What Personal Information Do We Collect Through This Site?
Information You Provide. We collect the personal information you knowingly provide (usingyour mouse and keyboard) when you use this Site. The information we collect depends on how you use this Site.
Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser, In General. We collect information that is sent to us automatically by your Web browser. This information typically includes your IP address, the identity of your Internet Service Provider, the name and version of your operating system, the name and version of your browser, the date and time of your visit, and the pages you visit. An "IP address" is a unique number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you connect to the Internet. It is used to identify your computer's "location" in cyberspace, so that the information you request can be delivered to you. If you use a dial-up connection or a connection that assigns dynamic IP addresses, your computer will be assigned a new IP Address each time you connect to the Internet. If, however, your computer is permanently connected to the Internet using a static IP address, the IP address assigned to your computer will generally be the same each time you use your computer. Although it does not identify you by name, we treat your IP address as your personal information.
Generally, we do not link the information provided by your browser to information that identifies you by name. You should know, however, that when you access this Site by clicking on a link in an electronic communication you receive from us, your browser tells us that someone has clicked on a particular link in that particular electronic communication. We use this information to improve our marketing efforts. In addition, we review our server logs — which contain visitors' IP addresses — for security and fraud prevention purposes. If criminal activity is suspected, we may share our server logs and the personal information we have collected through this Site with the appropriate investigative authorities who could use that information to trace and identify individuals.
Cookies and Similar Technologies
We use "cookies" and other Web technologies for a number of purposes, including:
- to collect information about the ways visitors use this Site — for example, which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page;
- to support the features and functionality of this Site — for example, to save you the trouble of re-entering information already in our database or to prompt the settings you established on previous visits to this Site; and
- to personalize your experience when you use this Site.
Generally, the information we collect using these Web technologies does not identify you personally. If, however, you have created a user identity, for example, by subscribing to our publications, we may link the information we collect using Web technologies to other information that identifies you personally.
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. You may also delete our cookies as soon as you leave this Site. Although you are not required to accept our cookies when you visit this Site, you will not be able to use all of the features and functionality of this Site if you set your browser to reject cookies.
How Do We Use the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site?
Generally, we use the personal information we collect through this Site
- to provide the information and services you request;
- to personalize your experience when you use this Site;
- to personalize our communications with you;
- to contact you with other information and/or services that we believe will be of interest to you (unless you have chosen not to receive these communications);
- to contact you with information and notices related to your use of this Site;
- to invite you to participate in surveys and provide feedback to us (unless you have chosen not to receive such invitations);
- to make sure our mailing lists are accurate, current and do not contain multiple entries for the same individual;
- to better understand your needs and interests;
- to improve the content, functionality and usability of this Site;
- to improve our marketing and promotional efforts; and
- for security and fraud-prevention purposes.
How Do We Share Your Personal Information?
- Service Providers. We may share your personal information with companies that perform services on our behalf, such as credit card verification, online recruiting, and Web hosting service providers.
- Co-Sponsored Events. Depending on your privacy preferences, we may contact you with information about seminars and other events. Some of these events may be co-sponsored with other organizations. In such cases, we may lend our mailing list to a co-sponsor so that all of the communications regarding the event can be processed centrally.
Successors in Interest.
We take reasonable precautions to provide a level of security appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information we collect. Although we use reasonable measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized use or disclosure, we cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet or stored in our databases. Your transmissions are, therefore, at your own risk.
From time to time, we may supplement the personal information we collect through this Site with information from other sources, including information we collect from you through other channels. For example, if you provide us with contact information when you attend one of our seminars, we may use that information to update the contact information collected through this Site.
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