Privacy Policy

Effective Date:  December 29th, 2020

This Online Privacy Statement (“Privacy Statement”) describes the information we collect about you, how we use that information, and how we protect your privacy when you use our website (“Site”).  

By using the Site, you consent to the data practices policies described in this Online Privacy Statement, and you hereby consent that we will collect, use, and share your information in the following ways.  If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Policy, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the web site or any materials obtained from it.

The process of maintaining a website is an evolving one, and we may decide at some point in the future, without advance notice, to modify the terms of this Privacy Policy. Your use of the web site, or materials obtained from the web site, indicates your assent to the Privacy Policy at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Policy will be posted on the web site, and you should check upon every visit for any changes.

 

Children’s Privacy

The Site is not intended to be used by children under 18 years old. You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under age 18, you may not use the Site. 

We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests.  We do not intentionally collect information from minors, and we do not target the Site to children.  

 

Information We Collect

Personal Information

Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. On our Site, you may be able to request information, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for membership, or join technical committees or working groups. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, or e-mail address.

 

Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. We may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use our websites.

 

Aggregate Information

We may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our Site, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from one of our sites, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.

 

Log Files

Every time you request or download a file from the website, we may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. we may use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.

 

Cookies

Our site may use a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a web site’s computer stores on your computer. Our site can then read the cookies whenever you visit our site. We may use cookies in a number of ways, such as to deliver content specific to your interests and to track the pages you’ve visited. These cookies allow us to use the information we collect to customize your experience so that your visit to our site is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.

Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our website may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those of We’ services that require registration in order to participate, or you will have to re-register each time you visit our site. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.

 

Web Beacons

We also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our website and the websites of selected sponsors or members, your use of special promotions or newsletters, and other activities. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. We do not link non-personal information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission.

 

How We use Your Information 

We use personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service.  If you have provided your contact information to us, we may store and use that information to contact you for marketing and promotional purposes by various means, including regular mail, email, telephone, including voicemail, or SMS/MMS (text message). 

Subject to applicable law, we reserve the right to aggregate or de-identify your personal information for all legal purposes.  Aggregated or de-identified data is not treated as personal information if it does not, and cannot be reasonably used to, identify you.

 

Data Security

The security of personal information is important to us. We employ reasonable security measures designed to safeguard the personal information under our control from unauthorized access, use, and disclosure. Despite these measures, we cannot guarantee or warrant the confidentiality or security of your personal information. We encourage you to take appropriate steps to protect your personal information.

Note to International Users

The Site is hosted in the United States and subject to U.S. law. If you are accessing our Site from outside the United States, please be advised that U.S. law may not offer the same privacy protections as the law of your jurisdiction. By accessing and using our Site, you consent to the transfer to and processing of your personal information in the United States.

Note to California Residents

Under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.83, California residents are entitled to ask us, once per year, for a notice identifying the categories of information which we share with our affiliates and/or third parties for marketing purposes, and providing contact information for these affiliates and/or third parties. Requests will apply to information provided during the previous calendar year.

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. When updates are made, the Privacy Policy version date will also be updated to reflect that a revision occurred. Your use of our Site after such revisions are first posted will mean you acknowledge and agree to be bound by those revisions. We encourage you to periodically reread this Privacy Policy to see if there have been any changes that may affect you. This Privacy Policy is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.