Areté Communication Group LLC’s Privacy and Confidentiality Policy: Please read below for a further explanation of what information we gather and how we use it.

This policy aims to clearly define what ‘privacy’ and ‘confidential information’ is in relation to customers of Areté Communications Group LLC, and outline the responsibilities and requirements with respect to handling such information. This Policy applies only to the information Areté Communications Group LLC and its Affiliates (collectively, “ACG,” “we,” or “us,” or “our”) collect through the websites, mobile applications, electronic devices, and all other interactive services we provide, and all of the associated content, functionalities and advertising (collectively the Services). This Privacy Policy governs the Services regardless of how you access them. Some Services may have a specific, separate Privacy Policy that will govern use of those Services. The Privacy Policy describes:

  1. The information we collect and how we collect it
  2. What we do with the information we collect
  3. How we share and disclose user information with third parties
  4. How we protect information
  5. Linked sites and advertisements
  6. Use of the Services by children
  7. How to contact us;

Changes to this Privacy Policy.

1. The information we collect and how we collect it

How we collect and store information depends on the websites you visit, the activities in which you participate and the Services you use. You can use some of the Services without providing any information other than that automatically collected as described below.

1.1 Information you provide

We may collect information about you during your use of the Services, including your name, username, password, email address, postal address, phone number, mobile phone number, payment information, gender, birth year, and information you provide or post on our Services or allow us to access when you do certain things, such as:

  • Enter registration information for one or more of our Services;
  • Enter a sweepstakes or contest or register for a promotion;
  • Participate in voting or polling activities;
  • Make a purchase;
  • Request certain features (e.g., newsletters, updates, and other products);
  • Sign up to receive SMS (text message) notifications;
  • Download or use one of our mobile applications;
  • Connect with the Services or otherwise allow us to access certain information about you via a social networking site (SNS); or
  • Post user-generated content, including comments, to or on any of our Services.

1.2 Information from third parties

We may obtain additional information about you or your company from third parties such as marketers, partners, researchers, and others. We may combine information that we collect from you with information about you that we obtain from such third parties and information derived from any other subscription, product, or service we provide.

2. What we do with the information we collect.

In order to provide business and writing services, ACG will receive and acquire information that is confidential and remains the property of our clients. All reasonable care is to be taken to maintain the confidentiality of the information the customer provides to ACG. We use the information that we collect for the following purposes:

  • For the purposes for which you provided it;
  • To send you information about your relationship or transactions with us;
  • To send you alerts or other communications via SMS messages or other media or networks;
  • To notify you about new features of the Services, special events, or products, services, and special offers;
  • To administer sweepstakes and contests;
  • To process and respond to your inquiries;
  • To contact you with information that we believe will be of interest to you;
  • To attribute content that you make available through the Services;
  • To generate and review reports and data about our user base and Service usage patterns;
  • To perform analytics and research aimed at improving the accuracy, effectiveness, usability, or popularity of the Services;
  • To improve the content and features of the Services or develop new Services;
  • To allow us to personalize the content and advertising that you see on the Services and to understand how users interact with and use our advertisements and Services;
  • To enforce the legal terms that govern your use of the Services;
  • To administer and troubleshoot the Services; and

To associate your activities, customize content or tailor advertising across different devices and browsers that you use to access the Services (for instance, computers, tablets, mobile devices, applications and websites).

3. How we share and disclose user information with third parties.

We will not sell or rent your confidential information and documents to third parties not affiliated with Areté Communications Group LLC. We may share your information with any agent or company that is part of ACG in order to provide the Services or advertising or to communicate with you on our behalf.

When you sign up to participate in a contest or sweepstakes, your information may also be provided to our sweepstakes or contest advertisers, operators, or sponsors and the use of that information will be also governed by those advertisers, operators, or sponsors privacy policies or practices.

We may disclose your information in response to any subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process we receive, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or to defend against legal claims.

We may disclose your information when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is appropriate in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding possible illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Service for the Services you accessed, and/or to protect the rights and property of ACG, our employees, users and the public. This may involve the sharing of your information with law enforcement, government agencies, courts, and/or other organizations.

We may aggregate and/or de-identify your information so that the information no longer relates to you individually. Our use and disclosure of such aggregated or de-identified information is not subject to this Privacy Policy, and may be disclosed to others without limitation and for any purpose.

4. How we protect information.

Your privacy is important to us and we take it seriously. Private and confidential information will be kept safe and secure. If it is in paper form, it should be kept locked away. If it is in electronic form, it should be protected by password and possibly encrypted until the services have been rendered. Once services have been completed, all files will be destroyed to ensure customer confidentiality. Confidential information must not be shared outside of ACG staff and intended recipients. We have implemented a variety of administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the unauthorized access of your information. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect, process and store and the current state of technology.

5. Linked sites and advertisements.

The Services may contain links to third-party websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those third-party websites.

We have relationships with third-party providers to provide content, products, services, and functionality through the Services. When you visit sites or use any Services provided in conjunction with one or more of these third-party providers and the brands of those providers appear on the site or Services in connection with such content, products, services, or functionalities, we may share any information you provide or that is collected during your use of those Services with those providers. In some cases, the provider may collect information from you directly, in which case the provider’s privacy policy (which may differ from this Privacy Policy) would apply. If you have any questions regarding the privacy policy of any of our providers, you should contact the provider directly for more information.

6. Use of the Services by children.

The Services are not intended for persons under the age of 13. We require that only persons 16 years of age or older use the Services. By using the Services, you hereby represent that you are at least 16 years old.

7. How to contact us.

If you would like to contact us for any reason regarding our privacy practices, please contact us at Areté Communications Group LLC | 12774 Wisteria Dr. Suite 1092, Germantown, MD 20875 T +800-842-3807| F +800-842-0617 | E | W

8. Changes to this Privacy Policy.

Areté Communications Group LLC reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time to reflect changes in the law, our data collection and use practices, the features of our Services, or advances in technology. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those changes.