Online Privacy Statement
Respect for Your Privacy
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Bluebonnet) respects the privacy of its members and of visitors to its various online platforms, including www.bluebonnetelectric.coop (the Website). This statement explains the treatment of information collected through Bluebonnet’s online interfaces, including its Website, applications we have placed on third-party sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media services, and mobile applications (the Applications), and how Bluebonnet uses any such information that is collected. All use of the various online platforms, including the Website and the Applications and associated services and functionality (collectively, the Services) is subject to this privacy statement.
Information We Collect
Personal Information also includes any username or password selected or assigned to you when you register with the Website. You should be sure to keep any such username and password confidential, and to let us know right away (using any of the contact methods below) if you believe that someone else may have learned your password.
How We Use Personal Information
We use personal information for billing, collecting payments, contacting customers, resolving problems, providing or improving the Services, marketing purposes, enhancing the Website and meeting legal concerns or obligations. In addition, if you provide Personal Information for a specific reason, we may use the Personal Information in connection with the reason for which it was provided. For instance, if you contact us, we will use the personal information you provide to answer your question or resolve your problem.
Location tracking on mobile devices: Certain applications on mobile devices may transmit information to us about your location when you request information from them. An example may be the inclusion of your physical location when you report an outage using your mobile device. We may use that information to improve the services we provide to you as well as improving our services generally in your area.
Disclosure of Personal Information
In special circumstances, we may share your Personal Information with certain third parties without further notice to you.
We also sometimes use other companies to perform certain business-related functions in connection with the Website, the Applications and other Services. Examples include mailing services, maintaining databases and processing payments. When we engage another company to perform a function of this nature, we provide such company with the Personal Information that they need to perform that function. However, as a general matter, we do not provide email addresses or other Personal Information to any third parties for the marketing of third parties’ goods or services without your consent.
We may disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and defend our rights or property, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Website or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability. In addition, we may provide Personal Information to credit bureaus or collection agencies if we are permitted or required to do so by law.
Links to Other Websites
Our Website and Applications may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by us. Also, you may have linked to our Website from another website that is not owned or controlled by us. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, and this Online Privacy Statement applies only to information collected through our Website, the Applications or in connection with the other Services. You should carefully review the privacy practices of any third-party website before providing such website with any Personal Information.
Social Media Platforms
Bluebonnet employs reasonable security measures to protect Personal Information in our possession. Such measures include data storage encryption and authentication measures to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of any sensitive information included in the Personal Information. However, no electronically stored information is completely secure. Consequently, while we strive to secure the information we have collected online concerning you, we are not able to guarantee such security.
Changes to This Privacy Statement
It may be necessary for us to make changes to this Privacy Statement from time to time, in order to reflect changes to the Website or other Services, technology or legal requirements and guidelines. Bluebonnet reserves the right to update or modify this Privacy Statement (on a prospective basis) without prior notice to you. Please check this Privacy Statement for any updates periodically, especially before you provide any Personal Information.
While our Website contains energy-related information and entertainment that may be of educational value to children, no Personal Information has to be entered in order for you to use those features. We do not knowingly permit persons under the age of 13 to register or provide personally identifiable information (or any other Personal Information) through our Website or other Services, and the provision of Personal Information by children through our Website or other Services is strictly prohibited. We encourage parents to supervise and participate in their children’s Internet activities, and we urge children to exercise caution and consult their parents before providing any personally identifiable information to any website on the Internet.
How to Contact Us
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your information or privacy-related issues, please contact us via any of the methods listed directly below:
Via mail: Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Attn: Office of General Counsel P.O. Box 729 Bastrop, TX 78602
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via phone: 800-842-7708
Via fax: 512-321-3471
Upon your verifiable request using any of these methods, we will happily correct inaccurate information concerning you that we may have in reasonably obtainable form. You may also request to be removed from our Services list using any of these methods and within the Applications.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Bluebonnet will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, gender or national origin and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, gender or national origin. Bluebonnet will not retaliate against any beneficiary of this statement or against any person who has provided information or assistance, or who files a complaint, or who participates in any manner in any proceedings under any law prohibiting discrimination.
For questions, call Bluebonnet Member Services at 800-842-7708.
Or write to:
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
P.O. Box 729
Bastrop, Texas 78602