Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 08/19/2015 and is effective as of that date.
 

Welcome to the Privacy Policy for the Hydro-Gear (“we” or “us” or “Hydro-Gear”) web site located at http://www.hydro-gear.com (this “Web Site”). We appreciate your interest in this Web Site and other linked Hydro-Gear sites. This Privacy Policy applies and is limited to treatment of information that is collected via this Web Site.
 

General


Hydro-Gear takes the privacy of personal information very seriously and will use personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Please review this Privacy Policy carefully.
 

Policy Updates


We reserve the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, change, update, or modify this Privacy Policy, simply by posting such change, update, or modification on the Web Site and without any other notice to you. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the Web Site. Please check this Web Site from time to time for the most current version of our Privacy Policy. Continued use of this Web Site after we have made such changes as described above will constitutes acceptance of such changes.
 

Information We Collect


Personal Information
 

We may ask visitors to the Web Site to provide Personal Information such as Contact Data including first and last name, company name, email address, phone number, fax number and address and Demographic Data. We may also ask visitors to establish a login name and password in order to access certain areas of this Web Site. If a visitor communicates with Hydro-Gear by email or submits a comment through the Web Site, any information provided in such communication may be collected as Personal Information.
 

Traffic and Machine Data
 

Hydro-Gear’s web servers are capable of automatically collecting Personal Information such as Traffic and Machine Data including Web Site usage information from visitors to this Web Site. Web Site usage information informs us about how our visitors use and navigate this Web Site, including the number and frequency of visitors on each Web Page, their Internet Protocol addresses, the length of their stays and the actions they take. Certain pages of this Web Site may use cookies and clear graphics interchange format images (GIFs) to track and store visitor information for the purposes described in this policy and to allow us to recognize a visitor as a registered user when returning to this Web Site using the same computer and browser. A cookie is a tiny element of data that a Web Site can send to a browser, which may then be stored on a hard drive so that the Hydro-Gear server can recognize when that visitor returns. Visitors can erase or block this information from their computers if they so desire.
 

Google AnalyticsTM Services
 

Hydro-Gear may elect to use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", to help us analyze how visitors use the Web site. The information generated by the cookie about use of the Web Site (including IP addresses) may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers owned by Google. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to Web Site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. The collected data is not tied to any single individual, no individual profiles are created, and Google will not associate an IP address with any other data held by Google. Visitors may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on their browser; however, please note that full functionality of this Web Site may be limited.
 

Children


This Web Site is directed towards adults. Hydro-Gear does not (a) knowingly collect, use, or disclose information from children under the age of 13, (b) have actual knowledge that it is collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13, and (c) have actual knowledge that it is collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children under the age of 13.
 

How We Use the Information Collected


We may combine the Personal Information provide to Hydro-Gear with other information about visitors made available to us, including information from other sources (e.g. offline data, data obtained from third parties, and through social media sites such as Facebook, if someone “Likes” our pages or joins our communities). The ways that Hydro-Gear may use information includes (a) responding to specific inquiries; (b) troubleshooting any issues with respect to the use of this Web Site; (c) providing information on Hydro-Gear products and services, either on a personalized or aggregate basis; (d) analyzing information for marketing and every day business purposes; and (e) giving Web Site editors anonymous, aggregate information that is useful for developing new features and products for our visitors and to improve the content and navigation on this Web Site.


We may share Personal Information with trusted third parties such as dealers, our third party website developer, and internal marketing administrators for the purposes described above.
 

Job Applications
 

When someone applies for employment with Hydro-Gear, the Personal Information submitted with the job application will be used for recruitment and other internal human resources purposes. For more information, please refer to the Employment Application Privacy Policy.
 

Confidentiality


We may also disclose information to respond to legal requirements or requests, enforce our policies, and protect the rights, property and safety of Hydro-Gear. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
 

We may disclose information to law enforcement, governmental agencies, or third-parties authorized by law, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity or any other activity that may expose us or any Web Site user to legal liability. In such events, we will disclose information that we believe to be relevant and necessary to the investigation or inquiry.
 

We may disclose Personal Information, any communications sent or received by a visitor, and any other information that we may have about a visitor to prevent, investigate, identify persons or organizations potentially involved in activity that appears to us to be illegal, or we believe may expose us to legal liability. Additionally, we may disclose Personal Information in situations that we believe to be emergencies involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or property if we believe that the information in any way relates to that threat.
 

Visitor’s Ability to Choose


We communicate with visitors to provide information, products and services that they have requested. It is a visitor’s choice to send us these requests. Through an internet browser, visitors may have the option to reject this Web Site’s cookies and still use this Web Site. However, access to this Web Site will be limited. Visitors may also opt out of receiving marketing emails by following the instructions on the marketing email.
 

Security


Hydro-Gear utilizes reasonable security measures designed to secure Personal Information. Servers where Personal Information is stored are password and firewall-protected, and access is limited to those employees and independent contractors with a need to know and only for the purposes identified above. We maintain safeguards intended to protect the security, integrity, and privacy of these servers and of Personal Information stored thereon. While we have implemented reasonable security measures to safeguard Personal Information, please keep in mind that "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet.
 

Visitors are responsible for keeping login name and password information confidential and are responsible for all actions taken with their login name and password. If a password has been compromised for any reason, the password should be changed immediately.
 

Third Party Links


There may be third party web sites that are accessible from this Web Site. For example, we allow visitors to link to Facebook, LinkedIn and various other social media sites from this Web Site. However, Hydro-Gear has no control over these linked web sites and they each have separate privacy and data collection practices, independent of Hydro-Gear. In particular, these social media web sites may track browsing activity across this Web Site as well as across other sites visited. Hydro-Gear has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites. These linked web sites are only for convenience and we caution visitors to access them at their own risk.
 

Contact Information


Hydro-Gear has procedures to help make sure that provided information is accurate, current and complete. If there is a desire to correct any such information or if there are any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us.