We may collect information about you in a variety of ways. The information we may collect on the Sites includes:
Personally identifiable information, such as your name, shipping address, billing address, email address, business address and telephone number, and demographic information, such as your age, gender, professional and personal biography, achievements, works and interests, that you voluntarily give to us or when you choose to participate in various activities related to the Sites. You are under no obligation to provide us with personal information of any kind, however your refusal to do so may prevent you from using certain features of the Sites. We also may obtain information from other sources, such as public databases, joint marketing partners, affiliates, as well as from third parties.
Information our servers automatically collect when you access the Sites, such as your IP address, your browser type, your operating system, your access times, and the pages you have viewed directly before and after accessing the Sites.
Financial information, such as data related to your payment method (e.g. valid credit card number, card brand, expiration date) that we may collect when you purchase, order or join from the Sites. For example, when you accept a membership invitation, renew a membership or purchase a recognition product, the purchase is entered into your record. We may use the information to target our future communications, so we can send you news about resources pertinent to your interests and avoid sending you items that are not relevant.
User information from social networking sites, including your name, your social network username, location, gender, birth date, email address, profile picture, and public data for contacts, if you connect your account to such social networks.
Device information, such as your mobile device ID, model, and manufacturer, and information about the location of your device, if you access the Sites from a mobile device.
Information from third parties, such as personal information or network friends, if you connect your account to the third party and grant the Sites permission to access this information. User IDs and Passwords Certain areas of the Sites may require the use of a user ID, email address, or password as an additional security measure that helps to protect your information. To help you protect your privacy, the Sites have clear tools to allow you to log in and log out when necessary.
Having accurate information about you permits us to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience. Specifically, we may use information collected about you via the Sites to:
We may share information we have collected about you in certain situations. Your information may be disclosed as follows:
If we believe the release of information about you is necessary to respond to legal process, to investigate or remedy potential violations of our policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of others, we may share your information as permitted or required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation. This includes exchanging information with other entities for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
We may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, including payment processing, data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing assistance.
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Sites. These companies may use information about your visits to the Sites and other websites that are contained in web cookies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
If you connect to the Sites through a social network, your contacts on the social network will see your name, profile photo, and descriptions of your activity.
We do not knowingly solicit information from or market to anyone under the age of 18. If you become aware of any data we have collected from any person under age 18, please contact us using the contact information provided below.
If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from us, you may opt-out by:
If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from third parties, you are responsible for contacting the third party directly.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below. In addition to the rights under California’s "Shine the Light" law, California residents who provide personal information (as defined in the statute) in obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us once a calendar year information about the personal information we shared, if any, with other businesses formarketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of personal information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared such personal information for the immediately prior calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.