ecobee Website Visitors
What Information is ecobee inc. gathering about its visitors and how is it being used?
Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. someispname.net) and an IP Address (e.g. 220.127.116.11). When a visitor requests a page from the ecobee website, our Web Servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to our Web Server. By itself, this information reveals nothing personal about you. In fact, the only information that we automatically gather and log is as follows:
The IP Address of the Site that may have Referred you
Your IP Address
The Web Page that you may have linked to us from, if any
The Product Identifier for Version and Make of Browser (e.g. Internet Explorer®)
The Operating System platform that you may be running (e.g. Macintosh® or Windows®)
Search Words or Terms that are passed from a Search Engine (e.g. Google® or Yahoo!®)
Information readily available and stored in your Adobe® Flash ‘System.Capabilities’ Object.
There is absolutely nothing special about the information just described, and the practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by virtually every Web Server on the Internet today. The purpose for this information is actually two-fold. One, ecobee inc. has found it advantageous to examine visitor traffic in its aggregate, so that we can ensure maximum compatibility for the various Browsers and Operating Systems that visit our site. Additionally, as any business should attest, it is our desire to generate greater amounts of visitor traffic. By analyzing visitation patterns, referring URLs and Search Engine terms, we can strategically enhance our exposure on the Internet.
What about Cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser from our Web Server. A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files that may have been created from other sites. The ecobee inc. website utilizes cookies only as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we utilize cookies to manage your login to your personalized web portal once you have registered your ecobee Thermostat. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browser’s help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
What information does ecobee inc. collect when I purchase something?
If you purchase something, such as an ecobee Thermostat or thermostat accessory direct from ecobee inc., we need to obtain the appropriate information in order to complete the purchase transaction. Depending upon the method of payment that you select and your location, the required information may vary. However, generally speaking we will need:
Billing Address (for Credit Card Orders)
Credit Card Number (for Credit Card Orders)
Expiration Date (for Credit Card Orders)
CCV2 Code (for Credit Card Orders)
We use shopping cart features that safeguard this information by using industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encrypted servers. SSL encodes the information transferred between you and the server, rendering it unreadable to anyone trying to intercept the information.
ecobee Thermostat Users
If you buy an ecobee Thermostat and register your thermostat, you will be able to remotely view and control your thermostat from anywhere on the internet via a mobile application or our web portal. To enable these remote functions, your thermostat needs to transmit temperature and HVAC operational data to the web portal. These transmissions are fully encrypted. The temperature and HVAC operational data will be stored by the web portal to provide you with historical reports. In addition, we will ask you for information about your house (for example, your address so that we can determine the nearest local weather station) and we will keep information about how your house performs (for example how quickly it heats up or cools down) and how your heating and cooling system performs. We use this data to make more intelligent decisions about how to manage your heating and cooling. We may also anonymously aggregate your data with data from other homes in order to create reports, benchmarks and allow you (and others) to compare energy usage, on an anonymous basis, with similar homes. ecobee may also send you information regarding your Thermostat’s operations, software updates or promotions via the “What’s New” widget on the web portal. We will also request your e-mail address – this allows us to email you alerts and reminders and allows someone to contact you if you so request. If you register for one of our mailing lists, we will use your email address to send you updates on the mailing list topic such as announcements, news and new products or services. You have the option of ‘Unsubscribing’ from out Mailing List at any time, thereby disabling any further such e-mail communication from being sent to you. If you wish to have specific communications with a member of the ecobee inc. staff, you will be required to provide specific information that will be routed to the appropriate contact within ecobee inc.We maintain a strict ‘No Spam or UCE’ policy that means we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent.
Utility-Sponsored Usage Program
If you agree to participate in a utility-sponsored electricity usage or Demand Response program, information relating to your Smart Thermostat and electricity use may be forwarded to your utility provider in order to make intelligent decisions relating to electricity production and conservation. ecobee inc. or your utility provider may also anonymously aggregate your data with data from other homes in order to create reports, benchmarks and allow you (and others) to compare energy usage, on an anonymous basis, with similar homes. You may also receive messages on your thermostat, via the “What’s New” widget from your utility provider. Your utility provider will not sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent. During Demand Response Events, you agree to allow ecobee inc. to send a signal to your Smart Thermostat to reduce your HVAC energy use.
The contractor that installs your thermostat may link their business contact information with your thermostat. This information, if inputted, will appear with the Alerts and Reminders that are generated by the thermostat and can be found in the Settings-> About function on the thermostat or in the Settings-> About widget in your personalized web portal. From time to time, the contractor may send maintenance reminders and/or promotional offers that will appear on the “What’s New” widget. This contractor-provided information will not appear directly on the thermostat screen or be sent to you by e-mail. The contractor will use this web portal information to service their accounts and will agree to a strict ‘No Spam, or UCE’ as defined above. ecobee inc. provides technicians who install the ecobee Thermostat with a contractor web portal. This contractor web portal allows the technicians to track and maintain the thermostats that they have installed and may contain the following information: Thermostat ID number, the status of the thermostat (online/offline), the customer’s name, address, phone number and/or email. The technician may also be able to view service notes relating to previous service calls, and the time of the next scheduled service call or service reminder. If your ecobee thermostat is a communicating thermostat, it may also forward operational and diagnostics information from compatible HVAC equipment (furnace, air conditioner, etc.) to the contractor web portal, if the communicating functionality is enabled. You can remove yourself from your technicians list of thermostats by using the Settings->About widget in your personalized web portal. If you have rated your contractor using the web portal application, the contractor may be able to see their average rating (i.e., the average of all ratings for that contractor) as well as anonymous comments from users.
Will ecobee Inc. disclose the information collected to Third Parties?
ecobee Inc. will only disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to:
Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on ecobee Inc..
