As used herein, the term "personal information" means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address, or other account number), and information about that individual's location or activities, such as information about his or her use of the Site, when directly linked to personally identifiable information. A user name may be personal information if it includes personally identifying information such as a first and last name. Personal information also includes demographic information such as date of birth, gender, geographic area and preferences when such information is linked to other personal information that identifies you.
Personal information does not include "aggregate" information, which is data we collect about the use of the Site or the Services, or about a group or category of products, services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed. In other words, information about how you use a service may be collected and combined with information about how others use the same service. This policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information, and we may share aggregate data about our users with third parties for various purposes, including to help us better understand trends and our users' needs so that we can better consider new features or otherwise tailor the Site.
Information You Provide to Us. Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit the Site. We may collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personal information. For example, when you register to use the Services, we may collect various kinds of information about you including your name, email address, title, company and other contact and demographic information. We may also collect personal and demographic information that you provide in connection with creating a profile or group or in leaving comments, posting content, sending an email or message to another user or participating in any interactive forums or features on the Site. In addition, from time to time we may collect demographic, contact or other personal information you provide in connection with your participation in surveys, promotional offers, and other activities on the Site.
Automatically Collected Information. When you use the Site or the Services, some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, and your activity on the Site. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above. Otherwise, it is used in the aggregate only.
We may automatically collect certain information through the use of "cookies" or web beacons. Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a web site to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If we combine cookies with or link them to any of the personally identifying information, we would treat this information as personal information. Web beacons (also know as action tags, web bugs or clear gifs) are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on web sites or in emails to collect certain information and monitor user activity. We may also use third parties to serve ads on the Site, and these third parties may place cookies, clear gifs or other devices on your computer to collect non-personal information. Information provided by these devices may be used, among other things, to analyze data, determine the popularity of certain content, to deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests and to better understand the usage and visitation of the Site and the other sites tracked by us and third parties.
In general, we use personal information we collect to process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information or services you request, to inform you about other information, events, promotions, products or services we think will be of interest to you, to facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Site, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
The Company may share personal information with vendors, consultants and other service providers ("Service Providers") who are engaged by or working with us in connection with the operation of the Site or the Services and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us. We will not give, sell, rent, share or trade any of your personal information or any data that we obtain through your use of the Services to any third party except as outlined in this Policy or with your consent. In some cases, the Service Provider may be directly collecting the information from you on our behalf.
The Services include collaboration features that by their nature support sharing with other users you select. Those users can see your name, email address and other information you choose to share; and they can post comments and email you.
We are not responsible for the actions of Service Providers or other third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to these Service Providers or other third parties, and we encourage you to become familiar with their practices before disclosing information directly to them. Note that nothing herein restricts the sharing of aggregate information, which may be shared with third parties without your consent.
We may disclose personal information to a third party (a) to comply with the law or with legal process or authorities, (b) to respond to any claims, or (c) to protect the rights, property or safety of The Company, our users, our employees or the public. Information about our users, including personal information, may also be disclosed or transferred as part of, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition or in any other situation where personal information may be transferred as one of the business assets of The Company.
If your account was created for you by a manager, you understand that we may share the personal information we collect from you with that manager. In addition, you understand that information you post in your profile, public or private groups, messages, forums and other interactive areas of the Site will be available to other users in accordance with the privacy settings you have selected, and any postings in a publicly accessible area of the Site will be publicly available. We recommend you be cautious about giving out personal information to others or sharing personal information in public or private online forums. We are not responsible for the actions of any third parties with whom you share personal information.
The Company takes reasonable steps to protect information we collect from you to prevent loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. In addition, highly confidential personal information, such as credit card numbers (if provided) and passwords that we request from you on the Site, is protected with encryption, such as Secured Socket Layer (SLL) protocol, during transmission over the Internet.
The servers on which information is stored are kept in a controlled environment with limited access. While we take reasonable efforts to guard personal information we knowingly collect directly from you, no security system is impenetrable. In addition, we cannot guarantee that any passively-collected personal information you choose to share through use of the Services are maintained at adequate levels of protection to meet specific needs or obligations you may have relating to that information.
Document Date: September 6, 2012