Verizon is Committed to Protecting Your Privacy
Protecting our customers' privacy is an important priority at Verizon and we are committed to maintaining strong and meaningful privacy protections. The privacy of your information is a significant responsibility and we value the trust you place in us.
This policy applies to website visitors and Verizon customers in the United States. It applies across the Verizon family of companies and the products and services they provide. The Verizon family of companies includes the companies and joint ventures controlled by Verizon, including the Verizon telephone companies, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Wireless, AOL, and Verizon Online. For Verizon Enterprise Solutions customers outside the United States, policies are set forth at http://www.verizonenterprise.com/terms/. Also, certain services offered to consumers as well as contracts between Verizon and its business customers (both U.S. and international) may contain additional privacy-related terms and conditions that are presented to you in other ways.
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Information We Collect and How We Use It
We collect and use information about you in the following ways:
Information Collected When You Communicate with Verizon and Use Verizon Services:
We collect information when you communicate with us and when you use our products, services and sites. This includes information you provide such as name and contact information, images, the reason for contacting us, driver’s license number, Social Security Number, and payment information. Service usage information we collect includes call records, websites visited, wireless location, application and feature usage, network traffic data, product and device-specific information and identifiers, service options you choose, mobile and device numbers, video streaming and video packages and usage, movie rental and purchase data, TV and other video viewership, and other similar information.
We use this information to establish, monitor and maintain your account and billing records; measure credit and payment risk; provide account-related services; deliver and maintain your products and services; help you with service-related issues or questions; manage and protect our networks, services and users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; help us improve our services and research and develop new products and services; authenticate you; determine your eligibility for new products and services; and contact you with marketing offers.
When you contact us or we contact you, we may monitor or record that communication or keep a record of the transaction to help us train employees and better serve you.
We may automatically measure and monitor network performance and the performance of your connections to improve your, or our, service levels and products. If you contact us for service support, we also may access information about your computer, wireless device or other device settings to provide customized technical support or to install specific applications or services that you use or that are necessary to the applications or services you use.
Information about your use of Verizon products and services may be aggregated or anonymized for business and marketing uses by us or by third parties. For example, aggregate or anonymous data may be used to improve our services, measure and analyze the use of services and to help make services and advertising more relevant to you.
When you establish an online account or register on our sites or apps, we may collect information about your user identification, password and secret questions and answers. We use this information to authenticate you when you sign in.
Verizon will obtain your affirmative consent before we use information we gathered in the course of providing broadband Internet access services about your visits over time to different non-Verizon websites to customize ads specifically to you. One such program is Verizon Selects.
Information Provided to Us by Third Parties:
When you purchase products or apply for service with us, we may obtain credit information about you from outside credit reporting agencies to help us with customer authentication and credit-related decisions. If you lease your residence, we may have information about how to reach your landlord and whether landlord permission is required to install our facilities.
Verizon obtains information from outside companies such as those that collect consumer information including demographic and interest data. Examples of this information include gender, age range, sports enthusiast, frequent diner or pet owner. We use this data and combine it with other information we have about you to help us predict your preferences and to direct marketing offers that might be more relevant to you.
When you use social media credentials to login to or otherwise interact with a Verizon site or offer, we may collect information about your social media profile, such as your interests, “likes” and friends list. We may use this information, for example, to personalize your Verizon experiences and marketing communications, to enhance our services and to better serve you. You can control this data sharing via options in your social media accounts.
We also obtain contact information and other marketing lead information from third parties, website “refer-a-friend” options or social media platforms and may combine it with information we have to contact you or direct Verizon's marketing offers to you.
Information Collected on Verizon Websites and Apps:
Certain Verizon vendors may place and read cookies on our sites to help us deliver Verizon marketing messages on our sites and on non-Verizon sites. We require that these vendors provide consumers with the ability to opt out of their use of information for these purposes. In accordance with industry self-regulatory principles, you should see this icon in or around Verizon advertisements that are delivered on other sites using information collected on our sites. Clicking on this icon will provide information about the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad and will also describe how you may opt out of this type of advertising program. Additional information on the choices available to you for the use of your information for advertising purposes can be found in the "How to Limit the Sharing and Use of Your Information" section below.
