Our Commitment to Privacy
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Collected from Individuals
If you set up a personal account, we collect your name, email address and, if you choose, social information (from the social networking site you connected with), your sex, any photos that you upload to the Site, your mailing address and phone number;
PII you provide about yourself when you send us an email or Contact Us.
We may obtain address information about you from third-party sources for fraud prevention or for legal compliance We may also collect Personal Information from you as a result of your email communications with us or your posts which we may retain along with our responses.
You can choose not to provide us with certain PII, but then you may not be able to take advantage of all of the services and products offered on the Site.
Passive Gathering of Information Electronically
During the course of any visit to the Site, the pages you see, along with something called “cookies,” are downloaded to your computer. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. These cookies do not contain or collect any PII, but they do enable us to provide features such as personalization. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you usually can change your browser to limit or prevent cookies. Cookies in themselves do not personally identify the individual user, but rather the computer that is being used to access the Site. You may have the opportunity to set your computer to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or to not receive cookies at any time. Different browsers may address cookies differently. If you set your browser to not accept cookies, it may result in certain personalized services not being provided to you when you use that computer.
A web beacon is a transparent image file. Web beacons enable Matalon Architecture & Planning to track website usage information, such as the number of times a given web page has been viewed. Web beacons are invisible to you and (unlike cookies) are not placed on your computer. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of the Site.
Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web Beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded and which URL’s (links within the email) were clicked.
Matalon Architecture & Planning does not use web beacons to collect or otherwise record any type of PII provided by or about any User.
In addition, we use “Pixel Tags”(also referred to as clear Gifs, Web beacons, or Web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of Web users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in Web pages. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mail messages in a format users can read, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that we are sending only messages that are of interest to our users. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user. We do not tie the information gathered by Pixel Tags to our users’ Personal Data.
How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals
We do not currently respond to “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt out of tracking on our Site.
E-mail Communications to You and Your Friends
When you send an email to Matalon Architecture & Planning, we may retain your email address and the contents of the email you send.
Non Personally Identifiable Information
From time to time, we may also ask you to provide us with non-PII that is data that is not intended to allow us to identify you personally, such as your first name, birthday or zip code. Your non-PII may be aggregated and used for our internal purposes or for creating reports for third-party advertisers and partners, or otherwise shared with third parties for any lawful purpose, without your permission. No third-party is intended to be able to know who you are as a result of the use of your non-PII.
How We Use Information
When you provide us with your PII, we may use such information for a number of purposes, including:
To facilitate communication between Matalon Architecture & Planning and you including, without limitation, responding to your questions or comments, sending emails concerning our products and services, or to contact you for feedback regarding us, advertisers or business partners;To administer your account, process donations, provide products or services to you and for Matalon Architecture & Planning marketing and promotional activities;
To provide a report to our advertisers or business partners that tells them who responded to a particular offer or to facilitate the fulfillment of an order that you have made with an advertiser or business partner;
To provide you with important functionality changes to the Site, new Matalon Architecture & Planning services and special offers from Matalon Architecture & Planning and reputable third parties that we think you will find valuable;
To customize, analyze, adjust and improve the Site to meet our, advertisers’ or business partners’ needs and expectations;
To enforce our agreements with you, prevent fraud and other prohibited or illegal activities, for other legally permissible purposes and generally to ensure that we comply with applicable laws;
To send emails to friends based on your instructions as discussed in E-mail Communications to You and Your Friends.
Accessing or Changing Your PII
Matalon Architecture & Planning allows you to change or correct inaccuracies in your PII by logging into your account and making changes to your PII.
Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
Matalon Architecture & Planning may give, share, sell or trade your PII to or with any third parties under the following circumstances:
Fulfillment of Services
We may retain other companies and individuals to perform certain functions on our behalf. Examples include, but are not limited to, companies and individuals who: (i) administer the Matalon Architecture & Planning accounts; (ii) process donations; (iii) conduct surveys or promotional activities; (iv) deliver products; or (v) provide customer support, web hosting, internet service, and data analysis. Such third parties may be provided with access to PII needed to perform their functions but may not use such information for any other purpose.
Compliance with Law and Fraud Protection
Sale or Transfer of Information
In the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, dissolution or sale or transfer of substantially all of the assets of Matalon Architecture & Planning or the Site, PII and/or other information collected about you from the Site may be sold, assigned or transferred to the party acquiring all or substantially all of the equity and/or assets of Matalon Architecture & Planning or the Site in order to permit the party to continue the operation of Matalon Architecture & Planning and/or the Site or any successor version of the Site. By using the Site and providing PII to Matalon Architecture & Planning, you consent to the sale and transfer of your information as described in this paragraph.
Information You Publicly Post
Any PII you post publicly on the Site (“Publicly Available Content”) is available to the public without any expectation of privacy or confidentiality. Copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your Publicly Available Content even if you remove the Publicly Available Content. To request removal of your personal information from these areas of the site, contact us using the information below. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. The profile you create on our site will be publicly visible.
Information you Provide to Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites
Important Disclosures, Practices and Contact Information third-party Links
The Site may contain links to third-party websites. Please be aware that Matalon Architecture & Planning cannot control and is not responsible for the information collection practices of such websites, which may differ from those of Matalon Architecture & Planning. We encourage you to review and understand the privacy policies of these web sites before providing any information to them.
We maintain a variety of safeguards designed to protect your PII from unauthorized access and disclosure. For example, we use industry accepted tools and techniques to protect against unauthorized access to our systems.
You should be aware, however, that Matalon Architecture & Planning has no control over the security of other websites on the Internet that you might visit even when a link may appear to those websites from our Site. If you share your computer or use a computer that is accessed by the general public, remember to sign off and close your browser window when you have finished your session. This will help to ensure that others cannot access your PII.
We want you to feel confident using the Site. However, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, although we take commercially reasonable steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your PII, searches or other communications always will remain secure. In the event of a breach of the confidentiality or security of your PII, we will notify you if reasonably possible and as reasonably necessary so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may notify you under such circumstances using the email address(es) we have on record for you. You should also take care with how you handle and disclose your PII. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.
Users From Outside the United States
California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, California law permits you to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their “direct marketing purposes” as such term is defined by California’s Shine the Light Law (California Civil Code 1798.83). To make such a request, please email us or write us:
Matalon Architecture & Planning
888 Prospect Street, suite #200
La Jolla, California 92037
We will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for third-party direct marketing purposes, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the email or postal address specified above. You should put “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line and in your request. You must provide Matalon Architecture & Planning with specific information regarding yourself so Matalon Architecture & Planning can accurately respond to the request.