ERC Consulting Experts, LLC
Last modified: April 12, 2023
The Information We Collect and How We Collect It
When you visit our Service, we may collect information regarding your visit from your computer. Such information helps us to determine insight about how you found our Service, the date you visited our Service, and search engines that may have led to our Service. We collect this information in order to continually improve and enhance the functionality of the Service.
Generally, you may provide us with two types of information, (1) Information You Choose to Provide, which may include Personally Identifiable Information, and (2) Website Usage Information, both of which are discussed in greater detail below.
(1) Information You Choose to Provide
Sign-Up Information. We may ask you to provide certain information if you choose to submit an initial inquiry as a prospective Client. This includes your name, email address, telephone number, and other information that identifies you (collectively “Personally Identifiable Information” or “Personal Information”). Additionally, we may request further information to assist us in the initial intake of your file such as potential amount of taxes owed, or whether you have unfiled tax returns.
Children Under the Age of 18. Do not supply us with, or disclose to us, any Personally Identifiable Information of any individual under eighteen (18) years of age on the Service, as we do not intend to collect information from, or invite to participate in the Service, anyone under the age of 18. For further information, please consult the Children’s Privacy portion of this Policy below.
User Content. Our Service may offer its users the opportunity to post User Content including comments, reviews, or tag messages via bulletin boards, blogs, articles, or chat rooms. If you choose to use these features, you should be aware that any Personally Identifiable Information you submit through the above-mentioned public Service features can be read, collected, or used by other viewers; and this information could lead to unsolicited contact. We are not responsible for the Personally Identifiable Information you choose to submit in the public forums of the Service.
Questionnaires and Surveys. We may occasionally ask users of our Service to complete online surveys, questionnaires, and opinion polls about the Service, as well as their activities, attitudes, and interests. These surveys help us to better serve you and improve the usefulness and features of the Service. In requesting your participation in these surveys, we may ask you to provide your name and email address to us.
Contact Us. If you email us through the Contact Us link on our Service, or via our Company information email address firstname.lastname@example.org, we may ask you for information such as your name and email address so we can respond to your questions and comments. If you choose to correspond with us via email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our response to you. In certain cases, and with your permission, we may post content from your emails to us on the Service.
(2) Website Usage Information
The technologies we use for automatic data collection may include:
When you visit our Website, our server may ask your computer for permission to employ the use of a session or persistent cookie. If your browser’s preferences allow it, our Website will then send a cookie to your browser. Most web browsers can be adjusted to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you, and will provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. However, refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact, the display or function of our Website or certain areas and features of our Website. You may choose not to receive cookies from the Service by following instructions in your web browser’s “help” file, but this may make certain features of the Services inaccessible to you.
Clear GIFs/Web Beacons. When visiting our Website, we may also use “Clear GIFs” (also known as “web beacons'' or “pixel tags”) or similar technologies within our Website and/or our communications with you. A Clear GIF is typically a one-pixel, transparent image located on a web page, in an e-mail, or another type of message. A Clear GIF will allow us to know whether you have viewed a web page prior to visiting our Website, and may enable us to relate such information to other information that has been collected; such as your Personally Identifiable Information. We use information provided from Clear GIFs to enable more accurate reporting, improve the effectiveness of our marketing, and make our Service better for our users.
IP Address and Clickstream Data. Our servers automatically collect data about your Internet Protocol address when you visit us. When you request pages from our Website, our servers may log your IP Address, and sometimes your domain name. Our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (for example, another website or search engine), the pages you visit on this Website, the website you visit after this Website, other information about the type of web browser, computer, platform, related software or settings you are using, any search terms you have entered on this Website or a referral website, or other web usage activity and data logged by our web servers. We use this information for internal system administration to help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze general usage patterns, and administer our Website. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information such as country of origin or Internet Service Provider. We may aggregate user information in a non-personally identifiable manner to share with potential clients, to enhance the Website with new features, and for our general business purposes.