Additional information about "cookies" and related technologies
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Information You Provide:
When you contact us for information about products and services or when you enter a Verizon-sponsored or affiliated contest, sweepstakes or promotion, we may use the information you supply to provide you with information about Verizon services, programs and offerings. Certain promotions may require that we disclose information such as content winners or provide information for prize fulfillment, and as required by law or permitted by the promotion’s official rules. Information you provide on our websites about your preferred location and other preferences may be used to provide you with more relevant product recommendations, services and special offers.
We also collect information from you when you participate in surveys or provide other feedback to us regarding our products or services, when you register to receive news or public policy updates, or when you apply for a job with or a grant from Verizon. We use this information only for the purpose for which you provide it.
Verizon may send you emails that communicate information about your account or about products, services, marketing offers, or promotions that may be of interest to you. When you open a Verizon email or click on links within these emails, we may collect and retain information to provide you with future communications that may be more interesting to you. Please note that Verizon will not ask you to send us, via email, sensitive personal or account information.
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Additional Information for Wireless Customers
Verizon Wireless inserts a unique identifier in certain web traffic from your mobile device. The identifier is used to identify eligible mobile device (through both the Relevant Mobile Advertising and Selects advertising programs) and to deliver other services. If you opt out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising program and you have not joined Verizon Selects, or if you activate certain types of lines that are not eligible to participate in our advertising programs, Verizon Wireless will stop inserting the UIDH. The identifier will continue to appear for a short period of time while we are updating our systems.
Verizon Wireless collects and uses mobile device location data for a variety of purposes, including to provide our mobile voice and data services, emergency services, and our and third-party location-based apps and services such as navigation, weather, mapping and child safety apps or tools. Verizon apps that use location information provide choices about the use of this information.
Many types of wireless apps and services use mobile device location data, including apps provided by other companies and wireless device operating systems. When you are considering new apps or services, you should carefully review the location-based services' or app providers' privacy policies to learn how they collect and use your information.
Verizon-supplied system application software may be present on your wireless device to enable automatic installation of apps when you activate your device and with your consent at later times. This software will collect certain usage information about the apps it installs, including first open and uninstall events. You can delete or disable these apps at any time.
Verizon Wireless does not publish directories of our customers' wireless phone numbers, and we do not provide or make them available to third parties for listing in directories unless you request that we do so.
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Information About the Cable Act
To the extent that Section 631 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the "Cable Act") applies to services you purchase, it entitles you to know about the personally identifiable information a cable service provider collects. This includes the nature of the use and disclosure of this information and to whom it may be disclosed, how long personally identifiable information is maintained, and how subscribers may access it. In addition, the Cable Act imposes limits on the collection and disclosure of personal information and gives subscribers the ability to enforce their privacy rights. (Personally identifiable information does not include aggregate data that does not identify a particular person).
The Cable Act allows a provider to use its cable system to collect personally identifiable information necessary to render a cable service or other services provided to subscribers and to detect and prevent unauthorized access to services. Additional personally identifiable information may be collected with the subscriber’s prior consent. Personally identifiable information may be used or disclosed without the subscriber’s consent where necessary to render services, and to conduct legitimate business activities related to services provided.
We may be required by law to disclose personally identifiable information to a governmental entity to comply with valid legal process, such as warrants, court orders or subpoenas, but we will not disclose records revealing your selection of video programming unless we receive a court order indicating that the governmental entity has made a specified showing of relevance and you were afforded an opportunity to contest the order. We may be required to disclose personally identifiable information (including your selection of video programming) to a non-governmental entity to comply with a court order, after you have been provided notice.
