As used in this Policy, the term “Heritage Forensics” includes all of its subsidiaries of the domain name and affiliates and successors as well as any officers, directors, or, agents, including the entity operating this Web Site. This Policy also governs your use of the Web Sites and any content made available from or through any Web Sites owned and operated by Heritage Forensics and any comments or content you may post on any Heritage Forensics Web Sites. (“Web Sites” or “Web Site”)
By visiting our Web Sites or using the services offered on or through our Web Sites, you agree to the terms of this Policy, as they may be amended from time to time. As we update and expand our Web Sites and services, our Policy may change so check back to this page from time to time. Our Policy does not apply to information that you may provide to us, or that we may obtain, other than through our Web Sites, such as by phone, by mail or through other offline and print media. This Policy does not apply to information collected about you by anyone except us and only applies to the Web Sites to which this policy is linked.
Our Web Sites(s) are intended for users who are located in the United States of America. Our Policy shall be interpreted under the laws of the United States.
In order to make your visits to our Web Sites and use of the services available on or through our Web Sites as worthwhile as possible, we may ask you for personal information and we may collect certain information from your computer each time you visit us. (“Personal Information”) includes, for example, your name; home address; business address; e-mail address; telephone, wireless or fax number; short message service or text message address or other wireless device address; instant messaging address; credit card and other payment information; demographic information and other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online or offline contact with you as an individual. From time to time, other information, such as your age, gender, education and subscription information may also be requested. Our Policy explains, in general, what Personal Information and other information is collected on our Web Sites, how the information is used, and with whom we may share such information.
- What Information is collected on Our Web Sites?
1. User Provided Information
We collect two types of personally identifying information from users: personal data (such as names and contact details of registered members) and aggregated data (such as information about traffic patterns on the Web Sites, for example, how many users log onto the Web Sites on a daily basis). We collect personal information from users of our Web Sites, for example, through such users’ activities, transactions and completion of online forms on our Web Sites. Such information may be collected, for example, when users register or subscribe for accounts or features on our Web Sites, make online purchases, enter sweepstakes and contests, complete surveys, contribute to a chat room, bulletin board, list serve, blog, wiki or other open forum that we may make available on or through our Web Sites, submit a comment or question to us using a ‘contact us’ or similar feature on our Web Sites, send us an e-mail, or in any other way submit information to us via our Web Sites. You may be able to send information about our products and services to your friends and family members through our Web Sites by clicking on any social sharing link (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc) or similar button on our Web Sites or in an e-mail that we have sent you. Such information will be treated in accordance with our Policy and applicable law. You may also be able to send an online card to a friend or family member, or send them a gift or gift certificate. If so, you may be required to provide us with your friend’s or family member’s personal information. Such information will be treated in accordance with our Policy and applicable law.
- Web Sites Usage Information
We may use ‘cookies’ to keep, and sometimes track, information about you. Cookies are small data files that are sent to your browser or related software from a web server when you visit it and are stored on your computer’s hard drive for record keeping purposes. Cookies track where you travel on our Web Sites and what you look at and purchase. They may store the information in your shopping cart, and/or your username and password. A cookie may enable us to relate your use of our Web Sites to other information about you, including your Personal Information. These purposes serve to improve and personalize your experience on our Web Sites. You may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers, which is standard in the internet industry. We do not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to our Policy. Most web browsers can be set to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Additionally, if you have a Flash player installed on your computer, your Flash player can be set to reject or delete Flash cookies. However, refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, the Web Sites or certain areas or features of our Web Sites.
(ii) Clear GIFs
We may use ‘clear GIFs’ (a/k/a ‘web beacons’ or ‘pixel tags’) or similar technologies, on our Web Sites and in our communications with you to enable us to know whether you have visited a web page or received a message. A clear GIF is typically a one-pixel, transparent image (although it can be a visible image as well), located on a web page or in an e-mail or other type of message, which is retrieved from a remote site on the internet enabling the verification of an individual’s viewing or receipt of a web page or message. A clear GIF may enable us to relate your viewing or receipt of a web page or message to other information about you, including your Personal Information.
(iii) IP Address
Any or all of these activities with regard to Web Sites usage information may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.
- How is the Personal Information Used?
