Privacy Policy

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and its affiliates (“PPL”), along with Bellomy Research, Inc.

are committed to safeguarding the privacy of PPL Power Panel website users. This privacy policy describes how your information may be used. This website is not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website. PPL Power Panel reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy at any time; please check back often for updates.

PPL Power Panel adopts this Privacy Policy in accordance with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) and any terms defined in the CCPA have the same meaning when used in this Privacy Policy.

1.  About PPL Power Panel

PPL Power Panel is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and its affiliates (“PPL”) and powered by Bellomy Research, Inc.

2.  Information Collected/Tracked by PPL Power Panel

PPL Power Panel collects information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer, household, or device (“Personal Information”). Personal Information does not include:

  • Publicly available information from government records;
  • Deidentified or aggregated consumer information;
  • Health or medical information covered by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act; or
  • Personal Information covered by various privacy laws, including the Fair Creditor Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act or the California Financial Information Privacy Act, and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994.

In particular, PPL Power Panel has collected the following categories of Personal Information from its consumers within the past 12 months:

Category

Examples

Collected

A. Identifiers.

A real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, Social Security number, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers.

YES

B. Personal Information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)).

A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information.

 

Some Personal Information included in this category may overlap with other categories.

NO

C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law.

 

Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information).

YES

D. Commercial information.

Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.

YES

E. Biometric information.

Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data.

YES

F. Internet or other similar network activity.

Browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement.

NO

G. Geolocation data.

Physical location or movements.

YES

H. Sensory data.

Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information.

YES

I. Professional or employment-related information.

Current or past job history or performance evaluations.

NO

J. Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)).

Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records.

NO

K. Inferences drawn from other personal information.

Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.

YES

PPL Power Panel obtains the categories of Personal Information set forth above from the following sources:

  • Directly from you. For example, from forms and surveys you complete or products and services you purchase.



Information submitted to PPL Power Panel:

PPL Power Panel collects account information submitted by the users, such as name and email address to identify users and send notifications related to the use of the site. PPL Power Panel also collects user-submitted information, such as gender, age, activities, location, etc.

Information not directly submitted by users to PPL Power Panel:

This is information we collect that is not personally identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for everyone who uses the site, for the general administration of our website, and to allow us to bring you a better user experience by customizing the site for your specific technical settings.

3.  Use of Personal Information Obtained by PPL 

Personal information is any information that is identifiable with you. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, identification numbers, and in certain circumstances, your opinions and individual preferences. Personal information, however, does not include your business title or business address or business phone/fax. In certain jurisdictions, publicly available information is not considered personal information.

We may collect personal information about other members of your household. This information may include, but is not limited to, the age and gender of the other household members. We use this information to determine if certain activities are relevant to you based on the composition of your household.

We may offer you the opportunity to refer-a-friend, which allows you to invite one or more friends to join PPL Power Panel. This process will ask you to provide an email address for the individuals you wish to refer. An email message with a registration link may be sent to the referee from PPL Power Panel on your behalf. Emails submitted via refer-a-friend opportunities will be used only by Bellomy Research, Inc. for research invitations. Referrers first name and/or PPL Power Panel username may be disclosed to their referees, but no additional information will be shared.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under 18 years of age.

Use

We use the personal information we collect for various purposes. One of the primary purposes for which we collect your personal information is to conduct research through your participation in PPL Power Panel. We may also use your personal information to send you email communications, to administer PPL Power Panel, to administer sweepstakes, contests, and similar promotions, to invite you to participate in research activities, and to obtain your insight for and about PPL, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates and their products and services. We may also use your personal information as otherwise permitted by law. As a PPL Power Panel member, you have the right to refuse to participate in/decline to provide any personal information which you are not comfortable sharing. However, participation levels are monitored, and extended inactivity is reason for dismissal from PPL Power Panel.

 User name and optional profile picture will be used by PPL Power Panel to show new members or examples of members on various pages throughout the site. Profile information as well as user name and optional profile picture are displayed to members of PPL Power Panel. Panel members can communicate on the Panel with each other through our messaging service, without disclosing email addresses. PPL Power Panel does not send spam.

PPL Power Panel will also use some of the information posted on our site for content. When a contribution is posted, that information becomes part of the PPL Power Panel and can be used on other areas of the site. This is how PPL Power Panel builds its content and allows other users to learn from the user who posted the information. This is the nature of the site.

We may also use information that you do not actively submit to us. We use your server, IP address, and browser-type information in the general administration of our website.

4.  Sharing of the Personal Information We Collect/Track

We may share your personal information that we collect in PPL Power Panel with affiliated companies, service providers, and promotion sponsors. Your personal information is never published or made public in any way.

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding or legal process.

 5.  Obtaining Consent

At the time you register for PPL Power Panel we will obtain your electronic consent to collect, use, and disclose your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy when you accept the Terms and Conditions. In addition, in connection with your participation in certain activities within the PPL Power Panel, we may obtain your consent prior to collecting, using, or disclosing your personal information. You may provide your consent to us either electronically, in writing, or orally. Oral consent will be required only for purposes of recording information either over the phone or in-person. Oral consent will be recorded. Consent may be withdrawn either electronically via email or by completing the Opt Out survey, in writing or orally.