The Website Usage Information collected and described in this section may also be referred to as “non-Personally Identifiable Information”. Any, or all, of these activities with regard to the above-described Website Usage Information may be performed on our behalf by our third-party service providers.
Information from Third Parties
We may collect Personal Information directly from third parties. For example, we speak with relevant taxing authorities, i.e. the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to obtain information concerning your potential outstanding obligations upon your written authorization.
How We Use Your Information
Personal Information. If you submit information to us through the Service, we may use, or disclose, the Personal Information we collect for one or more of the following business purposes:
- To fulfill, or meet, the reason you provided the information. We collect your Personal Information for the purposes of providing tax advisory services related to a particular tax claim. For example, we may ask you to provide certain forms and receipts concerning a particular tax payment period to verify your eligibility to receive a refund or adjustment, or to evaluate a potential penalty. If you share your name and contact information to ask a question about our products or services, we will use that Personal Information to respond to your inquiry;
- To send you Service-related notices other messages including changes to Service features or special offers. By providing your email address to ERCCE, you consent to us using the email address to send you Service-related notices including notices required by law in lieu of postal mail. Please note, you may not opt out of Service-related e-mails; and
- To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
We will not collect additional categories of Personal Information, or use the Personal Information we collected, for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes without providing you notice.
Usage Information. We use non-Personally Identifiable Information, such as anonymous Website-use data and IP addresses, to improve the quality and design of the Service. Additionally, this information is used to create new features and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing your preferences and trends. We may use such information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your current, or subsequent, visits to the Service; (b) provide customized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and aggregate metrics i.e. total number of visitors and traffic; (d) diagnose or fix technology problems; (e) access your information after you sign in; (f) market our Service; (g) aggregate general User and Class Member statistics including demographic and geographic information; and (h) other purposes for which your personal identity is not revealed.
Disclosure of Your Information
ERCCE will not share your email address with advertisers or unaffiliated third parties without first obtaining your express permission.
Rights to Opt-In / Opt-out of Data Collection
You have the right to “opt in” and/or “opt out” of certain of our uses of your Personally Identifiable Information. For instance, you may have the opportunity to elect whether you would like to receive correspondence from us and/or third-party service providers. Your personal information will not be shared with third-party service providers unless we receive consent from you. You will have the opportunity to opt out of our promotional e-mails by clicking the “opt out” or “unsubscribe” link in the e-mails you receive from us. You can also request to unsubscribe by sending an e-mail to email@example.com specifying the following: (i) you would like to opt out of receiving promotional correspondence from ERCCE in general, or opt out of just e-mail, postal mail, or phone; or (ii) you would like to only opt out of certain of our e-newsletters or correspondence. Please understand, if you opt out of receiving promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions, and communications with us.
Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of children is especially important, and is mandated by U.S. law. For these reasons, ERCCE does not knowingly collect Personally Identifiable Information on the Service from any person under eighteen (18) years of age, and no part of our Service is directed to persons under 18. If you are under 18 years of age, then you must not use or access the Service at any time, or in any manner, or provide any information to the Service. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of 18 on our Service, we will delete that information from our records.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You can access, or delete, your personal data. It is also important to know that you have many choices about how your data is collected, used, or shared. For personal data that we have about you, you can:
Delete Data: You can ask us to erase, or delete, all or some of your personal data (i.e. if it is no longer necessary to provide services to you).
Change, or Correct, Data: You can ask us to change, update, or fix your data in certain cases; particularly if it is inaccurate.
Object to, or Limit or Restrict, Use of Data: You can ask us to stop using all, or some, of your personal data (i.e. if ERCCE has no legal right to keep using it). Or, you can request to limit our use of it (i.e. if your data is inaccurate or unlawfully held).
Right to Access and/or Take Your Data: You can ask us for a copy of your personal data as well as a copy of the personal data you provided in machine-readable form.