We use both personal and aggregated information we collect for multiple purposes. The Personal Information may be used to improve the content of the Web Sites, to customize the content and/or layout of the Web Sites for each individual user, and to notify users about updates to the Web Sites or promotional offers or opportunities that we believe will be of interest to you. We will use the Personal Information you provide to our Web Sites, for example, to respond to your requests and to provide you with our product and service offerings. For example, we will process your orders, respond to your requests and inquiries and provide you with the services and features offered on or through our Web Sites. We may also use your Personal Information to maintain our internal record keeping. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both Personal Information and Web Sites usage information, and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties. In addition, we may send you notices (for example, in the form of e-mails, mailings, and the like), and otherwise correspond with you, about products, services, companies and events, sponsored by us and others, that we think might interest you. You may opt-out of receiving such notices from us, at any time, by following the instructions in the Right to Opt-Out section below.We may analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Web Sites and e-mails, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate. We may also use information provided to us on an anonymous aggregated basis for purposes of analyzing traffic and usage patterns. In addition, we may use information you provide us through e-mails, Q & A, and in response to polls for editorial purposes, and may use your name and any stories you provide us in articles published online and in our print publications. Please be advised that any such submissions may be used by us for any lawful purpose. If you provide us with personal anecdotes, they may be attributed to you and we may include your user name and any personal information that you provide in an open forum on this Web Sites, to facilitate such attribution. We can edit, rewrite, use, and reuse the content, including your name, likeness, photograph, and biographical information you provide, in any way and any media whether now known or invented in the future, with or without attribution, including publication in our newspaper, and in trade media, and advertising and promotions.
- Do we Share Personal Information and Web Sites Usage Information with Others?
(i) Public Forums
When you contribute to a public area or feature of our Web Sites, such as a chat room, bulletin board, list serve, blog, wiki or other open forum that we may make available on or through our Web Sites, the information that you submit will be made available to the general public and will not be considered ‘Personal Information’ for purposes of this Policy.
(ii) Co-sponsored Contests, Sweepstakes and Offerings
Some of our contests, sweepstakes and other offerings may be co-sponsored by another company. In those situations, the information we obtain from you in connection with such contest, sweepstakes or offering may be shared with our co-sponsor. In those situations, our co-sponsors will have the right to use your information for their own purposes, in accordance with their own policies. If you do not wish for the information we obtain from you to be shared with our co-sponsor, then do not enter such contest, sweepstake or other offering or otherwise provide to us any Personal Information in connection with such contest, sweepstake or other offering. We are not responsible for how our co-sponsors may use your information.
(iii) Service Providers
We may use third parties to help operate our Web Sites and deliver our products and services, and may share your Personal Information with our affiliates, service providers and other third parties that provide products or services for or through the Web Sites or for our business (such as Web Sites or database hosting companies, address list hosting companies, e-mail service providers, analytics companies, distribution companies, fulfillment companies, and other similar service providers that use such information on our behalf). Unless otherwise stated, these companies do not have any right to use the Personal Information we provide to them beyond what is necessary for them to assist us. In accordance with section D (i) above, information in forums, information submitted for sweepstakes or other offerings (including submitted video and pictures), become publicly available and may be used by us for any lawful purpose. We may share personal information with third parties, including, without limitation, vendors or other service providers, affiliates and partners.
When you conduct e-commerce with one of the e-commerce affiliates or service providers to which the Web Sites may be linked, certain personal information such as your e-mail and home address may be collected by the service provider’s server and made available to us. We do not, however, transfer credit card information you may provide to that service provider. Your credit card information is never stored on any of our servers.
(v) Aggregate Statistics
We may disclose aggregate statistics regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Web Sites and e-mails to third parties in the form of aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user.
(vi) Our Right to Disclose Information Including Legally Compelled Disclosures
We have the right, at our sole discretion, to disclose information posted on our Web Sites and any other information you provide us including Personal Information, to third parties, including law enforcement personnel and in response to a subpoena or other lawful process potentially compelling disclosure of information without an obligation to provide prior notice to you. We are not obligated to contest any subpoenas or other requests for such information. You agree to all the terms and conditions of our Policy, including our right to disclose information provided as described herein as a condition of submitting a comment or content.
Such disclosure may be made, at our sole discretion, when we have reason to believe that someone has committed, or will commit, unlawful acts or acts that endanger the health or safety of another; is causing injury to, or interference with, our rights or property, other users of the Web Sites, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. In some situations, we may share the information you provide us, including your Personal Information, on a confidential basis, with third parties who perform a particular service on our behalf, such as sending e-mails.
(vii) Business Transfer
In the event that Heritage Forensics or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or substantially all of the assets of Heritage Forensics or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, are acquired by one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, all information, including Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets. For purposes of this policy, an ‘affiliate’ of Heritage Forensics or its subsidiaries is an entity that is under the control of, or under common control with, that entity (and for these purposes, a company controlling twenty 20% percent or more of the voting stock of another entity shall be deemed to control such entity). Heritage Forensics is not a publically traded stock nor issue any stock.
(viii) Third Party Ad Servers
We may use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web Sites. If so, a list of these ad serving companies will be available here. These companies may use information (generally, not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this Web Sites and to other Web Sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. These companies may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and clear GIFs is generally not personally identifiable (unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or e-mail message). We encourage you to read the privacy policies of these third party ad servers if you should have any concerns about how they will care for your personal information. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer Web Sites at www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/.
The privacy of our visitors to Heritage Forensics is important to us.
