Last Updated February 2016
Winmark Corporation (“Company”) is committed to providing you
with information, products or services to meet your needs. That commitment
includes protecting information we obtain about you. We want to earn your
trust by providing strict safeguards to protect information about you
as we continue to bring you valuable information, products and services.
about your rights.
By using the Company website or any of our applications, products, services,
and our Conditions of Use.
of the Company website at winmarkfranchises.com, and any other information
we may access through social media platforms such as Facebook, which is
owned and operated by us.
Information We May Collect
When you apply to be a franchisee at our websites or request information
from the Company, we may collect information about you, including information
you give us on applications, questionnaires or other forms. This information
is voluntarily provided by you and may include, but is not limited to,
your name, address, telephone number, email address, personal preferences,
or other personal identifiers. Based on the information you provide us,
we may also collect information from consumer reporting agencies, such
as credit bureaus, in order to evaluate your eligibility to become a franchisee.
In addition to information provided by you, our website may make use of
browser “cookies.” Cookies are text files written to a user’s
hard drive and read by the server programs to inform a website if the
specific to your interests, to save your password so you don’t have
to re-enter it each time you visit our site, and for other purposes. The
cookie never contains data that is “executed” as code, so
it cannot carry viruses. Cookies are linked to browser programs and do
not specifically identify an individual user. Cookies can be rejected
by you and if so, none of the functions listed above will be performed.
We may also use third-party vendors, such as Google Analytics, to advertise
to our users online. These third-party vendors may display Company product
or service advertisements on other websites based on your internet usage.
More specifically, these vendors use first-party cookies (such as the
Google Analytic cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick
cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past
visits to the website or another site affiliated with Company products
or services. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies
is not linked to any personally identifiable information (name, address,
email address, or phone number) we collect or you provide on the website.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising by using Google’s
Children Under 13
We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children
under the age of 13.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
The Company collects personally identifiable information from you when
voluntarily submitted by you, for example, if you complete an on-line
franchise application. We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable
information to anyone. We may send personally identifiable information
about you to others only when: 1) we have your consent to share the information;
2) we need to share the information to provide the information, service
or product that you requested; 3) we need to send the information to people
or companies who work on behalf of the Company to provide information,
products or services to you; 4) we respond to subpoenas court orders or
legal process; or 5) we find that your actions on the website violate
the Conditions of Use, or any of our usage guidelines for specific products
or services. In addition, user demographic information is shared with
advertisers on an aggregate basis in a manner that will not personally
identify the individual submitting the information.
When This Policy Does Not Apply
This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that the Company
does not own or control, or to people that the Company does not employ
or manage. In addition, this policy does not apply to the websites of
Linking to Other Internet Sites
You should be aware that other Internet sites that you link to from the
ensure your privacy is protected, we recommend that you review the privacy
policy of other Internet sites you visit.
This site has taken reasonable security measures to protect the loss, misuse
and alteration of the information under our control. However, please remember
that no computer system should be considered safe from intrusion. E-mail
may pass through many computer systems, and should not be considered as
a secure means of communication unless encrypted. Even then, information
is only as secure as the encryption method. If you visit our website,
the Company will not communicate with you unless you have given us permission to do so.
How Users Can Limit Information Collected
By providing information to us or using our website, you are consenting
While we work hard to use and disclose our users’ personal information
only for the purposes identified above, you can choose not to provide
personal information or limit the personal information obtained by us
You may have your contact information removed from our marketing lists
to inform users of new or relevant products, services and special offers
by clicking on the
unsubscribe link in any communication received from us or by emailing us at email@example.com.
- You may limit the collection of “cookies” through your browser
settings. However, this may disable our ability to provide you with the
most relevant products or information regarding the system; and
- You may limit the ability of Google Analytics to track your online activity,
as outlined in the “Behavioral Advertising” section.
We prohibit the submission of any copyrighted material without the user
first obtaining the prior written consent of the copyright owner. In particular,
if you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any
User Submission or other Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may
submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following
information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on
behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed,
or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification,
a representative list of such works at the Site;
(iii) Identification of the material on the Site that is claimed to be
infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to
be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably
sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such
as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address;
(v) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material
in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner,
its agent, or the law; and
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate,
and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf
of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Our designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement
is Tamara L. Harmon who can be reached at (763) 520-8500. For clarity,
only DMCA notices should go to the Copyright Agent; any other feedback,
comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should
be directed to customer service at (763) 520-8500. You acknowledge that
if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section, your
DMCA notice may not be valid.
Changes to This Policy
We reserve the right to modify this policy from time to time and will mark
new versions with a corresponding effective date. We recommend that you
visit the site regularly to review any changes in our practices.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code § 1798.83 permits users that are California
residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal
information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make
such a request, please
contact us via the website.
We appreciate how important privacy is to you. We want you to understand
why we collect and sometimes share information about you and how this
can benefit you. Simply stated, by knowing more about you, we can provide
a greater range of information, products and services that may be of interest to you.
Attn: Legal Department
605 Highway 169 N, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55441