Last Revised: July 15, 2013
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
As used herein, the term “personal information” means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address, or credit card or other account number); information about that individual’s location or activities, such as information about his or her use of the Site, when directly linked to personally identifiable information; and demographic information such as date of birth, gender, geographic area and preferences when such information is linked to other personal information that identifies you.
Personal information does not include “aggregate” information, which is data we collect about the use of the Site or about a group or category of products, services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed. In other words, information about how you use a service may be collected and combined with information about how others use the same service. Aggregate data helps us understand trends and our users’ needs so that we can better consider new features or otherwise tailor our Site. This policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Active Collection: Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Site. We may collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personal information. For example, we may collect your name, display name, address, , email address, telephone number, other contact and demographic information, and credit card number] when you set up or modify an account, create or update a profile, apply for a job, fill out a form, make a purchase, create a document or template, submit a message, comment or complaint, or contact us by e-mail or other means.
Personal and demographic information may also be collected if you provide such information in connection with leaving comments, posting content, sending an email or message to another user or participating in any interactive forums or features on the Site.
Passive Collection: When you use the Site, some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, and your activity on the Site. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above. Otherwise, it is used in the aggregate only.
We may automatically collect certain information through the use of “cookies” or web beacons. Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user’s hard drive at the request of a Web site to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If we link cookies to any personally identifying information, we will treat this information as personal information. Web beacons (also know as clear gifs) are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Site or in emails relating to the Site to collect certain information and monitor user activity on the Site.
If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser manufacturer to learn about these functions. However, if a browser is set not to accept cookies or if a user rejects a cookie, some portions of the Site may not function properly.
HOW DO WE USE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT?
In general, we use personal information we collect to: process your requests or transactions; to provide you with information, products or services you request; to inform you about other information, events, promotions, products or services we think will be of interest to you; to facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Site; and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
to send you a welcoming email and to contact you about your use of the Site, to provide other services, products or information you request and to complete any transactions in connection therewith;
to respond to your emails, submissions, comments, requests or complaints;
to request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve the Site and our publications, products and services;
to analyze data and trends and to personalize and improve site content and features and your experience on the site, such as providing ads, content or features to match your profile and interests;
to contact you about our or a third party’s services, products, activities, special events or offers, and for other internal marketing, informational, product development and promotional purposes;
Personal information provided online may be linked together or merged with other personal information so that we may better understand your needs and inform you about our products or services and those of our partners. In addition, if we receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, we may combine this information with your other personal information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE SHARE WITH THIRD PARTIES?
We will not share the personal information we collect from you through this Site with third parties except as described in this Policy, as it may be revised from time to time. We may share personal information with vendors, consultants and other service providers (“Service Providers”) who are engaged by or working with us in connection with the operation of the Site or our business. This may include Service Providers who assist us with credit card processing, technical support and analyzing traffic information or other data. We may also share personal information with other third parties when you give us your consent to do so. In addition, we may from time to time share information with marketing partners who we believe have products, service or other offers that may be of interest to you, unless you opt out of such sharing as set forth below.
We are not responsible for the actions of Service Providers or other third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to these Service Providers or other third parties, and we encourage you to become familiar with their practices before disclosing information directly to them. Nothing herein restricts the sharing of aggregate information, which may be shared with third parties without your consent.
WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE?
We have endeavored to put into place and maintain reasonable security measures in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, unauthorized access, and disclosure of your personal information while it is under our control. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and we cannot, guarantee the protection of information against such events, nor can we promise that your information may be not be disclosed or accessed by accidental circumstances or by the unauthorized acts of others.. To help protect the confidentiality of personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of our web site by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused or otherwise misappropriated.
WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION?
You may “opt out” of receiving marketing or promotional communications from us at the time your account is created or through the personal admin area of the Site. You can also opt out through the link in each marketing and promotional email that we send to you. This opt out will not affect our ability to send you service and account related emails or to use your personal information as otherwise described in this Policy. It is also our policy not to disclose your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes if you opt out of such disclosure, which can be done through the personal admin area of the Site.
LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES
HOW CAN YOU CORRECT AND UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you have any questions or comments about this Policy or the practices relating to this Site, or you wish to verify, correct or delete any personal information we have collected, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavor to respond to your inquiry or to correct, update or remove the personal information you have provided us as you indicate. However, please note that is some cases, we may believe it is necessary or appropriate to retain certain personal information we have collected, and the deletion of such personal information will be in our sole discretion unless otherwise required by law.