Last Revised 5-2-2017
The Missouri Business Services, Inc. (MBS) website (accessible at www.ShowMeBusiness.com) exists to provide sponsored and non-sponsored information, content, products, services and other materials, including form documents and informational newsletters, to people and companies doing business or interested in doing business in Missouri.
1. Information We Collect On the Website
Information You Provide To Us
When you open an MBS Member Account or purchase products or services through the online marketplace, we will ask you to provide your email address and certain other information that could reasonably be used to contact you or to identify you personally (such as your name, telephone number, mailing address, zip code and/or other profile-related information) (herein “Personal Information”). MBS may also collect certain Personal Information from you when you request information or materials from MBS or participate in other features and services available on the Website, including in connection with other products and services available at or through the Website, or otherwise communicate or interact with us. We may combine supplemental information we collect about you with Personal Information about you and we will treat the combined information as Personal Information.
Information We Collect Automatically
Whenever you visit or interact with the Website, MBS and/or its service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively track or collect information about how the Website and/or the products and services available at or through the Website are accessed and used (“Usage Information”). Usage Information may include, in part, browser type, device type, operating system, the page served, the time, the preceding page views, and your use of features or applications on the Website, as well as email deliveries, email opens and email click-throughs. This statistical data provides us with information about the use of the Website and the products and services available at or through the Website, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Website, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on. This information helps us keep the Website fresh and interesting to our visitors and tailor content to a visitor’s interests. MBS may associate Usage Information with you as a specific and identifiable person and will treat that as Personal Information.
MBS also automatically collects your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for the computer, mobile device, technology or other device (collectively, “Device”) you use to access the Website. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device when you access a website or its servers, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. We may use a Device Identifier to, among other things, administer the Website, help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze trends, track users’ web page movements, help identify you, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. The technologies used on the Website to collect Usage Information, including Device Identifiers, include but are not limited to:
Cookies. Cookies are data files placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Website. MBS and its service providers may place cookies or similar files on your Device for security purposes, to facilitate site navigation and/or to personalize your experience while visiting the Website. Cookies allow us to collect technical and navigational information, such as browser type, time spent on the Website and pages visited. Cookies allow us to select which of our features, products and services are most likely to appeal to you and display them while you are on Website. If you would prefer not to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, which lets you choose whether or not to accept it; or set your browser to automatically not accept any cookies. However, please be aware that some features and services on the Website may not work properly because we may not be able to recognize and associate you with your MBS Member Account. In addition, the offers we provide when you visit us may not be as relevant to you or tailored to your interests.
Pixel tags. A pixel tag is a transparent graphic image (sometimes called a clear GIP, transparent GIF, web bug, web beacon or tracking beacon) placed on a web page or in an email, which indicates that a page or email has been viewed. In addition, a pixel tag may tell your browser to get content from another server. The pixel tags on the Website are set only by companies we work with and supervise.
Email Data. We may track email that you open and links that you click within emails you receive from us. Log Data. Our servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of the Website. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, and search terms. Other actions, such as interactions with links on the Website, may also be included in Log Data.
Clickstream Data. When you access the Website, we may track your session data based on your log-in information, or we may place a small file called a “cookie” on your hard drive. If you open an MBS Member Account, MBS may use your log in or cookies to authenticate your identity when you visit the Website, collect the data generated in connection with your activity on the Website (“Clickstream Data”) and to personalize your user experience on the Website, including display of the Content Sponsor’s (as defined below) information. We may track the Clickstream Data of subscribers on the Website and may obtain non-personally identifiable information from users, such as the number of visits to the Website that a certain user has made, the movement of the user through the Website, and the searches that the user conducts on the Website. Please note that MBS does not collect Clickstream Data on any websites other than the Website. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some subscriber content, features and services may not be fully available to you if your cookies are disabled. We may use electronic images known as “clear GIFs” (sometimes called “transparent GIFs”, “Web bugs”, “pixel tags” or “beacons”) that allow us to track general user traffic patterns. MBS also automatically receives and records information from our servers and from your browser, including your IP address, the time, and information about the page you requested.
