Welcome to Houzz! Houzz is an information and social network
dedicated to homebuilding, renovation, and design. Houzz connects you to
home-related products and businesses, professional service providers,
and others who can give you feedback and ideas about your design goals.
collects, how Houzz uses it, how it may be shared, and what choices you
through our website and applications (collectively the “Site” or
“Houzz”). When you use the Site, you consent to our collection, use and
or “our,” refer to Houzz Inc., a Delaware corporation, headquartered in
Palo Alto, California in the United States.
Collection and Use of Information
We collect information that you provide us directly or automatically when you use our Site.
We may use the information for purposes such as to: provide the
Site’s functionality, improve the Site’s quality, personalize your
experience, track usage of the Site, provide feedback to businesses and
professionals whose products or services are listed on the Site, display
relevant advertising, evaluate the success of our advertising, provide
and managed by you in your account settings), back up our systems and
allow for disaster recovery, enhance the security of the Site, fulfill
transactions authorized by you on the Site, and comply with legal
Of further note about the information we collect:
Account and Profile Information: When you
create an account on Houzz, then we collect your name and the contact
information you provide. You also will be asked to create a profile on
Houzz. If you do, your username, any photo you submit, and information
you enter into the fields indicated for public display will be displayed
publicly on the social network. You can customize some of the
information displayed publicly in your Houzz profile by going to your
account and profile settings. If you feel that an unauthorized account
has been created depicting you or your likeness, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You have an obligation to provide us accurate information.
Public Content: The information that you post
to the Site is intended for public consumption, including your photos,
comments, Ideabooks, and profile information. By posting on the Site,
you agree to permit us to disclose publicly the material you post.
Communications: When you join Houzz by signing
up for an account or creating a profile, as permitted by law, you are
opting in to receive emails from us or about Houzz. You can manage your
email and notice preferences in account settings, but note that you
cannot opt out of receiving certain administrative or legal notices from
us. Additionally, by joining, you are agreeing to receive feedback and
communications from third-parties within the Site, including third-party
providers of products or services who may comment on your postings
within the Site. If you exchange messages with others through the Site,
in accordance with applicable law, we may store them in order to process
and deliver them, allow you to manage them, and investigate possible
wrongdoing in connection with the Site. Houzz may also enable you to
connect, at your initiation, outside the Site via your personal email
address to third-party providers of products and services who you wish
to contact outside of the Site.
Transactional Information: If you purchase
products within the Site, certain information collected for processing
your request, such as your phone number, address, email, and credit card
information, may be shared with relevant third-parties in order for
them to process your request (but not for their own marketing or other
purposes). When you submit credit card numbers, we encrypt that
information using industry standard technology and use commercially
reasonable security measures to protect it from misuse.
Site Activity/Automatically Collected Information:
We collect and may store information about your use of the Site, such
as your search activity, the pages you view, and the date and time of
your visit. We also collect and may store information that your computer
or mobile device provides to us in connection with your use of the
Site, such as your browser type, type of computer or mobile device,
browser language, IP address, mobile carrier, unique device identifier,
location, and requested and referring URLs.
Linked Networks and Contacts: You can elect to
connect your Houzz profile to another network like Facebook and, if you
so choose, you will be asked to enable sharing of your contact
information from that network to Houzz and to enable sharing of your
activities on Houzz on that network
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
web beacons, local shared objects (sometimes called "flash cookies"), and similar technology
in connection with your use of the Site and third party websites (collectively referred to in this
policy as "Cookies"). Cookies are small data files that may have unique identifiers, and reside,
among other places, on your computer or mobile device, in emails we send to you, and on our
sites, such as: your browser type, search preferences, data relating to advertisements that have been
displayed to you or that you have clicked on, your interests on our Site and other sites, and the date and
authentication and security for your transactions on the Site, store your preferences, facilitate relevant
advertising, and help us learn more about how users engage with the Site, and understand your activities
after you leave our Site. Our Cookies may be persistent or stored only during an individual session.
You may opt-out of tracking by third parties for certain advertising purposes, as discussed
below in the section entitled “Third Party Ad Networks,” which can help you control targeted
advertising by third-parties that track your activities across sites.
Please note we do not change system behavior within the Site in response to browser requests not
to be tracked.
It may be possible to disable Cookies through your device or browser settings. The method for
disabling cookies may vary by device and browser, but can usually be found in preferences
or security settings. However, doing so may affect your ability to use the Site. If you are not
comfortable with the above uses of Cookies, please do not use this Site.
Sharing Your Information
We do not rent or sell your personal contact information (such as your email address associated
with your account registration) to third-parties to use for their own marketing purposes. We may
share some information about you with third parties in connection with your use of the Site. Our
information sharing with third-parties fall into these categories and purposes:
Agents, Contractors, and Service Providers: We may share your information with our
agents and contractors or other service providers as needed to carry out the performance
and functionality of the Site, fulfill your requests or authorized commercial transactions,
or provide customer support.
Analytics and Usage: We may share user information in the aggregate, with third
parties, such as advertisers, professionals, and business. For example, we may disclose to
a business the number of users that have viewed their product. Business or professionals
that participate on the Houzz network may also access usage data associated with your
public profile. For example, a business can see that you, as identified by your public
profile username, any profile photo, and any other publicly displayed profile identifiers
(but not identified by your email or non-public account information), added their product
to one of your Ideabooks on a particular date.
Third Party Ad Networks: We may use third-party advertising companies to
serve advertisements on our Site and on third party sites, as well as to assist us in
evaluating the effectiveness of our advertising, in accordance with applicable law.
information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number)
about your visits to this Site and other sites in order to provide targeted advertisements
to you. If you would like to learn more about behavioral advertising or to opt out of
having this information used by companies that are part of the Network Advertising
Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance to deliver targeted ads, please visit
www.aboutads.info/choices (DAA) and in Europe
Affiliated Entities We may share information from or about you with subsidiaries, joint
ventures, or other companies under common control, in which case we will require them
Business Transfers: If we are acquired by or merged with another entity, if substantially
all of our assets are transferred to another company, or as part of a bankruptcy
proceeding, we may transfer the information we have collected about you to the other
Other Users: Information that you post publicly on Houzz (e.g., photos, comments, your
profile) will be made publicly available to other users of Houzz.
Investigations: We may investigate and disclose information from or about you, as
permitted by applicable law, if we have a good faith belief that such investigation or
disclosure is (a) reasonably necessary to comply with legal process and law enforcement
instructions and orders, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, judicial proceeding,
or other legal process served on us; (b) helpful to prevent, investigate, or identify possible
wrongdoing in connection with the Site; or (c) helpful to protect our rights, reputation,
property, or that of our users, subsidiaries, or the public.