How We Collect and Use Information
We collect the following types of information about you:
Information you provide us directly:
We may ask for certain information such as your name, address, phone number and e-mail address when you access information on our website or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send and may collect information you provide in your contact material. We may use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the website. Your name and other details you provide may be published publicly. Once published your name may not be able to be removed.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the website. These tools collect information sent by your browser including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the website. We may collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
When you visit the website, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets us help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the website), and allow us to track your usage of the website over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the website may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
Log file information:
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access the website. When you use our website, our server may record certain log file information. These logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the website, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Clear gifs/web beacons information:
When you use the website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails that we send to our database to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the website and our other resources.
When you access the website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by us. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the website. Some features of the website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
When you access the website by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use the website.
Commercial and marketing communications:
We may use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers.
Use of certain service type information we collect about you:
Sharing of Your Information:
We will not rent or sell your information to third parties without your consent, except as noted below:
Instances where we are required to share your information:
Sharing certain service type information we collect about you:
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.
How We Store and Protect Your Information
Storage and Processing:
Your information collected through the website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country.
Keeping your information safe:
We care about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the website.
Compromise of information:
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
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