LAST MODIFIED DATE: Feb, 2017
Simmons Research LLC ("we" or "Simmons") has formed the SimmonsConnect panel with the goal of providing research data that will provide insights that help U.S. businesses and college/university researchers better understand the impact of the Internet and mobile devices on our everyday lives. If you qualify for, and opt to join, any of three subpanels that reflect different types of devices by which individuals access the Internet, you will install a Research Application ("Research Application" or "Application") onto a qualified device. The three subpanels are the "PC Subpanel," "Smartphone Subpanel," and "Tablet Subpanel." The Smartphone Subpanel and the Tablet Subpanel are collectively referred to as the "Mobile Subpanels." The SimmonsConnect Panel and/or any one or more of the Subpanels are also referred to in this policy as a "Panel." Participants in a Panel are "Panelists."
If you do not opt out, your continued use of the Site or participation in the Panel after such changes signifies your express consent to the changes.
United States of America: The Site is geared towards U.S. users only and is maintained in the U.S. By using the Site or by participating in a Panel, you authorize the transfer of your Personal Information to the U.S. if you reside outside the U.S, and your consent to its disclosure, storage and use in the U.S. as described in this policy.
Information We Collect From Panelists Who Participate in the Mobile Subpanels
If you install a Research Application onto a smartphone or digital tablet, the Application will automatically collect the following types of information related to the device and your use of it, on an ongoing basis, for as long as the Application remains installed. This information may include Personal Information and Non-Personal Information:
Device usage and operational data, including information about:
At the same time that it collects the categories of information described above, the Application also records the time and the device's precise or approximate geo-location.
Use of Accessibility Services
This app uses Accessibility services. The application is using the respective permissions with active consent by the end-user. The Accessibility permissions are used for analyzing the application and web usage on this device as part of an opt-in market research panel.
Information We Collect From Panelists Who Participate in the PC Subpanel
If you install a Research Application onto a desktop personal computer, laptop, notebook, or netbook (each, a "PC"), the Application will automatically collect the following types of information related to your PC and your use of it, on an ongoing basis, for as long as the Application remains installed:
Browsing and usage activity, including:
Device operational data, including information about:
How We Use and Disclose Information We Collect through Panels
When you participate in a Panel, we combine the information that we collect from your participation in the Mobile and/or PC Subpanels, and inferences that we draw from that information ("Panelist Data"), with information we have collected from you or other household members in connection with you or your household's participation in our other online and offline research studies ("Survey Data"), including Personal Information such as your name, address and email address. Panelist Data combined with Survey Data create "Panelist Survey Data." If Panelist Survey Data is later combined with your Personal Information it will be called "Identifiable Panelist Survey Data" in this policy.
We may supplement Identifiable Panelist Survey Data with information that we receive from third party sources - We analyze and use Identifiable Panelist Survey Data for our research purposes and to create reports for our clients.
We disclose Identifiable Panelist Survey Data to our clients, parent company and its affiliates for their business purposes including their direct marketing purposes. These entities may in turn disclose parts or all of your Identifiable Panelist Survey Data to other third parties. We have no control over the use or disclosure of your Personal Information by our clients, parent or affiliates. Our parent company is Symphony Technology Group.
We disclose Participant Survey Data and non-Personal Information to our clients for their business purposes, and to third party vendors who help us operate the Site.
In addition, we may transfer Personal Information to an entity or individual that acquires, buys, or merges with Simmons Research LLC or our Parent or Affiliates.
Information Practices with Respect to the Site, www.simmonsconnect.com
When you fill out our registration form "Let's Get Started," we collect your home address, phone number, email, age and the length of time you have lived at your home address. When you contact us by phone, email or regular mail, we collect your name, email address and/or phone number. When you log in as a member, we collect your Panelist ID and password to allow you to access the Panel.
We may use Personal Information collected on or through the Site, with or without Panelist Data:
Your Personal Information collected on or through the Site, with or without Panelist Data, may be disclosed:
We may also use or disclose Personal Information as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities, including public and government authorities outside your country of residence.
Third Party Sites
Protection of Your Personal Information
We will take appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect Personal Information from theft, loss, and unauthorized access. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We will retain Personal Information for as long as necessary to compile the Survey Data. We will retain and use Personal Information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Children's Online Privacy
Our Site, the online Survey, and the online Simmons Studies are directed to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children online. If you believe your child has provided information to us online, please contact us using the information provided below.
We collect Identifiable Survey Data by mail from minors through the Kids & Teens Surveys. This information is treated the same as other information collected by the offline Survey. Please see the section above on the National Consumer Survey/National Hispanic Consumer Survey about the use and disclosure of Personal Information collected offline.
Your California Privacy Rights; California Do Not Track Disclosures
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your Personal Information by Simmons Survey or its subsidiaries to a third party for the third party's direct marketing purposes. You may request this information in writing using the information under "Contact Us" below.
Your browser may offer you a "Do Not Track" option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and web applications and services (including behavioral advertising services) that you do not wish such operators to track certain of your online activities, over time and across different websites. We do not honor "Do Not Track" signals.
Access to Personal Information
When we collect Personal Information, we provide individuals with reasonable opportunities to access that data and correct it when it's inaccurate. To access, update or change your Personal Information, please contact us as described below.
We are not responsible for removing Personal Information from the lists of any third party who has previously been provided your information in accordance with this Policy.
If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us as follows: