Collection and Use of Personal and Demographic Data
Your privacy is important to WegoWise. We at times collect, retain and utilize Personal Data about you to operate our business and to make services and other opportunities available. The term “Personal Data” means personally identifiable information, such as your name, utility account access user names, utility account access passwords, telephone number, physical address and email address. We recognize and respect your privacy concerns relating to this information.
We obtain Personal Data in a variety of ways; for example, we collect Personal Data directly from you if you subscribe to services on the Site, if you sign up for one of our e-mail newsletters, from other transactions or agreements directly with us, and through any comments or other information that you share directly with us through the Site.
We may also collect Personal Data or demographic data, such as information about your premises and utilities usage, directly from you or from third parties. For example, when you register for an account or subscribe on the Site, we may ask some questions about the size of your buildings, utility companies, etc. In addition, if you choose to give us or a permitted third party access to your utility accounts, we may collect information about your utility usage and costs from your utility service provider(s). Demographic data does not identify you personally and as such is not considered Personal Data. However, if we combine demographic data with the Personal Data we collect, we will treat it as Personal Data under this Policy.
If you are submitting data, especially Personal Data, on behalf of a third party, you are responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary permission to share that information.
Customer Service Information
WegoWise may gather information automatically about your use of the Site through a variety of mechanisms, including server activity logging, browser cookies, web beacons and embedded scripts. More information about these technologies is provided below. This information is used to help us understand how users interact with the Site, provide information to help us improve the Site, and it allows us to personalize your experience on the Site. We may utilize third-party services for data collection and analytics.
WegoWise does not collect Personal Data automatically, but may tie information that does not identify you (that is collected automatically) to Personal Data you have (or someone authorized by you has) provided to us directly. Whenever we associate automatically collected data with your Personal Data, we will treat it as Personal Data.
As is true of most websites, WegoWise may gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information, which does not identify you, includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We may use this information to track user habits and improve the functionality of the Site as a result of our observations.
Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1x1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in the Site pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Site, to monitor how users navigate the Site, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Site, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Site, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
ETags, or entity tags, are a feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and HTML5 cookies.
Third-Party Tracking and Do Not Track
Third parties may use tracking technologies in connection with the Site, which may include the collection of information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services. We do not control those tracking technologies and we are not responsible for them. However, you consent to potentially encountering third-party tracking technologies in connection with use of the Site and accept that our statements under this Policy do not apply to the tracking technologies or practices of such third parties.
Disclosure of Information
We may aggregate your demographic data with that of other users in order to analyze and compare energy usage and cost trends and to create graphs, charts, and other infographics to share on the Site and elsewhere, and you consent to such use.
We may share or transfer your Personal Data as directed to do so by you (for example, where you direct us to use your account information to obtain, compile and analyze energy usage data relating to your property or properties), or where you consent to such disclosure.
We may share or transfer your Personal Data to our third-party consultants for use in connection with our services. Any such third parties shall be required to maintain the confidentiality of your Personal Data in line with this Policy and not use your Personal Data except in connection with our services to you.
The Site may allow you to create an account as part of a partnership with other organizations. Creating an account through one of these partner portals may result in your data being automatically shared with one or more of our partners, through their WegoWise accounts or through other means. In this situation, we will indicate on the relevant portals if your data will be automatically shared with a third party.
In addition to those explicitly named herein, such as Stripe and Desk.com, we may use third-party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of the Site, such as hosting the Site, hosting and managing the data, designing and/or operating the Site’s features, tracking the Site analytics, enabling us to send you information, or performing other administrative services. We may provide these vendors with access to user information, including Personal Data, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for us. To the extent that we use third-party analytics service providers to evaluate and provide us with information about the use of the Site and viewing of our content, we may share Personal Data with these analytics service providers, and they may set and access their own cookies, web beacons and embedded scripts and other tracking devices on your computer or mobile device. WegoWise expects all of its vendors to operate under federal and state laws regarding consumer privacy.
We may transfer Personal Data to third-party vendors who provide services that allow us to enhance the information we present to you either now or in the future, or who provide services that may help us provide additional services or features to you either now or in the future. For example, we may submit your data to the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager service, from which we may retrieve an Energy Star rating (if available) for your building.
We may, in our sole discretion, share or transfer your Personal Data to protect the security or integrity of our databases or the Site, to protect our business or reputation, to take precautions against legal liability, in the event of a business transition (see below), to protect and defend our rights or property, for required institutional risk control, or for resolving disputes, inquiries or complaints with respect to your use of the Site.
Furthermore, we may also provide to your or our partners (and other third partners who might benefit from the information) with aggregated de-identified data, i.e., compiled data that does not in itself identify you, for research and commercial purposes.
Your California Privacy Rights
Under California law, California residents who have an established business relationship with us may choose to opt out of our disclosure of personal information about them to third parties for direct marketing purposes. Unless noted at the time of collection, our policy is not to disclose personal information collected online to a third party for direct marketing purposes without your approval. If you choose to opt-out at any time after granting approval, please contact us by email at: .
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Maintenance of Accurate Information
We have established procedures to correct inaccurate information in a timely manner. If you have any reason to believe that Personal Data about you that is stored and maintained by us is incorrect, please contact us by email at: . If so, we will make good faith efforts to make requested changes in our databases as soon as reasonably practicable, but we may retain prior information as business records. Please note that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases and that residual data may remain on backup media or for other reasons. You may also cancel or modify our email marketing communications you receive from us by following the instructions contained within any such emails you receive, or by sending us an e-mail at .
Protection of Information
We strive to maintain the reliability, accuracy, completeness and currency of your Personal Data in our databases and to protect the privacy and security of our databases and the data we collect. Any Personal Data that you provide to us will be stored on our computer network servers. We maintain reasonable physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality of your Personal Data. The security measures in place on the Site and computer systems aim to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of the information you provide to us. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the security of your information, please email us at .
Information for Parents
The Site is a general audience website, and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Data from children younger than the age of thirteen (13). We will delete any Personal Data collected that we later determine to be from a user younger than the age of thirteen (13). If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of thirteen (13) and believe he or she has disclosed Personal Data to us, please contact us at .
In the event WegoWise goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your Personal Data might be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via this Site of any such change in ownership or control of your Personal Data.
WegoWise is a cloud-based web application that currently operates on top of various platforms including, at present, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and DigitalOcean. This means that we do not operate our own servers, store your data locally, or interact with any credit card information directly. We expect our service providers to utilize acceptable standards of data security. We encourage you to visit read more about AWS and DigitalOcean security before using the Site. Please note that we may change our cloud service providers at any time, and we will notify you of any such change.
WegoWise uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to ensure that your interactions with the Site are secure and private. Any attempt to access the application, even public pages, through the standard unsecured HTTP protocol is rerouted to a secure connection.
Username and Password
If you subscribe to the Site, you will have the opportunity to create a unique username and password to facilitate access to your subscriber information. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to keep this information secure in order to prevent others from gaining access to your subscriber information. If you believe that your username and password have been compromised, please contact us at .
Data Retention and Backup
In order to reduce the risk of data loss, we may perform regular database backups of the WegoWise database and restore data from such backups. Backups are used for the purpose of insuring against unforeseen events, and are not shared with any third parties.
If we decide to change this Policy, we will post the changes at this Site and at other places we deem appropriate. We reserve the right to modify this Policy at any time, so please review it frequently.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding This Policy, please contact WegoWise at:
Boston, MA 02108
or by email: