Customer Privacy Notice
Altice is committed to protecting the privacy of its customers. This notice is designed to give you a general understanding of how Altice protects your privacy in connection with our residential and business cable television services (such as Optimum TV), high-speed Internet services (such as Optimum Online), voice services (such as Optimum Voice) and any other cable service or communication service we may provide to you using our cable system as such services are defined by applicable law, as well as Optimum.net (together "Covered Services").
This notice does not generally cover other Altice websites, such as Optimum.com, interactive television channels, or other products or services that may be accessed through Covered Services. These other services are governed by separate privacy notices, which we encourage you to review when using these other services to understand how your information is handled. This notice only covers Altice's Optimum services and does not cover Altice's Lightpath and Suddenlink service.
In this notice, "we" and "Altice" refer to CSC Holdings, LLC (formerly CSC Holdings, Inc.) and/or any affiliate of CSC Holdings, LLC that owns, operates, or provides Covered Services.
A. Information We Collect and Receive, and How We Collect It
In connection with the initiation and ongoing provisioning of Covered Services, as well as with our ongoing efforts to improve the quality and value of the Covered Services, we may maintain certain information related to you that you provide to us or that we collect using the cable systems ("Subscriber Information"). Certain Subscriber Information may be personally identifiable ("Personally Identifiable Information"). Personally Identifiable Information does not include, among other things, any aggregate data or other data which does not identify a particular person or information which by itself does not identify a particular person, such as your zip code, gender, IP Address, MAC address or other equipment identifiers, or certain other unique numbers or codes. We may collect Personally Identifiable Information using the cable system in order to obtain information necessary to render our cable service or other services to our subscribers or to detect unauthorized reception of cable communications, as well as for other purposes described in this notice.
When You Interact With Us: Subscriber Information may include information which you provide to us such as your name, service address, billing address, work address, email address, home telephone number, work telephone number, mobile phone number, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, credit card number and expiration date, bank account number, and other financial information. In addition, as part of our normal course of business, we generate and maintain billing and account information such as your billing history, the services to which you have subscribed, your payment history, your maintenance and repair history, the kind, location, configuration, device identifiers, MAC, and IP addresses of equipment (including TV sets, set-top boxes, CableCARDs, modems, telephones, IP enabled devices) connected to our facilities. For customer services purposes, we also may keep copies of correspondence concerning your account or records of complaints or inquiries that may be made about our service. In addition, we may sometimes collect responses to customer satisfaction surveys for analytics and research purposes. We may also collect information that helps us detect unauthorized use of our services.
When You Use Our Services: We may also collect service-specific Subscriber Information depending on the Covered Services to which you subscribe. For example:
- Optimum Voice. If you are a subscriber of a covered Altice voice service such as Optimum Voice (which is an interconnected Voice-over-Internet Protocol "VoIP" service), we may collect customer proprietary network information ("CPNI"). CPNI is information that relates to the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, location, and amount of use of an interconnected VoIP service or telecommunications service subscribed to by any customer, and that is made available to the carrier by the customer solely by virtue of the provider-customer relationship; and information contained in the bills pertaining to interconnected VoIP service, telephone exchange service or telephone toll service received by a customer. CPNI does not include the "subscriber list information" we collect, which includes your name, address, and telephone number that has been published or accepted for publication in any directory format, as well as (for business listings) your primary advertising classifications. The disclosure and use of CPNI is subject to specialized restrictions as described in Section F below.
- Internet Service, including Optimum Online and Optimum WiFi Hotspots. If you subscribe to a covered Altice high-speed Internet service such as Optimum Online, we may collect broadband data, including information regarding geolocation and/or service usage, including bandwidth used (including for specific third party website traffic and app usage), system and connection performance, browsers used, device type, device identifiers, dates and times of access, and internet resource requests/browsing history (such as a log of visited URLs). We may maintain records of Internet Protocol addresses and email accounts that we assign to you, as well as any violations or alleged violations of applicable terms and conditions of usage. Additional information about our privacy practices specific to our high-speed Internet service, including more detail regarding data collection, can be found in the Additional Privacy Information for High Speed Internet Service.
- Optimum TV. If you are a digital cable television subscriber, we may also automatically collect information about your use of our systems, such as changing your television channel, reviewing listings in an electronic program guide, using your remote, interacting with your DVR, ordering or viewing on-demand programming, engaging in other interactive programming features, or when using the Optimum App (such as audio files when using voice-based search) or other similar IP enabled device applications. We collect this information for purposes and uses including billing, service optimization, troubleshooting and customer service, operations, programming, including VOD, pay-per-view, program and content recommendation features and functions, advertising targeting and optimization, data analytics, e-Bill, operation of certain Optimum Select services, and as otherwise described in the following section.
Information Provided to Us by Third Parties:Sometimes, we also obtain additional information from publicly available sources such as research consultants, data service providers, and marketing firms to supplement the information we collect from you. From time to time, we may combine this publicly available information with information that we collect from you. In addition, we may also obtain information from our business partners and/or their service providers or clients, to assist with data collection, reporting and ad response measurement, as well as to assist with delivering and analyzing the performance of relevant marketing messages and advertisements. The types of information that we may receive from third parties includes, but is not limited to demographic data (including, but not limited to gender or age range) and interest data (including, but not limited to demonstrated interest in or interaction with a particular product/website).
We participate in the Adobe Marketing Cloud Device Co-op to better understand how you use our website and apps across the various devices you use, and to deliver services and advertising that are of an enhanced value and interest to you. Click here to learn more about how Adobe does this and to manage your choices relating to this linking of devices.
Information Collected on Our Websites: We collect data about visitors to our subscriber website, Optimum.net, using automated means such as cookies, clear GIFs, and passive automatic electronic collection, which are described in more detail in our Privacy Notice. We may work with third-party companies to engage in such collection.
B. How We Use Subscriber Information
We use Subscriber Information, including Personally Identifiable Information, to conduct business activities such as account administration, service provisioning, operations, billings and collections, marketing, analytics, customer service, technical support, manage network performance, and for fraud prevention. These purposes may specifically include the use of Personally Identifiable Information to:
- help us provide high-quality, competitively-priced Covered Services in an efficient manner;
- ensure that you receive the services to which you have subscribed and execute requests that you make;
- provide you with programming, services and advertising that are of an enhanced value and interest to you;
- facilitate billing and collections functions and obligations (including any reporting to credit bureaus or collection agencies to obtain payment for our billed products and services);
- provide you with accurate and high quality customer service, including responding to subscriber inquiries and troubleshooting;
- comply with tax obligations, accounting rules, and contractual obligations to vendors;
- ensure that you receive information about products and services that may be of interest to you;
- ensure compliance with applicable laws and the terms, conditions, notices and policies governing the Covered Services;
- protect our rights, such as preventing fraud, service theft, and abusive practices; and
- improve our facilities and the services that we provide over them.
We may use Subscriber Information to generate de-identified or aggregated information - that is, data from which Personally Identifiable Information has been removed. We may also employ automated processes to generate de-identified or aggregated information from any of our Covered Services. De-identified or aggregated information does not identify you in a personal way, and our collection, use, and disclosure of de-identified or aggregate information is not subject to any of the restrictions in this notice and its use and disclosure is subject to our discretion. For example, we may use de-identified or aggregated information for purposes such as measurement of viewership of programming and advertising, creation of tuning and viewing cohorts or segmentations, providing targeted content for our services or facilitating delivery of relevant third party advertising/promotional messages through our Covered Services and on third party websites and other platforms.
We may use certain Subscriber Information, including viewing activity and other use of the cable system (as described in Section A above), broadband data (also as described in Section A) and Personally Identifiable Information, for marketing or analytics purposes. Such use may include facilitating display ads for our products and services shown to you on other websites and web services across the Internet. When we do this, we may provide third party service providers with access to certain of your Personally Identifiable Information in order to place de-identified coded data into cookies on your browser (or employ similar technology), and to provide you with more relevant offers and updates through display media.
If you are a digital cable television or internet subscriber, we may use de-identified viewing activity or usage data that we have collected and/or IP address(es) we assign to subscribers, in combination with data we receive or license from third parties (such as data collected when you visit or log in to third party websites or engage in offline transactions), to deliver television and digital ads to audiences based on demographic information (e.g., gender or household size) and/or interest information (e.g., travel or sports) across different screens and platforms. We may also work with third party data and service providers who de-identify data we hold to facilitate this advertising and link it to the above third party data. You can opt out of certain marketing messages as described in the Access and Choice section below.
Our use of certain Subscriber Information associated with voice service however, is limited as described in Section F below.
Individuals who may be authorized to have access to Personally Identifiable Information include our employees, agents, and affiliates within our family of affiliated businesses though we seek to limit access to individuals on a need to know basis. Sometimes, we may provide access to certain Personally Identifiable Information to select third parties to assist us in providing services or for other legitimate business purposes. For example, we may provide access to certain information to companies providing services to us, including installation and repair, billing, call center, sales and marketing, market research, fulfilment, mailings, data storage, data scrubbing, data analytics and processing, bill collection, auditing and accounting, credit reporting, and legal services. We may also provide access to third parties who assist us in providing targeted advertising and audience analysis services, opportunities and initiatives. We will provide access to CPNI (a term described in Section A above) for use in sales and marketing only to our agents and affiliates. The frequency of such access depends on our business needs.
Geolocation Data: We use service address, device and/or access point location data for a variety of purposes, including to facilitate emergency services, provide our services, our and third-party location-based applications and services including, but not limited to, navigation, promotional offers, weather services and the like and deliver location-based or other advertising that may be of interest to you and/or for reporting and ad response measurement. Where we offer our own location-based applications, we provide you with notice and choice about whether specific location-tracking features available on your device are turned on.
Many types of wireless applications and services use device location data, including applications provided by other companies and wireless device operating systems. When you are considering new third party applications or services, you should carefully review the location-based services' or application providers' privacy policies to learn how they collect and use your information.
C. When We Disclose Subscriber Information
Except as set forth below, Altice will not disclose Personally Identifiable Information to third parties unless:
- it is necessary for us to render our Covered Services or conduct a legitimate business activity related to our Covered Services;
- or you provide appropriate consent in advance.
If you subscribe to a non-voice Covered Service, we may rely on a special provision of law that allows us to disclose mailing-list information about you to marketing organizations, programmers and other businesses. Mailing-list information includes your name, addresses, and the non-voice services to which you subscribe (for example, basic tier, HBO). IF YOU DO NOT WANT US TO DISCLOSE MAILING-LIST INFORMATION ABOUT YOU ON THE BASIS OF THAT PROVISION OF LAW, PLEASE CALL US AT 1-888-425-2089. Please note, your opt-out preferences may not take effect immediately and cannot be applied retroactively. After your opt-out takes effect, we will limit our disclosures of your mailing-list information to the other disclosures described in this notice, which are permitted by other provisions of law.
If you subscribe to a covered Altice voice service such as Optimum Voice, applicable regulations allow us to disclose subscriber list information. For example, we may give your name, address, and number to organizations who publish phone directories or who provide 411 services or similar public services. We may transmit your name and number so that the person you call can see such information on his or her Caller ID. Certain procedures allow you to block transmission of Caller ID information. You may contact us to obtain additional information about these procedures. We may also transmit your name, number, and registered location to a public safety answering point ("PSAP") when you dial 911 for emergency services. Disclosure of CPNI data is subject to additional specific limitations, as described in Section F below.
We may also provide your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties when you expressly consent to such disclosure, such as when you interact or make purchases from third party vendors who utilize Optimum technology or request information from third parties through certain interactive channels.
We may furnish certain de-identified information, on either an aggregate or non-aggregate basis, (which may include information about viewing habits, geolocation and system interaction) to third parties, such as advertisers and programmers, for purposes that may include but not be limited to providing you with more relevant programming, advertising and features, increasing the value of the Covered Services, providing you with information or offers about products or services that we believe may be of interest to you, or assisting third parties with media, programming and content planning and purchasing efforts. Likewise, if you are a digital cable subscriber, we may work with third party data and service providers who de-identify data about you so that we may facilitate advertising based on demographic or interest-based data collected from different platforms, whether offline or online (such as information collected when you visit or log in to a website).
You acknowledge, consent and agree that we may access, preserve and disclose your Subscriber Information, including your Personally Identifiable Information, your account information and content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to:
- comply with legal process;
- enforce our Terms of Service, Privacy Notice(s), or other contracts with you;
- respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties;
- respond to your requests for customer service;
- respond to inquiries from government agencies regarding customer-initiated complaints provided to such agencies;
- or protect the rights, property or personal safety of Altice, its agents and affiliates, its users and the public.
We may also disclose information to law enforcement agencies in emergency circumstances, where the disclosure of such information is consistent with the types of emergency disclosures permitted or required by law.
Finally, we also reserve the right to disclose and transfer all of your Subscriber Information, including your Personally Identifiable Information, to a successor company in connection with a merger, acquisition or sale of all, or components, of our business.
D. We May Keep Information About You for Some Time
We generally keep some or all Subscriber Information for as long as necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected or as required by law. When information is no longer needed or required to be maintained, we destroy it in accordance with our internal policies.
E. Access and Choice
You also have the right to inspect Personally Identifiable Information that Altice has collected and maintains in connection with the provision of Covered Services to you. If you would like access to such information, please notify us in writing at the local business office specified on your service bill. We will then contact you to set up an appointment during regular business hours. Please note, Altice reserves the right to charge you its reasonable costs in connection with retrieving Subscriber Information and providing you with access thereto. In order to obtain telephone CPNI, please see Section F below.
Subscribers may choose not to receive promotional or marketing telephone calls or postal mailings regarding the Covered Services by contacting us at 1-888-425-2088 for placement on Altice's "Do Not Call" list or by contacting us at 1-888-425-2090 for placement on Altice's "Do Not Mail" list. Please note, any Subscriber requests after May 1, 2010 to be placed on the "Do Not Mail" list will only be effective for the 12-month period following such request. If Subscribers wish to continue to remain on the "Do Not Mail" list, Subscribers will need to make another request upon the expiration of the previous request. Please also note, "Do Not Call" and "Do Not Mail" requests may take up to thirty (30) days to become effective.
If you do not wish to receive display ads for our products and services shown to you on other websites and web services across the internet, you may opt out of most such advertising by going to the following websites, operated by industry trade and self-regulatory organizations: http://networkadvertising.org/choices (operated by the Network Advertising Initiative) or http://www.aboutads.info (operated by the Digital Advertising Alliance).
We also offer you a choice as to whether you wish to receive targeted third party advertising/promotional messages delivered to your set-top box, certain other IP-enabled device applications, or on third party websites. To exercise this choice, please visit http://optimum.net/privacy-preferences.
Additionally, Altice provides Subscribers with the opportunity to restrict the use of program and content recommendations in association with certain Altice services, including our recommendations features and functions, by visiting http://optimum.net/privacy-prefereces.
Please note, your opt-out preferences may not take effect immediately and do not retroactively apply to existing advertising/promotional messages or campaigns.
F. Special Rules About Telephone-Related Information
Under federal law, you have a right, and we have a duty, to protect the confidentiality of a category of telephone-related information known as "customer proprietary network information" or "CPNI." Altice restricts access to your telephone CPNI. For example, call detail records, which contain information about the calls you make are available online. In order to access call detail records online, you must have an Optimum ID and password. All other telephone CPNI is restricted by requiring a password and/or by requiring that you provide certain non-public verification information over the phone to confirm your identity. A written request may also be used to obtain your telephone CPNI. You must send the written request to Optimum Voice at 6 Corporate Center Drive, Melville New York 11747, Attn. Shared Services - CDR. All requests will be verified.
Altice also restricts the use of your telephone CPNI. Unless we have your appropriate consent, Altice does not share your telephone CPNI with non-affiliates for marketing purposes. We may, however, use telephone CPNI or share de-identified information to tailor your service and to market related Optimum Voice products and services to you.
G. Our Collection and Use of Information is Subject to Legal Limitations
The Cable Act imposes limitations with respect to the collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information by cable operators, unless you provide us consent to collect or disclose information in another fashion, such as by accepting this Privacy Notice as part of the sign-up process for our Covered Services. Generally speaking, cable operators may not use the cable system to collect personally identifiable information concerning subscribers without prior consent of the subscriber concerned except to obtain information necessary to render our cable service or other services to our subscribers or to detect unauthorized reception of cable communications. In addition, subject to certain specified exceptions, cable operators generally may not disclose personally identifiable information without consent of the subscriber concerned. Also, cable operators must take such actions as are necessary to prevent unauthorized access to such information by a person other than the subscriber or cable operator. If we violate your rights, you may be entitled to bring a civil action in a federal court, which may award actual, liquidated, and punitive damages, fees and costs, and other remedies that may be available. In addition, if anyone asks us to provide information about you, we may have to notify you, and you may have the right to appear in court.
H. How We Protect Subscriber Information
We employ physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect Subscriber Information. For example, we utilize secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect certain information you provide to us; employ verification measures to protect e-mail during delivery; maintain certain subscriber databases in restricted areas; and secure the content by use of firewalls and other security methods. We also limit access to databases containing subscribers' Personally Identifiable Information to specifically authorized employees and agents and other parties identified in the disclosure section above.
Despite these measures, we do not guarantee the security of information stored in our database or that unauthorized parties will not intercept information you send or receive over the Internet. As a shared resource, the Internet subjects our services and you to the risk of unauthorized access to files and data, even when security measures are implemented. If you use Altice's high-speed Internet service such as Optimum Online, to send, receive or post personal or confidential information, you do so at your own risk.
I. Questions About This Notice
If you have any questions about our privacy protections, notices and policies, please write to us at:
Attn. Shared Services Dept
200 Jericho Quadrangle
Jericho, NY 11753
J. Updates To This Notice
We will review this privacy notice periodically as we deem appropriate and when we change or update Covered Services. We will notify you of any material changes by posting the revised notice on our Optimum website or by written or electronic correspondence. Your use of the Covered Service(s) following the notice of a revised notice constitutes your acceptance of the revised privacy notice.
Effective October 15, 2018