Privacy Policy
 

What is the Purpose of this Document?

M Partners (“M Partners”/”we”/“our”/“our company”) provides insurance brokerage, risk management, employee benefits, and related services to clients.  M Partners is committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your Personal Information.  “Personal Information” is information that directly identifies or reasonably can be used to identify an individual user of this Website, located at www.mpartnersusa.com (“Site”).  We have developed this Website Privacy Notice (this “Privacy Notice”) to notify you about our Website privacy practices.  We also recommend that you review the Terms of Use governing use of this Site and its content.

All personally identifiable information collected on this Site by M Partners is considered Personal Information and will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Notice.  By using this Site and submitting your Personal Information, you agree with and consent to the processing, transfer, usage, and storage of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
 

Our Policies and Practices to Protect Your Personal Information

M Partners is committed to protecting the privacy of Internet users who visit this Site.  M Partners’ intent always is to use and, if appropriate, to disclose your Personal Information in a manner consistent with applicable laws and regulations, contractual obligations, and our company’s policies and procedures. We protect Personal Information we collect about you by maintaining physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards designed to meet or exceed applicable laws.

To safeguard your Personal Information, the electronic storage and transmission of Personal Information are secured with appropriate security technologies.  Access to this Site’s servers is limited to employees, agents, and contractors of M Partners and its subsidiaries, all of whom are required to preserve the confidentiality of Personal Information they receive while performing their jobs and conducting the business of M Partners.
 

Information We Collect

M Partners collects two types of information about you when you visit the Site or use our Services: Personal Information that you provide and technical, aggregate, and non-personal types of information collected by automated means.
 

Personal Information You Provide

This generally includes:

  • First, middle, and last name

  • Postal or other street address

  • Date of Birth

  • Email address

  • Credit card information

  • Username associated with your account

  • Telephone number

  • Location information

  • Company name

  • Job title

  • Details about devices used to access our websites such as IP address, browser information, device information, and operating system information

  • We may also collect information about the use of websites, mobile applications, social media presence, and internet-enabled services and platforms by automated means, such as cookies, web beacons, HTML5 local Storage, and other technologies. M Partners does not use technology that recognizes do-not-track signals from your browser. 

  • Publicly available information
     

Aggregate Information

We may aggregate any personal data that we collect in connection with our Services or Site, such that the information is no longer personally identifiable or attributable to you. We may use such aggregated information for our own legitimate business purposes, such as viewing website traffic and website user behaviors.
 

Sources:

We may collect personal information from a variety of sources, including:

  • Directly from you by telephone, fax, postal mail, or email, including when you use our “Email Signup” function to receive emails from M Partners

  • Through your use of our Site

  • From our vendors such as those discussed below in the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information section

  • From third parties such as those discussed below in Use and Disclosure of Personal Information section

  • Automatically from devices you use to connect with our Site

  • Through automated technologies and online tools (e.g., cookies) 

  • From government agencies or public records

  • From M Partners’ blogs, should you choose to provide comments

  • Employment applications, should you apply for a job with M Partners

  • Insurance policy quotes, should you solicit a quote from M Partners
     

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

This Site may be hosted on web servers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and/or Australia. These countries may not provide the same level of data protection as your country of residence.

M Partners will not exchange, sell for monetary value, or otherwise distribute your Personal Information without your consent, except to the extent required by law, in accordance with your instructions. We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Notice unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  If you do not consent, do not provide any Personal Information via this Site.

Below we provide how we use your personal information and with whom we share your personal information with.

  • Use of and Disclosure within M Partners Family of Companies.  We may share your Personal Information with companies within the M Partners family of companies.  We may use such information to ensure that the content from our Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and your computer; to provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you (where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes); to carry out any obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and M Partners; to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service (when you choose to do so); and to notify you about changes to our service. If you do not consent, do not provide any Personal Information via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure to Third-Party Agents and Service Providers, Generally.  We sometimes contract with other companies and individuals to perform functions or services on our behalf.  For example, M Partners sometimes contracts with entities that host websites; entities that receive employment applications; and entities that send e-mail messages and/or make phone calls on our behalf.  They may have access to Personal Information—such as names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers—needed to perform their functions, but they are restricted from using such Personal Information for purposes other than providing services for M Partners and are required by M Partners to maintain the confidentiality of such Personal Information.  If you do not consent, do not provide any Personal Information via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure of Tracking Information to Certain Third-Party Service Providers.  Third parties who provide interactive plug-ins or social networking features (e.g., Facebook’s “Like” button), or send e-mail messages on our behalf to individuals who are listed in their databases, may use cookies or other methods to track the activity on our Site.  Such third parties may use these cookies or other tracking methods for their own purposes by relating information about your visit to our website and/or your purchases with any of your personally identifying information that they may have.

  • Use of and Disclosure to Insurance Companies and Intermediaries.  In the event you request a quote for issuance of an insurance policy or seek to purchase insurance through the Site, we may share your Personal Information, including, but not limited to, medical, financial, drivers’ license, and/or other Personal Information you choose to provide with insurance companies or intermediaries for purposes of obtaining quotes and placing insurance on your behalf.  If you do not consent, do not provide Personal Information for purposes of purchasing insurance or obtaining quotes for insurance via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure of Credit Card Data to Credit Card Vendors Processing Payment.  Further, if you choose to purchase an insurance policy or policies through our Site using a credit card or debit card, then your credit or debit card information will be collected and processed by M Partners and/or M Partners’ payment processing vendor.  If you choose a recurring billing option to cover payment of future premiums, then your credit card or debit card information will be stored until you cancel recurring billing.  Although M Partners takes steps to confirm that its third-party credit and debit card processing vendors have adequate privacy protections in place and requires such processing vendors to comply with all applicable data privacy laws and regulations, M Partners cannot guarantee the data privacy practices of any third party.  By submitting your credit card or debit card information via this Site, you consent to the collection, processing, and usage of credit card or debit card information by M Partners and by any third-party vendors assisting with credit and debit card transactions.  If you do not consent to this, do not provide credit and debit card information via this Site.If you are outside of the United States and choose to submit credit or debit card information via this Site, such information may be transferred to M Partners and/or to insurance providers and/or payment processing vendors, all of which may be located in the United States and/or in other countries not deemed to provide an adequate standard of data protection.  By submitting credit card and debit card data for the purpose of obtaining quotes for insurance and/or for the purpose of entering into an agreement that will provide you with insurance coverage, you consent to the processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage of your credit card or debit card data outside of your country of residence.  If you do not consent to this, do not provide credit card or debit card data via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure of Résumés and Applications to Third-Party Vendors Assisting M Partners with Recruitment and Employment Processes.  This Site provides an opportunity to submit inquiries regarding career opportunities and to submit your résumé and an application form to us to apply for a position in the United States through this Site.  If you submit information for such purposes, we will use the Personal Information you provide to evaluate your qualifications and contact you regarding any positions at M Partners or any of its affiliated companies in which we believe you may be interested.  All applications and other information submitted via this Site will be collected and processed through a third-party vendor.  If you are outside of the United States and choose to submit an application and/or a résumé via this Site, information you submit for employment purposes may be transferred to M Partners and/or third parties located in the United States and/or other countries not deemed to ensure adequate levels of data protection.  By submitting Personal Information for employment purposes, you consent to the processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage outside of your country of residence, and to the processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage of your data by any third-party vendors assisting M Partners with recruitment and employment processes.  If you do not consent, do not provide Personal Information for employment purposes via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure to Third Parties in Connection with Legal Matters.  M Partners may preserve, and has the right to disclose without your prior permission, any information about you or your use of this Site if M Partners has a good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) Protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of M Partners or its affiliates, employees, other users of this Site, or the public; (b) Enforce the terms and conditions that apply to use of this Site; or (c) Respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties.  We may also disclose information as we deem necessary to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request. By submitting Personal Information via this Site, you consent to the processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage of your Personal Information for any such purposes.  If you do not consent, do not provide Personal Information via this Site.

  • Use of and Disclosure to Third Parties in Connection with Mergers and Acquisitions.  We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties in connection with the sale or purchase of any business or assets.  If you do not consent, do not provide Personal Information via this Site.

  • Use and Disclosure of Blog Comments and Related Personal Information to Third Parties.  If you choose to add a comment to any of M Partners’ blogs, we will collect your name and e-mail address, along with any Personal Information you choose to include in your comments.  Such information may be transferred to the United States and/or other countries not deemed to ensure adequate levels of data protection.  Further, in the event we publish your comments on our Site, your name will be published on our Site, along with your comments.  By submitting any such comments, you consent to the processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage of your comments, including any Personal Information you provide.  If you do not consent, do not submit comments to M Partners’ blogs via this Site.
     

External Links

Our Site includes links to other websites.  Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites.  We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of every website they visit.  This Privacy Notice applies solely to information collected by M Partners when you visit this Site.
 

Information Storage and Security

Our systems are configured to provide privacy, integrity, and authentication in Internet communications.  The security measures we have taken help to ensure that when you visit our Site, your Personal Information is secure and encrypted, so that a third party cannot capture, read, or access your Personal Information while it is in transit between your computer and our system. However, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure, and although we will do our best to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee the security of information as it is transmitted to our Site.  As such, any transmission is at your own risk.  Once we have received your information, we will use appropriate procedures and security features to help prevent unauthorized access.

