Last updated: January 2, 2016
The information we gather
A La Carte gathers personal information when an individual registers to become a member of our panels. Your participation in any of our panels and surveys is voluntary. After registration we ask panel members to provide us with more personal information so that we may invite them to appropriate surveys. To become a panel member, we ask that you fill out a registration survey that gathers some personal and general consumer information. We ask for your email address so that we can send you email invitations to participate in our upcoming surveys. The other information we gather, such as your name, address, gender, birthday and employment status is for matching you with the appropriate marketing research projects. Your birthday is used to automatically update your age for us to target age-related marketing groups. We ask you for this information as a means to see if you might qualify for particular projects. All email contact from A La Carte will be sent to your primary email address that you gave to us upon registration. If you become a panel member, your information (name, address, city, state, and zip) is also used for the purposes of incentive fulfillment. From time to time, a third party may be used for issuing checks or processing the delivery of rewards; your personal information will not be used for any other reason, but to mail you your reward.
In some circumstances, A La Carte may ask you to inform us of your sensitive personal data, unless we are permitted to process such sensitive personal data by law, we will ask for your consent. In general sensitive data that may be collected by A La Carte may cover: your racial or ethnic origin; your political opinions; your physical or mental health or condition; and your sexual life. This information is not shared with any third party, except as required by law and as part of a transfer of A La Carte’s business.
If you take a survey or provide us with personal information without being a member of our panel, the only personal information we will preserve is your email address, gender, age, ethnicity and zip code, machine ID and IP address. We do this so we may contact you if you are entitled to an incentive, to match you to appropriate surveys and improve the user experience. Unless you elect to become a member of the A La Carte panel, we will not contact you for any reason other than to notify you that you are eligible for an incentive. If you are entitled to an incentive, we will collect and maintain such personal information, as we are required to maintain or report by virtue of any law or regulation.
You should be aware that any personal information you choose to make public on the site, in the Community area (under a public message, as an opinion, topic, or any other public area or forum) can be read, collected, or used by other users and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit or make public. In addition, we are not responsible for the content you publicly post on the site that can be found via web-based search engines. Our website offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our site in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of this information
A La Carte does not sell or transfer the personal information collected about the members of its panels or the individuals that take surveys for us. Information which is personally identifiable will only be transferred with your prior permission on a case by case basis, except for the narrow exceptions specified below. If you are a member of the A La Carte panel, your information is stored in our proprietary database so we may call upon it to determine which people match up with specific research studies. If we think your profile makes you a potential candidate for a study, we will Email or call you to make you aware of this opportunity. From time to time A La Carte may use third-party software for Email list management and Email distribution, or may use third party list management providers to match the members of our Panel to members of other lists or panels, or to validate accuracy of personal information you provide. We may use third parties to provide us with data they have collected about you, and append this data to your demographic profile. In such cases only a minimum amount of information is transferred to these third parties so as to enable them to perform specific functions on our behalf. We also may share your information with our service providers, such as to provide incentives for your participation in our panels.
Your information may be transferred to other countries, including the United States. All such transfers shall solely be made in accordance with applicable law.
Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy, we may need to disclose your personal information when we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary (i) to comply with a subpoena, bankruptcy proceedings, judicial proceeding, court orders or similar legal process, (ii) if we believe it is necessary in order to protect our rights, investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to your safety or the safety of others or violations of the A La Carte site terms, (iii) to respond to a government request or (iv) as otherwise required by law. A La Carte may also disclose your personal information to third parties where it has your express permission to do so, or where it can reasonably be inferred from the circumstances that you consent to the disclosure to the third parties.
One or more “cookies” will be placed on the hard disk of the computer(s) used by site visitors, panelists and survey takers in order to allow A La Carte to recognize the participant when they connect to the A La Carte website, in order to facilitate the management of A La Carte , for statistical purposes (pages consulted, date and time of consultations etc.), to track the different types of advertisement you are being exposed to, the kinds of websites you visit, and to enable us to provide the participant with surveys specifically tailored to his / her interests. This will not affect the performance of your computer but simply provide you with additional opportunities to receive more surveys relevant to your interests.
A La Carte may supplement information collected from surveys with additional data received from third-party sources, such as data append services. We use additional supplemental data to improve our products, services, and content.
By the use of the site all site users authorize cookies to be put in place and their use by A La Carte and A La Carte ‘s clients, service providers and business partners. The cookies will expire after one year.
Site users may disable the installation of “cookies” or to delete cookies installed by A La Carte or its clients. To do so you should modify your browser settings click on the help section of your Internet browser and follow the instructions.
Other Tracking Technologies
Technologies such as cookies, web beacons/web bugs, scripts and tags are used by A La Carte and its clients, partners, affiliates, or analytics and service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and the Internet, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Our clients may combine your survey responses, demographic information, and web surfing behavior with those of others to produce “aggregated” reports. They may also create scientific reports based upon modeled information. “Modeled information” is data developed based upon demographic and behavioural characteristics (like your gender, age, and websites visited) to predict what people with similar or matching characteristics would watch or buy. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
We use Local Shared Objects, such as HTML5, to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our website or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity also use HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5.
