Hoover's, a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) company, puts you on the fastest path to business. We deliver comprehensive insight and analysis about the companies, industries and people that drive the economy, along with powerful tools to find and connect with the right people to get business done. Hoover's offers proprietary business information through the Internet, data feeds, wireless devices and co-branded alliances with other online services. Our website features a database of information on more than 30 million corporations and organizations, and more than 35 million business professionals. Hoover's sells subscriptions to marketing, sales and business development professionals, and we also publish our information in various reference books.
Since becoming a D&B company, Hoover's has expanded both the breadth of information that is available on our website and the tools that are accessible to our customers. We provide such features as corporate family tree information and customized data feeds that allow our customers to access the information in their preferred format. Hoover's also provides industry insight through our First Research Industry Profiles, which cover market trends, business challenges and industry opportunities.
Hoover's considers itself to be a steward of the information that we collect, manage and provide. It is our responsibility to safeguard the information within our care and we are committed to managing our data in a secure and responsible manner. We provide products and services based on information about millions of businesses and business professionals. Our information management practices are guided by our Global Privacy Principles, which serve as the foundation of our data management policies and practices. These Principles commit Hoover's to the following tenets:
Notice: Hoover's informs users and customers how we collect, use, manage and share information.
Data Quality: Hoover's employs substantive measures to produce high-quality, timely and reliable data, including direct contact with businesses and quality assurance procedures during data collection and processing.
Use & Disclosure: Hoover's uses and discloses data in accordance with defined policies that respect a business's and business professional's choice to restrict the marketing use of their contact information.
Access & Correction: Hoover's provides businesses and business professionals with access to their business information within the Hoover's databases and with an opportunity to correct verified inaccuracies.
Data Security: Hoover's applies appropriate technical, physical and administrative data security measures to protect data against unauthorized access and disclosure.
Accountability: Hoover's seeks to adhere to its Global Privacy Principles through ongoing compliance, training, documentation, assessment and dispute resolution initiatives.
Hoover's delivers products and services through the Internet more effectively and efficiently than ever before. As a leading provider of business information, our products and services serve to enable and enhance commerce. Our business customer needs continue to evolve, as do public expectations about Data Privacy and the technology that we employ to provide our products and services. Our approach to information management and Data Privacy enables us to adapt and respond to these changes while remaining committed to our Principles. The free flow of information must be fairly balanced against privacy and data protection interests, and Hoover's is committed to employing such a balance.
This online privacy notice describes the Data Privacy practices that are applicable to www.hoovers.com. This site may provide links to other U.S. D&B websites, non-U.S. D&B websites and non-D&B websites that may employ different information management practices. We encourage you to carefully read the online privacy notices of these other websites to ensure that you understand their practices and the relevant distinctions.
Hoover's collects information on businesses and business professionals. We collect individual and business identifiable information from website visitors when you register to be a member of Hoover's, purchase products and services through our website, sign up to participate in Hoover's Community Forum, subscribe for e-mail newsletters and alerts, enter a contest, fill out a survey, or fill out a form to request additional information, receive free incentives, request white papers or request case studies. We also collect information offline from business partners and vendors. The business information that we collect includes the following:
We also collect information about website visitors indirectly through standard web logs, such as IP addresses, browser types (e.g. Internet Explorer), areas of the website that are visited and the website from which a visitor came. We routinely use this web log information in the aggregate in order to administer and improve our website. While some of this data may be traceable to an individual, we only seek to identify individuals whom we believe are using our website for improper purposes.
Hoover's uses the identifiable business and business professional information that we collect to operate our website, to offer a variety of business information products and services for use in making risk management and marketing decisions, and to carry out transactions that you request or authorize. Hoover's will not sell, rent or share registered user business contact information to unaffiliated third parties for marketing purposes without the registered user's consent. In conjunction with D&B, Hoover's maintains a separate professional contacts directory in which your company and individual business contact information may be listed. Hoover's licenses our business and professional contact information to authorized resellers and third party businesses for marketing purposes. Being listed in Hoover's company databases and professional contacts directories offers benefits to businesses and business professionals, including identification and recognition in the marketplace and the prospect of beneficial commercial opportunities and partnerships.
Hoover's shares information with third party service providers, such as credit card processors, auditors, attorneys, consultants and contractors, in order to support Hoover's Internet websites and business operations. Hoover's contractually requires that these recipients only use the information for the intended purpose of the disclosure and that they destroy or return the information when it is no longer needed. When necessary or appropriate, we may disclose information in response to a court order, subpoena, law enforcement proceeding, regulatory inquiry or when otherwise legally required. We may also disclose information as required or appropriate in order to protect our website, business operations or legal rights, or in connection with a sale or merger involving Hoover's assets or business. From time to time, Hoover's compiles online and offline transaction and registration information for internal analyses, such as market research, quality assurance, customer experience and operational benchmarking initiatives.
Hoover's respects your privacy preferences and offers the following ways through which you may control how we contact you and disclose your information. We will honor your requests accordingly. Hoover's E-mail Marketing: We provide individuals with the opportunity to opt out of receiving Hoover's promotional e-mails, newsletters and updates about new Hoover's products and services. You can manage your e-mail communication preferences in our E-mail Preference Center or you may call Hoover's Customer Support at 1-800-486-8666 and opt out of our promotional e-mails. You may change your preferences at any time. We may continue to send you transactional or service-related e-mails, such as communications regarding your account or subscription service, despite your desire to not receive promotional or marketing e-mail messages. Hoover's Telemarketing: We provide businesses with the opportunity to place themselves on our company's internal Do Not Call list should they no longer wish to receive telemarketing calls from us. We may continue to call you for transactional or service-related purposes despite your desire to not receive telemarketing calls.
