C. INFORMATION COLLECTION – PASSIVE
This Site uses various technologies to passively collect information from you while you are visiting (that is, you do not actively provide this information). Such technologies allow the Site to collect a range of information, including your Internet Protocol (IP) address (a unique identifier automatically assigned to your computer when logging onto the Internet), the type of Web browser and operating system you use, the date and time you visit the Site, the specific pages you visit on the Site, session identifiers assigned to your visit and the address of the website you visited before coming to this Site – all of which are nonpersonally identifiable information. We typically use such passively collected information for a variety of purposes, such as to administer the Site, customize the Site to your preferences, and compile aggregated statistics for marketing and research purposes. We reserve the unrestricted right to use this passively collected, nonpersonally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, selling, leasing, permitting access to, or otherwise transferring it to our affiliates, business partners, advertisers, dealers, and other third parties.
Two types of passive information collection technologies deserve special mention:
1. WEB BEACONS
“Web beacons” (also known as single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, invisible GIFs, and 1-by-1 GIFs) are Internet tags that are smaller than cookies and may tell the website server nonpersonally identifiable information such as the IP address and browser type related to the user’s computer. This Site does not use “Web beacons.”
“Cookies” are small text files that store information about your interactions with a particular website, either temporarily (known as a “temporary” or “session” cookie, and deleted once you close your browser window) or more permanently on the hard drive of your computer (known as a “permanent” or “persistent cookie”). Cookies can make it easier to use a website by allowing servers to access certain information quickly. Session cookies can be used to help a user’s browser navigate a website more smoothly. Persistent cookies can be used to customize a website for a user, such as by storing passwords, preferences, and registration and account information so that users do not have to reenter them each time they visit a website.
This Site uses both session/temporary cookies and persistent/permanent cookies to store information that allows us to serve you better. To make the Site easier to use, we combine information collected via cookies with personally identifiable information. Please understand that if you set up your browser to disallow cookies, you might not be able to access important functions or areas of the Site.
D. INFORMATION COLLECTION – ACTIVE
Active information collection points at this Site may include:
1. INFORMATION REQUESTS
This Site may include a form that you can use to request information about us, our affiliates, or our or our affiliates’ products and services, or to request catalogs or brochures. In addition to asking you to identify the specific information or materials you want, these forms may ask for, among other things, your name, address, and email address, so that we may send you the information or materials you request. These forms might also request some personal information about you to help us better serve your interests and needs.
2. EMAIL REPLY SYSTEMS
This Site may provide you with one or more email reply systems through which you may submit questions or comments. Information you provide via such email reply systems is typically all optional. We may use the information you provide in your email to respond to your inquiry, and we reserve the right to retain whatever information you submit in your email, including your name, email address, and any comments or other information that you send via the email reply system.
3. RESTRICTED ACCESS FORMS
Because access to portions of this Site may be restricted to authorized users, or allow personalized views of the site, you may be required to complete a registration form. This form may ask you for a variety of information that will help us to identify you and contact you, such as your name, business address, office email address, office phone number, and your relationship to us. Where you could be using the Site to place orders, we will also ask you for billing and shipping information. Registration information will be associated with your username and password, without which you will not be able to access the restricted portions of the Site.
4. SURVEY FORMS
This Site may display a form for you to use in providing comments, questions, surveys, evaluations and other responses about us, our affiliates, this Site, our or our affiliates’ products and services, and other topics. We use such feedback information to improve this Site, and our or our affiliates’ products and services as well as for marketing and research purposes. Much information you provide in such forms is optional, but you will need to provide at least some personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, email address, and phone number, so that we can respond to your inquiry.
5. EMAIL DELIVERY
The Site may ask you to provide your email address so that you can receive email newsletters, alerts, or reminders about us, our Site, and other topics of interest. If you no longer wish to receive such emails, please follow the “unsubscribe” instructions included in such emails or contact us as described below.
6. DOWNLOAD FORMS
This Site may include a form that you must complete before receiving a software download from the Site. This form may request, among other things, your name, address, and email address. The form also requests certain information about the computer systems you are using. We use this information to keep track of software downloads and to learn more about what computer systems and configurations visitors to the Site use. We also may use this information to send you updated versions of the software as they become available and to notify you of problems with the software.
E. OTHER DISCLOSURES AND USES OF INFORMATION
Unless otherwise provided above, we may also use personally and nonpersonally identifiable information you submit via this Site in the following ways:
To tell you about new products and services or other information we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such notifications or updates, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know which notifications or updates you do not wish to receive; to conduct marketing research; and to improve the Site’s features and usability.
From time to time, our service providers may have access to information you submit via the Site to provide operational or other support services for the Site (e.g., Web hosting or database services). We have put in place agreements with such service providers requiring them to protect the confidentiality of Site information, account information and personal communications to the fullest extent possible and consistent with the law. To protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of information that is collected from customers, our service providers have appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures in place.
F. INFORMATION MAINTENANCE
We take reasonable measures to ensure that personally identifiable information that we collect from you via this Site is accurate, current, complete, and reliable for its intended uses. If you wish to update or otherwise correct personally identifiable information you have provided to us, please resubmit the applicable form on the Site with the updated information or contact us using the contact form.
We will make reasonable attempts to respond to your inquiry, but we may require authenticating contact information to allow us to verify that you are the person that is allowed to obtain the data being sought. We may, at our discretion, disallow you access to specific data if, in our view, to provide such access would jeopardize another person’s privacy; would violate any applicable federal, state, or foreign law, regulation, or directive; or would require unreasonable services or unreasonably affect performance at this Site.
G. PROTECTION OF INFORMATION
Although we take steps to protect personally identifiable information you provide via this Site from loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration, this and any website is dependent upon mechanical and technological processes that are not 100% secure or error-free. Therefore, while we make conscientious and reasonable efforts to prevent compromise of our policy, we do not, and cannot, guarantee the security or accuracy of the information we collect via this Site, and you acknowledge that you are assuming the risk in transmitting any information to us.
It is your responsibility to safeguard any usernames and passwords you use to access portions of this Site and to notify us if you suspect that these usernames or passwords have been obtained or used by unauthorized parties. You specify that you and you alone are responsible for any unauthorized use of this Site conducted using your username or password.
H. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY