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Hughes Website Privacy Policy

This Website Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how Hughes Network Systems, LLC (”Hughes”) collects information from and about you when you visit Hughes’ websites at www.hughes.com, www.hughesnet.com, and any related site maintained and operated by Hughes where this Privacy Policy is posted (collectively, the “Website”). This Privacy Policy also explains how Hughes may use and disclose such information, as well as your ability to control certain uses of it. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information collected from subscribers of the Hughes/HughesNet® service, which is subject to the Hughes Subscriber Privacy Policy.

Hughes reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or change this Privacy Policy at any time with appropriate notice to you. You should visit this page periodically to review the current Privacy Policy; the date of the last update will be posted at the end of this Privacy Policy for your convenience. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of any changes to the Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of those changes. If at any time you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you must immediately stop using the Website.


QUICK GUIDE TO CONTENTS
1. What information we collect
2. How Hughes uses your information
3. How Hughes may share your information
4. Your choices and opt outs
5. Your California Privacy Rights
6. How we protect information
7. Children
8. Links
9. Contact us

1.         What information we collect

A.        Personal Information

Hughes may collect personal information at certain points throughout the Website or when you choose to share it with us, such as when you check on the Website to see if we provide services in your area. Depending on the information and/or services you request, you may be asked to provide your name, email address, address, phone number, and similar information.

B.        Information Automatically Collected

Whenever you visit or interact with the Website, we may use a variety of technologies such as cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, log files, or other technologies to automatically tag you as a website visitor for remarketing purposes.  We automatically collect the following information about you:

  • Computer or Device Information. We may automatically collect IP addresses \ information regarding the device you are using when you visit the Website (i.e., mobile phone, computer or tablet).
  • Website Usage Information. We also collect Website usage information such as browser types, operating system, internet provider, page requests, page or product views, general actions taken on the Website, the date and time of your visit, whether you respond to an online ad and, where applicable for mobile users, device types, device make and model, operating system, and mobile advertising identifiers.
  • Use of Third Party Analytic Technologies. We may use third parties' analytics and tracking tools to better understand who is using the Website, how people are using the Website, how to improve the effectiveness of the Website and related content, and to help us or those third parties serve more targeted advertising to you across the Internet. These tools may use technology such as cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, log files, Flash cookies, HTML5 cookies, or other technologies to automatically collect and store certain information. They also may combine information they collect from your interaction with the Website with information they collect from other sources. We do not have access to, or control over, these third parties' use of cookies or other tracking technologies.
  • Our Third Party Service Providers. We may use third party service providers to support our Website.  Some of these service providers may use technology such as cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, log files, Flash cookies, or HTML5 cookies to receive, collect, and store information.

Please visit the “Your choices and opt outs” section for further information, including about Do Not Track and how to disable cookies.

C.        Combination of Information   

We may combine the information we receive from and about you, including information you provide to us and information we automatically collect through the Website, as well as information collected offline, across other computers or devices that you may use, and from third party sources.

2.         How Hughes uses your information

A.        Use by or for Hughes

Hughes may use your information for one or more of the following business purposes:

  • To validate, confirm, verify, deliver, install, and track your order (including to process payment card transactions, arrange for shipping, handle returns or refunds, and contact you about your orders, including by telephone), or to service products you purchased from us.
  • To enhance your online shopping experience, including as a way to recognize you and welcome you to the Website, and to provide you with targeted offers and advertising on the Website, via email, or across other websites, mobile applications, social media or online services.
  • To protect the security or integrity of the Website and our business, such as by protecting against and preventing fraud, unauthorized transactions, claims and other liabilities, and managing risk exposure, including by identifying potential hackers and other unauthorized users.
  • To use and disclose your credit/debit card information to process payments and to prevent fraud.
  • To improve the content and navigability of the Website;
  • To use your data in an aggregated non-specific format for analytical and demographic purposes.
  • To enforce our Terms of Use.

