Effective on: 05/01/2021
The Houston Realtors Information Service, Inc. (“HRIS” or “our”, “us” or “we”), a Texas corporation, operates ShowingSmart.com whereon real estate information and related services are available to a visitor and to Realtors®/licensees (for both “you” or “your”).
1. What Information We Collect
a) Information You Submit To Us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information from you unless you register under a ShowingSmart.com account or login or with a Realtor®/licensee. If you sign up for any ShowingSmart.com account activate a login, or register with a Realtor®/licensee, you consent to our collection of information you submit to us such as your email address, your first name and last name, telephone numbers (including mobile), photo, username/password and any other information that you choose to provide to us or a Realtor®/licensee (“your information”). We and a Realtor®/licensee may use your information to verify your identify (through use of a third party contractor who actually processes the personal information you submit), to contact you and to provide you services. Use by and disclosure of your information to us or a Realtor®/licensee is with your consent, is entirely optional and is a service available if you desire to receive information or services related to real estate. We do not collect or store “sensitive” or “special categories of personal data” information as defined under European data protection laws. If a credit card number is submitted by you, then it and some of your information is processed by third-party credit card processing companies solely for payment. They are not permitted to use the credit card or your information for any purpose other than to fulfill the specific purchase transaction. We do not store or save your credit card number.
b) IP Address. We may collect your IP (Internet Protocol) address to administer our site. When a web browser or email application requests a web page or email from another device on the Internet, it automatically gives that device the address where it should send the information. This is called the computer’s “IP address”. This “address” does not contain any personally identifiable information.
e) Usage Logs. When on ShowingSmart.com, your device communicates a variety of information to computer servers, including the existence of cookies, your Internet Protocol address, and information about your browser program. We also create a record of information you are requesting, such as the page or subject areas you are visiting.
f) Location Data. ShowingSmart.com can provide you with helpful information based on where you are. If you tell ShowingSmart.com where you are (e.g., by allowing your device to send ShowingSmart.com your location), ShowingSmart.com may use that information to provide you with location-based information and advertising. Your general location information may be shared with third parties. If you wish to deactivate this feature, you can disable location services on your device.
h) Licensees Only. To gain access to ShowingSmart.com you are given a login and password. We do not collect any personally identifiable information unless you voluntarily create an account or profile. Using this process, we collect contact information such as name, business address, home address, photo, birthday, photo, telephone numbers (including mobile), and email address. ShowingSmart.com will use this information to contact you and provide requested services. We use a third-party credit card processing companies to process payments due. They are not permitted to use the credit card information or your information for any purpose other than to fulfill the specific payment transaction. We do not store or save your credit card number, but we may keep a generic and non-personal identity of your account for reoccurring membership payments. A list of these vendor companies and the one for your account is available upon request. Your contact and other information is available to visitors to ShowingSmart.com. Access to ShowingSmart.com services are made available with your consent.
2. How We Use the Information
a) To Provide You Services. If you have chosen to receive information from us or a Realtor®/licensee by submitting your information through registering on ShowingSmart.com, then we or a Realtor®/licensee may use your information to identify you, contact you and provide you real estate related services. If you have activated some type of ShowingSmart.com account, we may share your information and activity from that account with Realtors®/licensees in order for them to provide you real estate related information in relation to the type of account or services you activated. ShowingSmart.com will use information collected as described in 1. b)-f), internally, to provide you better services on ShowingSmart.com. Also, ShowingSmart.com may use your email address and mobile phone number provided to us to contact you, call you, leave automated messages and text you with real estate related information, surveys or promotions.
b) Entity Sale. We may disclose, transfer, sell or assign your information obtained through ShowingSmart.com, or information otherwise in its possession, to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganization or liquidation of HRIS. You will be notified via email or prominent notice on ShowingSmart.com for 30 days of any such change in ownership or control of your information.
d) Retention and Termination. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. The subsequent use, management or disclosure of any information collected by or provided to third parties such as Realtors®/licensees is subject to their privacy policies and practices. If you wish to cancel your account with ShowingSmart.com or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, then contact us at privacy@ShowingSmart.com. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, perform investigations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
3. You Have Choices
ShowingSmart.com offers you the opportunity to correct, update and amend your information at your ShowingSmart.com account at any time. Simply access your account settings page and change, remove or update your information there. You can withdraw your consent for our use of your information at any time by going to your account settings and deleting the account. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing of your information we conducted prior to your withdrawal or deletion, nor will it affect processing of information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent. If you have any concerns, want an electronic copy of your information from your account, or need help in correcting, updating, amending or removing your information at ShowingSmart.com, then please contact us by email at privacy@ShowingSmart.com or call us at (713) 629-1900, and we will help you in any way possible.
4. Email Management
You may receive email from ShowingSmart.com for a variety of reasons. We respect your desire to manage email correspondence. If you have an account with ShowingSmart.com, you can select your preferences through your account tools. Also, you can manage your receipt of some types of communication by following the instructions included in the email we send you. If you wish not to receive further emails from real estate entities or agents with whom you have registered, then you must personally contact that entity or agent and convey that information to them.
5. Storage and Security of Data
We also want you to know that we take the security of your information very seriously. We use industry accepted tools and procedures that protects certain data in our system. However, due to the open communication nature of the Internet we cannot guarantee that information we receive from you or that communication between you and us and us and you will be free from unauthorized access by third parties.
6. Business & Privacy Issues with Links to Other Sites
We are not responsible for the availability of or the business and privacy practices for other websites which are linked or connected to ShowingSmart.com. We provide these links for information and service. We do not take responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other websites nor for their data collection practices. We refer you to their privacy statements and policies to learn how they collect and use information about you.
ShowingSmart.com is intended for adult use and is not directed to anyone under 18. We do not knowingly collect information from anyone under 18. If you become aware that a child has provided us with information without parental consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a person under 18 has provided us with information without parental consent, we take steps to remove such information and terminate that person’s account.
8. Privacy Statement Changes