Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of Georgia Power Connections website users. This privacy policy describes how your information may be used. This website is not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website. Georgia Power Connections reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy at any time; please check back often for updates.

 

About Georgia Power Connections 

Georgia Power Connections is a place where Georgia Power customers like you can engage in activities used to better your Georgia Power customer experience. 

Georgia Power Connections is sponsored by Georgia Power Company. Georgia Power will use your feedback to develop better products and services. GeorgiaPowerConnections.com is hosted by Bellomy Research, Inc.

 

Information Collected/Tracked by Georgia Power Connections 

Information submitted to Georgia Power Connections: 

Georgia Power Connections collects account information submitted by the users, such as name and email address to identify users and send notifications related to the use of the site. Georgia Power Connections also collects user-submitted information, such as gender, age, activities, location, etc. 

Information not directly submitted by users to Georgia Power Connections: 

This is information we collect that is not personally identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for everyone who uses the site, for the general administration of our website, and to allow us to bring you a better user experience by customizing the site for your specific technical settings.

 

Personal Information 

Personal information is any information that is identifiable with you. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, identification numbers, and in certain circumstances, your opinions and individual preferences. Personal information, however, does not include your business title or business address or business phone/fax. In certain jurisdictions, publicly available information is not considered personal information. 

We may collect personal information about other members of your household. This information may include, but is not limited to, the age and gender of the other household members. We use this information to determine if certain activities are relevant to you based on the composition of your household. 

We do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under 18 years of age.

 

Use of Information Obtained by Georgia Power Connections 

We use the personal information we collect for various purposes. One of the primary purposes for which we collect your personal information is to conduct research through your participation in Georgia Power Connections. We may also use your personal information to send you email communications, to administer Georgia Power Connections, to administer sweepstakes, contests, and similar promotions, to invite you to participate in research activities, and to obtain your insight for and about Georgia Power Company, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates and their products and services. We may also use your personal information as otherwise permitted by law. As a Georgia Power Connections member, you have the right to refuse to participate in/decline to provide any personal information which you are not comfortable sharing. However, participation levels are monitored and extended inactivity is reason for dismissal from Georgia Power Connections. 

User name and optional profile picture will be used by Georgia Power Connections to show new members or examples of members on various pages throughout the site. Profile information as well as user name and optional profile picture are displayed to members of Georgia Power Connections. Panel members can communicate on the Panel with each other through our messaging service, without disclosing email addresses. Georgia Power Connections does not send spam. 

Georgia Power Connections will also use some of the information posted on our site for content. When a contribution is posted, that information becomes part of the Georgia Power Connections and can be used on other areas of the site. This is how Georgia Power Connections builds its content and allows other users to learn from the user who posted the information. This is the nature of the site. 

We may also use information that you do not actively submit to us. We use your server, IP address, and browser-type information in the general administration of our website.

 

Sharing of the Information this Site Collects/Tracks 

We may share your personal information that we collect in Georgia Power Connections with affiliated companies, service providers, and promotion sponsors. Your personal information is never published or made public in any way. 

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding or legal process.

 

 

Obtaining Consent

At the time you register for Georgia Power Connections we will obtain your electronic consent to collect, use, and disclose your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy when you accept the Terms and Conditions. In addition, in connection with your participation in certain activities within Georgia Power Connections, we may obtain your consent prior to collecting, using, or disclosing your personal information. You may provide your consent to us either electronically, in writing, or orally. Oral consent will be required only for purposes of recording information either over the phone or in-person. Oral consent will be recorded. Consent may be withdrawn either electronically via email or by completing the Opt Out survey, in writing or orally.

 

Privacy of Personal Information with Affiliates and Other Third Parties 

All our affiliates and other third parties which are engaged to perform services on our behalf are required by contract to observe the intent of this Privacy Policy or are governed by the same Privacy Policy.

 

Retaining Personal Information 

We will use, disclose, or retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected and as permitted or required by law.

 

Reviewing Personal Information 

We will make available to you any specific personal information on you in our custody or control, that we have collected, used or disclosed, upon your written request, to the extent permitted by law. We will make such information available to you in a form that is generally understandable, including explanations of any abbreviations or codes.

 

Accuracy of Personal Information 

We will ensure that your personal information is kept as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as possible. When we collect personal information from you, we rely on you for its accuracy. 

