, open, or click a link in an email message from us.

5.6 We may also work with businesses that use tracking technologies to deliver advertisements on our behalf across the Internet. These companies may collect information about your visits to the Website and your interaction with our advertising and other communications, but no Personal Information is shared with them.

5.7 We may combine the NPII collected through cookies, pixel tags and other analytical tools with other information we may have collected from you. This information may be used to improve our Website, to personalize your online experience, to help us deliver information to you, to determine the effectiveness of advertising, and for other internal business purposes.

5.8 We may use Google Analytics in order to gather statistics on our Website. We will use the information gathered to improve the quality of our services. Google Analytics employs cookies to define user sessions, which allows for the collection of important data about how our visitors use our website. Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies for data analysis. This means that the cookies are linked to our Website, and Google Analytics will only use that cookie data for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior on our Website. According to Google, the data collected cannot be altered or retrieved by services from other domains. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google's website.


6. Your Security

6.1 We strive to keep your Personal Information private and safe. We take commercially reasonable physical, electronic and administrative steps to maintain the security of Personal Information collected, including limiting the number of people who have physical access to database servers, as well as employing electronic security systems and password protections that guard against unauthorized access.

6.2 Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the transmission of data over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we will use every reasonable means to ensure the security of information you transmit through the Website, we cannot guarantee that such information will not be intercepted by third parties. We will, however, prosecute any unauthorized or fraudulent transactions to the fullest extent permitted by law.


7. Links to Other Websites

7.1 While visiting the Website, you may link to websites operated by third parties or you may have come to the Website using a link found in another website. This does not mean that we endorse these websites or the goods or services they provide. We do not make any representations or warranties about any website that may be linked to the Website. Such other websites are independent from us, and we have no control over, or responsibility for, their information, products or activities.

7.2 In addition, our privacy practices may differ from those of these other websites. If you provide Personal Information at one of those websites, you are subject to the privacy policy of the operator of that website, not our Privacy Policy. Please make sure you understand the other website’s privacy policy before providing Personal Information.


8. Opt-Out

You will receive emails from us only if you have asked to receive them. If you do not want to receive e-mails from us you may click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email communication sent by us. Please allow us 10 business days from when the request was received to complete the removal, as some of our promotions may already have been in process before you submitted your request.


9. “Spoofing” And “Phishing”

A common Internet scam is known as “spoofing” or “phishing.” This occurs when you receive an email from what appears to be a legitimate source requesting Personal Information from you. Please be aware that we will not send you any emails requesting you to verify any Personal Information. If you ever receive an email that appears to be from us requesting such information from you, DO NOT respond to it, and DO NOT click on any links appearing in the email. Instead, please forward the email to us at customerrelations@mergent.com as we will investigate instances of possible Internet fraud.


10. Remarketing and Do No Track Signals

10.1 Mergent does not currently track its customers over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

10.2 Mergent does not authorize the collection of personally identifiable information on the Website by third parties.


11. Your California Privacy Rights

11.1 Under California Civil Code sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of Personal Information we share with third parties or corporate affiliates for those third parties or corporate affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. That notice will identify the categories of information shared and will include a list of the third parties and affiliates with which it was shared, along with their names and addresses. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit a written request to the following address: customerrelations@mergent.com. Please allow 30 days for a response.

11.2 In addition, please note the following:

(a) Users can visit our Website anonymously;

(b) We will add a link to this Privacy Policy on our home page, or at a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our Website;

(c) Our Privacy Policy link includes the word “Privacy” and can be easily be found on the page specified above;

(d) Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes on our Privacy Policy page;

(e) Users are able to change their Personal Information by emailing us or by calling us;

(f) We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track browser mechanism is in place; and

(g) We allow the collection of users’ behavioral tracking (but not Personal Information) by third parties. We do not authorize the collection of Personal Information on the Website by third parties.


12. Disclosure for Legal Purposes

You hereby authorize us to disclose any of your Personal Information pursuant to judicial and administrative proceedings and to law enforcement or government agencies if we believe the disclosure is necessary or appropriate. You also authorize us to disclose Personal Information if we believe the disclosure is necessary or appropriate in the event of an investigation of improper or illegal conduct in connection with the Website, such as fraud, misrepresentation, intellectual property infringement, or other activity that may put us at risk for liability.


13. Non-Confidential Information

We do not want you to send to us any confidential or proprietary information through email or otherwise. Any information, materials, suggestions, ideas or comments sent to us will be considered non-confidential, and by submitting the same to us, you are giving us the absolute right to use, modify, reproduce, transmit, display and distribute the information for any purpose whatsoever, with no payment or other compensation to you. However, we will not use your name unless we are required by law to identify the source of the materials, information, suggestions, ideas or comments, or unless we first obtain your permission.


14. Assignment

We may freely assign this Privacy Policy or any of our rights and/or obligations here under.


15. Contact

If you have any questions about your privacy or security at the Website, please send an email to customerrelations@mergent.com and include your name and email address in the message. If you do not receive a response from us to any emails you send to us within 7 business days, please send us another email as your original email may not have been received.


Privacy Policy Last Revised: March 17, 2017
 
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