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to address your concerns. If you believe that you have been aggrieved as a result of a violation of the Cable Act, you may enforce the limitations imposed by the Cable Act through a civil action in a United States district court seeking damages, attorney's fees, and litigation costs. Other rights and remedies may also be available to you under federal or other applicable laws.
The Cable Act permits the disclosure of customer names and addresses as long as a subscriber has been provided with the opportunity to prohibit or limit this disclosure and the disclosure does not reveal, directly or indirectly, the subscriber’s viewing or other uses of the cable or other services provided. If we intend to share data in this way, we will provide you with the opportunity to prohibit or limit this type of sharing.
Additional Information for hum Service
The hum service includes vehicle diagnostics, stolen vehicle assistance, one-button emergency calling, automated alerts to emergency personnel when a potential accident is detected, and roadside assistance services as well as possible discounts on travel, automotive, car rental and other offers. When installed in your car, the hum system collects information about your vehicle's performance and maintenance characteristics, as well as your vehicle's location and use (including trip distances, acceleration, deceleration, turning, speed, and revolutions per minute). In addition to other uses described in this policy, this information will be used to develop and provide a driving tips feature planned for introduction in 2016. This feature is expected to rate your overall driving and suggest ways in which driving could potentially be improved.
Information that identifies your vehicle and other personal information may be shared as described in the information sharing sections of this policy as well as when it is necessary to provide various hum service features, such as alerting emergency personnel of your location if a crash is detected, helping authorities locate your vehicle if you report it stolen or helping roadside assistance locate your vehicle.
Advertising and Insight Programs
Relevant Mobile Advertising Program
Beginning in November 2015, the Verizon Wireless Relevant Mobile Advertising program will be combined into the AOL Advertising Network to help make marketing you see more personalized and useful to you across the devices and services you use.
The Relevant Mobile Advertising program uses your postal and email addresses; certain information about your Verizon Wireless products and services such as your device type; and demographic and interest categories we get from other companies such as your gender, age range, and interests (i.e. sports fan, frequent diner, or pet owner). The AOL Advertising Network uses information collected when you use AOL services and visit third-party websites where AOL provides advertising services (such as web browsing, app usage, and location), as well as information that AOL obtains from third-party partners and advertisers. The combined advertising program will use online and device identifiers including AOL browser cookies, advertising IDs from Apple and Google, and one created by Verizon, known as a Unique Identifier Header or UIDH.
We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. You have a choice about participating in this program.
Business and Marketing Insights
Verizon Wireless uses certain customer information to create aggregate business and marketing insights. The program uses Information about how you use your mobile device, including web browsing, apps and features you use and the location of your device, as well as certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as device type and amount of use) and information we obtain from other companies (such as gender, age range and interests). We may combine this information in a manner that does not personally identify you and use it to prepare aggregated business and marketing insight that we may use ourselves or share with others for their use. We may also share location information with others in a way that does not personally identify you so that they may produce aggregate business and marketing reports. You have a choice about whether your information is included in these reports.
Relevant Online Advertising
The Relevant Online Advertising program helps advertisers better reach our wireline Internet access customers using the postal address we have for you; certain information about your Verizon products and services – such as device type and broadband service features; and demographic and interest information provided to us by other companies – such as gender, age-range, sports fan, frequent diner or pet owner. This information is used to predict whether you fit within an audience an advertiser is trying to reach. We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. You have a choice about participating in this program.
Relevant TV Advertising
Verizon’s Relevant TV Advertising program helps advertisers reach FiOS television customers with advertisements that may be more relevant to their interests. We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. The ads may appear on a variety of platforms where FiOS television customers can access video content. We help advertisers deliver ads to audiences based on demographic and interest information (such as gender, family size, and luxury car owner) we obtain from other companies, your address and certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as service packages purchased, video on-demand purchases, and program viewing data). You have a choice about receiving this type of advertising and you can opt out online.
