I’m not a lawyer, and I have no formal training in Internet Security or Privacy policies. I do have an interest in these things.
Collection of Information
Zillow.com collects a variety of information relating to usage of the Services.
- Information you provide. You may provide us information about yourself, such as providing your e-mail address so we can send you information about the Services, or sending us e-mail. We use this information to respond to your requests, and to provide and improve the Services. We may combine this information with other information we collect from the Services
or from other companies.[This is too ambiguous and just shouldn’t be here. I am agreeing to share a certain amount of data with Zillow – data I provide them. That does not make it ok to go and gather information from other sources and associate it with my data in my Zillow Account}
- Usage logs. When you access the Services, your computer communicates a variety of information to computer servers operating the Services, including the existence of cookies, your Internet Protocol address, and information about your browser program. Your usage also creates a record of what information you are requesting from the Services.
Usage and Disclosure
In general, Zillow.com uses the information collected to provide the Services and to communicate with you.
We will only share personal information in the following circumstances:
- Consent. When you consent or direct Zillow.com to share the information.
- Merger or sale. When and if Zillow.com is involved in a merger, acquisition, or any form of sale of some or all of its business, personal information may be transferred along with the business. We may share with third parties aggregate information or information that does not personally identify individuals. [I assume since this is under the clause “Merger or sale” that this applies only to a merger or sale?]
We may share with third parties aggregate information or information that does not personally identify individuals. [Since this is specifically called out here, why is it called out separately in the “Merger or sale” clause?]
If you want Zillow.com to cease sending you e-mail about the Services, you can discontinue such communication by following the instructions included in our e-mail. If you do not want Zillow.com and its marketing service provider to follow your usage of the Services via cookies, you can opt out of the Web site analysis tool by clicking here: http://www.omniture.com/global/privacy.
Windows LiveÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Virtual Earth
Windows Live Virtual Earth imagery is supplied by Microsoft Corporation, and use is subject to the Microsoft MapPoint Privacy Statement. [Actually, I’m not sure you can assign the liability and responsibility for the MapPoint service to me. You are providing me YOUR service, Microsoft is providing MapPoint to you. I have no control over your use or misuse of MapPoint]
Third Party Web Sites
Children Under the Age of 13
Zillow.com will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any person under the age of 13. The Services are not designed to attract the attention of persons under the age of 13. [What mechanism (I can’t find one) do you use to determine if someone is under 13?]
Storage and Security of Information
Personal information will be processed and stored by Zillow.com in databases hosted in the United States. Zillow.com has taken reasonable steps to protect the information users share with us, including, but not limited to, setup of processes, equipment and software to avoid unauthorized access or disclosure of this information.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, or the privacy practices of Zillow.com, please contact us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Updated April 2006