INDEPENDENT POWER SYSTEMS – PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: 3/30/2020

1. Privacy Notice and Purpose of Policy

We at Independent Power Systems (“IPS”, “we”, “us”, and “our”) value and are firmly committed to protecting the privacy and data of our customers and community as they visit solarips.com or solarwind.info (the “Site”). To this effect, we have created this privacy statement to disclose our practices for information gathering, use, and dissemination as well as your (the “User”, “you”, “your”) ability to control certain uses of this information. This policy is only applicable to the Site and not to any other websites a User may access from the Site, each of which may include a materially different Privacy Policy.

Please read our Privacy Policy carefully before using any of our services. By using said services, you are acknowledging you have read and understood this policy and consent to (i) the collection of your personal information, (ii) the use of and disclosure of your information through activities outlined in this policy, and (iii) the Terms & Conditions related to your use of the Site. If you do not agree to the terms established in this policy, please navigate away from this website or exit your browser to end your current session.

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time. Please review the “Last Updated” text at the top of this page for changes.

2. Notice Regarding Children, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

This Site is not intended for use by children under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 18 and request that these individuals do not provide personal information or submissions through the Site without the consent of a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18 and have posted or provided information through the Site, please have a parent or guardian contact IPS immediately so we can remove such information.

For more information, please refer to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates the collection of information digitally from persons under the age of 18.

3. Notice on Data Gathering, Use, and Disclosure of Personally-Identifying Information (Name, email address, phone number, etc.)

We may include forms, surveys, or promotions in the operation of solarips.com that ask you to supply personally-identifying information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses and other contact information necessary to facilitate a positive business relationship and to more effectively respond to your sales, service, and support needs. Email addresses and phone numbers voluntarily provided by you in any form submissions will be used to reply to you, as appropriate. For instance, when you request a solar quote or consultation, submit a request for information about products or services, request support, or otherwise communicate with us, we collect the personal information that is provided to us.

Personally identifiable information is never shared with third parties, except for the purposes of providing you a service (e.g., with a product vendor). We may access and disclose your information to respond to judicial process or provide information to law enforcement or regulatory agencies or in connection with an investigation on matters related to public safety, as permitted by law, or otherwise as required by law. We also may disclose your information as necessary, if we believe that there has been a violation of our Terms of Use, or if it is in our interest to protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements) or the rights or property of any third party.

We explicitly ask for ‘Opt-in’ permission in order to send you marketing communications, and make it clear how to ‘Opt-out’ if you no longer wish to receive those communications. If the User does not wish for us to store their email address, they can contact [email protected] to let us know their preference.

4. Notice on Data Gathering, Use, and Disclosure of Non-Personally-Identifying Information (IP Address, Cookies, Etc.)

We collect anonymous tracking data (“Non-Personally-Identifying Information”) from website visitors with cookies enabled, which allows us to analyze our website performance and update accordingly to improve the overall user experience. “Non-Personally-Identifying Information” is information that cannot be directly associated with a specific person or entity without the aid of additional information. Cookies are pieces of data stored by your web browser to allow our Site and others to provide users with enhanced services and other marketing materials. A website visitor maintains the ability to set their browser to refuse cookies, though this may result in limited Site functionality and negative Site experience.

Non-Personally-Identifying Information may include your Internet browser, cookies, MAC address, computer type, screen resolution, OS version, pixel tags, web beacons, and other similar technologies, which IPS may use to better serve you with more tailored information and facilitate your ongoing use of our Website. Some of these technologies may be used to provide measurement services and targeted ads.

For instance, the Site uses third-party vendors and technologies like Google Analytics that use cookies to track user behavior and performance. We use information from Google Analytics to administer and update the Site, assess whether our users match the expected demographics, and determine how key audiences are navigating the content. The information generated by the cookie about your Site use and other information (e.g., browser data, IP Address, pages viewed) will be transmitted to and stored to Google’s servers.

Google will use this information for the purpose of helping us evaluate how the Site is used, compiling reports on Site activity, and providing other services to us that relate to Site activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties when required to do so by law, or where third parties process the information for Google. The information generated by the cookie may also be aggregated and accessed by third parties who provide services related to the Site. Google Analytics offers website visitors the ability to prevent Google from recording, processing, and using the data generated by the Google Analytics cookie. You may opt-out by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available through Google at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

IPS also advertises on third-party vendors like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media channels as well as on Google Adwords. These third-party vendors use cookies and other technologies to serve ads based on your prior visits to the Site. You can opt-out of other third-party vendors’ use of cookies for this purpose by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page or via other opt-out and privacy options available on other social media services. If you opt-out, you may still receive generic online advertising from Independent Power Systems. Opting out means that ads you receive will not be based on your preferences or behavior.

By using this Site, you consent to the processing of such data about you by Google and such third parties in the manner and for the purposes set forth above.

5. Information Collection, Use, and Sharing by Third-Party Websites

While our website may contain links to other websites of third parties that we may be affiliated with, we have no control over how those third-party websites may use or protect your personal and non-personal information. These links are included to enhance the User experience on the Site, and it is up to the User to read the appropriate Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of the third-party website and/or contact them directly for more information.

6. California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Beginning on January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) (Civil Code § 1798.100) provides residents of California with specific rights regarding their Personal Information. You have the right to be informed of the categories of personal information that we collect about you, the categories of sources from which the personal information was collected, the business or commercial purposes for which the personal information is used, disclosed, or sold, and the categories of third parties with whom we share the personal information . You have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information.

You also have the right to request we delete any personal information that we have collected and retained, subject to certain exceptions such as if we need to complete a transaction for you, to detect and protect against fraudulent and illegal activity, to exercise our rights, or to comply with a legal obligation.

To make such a request, please email us at [email protected].

Under applicable law, we will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your privacy rights under CCPA including but not limited to (i) denying access to products or services, (ii) adjusting pricing, including through the use of discounts or incentives or by imposing penalties, (iii) varying our level of service or providing goods and services at a different level of quality.

7. Website Security

We take precautions to protect your data and information. When you submit sensitive information via the Site, your information is protected both online and offline. The Site maintains appropriate administrative, physical, and technical security, including the use of sitewide encryption, to prevent unauthorized access, misuse, loss, theft, alteration, destruction, or disclosure of personal information. While we take these reasonable efforts and precautions to ensure the safety of User data, no transmission of data, digitally or otherwise, can be guaranteed 100% secure.

8. Contact Information

For questions relating to the IPS Privacy Policy, or to review or request correction of your personal information, please contact us at [email protected].