USER CONSENT AND POLICY CHANGES
THE SITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN AND WE DO NOT KNOWINGLY SOLICIT OR COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE SITE FROM CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. IF WE LEARN THAT A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 13 HAS SUBMITTED PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION TO US THROUGH THE SITE, WE WILL TAKE REASONABLE MEASURES TO DELETE SUCH INFORMATION FROM OUR RECORDS AND TO NOT USE SUCH INFORMATION FOR ANY PURPOSE (EXCEPT WHERE NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THE CHILD OR OTHERS, AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW). THE SAFETY AND PRIVACY OF CHILDREN IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. THE SITE IS A GENERAL AUDIENCE WEB SITE AND IS NOT GEARED TOWARDS CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. IN OPERATING THE SITE, OUR FACILITIES, AND PROVIDING ANY AND ALL OF OUR SERVICES WHATSOEVER, WE ARE COMMITTED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF 1998 (COPPA). WE WILL NOT REGISTER OR OTHERWISE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM PERSONS WHO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS BEING UNDER THE AGE OF 13 (AT ANY TIME, THROUGH ANY MEANS) WITHOUT THE PRIOR VERIFIABLE CONSENT OF THAT PERSON'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN. ANY PARENT OR GUARDIAN THAT WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW THE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM HIS/HER CHILD RELATIVE TO THEIR USE OF OR INTERACTION WITH ANY OF OUR SERVICES AND/OR THE SITE MAY DO SO BY CONTACTING US AT 631-269-1055.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We collect Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information. "Personally Identifiable Information" is information that identifies an individual or can be used to identify or contact an individual.
Personally Identifiable Information we collect may include, but is not limited to, name, age, email addresses, postal addresses, ZIP codes, social security number, driver's license number, professional licensure information, education, employers, job titles, income, telephone numbers, credit card information, bank account information and routing numbers, date of birth, gender, age, marital status, user names and passwords (if a User elects to register with the Site), User tendencies and communication preferences, and any other information necessary or desirable to us in connection with providing quality services to Users and/or customers.
We also may collect information that by itself typically cannot be used to identify or contact Users, such as demographic information (e.g. age, profession or gender), User Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser types, domain names, internet service providers, referring/exit pages, date/time stamp, operating system, clickstream data, and other anonymous statistical data involving use of the Site (collectively, "Non-Personally Identifiable Information").
Users may choose not to provide Personally Identifiable Information by not entering it on the Site or otherwise providing it to us; however such individuals will not be able to utilize certain services and features if those services and features require disclosure of certain Personally Identifiable Information in order to function.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
We may collect Personally Identifiable Information from Users and customers at various places and through various mechanisms. This may include, for example, if Users and/or customers complete and submit any electronic forms or payments to us, whether in paper or digitally through the Site, participate in promotions, register for services that we may provide, interact with any forum, bulletin board, or chat room that is offered by us on the Site, register for e-mail communications, or submit survey responses, questions or requests to us, whether in a paper writing or by use of e-mail address links on the Site. We may also ask Users and/or customers to voluntarily provide us with information: for example, while many of the features of the Site are available without registering, Users may be asked to create an account or profile on the Site if they desire to access certain features. Although you may decline to voluntarily provide Personally Identifiable Information when asked, some features, products and services will be unavailable as a result.
When Users visit the Site, we may automatically collect certain information on User activities. "Site Usage Information" is information about how our visitors use and navigate the Site. This may include, but is not limited to, the number and frequency of visitors to each web page, the length of their stays, the type of browser each visitor is using to view the Site (for example, Internet Explorer, Firefox), the type of operating system each visitor is using, (for example, Windows XP, Mac OS), the domain name of each visitor's Internet service provider (for example, America Online, Earthlink), the visitor's IP address, the address (or "URL") of the web site that the visitor came from before visiting the Site, which pages were visited on the Site, what was clicked on, and certain other available information. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer whenever it accesses the Internet, which our web servers may use to identify where to send information requested by User computers. If a User requests pages from the Site, our servers may log the User's IP address as well as information about the User's activities on those pages.