B.        Use of your information for Interest-Based Advertising

For information on your choices with respect to interest-based ads, see “Your choices and opt outs” section below.

3.         How Hughes may share your information

 We may share your personal information as follows:

  • Service Providers:  Hughes may share your information with third party service providers that provide business, professional or technical support functions for us (for example, to support the functions described in the previous section), help us operate our business and the Website, or administer activities on our behalf or to help you with a technical support issue and offer their owns services to you. 
  • To Complete Your Request: Hughes will disclose your personal information to another company to complete your request (e.g., providing information about a service).
  • Legal Matters; Safety: We may share your information with the proper authorities in response to a subpoena, legal order, or official request, or in connection with an investigation on matters related to public safety, as permitted by law, or otherwise as required by law. We may disclose your information to protect the security of our Website, servers, network systems, and databases. We also may disclose your information as necessary, if we believe you have acted in violation of our Terms of Use, any other legal document or contract related to our services, or the rights of any third party, or if we need to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
  • Sale or Transfer of Business or Assets: In the future, we may sell some or all of our assets or reorganize our corporate structure. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets. In the event of a sale or reorganization of our assets, including our database, customer information may be transferred.
  • Aggregate or Anonymous Non-Personal Information: Hughes may use and disclose non-personal, aggregate, de-identified, or summary information regarding users of our Service. This type of information will not identify you individually. This aggregate or de-identified data may be used, for example, to improve the Service, measure and analyze Service use, improve our other products and services, and to provide more relevant advertising

4.         Your choices and opt outs

A.        Cookies, Tracking Options and California Do Not Track Disclosures

Certain parts of our Website require cookies. You can adjust your device or Internet browser settings to limit certain tracking or to decline cookies. However, please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from taking advantage of certain features on the Website. Please refer to your device’s settings or your Internet browser’s “Help” section for more information on how to delete and/or disable your device or browser from receiving cookies or controlling your tracking preferences.

Our system may not recognize Do Not Track requests or headers from some or all browsers. We may use cookies or other technologies to deliver more relevant advertising and to link data collected across other computers or devices that you may use. 

Some of our websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies or other tracking technologies to help us analyze how users interact with and use the Spectrum websites, compile reports on the websites' activity, and provide other services related to website activity and usage. The technologies used by Google may collect information such as your IP address, time of visit, whether you are a return visitor, and any referring website. The websites do not use Google Analytics to gather information that personally identifies you and Google has committed not to re-identify the information it collects without your affirmative consent. The information generated by Google Analytics will be transmitted to and stored by Google and will be subject to Google's privacy policies. To learn more about Google's partner services and to learn how to opt out of tracking of analytics by Google click here.

B.       Interest-Based Advertising Choices

To understand your choices for receiving more relevant advertising provided on the Website or across other websites and online services, please review the information below:

  • To learn more about such interest-based advertising, and to opt out of such collection and use for interest-based advertising by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) participating companies, please visit http://optout.aboutads.info.      
  • To opt out from the use of information about your online activities for interest-based advertising by Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) member companies, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/
  • To opt out of the use of your mobile device ID for targeted advertising, please see https://youradchoices.com/appchoices.    
  • On your mobile device, you may also adjust your privacy and advertising settings to control whether you want to receive more relevant advertising.
  • You also may click on the “Ad Choice” icon on any Hughes interest-based ad that is served for more information or to opt out.

Even if you opt out, you still may receive advertising from us that is not customized based on your Website or usage information, or advertising from other third parties if they are not a DAA or NAI participating company.

B.       Unsubscribing from Our Marketing Communications

We provide our customers with the opportunity to update their information or opt out of having their information used for purposes not directly related to placement, processing, fulfillment, or delivery of a product order or servicing of your product. You may change your preferences relating to the receipt of Hughes marketing information by  unsubscribing from our email communications at any time by following the instructions contained within the email.

5.         Your California Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, you may request information about our disclosure of personal information to third parties or affiliated companies for their direct marketing purposes.  To make such a request, please contact us at privacy@hughes.com. You must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field, and provide your name and email. We are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or do not have complete information. 

California residents may also take advantage of the following rights:

  • You may request, up to two times each year, that we disclose to you the categories and specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about you, the categories of sources from which your personal information is collected, the business or commercial purpose for collecting your personal information, the categories of personal information that we disclosed for a business purpose, any categories of personal information that we sold about you, the categories of third parties with whom we have shared your personal information, and the business or commercial purpose for selling your personal information, if applicable.
  • You may request that we delete any personal information that we have collected from or about you.  Note that there are some reasons we will not be able to fully address your request, such as if we need to complete a transaction for you, to detect and protect against fraudulent and illegal activity, to exercise our rights, or to comply with a legal obligation.

Hughes does not sell your personal information and will not do so in the future without providing you with notice and an opportunity to opt-out of such sale as required by law. 

For purposes of compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act, in addition to the further details as described throughout this Privacy Policy, below are the categories of personal information that our Website has collected from its consumers over the past twelve (12) months:


Category

Examples

Collected

A. Identifiers.

A name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, social security number, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers.

YES

B. Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)).

A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information.
Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories.

YES

C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law.

Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information).

NO

D. Commercial information.

Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.

NO

E. Biometric information.

Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data.

NO

F. Internet or other similar network activity.

Browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement.

YES

G. Geolocation data.

Physical location or movements.

YES

H. Sensory data.

Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information.

NO

I. Professional or employment-related information.

Current or past job history or performance evaluations.

NO

J. Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)).

Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records.

NO

K. Inferences drawn from other personal information.

Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.

NO

Personal information does not include:

  • Publicly available information from government records.
  • Deidentified or aggregated consumer information.
  • Information excluded from the CCPA's scope, like:
  • health or medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA);
  • personal information covered by certain sector-specific privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) or California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994.

Sharing your Personal Information

Hughes shares your personal information as described in Section 3 above.  In the preceding twelve (12) months, Hughes has disclosed the following categories of personal information for a business purpose with Service Providers or Credit Reporting Agencies:  CATEGORIES A, B, and D.

Sales of your Personal Information

Hughes does not sell your personal information to third parties and has no plans to do so in the future.

How to Exercise Your California Privacy Rights

To exercise your California privacy rights, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:

  • Calling us at 866-569-5152
  • Emailing us at privacy@hughes.com

Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.

You may only make a verifiable consumer request twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:

  • Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative.
  • Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.

Hughes cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.

Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us.

Hughes will only use personal information provided in a request to verify the requestor's identity or authority to make the request.

Hughes strives to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.

Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable request's receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.

Non-affiliated third parties are independent from Hughes and if you wish to receive information about your disclosure choices or stop communications from such third parties, you will need to contact those non-affiliated third parties directly.

6.         How we protect information

Hughes has taken certain physical, administrative, and technical steps to safeguard the personal information we collect from and about our Website visitors. While we make every effort to help ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee our security measures.

7.         Children

This Website is not directed toward children under 13 years of age, nor does Hughes knowingly collect information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not submit any personal information to Hughes.

8.         Links

The Website may have links to third-party websites, which may have privacy policies that differ from our own.  We are not responsible for the practices of such sites.

The Website may also offer you the ability to interact with social plugins from social media sites, which may allow us and/or the social media site to receive data from or about you. In some cases, we may know that you clicked on a social plugin, such as a Twitter Follow button, or receive other information from the social media sites. Similarly, if you have previously provided personal information to a third-party operating a plug-in on this Website, then such third-party may recognize you on this Website. Your use of social network plugins is subject to each social media site’s privacy policy, which may be different from ours, so please read these policies carefully to understand their policies and your options. As with linked sites, we have no control over the information that is collected, stored, or used by social network plugins, and are not responsible for the practices of such sites.

9.         Contact us

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding this privacy policy, please email us at privacy@hughes.com.

Last Updated: December 27, 2019

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