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Introduction

Hamilton Tharp, LLP is committed to your right to privacy. Our goal in creating the ht2cpa.com website is to provide you with a valuable resource that you are comfortable using with the understanding that your private information will be respected and protected.

Privacy is an important issue for us. We want you to understand how we work to protect your privacy, how we collect and use information about you, and the steps we take to safeguard that information. This privacy policy discusses how we collect, protect, use and share information gathered about you on our website.

Background

Our main goal for collecting information is to provide our visitors with a better experience when using our website. We recognize that your information is valuable and we take all reasonable measures to protect your information while it is in our care.

We collect very little personally identifiable information from visitors to our website. Usually, such data is only collected when a visitor requests additional information, participates in a survey, registers for specialized areas of the website, or submits a resume.

We never use or share the personally identifiable information we solicit from you in ways unrelated to the intended purpose stated at the time the information is collected without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses. However, if you provide us with unsolicited sensitive personal data, you consent to our using the data subject to applicable law, this Privacy Statement and our Terms of Use Statement.

Our policy is not to share personally identifiable information with third parties, unless:

  1. It is required by law, through subpoena, search warrant or other legal process
  2. Disclosure to such third parties was the intended purpose for which you submitted the information, or
  3. Disclosure to such third parties occurred after notifying you and providing you with an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such disclosure.

Hamilton Tharp will not, under any circumstances, sell, give or make generally available any personal information collected from our website.

What Type of Information Do We Collect?

Information You Provide

You will always be notified when we request personally identifiable information. This information will only be collected via a request form that will specify the type of information requested and its intended uses. Personally identifiable information includes your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Please be aware that you can choose not to provide personally identifiable information, but you may not be able to take advantage of many of the custom features of our website.

There are a few activities on our website where the collection of personally identifiable information is required. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing website features for you, improving this website and communicating with you. The following is a brief description of some of the activities on our website that require personally identifiable information:

Surveys

From time to time we may ask our website visitors to participate in surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary. Therefore, you have a choice whether or not to disclose information. Unless otherwise stated on the information form, we use survey information to monitor or improve our website.

Newsletters

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletters, we ask for contact information (such as your name and e-mail address).

Registration Forms

Our website may include registration forms for various features and services available on our website. To access these features or services, you will be required to fill out a registration form providing information (such as your name and e-mail address) so that we may contact you. We use this information to contact you about the services on our website for which you have expressed an interest.

E-mail Communications

We use e-mail addresses to provide information to our customers and our website visitors that have requested information. To help us make e-mails more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation from the recipient when they open an e-mail from ht2cpa.com provided their computer supports such capabilities.

Information We Automatically Collect

When you visit our website, our server may collect (logs) certain types of data to improve the content and services offered to visitors. Such data is reported on an aggregate, anonymous basis, and we associate no personal information with this data. Such data may include: how many people visit our website; the pages they visit; the total time spent on our website; and the domain name of the website visitors connect from (e.g., yahoo.com). Personal information, such as your name and e-mail address, is not included in this analysis. Unless you provide it, we do not collect or know your name or e-mail address. The following is a brief description of some of the types of data we collect:

Logs

We review the logs retrieved from our website to constantly improve the value of the materials made available to you. Our website logs do not contain any personally identifiable information, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that actually browse the website. These website logs help us determine what is most effective about our website, identify ways to improve it, and eventually, to determine how we can tailor the ht2cpa.com website to meet our visitors’ needs.

IP Addresses

We use the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses collected in our logs to analyze trends, administer the website, track a user’s movements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. “Aggregate use” means that information from all users is collected and gathered into a whole unit so that information as a whole can be used. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

Like most websites, we use “cookies” to allow visitors to move quickly through the ht2cpa.com website. Cookies are small text files that are used to save and retrieve information about your visit to our website. Cookies are transferred from our website to your computer via your web browser. A cookie generated by our website contains no information about you and does not gather information from your computer. It contains only an alphanumeric ID.

We gather this type of information so that we can refine and personalize the content that you and other visitors will see on our website. Cookies help us identify:

  1. Repeat visitors to our website,
  2. The path visitors take to get to our website,
  3. Visitors who came to our website as a result of a banner ad on a third-party website, and
  4. Which pages or sections visitors view in order to gauge the effectiveness of our content.