Protect and defend the rights or property of ecobee Inc., or visitors of ecobee Inc..
Identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties.
Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
ecobee inc. reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices at any time, and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of such changes. You are therefore responsible for regularly reviewing these Conditions of Use and additional terms or notices posted on the ecobee inc. website. Your continued access of this website shall be deemed your conclusive acceptance of the modified agreement
When you visit ecobee inc. or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically, and thereby you are consenting to receive communications from us electronically or by other means available. We will communicate with you electronically, by telephone or by facsimile. It is further understood that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing.
Copyright and Trade-mark Licenses
The entire contents of this website (the “Information”), including but not limited to: Text, graphics, logos, button icons, Flash movies, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, are the property of ecobee inc. or its content suppliers and are protected by Domestic and International copyright and trade-mark laws. ECOBEE, the ECOBEE LOGO, and GREEN MADE EASY are registered trade-marks of ecobee inc. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, or distribute any portion of the Information without the prior express written consent of ecobee inc., except as described below. If you believe any content appearing on our website constitutes a copyright infringement of another parties rights, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of this infringement.
Limited Copyright and Trade-mark License
You may print or download portions of the materials from various areas of this website solely for your own non-commercial use provided that you agree not to change or delete any copyright or proprietary notices from the materials, or modify any registered mark. ecobee hereby grants authorized Sellers, Distributors, HVAC or Energy Consultants or Contractors, a royalty-free, non-exclusive and revocable license to distribute, display and promote the Information solely for the purpose of advertising, promoting and selling the Products on the terms hereof, provided that you agree not to change or delete any copyright or proprietary notices from the materials, or modify any registered mark. ecobee may revoke such license at any time if, in the determination of ecobee, Dealer’s use, marketing, distribution, display or promotion is detrimental to the Product and/ or the business and affairs of ecobee. ecobee does not warrant that Information will be current or error-free. Dealer may not adapt or change any Information without written permission of ecobee.
License and Website Access
ecobee inc. grants you limited license to access and make personal use of this website and not to download (other than for page caching purposes) or modify it, or any portion of it, except with the express written consent of ecobee inc. . This website or any portion of this website may not be reproduced, duplicated, adapted, copied, sold, resold, transmitted or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without the express written consent of ecobee inc. You may not frame, or use any framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, flash movie, page layout, or form) of ecobee inc. without the express written consent of ecobee inc. . You may not use META tags or any other “hidden text” which utilize ecobee inc.com, ecobee inc.com, ecobee inc. or any other derivative of our domain, company name or registered trademarks without the express written consent of ecobee inc. You are hereby granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the Home Page or any Dynamic Deep Link (DDL) of ecobee inc. so long as the link does not portray any false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. It is further understood and agreed that ecobee inc. cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files made available for downloading through the ecobee inc. website will be free of infection or viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifests contaminating or destructive properties. It is your responsibility for implementing sufficient safeguards and procedures to ensure that any files obtained through ecobee inc. are free from such contaminations.
Submission of Original Material
Your submissions of files including, but not limited to: Resumes, e-mail, flash movies, images, logos, audio loops, and other software hereby constitutes your agreement to grant ecobee inc. a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, sub-licensable, perpetual license, to reproduce, distribute, transmit, modify, adapt, sub-license, and publicly display any such submissions, unless otherwise specified by an agreement made in writing by you and ecobee inc. You also grant ecobee inc. the right to utilize your name in connection with all advertising, marketing and promotional materials related thereto.
Disclaimer of Warranty/Limitation of Liability
THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY ecobee inc. ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. ecobee inc. MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS OF ANY KIND, OR AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THIS WEBSITE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, ecobee inc. DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ecobee inc. DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE, ITS SERVERS, OR E-MAIL SENT FROM ecobee inc. ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. ecobee inc. WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ecobee inc. USES REASONABLE EFFORTS TO INCLUDE ACCURATE AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE. ecobee inc. ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY TYPOGRAPHICAL OR OTHER ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT OF THIS SITE. IN THE EVENT THAT A PRODUCT IS LISTED AT AN INCORRECT PRICE OR WITH OTHER INCORRECT INFORMATION, ecobee inc. SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE OR CANCEL ANY ORDERS PLACED FOR THE PRODUCT LISTED INCORRECTLY. IF A PRODUCT OFFERED BY ecobee inc. IS NOT AS DESCRIBED, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO RETURN IT TO ecobee inc. FOR A REFUND. ALL POSTAGE REQUIRED TO RETURN A PRODUCT WILL BE AT THE BUYER’S EXPENSE. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
Third Party Links
Linked websites are not under the control of ecobee inc. and ecobee inc. is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. ecobee inc. provides links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply or constitute an endorsement by ecobee inc. of the site.
By visiting the ecobee inc. website, you agree that the laws of the province of ONTARIO, without regard to principals of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and ecobee inc.
Any dispute relating in any way to your visit or access of the ecobee inc. website or to the products or services you purchase through the ecobee inc. website shall be submitted to binding arbitration in Ontario, except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate ecobee inc. intellectual property rights, ecobee inc. may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in the province of Ontario, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts. The arbitrator’s award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration under these Conditions of Use shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to these Conditions of Use, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ecobee inc., its officers, directors, owners, partners, employees, agents, licensors, suppliers and any third party information provider to the website from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including legal fees, resulting from any violation of these Conditions of Use (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or your use and access of the ecobee inc. website.
Given the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules including, without limitation, rules about the Internet, data, e-mail, privacy, copyright, and trademark infringement. Additionally, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the Canada or the country in which you reside.
ecobee inc. failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Conditions of Use shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between the parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of these Conditions of Use. ecobee inc. may assign its rights and duties under these Conditions of Use to any party at any time without notice to you. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining condition. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.