Privacy Policy

Headquartered in Baltimore, BBB | Greater Maryland is a non-profit organization that was established in 1922. It serves 18 Marylandcounties and Baltimore City.  In 2008, BBB | Greater Maryland's Web site made more than three million impressions providing free Reliability Reports on area businesses and charities, marketplace tips, and information on scams.

BBB | Greater Maryland’s Commitment to Online Security 
Physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information.

Personal Information that BBB | Greater Maryland May Collect Online 
BBB | Greater Maryland collects personal information online, including names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and facsimile numbers, billing information, vehicle information such as vehicle identification numbers, and complaint information. BBB Greater Maryland may also collect business information from sole proprietorships that apply for accreditation and for program participation, some of which could constitute personal information, as well as personal information from individuals acting solely in their business capacity. 
BBB | Greater Maryland does not knowingly collect or maintain any personal information from children under the age of 13. In addition, no part of our sites are designed with the purpose of attracting any person under age 13. 

How BBB | Greater Maryland Uses Personal Information Collected Online 
Unless you otherwise consent, we will use your personal information only for the purpose for which it is submitted, such as to reply to your emails, handle your complaints, and process billing and business requests related to program participation, and we will use such information to provide operational notices, in program record-keeping and to conduct research on industry marketplace practices. Our research may lead to the publication of aggregate demographical data but will not result in the reporting or publication of any personal information provided to us. At certain points where personal information is collected on our site, there may be a box where you may indicate you would like to be on a mailing list to receive information about other BBB Greater Maryland programs and services and about ways to support BBB Greater Maryland and the BBB Greater Maryland Educational Foundation/BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This election box only appears in places where the department collecting personal information maintains such lists.


How Your Information May Be Shared 
In order to process a complaint, BBB | Greater Maryland may send the complaint to the BBB where the company complained about is headquartered, handle it itself, or refer the complaint to another appropriate organization for handling. For example, BBB | Greater Maryland normally handles complaints against companies located in the Greater Maryland Service Area and BBB Greater Maryland may transfer complaints to the appropriate BBB or to another organization. By completing a complaint form or sending us a request or inquiry, you are allowing us to forward your information to the appropriate BBB, if necessary, and potentially also to the proper business. Consumer inquiries will be forwarded to the appropriate BBB by email, and consumers should recognize that this method of transmission may not be secure. Without submission of the requested information, BBB | Greater Maryland will not be able to process your complaint. 
We never sell or rent your personal information.


BBB | Greater Maryland may also release personal information under the following circumstances:

Where release is required by law (for example, a subpoena) or regulation or is requested by a government agency;

Where our records indicate a company may be engaged in fraudulent activity or other deceptive practices that a governmental agency should be made aware of;

To appropriate governmental authorities, where warranted by a company's failure to participate in the advertising self-regulatory process or respond to an online privacy complaint, or where a company fails to honor the recommendations of the National Advertising Division, Children's Advertising Review Unit or National Advertising Review Board;

To appropriate persons, where your communication suggests possible harm to others.

Computer Tracking and Cookies 
Our Web sites are not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information not entered by visitors. Our site logs do generate certain kinds of non-identifying site usage data, such as the number of hits and visits to our sites. This information is used for internal purposes by technical support staff to provide better services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.

Our Web sites also recognize the online site where a visitor "clicked-to-check" on Accredited Business seal, but we cannot identify the visitor or the visitor's address. Site information is used to confirm BBB accreditation and may be used to advise participants of the numbers of visitors who come to our site from their sites. No personal information is collected.

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. BBB | Greater Maryland uses non-identifying cookies to provide easier site navigation and access to forms. You can still use BBB | Greater Maryland’s site if your browser is set to reject cookies. Our cookies do not generate personal data, do not read personal data from your machine and are never tied to anything that could be used to identify you. 

Problems or Complaints with BBB | Greater Maryland Privacy Policy 

If you have a complaint about BBB Greater Maryland’s compliance with this privacy policy, you may contact us atinfo@greatermd.bbb.org 

revised May 8, 2009