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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us, and we take it seriously. We provide this Privacy Policy to explain how Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (“ECSC,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) collects, uses, and discloses your information.
 

What This Policy Covers

This Privacy Policy applies to ecsc.org, scliving.coop, and all related websites and subdomains (our “Websites”), related to our operations and to the products, services, and programs available to our member cooperatives (our “Services”).

This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect online from or about users of our Websites or Services. Our Websites may contain links to other websites that we do not operate or control. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the information practices of any third-party whose website may be accessible through our Websites, or to any third-party websites on which we advertise.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated in our Terms of Use, which govern the use of our Websites. You can review our Terms of Use here.
 

Information We Collect


Information You Provide To Us

We collect information you provide directly to us, such as when you fill out a form, send us an email, or (if applicable) register for the password protected sections of our Websites. The types of information we collect may include your name and your contact information (email address and phone number).
 

Information We Collect Automatically

You can browse our Websites without telling us who you are or revealing your personally identifying information. But like most websites, we collect usage information automatically from all visitors to our Websites. Usage information may include your IP address or other unique device identifier; your web browser and operating system; the date and time of your visit; the pages from which you navigate to and from our Websites or the search terms that lead you to our Websites; and the pages on our Websites you visit and how long you stay on each page.
 

Information Collected by Third Parties

As you navigate our Websites, please be aware that third parties may be able to gather information from and about you. For example, companies offering services or products through links on our Websites may use “cookies” to collect and use information about you and may collect information that you submit. In these cases, those third parties will use such information in accordance with their own privacy policies.
 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about use of our website. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected using Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Service and Google Privacy Policy.

More information about Google Analytics is available here. You can opt-out of Google Analytics by downloading an add-on to your browser here.
 

How We Use Your Information

We will not sell or rent your personal information to anyone. However, we may use information that you provide to us or that we collect automatically for various purposes, including:

  • To administer, operate, and improve our Websites and Services;
  • To respond to an email, inquiry, or request sent by you;
  • To process a transaction;
  • To send periodic emails providing you with information you request or that we think may be of interest to you. You may opt out of such communications at any time by following the instructions in each communication;
  • To enable trusted third-party service providers to help us provide, improve, protect, or promote our Websites or Services;
  • To prevent fraud and to ensure the safety and security of our Websites;
  • To comply with a legal obligation, such as responding to a subpoena or a court order, or to protect our rights.

In addition, we may disclose your information, including your personally identifying information, as part of a merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets, or similar transaction, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, in which information about our users may be treated as a business asset.
 

Children’s Information

Our Websites are not directed to children under the age of 16 and we do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 16, either directly or via any other website or online service. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 16 has provided personal information to us, please contact us and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.
 

Cookies

We use “cookies” and similar technologies (such as web beacons and pixels) on our websites. A cookie is a small data file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website, enabling the website provider to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies to improve your access to our websites. Cookies also help us identify the interests of visitors to our Websites so we can provide more customized content. Cookies can also be used to collect general usage and aggregated statistical information.

Most browsers can be set to detect cookies and give you an opportunity to reject them. You should be aware that refusing cookies may inhibit or preclude your use of our Websites. You can learn more about cookies at this website: www.allaboutcookies.org.
 

“Do Not Track”

“Do Not Track” (DNT) is a setting available in most web browsers setting that asks a web application to disable its tracking of an individual user. There is currently no consensus yet on how companies should respond to DNT signals. At this time, we do not respond to DNT signals. You can learn more about DNT by visiting https://allaboutdnt.com.
 

How We Protect Your Information

We have adopted reasonable and appropriate physical and electronic safeguards to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, loss, or modification. Unfortunately, no data transmitted or accessible over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot warrant your information will be completely secure from loss, whether due to inadvertence, acts of malicious outsiders, or a failure of hardware or software.
 

Changes to this Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will also revise the “last updated” date at the top of this page. We encourage you to periodically check this page to stay informed about how we collect, use, and disclose your information.
 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or our data collection practices, please contact us as follows:

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. & South Carolina Living Magazine
808 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, SC 29033-3311
Email: info@ecsc.org
Phone: (803) 796-6060
Fax: (803) 796-6064 

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