Privacy Statement

GB Taxes & Accounting – Privacy Statement

last revised: May 27, 2013

GB Taxes & Accounting is committed to protecting your privacy. Please read the GB Taxes & Accounting Online Privacy Statement below for details about particular GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services that you may use.

This GB Taxes & Accounting Online Privacy Statement applies to data collected by GB Taxes & Accounting through the majority of its Web sites and services, as well as its offline support services and other initiatives.

Collection of Your Personal Information

In order to access some GB Taxes & Accounting services, you may be asked to sign in with an e-mail address and password, which we refer to as your credentials. In most cases, these credentials will be part of the CDT International Network. By signing in on one GB Taxes & Accounting site or service, you may be automatically signed into other GB Taxes & Accounting services. Some services may require added security, and in these cases, you may be asked to create an additional security key.

GB Taxes & Accounting may ask you to provide personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. We may also collect demographic information, such as your Postal code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. If you choose to make a purchase or sign up for a paid subscription service, we will ask for additional information, such as your billing address, that is used to create a GB Taxes & Accounting billing account.

We may collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring Web site addresses.

When you receive newsletters or promotional e-mail from GB Taxes & Accounting, we may use web beacons (described below), customized links or similar technologies to determine whether the e-mail has been opened and which links you click in order to provide you more focused e-mail communications or other information.

In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with GB Taxes & Accounting, information collected through one GB Taxes & Accounting service may be combined with information obtained through other GB Taxes & Accounting services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies that enable us to derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.

Use of Your Personal Information

GB Taxes & Accounting collects and uses your personal information to operate and improve its sites and deliver the services or carry out the transactions you have requested. These uses may include providing you with more effective customer service; making the sites or services easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information; performing research and analysis aimed at improving our products, services and technologies.

We also use your personal information to communicate with you. We may send certain mandatory service communications such as welcome letters, billing reminders, information on technical service issues, and security announcements. Some GB Taxes & Accounting services, such as the information package program, may send periodic letters that are considered part of the service. We may also occasionally send you product surveys or promotional mailings to inform you of other products or services available from GB Taxes & Accounting and its Strategic Alliance Partners.

Personal information collected on GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services may be stored and processed in Canada or any other country in which GB Taxes & Accounting or its Strategic Alliance Partners or agents maintain marketing activities, and by using a GB Taxes & Accounting site or service, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. GB Taxes & Accounting abides by applicable Canadian laws regarding the collection, use, and retention of data.

Sharing of Your Personal Information

Except as described in this statement, we will not disclose your personal information outside of GB Taxes & Accounting and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates without your consent. Some GB Taxes & Accounting sites allow you to choose to share your personal information with select GB Taxes & Accounting partners so that they can contact you about their products, services or offers. Other sites do not share your contact information with third parties for marketing purposes, but instead may give you a choice as to whether you wish to receive communications from GB Taxes & Accounting on behalf of external business Strategic Alliance Partners about a partner’s particular offering (without transferring your personal information to the third party).

Some GB Taxes & Accounting services may be co-branded and offered in conjunction with another company. If you register for or use such services, both GB Taxes & Accounting and the other company may receive information collected in conjunction with the co-branded services.

We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of mailings, providing customer support, hosting websites, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

We may access and/or disclose your personal information if we believe such action is necessary to: (a) comply with the law or legal process served on GB Taxes & Accounting; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of GB Taxes & Accounting (including the enforcement of our agreements); or (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of GB Taxes & Accounting services or members of the public.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You may have the ability to view or edit your personal information online. In order to help prevent your personal information from being viewed by others, you will be required to sign in with your credentials (user name and password). The appropriate method(s) for accessing your personal information will depend on which services you have used.

Communication Preferences

You can stop the delivery of future promotional e-mail and mail from GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services by following the specific instructions in the e-mail you receive.

These communication choices do not apply to mandatory service communications that are considered part of certain GB Taxes & Accounting services, which you may receive periodically unless you cancel the service.

Security of Your Personal Information

GB Taxes & Accounting is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption.

If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always choose to log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.

Collection and Use of Children’s Personal Information

Many GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services are intended for general audiences and do not knowingly collect any personal information from children. When a GB Taxes & Accounting site does collect age information, and users identify themselves as under 13, the site will either block such users from providing personal information, or will seek to obtain consent from parents for the collection, use and sharing of their children’s personal information. We will not knowingly ask children under the age of 13 to provide more information than is reasonably necessary to provide our services.

Parents can change or revoke the consent choices previously made, and review, edit or request the deletion of their children’s personal information.

GB Taxes & Accounting Web sites use “cookies” to enable you to sign in to our services and to help personalize your online experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

GB Taxes & Accounting Web sites use cookies to store your preferences and other information on your computer in order to save you time by eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information and to display your personalized content and appropriate advertising on your later visits to these sites.

When you sign in to a site using your credentials, the GB Taxes & Accounting Network stores your unique ID, and the time you signed in, in an encrypted cookie on your hard disk. This cookie allows you to move from page to page at the site without having to sign in again on each page. When you sign out, these cookies are deleted from your computer. The Network also uses cookies to improve the sign in experience. For example, your e-mail address may be stored in a cookie that will remain on your computer after you sign out. This cookie allows your e-mail address to be pre-populated, so that you will only need to type your password the next time you sign in.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of GB Taxes & Accounting sites and services that depend on cookies.

Use of Web Beacons

GB Taxes & Accounting Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.

GB Taxes & Accounting may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.

Finally, we may work with other companies that advertise on GB Taxes & Accounting sites to place Web beacons on their sites in order to allow us to develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a GB Taxes & Accounting site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser’s site.

Use of Third Party Ad Networks

The majority of the online banner advertisements you might see on GB Taxes & Accounting Web pages are displayed by GB Taxes & Accounting . However, we allow other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to display advertisements on GB Taxes & Accounting Web pages.

Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer in order to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. GB Taxes & Accounting does not have access to the cookies that may be placed by the third-party ad servers or ad networks.

GB Taxes & Accounting maintains relationships with a number of the third-party ad networks currently operating. Those ad networks that use persistent cookies may offer you a way to opt out of ad targeting. You may find more information at the Web site of either the individual ad network or the Network Advertising Initiative.

Changes to the Privacy Statement

We will occasionally update this privacy statement to reflect changes in our services and customer feedback. When we post changes to this Statement, we will revise the “last updated” date at the top of this statement. If there are material changes to this statement or in how GB Taxes & Accounting will use your personal information, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how GB Taxes & Accounting is protecting your information.

Contacting Us

GB Taxes & Accounting welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us by sending an e-mail to doug@gbtaxaccounting.com