You own your data. We don’t sell your data. Ever.

Welcome to the SurveyGizmo web site (the “Site”) operated by Widgix, LLC (“Widgix,” “we,” “our,” or “us”). As an application service provider, Widgix LLC provides you, our customer, with two-way communication tools (including our software SurveyGizmo).

Like the postal service, we deliver information that belongs to you and your survey respondents, not us. We’ve created this privacy policy to explain how Widgix handles your data and your personal information.

Our Privacy Policy applies to information collected on our site http://www.surveygizmo.com (our “Site”), as well as to all of our software services platforms, products, and other services and websites, except where otherwise noted. We refer to all of our products, software platforms, services and sites collectively as our “services.” This Privacy Policy does not speak to the practices of any third parties, including those of our partners who may display Widgix branding on their sites. The use of information collected through our service platform shall be limited to the purpose of providing the service for which the Customer has engaged Widgix.

If you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at (720) 496-2990 or email us at support@sgizmo.com.

 

We self-certify compliance with U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor Framework and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. For more info, head to this section of our privacy policy.

We also strive for HIPAA compliance – and we want to make sure you are too! For more info, head here.

Our Privacy FAQ + Key Privacy Issues

IF YOU CREATE SURVEYS:

  • Your survey data is owned by you. Your surveys are private, and your data is yours. You control your data; how you release it or use it is up to you. We don’t sell your information to anyone and we don’t use the survey responses you collect for any purpose other than to provide service to you. But we do comply with the law, so under limited circumstances we could be asked to release your information (e.g., if we are compelled by a subpoena).
  • We don’t use your respondents’ email addresses. We make it easy for you to invite people to take your surveys by letting you upload email lists, in which case we act merely as custodians of your data.We don’t sell your email lists and we use them only as directed by you and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. The same is true for any email addresses you collect with your surveys.
  • We’re serious about data security. Take a look at the data security section of our privacy policy.
  • We strive for HIPAA compliance. And we want you to strive for HIPAA compliance too (if HIPAA applies to you). For customers dealing with personal health information, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act will apply to you. Covered entities and subcontractors of covered entities need a BAA with us, as well as our add-on feature of encryption. For more info, give us a call at (720) 496-2990 or head here.
  • We maintain US-EU Safe Harbor Certification. For more info, head to this section of our privacy policy.
  • Your data is stored in the United States.

IF YOU ANSWER SURVEYS:

  • Survey creators administer + control surveys. We are only a service provider for surveys. Survey creators administer and have control over their surveys, while we host their platform and software service for them. If you have questions about a particular survey you’re taking, please contact your survey creator.
  • Are anonymous responses really anonymous? Each survey creator has different options for collecting different kinds of information about respondents. Contact your survey creator for specific information about your survey. We also have more info about our anonymous response options here.
  • Are your survey responses sold to a third party? Widgix does not sell or share your survey responses with third party advertisers or marketers (but your survey creator might – so check with them). The survey creator controls your response data, and we merely act as a custodian and a host on behalf of the survey creator.
  • Think a survey violates our Terms of Service or is engaging in illegal activity? Report it by emailing us at support@sgizmo.com.

Key Privacy + Security Issues: Site Map

Our Terms of Service

Our Privacy Policy

Our Privacy FAQ + Key Privacy Issues

  1. What kind of information Widgix collects
  2. How we use the information we collect
  3. Who we share or disclose information to
  4. Can the information be changed? Data deletion and data archive.
  5. Data security
  6. Account ownership transfer
  7. Changes to the privacy policy

U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor + HIPAA

Additional Information

Our Software Features: Security & Privacy

Our Other Pages

1. What kind of information Widgix collects

In order to operate our services, Widgix collects information about both you, our customers (“Customers” or “you”) and the individuals who participate in, or are invited to participate in and/or respond to, any of your surveys (“Survey Respondents”). Collectively, the information collected about you (“Customer Information”) and Survey Respondents (“Respondent Information”) are referred to as “Information”.

    • Customer Information you provide to us:
    • Registration information (e.g., your username, password, and email address)
    • Billing information (e.g., billing details and financial information associated with your selected payment method like credit card number and expiration date or a bank account number). We don’t store any credit card information, and use a third party service as credit card processor.
    • Account settings (e.g., your account settings page, account preferences, and personal details like your default language, timezone, etc.)
    • Email lists (e.g., email lists you upload to invite people to take your surveys via email). We don’t use your email lists or any email addresses you collect through your surveys, except to assist you at your direction (e.g., if your email list isn’t sending correctly).

