Part One: Information Collection and Use
Personal Information We Collect
Personal Information is information that can be used to identify you or contact you. When you register with Us or purchase a product from Us, we collect Personal Information that you provide such as but not limited to your name, email and address. We also collect the Personal Information that you provide when using any interactive services available on our Site and any Personal Information you send to us by email.
How We Use Your Personal Information
Business Ideas or Inventions
Public Areas and Public Profiles
General Use of Site
You may use our Web Site without registering or submitting any Personal Information. In that case, the only information we collect will be the log information our servers automatically record and that your browser sends whenever you visit a Web site. This log information may include your Web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
We also collect anonymous, non-Personal Information about your use of our Site through the use of “cookies,” which are small computer files that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive. Cookies allow us to know how often someone visits our Site and the activities they conduct while on our Site (such as the pages visited). The information collected by cookies helps us generate content and advertising specifically designed for you and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our Site and for what purpose. We may use cookie information to target certain advertisements to your browser based on the pages or sections of the Site that you have visited or to determine the popularity of certain content. The Site does not store any personally identifiable information in any cookies on your computer. While it may be possible to link non-personal cookie information to Personal Information collected in other ways we will not, without your consent, link the cookie information we collect to Personal Information you provide to us through our Site.
Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our cookie, you may not be able to use certain functions and conveniences of our Site, but you do not have to accept our cookies in order to productively use our Site.
Web beacons are tiny graphic image files embedded in a Web page or e-mail that provide a presence on the Web page or e-mail and send back to its home server information from your browser. The information collected by Web beacons allows Web sites to statistically monitor how many people are using the Site or using the sites of certain sponsors or advertisers. Web beacons also allow a Web site to monitor whether you open e-mails sent from the Site or from sponsors or advertisers, and sometimes to track your activity across Web Sites generally. We may use Web beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our Web site and the Web sites of selected sponsors and advertisers, and your use of special promotions or newsletters. Our Web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our Web Site or the Web sites of our sponsors or advertisers. We do not link non-personal Information from Web beacons to Personal Information without your permission and do not use Web beacons to collect or store Personal Information about you.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. This Web Site is a general audience site and not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect Personal Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13.
Part Two: Disclosures of Information
Disclosure of Your Personal Information
Disclosure for Legal Reasons
We may release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you, others or homeland security, in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party, we will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
Disclosure to Operations and Maintenance Contractors
Disclosure to Our Affiliates and Changes in Our Corporate Structure
Disclosure to Linked Sites
Disclosure of Aggregate Information
We may provide non-Personal Information about you to third parties that does not allow you to be identified or contacted and that is combined with the non-Personal Information of other users (“Aggregate Information”). For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our Site and the activities they conduct while on our Site. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this Aggregate Information. We also may not limit the third parties’ use of the Aggregate Information, except that we do require third parties to whom we disclose Aggregate Information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable by combining it with other databases or otherwise.
Other Uses and Disclosures
Part Three: Security
How We Handle Privacy and Security Internally
We want your Personal Information to remain as secure as possible. That is why we have required a two-level security system for our Web Site that combines leading technical safeguards and a code of conduct for those employees that are permitted to access your Personal Information.
(1) Our Web Site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology in transmitting the information in your e-mails to our servers to help ensure the integrity and privacy of the Personal Information you provide to us via the Internet. Encryption involves systematically scrambling numbers and letters, so that even if someone managed to intercept the information, they would not be able to make sense of it. In order to take advantage of this encryption technology, you need to have an Internet browser that will support 128-bit encryption, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Explorer.
Part Four: Choice
Your Privacy Choices
Updating Your Personal Information and Contacting Us
You can always contact us in order to (1) delete your Personal Information from our Web Site systems, (2) update the Personal Information that you have provided to us, and (3) change your preferences with respect to marketing contacts or other activities, by e-mailing us at email@example.com. Such changes will not have any effect on other information that We maintain.
You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to Us from our servers. The need to back-up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your Personal Information may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for us to locate. Nevertheless, we promise that upon receiving your request, all Personal Information stored in the databases we actively use for research and daily business activities will be deleted.
Changes to This Policy
If you have questions or complaints about Our privacy practices, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-977-1875.
This policy is effective as of January 1, 2014.