You can view all of the content on our site without providing personal information. However if you seek additional information on a franchise or business opportunity, personal information will be requested, including your name, email address and phone number. The information you submit via our request form is then shared only with the franchises or business opportunities that you have in your request list. Franchise Direct does not share, sell, rent, or trade your personal information with third parties for their promotional purposes, unless authorized by you. Users who wish to correct personal information can do so by resubmitting their lead(s) on the Contact Us form with the correct details.
We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
Although Franchise Direct monitors Comments posted by the public on our Blog, we assume no responsibility or liability arising from such content. Any comments that contain any threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material will be promptly removed and will we will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials. Any personal information contained within a post will be removed and the first name of the poster will be used in all instances. However, you should be aware that any personal information you submit to our Blog can be read, collected or used by other users and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Franchise Direct is not responsible for any personal information you choose to submit to our Blog. To request removal of your personal information from our blog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
We post customer testimonials on our web site which may contain personal information such as the customer's name. We do obtain the customer's consent prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at email@example.com.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
In order to provide you with a better user experience, we may collect non-personal information from your computer using cookies. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use the collected information for site administration, analytical and marketing purposes. The cookies on this site are not tied to any personal information.
We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. We set a persistent cookie to store your information, so you don't have to enter it more than once if you so choose. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file.
If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site will be limited.
- Web Beacons / Gifs
- Our third party partners employs a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personal information.
- Analytics / Log Files
- As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We do not link this automatically-collected data to personal information.
- 3rd Party Tracking
- Behavioral Targeting / Re-Targeting
You will be added to our newsletter mailing list only if you register to receive it. We do not share your name or e-mail address with other companies. If you wish to unsubscribe from our newsletter, you may opt out by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in any of the email newsletters.
User Access and Choice
If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update or delete it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at the contact information listed below.
We will retain your information indefinitely or until you request we delete it. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Franchise Direct is intended to be used only by individuals age 18 and older. We do not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 18. If we are made aware of information collected from an individual under the age of 18, we will remove their information from our system as soon as possible.
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We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website. If Franchise Direct is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.
We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. While no data transfer can be completely secure, we will make reasonable efforts to secure all data that is transferred, stored or processed.
We recommend that you take every precaution to protect your personal information when you are on the Internet. For example, use a secure browser, change your passwords often, and select a strong password by choosing a combination of numbers, letters and characters.
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