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.
We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve analytics, marketing and site functionality.
We may partner with a third party to either display advertising on our website or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.
Digital Finger printing
A La Carte shall use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the technology is safe, secure and does not cause undue privacy or data security risks.
In the event that A La Carte discovers or learns of any unethical conduct in connection with the use of the technology, or that the technology is being used in a manner that is inconsistent with the statements and/or disclosures made by A La Carte to respondents or in violation of applicable Laws and Codes, A La Carte will take immediate action to prohibit such unethical conduct and to ensure the proper administration of the technology.
Access to Your Information; Member Services Area/Update, Correct, Delete Information
You have the right to gain access to your data and correct it. In order to access this data you may either write to the address below or Contact Us at email@example.com.
We provide you with a Members Area on our site; here you may correct or update your membership information or delete your membership. If you are a panel member and delete your membership, your profile information will be permanently removed, but may be stored in our disaster recovery databases, and in such circumstances will not be used for commercial purposes. Please note that in most cases, it will take two or three business days for your information to be completely removed from our records; but please allow up to fifteen days.
By becoming a A La Carte panel member, you agree to receive Calls and Emails inviting you to participate in surveys that we feel may match your experiences and background. You also agree to the automatic establishment of your personal prize account. From time to time, we will also email newsletters to you to make you aware of new features or contests running on our site. You may update your registration information at any time. Please see Correct/Update Policy below.
If you need to correct any of your profile information or if you would like to update any of your information, you may automatically do so by going to “Account”. By following the appropriate directions, your information should be automatically updated in our database.
If you choose to end your membership with A La Carte or to require us to cease processing your personal data, you may automatically discontinue your membership by going to “Account” and selecting “Unsubscribe Options” on the bottom left hand corner, then “Cancel your account”. By following the appropriate directions, your record will be marked as “do not contact”, and you will no longer receive communications from A La Carte . In addition, you will forfeit any incentive balance that has not been requested as of the time you opt out. In most cases it will take 2 to 3 days to process this change, but please allow up to two full weeks for your status to be finalized. In the meantime, you may receive emails from us. As an alternative, you may send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be removed. Email links are provided on the site so that you may contact us directly with any questions or concerns you may have. Each email we receive is read and responded to individually; please allow two to three business days for us to get back to you.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Winners policy and privacy guarantee
Panel members and others who take our surveys are randomly selected to win prizes for participation in surveys, polls, and other promotions. All winners are notified by email of their winnings. For more information, please visit our Terms and Conditions page. Cash and other prizes awarded to non-panel members will be awarded directly. A La Carte shall post the usernames of winners in the following locations: alcresearch.com sites, A La Carte owned blogs and A La Carte newsletters.
Notification of changes
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page prior to the change becoming effective.
From time to time we may offer visitors the ability to voluntarily link to other sites. A La Carte does not review, and is not responsible for, the content or effect of the privacy policies of these sites.
Social Media Widgets
You can log in to our site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personally identifiable information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network.
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. A La Carte stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at email@example.com to request that we remove this information from our database.
You can import contacts from your Outlook or other email account address book to invite them to become members of our site. We collect the username and password for the email account you wish to import your contacts from and will only use it for that purpose.
When you download and use our mobile application, we automatically collect system and performance information on the type of device you use, operating system version and hardware usage statistics such as CPU, RAM, storage and app version.
We use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our mobile application on your phone. This software may record information such as how often you use the application, the events that occur within the application, aggregated usage, performance data, and where the application was downloaded from. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any personally identifiable information you submit within the mobile application.
We collect your location based information for the purpose of calculating user country so we can route a visitor to the correct country site. We will only share this information with our mapping provider for the sole purpose of providing you this service.
You may opt-out of location based services at any time by editing the setting at the device level or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may make available a service either directly or through third parties by which you can receive messages on your wireless device via short message service (“SMS Service”). Your provider’s standard data and messaging rates apply to all SMS correspondence. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device on which messages will be received, and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges. Data obtained from you in connection with this SMS Service may include your name, address, cell phone number, your provider’s name, and the date, time, and content of your messages. The use of this information will be in accordance with this Policy. If fees are charged to your wireless account invoice, we may provide your carrier with your applicable information in connection therewith. Your wireless carrier and other service providers may also collect data about your wireless device usage, and their practices are governed by their own policies. You acknowledge and agree that the SMS Service is provided via wireless systems which use radios (and other means) to transmit communications over complex networks. We will not be liable for any delays in the receipt of any SMS messages, as delivery is subject to effective transmission from your network operator. SMS message services are provided on an AS IS basis. We do not guarantee that your use of the SMS Service will be private or secure, and we are not liable to you for any lack of privacy or security you may experience. You are fully responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the SMS Service. This process impacts only the future delivery of the particular SMS message offering, so you must send that message for each offering.
We may disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to the edicts of the law or to comply with a legal process served on our website.
A La Carte will not knowingly collect any information from any child under the age of 13.
A La Carte Research
6471 S Birch Circle
Centennial, CO 80121