PRIVACY POLICY

Privacy Policy
Whitestone REIT ("Whitestone", "we," and "us") respects the privacy of visitors to our websites. We have adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to inform you about what information we collect from you via our websites, as well as how we collect that information, how we may use it and what steps we take to protect it -- on/through the websites located on the following domain names:  www.whitestonereit.com.  The terms of this Privacy Policy do not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the internet and therefore beyond Whitestone's control, and are not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation.

The Privacy Policy applies only to our websites listed above. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any third party websites that may be linked to our websites.It does not apply to other websites operated by/on behalf of Whitestone or our affiliates or to information gathered by Whitestone or our affiliates through off-line methods.

Your Consent.   By using our websites, you signify that you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, as well as to our Terms of Use. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, please do not provide us with personal information and please do not use any of our websites.

Use of Cookies. A "cookie" (string of information that a website you visit transfers to your computer for identification purposes) can be used to follow your activity on the websites. By adjusting your brower settings (ie., in Internet Explorer) you can turn off all cookies if you prefer not to receive them or be warned whenever cookies are being used. Software products are also available to manage cookies for you. When your computer is set to reject cookies, it can limit the functionality of the website you visit.

Links to Third Party Websites. Our websites may display links to third party sites or resources sponsored by third parties ("Linked Websites") for which this Privacy Policyand the Terms of Use do not apply. These Linked Websites are located outside of our websites and are beyond our control. This includes links from partners that may use Whitestone logos as part of a co-branding agreement. Although we seek to protect the integrity of our Websites, Whitestone is not responsible and cannot be held liable for the content, availability or activities of these Linked Websites. Your access of these Linked Websites is entirely at your own risk - they may contain informaiton that is incomplete, outdated, inaccurate or offensive. Whitestone does not warranty or endorse the proprietors or content of any Liked Websites. These Linked Websites may collect data, solicit personal information or use their own cookies.

Collection of Personal Information.    You may be asked for personal information (i.e., your name, address, email address, phone number, company name, etc.) in certain cases. For example, when you register to subscribe to our email alerts. If you provide personal information to us, including personal information about individuals other than yourself, you represent and warrant that you have provided the personal information voluntarily and also that you have the authority to provide personal information and consent to use of the personal information consistent with this Privacy Policy. If you provide a third party's email address or phone number to us, you warrant and represent that you have the consent of the third party to provide the information to us. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected on or through our websites and not to informaiton collected offline.

Collection of Non-Personal and Aggregate Data.  When you visit our websites, we may also collect "click stream" data (i.e., browser information, server address, IP address, domain name) to secure non-personally identifiable information about your visit to our websites. This information may be combined with information you provided to us such as when you signed up for an email alert, and this information will enable us to analyze and customize future visits to our websites. We may collect information regarding use of our websites by using cookies and tracking technologies, like many websites. The information gathered from these tools would be used to analyze how our websites are used.

Uses of Information. Except for the purposes provided in this Privacy Policy, Whitestone will not sell, trade, share or otherwise transfer personal information provided by you on our through our websites to third parties without informing you in advance. We will primarily use your personal information to provide services to you and for the following uses:  Business Uses: Whitestone uses the personal information that you provide to provide customer service, to customize advertising content we present to you, and send you information and materials relating to products offers and news regarding Whitestone, including via email.  We only send you information if you have opted-in to receive communications, including emails from Whitestone. Marketing Communicaitons: We may contact you periodically via email, phone or mail in response to a request we receive from you, with information we believe will be of value to you. If you no longer wish to receive any future communications from us, you may opt out of receiving these from us.In case you do not want to receive any emails from us anymore, or if you want to modify your personal information or request that we delete personal information that you have provided, please review the "Opt Out / Delete / Modify" section of this Policy.

You Have A Choice. When you provide requested information of requested personal information to us on or thorugh our websites or by other means, it is presumed by us to be voluntary and with your consent to the uses described in this Privacy Policy. No person of any age is required to provide us with the personal information we request. If you do not wish to provide pesonal information, you are free not to do so. In some cases, only persons who provide the requested personal information will be able to receive some services or participate in some of the websites offerings.

