Jackson Hewitt Inc. (“Jackson Hewitt,” “we,” “us” or “our”) recognizes the importance of protecting the information provided to us by visitors to www.jacksonhewitt.com, www.jacksonhewittonline.com, and www.jacksonhewittfranchise.com (our “Websites”). This privacy statement explains what information may be collected from you when you visit our Websites, how that information is used and how it is shared with third parties.
Information Collected by Jackson Hewitt
We collect personal information (which may include, without limitation, your name, email address, social security number, mailing address and/or telephone number) from you when you voluntarily register on the Websites or when you request information or a service (e.g., tax preparation services) on the Websites.
Surveys or Contests
From time-to-time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our sites. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).
Jackson Hewitt collects IP addresses for system administration, to report and review aggregate information, and to audit the use of our Websites. When visitors request pages on our or our affiliates’ sites, our servers log the visitors’ IP addresses. We do not normally link IP addresses to any personally identifiable information, which means that a visitor’s session will be logged, but the visitor will remain anonymous to us. We may use IP addresses to identify a visitor if it is necessary to protect our business and legal interests, Website, clients, or others.
We do not save passwords or credit card information in cookies. A cookie does not provide us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us as part of the voluntary registration process described above.
Our Web pages contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel GIFs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how our site is used and may be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails and links have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications and marketing campaigns.
How Jackson Hewitt May Use the Collected Information
Jackson Hewitt does not sell or market your personal information to any third parties. We use information collected on the Websites for the following:
- To provide the products and services you request and communicate with you regarding those requests
- Internal market analysis
- To improve our products and services
- To provide you with information on new products or special offers
- To tailor the Websites according to your interests
- For marketing or promotional purposes
Jackson Hewitt will not disclose to unaffiliated third parties any information collected in a manner that connects you with your personal information, except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we have a good faith belief that the law requires it.
We also may use your information to inform you about other products or services available from Jackson Hewitt and our affiliates. You may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from affiliated third parties. If you opt to receive information from these third parties, we will share your name and e-mail address with such third parties. We may match personal information collected on the Websites with affiliated third party data.
Jackson Hewitt may keep track of what portions of the Websites visitors are viewing and other visitor statistics such as geographic location, and aggregate this information to help us create a better experience for future Website visits. This is all done without knowing your name or other personal information in order to describe our viewers and services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Our use or disclosure of your information whether collected by us, uploaded by you, or otherwise provided to us, may be limited by §7216 of the Internal Revenue Code, the Gramm Leach Bliley Act of 1999, and certain other laws, as well as our policies. Section 7216 of the Internal Revenue Code requires that we obtain your consent (Opt in) to the disclosure and use of information you provide us in connection with your tax return information. We will not disclose or use your tax return information for any purpose other than preparing, assisting in preparing, or obtaining or providing services in connection with the preparation of your tax return unless you authorize us to do so, except when expressly required or authorized by law, necessary to the preparation of the tax return, or pursuant to court order. See Consent to Disclosure of Tax Return Information Consent form and Consent to Use of Tax Return Information Consent form. We may use or disclose your personally identifiable information as described below or where you have provided consent under §7216, or as otherwise permitted by applicable laws.
- We may use personally identifiable information about you to fulfill your requests for our services, to respond to your inquiries about those services, and to describe other products, programs, or services that we believe may be of interest to you.
- We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to contact you about your account with us or to provide you with important products or service information.
- We may disclose the personally identifiable information described above to our affiliates to enhance our services and provide you with additional product and service opportunities that we believe may be of interest to you.
- We may also provide information to non-affiliated third parties that perform operational services related to your account or marketing services for us. Sharing information with these types of companies is permitted by law. Such a company might include a financial service provider with whom we have a joint marketing agreement or a non-financial company (such as a data processor or Internet service provider) with whom we have a service agreement. The information we may share also comes from the sources described above and might include your name, address, phone number and account experience with us.
- If you apply for a product or service, we will ask you to authorize us to disclose your tax return information to the financial institution providing such product or service. See Consent to Disclosure of Tax Return Information Consent form. You should review the agreements and the privacy policies of the financial institution to understand how it may use and disclose your personal information.
How Your Personal Information May Be Shared with Third Parties
Jackson Hewitt may disclose the personal information you provide to us to our business partners, sponsors or affiliates so they can assist us in providing the services you request. By requesting information from our business partners, sponsors, and affiliates through the Websites, you give us permission to transfer your personal information to them so they can fulfill your request.
If you use our blog on our Websites, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
Third Party Websites
We may also disclose collected information in certain cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference (either intentionally or unintentionally) with any of our rights or property, visitors, or anyone else. We may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.
We use live chat to assist you with answers to your questions concerning our product and its offerings. As an unregistered user you can ask questions anonymously to help you decide which product package would be best for you. For registered users, we collect email address and account information to create a customer contact record to assist our Support Center in handling questions. Our hours of Chat operations are published within the chat feature. Outside of the chat hours of operation you have the option to email us your question. We ask for your email address so we can follow up on your question.
The security of all information associated with our Website visitors is important to us. We exercise considerable care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers or those of our business partners.
When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number,) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). To learn more about SSL, follow this link: https://www.entrust.net/customer/profile.cfm?domain=www.jacksonhewitt.com.
Data encryption is the process of transforming legible information into a complex arrangement of illegible information. SSL uses a private/public key combination to encrypt data when it is sent and to decrypt data when it is received. SSL encrypts data using a mathematical formula, also referred to as a "key." Encryption strength is measured by the length of the key used to encrypt the data; the longer the key, the more effective the encryption. Using the SSL protocol, data transmission between you and our web server is performed at a standard level of encryption strength.
Web Server Authentication
An SSL certificate is issued to ensure authentic and accurate identification of a secured web server. This translates into a digital ID, an electronic fingerprint, which is included in the key used to encrypt the data. Only our web server, in this case, is able to decrypt the data that you transmit because it is the intended (and digitally certified) secured web server for this data transmission.
“Phishing” is a scam designed to steal your personal information. you receive an email that looks like it is from Jackson Hewitt asking you for your personal information, do not respond. We will never request your personal information or credit card information through email.
Controlling Your Personal Information
You may choose to restrict Jackson Hewitt’s use of your personal information. If you have provided your personal information to Jackson Hewitt and subsequently decide to restrict the use of this information or if you believe that any personal information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us at https://JacksonHewitt.custhelp.com/app/ask or by calling 1-877-476-3353.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits Jackson Hewitt customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send us an email by completing the form at https://jacksonhewitt.custhelp.com/app/ask or by calling 1-877-476-3353.
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Jackson Hewitt Inc.
Attention - Client Care
3 Sylvan Way, Suite 301, Parsippany, NJ 07054