Effective September 1, 2014.
PROFOOT’s products and services are intended for a general audience and are not targeted to children. We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. PROFOOT does not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from children under 13 years of age.
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Types of Information We Collect
Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. PROFOOT may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use PROFOOT’s websites.
PROFOOT may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the websites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our Website, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from one of PROFOOT’s websites, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.
Every time you request or download a file from PROFOOT’s website, we may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. We may use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.
Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. The default settings for most browsers are to accept cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject and disable all cookies. If you choose to reject and disable cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our websites may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those of PROFOOT’s services that require registration in order to participate, or you may have to re-register each time you visit our site. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.
Use of Web Beacons
PROFOOT’s websites also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our website and the websites of selected sponsors or members, your use of special promotions or newsletters, and other activities. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our websites and selected sponsors’ sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our website or those of our sponsors. We do not link non-personal information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission.
Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. We use personal information for multiple purposes, including, but not limited to the following, to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some of our web pages, you may be able to request information, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for membership, or join technical committees or working groups. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user IDs, or passwords.
How We Use Your Information
PROFOOT may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the usability, performance, and effectiveness of PROFOOT’s websites. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of PROFOOT’s websites.
PROFOOT may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of the PROFOOT’s members and their collaboration on PROFOOT’s standards and projects. When accessing PROFOOT’s members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by PROFOOT in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
In keeping with our open process, we may maintain publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any of PROFOOT’s-hosted public mail lists or discussion forums, subscribing to one of our newsletters or registering for one of our public meetings may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.
On some sites, anonymous users are allowed to post content and/or participate in forum discussions. In such a case, since no user name can be associated with such a user, the IP address number of a user is used as an identifier. When posting content or messages to PROFOOT’s websites anonymously, your IP address may be revealed to the public.
If you are a registered member of PROFOOT’s webs sites or email list, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other members and to the public. PROFOOT’s member databases may retain information about your name, e-mail address, company affiliation (if an organizational member), and such other personal address and identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be visible to other of PROFOOT’s members and to the public. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in PROFOOT’s publicly accessible records with PROFOOT’s various committees, working groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; (ii) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, (iii) along with message content, in the permanent archives of PROFOOT’s e-mail lists, which also may be public.
Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our websites, such as forums, message boards, and news groups, becomes public information that others may collect, circulate, and use. Because we cannot and do not control the acts of others, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose information about yourself or others in public forums such as these.
If you do not want your personal information collected and used by PROFOOT, please do not visit PROFOOT’s websites or apply for membership of any of PROFOOT’s websites or email lists.
Access to and Accuracy of Member Information
We are committed to keeping the personal information of our users and members accurate. All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed. In order to do this, please email us a request. In your request, please make clear what information you would like to have changed, whether you would like to have your personal information suppressed from our database, or if you have other questions about your personal information. We will try to respond and comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. We may provide members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time. To protect our members’ privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as a user ID and password, before granting access to modify personal profile data. Certain areas of our websites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers; a password prompt is your indication that a members-only resource is being accessed.
We use commercially reasonable technical, administrative and physical measures to protect information in our possession against loss, theft, and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. However, no one can guarantee the complete safety of your information. No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself on any website, including this one. We assume no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide. Please use care when you access our websites and provide information. If you have a reason to believe that your use of or interaction with our websites is no longer secure, such as, you feel that the security of any account that you may have with us has been compromised somehow, please immediately notify us of that information by contacting us using the details provided below.
Please note that even after you cancel your account or end your use of our websites, copies of some information may remain viewable in some circumstances, such as, where you may have shared information with social media or other services. We may also retain an archive or backup information related to your account on our servers for some time after cancellation for reasons such as fraud detection or to comply with applicable law or our internal security policies. It is not always possible for us to completely remove or delete all of your personal information due to technical constraints or due to possible contractual, financial or legal requirements.