Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
Effective September 25, 2015

The Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) has created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy and so that you, as a visitor to the OBAR web site, will be aware of the uses made of information that may be generated as a result of you using the website.

What information is generated when you visit the OBAR web site?
Depending on how you use our website, 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.  We will use any personal information that you provide to us by us primarily 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 use the information provided, such as e-mail address, to respond to you).

Directors and Committee Members
For use by the members of OBAR, we make available on the website the names of members who are serving as directors or committee members of OBAR.

Links to Other Sites
In many areas of our website, we have included links to other websites, which we feel add to or improve the quality of our website. 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 policy and practices of any linked site prior to providing information to the linked site.

E-Newsletter Service
OBAR currently offers as a free service to our members an online version of our newsletter. Contact us to be added to or removed from this newsletter.

Surveys
We may from time to time create and use surveys on our website.  Most surveys will be 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, email address or demographic information.  If a survey does ask you this information, we will use the information to complete the survey, compile statistics and update member records.

Sponsorships
OBAR sells sponsorship space on our web site in the form of an electronic “sponsorship banner.”  A sponsorship banner is a graphic that links to the sponsor’s website. While we hope you will find our sponsors’ products helpful, we cannot assume any responsibility for the privacy practices of our sponsors. Therefore, like any other website 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.

Required by Law
We may disclose information provided by you if we are legally required to do so, such as by court order or subpoena.

Security
OBAR has adopted what we consider to be reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, theft, misuse and alteration of information collected through our website.  However, if you are concerned about the security of the Internet or our web site, we suggest that you not provide this information.

Children’s Guidelines
OBAR’s website 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 website 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.

“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, there is an icon at the bottom and top of each web page which you can click onto.  When you do click this icon, an e-mail message screen will appear for your use to provide OBAR with comments, concerns or suggestions. The information collected through the “Contact Us” feature is used 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.

Contact Us/Corrections/Updates
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices and dealings of our website, or if you have personal information on our website which needs to be corrected or updated, please feel free to email us or write to us at 2855 Telegraph Ave., Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94705.