Collection of Information
Purpose. Users can access limited features of the Services without disclosing personal information. In order to access the entirety of the Services, users must register for an account, which will provide the registrant with full access to the Services, including access to any associated message boards, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, bulletin boards, downloadable or embedded content, customizable content, user-created content, software services, and other interactive features (collectively, “Interactive Services”) that allow users to post, submit, publish, display or transmit to other users or other persons (hereinafter, “post”) content or materials (collectively, “User Contributions”) on or through the Services.
Information Sought During Registration – During the account registration process, you will be asked to submit information, including your username, and an active e-mail address. When using a single sign on service (SSO) such as Google Sign In, this information is collected automatically. You will also be asked to optionally provide your occupation, your country and state/region.
Automatically Collected Information. Information concerning your computer hardware and software is automatically collected and may be shared by Company in any legal manner. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses.
Storage and Transfer of Personally Identifiable Information. Company may store and process in the United States or any other country in which Company or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or agents maintain facilities. By using the Services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.
Use and Sharing of Personal Information
Company collects and uses your personal information to operate the Services.
Company sometimes hires other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as sending newsletters, providing customer service, and performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies with the information that they need to provide us with such services, and we prohibit them from using that information for any other purpose.
Company’s Services reserve the right to disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Company or the Services; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Company; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Company, the Services, or the public.
Company may provide links to send e-mail messages to or from the Services for your convenience and your e-mail address is used so that the Services may reply to your inquiry. Company may track webpages that our customers visit, or other metadata associated with a customer’s use of the Services. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within the Services to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
Information From Other Sources
Company’s sites secure the e-mail address and other personal information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. If you choose to create a profile for Company’s Services or if you choose to register for an account, you will be required to select a password. This password can be changed at any time after you first log into the service by using your current password. You must keep your password confidential and you must not share this information with anyone. If you share a computer with anyone, you should always log out of the Services before leaving it to prevent access to your information from subsequent users of that computer.
Cookies are used for convenience and to save you time when you next use the Services. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page, so that when you visit the site again, the experience will be personalized. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to set your computer to accept cookies from the Services, you may also choose to be logged into the site automatically. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Services and you may experience technical problems receiving current information from such cookie-disabled websites.
Use of Web Beacons
Company’s Services pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons—also referred to as single-pixel gifs—that permit Company to count users who have visited those pages and for other related Website statistics— (e.g., recording the popularity of certain Website content and verifying system and server integrity). Web beacons are not used to access your personal information from Company’s Services; they are solely used to compile aggregated statistics concerning the use of the Company’s Services. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, the time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides.
Any personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data that you disclose through the Interactive Services, may be collected and used by others. We recommend caution when giving out personal information to others in these public online forums. Company encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to visit via hyperlinks posted through the Services so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. Company is not responsible for the privacy policies or other content on third-party websites accessed through the Services.
If you are under 18, you may use the Services only through your parent or guardian, or an instructor or teacher in an educational setting.
Company is a participant in the Safe Harbor program developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Union. We have certified that we adhere to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles agreed upon by the U.S. and the E.U. For more information about the Safe Harbor and to view our certification, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Website. If you would like more information about the Safe Harbor program, please visit the Website at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.
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