Personal Information. We may ask you to provide us with your personally identifiable information, which is information that identifies you personally, such as your first and last name, telephone number, e-mail address and mailing address, as well as health or other information you choose to provide to us. (“Personal Information”). We may collect this Personal Information through various forms and in various places on the Web Sites, including contact us forms and surveys, or when you otherwise interact with the Web Sites.
In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to submit to us via our Web Sites, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) store or collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with the Web Sites (“Usage Information”). This Usage Information may be stored or accessed using a variety of technologies that may be downloaded to your personal computer, browser, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device (a “Device”) whenever you visit or interact with our Web Sites. To the extent we associate Usage Information with your Personal Information we collect directly from you on the Web Sites, we will treat it as Personal Information.
This Usage Information may include:
Tracking Technologies. We may use various methods and technologies to store or collect Usage Information (“Tracking Technologies”). Tracking Technologies may set, change, alter or modify settings or configurations on your Device. A few of the Tracking Technologies include, without limitation, the following (and subsequent technology and methods later developed):
Cookies. A cookie is a data file placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Web Sites. A Flash cookie (or locally shared object) is a data file placed on a Device via the Adobe Flash plug-in that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your Device. HTML5 cookies can be programmed through HTML5 local storage.
Web Beacons. Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our Web Sites’ pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Web Sites, to monitor how users navigate the Web Sites, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Web Sites, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Web Sites, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
Browser Fingerprinting. Collection and analysis of information from your Device, such as, without limitation, your operating system, plug-ins, system fonts and other data, for purposes of identification.
ETag, or Entity Tag. A feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and/or HTML5 cookies.
Recognition Technologies. Technologies, including application of statistical probability to data sets, that attempt to recognize or make assumptions about users and devices (e.g., that a user of multiple devices is the same user).
Tracking Technologies Usage. We may use Tracking Technologies for a variety of purposes, including:
Targeting Related. We may use Tracking Technologies to deliver content relevant to your interests on our Web Sites and third-party sites based on how you interact with our content. This includes using Tracking Technologies to understand the usefulness to you of the content that has been delivered to you.
Third Party Tracking, Tracking Technology Choices and “Do Not Track.”
We may use Google Analytics, a third party provider of analytics tools or a similar third party service to analyze information about visits to our website. For information about opting out of Google Analytics please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Generally. We may use your Personal Information or Usage Information that we collect about you:
(1) to provide you with information or services or to process transactions that you have requested or agreed to receive, including to send you electronic newsletters;
(2) to enable you to participate in a variety of the Web Sites’ features;
(3) to send promotional or marketing emails to you on behalf of the other businesses or organizations;
(4) to process any inquiry made by you, including verifying your information is active and valid;
(5) to improve the Web Sites or create new service offerings, to customize your experience on the Web Sites, or to serve you specific content that is most relevant to you;
(6) to contact you with regard to your use of any of the Web Sites and, in our discretion, changes to the Web Sites and/or any of the Web Sites’ policies;
(7) for fraud prevention and data security purposes;
(8) for other internal business purposes; and
Contact Us. Please note that information submitted to the Web Sites via a “contact us” or other similar customer inquiry function may not receive a response.
(a) When You Request Information From or Provide Information to Third Parties. You may be presented with an option on our Web Sites to receive certain information and/or marketing offers directly from third parties or to have us send certain information to third parties or give them access to it. If you choose to do so, your Personal Information and other information may be disclosed to such third parties and all information you disclose will be subject to the third-party privacy policies and practices of such third parties.
(b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf. We may use third-party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of us or the Web Sites, such as hosting the Web Sites, designing and/or operating the Web Sites’ features, tracking the Web Sites’ activities and analytics, and enabling us to send you special offers or perform other administrative services. We may provide these vendors with access to user information, including Device Identifiers and Personal Information, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for us.
(d) Affiliates and Business Transfer. We may share your Personal Information with our parent, subsidiaries and affiliates. We also reserve the right to disclose and transfer all such information: (i) to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the Web Sites or applicable database; or (ii) in connection with an actual or proposed merger, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of substantially all of our interests and/or assets or other corporate change, including, during the course of any due diligence process.
The Web Sites may contain content that is supplied by a third party, and those third parties may collect Usage Information and your Device Identifier when pages from the Web Sites are served to you. In addition, when you are on the Web Sites you may be directed to other services that are operated and controlled by third parties that we do not control. We are not responsible for the data collection and privacy practices employed by any of these third parties or their services and they may be tracking you across multiple sites and may be sharing the results of that tracking with us and/or others. For example, if you “click” on a link, the “click” may take you off the Web Sites onto a different site. These other sites may associate their Tracking Technologies with you, independently collect data about you, including Personal Information, and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. We encourage you to note when you leave our Web Sites and to review the third-party privacy policies of all third-party websites and exercise caution in connection with them.
We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy in the interactive world. We do not use the Web Sites to knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of eighteen (18). If you are a child under 18 years of age, you are not permitted to use the Web Sites and should not send any information to us through the Web Sites. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that your child under the age of 18 has provided us with personal information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We endeavor to incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your Personal Information. No data transmission over the Internet, mobile networks, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information, however, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use our Web Sites and provide us with your information at your own risk.