Data Privacy

Data Privacy and Protection

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Personal Information Policy

This personal information policy sets out how Southwest Business Services uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.  We are committed to ensuring that your data privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this data privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What We Collect
We may collect the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Demographic information such as address

How We Handle the Information We Gather
This information is collected for no other purpose than to enable us to communicate with you.  We do not rent, sell or share your information under any circumstances.  We do not process through our website any purchase of our services:  This is handled two ways, both of them external to the website, so we are never in possession of your personal financial information.

Security
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Cookie Policy

How We Use Cookies
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this information.

You can choose 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. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

By using or accessing this website, you are consenting to our use of Cookies as outlined below.

What is a Cookie?
This Cookie policy helps to explain the occasions when and why cookies may be sent to visitors to the Site (referred to in this policy as “we”, “us” or “our”). “Cookies” are text-only pieces of information that a website transfers to an individual’s hard drive or other website-browsing equipment for record-keeping purposes. Cookies allow the Site to remember important information that will make your use of the site more convenient. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a randomly generated unique number or other value. Certain cookies will be used on the Site regardless of whether you are logged in to your account or not.

Session Cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Site.

Persistent Cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). When we use session cookies to track the total number of visitors to our Site, this is done on an anonymous aggregate basis (as cookies do not in themselves carry any personal data).

How Southwest Business Services Uses Cookies
Like most websites, we use cookies for a variety of purposes but specifically we use Cookies on the site for the following purposes:

  • Analytical Purposes
    We use cookies to analyze user activity in order to improve the Site. For example, we can use cookies to look at aggregate patterns like the average number of searches that users perform. We can use such analysis to gain insights about how to improve the functionality and user experience
  • Referral Tracking
    We use cookies to associate user activity with the third party website that referred the user to our Site.  We do not share any personal information or information about individual user activities with third-party websites for any purpose.
  • Security Purposes
    We use cookies to limit certain types of cyber attacks.

Managing Cookies in Your Browser
Use the options in your web browser if you do not wish to receive a cookie or if you wish to set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. You can easily delete and manage any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser by following the instructions provided by your particular browser manufacturer.

You may opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertisers including AdWords and opt-out of customized Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Preferences Manager. To provide website visitors more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed an Opt-out Browser add-on, which is available by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, to enable you to opt-out of Google’s programs.

Data Provided to Us For Analysis

Unless we receive data from you via unsecured e-mail, we will not exchange documentation—save for initial consultation and proposal documents—via unsecured e-mail.  We use a GDPR-compliant, cloud-based file exchange system that ensures data privacy.  Unless we have your express permission to do so, none of the information you send us is stored on local computers.

Data acquired through SQL query is handled and transferred in accordance with Microsoft’s data privacy and security policies and, once transferred, the data is handled by them in accordance with those GDPR policies that govern their handling of the data.

Third Party Content

The website makes information of third parties available, including articles, reports, news reports, tools to facilitate calculation, company information and other data (the "Third Party Content"). You acknowledge and agree that the Third Party Content is not created or endorsed by Southwest Business Services nor are any products or services offered through it. The provision of Third Party Content is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or solicitation. In addition, the Third Party Content is not intended to provide tax, legal or investment advice. You acknowledge that the Third Party Content provided to you is obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but that no guarantees are made by the website or the providers of the Third Party Content as to its accuracy, completeness, timeliness. You agree not to hold the website, any business offering products or services through the website or any provider of Third Party Content liable for any investment decision or other transaction you may make based on your reliance on or use of such data, or any liability that may arise due to delays or interruptions in the delivery of the Third Party Content for any reason.

By using any Third Party Content, you may leave this website and be directed to an external website, or to a website maintained by an entity other than Southwest Business Services. If you decide to visit any such site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements. Southwest Business Services makes no warranty or representation regarding, and does not endorse, any linked website or the information appearing thereon or any of the products or services described thereon. Links do not imply that Southwest Business Services or this Site sponsors, endorses, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked site is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of Southwest Business Services or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.