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This privacy policy applies to www.franchisedirect.com and www.franchisedirect.co.uk, owned and operated by Franchise Direct (doing business as McGarry Internet Ltd) (collectively: “We”, “Us”, and “Our”). This privacy policy describes how Franchise Direct collects and uses the personal information you provide on our websites www.franchisedirect.com and www.franchisedirect.co.uk. It also describes the choices available to you regarding our use of your personal information and how you can access and update this information.

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. We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy.

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.

 

Blog Posts 

Our website offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at privacy@franchisedirect.com. 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. Alternatively, if you used a third party application to post such information, you can remove it, by either logging into the said application and removing the information or by contacting the appropriate third party application. 

 

Testimonials

We post customer testimonials on our website 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 privacy@franchisedirect.com.

 

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies  

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by Franchise Direct and our partners e.g. marketing partners, affiliates, or analytics or service providers e.g. customer experience optimization provider, etc. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis. 

We use cookies for our shopping cart and to store your information so you don't have to enter it more than once if you so choose. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited. 

Analytics / Log Files

As is true of most websites, 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 do not link this automatically-collected data to personal information.

Local Storage (HTML5)

We use Local Storage (LS) such as HTML5 to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity use LS such as HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LS.

Behavioral Targeting / Re-Targeting

We partner with a third party ad network to either display advertising on our website or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.

 

Newsletter

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 privacy@franchisedirect.com or by postal mail at the contact information listed below.

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

 

Children's Privacy

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.

 

Links to Other Sites

We may provide links to other companies and services from our site. Once you leave our site and enter another site, you are subject to their privacy policies. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. You should carefully review the company's privacy policy before using that site.

 

Frames

Some of our pages may utilize framing techniques to serve content to or from our partners while preserving the look and feel of our site. Please be aware that you are providing your personal information to these third parties, and not to www.franchisedirect.com or www.franchisedirect.co.uk.

 

Legal Disclaimer

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 website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

 

Security Measures

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.

 

Social Media Widgets

Our website includes social media features, such as the Facebook Like button and widgets, such as the Twitter button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

 

TRUSTe

Franchise Direct (doing business as McGarry Internet Ltd) has been awarded TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and practices have been reviewed by TRUSTe for compliance with TRUSTe's program requirements including transparency, accountability and choice regarding the collection and use of your personal information. The TRUSTe program does not cover information that may be collected through downloadable software. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through these websites www.franchisedirect.com and www.franchisedirect.co.uk, and does not cover information that may be collected through our mobile website.

TRUSTe's mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy Trustmark and innovative trust solutions. If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at privacy@franchisedirect.co.uk. If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact TRUSTe here.

Franchise Direct reserves the right to make material changes to its Privacy Policy. These changes will be posted prominently to our privacy policy, the home page, and other places we deem appropriate, we will also notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) prior to the change becoming effective so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Franchise Direct
Units 105-106
The Capel Building
Capel Street
Dublin 7
Ireland

 

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 22/10/2014.

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