We use good-faith efforts to maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to guard your non-public personal information. However, while we strive to protect your personal information, we do not ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Stewart Sites and read the information contained on the web pages, we may gather certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We may automatically gather the Internet domain (for example, "companyx.com" if you use a private Internet access account), IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web) from which you access Stewart Sites, and the date and time you access Stewart Sites, and the pages you visit.
We may collect non-public personal information from you when you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information to us through Stewart Sites, such as when ordering services/products and accessing account-specific or other profile information. We may collect information about your transactions that we secure from our files and from our affiliates. We may collect information that we receive from consumer reporting agencies. We may collect information that we receive from others involved in your transactions, such as real estate professionals or lenders. We limit use of such information to the purposes for which the information was provided, except as described below. However, we reserve the right to use such information for marketing/product development research and other similar purposes and/or to contact you regarding additional services or products that you may find useful.
We may also release your information to others when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with law, (ii) enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements, or (iii) protect the rights, property or safety of Stewart, Stewart's users or others. We may also sell, transfer and disclose your information as part of a business divestiture, sale, merger, or acquisition of all or a part of our business.
If you send an electronic mail (email) message that includes personally identifiable information, for example, in an email message containing an inquiry, we will use that information to respond to your inquiry. Remember that email is not necessarily secure against interception or other disclosure. If your communication is very sensitive, or includes information such as your bank account, charge card or social security number, you should not send it in an email.
We may use "cookies" to improve our service to you. Cookies may help us recall a previous visit. The cookies we use do not collect personally identifiable information, and we do not use them to determine your identity.
Cookies are small files stored in your computer’s hard drive by your web browser. When you access Stewart Sites, our computer server will access these cookies so that it can recognize your computer, and make using the website easier for you. For example, cookies allow us to remember your username and password to save you having to retype it every time you visit Stewart Sites.
For our European customers: on May 26, 2011, a new directive was passed by the European Union (EU) that requires all companies to obtain “free specific and informed consent” from all European visitors to their website in order to capture cookies. The law requires “opt in” functionality, only allowing cookies to be placed on computers where the user has given his or her consent in advance. Once consent is obtained we will not need to request permission again in the future unless you delete your cookies. If you believe that you qualify under the EU Cookies Directive but did not receive the opportunity to opt-in or opt-out at our Stewart Sites, please submit an email to email@example.com and include the website you are visiting, so we can identify and resolve the issue.
If you are not comfortable with this use, you may configure your browser to be notified when cookies are to be received and to provide you with the option of refusing cookies. However, please note that if you have "disabled" cookies in your browser this way or you have “opted out” you may not be able to use certain features on the Stewart Sites.
Please review the list of cookies for our explanation of the cookies we use and why. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
Our employees and agents may view information that you provide us in order to perform their jobs and service you. We do not authorize access to non-public personal information about you to those individuals who do not need to know that information in order to provide products or services to you, or as otherwise provided herein.
We may disclose any information that we collect about you to our affiliates or non-affiliated third parties as permitted by law. We also may disclose information about our customers or former customers and others to the following types of non-affiliated companies that perform marketing services on our behalf or with whom we have joint marketing agreements:
Effective Date: 01/01/2020
Pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), Stewart Information Services Corporation and its subsidiary companies (collectively, “Stewart”) are providing this Privacy Notice for California Residents (“CCPA Notice”). This CCPA Notice supplements the information contained in Stewart’s existing privacy notice and applies solely to all visitors, users and others who reside in the State of California or are considered California Residents (“consumers” or “you”). Terms used but not defined shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the CCPA.
Information Stewart Collects
Stewart collects information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer, household, or device. Most of the information that Stewart collects in the course of its regular business is already protected pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). Additionally, much of this information comes from government records or other information already in the public domain. Personal information under the CCPA does not include:
Specifically, Stewart has collected the following categories of personal information from consumers within the last twelve (12) months:
|A.||Identifiers.||A real 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).||YES|
|D.||Commercial information.||Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.||YES|
|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.||YES|
|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.||YES|
|I.||Professional or employment-related information.||Current or past job history or performance evaluations.||YES|
|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.||YES|
Stewart obtains the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources:
Use of Personal Information
Stewart may use or disclose the personal information we collect for one or more of the following purposes:
Stewart will not collect additional categories of personal information or use the personal information we collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes without providing you notice.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Affiliated Companies and Nonaffiliated Third Parties
Stewart does not sell your personal information to nonaffiliated third parties. Stewart may share your information with those you have designated as your agent in the course of your transaction (for example, a realtor or a lender). Stewart may disclose your personal information to a third party for a business purpose. Typically, when we disclose personal information for a business purpose, we enter a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to both keep that personal information confidential and not use it for any purpose except performing the contract.
We share your personal information with the following categories of third parties:
In the preceding twelve (12) months, Stewart has disclosed the following categories of personal information for a business purpose:
Category A: Identifiers
Category B: California Customer Records personal information categories
Category C: Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law
Category D: Commercial Information
Category E: Biometric Information
Category F: Internet or other similar network activity
Category G: Geolocation data
Category H: Sensory data
Category I: Professional or employment-related information
Category J: Non-public education information
Category K: Inferences
Consumer Rights and Choices
The CCPA provides consumers (California residents) with specific rights regarding their personal information. This section describes your CCPA rights and explains how to exercise those rights.
Access to Specific Information and Data Portability Rights
You have the right to request that Stewart disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, Stewart will disclose to you:
Deletion Request Rights
You have the right to request that Stewart delete any of your personal information we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, Stewart will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies.
Stewart may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:
Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us either:
Only you, or someone legally authorized 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.
To designate an authorized agent, please contact Stewart through one of the methods mentioned above.
You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:
Stewart 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 Stewart.
Response Timing and Format
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to an additional 45 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.
A written response will be delivered by mail or electronically, at your option.
Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer 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.
Stewart does not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
Stewart will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
Changes to Our Privacy Notice
Stewart reserves the right to amend this privacy notice at our discretion and at any time. When we make changes to this privacy notice, we will post the updated notice on Stewart’s website and update the notice’s effective date. Your continued use of Stewart’s website following the posting of changes constitutes your acceptance of such changes.
If you have questions or comments about this notice, the ways in which Stewart collects and uses your information described here, your choices and rights regarding such use, or wish to exercise your rights under California law, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Phone: Toll Free at 1-866-571-9270
Stewart Information Services Corporation
Attn: Mary Thomas, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
1360 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 100, MC #14-1
Houston, TX 77056