Online Privacy Statement
Your privacy is important to BPGForums.com. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. This Privacy Statement has been written to describe the conditions under which this web site is being made available to you. The Privacy Statement discusses, among other things, how data obtained during your visit to this web site may be collected and used. We strongly recommend that you read the Privacy Statement carefully. By using this web site, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Statement. If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Statement, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the web site or any materials obtained from it. If you are dissatisfied with the web site, by all means contact us at [email protected]; otherwise, your only recourse is to disconnect from this site and refrain from visiting the site in the future.
The process of maintaining a web site is an evolving one, and BPGForums.com may decide at some point in the future, without advance notice, to modify the terms of this Privacy Statement. Your use of the web site, or materials obtained from the web site, indicates your assent to the Privacy Statement at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Statement will be posted on the web site, and you should check upon every visit for any changes.
Sites Covered by this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement applies to all web sites, domains, information portals, and registries maintained by BPGForums.com.
BPGForums.com is 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. BPGForums.com does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13, and BPGForums.com does not target its web site to children.
Links to Third Party Web Sites
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. BPGForums.com may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use BPGForums.com’s web site.
BPGForums.com 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 web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, 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 our sites, 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 the web site, BPGForums.com may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. BPGForums.com may use this information to analyze trends, administer the web site, 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. 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 all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our web site may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those of BPGForums.com’s services that require registration in order to participate, or you will 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.
BPGForums.com’s web site also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our web site and the web sites 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 web site 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 web site or those of our sponsors. BPGForums.com does 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. BPGForums.com uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some of BPGForums.com 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, passwords, billing information, or credit card information.
Members-Only Web Site
Information you provide on BPGForums.com’s membership application is used to create a member profile, and some information may be shared with other of BPGForums.com’s individual member representatives and organizations. Member contact information may be provided to other members on a secure web site to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information among BPGForums.com’s members, but we expressly prohibit members from using member contact information to send unsolicited commercial correspondence. BPGForums.com’s members automatically are added to BPGForums.com’s member mailing lists. From time to time, member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional benefits to BPGForums.com’s members. By providing us with your personal information on the membership application, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing your information for these purposes.
Company information is information that is associated with the name and address of member organizations and may include data about usage and service operation. The primary representative of any BPGForums.com’s member organizations may request usage reports to gauge the extent of their employees’ involvement in consortium activities. You should be aware that information regarding your participation in technical committees or working groups, for example, may be made available to your company’s primary representative and to BPGForums.com’s staff members.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
BPGForums.com may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about BPGForums.com’s web site usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.
BPGForums.com may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of BPGForums.com’s members and their collaboration on BPGForums.com’s standards and projects. When accessing BPGForums.com’s members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by BPGForums.com in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
Credit card information may be collected to facilitate membership applications. If you purchase a product or service from our web site, such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services requested. Credit card numbers are used only for processing payment and are not used for other purposes. Payment processing services may be provided by a third-party payment service, and a management company external to BPGForums.com may provide support for the financial activities of the consortium. BPGForums.com may share your personal information with its partners to facilitate these transactions.
In keeping with our open process, BPGForums.com may maintain publicly accessible archives for the vast majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any of BPGForums.com’s-hosted mail list or discussion forum, 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 the sites anonymously, your IP address will be revealed to the public.
If you are a registered member of BPGForums.com, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other members and to the public. BPGForums.com’s member database 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 generally visible to other of BPGForums.com’s members and to the public. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in BPGForums.com’s publicly accessible records with BPGForums.com’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 BPGForums.com’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 web site, 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.
Given the international scope of BPGForums.com, personal information may be visible to persons outside your country of residence, including to persons in countries that your own country’s privacy laws and regulations deem deficient in ensuring an adequate level of protection for such information. If you are unsure whether this privacy statement is in conflict with applicable local rules, you should not submit your information. If you are located within the European Union, you should note that your information will be transferred to the United States, which is deemed by the European Union to have inadequate data protection. Nevertheless, in accordance with local laws implementing European Union Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 (“EU Privacy Directive”) on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, individuals located in countries outside of the United States of America who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Statement and to its transfer to and/or storage in the United States of America.
If you do not want your personal information collected and used by BPGForums.com, please do not visit BPGForums.com’s web site or apply for membership.
Access to and Accuracy of Member Information
BPGForums.com is committed to keeping the personal information of our 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 at [email protected]. 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 BPGForums.com’s web sites 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.
BPGForums.com makes every effort to protect personal information by users of the web site, including using firewalls and other security measures on its servers. No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself on any web site, including this one. Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with member services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address will be visible to other BPGForums.com’s members and to the public. BPGForums.com’s assumes no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide. You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please use care when use access this web site and provide personal information.
From time to time BPGForums.com may email you electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information. If you prefer not to receive any or all of these communications, you may opt out by following the directions provided within the electronic newsletters and announcements.
Questions about this Privacy Statement can be directed to [email protected].