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Privacy Statement

SMART Group Houston is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the SMART Group Houston Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the SMART Group Houston website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

SMART Group Houston collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. SMART Group Houston also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by SMART Group Houston. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by SMART Group Houston for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the SMART Group Houston Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through SMART Group Houston public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: SMART Group Houston does not read any of your private online communications.

SMART Group Houston encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from SMART Group Houston so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. SMART Group Houston is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the SMART Group Houston and SMART Group Houston family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

SMART Group Houston collects and uses your personal information to operate the SMART Group Houston Web site and deliver the services you have requested. SMART Group Houston also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from SMART Group Houston and its affiliates. SMART Group Houston may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

SMART Group Houston does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. SMART Group Houston may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, SMART Group Houston may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to SMART Group Houston, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

SMART Group Houston does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

SMART Group Houston keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within SMART Group Houston, in order to determine what SMART Group Houston services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within SMART Group Houston to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

SMART Group Houston Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on SMART Group Houston or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of SMART Group Houston; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of SMART Group Houston, or the public.

Security of your Personal Information

SMART Group Houston secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. SMART Group Houston secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

SMART Group Houston will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. SMART Group Houston encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how SMART Group Houston is protecting your information.

Contact Information

SMART Group Houston welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that SMART Group Houston has not adhered to this Statement, please contact SMART Group Houston at gbs@smartgrouphouston.com. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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