Privacy (February 2010)

Privacy (February 2010)

Benchmark Construction Company (“Benchmark,” or “the Company,”) wants you to have a safe and secure experience at our website, and wants to explain the steps it takes in treating any information you may provide as you visit this website. We understand the importance you place on the privacy and security of personally identifying information, which may include but is not limited to your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address. We refer to this information as “Personal Information.” Since our website is not designed as one where visitors will routinely be providing to us their private personal information, certain sections of this policy may not apply to you, but is provided herein for those rare cases where such information may be transmitted to, on, or through this site. Benchmark has adopted this Privacy Policy to explain our commitment to your privacy, and this Privacy Policy applies to any Personal Information you might provide to the website (the “Website”). By using the Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Please refer back to this link to review the contents of the Benchmark Privacy Policy frequently, as we may change it from time to time to reflect changes in our services and our policies relating to customer Personal Information. Changes and amendments are effective when posted on the Website. Benchmark will not provide you with a notice of any change in this Privacy Policy other than posting the amended Privacy Policy at this link. It is your responsibility to monitor and review any changes to the Privacy Policy.

1. Information You Submit

Many of the visitors to our site are not existing clients of our company. If this is the case for you, we look forward to beginning a dialogue with you and we welcome the opportunity to determine if we can assist you in your future projects. You may choose to provide us your contact information, and if you do, we will use that for such purpose, that being, to contact you in the future should the occasion to do so arise. Until we establish a professional relationship with each other, it is important for you at this point to refrain from sending to us any confidential or proprietary information. Unless we have reached a different understanding (often through establishing a professional relationship), any feedback, data, answers, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, or the like which you send to us through this website will be treated as being non-confidential and nonproprietary, and you agree that any such information you choose to so provide may be reproduced, used, and distributed by Benchmark for any purpose without restriction.

2. How Benchmark Uses Your Personal Information

a. The Personal Information you provide to Benchmark enables us enhance the services we may provide. We may use Personal Information to contact you to respond to an inquiry that you send to us or to keep you informed about Benchmark and the services we provide. There may be instances where you may choose to communicate with us by e-mail. Those instances may include situations where you request service, request a change in service, or other situations. If you communicate with the Company by e-mail, then you agree that e-mail sent by the Company to you will be considered to be sent with your consent. You acknowledge and agree that any such email will be accessible to anyone who has access to your e-mail.

b. Other than as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties without your written consent (which consent may be obtained electronically, such as by e-mail), unless we reasonably believe the disclosure is essential to the conduct of the Company’s business or to provide services to you. The instances where we may disclose your Personal Information to third parties includes but is not limited to situations where such disclosure is necessary to (i) comply with the law, legal process or our regulators, (ii) collect unpaid bills, (iii) enable the Company’s employees or consultants to provide service to you and to otherwise perform their duties, or (iv) comply with interchange functions. We do not sell your Personal Information to third parties for telemarketing, e-mail or direct mail solicitation of third-party products or services.

c. Benchmark employees and consultants to Benchmark may have access to your Personal Information. That access to your Personal Information by Benchmark employees or consultants is limited to only information necessary to provide the business service offered and to allow employees or consultants to perform their duties.

3. Technical Information

a. When You Visit Our Website. When you visit the Website, we collect certain information that is not Personal Information. For example, we collect information about usage of the Website, such as the number of visitors to the Website and the number of users that click on certain links or utilize certain services. We use industry standard software to create summary statistics of the usage data we collect, that we store and review in the aggregate. We may then use those summary statistics for purposes that may include, but are not limited to highlighting what our visitors find interesting, improving the Website design specifications, identifying system performance issues, and for other internal purposes.

b. How We Use IP Addresses. An Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is a number automatically assigned to your computer every time you browse the Internet. When you visit the Website, our servers log your current IP address. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer the Website. While we gather data when our servers log your IP address, we do not tie your IP address to your Personal Information, and it is not used to identify you.

c. How We Use Cookies. Cookies are small text files stored on your computer hard drive by a web browser that are placed there by the web page server. Cookies can make it more convenient for users to use a website by verifying when the user travels from page to page. When you visit the Website, our server may create cookies. We do not tie data on Website usage we collect using cookies to your Personal Information and we use it only in aggregate form.