Right to Know
You have the right to request up to two (2) times within any 12-month period that we disclose certain information to you about our collection, and use, of your Personal Information over the past twelve (12) months. Once we receive, and confirm, your verifiable consumer request, we will disclose the following to you:
- The categories of Personal Information we collected about you;
- The categories of sources for the Personal Information we collected about you;
- Our business or commercial purpose for collecting, selling, or sharing that Personal Information;
- The categories of third parties with whom we disclose that Personal Information; and
- The categories of Personal Information, if any, that we sold or shared, and for each such category of Personal Information, the categories of third parties to whom such information was sold or shared.
If we disclosed your Personal Information for a business purpose, a separate list identifying the Personal Information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
Right to Access
You have the right to make a data portability request, up to two (2) times in any 12-month period, that ERCCE provide access to, or disclosure of, the specific pieces of Personal Information we collected about you in the past twelve (12) months.
Right to Delete
You have the right to request, up to two (2) times in any 12-month period, that ERCCE delete any of your Personal Information that we collected and retained from you, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive, and confirm, your verifiable consumer request, we will delete your Personal Information from our records and direct our service providers to do the same, unless an exception applies.
We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us in relation to our service provider(s) to:
- Complete the transaction for which we collected the Personal Information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you;
- Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities;
- De-bug products to identify, and repair, errors that impair existing intended functionality;
- Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law;
- Engage in public, or peer-reviewed, scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible, or seriously impair the research’s achievement if you previously provided informed consent; and
- Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
Users from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland
We have lawful bases to collect, use, and share data about you. In turn, you have choices about the use of your data. We will only collect, and process, Personally Identifiable Information about you where we have lawful bases. Lawful bases include consent (where you have given consent), contract (where processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, i.e. to delivery the ERCCE services you have requested), and our legitimate interests under the pretenses that such processing shall not outweigh your rights and freedoms. ERCCE will seek to obtain your additional consent when required by applicable law. Please note, you can withdraw the consent you have provided by contacting us at any time.
To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you profile access or revision authority. This includes requesting a password to accompany your corresponding account information. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and account information at all times.
Online Tracking Disclosures – “Do Not Track” Settings
You may decline to utilize location-based services on your mobile device. If you do not want us to use location-based information, please refrain from using a location-based service or click “Don’t Allow” when location-based information is requested by your mobile device.
You may be accessing the Service via a browser that has a “Do Not Track” setting. If you have turned this setting in your browser on, or if you are using a browser with the default setting of “Do Not Track”, please be advised that all features of the Service may not function in such setting. As detailed above, we collect a variety of functional, and analytic, cookies for you to completely engage with our services.
If you wish to opt-out of the collection of tracking information, you may do so according to your browser settings. However, please be advised that such an election may limit the functionality of the Website available to you.
Our Commitment to Data Security
We have implemented commercially reasonable, technical, and organizational, measures designed to secure your Personally Identifiable Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, or disclosure. Such measures include, but are not limited to, the utilization of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to transmit sensitive information through the Service. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your Personally Identifiable Information at your own risk.
While ERCCE strives to protect the security and integrity of Personally Identifiable Information on its Service, we cannot guarantee that your information will be safe from intrusion of others during transmission through the Internet or while in our care due to the inherent nature of the Internet as an open global communications vehicle. You should also be aware that if you contact us by email, a “contact us” feature, or any other similar feature on the Service, your transmission might not be secure. An unaffiliated third party could view information you send by these methods in transit. You should also be aware that if you are accessing the Service via a mobile device, your transmissions may not be secure due to the inherent nature of mobile data carrier networks. We will have no liability for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties during, or after, transmission.
Compromise of Personal Information
In the event the breach involves your online account credentials, we will provide notification in electronic form. We will also direct you to promptly change your password and accompanying security question, as applicable, and take further appropriate steps to protect the online account and any other online accounts for which you utilize the same credentials or security question and answer. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification.
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