Privacy & Security Policy
Last Updated: 2009.10.26
- General Information
- Personal Information; Changes To Personal Information
- Aggregate Information
- Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
- How We Use and Share Personal Information
- Your California Privacy Rights
- Privacy Preferences/Opt-Out
- Children’s Privacy
- Third Party Websites
- Posts on Message Board
I. General Information
II. Personal Information; Changes to Personal Information
Personal Information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, first and last name, home or other physical address, telephone number, e-mail address, birth date and year, religious preferences, educational background, occupation, job title, or information about your job/occupation/skills.
In general, you can visit the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself. However, in order to post on the message board, or to become a member or volunteer of Project Reason, we require you to register for an account and/or provide Personal Information. Moreover, other features or services may require you to provide Personal Information. For example, we may collect certain Personal Information if you choose to subscribe to a mailing list, participate in special offers, sweepstakes, contests, or other promotions, or send questions or comments to us via e-mail.
III. Aggregate Information
From time to time, Project Reason may collect general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of the Site, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Site, how long they stay on that page and which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on. We collect this information through the use of “cookies” and other tracking technologies, which are discussed in greater detail below. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of the Site are most popular and to enhance the Site for visitors. We may group this information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of the Site to our existing or potential business partners, sponsors or other third parties, or in response to a government request. Project Reason may also group demographic and Preferences Information and re sponses to surveys that we collect from visitors into aggregate data for the same purposes. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify you or any other visitors to the Site
IV. Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Tracking technologies may record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; clickstream patterns; and dates and times that our Site is accessed. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web. Web servers, the computers that “serve up” webpages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We may link the information we record using tracking technologies to Personal Information we collect at the Site for our own internal marketing efforts. In addition, we reserve the right to use IP addresses and other tracking technologies to identify a visitor only when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with the Site’s policies, to protect the Site, our customers or others, or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
The Site may also use a technology called “tracer tags”. These also may be referred to as “Clear GIFs” or “Web Beacons”. This technology allows us to understand which pages you visit on the Site. These tracer tags are used to help us optimize and tailor the Site for you and other Site visitors.
V. How We Use and Share Personal Information
How We May Use Your Personal Information
With respect to the Personal Information we collect, we may retain and use that information for several purposes. For example, we may use your Personal Information to send e-mails to our mailing list subscribers, enter you into a sweepstakes or contest, respond to your questions, or establish a membership profile for you. We may also use Personal Information to ensure compliance with our policies and applicable law. We may use your Personal Information to identify you on the Site. In addition, we may send you periodic communications by e-mail or regular mail, such as news updates, special promotional offers or information on our products or services which may be of interest to you. You may opt-out of receiving these e-mails when you first submit your e-mail. If you later wish to opt-out of receiving such promotional communications from us at any time, simply follow the instructions in Section VII below. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we reserve the right to send you certain non-promotional communications relating to the Site, such as service announcements, e-mail related to purchases you have made, or similar administrative or transactional messages, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them. (NOTE: These transactional or administrative e-mails should be limited to members of the Site. If a user ends his membership, he should no longer receive these e-mails.)
With Whom We May Share Your Personal Information
As Project Reason develops, we may merge with other organizations and member or user information is generally one of the business assets involved in such transactions. Thus, in the event that Project Reason or some or all of its assets are acquired, customer information could be one of the transferred assets.
VI. Your California Privacy Rights
VII. Privacy Preferences/Opt-Out
You can access, change and/or update your Personal Information on the Site at any time by accessing the Personal Section of the Message Board.
If you do not want to receive promotional e-mails from Project Reason, please follow one of the two options below:
- You must opt-out of receiving promotional e-mails. When providing your Personal Information, simply change the answer to “No” when asked whether you would like to receive e-mails from Project Reason.
- When you receive an e-mail from Project Reason, it will contain a link that allows you to stop the delivery of e-mail messages from us. If you decide to use this opt-out link, you will no longer receive newsletters or promotional e-mails after ten (10) business days; however, you may (as outlined above) continue to receive non-promotional e-mails from us, such as order confirmations.
- If you are a member of the Site, you may edit your e-mail preferences in the Profile Section of the Site.
Project Reason intends to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the Personal Information that you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure. When you transmit Personal Information from your personal computer and/or mobile device to our servers, your information is protected by both a “firewall” (a combination of computer hardware and software that helps keep unauthorized visitors from accessing information within our computer network) and industry standard SHA-1 and MD5 encryption. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your Personal Information.
Some or all of the Personal Information we collect may be stored or processed on computers located in the United States, whose data protection laws may differ from the jurisdiction which you live. As a result, this information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in those jurisdictions according to laws in those jurisdictions. Subject to applicable laws in such other jurisdictions, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to require the data processor in that country to maintain protections on the Personal Information that are equivalent to those that apply in the country in which you live.
If you create an account on the Site, you may be asked to choose a password for your account, in which case your online account information shall be protected by your password. We recommend that you do not disclose your password to any other person. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.
IX. Children’s Privacy
This Site is not intended for use by children under the age of 16, and Project Reason does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from such children. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 16, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database.
XI. Third Party Websites
Please note that you may have cookies placed on your computer by third party websites that refer you to the Site. Although we do not share your Personal Information with these third party websites, they may be able to link certain non-personally identifiable information we transfer to them with Personal Information they previously collected from you. Please review the privacy policies of each website you visit to better understand their privacy practices. In addition, Project Reason would like to inform you that anytime you click on links (including advertising banners), which take you to third party websites, you will be subject to the third parties’ privacy policies.
While we support the protection of our users’ privacy on the Internet, Project Reason expressly disclaims any and all liability for the actions of third parties, including but without limitation to actions relating to the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information by third parties.
XII. Posts on Message Board
If you use our message board or other public venues on the Site, you will be identified on those venues on the Site by the user name you submit. Also, some of your profile information, including your location and occupation, also will be public. Please be aware that the name you choose to provide will be viewable by all users of our message boards or other public venues, so please use caution when choosing your name or providing any profile information. Information that you provide on message boards, comments posted on the Site, or communications sent to third parties through the Site, or other similar venues may also be viewable by the general Internet public. We cannot be responsible for any Personal Information you choose to post on public venues and we recommend careful consideration before you post such information. You agree that you will not disclose Personal Information relating to any other person in a public area of the Site without that person’s express consent.