UPDATED AND EFFECTIVE DATE: January, 2023
Surf Internet Services are designed and targeted to U.S. audiences and are governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of the U.S. If Customer is not a U.S. citizen or does not reside in the U.S., Customer voluntarily consents to the collection, transfer, use, disclosure and retention of Customer Personal Information in the U.S. Customer also agrees to waive any claims that may arise under Customer’s own national laws.
When a Customer uses the Service, the Personal Information (as defined below) is transmitted over a fiber network or via another transmission standard that may be subject to interception by unauthorized third parties who seek to do you harm. While Surf Internet takes reasonable measures to reduce the risk that unauthorized third parties will be able to intercept Personal Information Customer sends and receives through the Service, Surf Internet cannot and does not make any guarantee that transmissions over the Internet are 100% secure or error-free.
Surf Internet does not knowingly collect, solicit or use Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13. If Customer is under 13, please do not attempt to register for the Services or send any Personal Information about yourself to Surf Internet. If we learn that we have inadvertently collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, Surf Internet will delete that information as quickly as possible to the extent technically feasible. If Customer believes that its child under 13 may have provided Surf Internet Personal Information, please contact Surf Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
Surf Internet will not accept requests via the telephone or facsimile. Surf Internet will not respond to requests that are not labeled or sent properly, or do not have complete information.
- For all requests, include Customer’s full name, street address, city, state and zip code.
- In an email request, Customer must state “Re: Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject line and send Customer email to email@example.com
a postal request, Customer must send a letter or postcard to:
P.O. Box 1401
LaPorte, IN 46352
Attention: Your California Privacy Rights
1. What types of Customer information does Surf Internet collect and why?
Surf Internet collects various types of information about Customers and Customers’ use of the Service via the Surf Internet Site, Help Desk and call centers, postal mail, remote kiosks, the Surf Internet Facebook Page and other social network platforms or by other means.
Definition of Personal Information.
The following are the different ways and reasons we collect Customer Personal Information:
Registration process, billing, and administration. We collect Customer name, email address, phone number (wireless and wireline), billing address and service address, and the nature of any of Customer devices or other property making use of the Service. We will also use Personal Information for the installation, troubleshooting, maintenance of the Services, and servicing of equipment.
We may also collect and use additional Personal Information that is deemed to be sensitive for billing, collection and identity verification purposes, such as credit card account number or other financial account information, Social Security Number, EIN and driver’s license information. Another type of Sensitive Personal Information we may collect and use for delivering and customizing the Service and/or troubleshooting a Customer’s specific geographic location.
Social Network Platforms.
Surf Internet collects Personal Information via its Facebook and Instagram platforms from Customers that have provided such data to Surf Internet based on the Customer’s own privacy and Ad preferences selected on the social networking platform. If a Customer contacts Surf Internet via that platform or interacts with an advertisement on the platform, the types of Personal Information that Surf Internet collects and the Customer allows includes account name, handle, or profile picture. See for example: https://www.facebook.com/help/610457675797481. Surf Internet may also collect individual and aggregate data about visitors to and users of its platforms as part of its analytic and internal review process, such as keywords used by a Customer or the medium the Customer used to access an Ad.
Some forms of Customer information as described below will be classified as Personal Information if required by Applicable Law or if combined with other forms of Personal Information as defined herein.
When you visit Surf Internet’s Site, we will collect information on our server logs from Customer’s browser or device, which may include Customer IP address, unique device identifier, “cookie” information, the type of browser and/or device you’re using to access the Service, and the page or feature Customer requested. “Cookies” and “web beacons” are text file identifiers Surf Internet transfers to Customer’s browser or device that allow us to recognize Customer’s browser or device and tell us how and when pages and features on the Surf Internet Site are visited, by how many people, and other activity on the Site. Customer can change the preferences on Customer’s browser or device to prevent or limit a device’s acceptance of cookies, web beacons or other similar technology, but this may prevent Customer from taking advantage of some of the features on the Surf Internet Site, or accessing certain functions and conveniences. If Customer clicks on a link to a third party website or service, such third party may also transmit cookies to Customer.
Surf Internet also uses Personal Information and Non-Personal Information to enhance our Site and Service offerings. For example, such information can tell us how often visitors use a particular feature of the Site and which products and services are most interesting to current and potential customers. We use this information to make the Site useful and interesting to as many users as possible and to enhance and refine our Service offerings.
Surf Internet may also combine Customer Personal Information with additional Personal Information obtained from Surf Internet Facebook Pages or other social network platforms, its Affiliates, its Operational Service Providers (third party owned companies that provide or perform services on Surf Internet’s behalf, to help serve Customer better and to perform functions in order to support Surf Internet businesses and operations), or other companies, such as credit bureaus, background check firms, analytic and marketing research companies.