Additional Information for AOL Services
AOL products and services include online services such as AOL.com, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mapquest; AOL Mail and AIM; and advertising services, including ONE by AOL and Advertising.com. Many of AOL's free services are supported by the ads displayed on those services. AOL also provides a variety of online advertising services to other companies that place ads on our services and elsewhere.
Information We Share
Information Shared Within the Verizon Family of Companies:
Verizon shares customer information within our family of companies for a variety of purposes, including, for example, providing you with the latest information about our products and services and offering you our latest promotions. You can limit the sharing of certain types of customer information, known as Customer Proprietary Network Information, or CPNI, within the Verizon family of companies for marketing services to you other than your current services.
Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) is information that relates to the type, quantity, destination, technical configuration, location, amount of use, and related billing information of your telecommunications or interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Federal law governs our use and sharing of CPNI.
Information Shared Outside the Verizon Family of Companies:
Verizon uses vendors and partners for a variety of business purposes such as to help us offer, provide, repair and bill for services we provide. We share information with those vendors and partners when it is necessary for them to perform work on our behalf. For example, we may provide your credit card information and billing address to our payment processing company solely for the purpose of processing payment for a transaction you have requested. We require that these vendors and partners protect the customer information we provide to them and limit their use of Verizon customer data to the purposes for which it was provided. We do not permit these types of vendors and partners to use this information for their own marketing purposes.
As described in more detail in other sections of this policy, Verizon also may share certain information with outside companies-, for example, to assist with the delivery of advertising campaigns, or preparing and sharing aggregate reports. This information does not identify Verizon customers individually.
Verizon provides the names, addresses and telephone numbers of wireline telephone customers to directory publishers and directory assistance services unless a non-published or non-listed phone number has been requested.
We may disclose information that individually identifies our customers or identifies customer devices in certain circumstances, such as:
to comply with valid legal process including subpoenas, court orders or search warrants, and as otherwise authorized by law;
in cases involving danger of death or serious physical injury to any person or other emergencies;
to protect our rights or property, or the safety of our customers or employees;
to protect against fraudulent, malicious, abusive, unauthorized or unlawful use of or subscription to our products and services and to protect our network, services, devices and users from such use;
to advance or defend against complaints or legal claims in court, administrative proceedings and elsewhere;
to credit bureaus or collection agencies to determine credit risk, for reporting purposes or to obtain payment for Verizon-billed products and services;
to a third-party that you have authorized to verify your account information;
to outside auditors and regulators; or
with your consent.
If Verizon enters into a merger, acquisition or sale of all or a portion of its assets or business, customer information will also be transferred as part of or in connection with the transaction.
Information Provided to or Used by Third-Party Advertising Entities or Social Networks
If you choose to interact with specific advertisers who advertise on our apps sites or services, the information you provide to them is subject to the conditions of their specific privacy policies.
Advertising that is customized based on predictions generated from your visits over time and across different websites is sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising. In accordance with industry self-regulatory principles, we require that companies disclose when they are using online behavioral advertising programs to deliver third-party ads on our sites or collecting information about your visit to our sites for these purposes and give consumers the ability to opt out of this use of their information. You will see an icon in or around third-party advertisements that are delivered on our sites using behavioral advertising programs. Clicking on this icon will provide additional information about the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad as well as information on how you may opt out of these advertising programs. Additional information about your options regarding the use of your information for advertising purposes can be found below. Additional information about online behavioral advertising can be found here. Please note that Verizon does not have control over or access to information contained in the cookies that are set on your computer by ad servers, ad networks or third-party advertisers.
Additional information about "cookies" and related technologies
We also may permit advertisers on our sites, apps and services to place ads based on certain information we have about your Verizon products and services as well as geographic and demographic data. Information used for this purpose does not identify you individually.
Verizon websites and services my include social network or other third-party plug-ins and widgets that may provide information to their associated social networks or third-parties about your interactions with Verizon pages you visit or services you use, even if you do not click on or otherwise interact with the plug-in or widget. More information is available here.
