BBBs Commitment to Online Security
Physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information. Billing information is encrypted whenever transmitted or received online. Personal information is accessible only by staff and volunteers designated to handle online complaints or requests. All BBB agents and contractors with access to personal information obtained on BBB web site are also bound to adhere to this policy.
Personal Information that BBB May Collect Online
BBB collects the following types of personal information: names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and facsimile numbers, billing information, and complaint information. BBB may also collect business information from sole proprietorships that apply for membership or program participation, some of which might constitute personal information, as well as personal information from individuals acting solely in their business capacity. If consumers use the complaint form hosted by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) to process complaints, the CBBB's own privacy and security policies apply. BBB does not collect or maintain information from those actually known to be under the age of 13, and no part of our site is structured to attract anyone under the age of 13.
How BBB May Use Personal Information Collected Online
BBB will not use your personal information other than for the purpose for which it was submitted without your consent. We use personal information to reply to inquiries, handle complaints, provide operational notices, and in program record-keeping. Occasionally, BBB receives requests from the media to release the names of consumers who have complained or were victims in a scam. BBB uses a check box on the complaint response verification form for the consumer's consent to have their name released. In some cases, BBB will phone a consumer but will never release this information without previous consent. We also process business and billing requests related to program participation. At certain points where personal information is collected on our site, there may be a box where you may indicate you would like to be on a list to receive information about other BBB programs and services and about ways to support BBB and its Foundation. At any time you can add or remove your name from our mailing list by contacting us at BBB South Plains
How Your Information May Be Shared
In order to process complaints against businesses, BBB will transfer complaints received online to the company complained about. It is also possible that a complaint, request or inquiry will be more appropriately handled by another BBB, in which case the request or inquiry will be transferred to the proper BBB office. By completing a complaint form or sending a request or inquiry, you are allowing us to forward your information to the proper business and also to the proper BBB, if necessary. Without submission of the requested information, BBB will not be able to share your information and process your complaint. BBB never sells or rents personal information. We will also release personal information to appropriate governmental authorities under the following circumstances:
- Where release is required by law (for example, a subpoena) or regulation, or is requested by a government agency conducting investigations or proceedings;
- Where our records indicate a company may be engaged in fraudulent activity or other deceptive practices that a governmental agency should be made aware of;
- Where warranted by a company's failure to participate in BBB's advertising self-regulatory process; or
- Where your communication suggests possible harm to others.
Help Us Keep Your Personal Information Accurate
If your personal information changes or you would like to review the personal information we may have on file, please email us with the new information or your review request at email@example.com. Let us also know the department or BBB program that led to your submission of personal information so we may efficiently locate your information.
Computer Tracking and Cookies
Our web site is not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information not entered by its visitors. Our site logs do generate certain kinds of non-identifying site usage data, such as the number of hits and visits to our site. This information is used for internal purposes by technical support staff to provide better services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.
A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. The BBB uses non-identifying cookies to provide easier site navigation and access to forms. You can still use BBB web site if your browser is set to reject cookies. Our cookies do not generate personal data, do not read personal data from your machine and are never tied to anything that could be used to identify you.
Adopted by Board of Directors July 25, 2001
Executive Committee reviewed and included additional language regarding consumers and media requests on June 26, 2002
The Better Business Bureau system is not responsible for the privacy practices or policies of participants in its various programs.