Talking Platforms protects and respects your privacy
Talking Platforms LLC protects and respects your privacy. This Privacy Statement informs you of our privacy practices and of the choices you can make about the way your information is collected online and how that information is used. This statement is readily available on our home page and at the bottom of every Talking Platforms USA Web page.
In the development of Talking Platforms USA's privacy policies and standards, we respect and take into account the major principles and frameworks around the world, including the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows, EU Directive 95/46/EC, APEC Privacy Framework, and the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards.
1. Scope of this Privacy Statement
Links to non-Talking Platforms USA websites
We may also provide social media features that enable you to share information with your social networks and to interact with Talking Platforms USA on various social media sites. Your use of these features may result in the collection or sharing of information about you, depending on the feature. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and settings on the social media sites with which you interact to make sure you understand the information that may be collected, used, and shared by those sites.
2. Collection of personal information
Talking Platforms USA collects, exports, and uses personal information to better serve you and personalize your experience and interaction with Talking Platforms USA. Such collection is done with appropriate notice and consent, along with required filings with data protection authorities, where applicable.
Talking Platforms USA may collect personal information from you to complete various transactions, such as:
- product or service orders, activations, and registrations
- profile creation
- information requests
- marketing or support subscriptions
- contest entries or survey participation
- credit or credit card applications
- job applications
The types of personal information you provide to us may include:
- contact information, such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address
- financial information, such as your credit card number
- other unique information such as user IDs and passwords, billing and transaction information, product and service preferences, contact preferences, educational and employment background, and job interest data
If you apply for credit, we may ask you to provide additional personal information such as salary, social security number, banking information, and other information to authenticate you and verify creditworthiness. This information will be used by our financial services providers in determining whether to extend your credit.
If you choose to use a “tell-a-friend” or a similar referral program on our site, we will ask you for your friend’s e-mail address, mobile phone number, or other contact information and automatically send your friend a one-time message inviting your friend to visit the site. Talking Platforms USA uses and stores this information only for the purpose of sending this one-time message and to provide tell-a-friend message blocking, where available.
If you post, comment, indicate interest, or share personal information, including photographs, to any public forum on a Talking Platforms USA site, social network, blog, or another such forum, please be aware that any personal information you submit can be read, viewed, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to contact you, send you unsolicited messages, or for purposes that neither you nor Talking Platforms USA has control over. Talking Platforms USA is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.
In addition to the information you provide, Talking Platforms USA may also collect information during your visit to a Talking Platforms USA website, or a website “powered by” another company on behalf of Talking Platforms USA, through our Automatic Data Collection Tools, which include Web beacons, cookies, and embedded Web links. These tools collect certain traffic information that your browser sends to a website, such as your browser type and language, access times, and the address of the website from which you arrived. They may also collect information about your Internet Protocol (IP) address, unique device identifier, clickstream behavior (i.e. the pages you view, the links you click, and other actions you take in connection with Talking Platforms USA websites or “powered by” websites) and product information. Talking Platforms USA may also use some of these Automatic Data Collection Tools in connection with certain emails and communications sent from Talking Platforms USA and therefore may collect information using these tools when you open the email or click on a link contained in the email.
Talking Platforms USA also collects information from commercially available sources that it deems credible. Such information may include your name, address, email address, preferences, interests, and demographic/profile data. The information Talking Platforms USA collects from its commercial sources may be used along with the information Talking Platforms USA collects when you visit Talking Platforms USA’s sites. For example, Talking Platforms USA may compare the geographic information acquired from commercial sources with the IP address collected by Automatic Data Collection Tools to derive your general geographic area.
3. How we use your information
- assist you in completing a transaction or order
- prevent and detect security threats, fraud, or other malicious activity
- communicate with you about products and services
- provide and improve service and support
- update you on new services and benefits
- provide personalized promotional offers
- select content to be communicated to you
- personalize some Talking Platforms USA websites
- measure performance of marketing initiatives, ads, and websites “powered by” another company on Talking Platforms USA’s behalf
- allow you to participate in contests and surveys
- contact you regarding Talking Platforms USA products or services.
We will give you the opportunity to choose your privacy preferences regarding the communications we send.
The testimonials posted on our Web site are only posted with the expressed permission of the individual or company who provided that testimonial.
Credit card information is used only for payment processing and fraud prevention. Credit card information and other sensitive personal information required to process a credit decision is not used for any other purpose by our financial services providers or Talking Platforms USA and will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services unless you ask us to retain your credit card information for future purchases.
4. How we share your information
Talking Platforms USA will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others except as described in this Statement. Talking Platforms USA shares personal information in the following ways:
Talking Platforms USA retains service providers and suppliers to deliver complete products, services, and customer solutions and to assist Talking Platforms USA with marketing and communication initiatives. These providers and suppliers include, for example, credit card processors, providers of customer support and live-help, marketing, email service providers, automated data processors, and shipping agents. Suppliers and service providers are required by contract to keep confidential the information received on behalf of Talking Platforms USA and may not use it for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Talking Platforms USA.
Talking Platforms USA will require the export of your personal information to other Talking Platforms USA-owned business entities in the US and Worldwide in accordance with this Statement to satisfy your request. Such export is a requirement of providing the information to Talking Platforms USA.