You can, at any time, question in writing or electronically the accuracy or completeness of the personal information we have on you. If you successfully demonstrate that the personal information we have on you is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend the personal information as required. Where appropriate, we will transmit the amended information to third parties having access to your personal information.

 

Response Time 

We will attempt to respond to each of your requests not later than thirty (30) days after receipt of such requests. We will advise you if we cannot meet your requests within this time limit.

 

 

Links 

This site may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that Georgia Power Connections is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, including advertising or ecommerce partners. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

If you use the “I forgot my password” link on Georgia Power Connections login page, you will receive an automated email message sending you the information requested to the email address you provided. An individual from Bellomy Research, Inc. may also contact you using the email address you provided to respond to your questions.

 

Use of Cookies 

Cookies are pieces of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following internet browser help file directions. Cookies are used to manage sessions on our site. Also, users may optionally use a cookie to remember their password in order to automatically log in to our site. We do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user who did not intentionally submit to us. It is the user’s choice to enable cookies on their browser.

 

Digital Fingerprints 

We may use digital fingerprinting technology, also known as “Machine Identification” digital fingerprints, to gather certain information about your computer hardware and software, for example, your IP address, the display settings of your monitor, the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, etc. We use this information to create a digital “fingerprint”. The data collected in this process and the digital fingerprint created is not tied to any of your personal information, is stored on secured servers, and is used only to help prevent you from completing the same survey multiple times and for no other purpose.

 

Correcting, Updating, or Removing Information 

Members of Georgia Power Connections can request modifications through the panel administrator. If you need help with your password or cannot access your profile for editing please contact info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com for help.

 

Changes in our Privacy Policy 

If we change our Privacy Policy, we will post the changes here on our website for our users. If we use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify users via email or by placing a prominent notice on our site. If at any time a user wants more information on the Privacy Policy or how their information is being used, they can contact info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com.

 

Conversations, Forums, Comments, and Chat Rooms 

Always use caution when posting on the forums or other areas of our site and other sites. Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, such as in forums or chat rooms, this information will be seen and possibly used by others. Be careful about where you post information that is personal or sensitive in nature.

 

Security 

Your Georgia Power Connections account is password-protected. This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information and treats this very seriously. We use industry standard measures to protect your information that is stored within our databases. We limit the access to your information to those employees who need access to perform their job function, such as our customer service personnel or database update maintenance. If you have any questions about the security at our website, please email us at info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com

We have implemented physical, procedural and technological security safeguards to protect your personal information, including email address, from loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. 

We limit the information we provide to outside companies to only information we believe is appropriate to enable them to carry out their responsibilities under our contracts. We contractually require that they have information security safeguards, and that the information provided be used only for the specifically authorized purpose.

 

Opting-Out

All of our email messages clearly explain how you can opt-out of receiving future email communications and unsubscribe from Georgia Power Connections. All emails include an unsubscribe link (https://survey.mrcommunities.com/start.asp?SID=14466REMOVE) that allows you to unsubscribe yourself from the Georgia Power Connections or an email address that you can contact to unsubscribe. We will always process your opt-out request within 10 business days of receiving it. Limited email configuration is available through your settings on the Panel site (https://georgiapowerconnections.mrcommunities.com/user/settings); however, please note that you can only opt out of all emails by unsubscribing from the Panel and terminating your account.

 

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of Georgia Power Company, your dealings with this website, or if you have any other feedback, please feel free to email us at info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com.

 

Testimonial Privacy 

If you are chosen as a winner in one of our sweepstakes or judged contests, you may be given the option to provide a testimonial which we may post on the Georgia Power Connections website or include in an email communication to members of Georgia Power Connections. Your testimonial, username, and an electronic picture of yourself, if you provide one, will only be included in the newsletter or communication if you provide us with consent. You can request to have your testimonial and personal information removed from the Homepage or future email communication by sending an email to info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com.

 

If you are a resident of the United States of America or Canada and have any questions or comments regarding this statement, you should first contact our Social Research Group at Bellomy Research, Inc. using the address below, or at info@GeorgiaPowerConnections.com.

 

Bellomy Research, Inc

175 Sunnynoll Court

Winston-Salem, NC 27106