We do not use cookies to gather personal information such as a person’s name or e-mail address. Please be assured that any information we gather by the use of a cookie is compiled on an aggregate, anonymous basis.

In most cases, a visitor can refuse a cookie and still fully navigate our website. If you are uncomfortable regarding the use of cookies on our website, please keep in mind that most browsers can be configured to alert you each time a cookie is being sent, allow you to opt-out of receiving a cookie, or disable the cookie feature so that no cookies are stored on your computer. If you are not sure whether your browser has this capability, you should check with the software manufacturer or your internet service provider.

Third parties might also create cookies when you access their sites through links posted on our sites. We do not have access to these cookies or any information that these cookies may contain. Please contact the third-party website for more information on their policies regarding cookies.

Domain Names

In general, you can visit most parts of the ht2cpa.com website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Our web servers identify the domain names of visitors, but this is not captured as personally identifiable information. This information is aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the website, pages viewed and similar website usage information in order to improve the website’s content.

How to Opt-out of Web Services

E-mail

If you provide us with your e-mail address, you will occasionally receive e-mails about new services, special website features and other noteworthy updates. We hope you will find these e-mails interesting and informative. Please note that any e-mail sent to you will also contain a message on how to opt-out of that type of mailing in the future.

If you receive an e-mail from us that you no longer wish to receive, simply send us an e-mail at our “Contact Us” page containing your exact e-mail address in the body text, or follow the unsubscribe instructions set forth at the bottom of each e-mail.

We do not share e-mail names collected on our website for purposes of permitting other companies to market to you through e-mail. Providing us your e-mail address will not result in your receiving unsolicited commercial e-mail from any third party.

Resale or Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

When you are visiting the ht2cpa.com website and you are asked for personally identifiable information, you are sharing that information with Hamilton Tharp alone. Any and all information collected on our website (either through voluntary submissions or through internet access logs) will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, reused, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed to third parties without your prior consent.

Other Uses of Information

Hamilton Tharp reserves the right to perform analysis and profile user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in, and use of, certain areas of our website. This data will be used for internal purposes only.

Hamilton Tharp may disclose personal information if required to do so by law, court order, or as requested by a governmental or law enforcement authority, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable. Hamilton Tharp may disclose account information in special cases where we have reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Use, or may be causing injury to, or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other Hamilton Tharp users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. Hamilton Tharp may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.

Security

We take reasonable steps to maintain the security of your data on ht2cpa.com. You should understand that the open nature of the internet is such that data may flow over networks without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the data is intended.

Other Sites

The ht2cpa.com website may contain hyperlinks or “links” to other sites, and other sites may “link” to our website. This Privacy Policy only covers the ht2cpa.com website and does not cover any other website. While we take reasonable steps to protect your information on our website, we do not control the policies of other sites (including those we may link to).

Hamilton Tharp is not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of other sites you may link to. We have no control over the privacy policies of other websites, or use and protection of any personally identifiable information you or others may share with them. Please do not assume that our Privacy Policy covers those other sites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that you visit.

Privacy Policy Updates

Hamilton Tharp may from time to time make changes to this Privacy Statement. We encourage you to reread this Privacy Statement periodically to learn of any updates and changes we have made to this Privacy Statement.

We assure you that if we make any changes to our privacy policy, we will post all changes on this page so that you are always aware of the nature of the information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances under which we disclose it. Unless otherwise required or permitted by applicable law, we do not intend to use your personally identifiable information collected through our website in ways not described herein without first providing you the opportunity to opt-out of that use.

Correcting and Updating Personal Information

If any of your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer wish to use our website services, we will offer you an option to correct, update or remove the personal information you have provided to us. Usually this can be done by sending us an e-mail at our “Contact Us” page.

Children

The ht2cpa.com website is not intended for, nor does it seek to receive information from individuals under the age of 18. If we learn that such information has been collected, that information will be deleted from the website’s database as quickly as practicable. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s online activity.

Consent

By using this website, you agree to the collection and use, consistent with applicable laws and the above policies, of information available on or through this website (including your personally identifiable information) by Hamilton Tharp.

Contacting Us

If you have any comments or questions regarding our Privacy Policy, please e-mail Hamilton Tharp at info@ht2cpa.com.