Except as described in this Statement, Talking Platforms USA will not share the personal information you provide to Talking Platforms USA with non-Talking Platforms USA third parties without your permission, unless to (i) respond to duly authorized information requests of police and governmental authorities; (ii) comply with any law, regulation, subpoena, or court order; (iii) investigate and help prevent security threats, fraud or other malicious activity; (iv) enforce/protect the rights and properties of Talking Platforms USA or its subsidiaries; or (v) protect the rights or personal safety of Talking Platforms USA employees and third parties on or using Talking Platforms USA property.
Circumstances may arise where, whether for strategic or other business reasons, Talking Platforms USA decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize businesses in some countries. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal information to prospective or actual purchasers, or the receipt of it from sellers. It is Talking Platforms USA’s practice to seek appropriate protection for information in these types of transactions.
5. Children and youth privacy
6. Your choices and selecting your privacy preferences
You can make or change your choices about receiving either subscription or general communications at the data collection point or by using other methods, which are listed in the following sections. This option does not apply to communications primarily for the purpose of administering order completion, contracts, support, product safety warnings, driver updates, or other administrative and transactional notices as the primary purpose of these communications is not promotional in nature.
The communications that you receive from Talking Platforms USA will be provided in accordance with this statement. Some communications may utilize automatic data collection tools.
Subscription communications include email newsletters, software updates, etc. that may be expressly requested by you or which you consented to receive. After you request such communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by using one of the following methods:
- Select the email "opt-out" or "unsubscribe" link, or follow the opt-out instructions included in each email subscription communication.
- To unsubscribe from messages delivered to mobile devices, reply to the message with the words “STOP” or “END.”
- Return to the Web page(s) where you originally registered your preferences and follow the opt-out instructions.
- Write to the Talking Platforms. Be sure to provide your name, relevant contact information, and specific relevant information about the Talking Platforms USA subscriptions that you no longer wish to receive.
Please be aware that when you opt-out of receiving certain subscription communications, it may affect the services you have chosen to receive from Talking Platforms USA where accepting the communications is a condition of receiving the services.
Talking Platforms USA general communications
Talking Platforms USA general communications provide information about products, services, and/or support. This may include new product information, special offers, or invitations to participate in market research.
7. Access to and accuracy of your information
Talking Platforms USA strives to keep your personal information accurately recorded. We have implemented technology, management processes, and policies to help maintain data accuracy. Talking Platforms USA provides individuals with reasonable access to personal information that they provided to Talking Platforms USA and the reasonable ability to review and correct it or ask for anonymization, blockage, or deletion, as applicable. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your data.
8. Keeping your personal information secure
Talking Platforms USA takes seriously the trust you place in us. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of the information, Talking Platforms USA utilizes reasonable and appropriate physical, technical, and administrative procedures to safeguard the information we collect. Talking Platforms USA retains data only as required or permitted by local law and while it has a legitimate business purpose.
When collecting or transferring sensitive information such as credit card information we use a variety of additional security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The personal information you provide us is stored on computer systems located in controlled facilities which have limited access. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as credit card number or password) over the internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Credit card numbers are used only for processing payments and are not used for other purposes.
9. Changes to this statement
If we modify our Privacy Statement, we will post the revised statement here, with an updated revision date. If we make significant changes to our statement, we may also notify you by other means, such as sending an email or posting a notice on our corporate website and/or social media pages.
10. Contacting us
We value your opinions. If you have comments or questions about our Privacy Statement, please use our email contact form or write to us at the following address:
Talking Platforms USA
909 Ridgebrook Road
Sparks, MD 21152
How Talking Platforms USA uses data collection tools
The following sections provide additional information about commonly-used web technology tools.
A “cookie” is a small data file transferred by a website to your computer’s hard drive. Talking Platforms USA or its service providers send cookies when you surf our site or sites where our ads appear, make purchases, request or personalize information, or register yourself for certain services. Accepting the cookies used on our site, sites that are “powered by” another company on Talking Platforms USA’s behalf, or sites where our ads appear may give us access to information about your browsing behavior, which we may use to personalize your experience. Cookies are typically classified as either “session” cookies or “persistent” cookies.
- Session cookies do not stay on your computer after you close your browser.
You can find information on popular browsers and how to adjust your cookie preferences at the following websites:
Emails from Talking Platforms USA, Internet keyboard keys preconfigured by Talking Platforms USA, and promotional icons preinstalled on your PC desktop often use links designed to lead you to a relevant area on the Web, after redirection through Talking Platforms USA’s servers. The redirection system allows Talking Platforms USA to change the destination URL of these links, if necessary, and to determine the effectiveness of our marketing initiatives.
In emails, such web links may also allow Talking Platforms USA to determine whether you have clicked a link in an email, and this information about the interaction may be connected to your personal identity. If you do not want Talking Platforms USA to collect information about the links that you click, you can:
- change your choice about how you receive communications from Talking Platforms USA (i.e. choose a text-based version of the message where available) or choose not to click links in an email that Talking Platforms USA sends
- delete the promotional icons preinstalled by Talking Platforms USA on your PC desktop or choose not to click on those
- reconfigure the Internet keyboard keys on certain PC models to launch a destination URL of your choice by using the instructions provided with your PC
Talking Platforms USA ads and offerings on third-party websites
Talking Platforms USA contracts with service providers to place ads on websites owned by third parties. In addition, some websites may be “powered by” a service provider to provide Talking Platforms USA offers on Talking Platforms USA’s behalf. These service providers may send cookies from and use Web beacons on these third-party websites and on Talking Platforms USA.com. The cookies and Web beacons may enable Talking Platforms USA to collect information about the pages you viewed and the links you clicked.