• What personal information we collect from you through the Website.
• How we use the information we collect.
• With whom the information may be shared.
• What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of your information.
• The kind of procedures we employ in an effort to hinder the unauthorized access, use or disclosure of information you provide to us.
• Information related to third-party websites.
• How you can make changes to the information we collect about you.
• The laws that apply to those accessing our Website from outside of the United States.
• How you can learn about changes to our privacy policies, practices and procedures.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Personal Information You Provide and How It Is Used: You may freely visit our Website without being required to provide us with any personal information. However, certain services, requests and features do require that you provide us with some personally identifying information (including, but not limited to, your name, address, or email, and collectively referred to as “personal information”) by filling in forms on our Website as more particularly described below; availing yourself of any of these services, requests and features is voluntary. Personal information is data that can be used to identify or contact you. We do not knowingly collect sensitive personal information, such as information about medical or health conditions. Please do not send such sensitive personal information or any other confidential information to us directly through this Website, or by email to any of the contact email addresses listed on this Website.
We use the information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
· To present our Website and its contents to you.
· To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
· To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
· To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
· To notify you about changes to our Website or any products or services we offer or provide through it.
· To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Website.
· In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
· For any other purpose with your consent.
Join Us: If you want to Connect with us, you will need to provide us your name, email address and zip code, and in doing so you will be opting to receive our email newsletters and other communications. You may unsubscribe from these emails or modify your “email preferences” previously selected at any time by using the link provided in the footer of all such emails. Automatic “system-generated” emails will provide a link to our profile and subscription management page where you will be able to manage your email subscriptions. Email recipients may also contact us via email and we will remove their opt-in status for all future emails.
Blogs: We may provide you the ability to comment on our blogs or to interact with other content. In order to leave a comment or interact with other content, we ask that you provide your name and email address; you can also request to be notified of follow-up comments or interactions.
Contact Us: If you contact us through the contact form option on the Website, we will ask that you provide your name and email address, and you will have the option to provide additional information in your communication with us. We will use the information you provide to contact you back and to respond to any requests.
Special Promotions and Purchases: From time to time, we may offer users the opportunity to participate in contests and surveys (“Special Promotions”). If you choose to participate in any of these Special Promotions, you may need to provide personal information, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. Your information may be collected by us or by a third party, such as a co-sponsor or a vendor involved in, or providing services in connection with, a Special Promotion.
Non-Personal Information We Collect by Automated Means and How We Use It: We also collect certain non-personal information (data in a form that does not support direct association with any specific person or individual) by automated means when you visit the Website. Much of this information is collected through the use of third-party tracking services, which includes Google Analytics. The information collected may include usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of users to the Website, how the Website was accessed, pages visited, web browsing histories, online purchases and searches, social networking activities and similar data. If gathered, this data is used in the aggregate, and not in a manner that is intended to identify you personally. This type of aggregate information may be shared with third parties at any time. The information we collect automatically does not include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. This helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized services, including by enabling us to estimate our audience size and usage pattern, store information about your preferences, speed up your searches, or recognize you when you return to our Website. We also use “ad pixels” and/or “trackers” that follow a user from an ad placement to specific website use/activities. We also use “UTM” or similar tracking URLs to track visits across sites and to some of our partner sites. While we do not “serve” ads and advertisements on our Website, we do use a Google site search tool that will serve ads based upon your searches. In addition to these aforementioned third-party tracking services, we also collect non-personal information through various other means, including “cookies,” “web beacons” and IP addresses, as further explained below.
Cookies: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. A cookie is a piece of information that a web server may place on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, including to improve a user’s website experience. Many cookies last only through a single website session, or visit. Others may have an expiration date, or may remain on your computer until you delete them. There are a variety of types of cookies. We use “performance cookies” in order to enhance the user experience and for other website related purposes. These cookies collect information about how our Website is used, including which pages are most viewed, how long someone stays on a webpage, and whether any error messages were received. “Functionality cookies” may also be utilized; these cookies allow the Website to remember information you have provided in order to provide a more customized experience. Neither session cookies nor functionality cookies are linked to personal information. We may also use “required cookies,” which provides us the ability to store a user name or related login credentials so that you do not have to provide this information every time you return to our Website. Please note that these required cookies will be associated with the personal information that you provide. Although you are always free to opt out from providing such information to us, the result is that you may not be able to avail yourself of some features of our Website.
Web Beacons: Certain pages on the Website contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded and which URLs (links within the email) were clicked. We use web beacons to better understand your behavior, tell us which part of the Website you have visited and to save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are instructed not to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our activities.
IP Addresses: When you visit and interact with the Website, we and third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us may collect Internet Protocol addresses (each an “IP Address”), as well as browser type, Internet service provider (“ISP”), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and page navigation. An IP Address is a unique identifier number that certain electronic devices use to identify and to communicate with each other on the Internet; your ISP automatically assigns an IP Address to the computer that you are using. We gather this information to track website visitor movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Our goal in gathering this information is to learn how our customers and the public are using our service. We may use this information to enhance our Website or for other lawful purposes. Additionally we also use IP addresses to identify a user’s location and, when appropriate, to redirect them to a country-specific website.
Do Not Track: Every time your computer sends or receives information over the Internet, the request begins with some short pieces of information called “headers.” These headers include information like what browser you are using, what language your computer is set to, and other details. The Do Not Track technology provides individual users with the ability to include a simple, machine-readable header indicating that they don’t want to be tracked, and sends a signal to websites the user has visited requesting that the website disable either its tracking or cross-site user tracking of an individual user. Currently, various browsers – including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari – offer a “do not track” option and you may choose to utilize this option. Please note that our Website does not currently respond to browsers’ Do Not Track signals, and as such your activities will be tracked, regardless of whether you have opted to enable the Do Not Track option offered by your browser.
HOW WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under the age of 13 may provide any information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information about visitors less than 13 years of age. If you are under the age of 13, you must not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features/register on the Website, make any purchases through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use. If you are under the age of 13, your must ask your parent or guardian to assist you while accessing/viewing this Website. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 years of age and believe that they have disclosed personal information to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include in your message the same user name and password and/or e-mail address that your child submitted, if applicable.
THIRD PARTY WEBSITE
HOW WE ATTEMPT TO SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION
The security of your personal information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR CHOICES
To the extent required by law, we provide you with (i) reasonable access to the personal information you provide to us, and (ii) the ability to review, correct and delete such personal information. If you believe that any of the personal information that you have submitted through our Website is no longer accurate, or you wish to make any updates or changes, you may do so by logging into the account you had created when registering (if applicable). If you do not have an account with us, you can request that we make the changes by emailing us a email@example.com. Upon appropriate request we will update or amend your information, but we reserve the right to use any information previously obtained to verify your identity or take other actions that we believe are appropriate and lawful. We will endeavor to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law. Please note we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed from such locations. If you choose to delete a comment, post or other publicly shared information, some or all of this information may remain viewable in caches and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Website users. Finally, we are not responsible for removing or deleting information from the databases of third parties (such as service providers) with whom we have shared information about you.
USE OF THE WEBSITE FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
PRIVACY QUESTIONS AND CONTACTING US