Our Commitment to Privacy
A Note to Non-US Users
A Note to Californian & Canadian Users
A Note to All Users
What is Personally Identifiable Information
"Personally identifiable information" is information that can be used to identify you as an individual. Personally identifiable information includes your name, address, telephone number and any other information that is connected with you personally.
Information You Provide to Us
From time to time and if they are offered, on some pages of The Site, you may register as a User, make requests, and ask to receive materials. When you register, we may collect personally identifiable information from you, such as your name, email address, address, country of residence, phone number, zip code and/or mail code; gender and age; and subscriber or registration username, number, login, password, password reminder questions, security questions and answers for returning Users. If you provide us feedback or testimonials regarding The Site or any related matter via The Site or email, we will collect your name, email address and other information you provide.
From time to time and if they are offered, you may be able to elect to participate in a variety of IBI emails, surveys, or other e-letters (“email services”). IBI collects personal information in connection with the registration for and use of such email services.
Personal Information Collected via Technology
An IP address is a number that is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers, to gather broad demographic information, to administer The Site, and/or to analyze The Site’s flow.
“Cookies” are small amounts of data (often including a unique identifier), that are sent to your browser from a website's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. The Site may use both session cookies, which expire once you close your web browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your computer until you delete them, to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on The Site. You often have the ability to accept or to decline cookies, typically through an option on your web browser. If you disable your cookies, however, you will not have access to certain features of The Site or portions of The Site may not function efficiently.
“Clear GIFs” are clear electronic images that are used to track your movements on The Site. They help us determine whether content on The Site is effective. We also use clear GIFs in certain types of emails (such as HTML-based emails) to let us know which emails have been opened and acted upon by recipients (including any persons to which the emails have been forwarded). Clear GIFs on our site collect a limited set of information including cookie number, time and date of a page view and a description of the page on which the clear GIF resides. This information helps us assess the effectiveness of certain communications and marketing campaigns. Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on he pages of web sites. Cookies, Clear GIFs, web beacons and other technical methods may involve the transmission of information either directly to us or to another party authorized by us to collect information on our behalf.
Use of Information
We use the information you provide about yourself to provide information about products or services to you. We also use personally identifiable information to notify you about updates to our products and services, marketing initiatives, and to respond to your requests and inquiries. We also may use personally identifiable information to offer you information about other products, programs or services that we believe may be of interest to you, to send you newsletters and other marketing material. We use the information you provide to communicate with you, such as to notify you when changes may be necessary to an agreement with you, to fulfill a request by you, or to contact you about your account or registration with us. We use and may disclose to third parties the information that you provide also for the purpose of providing you information.
If you register with The Site, we may send you newsletters and emails that directly promote the use of The Site or our services and may contain, in whole or in part, advertisements for third parties which relate to others with whom we do business. If you provide information in connection with a specific event, we may share your information with the sponsor or those associated with the event.
We use return email addresses to answer emails or web-based requests that we receive.
If you send a testimonial or comment to us, we may post it on The Site or use it in any advertising materials. We may attribute your testimonial to you by posting your name or some combination of your name and initials, if provided or ascertainable, on The Site or advertising materials.
We may create anonymous data records from personally identifiable information by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We use this anonymous data to perform statistical analysis of Users’ aggregate behavior so that we may enhance the content of our services and The Site, and improve The Site’s navigation. We reserve the right to disclose anonymous data to third parties in our discretion.
We use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of The Site and to enable us to augment your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services.
We may transfer information about you if we are acquired by or merged, in part or in whole, with another company, and we may share information about you with our subsidiaries, if any.
Our Commitment to Data Security
While our goal is to operate a 100% error-free and secure site, we do not guarantee that The Site is accurate, complete or free from unauthorized access. To help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Please do not send us or post any information about anyone under the age of 18, like names, addresses or email addresses. In general, we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from those under 18. If, in limited circumstances, we do knowingly collect personally identifiable information from someone under the age of 18, we will do so only with verified parental consent prior to collection. In the event that we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information from our material as quickly as possible.
Breaches of Security
Legal Subpoenas and Other Required Disclosures
Your California Privacy Rights
Under a provision of California law, customers of ours who are California residents may request certain information about the disclosure of personal information to any third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes, if any. To make such a request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field of your email. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this email address.
What Else Should I Know About My Privacy When Online?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through email, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for determining whether you intend for your personal information to be confidential and for maintaining its confidentiality. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please contact us through the contact information on our Contact Us page or send us an email at email@example.com.
The Site is operated by: International Biochar Initiative
Last updated: June 24, 2011