Surf Internet also collects Network Information, information about Customer access to, and use of, the Surf Internet Network, which may or may not be directly associated with or reasonably linked or linkable to a particular person, household, computer or device. We use Network Information to monitor, enhance and customize the performance of the Surf Internet Network. For example, Surf Internet may collect information about the performance of the Surf Internet Equipment installed on Customer property or at Customer Premises, when Customer is using the Service(s) and performance statistics on Customer’s account, the various devices and equipment Customer is using to access the Service(s), the amount of data Customer is transmitting and receiving, the content of the data Customer are transmitting and receiving, the websites Customer is visiting, and any other information that is transmitted over the Surf Internet Network. Surf Internet may also aggregate Network Information from multiple subscribers and Surf Internet will share such aggregated Non-Personal Information about the overall performance of the Surf Internet Service and network with other third parties. Aggregated information does not identify a Customer or a specific individual, household, computer or device.
Surf Internet will collect but not monitor the content of the websites viewed or email communications as part of Surf Internet’s standard network management. Surf Internet will monitor content if there is a third party claim of copyright infringement against Customer or a request from an authorized government entity. Generally, Surf Internet will only monitor and preserve the following Network Information:
- When Customer is using the Service;
- How Customer is using the Service, such as monitoring traffic patterns regarding websites visited, amount of data being sent or received, or other activity;
- The amount of data Customer is transmitting and receiving through the Service; and
- General information regarding the performance of the Surf Internet Equipment installed on Customer property or Customer Premises, and its interaction with the rest of the Surf Internet Network. However, Surf Internet reserves the right to, and may, monitor, access, review and preserve any Network Information and/or content in the following situations:
- In response to an inquiry from Customer or another authorized user on Customer’s account regarding Customer or his/her use of the Service or problems Customer or they are experiencing using the Service;
- If Surf Internet has reason to believe Customer is using the Service in violation of Customer’s Service Agreement or any Applicable Law;
- If Surf Internet has reason to believe Customer’s use of the Service is negatively affecting other Customers; or
- When Surf Internet is required by law or legal process to do so, or when Surf Internet has a good faith belief that Surf Internet is required by Applicable Law or legal process to do so.
3. How is Personal Information used for marketing and advertising purposes?
Surf Internet will use Personal Information to send Customer marketing and advertising messages related to Surf Internet’s Service and the Surf Internet Site using Customer’s email address, postal address, telephone number (for voice, texts, and pre-recorded calls), and/or IP Address. Surf Internet may deliver a marketing or advertising message based on Customer visits to the Surf Internet Site, which will be general advertising or “Contextual Advertising,” which is advertising based on the subject matter or the content of the specific website page or subject matter. Surf Internet may also send Customer “First Party Advertising,” which is advertising that is customized or personalized based on a history of Customer’s use of our Service(s) (possibly combined with information from our Facebook fan page or other social network platforms). First Party Advertising is based solely on a combination of information Surf Internet collected from Customer – not from Customer’s visits to other websites across the Internet.
Customers may opt out of First Party Advertising but not Contextual Advertising. No traditional Personal Information is used to deliver Contextual Advertising; it automatically will appear based on the content or webpage Customer is viewing. And Customer may continue to receive general advertising if Customer opts-out of First Party Advertising, it will not be customized or personalized for Customers.
Surf Internet also allows third-party advertising companies to display ads using cookies or other tracking mechanisms when you visit our websites. Multiple third party websites and online services are involved in this tailored or personalized advertising process, in essence a “network” of advertising providers. As described herein, you have choices available to you regarding the use of your Personal Information for such Network Advertising. In addition, some browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” mechanisms. Most of these mechanisms, when turned on, send a signal to the website or online service indicating that the user does not wish to be tracked online. However, because the providers of “Do Not Track” and similar signals do not yet operate according to common, industry-accepted standards, we currently do not respond to those signals. For more information about Do Not Track mechanisms, see http://allaboutdnt.com.
For information about how to opt out of Networking Advertising, see https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1
4. Links to other websites or online services.
5. Will Surf Internet share Customer Personal Information?
Surf Internet will share Customer Personal Information with other third parties as described in this section for the following reasons:
- To Our Affiliates. Surf Internet may rely on various Affiliates in order to provide the Service to Customers. These are companies that are related to Surf Internet by common ownership or control. Surf Internet may share Personal Information and Non-Personal Information with any of its Affiliates for business, operational, promotional and/or marketing and advertising purposes.
- To Operational Service Providers. Surf Internet and its Affiliates contract with other companies and people to perform tasks or services on Surf Internet’s behalf and need to share Customer Personal Information to provide products or services to Customers. For example, Surf Internet’ may use a payment processing company to receive and process Customer’s ACH or credit card transactions for Surf Internet. Surf Internet may contract with third parties to assist Surf Internet in optimizing Surf Internet’s network. Unless Surf Internet tells Customer differently, Surf Internet does not grant its Operational Service Providers any right to use the Personal Information Surf Internet shares with them beyond what is necessary to assist Surf Internet for business purposes.
- For Business Transfers/Restructuring. Surf Internet may choose to buy or sell assets, or
- Surf Internet may sell assets or be sold. In these types of transactions, Customer Personal Information is typically one of the business assets that would be disclosed and transferred. Also, if Surf Internet (or Surf Internet’s assets) are acquired, or Surf Internet goes out of business, enters bankruptcy, or goes through some other change of control, including restructuring, reorganization or financing arrangements, Personal Information would be one of the assets disclosed, transferred to or acquired by a third party.
