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Terms and Conditions / Privacy Policy

By registering, you are indicating that you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.  Please make sure that you have read and understand all of our policies and course requirements before you register.

 

Privacy Policy

Empire Safety Council ("ESC") recognizes that it is critical for individuals to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit our website. ESC is committed to protecting the privacy of its students and visitors to our Internet Point and Insurance Reduction Program (iPIRP). The information about you (the "USER") collected by ESC is subject to this privacy policy. By disclosing personal information to ESC, the USER agrees to the terms of this privacy policy.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes our privacy practices regarding information collected from the USERs of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. The ESC privacy policy is outlined below.

Collection and Storage of Information: ESC will collect certain personal information when the USER registers for the ESC online course. For purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. We do not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily during registration, by sending an e-mail, by responding to a survey, or completing an on-line transaction.

Information Collected Automatically When You Register for our Online Course: When registering for our online course, we automatically collect and store information about you (the "USER"). The collected/stored information is as follows:

(i) First Name
(ii) Middle Name
(iii) Last Name
(iv) Street Address
(v) Address (including street address, city, state, and zip code)
(vi) Gender
(vii) Eye Color
(viii) Phone Number
(ix) Email Address
(x) Date of Birth
(xi) Driver's License Number

ESC maintains this information in its customer database.

Use of This Information: This collected/stored information is used:

  • To provide the USER with access to the ESC online course;
  • To provide the DMV with information about the USER's completion;
  • To process and facilitate delivery of the Certificate of Completion; and
  • For administrative, customer service, and technical support purposes.
ESC will not share the USER's personal information with parties not affiliated with or outside of its organization.

USER's Rights: The USER may review and approve the information collected upon registration in the ESC customer database. Upon request, ESC will remove that information from its customer database or edit personal information that the USER states is erroneous.

Information Security Policy: ESC takes extensive precautions to ensure the security of the USER's information both online and offline.

Online: Private information entered by the USER in the ESC registration process (i.e. driver’s license number, payment information) is encrypted and protected by a 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificate. On a secure page, the USER will see a lock icon in the Security Status bar of his/her web browser.

Offline: ESC also protects the USER's private information offline. We limit access to personal information to ESC employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to perform their administrative duties and/or to operate, develop or improve our services. Individuals who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information and must comply with the ESC privacy and security policies.

Appropriate security measures are taken to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data. The servers on which ESC stores the USER's information are maintained in a fully secure and monitored facility.

Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to Tony@EmpireSafetyCouncil.com.

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Terms and Conditions

COURSE FEE
A fee in the amount of $Unknown will be charged to the student. This fee needs to be paid prior to course completion and certificate delivery. There shall be no hidden fees and fees shall not change after the student registers for the course and accepts these terms and conditions.

COURSE SCHEDULE
EMPIRE SAFETY COUNCIL (hereafter referred to as "ESC"), offers a course consisting of 11 sessions of instruction. The course is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This availability may be affected by circumstances such as, but not limited to, system, site or connectivity failure over which ESC has no control. The minimum time allowed by law to complete this course is 320 minutes. The course must be completed within 30 days of registration as per New York State DMV requirement.

ELIGIBILITY
In compliance with New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 215(a), 399-1and 399-n and Section 2336 of the Insurance Law, licensed New York motorists may complete an Internet Point and Insurance Reduction Program (iPIRP). Upon completing this course and if you are the principal operator of a motor vehicle, you will receive a minimum 10% reduction in the base rate of your automobile and motorcycle liability and collision insurance premiums each year for three years. You may be eligible to reduce as many as four (4) points on your driving record. The DMV computer will automatically note your eligibility to receive the reduction.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
There are NO special system requirements or downloads necessary to take this on-line course. Students will need to have JavaScript enabled on their Internet browser to view some of the features in the course. Most browsers (like Internet Explorer, AOL, Netscape, Firefox, etc.) are JavaScript enabled by default - meaning these features should function unless you, the student, have manually disabled JavaScript in your Internet browser's settings/options.

COMPLETION AND CERTIFICATE POLICY
The STUDENT agrees to complete all sessions, quizzes, and the final exam of the course in order to receive a certificate of completion. ESC is prohibited from issuing a certificate of completion if the student has not met all the requirements for course completion. As an Internet course provider, ESC will issue you a completion certificate within fourteen (14) business days after you complete the course.