    • Respondent Information provided to us:
    • Survey responses (e.g., what respondents answer on surveys)
    • Email list info (e.g., from email addresses, names, or other contact info from email lists that Customers provide and upload)

  • Customer + Respondent Information collected from tracking technologies:
  • Usage info (e.g., visitor logs including IP address, cookies, etc.)
  • Device info (e.g., which browser used, which OS, etc.)
  • Referral source (e.g., which source or link referred respondent to survey)
  • Page tag data (e.g., clear gifs, web beacons, web bugs)

Customer Information: When you register on our Site, we ask for your name and contact information, including: company name, name of contact, title of contact, company address, telephone number, email address, user name and password, and billing information which may include credit card numbers. We don’t store any credit card information, instead we use a third party service as a credit card processor. Customers also provide us with information regarding the ordered Services (e.g., the type of account plan Customers pay for, account preferences, use of survey options or preferences, etc.). In addition to the information you actively provide to us, we also collect information from other sources regarding when and how often you log on to our Site. (See “Tracking Technologies” below.)

We will not — under any circumstances — sell or rent Customer or Respondent Information to any third party.

Respondent Information: We receive Respondent Information from survey respondents. If you’re using our email campaign distribution method, you provide us with the email address, and optionally other contact information, of each Respondent. Before receiving that information, we contractually require that you warranty that you have a pre-existing relationship with the Survey Respondent and/or the Survey Respondent’s permission to receive electronic messages. Permission is considered to be granted when a contact has asked to be subscribed to a list and an email is sent to confirm the validity of the email. This “double opt-in” process ensures that all contacts have been given permission to receive bulk email and that they have provided a valid email address that will not result in bounced messages or SPAM abuse reports.

Survey Respondents provide us with the information requested by you (for example, if your survey question asks about the respondent’s gender or zip code) as well as all answers to the survey questions. Customers are solely responsible for the content of the surveys and response data as well as complying with all applicable laws and regulations that might apply to the content that is solicited by Customers, as we state in our Terms of Service. As one of our software features for our Customers, we can record: (i) if and when a Survey Respondent has responded to a survey and (ii) if and when a Survey Respondent has received a reminder. In addition, we receive any information contained in any communications a Survey Respondent makes directly with Widgix. (See “Tracking Technologies” below.)

We will not – under any circumstances – use Respondent Information for any purpose other than to provide services to our Customers.

We log Customer and Survey Respondent Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to confirm the accuracy of survey data and Survey Respondent IP addresses are also converted into geo-data for Customers within our software. For our software system administration purposes, we also log a user’s session so that we know when, how often and what pages of the Site a user visits. To avoid the need to re-insert your username and password every time you and your Survey Respondents move from one page of our Site to the next, we use a cookie. (See “Tracking Technologies” below.) We also collect information from our Customers and Respondents regarding the devices and applications used to access our services (like browser type and operating system) and referral sources (if you arrived from another website or email).

You can login to our site using third party sign-in services such as Google Accounts Authentication and Authorization. These services authenticate your identity and give you the choice to share certain types of personal information with us (like your name and email address) to pre-populate your login.

Our site includes social media features as part of our distribution methods. These features, including the Facebook Post or Twitter Post buttons, may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. These features are hosted by a third party social media network (like Twitter or Facebook). Your interactions with these features are governed by those third party social media networks’ privacy policies.

Customers collect information using our software services platform. As a service provider for our Customers, Widgix acts as a custodian for that information, with no direct relationship with the individuals or end users whose personal data our software processes. Widgix provides features and services for Customers to provide notice to their end users or customers concerning the purpose for which personal information is collected. To protect the privacy of our Customers, we cannot disclose private information to end users regarding our Customers’ accounts.

Tracking Technologies We Use on Our Site and Services Platforms

Cookies

Like most other websites, Widgix uses “cookies” to collect data about visitors. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers stored on your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser for the purpose of identifying you when you visit a site or page. Cookies enable us to recognize your browser when you visit and to tell us whether you and other visitors have visited the Site previously. For these purposes your cookies are tied to personally identifiable information (like your email address). If you have provided your name or other contact information to Widgix via a web form, we are able to tie that information back to the cookie.

Cookies can be either temporary session cookies that expire at the end of a user session when the browser is closed or persistent cookies that remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time. We use persistent cookies. A persistent cookie can remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time.

We set cookies when you visit our web site, use our application, and take a survey. Cookies are used to:

  • Identify whether a user is logged in, for security purposes, and to allow the use of software features
  • Allow us to see how visitors use our site (these may be third party cookies like Google Analytics)
  • Identify a unique survey response when you are a Respondent taking a survey

You can change the settings on your browser to prevent new cookies from being set, or to notify you when a new cookie is set. Each browser is different, but the Help section for the browser will be able to show you how to change cookie preferences or clear your cookies from time to time. If you do block cookies it may impact your experience and you may not be able to take advantage of all features of our software.

Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)

Our customers can use software features that will enable clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs) in survey distribution email campaigns to Survey Respondents. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

Widgix also uses clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to you our customers and users to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. If you would like to opt-out of promotional emails, please follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each promotional email.

Data Collection Technology Available to Our Customers

For more information on technology available to our customers in collecting data and information on survey respondents, please visit the following pages:

Our Software Features: Data Collection Technologies

HelpGizmo Widget

Our site may include our HelpGizmo widget. This is a feature that we have to help improve your user experience as well as your experience accessing our many help and tutorial features. HelpGizmo may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Our HelpGizmo widget is a Widgix LLC product and service and is governed by our Terms of Service as well as this Privacy Policy.

Integrations

Our site includes a variety of integrations with third party services, such as ExactTarget and Salesforce (for a list of integrations, visit our Integrations page). These integrations may use your account information with the third party, collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Integration to function properly. Integrations are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Integrations are governed by the privacy policy of the third party company providing the Integration.

Blogs/Forums

If you use our blog or any forums associated with our site, keep in mind that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums or blog comments.

2. How we use the information we collect

We use Customer Information in our normal course of business, including to contact you regarding technical support, discuss billing issues, or to bring to your attention any aspect of our mutual business. We may also use your contact information to provide you with policy or product updates or to introduce new products and services.

If you do not wish to receive promotional emails from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each promotional email. We send service-related announcements when necessary to do so, and generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature.

All Respondent Information is stored in our databases for our Customers’ benefit. At your direction, we use a Survey Respondent’s email address (and at your option other contact information) to send survey invitations, reminders, and whatever other communications you choose to use. We also use Respondent Information to improve the performance of our Site and services by analyzing site and user behavior, troubleshooting technical problems, resolving disputes and addressing complaints, and addressing compliance issues with our Terms of Service. We require our Customers to warranty their compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, and we may have additional approval processes surrounding email campaigns. We also have a software program that alerts us about certain kinds of illegal or dangerous behavior in accounts that violates our Terms of Service. However, we don’t provide monitoring services to you, on your behalf, or otherwise search or monitor for illegal or illicit or other behavior in your account that may violate our Terms of Service. As part of our Terms of Service our Customers maintain and warranty sole responsibility over their behavior, use of our software platform, and whatever content is inserted into or solicited by our software. We make no representations or warranty over our Customers’ use of our services, nor do we control our Customers’ behaviors. If you think there may be any violations of our Terms, please report it to us at support@sgizmo.com.

We collect information on behalf of our Customers, just like the Post Office sending and receiving mail on behalf of individuals. If you are an end user or customer of one of our Customers and would no longer like to be contacted by one of our Customers that use our service, please contact that Customer directly.

Our Staff’s Access to Information

Our staff will only access your data at a minimum necessary standard, in order to provide technical or administrative support. For instance, if you open a support ticket, hire our consulting services, call our telephone support, or your account is flagged for a security reason, then our staff may log into your account for the purpose of troubleshooting & correcting the reported issue or performing their contracted task. We will not for any reason disseminate your data other than as you have directed (e.g. email actions, sending reports, etc.). All your data is subject to the confidentiality clause (Section 11) of our Terms of Service.

Data Retention + Deletion / Destruction

Widgix retains data that we process on behalf of our Customers and data we collect from our Customers directly for as long as it is needed to provide services to our Customers. Widgix will retain and use this data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Sometimes users have specific needs either under Safe Harbor, HIPAA or another institutional or state requirement. (See the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor + HIPAA section for more info on our compliance.) For instance, occasionally data needs to be completely destroyed after its intended use. In many cases (e.g. when a customer stops paying for an account, downgrades to a different account plan, etc.), data is retired and locked away rather than actually destroyed. In most cases this makes the loss retrievable in the event of a mistake. We can, however, comply with a request for total data destruction; you just need to let us know. See our section below (Section 4) for more information on data destruction.