"Web Beacons" are small, often invisible, graphic elements included in a web page or e-mail, allowing the party that set the Web Beacon to monitor and collect certain limited information about the viewer of the web page or e-mail message (such as the type of browser downloading the Web Beacon, the IP address of the computer that the Web Beacon is sent to and the time the Web Beacon was viewed, as well as the URL of the page the web beacon comes from). We may use Web Beacons for many purposes, such as to tally visitors to the Site, or to monitor how visitors navigate the Site, and we may include Web Beacons or similar technologies in e-mails in order to count how many of the e-mails (or particular articles, links, etc.) we send are actually opened.
"Embedded Scripts" are programming codes designed to collect information about User interactions with the Site, which are temporarily downloaded onto computers from our server or a contracted third party, and are active only while a User is connected to the Site – thereafter, Embedded Scripts are deleted.
In addition to Cookies, Web Beacons, Embedded Scripts, and Google Analytics, we reserve the right to use other now known or later developed technologies to assist us in observing and analyzing User behavior.
HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We may contract with other individuals and entities to assist with providing services available to Users on the Site, and to otherwise assist us in operating and/or enhancing our business.
We may, and reserve the right to, retain and use Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information for any and all purposes that we deem necessary or desirable to us, including but not limited to (1) the provision of services or transactions; (2) analysis of interactions by and among use with any and all Users and/or customers; (3) communicating with Users and/or customers regarding information, features or offers that we believe will be of interest to customers, Users and/or potential customers; (4) responding to User requests; (5) contacting Users and/or customers; (6) processing information submitted through the Site; (7) conducting surveys; (8) combining such information with any other information that we may be lawfully in possession of in order to analyze any and all associations between consumers and us otherwise; and (9) the fulfillment of any other purpose disclosed at the time an individual provides Personally Identifiable Information.
We may share Personally Identifiable Information with affiliates, subsidiaries, or third parties who, without limitation, require access to Personally Identifiable Information for business purposes related to the services we may offer. We may also share Personally Identifiable Information with third parties who perform services on our behalf, including, without limitation, third parties that send communications, process payments, analyze data, provide marketing assistance, or create, host and/or provide customer service on our behalf.
HOW WE STORE INFORMATION
Users are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of Personally Identifiable Information that they do not wish to be shared, and for controlling any and all interactions they may elect to have with the Site or any third party. Furthermore, we are not responsible for the functionality, privacy, or security measures of any other organization.
Furthermore, certain content on the Site may be served by a third party. These third parties may also drop their own Cookies and/or use Web Beacons or Embedded Scripts. We do not control the use of such technology by third parties, the information they collect, or how they use and/or store such information.
Thus, Users should consult the specific privacy policies posted on third party sites when linking to them, and the privacy policies otherwise offered by third parties when disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information or Non-Personally Identifiable Information to such third parties whatsoever, as any links on the Site, or servicers with which we are associated, providing access to any third party web pages, services, or materials do not imply that we endorse or have reviewed such; furthermore, we are not responsible for any conduct employed by or related to any web pages, services, or materials linked to or from our Site, or any information or content contain therein. We are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that Users and/or customers authorize to access Personally Identifiable Information or Non-Personally Identifiable Information, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Anyone who interacts with a third-party website or service does so at their own risk. We therefore encourage Users and/or customers to monitor when and if they are interacting with a third party and not us.
Users may receive emails from us for a variety of reasons associated with their interactions with or on the Site. We respect the desire of Users to manage email correspondence. Users can manage receipt of some types of communication by following the instructions included emails we send. Please note that, even if Users unsubscribe from certain email correspondences, we may still need to email Users with important information.
UPDATING USER INFORMATION
In accordance with routine corporate record-keeping practices, we may delete certain records. We are under no obligation to store any Personally Identifiable Information or Non-Personally Identifiable Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such information. However, we may retain Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes. In the event you would like to review, have deleted, or otherwise limit any information publicly available on the Site, we invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, which contact is the sole operator of, and collector of the information disseminated on or otherwise through, the Site in the manners herein described, and is designated as the party whom you may contact in regard to our information collection policies.