AUTHENTICATION/VALIDATION
ESC shall include a biometric "Phone Contact with Caller ID" identity validation method delivered securely via patent pending technology provided by CompletelyOnline®. During the course the student will be prompted to call our 24-hour toll free number to verify his/her identity. The student is required to call each time to the toll free number from the phone number provided at initial registration - calling from any other number will result in a failed validation attempt. The student will be required to meet a minimum of 7 validation requirements throughout the course in order to validate the personal identity of the student. ESC shall also include a personal validation questionnaire to be completed at the beginning of the course. The student will be required to correctly a minimum of 7 personal validation responses throughout the course in order to further validate the personal identity of the student. Two failed attempts to verify the student's identity (either through the Phone Contact with Caller ID method or Personal Validation response) will result in course failure and the course fee may not be refunded. Per the NY DMV regulations, the student's biometric data will be retained for 5 business days after course completion. The student is also required to complete the course content/environment quizzes to be presented at the end of each session. The user will have 60 seconds to correctly answer each question. The student is also required to complete a 50 question final exam.

STUDENT AFFIRMATION
The student agrees that he/she, and not any other person, will study the material in its entirety, and complete the end of session quizzes and final exam. It is illegal to attempt to circumvent this online state-approved course or provide false information. If ESC discovers that the STUDENT has willfully misrepresented himself or has cheated, the student will be stopped from taking the course with no refund of the registration fees. In addition, the student may be prosecuted for perjury, or other criminal acts which are punishable by law.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES
A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within 30 days of registering for the course and prior to completing the final exam. ESC will terminate, without notice, the enrollment of any student who has not successfully completed the course within 30 days. All registration fees paid are due and refundable when the course of instruction is discontinued by ESC, thus preventing a student from completing the course. All refunds will be issued within 30 days following cancellation.

POINT REDUCTION
As an Internet course provider, ESC will notify the DMV within thirty (30) business days after you complete the course. A notice will then be entered on your driving record, and the DMV computer will automatically reduce your active point total by up to four points. Important: Completion of a course under the "Point & Insurance Reduction Program" does not remove, delete, subtract, or erase any violation, conviction, or notice of original number of points from your driving record. Even after you complete the course, most violations, conviction and points assessed will continue to show on your driving record for up to four years. Violations and convictions involving drugs or alcohol will remain on your driving record for ten years. "Point reduction" means the DMV will not count up to four points on your driving record toward license revocation or suspension. If you need to verify the course completion has been entered on your record, you may request a copy of your driving record from the DMV.

POINT REDUCTION (Continued..)
Point reduction applies only to points assessed for violations that occurred within the eighteen months immediately before course completion. It does not affect points for earlier violations, and cannot be used as "credit" against future violations or points. Point reduction cannot reduce your point total lower than zero. If your license has already been revoked or suspended, or if a violation hearing has already been scheduled, point reduction will not affect that action. Point reduction does not prevent or cancel a mandatory revocation or suspension for violations such as DWI, DWAI, or three speeding violations within 18 months. Points may be reduced only once in any 18-month period. The DMV point system and insurance company "point" systems are separate and not related. Point reduction on your driving record does not affect points assigned by your insurance company for violations and accidents. Completion of a course under the "Point & Insurance Reduction Program" also cannot prevent or reduce the calculation of points affecting a "Driver Responsibility Assessment."

INSURANCE REDUCTION
As an Internet course provider, ESC will issue you a completion certificate within fourteen (14) business days after you complete the course. If you present your certificate to your insurance company or agent within 90 days after course completion, your liability and collision premium reduction will begin immediately, retroactive to the date you completed the course. If you present your certificate more than 90 days after course completion, the insurer may issue the premium discount effective from the date presented. You may take the course once every 36 months to maintain insurance reduction benefits. Insurance reduction does not prevent general premium increases, or premium increases due to violations or accidents. It provides a 10% reduction for three years, from the base rate of your current liability, no-fault and collision premiums.

More information regarding Point and Insurance Reduction can be found by going to: http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/broch/c32a.htm.

Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to Tony@EmpireSafetyCouncil.com.

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IMPORTANT Registration Information

IMPORTANT: When registering, please make sure to provide the following:

  • A valid email address to which you have access. After registration, we will email your username and password to the email address that you provided at time of registration. You will be required to log back in using that emailed username and password.
  • A ten (10) digit phone number - including area code. We will be verifying your identity through recognition of your phone number. You will be asked randomly seven (7) times during the course to call our 24-hour toll free number and answer a personal validation question. You are required to register your phone number. During each call-in, we will verify that the phone number from which you are calling matches your registered phone number. Failure to call in from the same phone number will be considered an incorrect answer. When you are prompted to call in, you will only have 40 seconds to do so. Therefore, it is extremely important that you have your telephone available at all times while you are taking our course. Failure to call in within the 40 seconds will be considered an incorrect answer. Remember: You must always call in from this same registered phone number.

Any questions or concerns regarding registration or using our "Phone Contact with Caller ID" method should be directed to Tony@EmpireSafetyCouncil.com.

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