Third Party Personal Information. The Website may include an “email a friend” feature, which allows a user to email content to a third party. We will use the email address of that person for purposes of emailing that content to that person and may contact that person.
2. How We Use the Information We Collect
3. Email Addresses.
MBS reserves the right to sell or share your email address to or with third parties, including under the following circumstances:
- MBS may sell or share your email address with other companies affiliated with MBS or which are commonly controlled by or with MBS.
- MBS is always seeking to improve the Website and its business. If all or part of MBS is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, your email address may be transferred as part of that transaction.
- MBS may sell, rent or share your email address in connection with any other commercial transaction as is determines to be appropriate from time to time.
- While we strive to protect the email addresses of our users, MBS will disclose your email address if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity, or if it believes in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
4. Sharing of Information
Content Sponsors. We may also make certain of your Personal Information and Usage Information available as part of periodic reports or summaries or as statistical data, to third parties who sponsor content on the Website (each a “Content Sponsor”). MBS’s agreements with its Content Sponsors do not preclude the Content Sponsor from using this information to contact you via common methods of communication, but do prohibit disclosure of the information to any third party other than employees or agents of the Content Sponsor for the permitted communications.
Disclosure of Aggregated Information. MBS may provide summary reports to our Content Sponsors, based on our analysis of Clickstream Data, which may include a description of activity levels by aggregated sponsored subscribers on the Website. MBS may also disclose aggregated subscriber statistics in order to describe our services to prospective Content Sponsors and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Legal Disclosure. MBS may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, Usage Information and Device Identifier (including IP address), to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; to verify or enforce the MBS Use Agreement or other applicable policies; to respond to an emergency; or otherwise to protect the rights, property, safety, or security of third parties, visitors to the Website or the public.
For California Residents. The following only applies to California residents. We may from time to time share your Personal Information and Usage Information with one or more companies affiliated with or commonly controlled by MBS and with our sponsors (including Content Sponsors), partners, advertisers or other third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If you do not want us to share your Personal Information and Usage Information with such third parties for their direct marketing purposes, please let us know by contacting us by email at info@ShowMeBusiness.com or by mail at Missouri Business Services, Inc., 9666 Olive Boulevard, Suite 690, St. Louis, Missouri 63132. Your opt-out request will be processed within thirty (30) days of the date on which we receive it.
5. Information We Receive From Third Parties
MBS may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you are on another website and you opt-in to receive information from MBS, that website may submit to us your email address and other information about you so that we may contact you as requested. You may also choose to participate in a third party application or feature (such as one of our Facebook or Twitter applications or a similar application or feature on a third party website) through which you allow us to collect (or the third party to share) information about you, including Personal Information such as lists of your friends, “likes”, comments you have shared, groups and location. In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a third party website give us access to their profiles and you are one of their “connections” or information about you is otherwise accessible through your “connections’” web page, profile page, or similar page on a social networking or other third party website or interactive service. We may also receive information about you from our Content Sponsors or from prospective Content Sponsors.
We may also supplement the information we collect about you through the Website with outside records from third parties in order to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We may combine the information we receive from these third parties with information we collect through the Website. In those cases, we will apply this Privacy Statement to any Personal Information received, unless we have disclosed otherwise.
6. Your Choice and Access
You may always direct us not to share your Personal Information and Usage Information with third parties, not to use your Personal Information or Usage Information to provide you with information or offers, or not to send you newsletters, emails or other communications by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting us by mail at Missouri Business Services, Inc., 9666 Olive Boulevard, Suite 690, St. Louis, Missouri 63132. Your opt-out request will be processed within thirty (30) days of the date on which we receive it.
If you wish to modify, verify, correct, or delete any of your Personal Information collected through the Website, you may edit your subscriber information or contact us at the above address or email. In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information you have submitted through the Website. We are under no obligation to store such Personal Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information. In addition, you should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases without some residual data because of backups and other reasons. Finally, please be aware that we do not control certain privacy settings and preferences maintained by our social media partners like Facebook and Twitter. If you wish to make changes to those settings and preferences, you may do so by visiting the settings page of the appropriate social media site.
