YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE PROCESSED IN THE COUNTRY WHERE IT WAS COLLECTED AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES (INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES) WHERE LAWS REGARDING PROCESSING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE LESS STRINGENT THAN THE LAWS IN YOUR COUNTRY.
Personal Information We Collect
We collect the following Personal Information that you submit to us voluntarily.
When you contribute posts and reviews, participate in our surveys (either directly, or through third party service providers), or provide any other Content to the Services through other means, we will collect all the information you provide. If you exchange messages with others through the Site, we may store these messages in order to deliver them and allow you to manage them.
In connection with reviews, posts, and surveys, IT Central Station (and/or its third party service providers) may collect a wide variety of product- and vendor-related information on an optional basis. Please be aware that while some pieces of information that you provide to us would not be sufficient to identify you when seen by another User without any context, the combination of different pieces of information that you have provided for viewing by other Users, or any contextual information, may allow other Users to identify you.
When you contact us by sending us an e-mail or when you use any of our contact forms, we will collect any information that is contained in (and/or attached to) your e-mail or text message, or that you enter into such forms.
Personal Information Collected Via Technology
When you use IT Central Station, your device is automatically providing information to us so we can respond and customize our response to you. The type of information we collect by automated means may vary, but generally includes technical information about your computer, such as your IP address or other device identifier. The information we collect also may include usage information and statistics about your interaction with IT Central Station. That information may include the URLs of our web pages that you visited, URLs of referring and exiting pages, page views, time spent on a page, number of clicks, platform type, location data, and other information about how you used IT Central Station. We do not currently respond to 'do not track' signals and similar settings or mechanisms. When you use IT Central Station, we try to provide a customized experience.
Automated means of data collection include the following:
Web Browser. When you visit an IT Central Station website, your browser automatically sends us your Internet protocol ("IP") address so that the web pages you request can be sent to your computer or device. We use your IP address to determine additional information, such as your company name, whether the computer or device has ever been used to visit IT Central Station before, which IT Central Station features were used the most often, and how much time was spent on a page.
Web Beacons and Log Files. We use "web beacons" (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, tracking pixels, and clear GIFs) on our websites. These web beacons allow us and third parties to collect information such as the IP address of the device, the URL of the web page, the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used, and any additional information in cookies that may have been set by the third party. The information is typically collected in log files, which generally track traffic on our websites. The information is used for analytical purposes and to manage technical issues that may arise. We do not attempt to identify individual users through this information.
Location Data. If you access IT Central Station using a mobile device, we will collect your physical location if you have enabled this feature. Even if you are not using a mobile device, information about your general location may be discernable from your device's IP address or the URLs we receive.
IT Central Station stores a small text file called a “Cookie” on your computer to store your login information (if any) and your personal preferences for the Services. IT Central Station may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). While you will still be able to use the Services if you disable Cookies in your browser, certain parts of the Services may not function as effectively. After you register and enable Cookies, we may associate this information with Personal Information that we have collected from you.
We work with third parties, such as Google Analytics and Facebook, to provide analytics services that may use the Cookies set on your device to serve advertisements, measure the performance of advertising, and track traffic to IT Central Station generally. In addition, we have implemented Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, which categorizes cookie information so that we and third-party service providers may better deliver content and/or advertisements that are relevant and useful to you on IT Central Station and various websites across the internet. You may opt out of tracking by Google Analytics and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting services by visiting Google Ads Settings or by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on. If you do not want Facebook to use information based on your IT Central Station activity for the purpose of showing you ads, you may opt out here.
You may also be able to disable placement of some (but not all) Cookies by setting your browser to decline cookies, though this may worsen your user experience. If you delete your browser cookies, your opt-out cookie will also be deleted. Additionally, if you change computers or web browsers, you will need to opt out again. A useful resource for information about deleting and controlling cookies can be found at AboutCookies.org.
Use of Information We Collect
In general, information (including Personal Information) you submit to us, or to third parties that support us in collecting information, as well as information we collect about you via technology, is used by us to provide you and other Users with the Services, to respond to requests that you make, to improve our Services, and to operate, maintain, and improve the features, functionality, performance, and support of the Services.
We may also use your Personal Information to provide you with notifications related to your use of the Services, such as electronic newsletters or promotional e-mails.
In order to use certain services on our Site, such as downloading reports, you may be asked to provide Personal Information (e.g. your name, email address, employer name, or phone number). We may share your information, browsing behavior, and information we collect about you with a limited number of our advertisers and partners. The webpage will state the maximum number of 3rd parties (typically 1-3) with which your information will be shared.
In addition, we may share with our advertisers your company size and employer name. However, we will not share with our advertisers your name, email address, phone number, or job title without your consent. See our list of advertisers, partners, and sponsors here.
If you choose to use our service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend's email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. We store this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and ensuring multiple invitations are not sent. Your friend may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we remove this information from our database.
One of the purposes of the Services is for Members to share product- and vendor-related information with other Users. Therefore, you should assume that any information that you post including any Personal Information you may choose to provide (but excluding your email address and phone number) will be made available to other Users of the Services. If you post Content on our site (e.g. product review, question, answer), it may be made available on 3rd party websites and included within materials distributed by our partners, but such Content will not include your email address, phone number, full name, or employer name. We may provide you with the ability to anonymously post certain comments, in which case we will not include your contact information (i.e., name, username, email address, or your employer) on the Site in connection with such comments. However, you should know that our internal records may associate your contact information with such comments.
Disclosure of Personal Information
We may provide your Personal Information to third party service providers and suppliers who work on our behalf or with us to provide you with some of the services and features of the Services and to help us communicate with our Users. However, these service providers and suppliers do not have any independent right to use this information except to help us provide the Services.
Choices Regarding Personal Information
You may change your Personal Information (i.e., email address) by logging into the service and editing your account information from within My Account.
We may send newsletters or promotional communications to our users. To unsubscribe to these communications you will be required to click an "Unsubscribe" link in these emails and confirm the email address for which you would like to unsubscribe.
You may request that your Account be terminated and that your Personal Information be deleted by sending an email to email@example.com. Any termination of your account may involve deletion of your Account information from our live databases and all the information and data stored for such Account in the Services. IT Central Station will not have any liability whatsoever to you for any termination of your account or related deletion of you information. You can request a copy of the personal information we store about you by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we delete Personal Information that we have collected from or about you, it will be deleted from our active databases but may remain in our archives.
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Privacy of Minors
We do not intentionally collect or maintain information in the Services from those visitors and Users of the Services who are under 13 years old.
Security and Confidentiality
IT Central Station has put in place commercially reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. However, no company, including IT Central Station, can fully eliminate security risks associated with Personal Information.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
If we decide to change our privacy and security policy, we will update at the top of this policy the date upon which this policy became effective and post a prominent notice on our homepage, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we may disclose it.
We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time, so please review it frequently.