Information We Collect
We collect personally identifiable information about you which you affirmatively choose to submit to us, such as your e-mail address, postal address, name and role. From time to time, we automatically collect certain information that may be considered personally identifiable information such as the IP address of your computer or network connection. We also automatically collect other non-personally identifiable information such as the time and date of your visit, the pages and other content that you access, and the number of times you return to the Site. This information is used in the aggregate for our internal marketing and similar purposes, as permitted by applicable law. This process may involve the automatic placement of a small, removable text file (commonly referred to as a “cookie”) on your computer's hard drive. We may also integrate into the Site technology provided by third parties (e.g., Google Analytics) to accomplish collection of this information.
Why We Collect Information
We use the information collected primarily to improve our Site and to learn about how it is used and accessed. We may also use information we collect to analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in and use of the Site, and may disclose such analyses to advertisers.
How We Collect Personal Information
We collect information directly submitted by you and may automatically collect the types of information outlined above (and other log data or information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site) through cookies and other technologies. We and our third-party service providers use these cookies and similar technologies to analyze trends to track information about your use of our Site and gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small files that are placed onto your device (e.g., computer, smartphone or other electronic device) that store information when you visit a website. Pixel tags (also called web beacons, clear gifs, or tags) are a similar technology that consists of small images or snippets of code that can help website owners learn how you interact with websites and emails. Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our Site, to deliver relevant local resources, remember browser preferences, and improve our visitors’ experiences on the Site. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies.
Session cookies exist only during an online session. They are typically deleted from your computer when you close your browser or turn off your computer. We use session cookies to allow our systems to uniquely identify you during a session while you are at the Site. This allows us to process your online requests and verify your identity, in case of logging in, and as you navigate through our Site.
Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer. We use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help option in 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 Site who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Site, but some features may not function.
Third Party Analytics, Services and Content
We use Google Analytics on the Site to collect usage data, to analyze how users use the Site and to provide advertisements to you on other websites. For more information about how to opt out of having your information used by Google Analytics, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.
With Whom We Share Your Personal Information
We may disclose information about you to third parties if we have a good-faith belief that we are required to do so by law or legal process, to respond to legal claims, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of others.
Social features of the website
If you provide information in any social feature of the Site (including, by way of example, via chat feature or online discussion forum), or to any other party through the Site, you should be aware that your information may then be made available to others.
Right to opt out
At any time after we collect personally identifiable information, you will have an opportunity to "opt out" of any use or disclosure of it. You may request to opt out by sending an email to email@example.com. You should be aware, however, that once you opt out, you may no longer be able to enjoy some of the features of the Site. Notwithstanding any request from you to opt-out, we may retain personal information for an indefinite amount of time to preserve our database and to comply with various federal and state laws.
We may contact you from time to time concerning your use of the Site, updates, and regarding other information that we believe may be of interest to you. If you contact us by e-mail, you should be aware that e-mail transmissions might not be secure. Information you send by e-mail could be viewed in transit by a third party. We will have no liability for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties during transmission.
The Site is not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, and any such disclosure is strictly prohibited.
CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS.
Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California residents have certain rights regarding the personal information that businesses have about them. This includes the right to notice, access and/or deletion of your personal information, as well as the right to direct a business to stop selling your personal information.
Right to Notice: You have the right to be properly notified of the following:
Right to Access Your Information: You have the right to request the following covering the 12 months immediately preceding your request:
- The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you
- The categories of personal information that we have collected about you
- The categories of sources from which we collected the personal information
- The purpose for collecting or selling the personal information
- The categories of personal information that we have disclosed about you, the purpose for disclosing such personal information and the categories of third parties with whom we disclosed such personal information
- The categories of personal information that we have sold about you, as well as the categories of third parties to whom we sold such personal information
Please note that we may still use aggregated and de-identified personal information that does not identify you or any individual.
- Right to Deletion: You have the right to request that we delete any personal information about you that we have collected from you. Please note that there are exceptions where we do not have to fulfil a request to delete information, such as when the deletion of information would create problems with the completion of a transaction or compliance with a legal obligation.
How to Exercise Your Access and Delete Rights:
To exercise your access and delete rights as described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by calling us at 1-312-521-2000 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verifiable Consumer Requests:
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access to your personal information twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must: 1) Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information, or you are an authorized representative of that person; and 2) Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate and respond to it. We cannot respond to your request to exercise your access and/or delete rights if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. However, we do consider requests made through a password-protected account sufficiently verified when the request relates to personal information associated with that specific account. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
Response Timing and Format:
We attempt to respond to a verifiable consumer request within 45 days after we receive it. If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing within 45 days after we receive your initial request. If you have an account with us, we will deliver our written response to that account. If you do not have an account with us, we will deliver our written response by postal mail or electronically via email, at your option. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period immediately preceding the date we receive the verifiable consumer request. The response we provide will also provide the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For access requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
Right to Opt-Out of Sale:
While we do not sell personal information in exchange for any monetary consideration, we do share personal information for other benefits that could be deemed a “sale,” as defined by the CCPA (Cal. Civ. Code 1798.140(t)(1)). We support the CCPA and wish to provide you with control over how your personal information is collected and shared. If you would like to exercise your right to request opt-out of sale, please submit a request at: email@example.com.
Right to Non-Discrimination: We will not discriminate against you (e.g., through denying goods or services, or providing a different level or quality of goods or services) for exercising any of the California rights afforded to you.
In compliance with the CCPA, we commit to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. We ask that you kindly contact us at 1-312-521-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we have an opportunity to resolve your complaint.
Do Not Track:
Some internet browsers – like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari – include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. Since uniform signals have not been adopted, we do not currently process or respond to “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals.
California’s Shine the Light law:
California residents with an established business relationship with us can request information once a year about sharing their personal information with third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to request more information under the California Shine the Light law, you can email us at email@example.com. To request this information, please indicate that this is a California “Shine the Light” request.
We store personal information about the Site visitors and subscribers within the United States. As a US-based company, to facilitate our operations, we may transfer and access such personal information from the United States, and from other countries where our trusted third-party vendors may reside.
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.
For More Information
Please submit any comments, questions or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.