Stewart Information Services Corporation
By accessing and utilizing this website and any websites, web pages, or services operated by Stewart Information Services Corporation or its affiliates (collectively, "Stewart," "We" Or "Us") that are linked (referred to as "Stewart Sites"), you are agreeing to this Privacy Notice.
Your use of and access to the Stewart Sites is expressly conditioned on your acceptance of the following terms and conditions. If you disagree with or are unable to comply with any portion of these terms and conditions, you are not permitted to use or access the Stewart Sites.
We place great significance on safeguarding the privacy of your non-public personal information. To ensure your privacy and confidentiality, we employ technical, administrative, and operational protective measures. This Privacy Notice outlines how Stewart gathers and utilizes information concerning you when you engage with any of the Stewart Sites.
Stewart reserves the right, at any time, to alter, change, update or modify this Privacy Notice at its discretion, by merely publishing such changes, updates, or modifications on the Stewart Sites. Any such adjustments, updates, or modifications will become effective immediately upon their posting on the Stewart Sites.
How We Collect Your Personal Information
If you engage in passive browsing of the Stewart Sites without taking any actions, certain information about your visit may be collected automatically. This may include the automatic collection of the Internet domain (e.g., "companyx.com" if you utilize a private Internet access account), the IP address (an IP address is a number assigned to your computer when you access the internet), the timestamp of your access to Stewart Sites, and the specific pages you visited.
We may collect non-public personal information from you when you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information to us through Stewart Sites, such as when ordering services/products and accessing account-specific or other profile information.
We may collect information about your transactions that we secure from our files and from our affiliates.
We may collect information that we receive from consumer reporting agencies.
We may collect information that we receive from others involved in your transactions, such as real estate professionals or lenders.
We limit the use of such information to the purposes for which the information was provided. However, we reserve the right to use such information for marketing/product development research and other similar purposes and/or to contact you regarding additional services or products that you may find useful.
How We Use Your Personal Information
a. To provide products and services to you in connection with a transaction. To fulfill or meet the reason for which the information is provided.
b.To provide, support, personalize, and develop our website, products, and services.
c.To create, maintain, customize, and secure your account with Stewart.
d. To process your requests, purchases, transactions, and payments and prevent transactional fraud.
e.To prevent and/or process claims.
f. To assist third party vendors/service providers who complete transactions or perform services on Stewart’s behalf pursuant to valid service provider agreements.
g. As necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of Stewart, our customers, or others.
h. To provide you with support and to respond to your inquiries, including to investigate and address your concerns and monitor and improve our responses.
i. To help maintain the safety, security, and integrity of our website, products and services, databases and other technology-based assets, and business.
j. To respond to law enforcement or regulator requests as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
k.Auditing for compliance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
l. Performing services including maintaining or servicing accounts, providing customer service, processing, or fulfilling orders and transactions, verifying customer information, processing payments.
m. To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all our assets, whether as an on-going transaction or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us is among the assets transferred.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Affiliated Companies and Nonaffiliated Third Parties
Stewart does not sell your personal information to nonaffiliated third parties. Stewart may share your information with those you have designated as your agent throughout the course of your transaction (for example, your realtor, broker, or a lender). Stewart may disclose your personal information to non-affiliated third-party service providers and vendors to render services to complete your transaction.
Whom We Share Your Personal Information With
a. Non-affiliated service providers and vendors we contract with to render specific services (For example, search companies, mobile notaries, and companies providing credit/debit card processing, billing, shipping, repair, customer service, auditing, marketing, etc.)
b. To enable Stewart to prevent criminal activity, fraud, material misrepresentation, or nondisclosure.
c. Stewart’s affiliated and subsidiary companies. We do not authorize or share personal information with affiliates for the purposes of opt-in SMS messaging.
d. Parties involved in litigation and attorneys, as required by law.
e. Financial rating organizations, rating bureaus and trade associations, taxing authorities, if required in the transaction.
f. Federal and State Regulators, law enforcement and other government entities to law enforcement or authorities in connection with an investigation, or in response to a subpoena or valid court order.
The law does not require your prior authorization or consent and does not allow you to restrict the disclosures described above. Additionally, we may disclose your information to third parties for whom you have given us authorization or consent to make such disclosure. We do not otherwise share your Personal Information or browsing information with non-affiliated third parties, except as required or permitted by law.
