BRITE ENERGY IS COMMITTED TO YOUR PRIVACY
As a respected provider of solar energy products and services, Brite Energy and its affiliated companies (“Brite Energy”) especially recognize that the trust of our customers and web visitors depends, in part, on our sensitivity to and protection of your privacy.
SCOPE OF THIS POLICY
This policy identifies the types of information about you we may collect, how we use it and the steps we take to protect it. The primary focus of this policy is the protection of non-public information that identifies or is associated with the identities of our customers or web visitors. Such information is referred to as “personal identifying information” or PII.
Brite Energy affiliated companies mean Brite Energy Solar, Inc. and its subsidiary and affiliated entities.
This policy does not apply to companies other than Brite Energy or its affiliated companies (“third parties”), including third parties that have licensed the Brite Energy brand for use with their own products or services. In these situations, you will be subject to third-party privacy policies.
Also, when you sign up for certain Brite Energy-offered services, you may be asked to agree to additional privacy policies that address privacy practices specific to those services.
This policy addresses the privacy of Brite Energy customers and visitors to our website from within the United States.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
We may collect PII regarding our customers, including information you provide us, information we collect during and in connection with our relationship with you, and information we obtain from other sources. Examples include:
a.) Your name, address, telephone number and email address
b.) Your billing, payment, usage, credit and transaction information (including credit card numbers, account numbers and/or social security number)
c.) Information regarding the use of your solar products and services
d.) Various demographic information about you
Occasionally, Brite Energy may enter into affinity relationships with third parties to jointly market products and services to our respective customers and customer prospects. In such circumstances, we may obtain the foregoing information and other PII from our affinity partners.
In addition, we may also collect personal identifying information that visitors to our website provide to us (e.g., name, address, telephone number, email address) when visiting our websites.
We use the PII of our customers to provide our products and services, determine the credit standing of our customers at the time of sale, submit invoices, obtain payment and resolve customer issues, and, generally, to enhance our customers’ experience with us. We also use customer and web visitor PII to develop, market and sell new or additional products and services.
We may aggregate the PII of customers and/or web visitors to produce data about a group or category of services, customers or web visitors, for the purpose of analysing and enhancing our products, services and customer service. Such aggregated data, however, will not contain any PII regarding any customer or web visitor.
DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES
Except as set forth in this section, we do not provide your PII to third parties without your consent.
We may disclose your PII to third parties without your consent to enable us to provide you our products and services. For example, we may disclose certain PII without your consent to third parties who perform functions or services on our behalf, such as our authorized subcontractors and others who we have engaged to market and sell our products and services, and third parties who provide consulting, data processing, analysis and advertising services.
In addition, we may provide PII to third parties (including credit bureaus or collection agencies) without your consent:
a.) To obtain payment for our products and services or to enforce our customer agreements, or otherwise to protect or enforce our rights.
b.) To comply with court orders, subpoenas, or other legal or regulatory requirements.
c.) To notify a responsible governmental entity or other emergency responder in the event of an activation of your alarm system, or otherwise in accordance with our customer agreements.
In addition, we may provide certain PII, and information regarding the products and services you purchase from Brite Energy, to our affinity partners and other third parties with whom we have established relationships, to market and sell products and services offered by Brite Energy and/or such affinity partners, or to enhance such offerings.
Whenever we provide your PII to third parties, we require that they protect it consistent with the types of protections outlined in this policy and do not allow them to use such information for any purposes inconsistent with this policy. In the ordinary course of our business, we may sell (or buy) businesses or assets, including solar accounts. In transactions such as these, your PII may be one of the transferred business assets. After any sale or assignment of your account, your PII will become subject to any privacy policies maintained by the buyer of your account.
Web Usage Information
We use web usage information to facilitate the functioning of our websites and to expand and improve our web visitors’ online experience. We may also aggregate such web usage information with other visitors’ web usage information to assess trends and better design, monitor and otherwise improve our websites, as well as to focus our marketing efforts.
In some cases we may combine web usage information related to your access to our websites with your PII. We use the combined data to provide a better online experience for our customers and web visitors, and to market and provide advertising about goods and services that may be of particular interest. Once combined, the resulting data is protected as PII as described in this policy.
Cookies are digital identifiers that a website sends to your computer when you visit the website. Cookies can contain a variety of information, such as a simple count of how often you visit a website and information that allows the website to customize your visit.
Our cookies do not allow the transmission of a virus to your computer, make it possible to track your browsing habits on the internet or give anyone access to information stored on your computer. You can configure your web browser to alert you when a web site is attempting to send a cookie to your computer and allow you to accept or refuse the cookie. You can also set your browser to disable the capacity to receive cookies or you can delete cookies previously accepted. Please note that disabling cookies may affect your ability to use or navigate our websites.
We may use advertising companies to deliver ads for Brite Energy services and products on our websites or on third party websites. These internet ads may contain third-party cookies that allow tracking of your responses to the advertisements. Although these third parties may receive anonymous web usage information about ad viewing on such websites, we prohibit them from using this information for any purpose other than to assist us in measuring the effectiveness of our ads.
Our Email Marketing Practices
We may periodically send customers news and updates via email regarding Brite Energy products and services. Every marketing email we send contains instructions and an opt-out link that will allow you to stop additional marketing emails from us.
Without your consent, we do not provide your email address to third parties for the marketing of third party products.
Our Telemarketing Practices
We comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding “Do Not Call” lists. These laws generally permit companies to contact their own customers even though such customers are listed on “Do Not Call” lists.
Residential customers may request that they be removed from Brite Energy’s telemarketing lists at any time by contacting a Brite Energy customer service representative. However, the nature of the services we provide require that we be able to contact you regarding your solar products and related issues.
Online Access by Children
Brite Energy’s websites are not designed to attract children. We do not target children for the collection of information online and do not knowingly collect personal identifying information from anyone who we have reason to believe is under the age of 18.
We do not sell our products and services to, or schedule service calls or other appointments with, anyone who we have reason to believe is under the age of 18.
Linking to Other Sites
Our websites may provide links to third-party sites. We are not responsible for the privacy, security or content of third party sites. If you are asked to provide information on one of these websites, you should carefully review their privacy policies before providing your information.
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
All employees of Brite Energy and its affiliated companies are subject to the company’s policies and procedures regarding handling of our customers’ and web visitors’ PII. These documents require all employees to follow applicable laws and regulations governing our business at all times. In addition, our code of ethics specifically requires compliance with legal requirements and company policies related to the privacy and security of customer information. Employees who fail to meet these standards may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
We employ technology and security measures designed to protect against unauthorized access to or improper alteration, misuse, disclosure or destruction of data, including PII. In addition, we have implemented strict policy guidelines designed to safeguard the privacy of your personal identifying information. For example:
a.) We maintain and protect the security of our computer systems containing PII, and we typically require user names and passwords to access such data.
b.) We use encryption solutions to protect transmission of your data.
|c.) We limit access to PII to those employees, contractors and agents who need access to such information to provide our products and services.
d.) We require all third parties we provide PII to maintain its confidentiality and to use it only for purposes consistent with this policy.
We will continue to look for new ways to enhance our security capabilities as new technology becomes available.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact us via email at [email protected].