Website Privacy Policy

The Ohio Association of REALTORS (“OAR”) has created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy and so that you, as a visitor to OAR’s Web Site will be aware of the uses made of information that may be generated as a result of you using our Web site.

What information is generated when you visit OAR Online?
Depending how you use our Web site, certain types of personal and non-personal information may be generated and collected. For example, you may give us your name or e-mail address when you complete a registration screen, respond to a questionnaire or submit an e-mail to us. Unless we receive your approval to do otherwise, any personal information that you provide to us will only be used by us to fulfill the stated objective for which the information was requested or collected (e.g. if information is provided as a result of you e-mailing us, we will only use the information provided, such as e-mail address, to respond to you).

Other types of information that may be generated and collected when you use our Web site is information that we consider non-personal in nature. For example, we may collect the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account); the date and time you access our site and/or the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site. We use this information solely to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our Web site and to help us make our Web site more useful to visitors.

OAR officers and Local Board/Association executives
For use by the members of OAR, we make available on the Web site the names of members who are serving as chairmen, officers or executive officers/secretaries and presidents of Ohio’s Local Board/Associations of REALTORS.

“Contact Us” Feature
Like most sites on the Internet, our Web site contains a feature that allows you to contact us with your comments or questions. Not surprisingly, we call this feature “Contact Us.” To use this feature, go to the OAR section on the main navigation and scroll down to Contact OAR. When you do click this icon, a screen will prompt you to provide us with certain information, such as your first and last name, e-mail address, phone and fax number and your address, including your city and state.

The information collected through the “Contact Us” feature is used solely to investigate and respond to your inquiries. If you are a member, we may also use the information you provide to update our membership records.

OAR Online Education Registration
The Education Calendar and registration forms is an area on our Web site where you can register for various real estate education programs. In order to process and complete your orders, we will need to ask you for certain information, such as your name, company name, address, state and zip code. We also need to ask you for your credit card number and expiration date.

The information collected through the registration process is used to process your registration. We may also use your email address or mailing address to send you information regarding updates to the education programming which may be of interest to you.

With respect to your credit card information, OAR contracts with PayPal, thus ensuring your personal information. The information is then used solely to complete your purchase order. Please see the section called “Security” for more information about the security of our Web site.

Links to Other Sites
In many areas of our Web site, we have included links to other Internet sites which we feel add to or improve the quality of our Web site. While we hope you find these links helpful, we cannot assume responsibility for the privacy practices or the content of any linked site. Therefore, we encourage you to investigate and determine the privacy practices of any linked site prior to providing information to the linked site.

Surveys
We may from time-to-time create and use surveys on our Web site. Most surveys are simple “click box” surveys where you click a box on the screen to indicate your response. However, we may from time-to-time ask you for your name, e-mail address or demographic information. If a survey does ask you this information, we will not use it for any purpose other than to complete the survey and compile statistics.

Contests
We may from time-to-time run contests on our Web site. If our contests require you to provide personal or demographic information, we will not use this information for any purpose other than to complete the contest.

Advertisements
While we hope you find our advertiser’s products helpful, we cannot assume any responsibility for the privacy practices of our advertisers. Therefore, like any other Internet site you may visit, we encourage you to become knowledgeable of the privacy policies and practices of our advertisers prior to providing information on their sites.

Public Chat Rooms, Forums, Social Media
We from time-to-time may provide chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups on our Web site. We do reserve the right to reject any such message that we feel is inappropriate or in violation of state and federal laws. Please remember that any information you disclose on these types of features will be accessible to the public and you should exercise caution prior to disclosing any personal information on these features.

Security
We have adopted what we consider to be reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, theft, misuse and alteration of information collected through our Web site.

Children’s Guidelines
Our Web site does not currently attempt to collect or solicit information from persons who are under the age of eighteen. However, given the anonymous nature of the Internet, it is possible that someone under the age of eighteen may access our Web site and provide us with personal information. If this situation occurs and it is brought to our attention, we will not use the information in any way without prior parental consent and we will take all reasonable steps to prevent it from occurring again.

Corrections/Updates
If you are a member and there is information about you on our Web site which needs to be corrected or updated, please feel free to e-mail us at: info@ohiorealtors.org or write us at: 200 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215, Attn: OAR Web Site Manager. However, in order for the correction or update to be permanent, you will need to contact your local association and make sure that the correction or update is made in their records as well.

Contact our Web Site Staff
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of our Web site, or your dealings with our Web site, please feel free to email us at: info@ohiorealtors.org or write us at: 200 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215, Attn: OAR Web Site Manager.

Changes to Privacy Policy Statement
With the ever-changing environment of the Internet and to maintain our ability to improve the quality and safety of our Web site, we reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. As you use our Web site, we encourage you to periodically check back with this statement for changes that we may make. Your continued use of our Web site will constitute your agreement to any changes we make and if you do not agree with a change, please refrain from using our Web site.

Thank you!