We limit internal access to our servers and have physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards in place to guard all Personal Information that we receive from visitors to our Site.  At M Partners, we adhere to high standards of ethics and integrity in performing our jobs and conducting business.

However, it should be noted that there are some things, such as viruses and hacker attacks, which M Partners and other website operators cannot control.

Please note that the information we collect from you may be processed, transferred, and/or stored outside of your country of residence.  Such location may not be deemed to have the same level of privacy protections as your country of residence; however, M Partners will take all steps reasonably necessary to help ensure that your Personal Information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Notice.  By submitting your Personal Information, you agree to this processing, transfer, usage, and/or storage outside of your country of residence.

M Partners disposes of Personal Information in a secure manner by destroying or permanently erasing electronic data, and by disposing of hard copy data via burning, pulverizing, or utilizing shredding methods designed to ensure that Personal Information cannot be read or reconstructed.
 

Accessing, Correcting, or Removing Your Personal Information

If you would like to review your Personal Information, correct the Personal Information you have provided to us, and/or request that we remove your information from our records, contact M Partners’ Compliance Counsel via the contact detail noted below with the access, correction, or removal request.  Each request will be reviewed and responded to in accordance with applicable laws.  To cover internal costs for responding to access requests, M Partners may charge a reasonable fee to individuals desiring access to their Personal Information.
 

California Residents

Your California Privacy Rights

California residents have certain rights with respect to their personal information, as described below. We are required by law to verify your identity in connection with any request to prevent unauthorized access of your data. This may require us to request from you two (2) pieces of personal information so that we may match the same with personal information maintained by M Partners.  Please note that your exercise of these rights is subject to certain exemptions to safeguard the public interest (e.g., the prevention or detection of crime) and our interests (e.g., the maintenance of legal privilege). We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.  Requests to exercise these rights may be granted in whole, in part, or not at all, depending on the scope and nature of the request and applicable law.  Where required by applicable law, we will notify you if we reject your request and notify you of the reason(s) we are unable to honor your request.
 

  • Right to Know and Access Information: You may access information we maintain about you using the methods provided below. If we grant your request, we will provide you with a copy of the personal information we maintain about you in the ordinary course of business. This may include what personal information we collect, use, or disclose about you. We may not fulfill some or all your request to access as permitted by applicable law. 

  • Deletion of Information: You may request that we delete your personal information. Depending on the scope of your request, we may refrain from granting your request, as permitted by applicable law. For example, we may be legally required to retain your information in our business records. You may submit a deletion request using the methods provided below.

  • Opt-out of “Sale” and Certain Sharing Practices: We do not “sell” information as defined by the California Consumer Privacy Act.

  • Non-Discrimination: We will not discriminate against you, in terms of price or services that we offer, if you submit one of the requests listed above.
     

Authorized Agent

California residents may use an authorized agent on their behalf to exercise a privacy right discussed above.  If you are an authorized agent acting on behalf of a California resident to communicate with us or to exercise a privacy right discussed above, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite authorization to act on behalf of the resident and have sufficient access to their laptop, desktop, or mobile device to exercise these rights digitally.  If you are an authorized agent trying to exercise rights on behalf of a M Partners user, please contact us at the contact information below with supporting verification information, which includes a valid Power of Attorney in the State of California, proof that you have access to the consumer’s interface, and proof of your own identify.
 

To Exercise Rights

To exercise the rights described above, please contact us using the information below. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your California rights or this privacy policy, you may contact us using the contact information below.

Email: M Partners’ Compliance via e-mail at info@mpartnersusa.com

Mail: M Partners, Attention: M Partners Compliance, 1344 Ashton Road, Suite 200, Hanover, MD 21076
 

Additional California Rights

California’s “Shine the Light” law permits our Site visitors who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, certain information about Personal Information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes.  If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of Personal Information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year.  If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please send us an email or deliver the request via postal mail using the contact detail found in the “Contact Information for Questions, Comments, and Requests” section below.  In addition, as noted above, M Partners is unable to implement Do Not Track (“DNT”) features at this time.
 

Minors

M Partners is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests.  M Partners does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13, and M Partners does not target its Site to children.
 

Updates

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Notice at any time.  We encourage you to periodically review this Site for any updates or changes.  M Partners will advise users of this Site of material changes to this Privacy Notice by posting a prominent notice on the Site homepage.  Your continued access or use of this Site shall be deemed your acceptance of all terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Notice.
 

Contact Information for Questions, Comments, and Requests

If you have any questions or concerns about data privacy and security, the handling of your personal data or wish to make a request to access your information, please contact M Partners’ Compliance Counsel via e-mail at info@mpartnersusa.com or by mail to M Partners, M Partners, Attention: Compliance, 1344 Ashton Road, Suite 200, Hanover, MD 21076.