At Heritage Forensics, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit Heritage Forensics, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.
Cookies and Web Beacons
We also use third party advertisements on Heritage Forensics to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
DoubleClick DART cookies
We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google’s DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests (”interest based targeting”).
The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses “non personally identifiable information”. It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.
You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
Deleting cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program. Unless you have settings that disallow cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.
(ix) Mobile Device Identifiers. Certain mobile service providers uniquely identify mobile devices and JRC and its third-party service providers may receive such device information if you access a Heritage Forensics web site through mobile devices. Some mobile phone service providers operate systems that pinpoint the physical location of devices that use their services. Depending on the provider, Heritage Forensics or its third-party service providers may receive this information.
- Right to Opt-Out
You have the right to ‘opt-out’ of certain of our uses of your Personal Information. For example, at the time you are requested to provide Personal Information on the Web Sites, you may have the opportunity to elect to, or not to: (1) receive correspondence from us, or (2) have your Personal Information shared with other entities affiliated or unaffiliated with the Heritage Forensics for their marketing purposes. You may also make applicable setting changes from within your profile or by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link with any notifications you receive and indicating that you ‘opt-out’ and do not want to receive any correspondence from us.
Please understand that if you opt-out of receiving correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us.
No transmission of data over the internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties not under the control of Heritage Forensics to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully, including in the case of your contacting us by e-mail or a ‘contact us’ or similar feature on our Web Sites. Accordingly, though the Heritage Forensics may take reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of all Personal Information provided to this Web Sites, due to the inherent nature of the internet as an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers. Any such transmission is done at your own risk.
You may be able to create an account on our Web Sites with a username and password. If so, you are responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your account password, and you shall be responsible for any access to or use of the Web Sites by you or any person or entity using your password, whether or not such access or use has been authorized by or on behalf of you, and whether or not such person or entity is your employee or agent. You agree to (a) immediately notify Heritage Forensics of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. It is your sole responsibility to control the dissemination and use of your password, control access to and use of your account, and notify Heritage Forensics when you desire to cancel your account on any Web Sites. If your account is deleted by Heritage Forensics, it will be deleted from all Web Sites. We will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this provision.
We will have no liability for disclosure of your information due to errors or unauthorized acts of third parties during or after transmission.
In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your Personal Information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, to the extent we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail or by other means as required by law. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification.
With identity theft a continuing problem, it has become increasingly common for unauthorized individuals to send e-mail messages to consumers, purporting to represent a legitimate company such as a bank or on-line merchant, requesting that the consumer provide personal, often sensitive information. Sometimes, the domain name of the e-mail address from which the e-mail appears to have been sent, and the domain name of the Web Sites requesting such information, appears to be the domain name of a legitimate, trusted company. In reality, such sensitive information may be collected by an unauthorized individual to be used for purposes of identity theft. This illegal activity has come to be known as ‘phishing’.
If you receive an e-mail or other correspondence requesting that you provide any sensitive information (including your Web Sites password or credit card information) via e-mail or to any of the Heritage Forensics Web Sites that does not seem to be affiliated with our Web Sites, or that otherwise seems suspicious to you, please do not provide such information, and report such request to us at email@example.com.
Heritage Forensics does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. Children ages 13 to 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before making purchases, including subscriptions, on Heritage Forensics sites. No one under age 13 is authorized to provide any Personal Information or use our public discussion areas, forums and chat rooms. Heritage Forensics does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13.
- Third Party ‘Linked-To’ Web Sites
When you are on our Web Sites you may have the opportunity to visit, or link to, other Web Sites not operated by Heritage Forensics, including other Web Sites operated by our affiliates, by service vendors, or by unaffiliated third parties. These Web Sites may collect personal information about you. Heritage Forensics does not control Web Sites that are operated by these entities and is not responsible for the information practices of these Web Sites. Our Policy does not address the information practices of those other Web Sites. The privacy policies of Web Sites operated by other affiliates of Heritage Forensics are located on those Web Sites.
(i) Consent to Processing
We control and operate our Web Sites from within the United States of America. By providing Personal Information to the Web Sites, you understand and consent to such collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information. We do not represent that materials on the Web Sites are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Web Sites from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. All parties to this Policy waive their respective rights to a trial by jury.
(ii) Changes to this Policy
Heritage Forensics reserves the right to change or update this Policy, or any other of their policies or practices, at any time, and will notify users of the Web Sites by posting such changed or updated Policy on this page. Any changes or updates will be effective immediately upon posting to this Web Site.
(iii) Contact Us
If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy practices, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(iv) More Information
Want more information? Check out these helpful links.
Electronic Frontier Foundation: http://www.eff.org/ (a civil liberties organization working to protect your rights online).
Electronic Privacy Information Center: http://epic.org/ (established to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues relating to the National Information Infrastructure.
Privacy Issues Page from the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT): http://www.cdt.org/.)