Updated policy: Effective Jan 5, 2018
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection and Use of Information
We collect certain information that you provide directly to us. For example, we collect contact information such as your name and email address.
As is true of most websites, we automatically gather information about your computer such as your IP address, browser type, referring/exit pages, and operating system, as well as the other information listed in the “Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies” section below.
We use the information we collect from you to:
- To communicate with you about our services, to respond to your inquiries, and for other customer service purposes.
- For marketing and promotional purposes. For example, we may use your information, such as your email address, to send you news and newsletters, offers, or to otherwise contact you about products or information we think may interest you. We may also use the information that we learn about you to assist us in advertising our services on third party websites.
- To administer surveys and questionnaires.
- To comply with legal obligations, as part of our general business operations, and for other business administration purposes.
- Monitor and analyze activity on our Web Properties.
- Provide, improve, maintain, and operate our Service.
- Investigate and respond to illegal activities or fraudulent transactions and/or fraudulent usage of our Web Properties.
We are based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by U.S. law. By accessing or using our Service or Web Properties or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S.
We provide information from our Web Properties (the “Service”).
We may share your information, including personal information, as follows:
- Service Providers. We may disclose the information we collect from you to third party vendors, service providers, contractors, or agents who perform functions on our behalf.
We may also share your information in the following circumstances:
- Business Transfers. If we are acquired by or merged with another company, 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 from you to the other company.
- In Response to Legal Process. We also may disclose the information we collect from you in order to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, or other legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena.
- Aggregate and De-Identified Information. We may share aggregate or de-identified information about users with third parties for marketing, advertising, research, or similar purposes.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Disabling Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our Web Properties who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Web Properties, but some features may not function.
Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Web Properties to, among other things, track the activities of visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about Web Property usage. We and our third party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our customers, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.
Do-Not-Track. Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies).
Our Web Properties may offer publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Choices Regarding Promotional Emails
We may send periodic promotional emails and newsletters to you. You may opt-out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt-out of receiving promotional emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you emails about your account or any services you have requested or received from us.
When we collect information directly from you, we follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us.
Children Under 13
Our Web Properties and services are not designed for children under 13. If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our systems.
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