6.  Privacy of Personal Information with Affiliates and Other Third Parties 

All our affiliates and other third parties which are engaged to perform services on our behalf are required by contract to observe the intent of this Privacy Policy or are governed by the same Privacy Policy.

 7.  Retaining Personal Information

We will use, disclose, or retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected and as permitted or required by law.

 8.  Reviewing Personal Information

We will make available to you any specific personal information on you in our custody or control, that we have collected, used or disclosed, upon your written request, to the extent permitted by law. We will make such information available to you in a form that is generally understandable, including explanations of any abbreviations or codes.

 9.  Accuracy of Personal Information

We will ensure that your personal information is kept as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as possible. When we collect personal information from you, we rely on you for its accuracy.

You can, at any time, question in writing or electronically the accuracy or completeness of the personal information we have on you. If you successfully demonstrate that the personal information we have on you is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend the personal information as required. Where appropriate, we will transmit the amended information to third parties having access to your personal information.

10. Your Rights and Decisions Under the CCPA

Response Timing and Format

We will attempt to respond to each of your requests not later than thirty (30) days after receipt of such requests. We will advise you if we cannot meet your requests within this time limit.

Personal Information Sales Opt-Out and Opt-In Rights

11. Non-Discrimination

We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:

  • Deny you goods or services.
  • Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
  • Provide you with a different level or quality of goods or services.
  • Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

However, we may offer you certain financial incentives permitted by the CCPA. Any CCPA-permitted financial incentive we offer will reasonably relate to your Personal Information’s value and contain written terms that describe the program’s material aspects. Participation in a financial incentive program requires your prior opt in consent, which you may revoke at any time. You will have an opportunity to review any incentive terms prior to opting into participation.

12.  Links

This site may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that PPL Power Panel is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, including advertising or ecommerce partners. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

If you use the “I forgot my password” link on PPL Power Panel login page, you will receive an automated email message sending you the information requested to the email address you provided. An individual from Bellomy Research, Inc. may also contact you using the email address you provided to respond to your questions. 

13.  Use of Cookies

Cookies are pieces of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following internet browser help file directions. Cookies are used to manage sessions on our site. Also, users may optionally use a cookie to remember their password in order to automatically log in to our site. We do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user who did not intentionally submit to us. It is the user’s choice to enable cookies on their browser.

14.  Digital Fingerprints

We may use digital fingerprinting technology, also known as “Machine Identification” digital fingerprints, to gather certain information about your computer hardware and software, for example, your IP address, the display settings of your monitor, the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, etc. We use this information to create a digital “fingerprint”. The data collected in this process and the digital fingerprint created is not tied to any of your personal information, is stored on secured servers, and is used only to help prevent you from completing the same survey multiple times and for no other purpose.

15.  Directing/Updating or Removing Information

Members of PPL Power Panel can request modifications through the panel administrator. If you need help with your password or cannot access your profile for editing please contact moderator@pplpowerpanel.com for help.

16.  Changes in Our Privacy Policy

If we change our Privacy Policy, we will post the changes here on our website for our users. If we use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify users via email or by placing a prominent notice on our site. If at any time a user wants more information on the Privacy Policy or how their information is being used, they can contact moderator@pplpowerpanel.com

17.  Conversations, Forums, Comments and Chat Rooms

Always use caution when posting on the forums or other areas of our site and other sites. Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, such as in forums or chat rooms, this information will be seen and possibly used by others. Be careful about where you post information that is personal or sensitive in nature.

18.  Security

Your PPL Power Panel account is password-protected. This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information and treats this very seriously. We use industry standard measures to protect your information that is stored within our databases. We limit the access to your information to those employees who need access to perform their job function, such as our customer service personnel or database update maintenance. If you have any questions about the security at our website, please email us at moderator@pplpowerpanel.com.

We have implemented physical, procedural and technological security safeguards to protect your personal information, including email address, from loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We limit the information we provide to outside companies to only information we believe is appropriate to enable them to carry out their responsibilities under our contracts. We contractually require that they have information security safeguards, and that the information provided be used only for the specifically authorized purpose.

19.  Opting-out

All of our email messages clearly explain how you can opt-out of receiving future email communications and unsubscribe from PPL Power Panel. All emails include an unsubscribe link (https://survey.bellomyonline.com/optout.asp?SID=18269_OPTOUT&RID=19142) that allows you to unsubscribe yourself from the PPL Power Panel or an email address that you can contact to unsubscribe. We will always process your opt-out request within 10 business days of receiving it. Limited email configuration is available through your settings on the Panel site (https://pplpowerpanel.mrcommunities.com/unities.com), however, please note that you can only opt out of all emails by unsubscribing from the Panel and terminating your account.

20.  Testimonial Privacy

If you are chosen as a winner in one of our sweepstakes or judged contests, you may be given the option to provide a testimonial which we may post on the PPL Power Panel website or include in an email communication to members of PPL Power Panel. Your testimonial, username, and an electronic picture of yourself, if you provide one, will only be included in the newsletter or communication if you provide us with consent. You can request to have your testimonial and personal information removed from the Homepage or future email communication by sending an email to moderator@pplpowerpanel.com.

21.  Contacting PPL Power Panel

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, the practices of PPL Power Panel, your dealings with this web site, your rights and decisions under the CCPA, or if you have any other feedback, please feel free to contact us at: