COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
Similar to other web sites, the Silicon Mountains web site utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” and web server logs to collect information on how our site is used. A cookie is a very small text document that often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a web site, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.
This technology allows us to determine the number of people visiting our web site and to assess which parts of the site are most popular so that we can gather feedback in order to improve Silicon Mountains’ web site and better serve our partners and users. Information gathered through cookies may include, but is not limited to, the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, and time spent on our web site. Personally, identifiable information is not stored in these cookies.
The Silicon Mountains web site also collects personal information on an individual basis that you knowingly choose to disclose and provide when becoming a member or when registering for certain services, e-mail newsletters and alerts, or purchase education courses or other material through our site. This data collection can include such personally identifiable information as name, profession, company name, address, phone number, e-mail address and credit card information. You may also provide additional comments via email on how you see Silicon Mountains servicing your needs and interests. If you choose to correspond with us through e-mail, we may retain the content of your e-mail messages together with your e-mail address and our responses.
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USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Generally, Silicon Mountains uses personal information for purposes of administering and expanding its business activities, providing customer service, and making available other services to our members and prospective members. We occasionally also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our web site, and/or new services or vendors you may find valuable. We may retain your personal information for administrative, billing, reporting and analytic purposes. We will not share or sell your information unless you affirmatively opt in to such information sharing. You have the opportunity to opt in or opt out of these specific types of communications at any time by contacting us at email@example.com.
From time to time, we may need to send critical service updates from the web site. You may not opt out of receiving these critical service updates as long as you remain a member. If you wish to change your preferences for receiving communications from our web site, please contact us to change your preferences at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may review and update the personal information you have provided to us by contacting us at email@example.com or by sending correspondence to: Silicon Mountains (address to come).
SHARING INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES
Silicon Mountains may use third parties to perform credit card processing and e-mail services on its web site. Silicon Mountains will share billing and e-mail information, as necessary, with the third party to provide that service. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose, including their own marketing purposes.
Silicon Mountains also may enter into alliances, partnerships and other business arrangements with third parties who will be given access to personal information (including, but not limited to, your e-mail address) for the purpose of providing you information regarding services that may be of interest to you and that you have opted in to receive. Silicon Mountains will not share or sell your information unless you affirmatively opt in to such information sharing.
In the event of a change of ownership or control, merger or dissolution, Silicon Mountains may transfer e-mail and visitor information as part of that transaction. You will be notified via e-mail of any resulting change in ownership or control of your personal information.
SECURITY OF INFORMATION TRANSMISSIONS
Silicon Mountains follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. When you enter sensitive information, such as credit card data, the information is encrypted using SSL encryption. Any pages with forms that collect sensitive information on our web site will utilize this technology. However, no method of transmission over the Internet and no method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
E-mail is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private or sensitive information to us by e-mail. If you have any questions about security on our Web site please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silicon Mountains may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or subpoena, or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the law or comply with legal process served on us; (b) protect and defend our rights and property, our site, the users of our site and/or our partners or affiliated parties, if any; or (c) act under circumstances to protect the safety of users of our site, ourselves or third parties. This statement, however, is not valid for our proprietary encryption solutions. Within those solutions Silicon Mountains cannot disclose such information, even when requested by law, because Silicon Mountains does not have the keys to access the encryption services. Only the data owner can provide access.
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CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
This privacy statement may occasionally be updated to reflect changes in our services. If there are material changes to this statement or in how Silicon Mountains will use your personal information, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how Silicon Mountains is protecting your information