PRIVACY POLICY

This Web site, www.pvpwaterproject.com, (“the Web site”) is owned by California Water Service Company (“Cal Water,” “Company,” “we,” or “us”) and is intended to assist in the dissemination of information regarding the Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project (“Project”).

The Web site receives and collects information that is both directly provided to us, such as personal information you provide when you visit the Web site, and information that is passively or automatically collected from you, such as anonymous information collected from your web browser or device. Collectively, this is referred to as the “information.”

Cal Water is firmly committed to user privacy. This document discloses types of information collected, how information is collected, and addresses the end use of collected information.

The Web site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under its control. Please keep in mind, however, that no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100-percent secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit using our Web site, and you transmit such information at your own risk. Cal Water further does not assume responsibility for use or disclosure of your information that are the result of unauthorized or illegal access to our systems or those of our vendors or partners.

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use of the Web site are effective as of June 1, 2017. Cal Water reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy and/or the Terms of Use at any time at its sole discretion. Such changes shall be effective immediately upon posting them to the Web site. Your use of the Web site after such changes have been posted shall constitute your acceptance of all provisions in the revised Privacy Policy and/or Terms of Use.

Information that cannot be used to Identify Individual Users

We collect standard Web-browsing information of the type that is routinely collected in server data logs. This information cannot be used to identify an individual user, and it is analyzed to determine general audience interests and Web site design requirements.

Information that is passively or Automatically Collected

We may use automated means to collect various types of Information about you, your computer or other device used to access the Web site. A representative, non-exhaustive list of the types of automatically collected information may include: network or Internet protocol address and type of browser you are using (e.g., Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using, (e.g., Microsoft Windows or Mac OS), the name of your Internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, Verizon or AT&T) and domains used by such providers, mobile network, device identifiers (such as an Apple IDFA or an Android Advertising ID), device settings, browser settings, the Web pages on this platform you have visited, the Web pages you visited before you visit the Web site, the Web pages you visit after you visit the Web site, the type of handheld or mobile device used to view the Web site (e.g., iOS, Android), location information, and the content and advertisements you have accessed, seen, forwarded and/or clicked on. The Web site may use cookies to deliver personalized content, remember your entries on interactive pages or surveys, or for other purposes.

Information that you provide to us

At some points within the Web site, you can register, sign petitions, send messages to legislators or otherwise express an opinion, subscribe to one of our services such as our online newsletters or text message alerts, or participate in one of our online forums or communities. In the course of these various offerings, we collect from you various forms of information, such as: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and social media information.

At some points within the Web site, you may also be able to submit Information about other people. For example, you might submit a person’s name and e-mail address to refer a friend or even submit a message on their behalf thus submitting the recipient’s name and address. This Information may include, for instance, a recipient’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

Geo-location Information

If you access the Web site from a mobile device or through a mobile application, you may be asked to share your precise (GPS level) geo-location information with us so we can customize your experience on our site. If you agree to such collection, in most cases, you will be able to turn off such data collection at any time by accessing the privacy settings of your mobile device and/or through the settings in the applicable mobile application.

Information Collected By and From Social Media Services and Other Third Party Platforms

You may also be able to engage with our content on or through social media services or other third party platforms, such as Facebook, or other third-party social media plug-ins, integrations and applications. When you engage with our content on or through the Web site, social media services or other third party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications, we may have access to certain Information in your profile. This may include your name, e-mail address, photo, gender, birthday, location, and an ID associated with the applicable third party platform or social media account user files, like photos and videos, your list of friends or connections, people you follow and/or who follow you, or your posts, topics of interests, or “likes.” For a description on how social media services and other third party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications handle your information, please refer to their respective privacy policies and terms of use, which may permit you to modify your privacy settings.

When we interact with you through our content on third party websites, applications, integrations or platforms, we may obtain any information regarding your interaction with that content, such as content you have viewed, information about advertisements within the content you have been shown or may have clicked on.

Use of Personal Information

We use your personal information to provide customized information and services and to inform you of new features, services, and products from us or the Web site. The Web site uses your personal information to operate the site and to deliver services.

Disclosure of Personal Information

We may disclose your personal information if we have your express permission to do so or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or that such action is necessary to (i) protect and defend the rights and property of Cal Water, the Web site, or the users of the Web site or (ii) act in an emergency to protect the personal safety of our customers, the users of the Web site, or the public.

We and the Web site have several necessary service partners, including our contractors, webhosting providers, and affiliates, that assist in providing the service associated with the Web site. As part of the operations of the Web site, these companies may have access to your personal information. Without this relationship, we could not provide the service to you. These service partners must also adhere to these privacy guidelines, and will not have permission to sell (or make any other use of) your personal information.

Your California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code sections 1798.83, California resident customers with whom we have an established business relationship are entitled, once per calendar year, to ask us for a notice identifying the categories of personally identifiable information that we share with our affiliates and/or third parties for marketing purposes, and to provide contact information for such affiliates and/or third parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please submit a written request to us at the following address:

General Counsel
California Water Service
1720 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Do-Not-Track Requests

Neither we nor the Web site respond to Do-Not-Track requests.

 

TERMS OF USE

Disclaimer of Warranties

The Web site and any content, information, software, functions, and applets proved on or through the Web site are made available on an “as is” and “as available” basis without warranty, express or implied, and you use this Web site at your own risk. The Company does not warrant that the Web site or any content or service provided in connection with the Web site will be timely, secure, uninterrupted, or error-free, or that defects in the Web site or in any content or service provided on or through the Web site, if any exist, will be corrected. The Company will not be responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in the operation or transmission of the Web site or any Services or related content, for communication line failures, or for computer viruses associated with the operation of the Web site. The company makes no warranty regarding any information made available through or on the Web site. THE COMPANY MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE WEB SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. No Company employee, agent, representative, or any third party is authorized to create any warranty of any kind not expressly made herein.

Limitation of Liability

The Company, its affiliates or subsidiaries, and their officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, or assigns, will not be liable to you or any third party for any indirect, consequential, incidental, exemplary, special, or punitive damages (including without limitation damages resulting from lost data, lost profits, or costs of procurement of substitute products or services) arising out of or in connection with the Web site or any of the services available on or through the Web site. In no event will the liability of the Company, its affiliates or subsidiaries, or their officer, directors, employees, agents, successors, or assigns, under any theory of liability (whether in contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise) exceed $500, regardless of whether such parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATION IN THE PREVIOUS SECTION (“DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES”) AND THIS SECTION (“LIMITATION OF LIABILITY”) MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries, and their officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, or assigns from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ and experts’ fees) arising in any way from your use of the Web site or the placement or transmission of any message, information, software, or other materials or content on or through the Web site by you or your representative.

Other

These Terms of Use will be governed by the substantive laws of the State of California, as applied to contracts entered into between California residents and performed in California, regardless of whether you reside or transact business with the Company in California or elsewhere. Use of this Web site will be deemed to take place solely in California. You agree that the courts located in San Jose, California, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any and all disputes arising out of or related to these Terms of Use or your use of the Web site, and that you will submit to the jurisdiction of such court. The prevailing party in any dispute will be entitled to its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, in addition to all other available recovery and relief.

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

The Terms of Use, which incorporates by reference the Company’s Privacy Policy, state the entire agreement between you and the Company relating to your use of the Web site, and all prior and contemporaneous agreements and understanding relating to the subject matter of these Terms of Use are superseded by and merged into these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use may not be amended except by Company as provided at the beginning of these Terms of Use.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use, please contact info@pvpwaterproject.com.