Neustar

.US Privacy Policy

Updated: October 1, 2013

Neustar is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, entertainment and marketing industries throughout the world. We apply our advanced, secure, data-driven technologies to our customers’ information to help them promote their businesses, serve their customers, and protect against fraud and cyber security threats.

Neustar is committed to the responsible use of personal information to help businesses make better decisions and deliver personalized content without sacrificing personal privacy. To accomplish this goal, we have adopted the principle of Privacy by Design, taking personal privacy into consideration throughout the process of designing, building, and delivering information products and services. This Privacy Policy describes our collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information, which is information that personally identifies you, such as your name, email address or billing information, or other data that we can reasonably link to that kind of information.

PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTION, USE, AND DISCLOSURE

Information You Provide on our Web Sites. On our web sites, we collect Personal Information only if you choose to give it to us, for example by subscribing to RSS feeds or blog posts or electing to “follow” Neustar on social media sites. Like all web sites, we automatically collect Log Data about your visits. This information does not identify you to us unless you have given us your name, contact information, or other Personal Information. We use Personal Information and Log Data to respond to your requests, process transactions you initiate, improve our web site, and deliver personalized content to you. We may disclose that information to third parties to help us in these activities, but we do not allow them to use the Personal Information for other purposes.

Domain Name Registry Services. When you register a domain name, your registrar will collect certain information, including your name, address, contact information, and the IP address of the servers on which your domain name is hosted. As the Registry Operator for .US, Neustar collects this information, known as “WHOIS Information” from registrars, and makes it available online in the WHOIS database.

Neustar uses WHOIS Information and other information collected in the course of providing registry services to: comply with law and regulation, and contractual obligations; investigate and respond to complaints of abusive conduct; and enforce registry policies related to, without limitation: WHOIS accuracy, the use of proxy and/or privacy registration services, limitations on registration, and prohibitions against the use of domain names to distribute malware, operate botnets, or engage in phishing, piracy, intellectual property infringement, fraud or deceptive practices, counterfeiting or other activity that is contrary to applicable law.

Neustar reserves the right to use and disclose this information as needed to provide the domain registry services, identify and respond to cybersecurity threats, protect our rights and the rights of third parties, and as required by law. In addition, Neustar may from time to time collect and aggregate demographic data or statistical analysis and other research, but does not disclose Personal Information in that process.

Other Use and Disclosure of Personal Information. Neustar does not use or disclose Personal Information other than as described above, except:

  • With your express permission;
  • Where permitted by our customer agreements, for internal use, research, fraud prevention, and product development;
  • To (i) comply with US or foreign laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process in US or foreign civil, criminal or investigative matters, (ii) enforce agreements, our terms and conditions, and policies, and protect our rights and property as the site owner, and (iii) in an emergency to protect the personal safety of Neustar, its customers, or any person;
  • In an aggregated or de-identified form that does not directly identify you;
  • With third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who are working on our behalf, but we limit their access and use of Personal Information to that which is needed to carry out their work for us; and
  • In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.

COOKIES

We use cookies and similar technologies such as web beacons and pixel tags on our sites and in connection with our AdAdvisor services, but AdAdvisor Cookies never contain or convey Personal Information. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file, or you may opt-out as described below.

Web site Visitors. Neustar may use cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or similar technologies, along with other information described in this policy to enhance and personalize your experience on our sites and to manage and enable preferences, transactions and related uses of Neustar services and information. These technologies do not identify you to us unless you have voluntarily provided Personal Information on our site. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive a warning message with each cookie. You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser, but some of the features on our site may not work if you do.

EU AND SWISS SAFE HARBORS

Neustar may receive Personal Information about residents of the European Union and Switzerland in the course of providing DNS services (including registry services) and telephone call routing services. Neustar’s handling of such information complies with the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor framework and the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor framework as administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and we have certified our adherence to the Safe Harbor principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. Additional information about the Safe Harbor programs is available at: http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.

SECURITY

Neustar has implemented policies that include administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to protect Personal Information against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

CHILDREN

Neustar does not knowingly collect information from children under 13, and we do not create marketing segments or knowingly enable advertising targeted to children under 18.

POLICY CHANGES

This Policy may change from time to time. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice.

INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California who have an established business relationship with Neustar may request certain information with respect to the Personal Information we share with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To exercise your rights, email us at privacy@neustar.biz.

CONTACT US

Neustar Privacy
21275 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166
privacy@neustar.biz

DEFINITIONS:

Cookies are text files placed on a computer’s browser that can be used to recognize you as a web site user or to provide personalized content.

Log Data is the Internet page request that is automatically collected when you visit a web site, and typically includes the URL of the page requested, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. AdAdvisor logs also contain information about ad campaign delivery, which we use for reporting and analytics, and to measure ad effectiveness.

Personal Information is information that personally identifies you, such as your name, email address or billing information, or other data that we can reasonably link to that kind of information.

Pixel tags are placed on a web site or within the body of an email for the purpose of tracking activity on web sites, or when emails are opened or accessed, and are often used in combination with cookies.

Privacy by Design is an approach to protecting privacy developed by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian. Using this approach, privacy is embedded into the design specifications of technologies, business practices, and physical infrastructures. That means building in privacy up front – right into the design specifications and architecture of new systems and processes.

Web beacons are small pieces of code placed on web pages that can be used for such purposes as counting visitors and delivering cookies or to otherwise customize the user experience.