Links to Other Sites

Our site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Widgix. Please be aware that we, Widgix, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

3. Who we share or disclose information to

We do not share information with any third parties except under the following very limited circumstances:

  1. Respondent Information with Customer: Our business is providing tools that allow you, our Customer, to conduct two-way communications with others. Accordingly, we provide you with access to the Respondent Information given in answer to the surveys you have conducted. You may use the Respondent Information consistent with our Terms of Service, your own privacy policy, and applicable law.
  2. As Customers and Respondents Choose: We may share or otherwise use your Customer Information as you choose, and we may share Respondent Information as both you and the Survey Respondent choose. For example, if you choose to have an email action send a copy of the survey response to the survey creator, survey respondent, and/or a third party.
  3. Agents Acting on Our Behalf: We may share some of your Information with other companies who provide us with technical and other type of services such as a credit card processor or data hosting center. They are contractually bound under nondisclosure agreements and are granted access to only Information that is necessary for their jobs, and are prohibited from using Information for any other purpose (including marketing or sharing the Information with any other party). We do not share any personally identifiable information with third parties who are not services providers who have signed confidentiality agreements to perform services for us.
  4. For Legal Reasons: We are required by law to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. We may also share your Information to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.
  5. Affiliates and Acquisition: We may share Information with our affiliated companies, products, and services (e.g., PeopleGizmo, HelpGizmo, etc.) or during any real or potential acquisition or merger of our company by or with another. We will notify you if your Information becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

4. Can the information be changed? Data deletion and data archive.

To request deletion of data from our site, please contact us in writing at support@sgizmo.com and we can help you with what is needed from you to delete the data (e.g., depending on the type of deletion: specification of what data requires deletion, signature on company letterhead, etc.). If requested in writing for confirmation, SurveyGizmo will reply with written confirmation that all requested files, database records and backups of this data have been destroyed. Data cannot be recovered after this is performed.

Ceasing to pay for your account will archive your data. You can re-access your data to be deleted by yourself or your users by paying for a monthly subscription that will allow you access the data for use (e.g. local storage on your computer, etc.) before deletion. Alternatively, if you do not require access before deletion, you can contact us directly in writing as stated above.

Once a Survey Respondent has submitted a survey, the Survey Respondent may not be able to access his Information through the Site. We do have software features available to allow Survey Respondents to re-access survey responses, but that must be enabled by the Survey Creator. Survey Respondents may contact you and you, in turn, will be able to view the Survey Respondent’s collected Information and, where appropriate, work with us in modifying such Information. If contacted directly by a Survey Respondent for modification of survey responses, we will contact you, our Customer, and direct the Survey Respondent to contact you.

5. Data security

We have extensive security measures in place to protect your Information, and we are committed to the protection of your data. Unique user names and passwords must be entered each time a person logs on. We work with a third party Tier I data center service provider, ViaWest, to host our Site, Services, and Software in a secure production environment that uses a firewall and other technology to reasonably prevent access from outside intruders. When transmitting sensitive Information, we also have encryption technology available for your use. (See Project Data Encryption and Secure Links for more info.)

All of our technology and processes are not, however, guarantees of security (see our Terms of Service for more information).

For more information on our Safe Harbor and HIPAA compliance, head here for that section of our Privacy Policy. For more information on our security measures, get in touch with us at support@sgizmo.com and at (720) 496-2990, or head to some of our other site pages:

Our Software Features: Security & Privacy

Our Other Pages

6. Account Ownership Transfer

If you transfer your account billing information and point of contact information (e.g. the individual who registers for the account or the user designated within our application as the main account administrator) to another individual or organization, ownership over all of your account’s data is therefore transferred to that individual or organization. This data may include confidential information, account preferences, surveys, survey response data, and/or custom reports, customized surveys or software code that you may have purchased with our professional services team. Data and account ownership transfer responsibilities lie solely with the customer. Widgix cannot and does not monitor how or why a customer or user may transfer data or account ownership.

7. Changes in the Privacy Policy

As we are constantly improving our services and expanding our business, we reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time. In the event we make such changes, we will post the new policy on this Site with an update date. We encourage you to frequently review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

US-EU Safe Harbor + HIPAA

Widgix complies with the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries. Widgix has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement.

To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Widgix’s certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/ (go to U.S.-EU Safe Harbor List > go to Organization Name > search for “SurveyGizmo” which is a registered trade name for Widgix LLC).

We also strive for compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). However, if you are transmitting or storing personal health information or HIPAA applies to you in any other way, you are obligated to notify us and engage in our HIPAA compliance procedures, which may include signing a business associate agreement with us as well as ensuring that your account tier includes the feature of data encryption at-rest that individual users (e.g. you) must ensure is enabled. For other compliance measures, you may be obligated to perform yourself within your account, including turning on data encryption in-transfer (SSL links).

For more HIPAA compliance information, get in touch with us at support@sgizmo.com or by phone at (720) 496-2990. You can also take a look at some of our other website pages for more information regarding our security measures and software features:

Our Software Features: Security & Privacy

Our Other Pages

Additional Information

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy or the Site, you can contact us at support@sgizmo.com. For more information, you can also give us a call at (720) 496-2990.

Last Updated: July 14, 2014

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