Privacy Statement (Effective as of March 14, 2015)

The following Privacy Statement identifies the privacy policies and procedures followed by ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. on all websites we operate including but not limited to apartmentsmart.com, affordablefousingonline.com and all subdomains of those websites.

ApartmentSmart.com, Inc., is committed to the privacy of its users. In the following paragraphs, we disclose its information gathering and dissemination practices we use in operating all of our websites including but not limited to affordablehousingonline.com and apartmentsmart.com as well as any subdomains of these websites. In this Privacy Statement we will notify you of:

  • What information is or may be collected from you through our websites;
  • the organization collecting the information;
  • how the information is used;
  • with whom the information may be shared;
  • what choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information;
  • the kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control;
  • how you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

If you feel ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. is not abiding by this posted Privacy Statement, you wish to modify information already provided to us or have any questions regarding this Privacy Statement, please contact us via email at support@apartmentsmart.com or via postal mail at ApartmentSmart.com, Inc., 1813 Sweetbay Drive, Suite 9, Salisbury, MD 21804.

INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on its websites. We will not sell, share or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.

ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. collects information from our users at several different points on its websites. We use customer contact information to send the user information about our company and promotional material from some of our partners. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary and shared with other companies who may want to contact our visitors.

Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings upon request. See the Choice/Opt-Out section below for detailed instructions.

We collect information you enter regarding yourselves and your housing needs which is then shared with parties (individuals or entities) who may be able to assist in meeting your housing needs. This information may include your contact information including email address, phone numbers and postal address. The information collected may also include your personal income, family size, criminal background, desired move-in dates, desired rental unit bedroom size, disability status and if you have a Housing Choice Voucher.

When this personal information is collected, we will clearly indicate the information that is being collected and provide a reference back to this Privacy Statement. Our users have the option not to provide this personal information by not entering it. Any webform used to collect this personal information will include an "I Agree" button notifying the user that they are about to share personal information with ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. and any party we think may be able to assist in meeting your housing needs.

Our users, including users in California, may obtain an Information-Sharing Disclosure Notice required under California SB27 "Shine the Light" Law. The designated contact to obtain this Notice is: ISDN Coordinator, ApartmentSmart.com, 1813 Sweetbay Drive, Suite 9, Salisbury, MD 21804.

Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. This information is shared with advertisers on an aggregate basis. We may use information collected to promote other affiliate programs, products, websites and services.

ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. will not use any personal information in social media, public email campaigns, online ads or other public online media without express written consent from the user for those purposes.

ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. uses Facebook Connect to allow our users to easily create an account, complete a user profile and login to our websites. The personal information provided to us by Facebook includes your email address, your friends list and your public profile. Your public profile on Facebook includes your first and last name, profile picture, gender, age range, language, country and any other data you have chosen to make public on Facebook. All personal information provided to us by Facebook when you connect your Facebook account with one of our websites shall be protected and administered under the terms set forth in this Privacy Statement.

Information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. and may be shared with third parties whose services are used for traffic analysis purposes. This information includes: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. We use this information to maintain and improve the quality of the service and to generate statistics regarding use of our websites.

ApartmentSmart.com. Inc. will use extreme caution in identifying the authenticity and good intentions of third parties we provide user's personal information to. Users will be prompted to opt-in whenever personal information is being collected that will be provided to a third party. Once we have sent your data to any third parties, ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. cannot guarantee the actions of those third parties and how those third parties use your data.

Users have the right to know which third parties we have provided their personal information to, when it was provided, what was provided and how it was intended to be used. To inquire about the use of personal information, write to support@apartmentsmart.com or send a letter of request via postal mail to ApartmentSmart.com, Inc., 1813 Sweetbay Drive, Suite 9, Salisbury, MD 21804.

CHOICE/OPT-OUT

Our sites provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners.

We gives users the following options for removing their information from our database and stop receiving future communications or to no longer receive our service.

You can send email to support@apartmentsmart.com;

You can send postal mail to the following address: ApartmentSmart.com, Inc., 1813 Sweetbay Drive, Suite 9, Salisbury, MD 21804.

Please note that certain features and activities on our websites may be limited if personally identifiable information is not provided by the user.

COOKIES

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our sites. Once the user closes their browser, a cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a cookie for ApartmentSmart.com, the user would not have to login a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site, however without cookies the user may not have access to certain features on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.

LINKS

Our websites contain links to other sites. Please be aware that ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by ApartmentSmart.com, Inc.

DISCLOSURE

We cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personally identifiable information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Statement. By way of example (without limiting the foregoing), we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or users may abuse or misuse your information that they collect from our Site.

ACCOUNT CREATION

Upon signing up for any services provided through our websites, ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. will send an email to the email address provided during registration. This is to establish that the new account is a valid account and your password will be delivered to you at this time. Accounts with invalid email addresses will not be able to participate in all features of our websites.

SITE AND SERVICE UPDATES

We may send user site and service announcement updates from time to time. Members are not able to unsubscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service.

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES

If we decide to change our Privacy Statement, we will post notice of those changes on the home pages of our websites. We make best efforts to inform all users what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will make a reasonable effort to notify users by way of an email. Users have a choice whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the Privacy Statement under which the information was collected.