PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY, AND ACCEPTANCE - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Through the use of cookie technology or otherwise, we may track and collect information about your computer and software when you visit the Site. This information may include: (i) your IP address; (ii) IP demographics (location, language, country of origin, etc.); (iii) domain server; (iv) type of computer; (v) type of web browser; (vi) access times; and (vii) referring web sites addresses (collectively "Traffic Data"). Traffic Data is anonymous information that does not personally identify you. Traffic Data assists us to design and arrange our web pages in the user-friendliest manner and to continually improve our Site to better meet the needs of users.
You may choose not to provide us with any Personal Information. In such an event, you can still access and use portions of the Site. You, however, will not be able to access or use those portions of the Site or participate in certain online activities that require your Personal Information. You may still use the Site to browse information about products or services.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
We collect information about you in the following ways.
We collect information about you through the information you provide to us directly. We also collect certain information about you and your Site activities through the use of various technologies described below.
We employ cookie technology to store and sometimes track information about the users of the Site. Cookies are a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer used to access a web site. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by a user’s web browser on the user’s hard drive. Cookies can remember what information a user accesses on one web page to simplify subsequent interactions with that web site by the same user or to use the information to streamline the user’s transactions on related web pages. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you generally can change your browser to prevent the browser from accepting cookies. If you reject cookies, you may still use the Site, but your ability to use some areas and features/functions of the Site may be limited.
We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies (also known as flash cookies). We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate the Site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive indefinitely unless you take steps to remove it. You can remove persistent cookies by following the directions provided in your Internet browser’s “HELP” file. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any Personal Information you submit while on the Site.
We use web beacons (small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of web sites) and auditing software to track page views and entry and exit points to and from e-mails. In addition, we use web beacons, cookies, customized links and/or similar technologies to determine whether any e-mails or electronic publications sent by us to those who have requested them from us have been opened and which links are clicked.
We use Google Analytics (or similar web traffic analytic tools) to help analyze how users use the Site and to optimize our Site based on that data. Such tools use information generated by cookies about your use of the web site (including IP address), which is transmitted to Google (or other analytics provider). This information is then used to evaluate users' use of the Site and to compile statistical reports on web site activity for us.
WHAT WE DO WITH INFORMATION WE COLLECT
In general, we will use Personal Information only for the purpose for which such information was provided to us. We may also use Personal Information to (a) to verify the information you provided to us; (b) to provide you with the information that you have requested; (c) to respond to your inquiries; (d) to contact you when necessary; and (e) to send you information about us, including information related to our products, services, programs or promotional activities, or about third-party products, services, programs or promotional activities that may be of interest to you. In the case of third party products, services, programs or promotional activities, your Personal Information is not transferred to the third party. If you sign up or subscribe to our newsletter(s) or publications, we will use your name and e-mail address to send the newsletter(s) or publications to you.
We may use Traffic Data to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may provide Traffic Data and/or other aggregate non-personally identifying information to third parties.
Any information or material you transmit, post or upload to or through the Site by any means, including, without limitation, by message boards, chat rooms or similar discussion forums, blogs, wiki pages, advertisements or real estate listing pages, or otherwise (“Submissions”) will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and may be disseminated or used by us for any purpose and in any way without any compensation. By making a Submission to or through the Site you: (a) agree that we are free to use any ideas, concepts or know-how contained in any Submission, and (b) automatically grant us an unrestricted, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform, transmit and distribute such Submission, alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed.
Please be aware that with regard to Submissions, any Personal Information you submit can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages or for other purposes. We are not responsible for the Personal Information you choose to submit in these forums.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, we may transfer, sell or assign information concerning the Site and your use of the Site, including without limitation, Personal Information, to third parties, as a result of the sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, or reorganization or liquidation of us.
WHAT WE DO NOT DO WITH INFORMATION WE COLLECT
HOW WE PROTECT INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The Site has security measures in place intended to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We take reasonable administrative, technical, and physical measures to safeguard against unauthorized access or disclosure, and accidental loss or alteration, of the Personal Information we collect. As an additional security measure, your Personal Information is encrypted during transmission by HTTPS/TLS technology.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our Site, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems.
In the event that there is ever a breach of security regarding your Personal Information, we intend to comply with applicable state and federal law requirements regarding notification and disclosure to you and to the appropriate authorities of the circumstances surrounding the breach.
This Site may contain links to third party service providers and third party web sites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by us of the contents on those sites. For example, our payment processor is a third party and we provide the link to that processor for your convenience in completing a payment transaction.
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13; NOTICE TO PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDIANS
We are committed to protecting the on-line privacy of children – that is, individuals under 13 years of age (“Child” or “Children”). In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will not knowingly collect any Personal Information from or provide any services or products to Children.
HOW WE RESPOND TO DO NOT TRACK SIGNALS
We do not track users over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, your browser may have features that allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.
If you sign up/subscribe to our newsletter(s) or other publications (if any) and you no longer wish to receive the same, you may also unsubscribe by following the opt-out/unsubscribe link located within each newsletter or other publication.
If you do not wish to receive information or other material from us other than newsletter(s) or publications, you may “opt-out” of receiving these communications by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to change or modify information previously provided to us, you may do so by sending us an e-mail at email@example.com. We will use reasonable efforts to ensure that your information is corrected or updated in our records.
METHOD OF DISPOSAL OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We dispose of Personal Information securely and safely. Prior to disposal, we destroy, erase or make unreadable any data, computer files or documents containing your Personal Information in a manner that protects their confidentiality. We dispose of Personal Information through incineration, shredding, and/or irretrievable erasure from computer media.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
SPECIAL PRIVACY NOTIFICATION FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
Users who reside in California and have provided any of your “personal information” (as described under applicable California law) to us have the right to receive: (a) the name and address of any third party to whom we may have disclosed, during the immediately preceding calendar year, such personal information for that party’s direct marketing purposes, along with information describing the nature of that third party’s business; and (b) a description of the categories of such personal information disclosed. To obtain this information, please either (1) mail your request to:
745 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
or (2) e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the address(es) specified in this paragraph.