This Privacy Statement sets forth the information gathering, use, and dissemination practices of USI Affinity in connection with this World Wide Web site (the "Site"). This Privacy Statement addresses USI Affinity’s practices regarding information collected only directly through or from the Site. It does not address or govern any information gathering, use, or dissemination practices related to information collected other than directly through or from the Site, including, without limitation, from or via telephone, facsimile, postal mail, personal delivery, or other or additional offline means or media. USI Affinity can be contacted by mail at One International Plaza, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19113; or by phone at (800) 265-2876.
1. Collection of Personal Information from Site Visitors.
USI Affinity may collect or track: (1) the home server domain names, e-mail addresses, type of client computer, files downloaded, search engine used, operating system, and type of Web browser of visitors to the Site; (2) the e-mail addresses of visitors that communicate with USI Affinity via e-mail; (3) information knowingly provided by the visitor in online forms, registration forms, surveys, e-mail, and other online avenues (including, without limitation, demographic and personal profile data); and (4) aggregate and user-specific information regarding which pages Site visitors access. When a visitor performs a search within the Site, USI Affinity may record information identifying the visitor or linking the visitor to the search performed. USI Affinity may also record information for every search request and use that information to solve technical problems directly or indirectly in connection with the Site and to calculate overall usage statistics.
2. Use of Personal Data Collected.
Personal data collected by USI Affinity may be used by USI Affinity for many reasons, for example, for editorial and feedback purposes, for a statistical analysis of users' behavior, for product development, for content improvement, for fulfillment of a requested transaction or recordkeeping, to track “hits” on Web display advertisements or vendor icons, or to customize the content and layout of the Site. Aggregate data on visitors' home servers may be used for internal purposes, and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information which visitors voluntarily provide to USI Affinity will be added to USI Affinity’s databases and may be used for follow-up with visitors. USI Affinity also may use Site visitor data to contact the Site visitors regarding account status and changes to the subscriber agreement, privacy statement, and any other policies or agreements relevant to Site visitors. USI Affinity reserves the right to use personal data collected from Site visitors to seek permission from visitors for subsequent releases of personal data.
USI Affinity may set and access cookies on site visitors' computers. USI Affinity allows third parties that show advertisements on our pages to set and access cookies on visitors' computers. Third parties’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies and is not controlled by the Association. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by a Web browser on a computer’s hard drive. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies. Site visitors may edit their browser options to block cookies.
4. Disclosure of Personal Data to Third Parties.
Identifiable or non-identifiable data may be disclosed or distributed to another party for the purposes of software maintenance, or to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, or other government agency, department, or body, whether or not pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or if determined by USI Affinity in its sole judgment that such disclosure or distribution is appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of USI Affinity or any other person or entity. While USI Affinity may undertake efforts to see that any third party to with which USI Affinity shares or otherwise discloses personal data is under a general ethical or contractual obligation to use the personal data solely for the purposes for which the data was disclosed, such third parties are independent third parties over which USI Affinity exercises no control, and is not responsible for their conduct, actions, omissions, or information handling or dissemination practices and USI Affinity will not be liable therefore. If visitors have questions about the use or dissemination of the information by third parties, they must contact the third parties directly. This Site may contain links to other World Wide Websites or advertisements for or placed by third parties. USI Affinity is not responsible for the privacy practices of such Websites, advertisers, or third parties, or for the content of such sites or advertisements. It is possible that these links or advertisements themselves may be used by third parties or others to collect personal or other information about Site visitors. It is solely the visitors' obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other Websites and of these advertisers and third parties.
5. Security Measures.
USI Affinity has implemented numerous security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. For example, this Site is protected by firewall security to deter "hackers" from gaining access to such information, and all credit card transactions over this Site are completed using SSL encryption and certificate. Please be advised, however, that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from USI Affinity via this Site or e-mail cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, USI Affinity is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet. Instead of communicating with USI Affinity via e-mail, the Site, or the Internet, visitors can contact the Association by mail at One International Plaza, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19113; or by phone at (800) 265-2876.
6. Opt-Out Right.
Once a Site visitor submits his or her personally identifiable information, the visitor does not have the opportunity to opt out of subsequent permitted use of his or her personally identifiable information by USI Affinity as set forth herein.
7. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Data.
Upon a visitor's request via postal mail, e-mail, or phone, USI Affinity will provide to the visitor a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by the Association regarding the visitor, which information has been voluntarily provided to USI Affinity through a request for information or referral through the site. Visitors may modify, correct, change, or update their personally identifiable information by contacting USI Affinity via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone at the address or number above.
9. Public Forums.
This Site makes or may make chat rooms, discussion forums, list serves, podcasts, and blogs available to its users. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and USI Affinity has no liability for its disclosure to or reliance upon any parties or users. Users should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information.