TAX SQUEAL, LLC Privacy Policy

TAX SQUEAL, LLC (“TAX SQUEAL”) recognizes that its visitors, users, and others who use www.taxsqueal.com or other websites owned or operated by Tax Squeal, LLC (“TAX SQUEAL Services”) (collectively or individually “Users”) value their privacy.  This Privacy Notice details important information regarding the use and disclosure of User information collected on TAX SQUEAL Services. TAX SQUEAL provides this Privacy Notice to help you make an informed decision about whether to use or continue using TAX SQUEAL Services.
This Privacy Notice is incorporated into and is subject to the TAXSQUEAL Terms of Use which can be viewed at http://taxsqueal.com/TaxSquealTermsofUse.aspx. Your use of TAX SQUEAL Services and any personal information you provide on TAX SQUEAL Services remains subject to the terms of this Privacy Notice and our Terms of Use.
Please note that any writing or other content posted at the direction of Users onto the TAX SQUEAL Sites becomes published content and is not considered personally identifiable information subject to this Privacy Notice.
 
TAX SQUEAL Collects The Following Information:
1.     User Provided Information: You provide certain personally identifiable information (such as your email address) to TAX SQUEAL when choosing to participate in various activities on TAX SQUEAL Services such as posting in our forums, responding to surveys, or subscribing to newsletters or other mailing lists.
2.     Log File Information: When you use TAX SQUEAL Services, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform type, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time of your request, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
3.     Clear GIFs Information: When you use TAX SQUEAL Services, we may employ “clear GIFs” (a.k.a. Web Beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our Users anonymously (i.e., in a non-personally-identifiable manner). In addition, we may also use clear GIFs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients.
 
TAX SQUEAL Uses Information in the Following Way:
1.     Any personal information that you voluntarily disclose online (via discussion boards for instance) becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others. 2.           We do not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out.  We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major TAX SQUEAL Services changes or for customer service purposes).
4.     We use your non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality and design of TAX SQUEAL Services and to create new features, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing User preferences and trends.
5.     We use cookies, clear gifs, and log file information to (a) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and (b) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc.
 
TAX SQUEAL Only Discloses Information When:
2.     We do not share your personally identifiable information (such as email address) with other, third-party companies without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out.
3.     We may share non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous User usage data, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third-parties to assist them in understanding the usage patterns for certain content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on TAX SQUEAL Services.
4.     We may release personally identifiable information and/or non-personally-identifiable information if required to do so by law, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright Law) or respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant.
5.     TAX SQUEAL also reserves the right to disclose personally identifiable information and/or non-personally-identifiable information that TAX SQUEAL believes, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to enforce our Terms of Use, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of our web site, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of TAX SQUEAL, our Users or others.
 
TAX SQUEAL’S Commitment to Security of Data:
To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to protect personally identifiable information you submit to us through the TAX SQUEAL Services, including permitting you to submit information and tips about potential tax evasion to us anonymously via email (and using commercially reasonable efforts to purge your email address after receipt of your submission). Please contact TAX SQUEAL with any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, your personal information, your consent, or your opt-in or opt-out choices by emailing us at info@taxsqueal.com
TAX SQUEAL uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to TAX SQUEAL and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, TAX SQUEAL makes commercially reasonable efforts to secure our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
If TAX SQUEAL learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. TAX SQUEAL may post a notice on TAX SQUEAL Services if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us by email at info@taxsqueal.com.
 
Linking Agreements with Other Sites Including Third-party Advertisers:
TAX SQUEAL allows other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within TAX SQUEAL Services. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on TAX SQUEAL Services. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize the advertising content you see.
TAX SQUEAL does not provide any personally identifiable information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. However, please note that if an advertiser asks TAX SQUEAL to show an advertisement to a certain audience (for example, women ages 18-24) or audience segment (for example, women ages 18-34 who have viewed certain categories of content) and you respond to that advertisement, the advertiser or ad-server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. The advertiser may also use information regarding your use of TAX SQUEAL Services, such as the number of times you viewed an ad (but not any personally identifiable information), to determine which ads to deliver to you.
You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks for more information on their practices and for instructions on how to opt-out of certain practices. TAX SQUEAL’s Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. 
 
TAX SQUEAL’s Commitment to Privacy of Children:
Protecting the privacy of young children is very important to us. For that reason, TAX SQUEAL does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information or non-personally-identifiable information on TAX SQUEAL Services from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our website is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then you are not authorized to use or access TAX SQUEAL Services at any time or in any manner.  If TAX SQUEAL learns that personally identifiable information of persons less than 13 years of age has been collected on the TAX SQUEAL Sites without verified parental consent, then TAX SQUEAL will take the appropriate steps to delete this information and we will restrict this individual from future access to the TAX SQUEAL Services.
 
International Users:
TAX SQUEAL Services are hosted in the United States and are intended for and directed to Users in the United States. If you are a User accessing TAX SQUEAL Services from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of TAX SQUEAL Services, which are governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice, and our Terms of Use, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.
 
In the Event of Sale, Merger, Acquisition, or Bankruptcy:
In the event that TAX SQUEAL is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information we have collected from our Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.
 
Alterations and Updates to this Privacy Notice:
This Privacy Notice may be revised periodically and this will be reflected by the “effective date” below. Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes. In general, we only use your personal information in the manner described in the Privacy Notice in effect when we received the personal information you provided. Your continued use of TAX SQUEAL Services constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Notice and any future revisions.
For revisions to this Privacy Notice that may be materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of the personal information you have already provided to us, we will attempt to obtain your consent before implementing such revisions with respect to such information.
 
Date Last Modified:
This Privacy Notice was last modified May 17, 2010.
 
Contact Information:
Please contact TAX SQUEAL with any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice by emailing us at info@taxsqueal.com.