PSE is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this policy.
In order to provide you with certain services on our site, we may need to collect different types of information. In particular, we occasionally may need to collect certain types of personal information (information that may be used to personally identify or contact you) in order to provide you with particular features, services, or offers. Here's a summary of the kinds of information we collect at the PSE site, and how we collect that information:
A. Passive Collection
Our software automatically collects certain information from your computer when you log on or move about our site. This information is not linked to any other personal information you tell us, it just gives us a broad picture of who is on our site and which areas your users are visiting. It is our way of learning what's important to our users and what isn't, and improving our site to make it more interesting and useful for you. It also enables us to provide improved security and efficiency on our site. The two main ways in which this general information is collected are through "log files" and "cookies."
(i) Log Files
Log files are records of user activity collected to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad types of information for aggregate use. The kinds of general information we collect in the log files includes:
- The IP address of your computer
- How many people visit our site
- Which pages of our site are visited most often
- Which ISPs our visitors come from (e.g. AOL, MSN, etc.)
- Which browsers are used to visit our site (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.)
- Time of day users visit our site
B. Active Collection
At several places on our site, we collect certain information that you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personally identifiable information (for example, your name, street and e-mail address, or telephone number). Such personally identifiable information could also include any other information you may provide when voluntarily participating in customer-service contacts, surveys, or other transactions. Below is a brief summary of the areas on our site where you may be asked to provide information.
One or more areas of our site may require you to register for access. As part of the registration process we may ask you for a user name, password, or other personally identifiable information in order to verify your identity, establish the account, promote security, and enable access to various online features. Information you give during registration online may also be linked to your energy-account information in our system in order to provide you with simplified access to your account information online, or to provide other services to you related to your energy-account.
(ii) Online Customer Care Features
When using our online customer care features, you may be asked for your address and account number just as you would if we were speaking to you over the phone or in person. We need to collect such personal information in order to furnish you with information about your account, generate reports based on your account usage, and provide services tailored to your personal account.
The following customer care areas of our site may involve your giving us personal information to process your requests and transactions:
- EnergyTracker online reports
- Energy In Business online reports
- Personal Energy Profile
- Business Energy Profile
- Voluntary load curtailment service
- Contractor referral services
- Energy at Home e-Newsletter
- Energy In Business e-Newsletter
- Energy efficient services/consulting
(iii) Surveys and Contests
From time to time our site may request information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you have the choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction with this site.
(iv) Special Offers
We may send all new users a welcoming e-mail to verify password and user name. Users may occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and/or newsletters. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications (please see our choices in the "use and collection of information" section (No. 4) below).
(v) Site and Service Updates
We also send the user site and service announcement updates. Users are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We also communicate with the user, via e-mail, phone or postal mail, to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account.
(vi) Nexus Energyguide
PSE is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. Personal information that you provide to PSE (such as a personal e-mail address) may be used by PSE in the following ways:
We will not sell, share, or rent your personal information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this policy without first obtaining your authorization
We may disclose personal information you provide to independent contractors, service providers and consultants who are engaged by or working with PSE, consistent will all applicable laws and regulations. We may also use credit-card processing companies to process payments for goods and services, outside shipping companies to ship orders and credit bureaus to check credit histories. We may partner with other parties to provide specific services and will share information with them in order to facilitate their provision of services. For example, when the user signs up for these services, we will share names or other contact information necessary for the third party to provide these services. PSE may also contract with outside companies to administer our mailing lists or provide other services. Your personal information may be shared with an outside company for the sole purpose of administering the products, services and programs you have selected. PSE makes an effort to ensure, but does not guarantee, that all third-party partners agree to the same high level of privacy safeguards that PSE itself provides to its users.
Additionally, we may share aggregated information (i.e., information we collect that does not allow you to be personally identified or contacted; for example, demographic and site-usage information) with third parties (such as partners and advertisers) without your authorization. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.
As noted above, information collected by Nexus Energyguide on behalf of PSE on this site or on co-branded pages is the sole property of PSE but may be used by Nexus Energyguide for the purpose(s) for which it was collected.
PSE reserves the right to share information with third parties if we are required to do so by law or if in our good-faith judgment such action is reasonably necessary to comply with the legal process, to respond to any claims, or to protect the rights of PSE, its customers or the public.
Our users are given the opportunity to "opt out" of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our services at the point where we ask for the information. Users who no longer wish to receive promotional e-mail materials from PSE may opt out of receiving these communications by replying to the e-mail with "unsubscribe" in the subject line, or e-mailing email@example.com and requesting to be taken off the list.
PSE takes reasonable precautions to protect our users' information. Physical, electronic and policy measures are in place to minimize the loss, misuse, or altering of any information we receive from you. When you are asked to enter sensitive information (such as credit-card number and/or Social Security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the advanced SSL encryption software. Encryption makes unauthorized access to the information much more difficult.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also take reasonable precautions to protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. In fact, only certain employees are granted access to personally identifiable information. If you have any questions about the security at our Web site, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PSE has an interest in making sure that the information we do collect is accurate. Therefore, we strongly believe that our customers should have the ability to access and edit the personal information they have provided to us. To check, verify, correct or update the accuracy of your personally identifiable information, please contact email@example.com or telephone 888-225-5773 and ask for the webmaster. Outside the state of Washington, please call 425-452-1234.
Questions or comments about PSE's site may be directed to Puget Sound Energy at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may telephone us at 888-225-5773 and ask for the webmaster. From outside the state of Washington, please call 425-452-1234. You may also write to us at Webmaster, Puget Sound Energy, 10885 NE Fourth St., PO Box 97034, Bellevue, WA 98009-9734.