- When Required by Law or in Response to Legal Process: Surf Internet reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any Personal Information to which Surf Internet has access if Surf Internet is required by Applicable Law or legal process to do so, or if Surf Internet has a good faith belief that Surf Internet is required by Applicable Law or legal process to do so.
6. Is Customer Personal Information secure?
Surf Internet endeavors to protect the privacy of Customer’s account and other Personal Information using reasonable administrative, technical and physical security measures. However, Surf Internet cannot and will not guarantee complete security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of Personal Information at any time. Customer’s account is protected by a password for Customer privacy and security. It is Customer’s responsibility to prevent unauthorized access to Customer’s account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting Customer’s password and/or other sign-on mechanism appropriately and limiting access to Customer’s computer, tablet or device and browser by signing off after Customer has finished accessing Customer’s account. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that Customer is solely responsible for any use of Surf Internet Services via Customer’s username and password, whether the use is authorized by the Customer or not.
Additionally, if Customer contacts Surf Internet, we will ask Customer for verification of Customer’s identification and account. Surf Internet will not send an email or text, or make a call, nor should Customer respond to any email, text communication or phone call asking for any sensitive or confidential Personal Information, such as social security number, bank account or credit card account number, or a driver’s license number. If Customer receives an email or text requesting any such information from Surf Internet or someone that claims they are with Surf Internet please contact our Privacy Administrator immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org .
For Surf Internet’s IT Support Services as detailed in our Service Agreement, the code that allows Surf Internet to access Customer’s computer desktop to help you resolve technical problems are limited only for that specific session. Surf Internet is not able to access Customer’s Computer without Customer’s knowledge, affirmative consent and involvement for technical support or troubleshooting.
7. What Personal Information can Customers access, modify and/or delete?
Generally, Customer may access the following Personal Information in Customer’s account:
- Full name
- Username and password
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Billing and Service address
- Account and billing information (including products and services purchased, technical support tickets, and services agreements)
By contacting Surf Internet at email@example.com, or via any other online access Surf Internet may create to enable Customers to view and modify Customer account settings, Customer may access, and, in some cases, edit the Personal Information listed above. For example, you may update or correct the bulleted Personal Information listed above and Surf Internet may retain the old email, billing and/or Service addresses for security and verification purposes. Customer may not delete the Personal Information listed above as such information is necessary to provide and bill for the Service(s).
When Customer updates Personal Information, however, we may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in Surf Internet records for internal security reasons and record-keeping for up to eighteen (18) months. Some information may remain in Surf Internet’s records after it is modified, amended or deleted by Customer or Surf Internet. Surf Internet may use any aggregated data derived from or incorporating Customer’s Personal Information after Customer updates or deletes it, but not in a manner that would identify Customer personally. Surf Internet may also maintain Personal Information regarding Customer and Customer’s use of the Service after Customer is no longer a Surf Internet Customer as required by Surf Internet’s business practices, by law, and/or tax reporting purposes. We generally retain Personal Information for eighteen (18) months after you terminate or let your Service(s) expire.
Customers may delete Personal Information collected via social media platforms that is not used for providing or billing for the Service(s), or is used for First Party advertising or marketing purposes.
The information Customer can view, update, and delete may also change. If Customer has any questions about viewing or updating Personal Information Surf Internet has on file about Customer, please contact Surf Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. What third party disclosure choices do Customers have?
Customers can always choose not to disclose Personal Information to Surf Internet; however, certain Personal Information is necessary for Surf Internet to provide the Service(s) to Customer. Customer may not opt out of sharing Personal Information for business or operational purposes but may opt out of any sharing for certain marketing or advertising purposes.
Customers may opt out of email marketing and advertising from Surf Internet or its Affiliates using the “Unsubscribe” mechanism in each email. Customers understand, acknowledge and agree that Surf Internet has already secured a Customer’s prior express consent to send non-commercial messages to a wireless device or a wireline residential phone using an autodialer when customer provides a telephone number when subscribing to the Service(s). Before Surf Internet sends Customers a text or a pre-recorded or artificial voice call that contains advertising or marketing information, Surf Internet will secure Customer’s prior written express consent, which can be given via a voice recording, email, text message, postal mail, or telephone key press. Customers further understand, acknowledge and agree that any commercial texts or pre-recorded/artificial voice telemarketing calls may be sent using an autodialer and receipt of such calls are not conditioned on your purchase of the Service. Customers may opt out of receiving commercial or non-commercial text messages any time by replying “STOP” or “UNSUBSCRIBE” to the text message.
Customers may opt out of receiving pre-recorded/artificial voice calls by the opt-out instructions in the call. Customer can also request to be added to Surf Internet’s company-specific Do Not Call list to opt out of advertising and marketing calls of all types. However, Customers will continue to receive calls related to debt-collection and Customer’s current Service(s), including outage alerts. Customers may also opt out of First Party Advertising, but not Contextual Advertising, as detailed in the “How is Personal Information used for marketing and advertising purposes?” section above.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Surf Internet privacy practices and policies, please contact Surf at email@example.com