As used herein, the words “user,” “you” and “your” mean users of the Website and the words “we,” “our,” and “BCS” mean BCS, the owner and operator of the Website.
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
We will not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily. For example, we request personally identifiable information, such as your name, mailing address and e-mail address, when you register for an account on the Website, for online shopping or transactions, or for other services that require registration or subscription.
When you provide us with personally identifiable information, we may, among other uses: use the information to provide services and products; store and process the information to better understand your needs, what services are most popular and how we can improve our services and products; use the information to contact you for informational, marketing and promotional purposes; or disclose that information when we contract with a third party to deliver e-mail or provide other services on our behalf. We will, and by your use of our services you expressly authorize us to, use the information you provide in the manner disclosed.
If you choose to place an order through our e-store, we collect standard credit card information (card number, card type, expiration date) and keep a record of your financial transaction. Credit card numbers are held only until the charge can be processed, and then the number is only available to Customer Service for the purpose of problem resolution.
How You Can Access or Correct Your Information
You can edit, correct or remove any or all of the personally identifiable information you provide us by accessing the account you create when you become a registered user. Remember, however, that removing personally identifiable information may limit your ability to access some or all of the features and services of the Website. In addition, to keep you in control of your personally identifiable information and the communications directed to you, we allow you to opt-out of receiving communications from us about new Website features or our services.
Collection and Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information
BCS may also collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. Examples of this type of information may include:
– your age, gender, interests and preferences;
– the domain name of the Website from which you linked to the Website;
– Your domain type (com, .net, .edu, etc.);
– the server your computer is logged into;
– your IP address (a unique number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web; many Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address); and
– Other standard information included with every communication sent on the Internet, such as browser type, operating system, browser language, service provider, and local time.
BCS may share this information with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. For example, we may inform a sponsor of general statistics regarding the use of this website. This data is used to customize the Website’s content and advertising, and to deliver a better experience for our members and users.
We also collect data from the Web logs of our computers that deliver content on the Website, including information about what you view. Along with information gathered from our other users, we create “aggregate data” reports that we may disclose to third parties. We may also study aggregate data in order to enhance our existing services or develop new services.
When you view the Website, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a “Cookie” or similar file and will help us in many ways. Cookies are small text files placed on your computer’s hard drive; so that BCS can recognize you the next time you visit the Website. For example, cookies are used to help us determine what type of information to present to you and to tailor the Website to better match your interests and preferences.
The Website may make discussion boards, groups and/or other public forums available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed to these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personally identifiable information.
This Website is not directed at persons under 18 years of age and our content and other services are not written, intended, or designed for persons under 18 years of age. We do not intend to collect any personally identifiable information from such individuals. Where appropriate, BCS will specifically instruct children not to submit such information on the Website. If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that child should contact us at the mailing address or e-mail address listed at the bottom of this Policy if he would like this information deleted from our records. We will use reasonable efforts to delete the child’s information from our existing files.
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Confidentiality and Security
Any personal information you give out online – such as in discussion boards or groups — can be collected and used by people you don’t know. While BCS strives to protect your information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and you do so at your own risk.
We process your financial transactions securely using the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”). Examples of our security measures include physical, electronic and procedural safeguards, sophisticated monitoring tools, documented security policies, use of strong encryption (e.g. SSL) for transmissions of Order Information to and from our credit card processor, restricted access of personally identifiable information and periodic security audits.
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our users and members is of utmost concern to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission, including but not limited to credit card information, over the Internet can be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, BCS can’t ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your personally identifiable information, we will take reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems.
Your account on the Website is password-protected so that only you can access it and view the member information relevant to the account. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. BCS will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail. Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and any account information. Remember to sign out of your account on the Website and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if your computer is accessible to others, if you share a computer with someone else or if you are using a computer in a public place like a library or an Internet café. It is recommended that you change your password at least every year.
Who is Collecting your Information?
Your information is being collected solely by BCS. See the discussion under “With whom your information may be shared” below concerning the circumstances under which we may disclose certain of your information to third parties.
With Whom Your Information May be Shared
BCS does not sell trade or rent your personally identifiable information to others. We may provide information to others as follows:
(a) As discussed above under “Collection and Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information,” we may provide aggregate statistics about our users, traffic patterns and related site information to our clients or for other marketing and promotional purposes.
(b) We may provide information to third parties to the extent necessary to enable them to provide services on the Website, such as delivery or tracking of advertisements, or to provide information or services requested by you.
Retention of Information
Any information we collect may be retained for an indeterminate period of time.
Upon request, we will provide you with the information we have about you so that you may request corrections. This information will be sent via postal mail, which we believe is the most secure means of communication. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before providing information or making corrections.
Reviewed February 3, 2014