(SSL) conducts a variety of consumer research studies for their clients. They gather the opinions of the general public to answer questions about consumer products. This is frequently done in the form of Central Location Tests, Home Use Tests and Focus Groups.
SSL goes to great lengths to find people willing to share their views and opinions to help make consumer products better. SSL gathers information from members of the general public for the express purpose of providing anonymous views and opinions. Any private information gathered from consumers, by SSL, is maintained in the strictest confidence and is not shared with any company or individual. SSL contacts people from their database to participate in research studies. When someone participates in a study, clients of SSL never see respondents’ personal identifiable information. Specifically, this means Last Name, Address, Phone Number and email addresses of registered consumers are never allowed to leave the SSL data centre.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
SSL is the sole owner of the information collected on their website. SSL only has access to/collect information that registrants voluntarily submit via email or direct contact. SSL will not sell or rent this information to anyone. SSL will not share this information with any third party outside of the SSL organization.
Consumer Access to and Control Over Information
If a consumer registered with SSL would like to be removed from SSL’s data base, and opt out of any future contact from SSL, at any time, they can email SSL requesting to be removed from the data base at: firstname.lastname@example.org Requests to deactivate registration with SSL will be implemented within five days of receipt.
SSL takes precautions to protect consumer information. When a consumer submits sensitive information via the website, that information is protected both online and offline. SSL further protects consumer information from potential security breaches by implementing certain technological security measures including encryption, firewalls and secure socket layer technology. However, these measures do not guarantee that consumer information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software. By using SSLs services, one acknowledges, understands and agrees to assume these risks.
While SSL uses encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, they also protect consumer information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example consumer recruitment) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers used to store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
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