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How to Limit the Sharing and Use of Your Information
You have choices about how Verizon shares and uses information.
Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI):
Customers of Verizon telecommunications and VoIP services may choose to limit the use and sharing of CPNI for Verizon's marketing services outside of services you currently have. Notice about our use and sharing of CPNI and the choices you have may be provided on your monthly bill, over the phone, via text, in contracts or in other ways.
Verizon Wireline consumers and certain business customers may opt out by calling 1-866-483-9700. Verizon Wireless consumer and certain business customers may call 1-800-333-9956. Other customers may decline to provide or withdraw CPNI consent by following the instructions in the Verizon notice seeking consent. For additional information, you can read examples of common consumer CPNI notices for Verizon Wireline and Verizon Wireless.
Federal "Do Not Call" laws allow you to place your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to prevent telemarketing calls to those numbers. To add your numbers to this list, please call 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov.
Most telemarketing laws allow companies to contact their own customers without consulting the federal or state Do Not Call list. If you would like to be removed from Verizon's residential telemarketing list, please contact us at 1-800-VERIZON. If you would like to be removed from the Verizon Wireless telemarketing list, please contact us at 1-800-922-0204. Please allow 30 days for your telephone number to be removed from any sales programs that are currently underway.
Marketing Email, Text Messages, Postal Mail and Door-to-Door Calls:
Marketing emails you receive from Verizon, include an unsubscribe instruction (usually found at the bottom of the email) that you may use to opt out of receiving future marketing-related emails.
You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailings or prevent door-to-door marketing solicitations from Verizon by calling 1-800-VERIZON. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailing or prevent text message marketing by Verizon Wireless by calling 1-800-922-0204. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailing or prevent text message marketing by Verizon Vehicle service by calling 1-800-711-5800. Text message solicitations from Verizon also contain an "unsubscribe" feature that you can use to prevent future marketing text messages from us. Please note that Verizon may use bulk mail service for some marketing mailings. These services deliver offers to all homes in a neighborhood or zip code. This type of mailing will continue even if you opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailings from Verizon.
Information Used for Online Advertising:
Please note that many opt outs use browser cookies or device controls and are specific to the device and browser you are using. If you buy a new computer, change web browsers or devices or delete the cookies on your computer, you may need to opt out again. In addition, ads you receive may still be tailored using other techniques such as publisher, device or browser-enabled targeting. You should check the privacy policies of the products, sites, apps and services you use to learn more about any such techniques and your options.
You also can limit the collection of certain website information by deleting or disabling cookies. Most computers' Internet browsers enable you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Disabling cookies may prevent you from using specific features on our sites and other websites, such as ordering products or services and maintaining an online account. Cookies must be enabled for you to use your Verizon e-mail account.
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Verizon Wireless customers may opt out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising program by following the instructions here or by calling us at 1-866-211-0874.
Verizon broadband Internet access customers may opt out of the Relevant Online Advertising program described above by following the instructions here.
Customers may opt out of Verizon's Relevant TV Advertising program by following the instructions here.
If you opt out online, you will need your account user ID and password. Also, please note that you will receive ads whether you participate in these programs or not, but under these programs, ads may be more personalized and useful to you.
Business and Marketing Insights
Verizon Wireless customers may choose not to have their information included in the creation of aggregated business and marketing insights that do not specifically identify any individual customers. You may opt out by calling 1-866-211-0874 or by visiting verizonwireless.com/myprivacy. Please note that if you have multi-line account, you should indicate your opt out choice for each line. If you add a line or change a telephone number, you will need to update your privacy choices.
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Working Together to Keep Children Safe
Verizon recognizes that online service providers must be vigilant in protecting the safety and privacy of children online. We do not knowingly market to or solicit information from children under the age of 13 without obtaining verifiable parental consent.
Verizon strongly supports educating parents and young Internet users on safe viewing practices and we offer a variety of tools to help children and parents avoid encountering objectionable content or communications while using our services.