7. Users Must Be At Least 13 Years Old
The Website, the online marketplace, and the other products, services and content available through the Website are not directed to any person under the age of 13 and we do not direct targeted advertising to any person under the age of 13. Moreover, we do not knowingly collect, use and/or disclose personally identifiable information from any person under the age of 13. If we determine upon collection that a user is under the age of 13, we will not use or maintain his/her Personal Information without the parent/guardian’s consent, in accordance with the United States Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and the regulations promulgated thereunder. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13, we will make reasonable efforts to delete such information from our records.
8. Security of Your Information
We take information security seriously and use certain reasonable security measures to help protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your Personal Information. We use secure server software over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) line in an effort to protect any credit card and PayPal® account information. This encrypts all of your Personal Information, including your financial information, to prevent unauthorized access to it as it travels through our ordering system. However, no electronic data transmission or storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use the Website and provide us with your information at your own risk.
9. Other Sites
The Website may contain links to other sites that we do not own or operate. This includes links from advertisers, sponsors (including Content Sponsors) and/or partners that may use our logo(s) as part of a co-branding or co-marketing agreement. We do not control, recommend or endorse and are not responsible for these sites or their content, products, services or privacy policies or practices. These other sites may send their own cookies to your Device, they may independently collect data or solicit Personal Information and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. You should also independently assess the authenticity of any site which appears or claims that it is one of our sites (including those linked to through an email or social networking page).
10. Consent to Processing and Transfer of Information
The Website is governed by and operated in, and in accordance with the laws of, the United States, and are intended for the enjoyment of residents of the United States. MBS makes no representation that the Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of any other nation. Given that we are an international business, our use of your information necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. If you are located in the European Union, Canada or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect may be transferred to and processed in the United States. By accessing or using the Website, purchasing any products or services through the online marketplace, or accessing or using any other products, services or content available at or through the Website, or providing us with any other information, you (a) acknowledge that the Website is subject to the laws of the United States, (b) consent to the collection, processing, maintenance and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other applicable territories in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as or equivalent to those in the country where you reside and/or are a citizen, and (c) waive any claims that may arise under those laws.
12. Fair Credit Billing Act
If you notice a billing error (e.g., unauthorized charge, charge that lists the wrong date or amount, charge for goods and services you didn’t accept or that weren’t delivered as agreed, math error, etc.) on your credit card account in connection with any transaction on the Website, you should contact your credit card provider/creditor to advise of the alleged error. Under the federal Fair Credit Billing Act, your credit card provider/creditor has certain obligations to investigate and respond to any alleged error. That law also limits your responsibility for unauthorized charges to $50. If your credit card company requires you to pay any part of this $50 limit in connection with any unauthorized charges for transactions on the Website, MBS will reimburse you for such sum, up to $50 maximum.
13. Contact Us
Attn: Privacy Questions
Missouri Business Services, Inc.
9666 Olive Boulevard, Suite 690
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
14. No Legal Advice – Disclaimer
MBS is not a law firm and is not permitted to engage in the practice of law. MBS cannot provide legal advice and its employees cannot act and are not acting in any manner as your attorney and no attorney-client relationship exists between you and MBS or any employees of MBS, and no such relationship is created by using or accessing the Website, by opening an MBS Member Account, by purchasing any products or services at the online marketplace, by using or accessing any other products, services or content available at or through the Website, by sending or receiving any information from MBS, or by speaking with any MBS employee. No communication with MBS is privileged. MBS is prohibited from providing any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation to you about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies. The information, content and materials available at or through the Website, including in any newsletters, forms or other products purchased at the online marketplace, are for self-help, informational purposes only, and is not and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.
You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information, content or materials included in the Website without seeking appropriate advice on your particular facts and circumstances from professional advisors in your state. The author, MBS and its owners expressly disclaim all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the information, contents or materials available at or through the Website.
Last Revised 5-2-2017