Dickey Rural Networks (DRN), which is comprised of Dickey Rural Telephone and its subsidiaries, recognizes its responsibility to help protect personally identifiable information collected about our customers and visitors to our website. With respect to our cable services, this notice is being provided in accordance with the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, a federal law that requires all cable operators to notify customers of the collection, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information regarding a cable customer.
Online privacy concerns focus primarily on the protection of customer identifiable information which an individual expects to be kept private. Customer identifiable information is information that when associated with an individual identifies that individual. For example, a customer’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
In order to provide our customers with a broad range of products and services as effectively and conveniently as possible, we use technology to manage and maintain customer information. The following policy serves as a standard for all employees for collection, use, retention, and security of nonpublic personal information.
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
DRN collects certain personally identifiable information from each customer. This information consists of data such as the customers’ name, address, phone number, Social Security number, payment and deposit records, bank account numbers used to pay for our services, credit information, maintenance and complaint information, service options you have chosen, and the number of television sets and computers in your household that are connected to our communications system.
For quality assurance and training, we sometimes review email correspondence and record or listen to calls made to or from our customer service and repair personnel, sales office, and business account managers.
We may also collect non‐personally identifiable information when you visit this website. When you access drtel.com, DRN may place “cookies” on your computer’s hard drive. These cookies, which store only the zip code you have entered, provide information about your activities on our site so that we may provide you with customized content and facilitate your use of the site. Accepting all cookies is voluntary, and you may still use the site if you decline our cookies.
Use of Personally Identifiable Information
The information collected is used for purposes such as the following: to make sure you are being billed properly for the services you receive; to send you pertinent information about our services; to maintain or improve the quality of our services; to answer questions from customers (i.e., for troubleshooting); to ensure compliance with relevant law and contractual provisions; to protect against unauthorized use of services we provide; to market cable or other services or products that you may be interested in; and for tax and accounting purposes. We do not disclose any of your personally identifiable information when we send you information on behalf of third parties, and you can always choose to opt-out of receiving commercial e‐mail announcements that we send about our own products or services or those of third parties.
Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information
Like other businesses, we may share customer information for various reasons: to comply with laws or to respond to lawful demands such as subpoenas or court orders; to assert or defend our legal rights or the rights of our employees, agents, contractors or customers; to investigate and protect against fraud, harassment, or other types of unlawful activity involving us, other providers we do business with, or our customers; or as otherwise permitted by law. The types of persons to whom information about you may be disclosed by us in the course of providing cable services to you include the employees of DRN, agents, repair and installation subcontractors, sales representatives, accountants, billing and collection services and credit report agencies, and authorized representatives of governmental bodies. The law allows us to disclose your name and address for non‐cable related mailing lists or other purposes unless you tell us you do not wish to disclose this information. With respect to the disclosure of lists containing the names and addresses of customers, you may exercise your right to prohibit the release of your name and address on these lists by notifying DRN, in writing at the address set forth on your monthly billing statement, of your desire not have such information disclosed.
Time Period That We Retain Personally Identifiable Information
Generally, personally identifiable information will be collected and maintained by DRN during the period of time you are receiving service, as well as for a reasonable amount of time thereafter, in order to do any follow‐up billing. After such a time, when the information is no longer necessary to conduct cable‐related activities and is not required by us for any legitimate business purpose the personally identifiable information will be destroyed.
Right to Review and Update Personally Identifiable Information
As a customer, you may review any personally identifiable information collected by DRN relating to you during business hours at the address set forth in your monthly billing statement. Please notify us in advance of your visit so the information concerning you can be collected and made available for your inspection. You have the right to correct any error in the information.
Customer Proprietary Network Information
In the course of providing service to telephone customers, DRN collects information concerning the telephone services you purchase and how you use them. This information is known as “customer proprietary network information,” or “CPNI.” CPNI includes any information on the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, location, and amount of use of your service that we obtain because we are your telephone carrier. DRN will use CPNI to determine which customers may benefit from new services or products. We will use information about your account that is within our database, legally referred to as Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) unless you restrict that use. CPNI does not include the names and telephone numbers published in telephone directories or information we obtain as a result of providing your cable or Internet service. We use CPNI to monitor the quality of the service we provide and to prepare your bills. You have a right, and we have a duty, under federal law to protect the confidentiality of CPNI. We have the right under federal law to use your CPNI to provide telephone service, to bill you, to market services related to services you already buy from us, and to protect our facilities and property. You have the right to disapprove of our use of CPNI for marketing services other than those that are related to services you already buy from us and to withdraw access to CPNI at any time. Withdrawing access to CPNI will not affect our ability to provide telephone services to you, or the quality of the service we provide.
CPNI data will be used by Dickey Rural Networks and its subsidiaries only. This data will not be shared by DRN with any third parties without your authorization or unless required by law to do so. By using any DRN website or any DRN service, you signify your acceptance of this policy and other DRN policies. Your continued use of any DRN website and any DRN service following changes to this or other DRN policies will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.
Collecting Information from Children Under 13
Our website is intended for general audiences. Our content is not designed to attract children. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. Note that other providers’ web pages are accessible through links on our website, and those providers may have different practices on collecting and using information from children under 13. If you are concerned about those sites, you should review them and their privacy statements.
Security of Personally Identifiable Information
The security of personally identifiable information is a high priority for us. While no website can guarantee security, we employ security technologies to help protect the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information.
In compliance with the requirements of Section 76 of the FFC Rules, we are required to inform you that Dickey Rural Networks has in effect the following procedures to ensure that any complaints that may arise concerning the technical quality of the cable television signals we deliver to you are promptly and efficiently resolved:
The National Do Not Call Registry has been established to address unwelcome telemarketing calls. The registry applies to all telemarketers, with the exception of businesses with whom you have an existing relationship and certain non‐profit and political organizations. You can register your number online at WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV or call toll‐free, 1‐888‐382‐1222 (TTY 1‐866‐290‐4236), from the number you wish to register. Registration is free.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement or any other services we provide, please contact us.
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