Updated January 2020
Spotlight Research is committed to protecting the privacy of all our participants/audience members and clients. This relates to any contact information, confidential project materials, data collected during participant screening, and research data results collected from participant participation.
Audience Members / Research Participants
Spotlight Research’s primary focus, within the Market Research industry, is to screen and schedule interested participants into paid research studies in order to collect opinions and data for our clients.
By registering into our Audience Panel, your information will not be sold or offered to any third parties for direct marketing/sales attempts. Your information will be used for purposes that only pertain to market research studies. Filling out a complete profile when registering will only assist Spotlight Research in inviting you to more fitting and relevant research studies. Spotlight will use your email address and phone number provided to contact you regarding paid research studies that might be relevant to you. The screening process then is essential in determining eligibility. The contact information you provide will not be entered into any “Newsletter” or mailing group within or outside of Spotlight Research. Spotlight may occasionally email you requesting to update your profile so that we may have the most up-to-date and accurate information. If you choose to be removed from the Audience Panel, requests can be made at any time via “Opt-Out” link on the Spotlight Research website, via phone 1-800-217-5660, or via email communication at [email protected].
Screening data to determine participation eligibility is kept confidential and only shared with the sponsor (client) of the research. Screening questionnaires are a mandatory procedure before being officially invited to participate with compensation. You may opt out of a screening questionnaire at any time, but it may affect your eligibility to participate as we target to get a balanced sample for all research. Screening questions generally include (but are not limited to) demographics such as age, gender, zip code, marital status, employment status, ethnicity, education level, and income.
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The Information We “Sell” and Disclose
The intentions of the Act are to provide California residents with the right to:
1. Know what personal data is being collected about them.
2. Know whether their personal data is sold or disclosed and to whom.
3. Say no to the sale of personal data.
4. Access their personal data.
5. Request a business to delete any personal information about a consumer collected from that consumer.
6. Not be discriminated against for exercising their privacy rights.
Spotlight Research is not in the business of selling personal data and contact information to third parties for solicitation purposes. The only time we sell personal data, is the data that you as a participant / audience member have agreed to when participating in a research study. The information that has typically been shared with our clients are demographics, screening data, and data pertaining to the research study (such as ratings, open ended answers that were recorded, materials such as photos/assignments you have completed, and etc.). Spotlight Research does not typically share contact information such as last names, addresses, emails, or phone numbers with clients/research hosts unless otherwise specified on a per project basis.
Your rights as a California Resident
If you are a California resident and would like to exercise your right to delete, say no to the sale of personal data, or know what personal data is being collected about you, you may do so by clicking and filling out the form on the bottom of the “Join our Audience” page: https://spotlightmarketresearch.com/join-our-audience/. We will ask you to verify your identity so that we may properly access your data and request.
Data and Information Security
In order to ensure proper safeguarding of all our clients and audience members/research participants, Spotlight Research uses up-to-date electronic software and 256-bit encryption tools for any data. Generally, the internet isn’t a perfectly safe place. In the event there is any type of data breach, Spotlight will take the most appropriate measures to investigate and inform anyone that might have been affected. Nevertheless, we do not and will never ask/store the following information:
- Social Security Number
- Credit/Debit Card Number
- Bank Account Information
Third Parties & Other Ways We May Have Contacted You
At times, Spotlight Research works with third parties to obtain contact information (outside of the Audience Panel) or have third parties assist in recruiting/reaching out to participants. Spotlight only works with reputable third parties that follow and implement strict Privacy/Data procedures.
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Like most website operators, Spotlight Research collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Spotlight Research’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Spotlight Research’s visitors use its website.
Spotlight Research also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on spotlightmarketresearch.com blogs/sites. Spotlight Research only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Spotlight Research’s websites choose to interact with Spotlight Research in ways that require Spotlight Research to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Spotlight Research gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at spotlightmarketresearch.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Spotlight Research are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Spotlight Research collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Spotlight Research. Spotlight Research does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Spotlight Research discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Spotlight Research’s behalf or to provide services available at Spotlight Research’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Spotlight Research’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Spotlight Research will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Spotlight Research discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Spotlight Research believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Spotlight Research, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Spotlight Research website and have supplied your email address, Spotlight Research may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Spotlight Research and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Spotlight Research takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Spotlight Research, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Spotlight Research goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Spotlight Research may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
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