Privacy and Cookies
Effective Date: January 2017
1. Types of Information Collected
In order to customize the Site for you, and to modify and enhance the Site, we may collect two types of information about you:
“Personally Identifiable Information”: This refers to information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, address, zip code, telephone number, and e-mail address.
“Non-Personally Identifiable Information”: This refers to information that does not by itself identify a specific individual. This information may include the Web site’s Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what Web browser you are using, and your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.
2. Collection Methods
We and our service providers collect Personally Identifiable Information about you when you voluntarily provide it to us, including when you send email messages, submit forms, or transmit other information by telephone or letter.
In addition, we, or our service providers, may also collect certain Non-Personally Identifiable Information.
3. Use of Information
We may also use the information we collect and receive as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or with your consent.
4. Sharing of Information
We do not sell, trade, or rent your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties. We do provide some of our services through affiliates, subsidiaries, services providers, partners and other third parties, and we may share your Personally Identifiable Information with such third parties as necessary to host and/or operate the Site (including maintaining appropriate back-ups of data) and to deliver our services. PM implements contractual agreements with such third parties limiting the use of your Personally Identifiable Information to activities specific to the Site.
Occasionally, we may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide Personally Identifiable Information or Non-Personally Identifiable Information to the appropriate governmental authorities. We may disclose this information upon receipt of a court order or subpoena, or to respond to a request for cooperation by a government or other entity. We fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we believe in good faith to be unlawful.
We may share information about you in connection with the consideration, negotiation, or completion of a corporate transaction in which we acquire or are acquired by or merged with another company or we sell, liquidate, or transfer all or a portion of our assets.
5. Updating and Correcting Information
You agree that the Personally Identifiable Information you provide to us is accurate and truthful. You may change any of your Personally Identifiable Information or request that we delete your Personally Identifiable Information at any time by contacting us via the “Contact Us” link accessible from the homepage of the Site. However, full deletion may be impossible because, among other reasons, we may not be able to delete information concerning past transactions on the Site and because your Personally Identifiable Information may be stored in archived backups.
6. Security of Information
We take privacy rights seriously and take steps to comply with all applicable privacy laws and regulations. As such, we maintain safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration, or destruction of your Personally Identifiable Information. However, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
7. Cookies and Web Beacons
When you use our Site, we may store cookies on your computer to customize your experience with the Site and to analyze your use of the Site. A cookie is a small text file, which a Web site stores on your computer’s hard drive (if your browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify you to us. Our cookies may store things such as, randomly assigned user identification numbers, the country where you are located, your name, or similar information. You may be able to restrict or block cookies through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how or you can visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. If you choose to disable cookies, some parts of the Site may not work properly.
We may also employ Web beacons in connection with your use of the Site. Web beacons are transparent images loaded when you access the Site that help us determine, for example, whether a page on the Site has been viewed. Web beacons help us to enhance the online experience of our visitors and to better understand how the Site is used. They may tell us, for example, whether you have visited the Site before or whether you are a new visitor.
8. Links to Third Parties
9. Children’s Information
You must be at least 18 years old to have our permission to use this Site. The Site is not directed to children, and our policy is that we do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose Personally Identifiable Information about visitors who are under 18 years of age. In addition, should a child whom we know to be under 18 send Personally Identifiable Information to us, we will delete it as soon as possible.
11. Contact Us
You may choose to communicate with us via the “Contact Us” link available on the homepage of the Site.
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