Verizon provides many free resources that offer guidance, connect parents with experts and help give parents the technical knowledge to help keep kids safer online.
To learn more about AOL's information practices with respect to children under 13, please review AOL's Important Note to Parents.
Regrettably, there are those who use the Internet to view, store and distribute child pornography (or who engage in other types of illegal activity involving children). Child pornography is subject to severe criminal penalties and using the Verizon network to view, store or distribute it violates our service contracts. The Verizon network may not be used by customers in any manner for the storage, transmission or dissemination of images containing child pornography and we will report any instances of such activity of which we become aware to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
If you have a complaint about child pornography, the soliciting of children for sexual activity, or any other illegal or inappropriate activity involving children on a Verizon service, report it to us by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include the words "child porn" in the subject line of your email. You can also make a report directly to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through its CyberTipline located at www.cybertipline.org.
Additional Internet safety resources and information are available at:
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Information Security and Data Retention
Verizon has technical, administrative and physical safeguards in place to help protect against unauthorized access to, use or disclosure of customer information we collect or store, including social security numbers. Employees are trained on the importance of protecting privacy and on the proper access to, use and disclosure of customer information. Under our practices and policies, access to sensitive personally identifiable information is authorized only for those who have a business need for such access. Personally identifiable and other sensitive records are retained only as long as reasonably necessary for business, accounting, tax or legal purposes.
Although we work hard to protect personal information that we collect and store, no program is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee that our safeguards will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use or disclose personal information. Verizon maintains security and incident response plans to handle incidents involving unauthorized access to private information we collect or store.
If you become aware of a security issue, please contact Verizon's Security Control Center. We will work with you to address any problems.
Verizon often publishes helpful information about a wide range of scams that you may encounter.
View current information about Internet and phone scams and tips on how to protect yourself
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Accessing and Updating Your Information
We strive to keep our customer records as accurate as possible. You may correct or update your Verizon customer information by calling a Verizon customer service representative at 1-800-VERIZON or by accessing your account online and providing the updated information there. Similarly, updates can be made to your Verizon Wireless account by calling a Verizon Wireless customer service representative at 1-800-922-0204 or online. Verizon Enterprise Services customers may update their information by contacting their account manager. Verizon Vehicle customers may change or update their contact information by callng 1-800-711-5800. Registered AOL users may access and update their registration information and any billing or shipping information by visiting My Account.
FiOS and other customers served over our fiber-to-the-premises network who would like to see their personally identifiable information, may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time and convenient location to do so during business hours. You will need to provide proper identification and you may examine records that contain personally identifiable information about you and no one else. If you believe any of your personally identifiable information is inaccurate, we will work with you to ensure that corrections are made. Verizon reserves the right to charge you for the cost of photocopying any documents you request.
Links to and from Non-Verizon Websites and Content
Verizon websites, apps and platforms may contain links to non-Verizon sites and Verizon apps or other content may be included on web pages and web sites that are not associated with Verizon and over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the content on these sites or platforms or the privacy policies and practices employed by these sites and platforms. We recommend that you review the policies and practices of the sites you visit.
Information Sharing: Blogs and Social Networking
Some Verizon websites, apps, and services may allow you to participate in web log ("blog") discussions, message boards, chat rooms, and other forms of social networking and to post reviews. Please be aware that these forums are accessible to others. We urge you to not submit any personally identifiable information to these forums because any information you post can be read, collected, shared, or otherwise used by anyone who accesses the forum. Verizon is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums. If you post content to information sharing forums, including any information about the movies you rent or view, you are doing so by choice and you are providing consent to the disclosure of this information.
Changes to This Policy
If Verizon elects to use or disclose information that identifies you as an individual in a manner that is materially different from that stated in our policy at the time we collected that information from you, we will give you a choice regarding such use or disclosure by appropriate means, which may include use of an opt out mechanism.
Updated October, 2015
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