Hoover's Direct Mail Marketing: We provide businesses with the opportunity to place themselves on our company's internal Do Not Mail list should they no longer wish to receive marketing or promotional mailers. We may continue to send you transactional or service-related correspondence despite your desire to not receive marketing mailers.
Third-Party Marketing: Individuals whose business contact information we have in our business and professional contacts databases may request to be excluded from business lists that Hoover's licenses or sells for marketing purposes. An individual who wishes to be removed from our marketing list sales may request to be "de-listed" either in writing or by calling Hoover's Customer Support, resulting in that individual's business contact record removal from our marketing directories, publications and mailing lists. For additional information or to request removal, please contact Hoover's Customer Support at 1-800-486-8666 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. While we may remove your individual business contact information from our professional contacts directories and marketing lists, please be aware that we will continue to provide your company's contact information in our company reports and other products and services.
Website Use Information: You have additional choices regarding website use information that our third party advertisers and partners may collect or receive through the employment of cookies, Web beacons, pixel tags, clear GIF's and other similar media. Please see the "Third Party Advertisers" section below for more information.
To help ensure data quality and accuracy, Hoover's provides businesses and business professionals with access to their business information within the Hoover's databases and with an opportunity to correct verified inaccuracies. Authorized business representatives and registered users may correct inaccurate information as well as update business and business contact data by calling Hoover's Customer Support at 1-800-486-8666 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. When a business owner, principal or registered user contacts Hoover's about a potential data error, we will promptly investigate the issue, confirm the information in question, correct verified inaccuracies and respond to the original inquiry.
If you have a question regarding Hoover's products, services or information management practices, if you would like to contact us or if you would like to provide us with your valued feedback, please visit the Hoover's Customer Support center for additional information.
A Web beacon is a graphic image, such as a pixel tag or clear GIF, which is placed on a Web page or in an e-mail message to monitor user activity, such as whether the Web page or e-mail message is accessed or clicked. They are often invisible because they are very small in size. They are also used on many Web pages for alignment purposes. We sometimes use Web beacons to provide an independent accounting of how many people visit our website or to gather statistics about browser usage on our website. Some of our Web pages and HTML-formatted e-mail newsletters use Web beacons in conjunction with cookies. It is difficult for you to limit the use of Web beacons because there is no easy way to distinguish their use from alignment and other purposes. Web beacons may also be loaded from a different Web server than the rest of the page. We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. In the course of serving advertisements, our third party advertisers and partners may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. These companies may use information about your visits to D&B and other websites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. These third party partners monitor how guests use our website and determine which of our online features they prefer. We may report information to our partners about our customers and the products and services they order, as well as aggregated, non-identifiable information about our guests' use of our website. For more information, please see the "Third Party Advertisers" section below.
We use third party advertising companies to serve our Internet ad banners on our website and other websites on which we advertise. If you view a Web page where our ads appear, the advertising company may place a cookie on your computer or use a Web beacon to access a cookie that they previously placed on your computer. These companies do not collect information that can personally identify you, but they may use information about your visits to our website and other websites to measure the effectiveness of ads. We do not disclose any personally identifiable information to these companies. We share aggregate website usage information with third party advertisers and partners for the purpose of effectively targeting our online advertisements. Unless you are previously notified, these advertising companies do not link any online behavior or cookies with other information that can be used to personally identify you, such as your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address, when working with Hoover's.
These third party advertising networks also track visitors' online usage and behavior patterns. These companies may use information about your visits to Hoover's and other websites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. The result of these efforts is the creation of an online profile that attempts to predict individual user interests, preferences and purchasing habits. The third party advertising networks then accordingly customize the advertising content served to users when visiting other websites.
Hoover's maintains adequate data security measures to protect information against unauthorized access and disclosure. These measures include the implementation of commercially reasonable technical, physical and administrative data security safeguards. Hoover's requires employees to complete appropriate training on data management and security practices. Hoover's also manages a service provider due diligence and oversight program to ensure that our vendors likewise employ adequate data collection, processing, transfer, management and security measures in carrying out their services on our behalf. There is no such thing as "guaranteed security," whether conducting business online or offline. Having established this fact, Hoover's employs commercially reasonable and appropriate data security safeguards that are consistent with our business operations and generally accepted industry standards.
Data security is our priority and we commit ourselves to safeguarding our customers' data. We do this by:
If we make material changes to our information management and Data Privacy practices, we will post these changes on our website in order to keep you informed of how we collect, use, manage, disclose and protect our information assets. Such changes will be posted in this section of our online privacy notice and the policy effective date will be updated accordingly.
By using our website, you hereby consent to our collection, use, management, retention and disclosure of your information as described in this notice.
For questions or complaints regarding Hoover's Data Privacy practices, please visit the Hoover's Customer Support center, e-mail us at email@example.com or call 1-800-486-8666. We will do our best to resolve any complaints or issues as quickly as possible.
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