Cookies are small files saved in your computer's hard drive via your web browser. Whenever you visit Stewart Sites, our computer server retrieves these cookies to identify your computer and enhance your website experience for increased convenience.
U.S. Stewart Sites and products and services are provided in the United States. If you reside outside the United States and choose to provide personal information to us, please note that we may transfer that information outside of your country of residence. By providing us with your personal information, you consent to our collection, transfer, and use of such information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
European Union Customers
On May 26, 2011, a new directive was passed by the European Union (EU) that requires all companies to obtain “free specific and informed consent” from all European visitors to their website in order to capture cookies. The law requires “opt in” functionality, only allowing cookies to be placed on computers where the user has given his or her consent in advance. Once consent is obtained, we will not need to request permission again in the future unless you delete your cookies.
If you believe you fall within the purview of the EU Cookie Directive but were not provided with the option to opt-in or opt-out on our Stewart Sites, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the specific website you are visiting, enabling us to pinpoint and rectify the matter.
Additionally, you can adjust your browser settings to receive notifications when cookies are about to be received, which will provide you with the choice to decline them. Nevertheless, it's important to bear in mind that if you have disabled cookies in your browser in this manner or have opted out, you may find that certain features on the Stewart Sites are not accessible to you.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-analytics-opt-out/fllaojicojecljbmefodhfapmkghcbnh.
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
Stewart Sites are not intended or designed to be used by persons under the age of eighteen (18). We do not collect Personal Information from any person that we know to be under the age of thirteen (13).
How Stewart Protects Your Personal Information
Stewart maintains physical, technical, and administrative safeguards and policies to protect your personal information.
If you have questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, the ways in which Stewart collects and uses your information described here, your choices and rights regarding such use, or wish to exercise your rights under law, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Phone: Toll Free at 1-866-571-9270
Stewart Information Services Corporation
Effective Date: 01/01/2020
Stewart Information Services Corporation
Privacy Notice for California Residents
Stewart Information Services Corporation and its affiliates and majority-owned subsidiary companies (collectively, “Stewart,” “our,” or “we”) respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. Pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) and the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”), we are providing this Privacy Notice (“CCPA Notice”). This CCPA Notice explains how we collect, use, and disclose personal information, when and to whom we disclose such information, and the rights you, as a California resident, have regarding your Personal Information. This CCPA Notice supplements the information contained in Stewart’s existing privacy notice and applies solely to all visitors, users, consumers, and others who reside in the State of California or are considered California Residents as defined in the CCPA (“consumers” or “you”). All terms defined in the CCPA & CPRA have the same meaning when used in this Notice.
Effective January 1, 2023, Stewart Employees can view the Stewart Information Services Corporation California Employee Privacy Notice and California Employee Privacy Notice at Collection located in the hrHOME policy database. For employee-related questions about your rights under California law, please contact a member of Human Resources.
Information Stewart Collects
Stewart collects information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer, household, or device. Most of the information that Stewart collects in the course of its regular business is already protected pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). Additionally, much of this information comes from government records or other information already in the public domain. Personal information under the CCPA does not include:
- Publicly available information from government records.
- Deidentified or aggregated consumer information.
- Certain personal information protected by other sector-specific federal or California laws, including but not limited to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), GLBA and California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA).
Specifically, Stewart has collected the following categories of personal information from consumers within the last twelve (12) months:
Stewart Sites may contain links to websites that are provided and maintained exclusively by third parties. Websites provided and maintained by third parties are not subject to this Privacy Notice. Please review the privacy notices on those websites to understand their personal information handling practices. We make no representations concerning the privacy practices of any third-party websites.
Stewart obtains the categories of personal and sensitive information listed above from the following categories of sources:
Directly and indirectly from customers, their designees, or their agents (For example, realtors, lenders, attorneys, brokers, etc.)
Directly and indirectly from activity on Stewart’s website or other applications.
From third parties that interact with Stewart in connection with the services we provide.
Use of Personal and Sensitive Personal Information
Stewart may use or disclose the personal or sensitive information we collect for one or more of the following purposes:
To fulfill or meet the reason for which the information is provided.
To provide, support, personalize, and develop our website, products, and services.
To create, maintain, customize, and secure your account with Stewart.
To process your requests, purchases, transactions, and payments and prevent transactional fraud.
To prevent and/or process claims.
To assist third party vendors/service providers who complete transactions or perform services on Stewart’s behalf pursuant to valid service provider agreements.
As necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of Stewart, our customers, or others.
To provide you with support and to respond to your inquiries, including to investigate and address your concerns and monitor and improve our responses.
To personalize your website experience and to deliver content and product and service offerings relevant to your interests, including targeted offers and ads through our website, third-party sites, and via email or text message (with your consent, where required by law).
To help maintain the safety, security, and integrity of our website, products and services, databases and other technology-based assets, and business.
To respond to law enforcement or regulator requests as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
Auditing for compliance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
Performing services including maintaining or servicing accounts, providing customer service, processing, or fulfilling orders and transactions, verifying customer information, processing payments, providing advertising or marketing services or other similar services.
To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us is among the assets transferred.
Stewart will not collect additional categories of personal or sensitive information or use the personal or sensitive information we collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes without providing you notice.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Affiliated Companies and Nonaffiliated Third Parties
Stewart does not sell your personal information to nonaffiliated third parties. Stewart may share your information with those you have designated as your agent throughout the course of your transaction (for example, a realtor, broker, or a lender).
We share your personal information with the following categories of third parties:
Service providers and vendors we contract with to render specific services (For example, search companies, mobile notaries, and companies providing credit/debit card processing, billing, shipping, repair, customer service, auditing, marketing, etc.)
Parties involved in litigation and attorneys, as required by law.
Financial rating organizations, rating bureaus and trade associations.
Federal and State Regulators, law enforcement and other government entities
In the preceding twelve (12) months, Stewart has disclosed the following categories of personal information:
Category A: Identifiers
Category B: California Customer Records personal information categories
Category C: Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law
Category D: Commercial Information
Category E: Internet or other similar network activity
Category F: Non-public education information
Your Consumer Rights and Choices Under CCPA and CPRA
The CCPA and CPRA provide consumers (California residents as defined in the CCPA) with specific rights regarding their personal information. This section describes your rights and explains how to exercise those rights.
Access to Specific Information and Data Portability Rights
You have the right to request that Stewart disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, Stewart will disclose to you:
The categories of personal information Stewart collected about you.
The categories of sources for the personal information Stewart collected about you.
Stewart’s business or commercial purpose for collecting that personal information.
The categories of third parties with whom Stewart shares that personal information.
The specific pieces of personal information Stewart collected about you (also called a data portability request).
If Stewart disclosed your personal data for a business purpose, a listing identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
Deletion Request Rights
You have the right to request that Stewart delete any personal information we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, Stewart will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies.
Stewart may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:
Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 seq.).
Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
Comply with a legal obligation.
Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
Opt-Out of Information Sharing and Selling
Stewart does not share or sell information to third parties, as the terms are defined under the CCPA and CPRA. Stewart only shares your personal information as commercially necessary and in accordance with this CCPA Notice.
Correction of Inaccurate Information
You have the right to request that Stewart correct any inaccurate personal information maintained about you.
Limit the Use of Sensitive Personal Information
You have the right to limit how your sensitive personal information, as defined in the CCPA and CPRA is disclosed or shared with third parties.
Exercising Your Rights Under CCPA and CPRA
If you have questions or comments about this notice, the ways in which Stewart collects and uses your information described herein, your choices and rights regarding such use, or wish to exercise your rights under California law, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by the available means provided below:
Toll Free at 1-866-571-9270
Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child, if applicable.
To designate an authorized agent, please contact Stewart through one of the methods mentioned above.
You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:
Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative.
Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
Stewart cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.
Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with Stewart.
Response Timing and Format
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to an additional 45 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.
A written response will be delivered by mail or electronically, at your option.
Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable.
Stewart does not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
Stewart 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.
Your personal information will not be kept for longer than is necessary for the business purpose for which it is collected and processed. We will retain your personal information and records based on established record retention policies pursuant to California law and in compliance with all federal and state retention obligations. Additionally, we will retain your personal information to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and legal processes (such as responding to subpoenas or court orders), and to respond to legal claims, resolve disputes, and comply with legal or regulatory recordkeeping requirements.
Changes to This CCPA Notice
Stewart reserves the right to amend this CCPA Notice at our discretion and at any time. When we make changes to this CCPA Notice, we will post the updated Notice on Stewart’s website and update the Notice’s effective date.
Stewart Information Services Corporation
Attn: Mary Thomas, Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer
1360 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 100, MC #14-1
Houston, TX 77056