Business Transfers. Personal information that we collect may be transferred as an asset in connection with a merger or sale (including any transfers made as part of an insolvency or bankruptcy proceeding) involving all or part of Whitestone or as part of a corporate reoganization, stock sale or change of control.

Third Party Service Providers. Information collected on or through the websites may be shared or transferred to third parties who perform services for us (i.e., website hosting, website design or maintenance, commercial printers, email service providers, data analysis). These third party services providers are given personal information that they need to perform their designated functions and services for us and we do not authorize them to use or disclose personal information for any other purpose.  We may share personal information you provide to us with a third party if we are required by law to disclose that personal information (ie., in response to a subpoena, court order or other legal process).  We may also disclose this information in response to a law enforcement agency's request or as otherwise required or permitted by law or where we believe it is necessary to investigate or address unlawful acts or acts that may endanger the health or safety of a consumer or the general public.

Protection of Personal Information. In order to protect the information you provide to us by visiting the websites, we have implemented various security measures. Personal information collected by us is contained behind secured networks while that information is in the possession of Whitestone and is only accessible by a limited number of people who have special access rights and are required to keep the information confidential. However, whenever personal information is provided online there is a risk that third parties may intercept and use that information. While Whitestone strives to protect personal information we collect on our websites, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal information you disclose online and you do so at your own risk.  The website is considered a general audience site for use by adults in the USA and is not intended to be used by children. Whitestone is committed to protecting the privacy of children and has no intention of collecting personal informaiton from children under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian or a child under the age of 18 and suspect that he or she has provided personal information on or through our websites, please contact us as set forth below under "How To Contact Us"

Delete/Modify Personal Information. We encourage you to update personal information you have provided if it changes.You may have personal information provided by you modified in or deleted from our database, subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. See "How To Contact Us" section of this Policy. Whitestone reserves the right to retain any personal information reasonably necessary to appropriately document its business activities and for archival and record retention purposes.

Changes to This Policy. We may periodically amend this Privacy Policy due to changes in technology, our practices, or in federal/state laws and regulations. We reserve the right at our discretion to make these changes. You are bound by the most current Policy when visiting our websites.

Last Updated: January 2010.

TERMS OF USE

Your use of the websites indicates your acceptance of these terms of use and your acknowledgement that the information you provide directly or indirectly through the websites will be managed in accordance with the Whitestone Privacy Policy. If you do not accept these terms, please do not use our websites.

Modifications. Whitestone reserves the right at its sole discretion to modify, change, revise these Terms of Use at anyh time by updating this posting. Your continued use of the websites following posted changes signifies your acceptance of those changes. Check with these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy as you visit the websites.

Eligibility. These websites are intended only for USA residents who are age 18 and older, who are qualified to make their own financial decisions, can form legally binding agreements, and agree to be bound by these Terms. You should not use the webistes if you do not meet these qualifications. If you access the websites from outside the USA is at your own risk and you are responsible to comply with the laws and regulations of your territory of access.

Ownership/Use of Website Content. You may view, download and print material displayed on the website for your personal, non-commercial use, provided you retain all copyright trademark and other proprietary notices contained within the materials. The ownership of all content on our websites is retained by the owner. Whitestone provides our websites for your convenience. Its contents are for information purposes only. The material contained on the websites (information, content, text, trademarks, written material, advertisements, technical information, and trade dress) are the property of Whitestone, its licensors or other third parties, and is protected under USA copyright and other laws and treaty provisions. Any unauthorized use by you of this content may subject you to civil and criminal penalties.

Use of the Websites. Users must conduct themselves in a respectful and civil manner and comply with all applicable laws, regulations and rules whil visiting the websites and participating in services offered on the websites (i.e., chat rooms, message boards, etc.) While using, accessing or participating in websites you may not:

  • impersonate any person/entity/third party, imply a connection or affiliation with a third party when such affiliation does not exist, or misrepresent your affiliation/connection with a third party including using an alias that implies an affiliation or connection with a person /third party when such an affiliation does not exist.
  • alter/change/modify/frame/"mirror" any content contained on the websites, crfeate al ink to a website bypassing the website's home page.
  • disguise the origin of any content uploaded, posted to or inputted or transmitted through the website.
  • remove or alter any copyright or other proprietary notcies provided on content.
  • interfere with or disrupt the website, servers or network connections to the websites, disoby any policies, procedures or regulations of networks connected to the websites.
  • use the websites to intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation.
  • modify, translate, sell, adapt, reverse engineer, decomplile, sublicense, or disassemble any portion of the website.
  • collect or store personal information and data about other users.
  • distribute, retransmit, repost, resue, repulish, or use the contents of the websites for commercial purposes without Whitestone's prior written permission.
  • imply or state that Whitestone is in any way associated with or endorses content you provide on the websites.
  • provide your or any other individual's last name, street address, phone numbers or email addresses except as specifically requested by Whitestone
  • use any data mining, robots, or similar data-gathering and extraction tools in connection with the websites.
  • provide resources or material support or disguise or conceal the location, source, nature or ownership of resources or material support to any organizations designated by the US government as a foreign terrorist organization
  • solicit personal information or passwords and associated information from users.
  • hack or deface any portion of the websites.
  • disrupt, inhibit or otherwise prevent anyone from using or accessing the websites or interrupt any users experience on the websites, act in any manner that disrupts the user's real-time exchanges

Content on the Websites. Whitestone expressly disclaims all warranties related to content. We do not independently verify any content that is provided by third parties or users or any content provided by third parties such as content providers, or any information that users provide about themselves or others. Whitestone does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by users of the websites and disclaims all warranties related to content. Whitestone takes reasonable efforts to ensure that any content that Whitestone itself provides is accurate and timely. We do not warrant or guarantee such content is complete, accurate, truthful, non-objective or non-objectionable.

Warranty Disclaimer. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the websites and any linked websites. Whitestone will not be responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from obtaining any material from the websites or linked websites. Any material downloaded, or otherwise obtained through the use of the websites or linked websites, shall be so obtained at your own discretion and risk. Whitestone expressly disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law the websites and all content and any linked websites all warranties including (not limited to) implied warranties of fitness for a particular purposes, noninfringement and merchantability. The websites are provided "as available" and "as is." Whitestone makes no warranty that content will fill any specific purpose or need; the websites/linked websites will meet any specifications, expectations or requirements; downloadable content does not contain any computer viruses or dis not misappropriate or infringe third party intellectual property; there will be not interference with your enjoyment of the websites or linked websites; the websites or linked websites will be secure, error-free, timely or uninterrupted; the content is complete, accurate or reliable; any errors in the content of lined websites or the website will be corrected; any request by you to the linked websites or website will be honored according to your schedule or any stated schedule; products or services displayed or referenced on the linked websites or websites are available for use or appropriate in any particular location; or, materials on the websites or linked websites are available for use or appropriate in any particular location.

Liability Limitation. Even if Whitestone has been advised of the possibility of damages, Whitestone will not be liable under any theory (i.e., negligence) for any consequential, special, indirect, incidental, lost profits, special or punitive damages arising out of your access to or use of the websites.

Termination. In its sole discretion, at any time, and without prior notice, Whitestone may discontinue providing the website or any one or part with or without notice or terminate your use of the websites or terminate your rights under these terms of use for no reason. Whitestone shall not be liable to you or any third party for any of the foregoing.

Other. Any displute arisitn out of these terms of use or your use of the websites shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of state or federal courts located in Harris County, Texas and you hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. These terms of use will be governed by the laws of the State of Texas, as applied to contracts entered into between Texas residents and performed in Texas. These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between you and Whitestone relating to the use of the websites, superseding any other agreement between you and Whitestone with respect to the subject matter of these terms of use. If any of these terms of use shall be found to be unenforceable, the other provisions shall still remain in full force and effect.You may not use or export or re-export the materials available on the websites or any adaptation or copy in violation of any applicable laws or regulations including without limitation US export regulations and laws.If any provisions of these terms of use is held to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, that provision will be deemed severable and will not effect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

How To Contact Us. If you have comments relating out our Websites, Privacy Policy, or terms of use, contact our Marketing Department by telephone, mail or fax: Whitestone REIT - attn Marketing Department, 2600 South Gessner Suite 500, Houston, TX 77036. Phone: 713.827.9595 ext 2213.  Fax: 713.465.8847.

Last Updated:  January 2010.