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Privacy Policy

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This site is owned and operated by the Compliance Professionals Forum, an initiative of the iA Institute. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. We want to make your experience online satisfying and safe. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information, and how you can avoid the non-essential collection and use of information if you wish. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it, and explains how you can prevent us from collecting and using certain personal information of yours which is not essential to the functioning and use of the site.  

 

Information we collect and how we use it 

When using our website, you should understand that we routinely collect certain information about use of our website (described below). Also, by: accessing certain areas of the site requiring registration or a personal identification or account number or code, receiving our electronic newsletters, submitting news or information to our editors, participating in a Forum, making a purchase in our Store, downloading a whitepaper, submitting an electronic form requesting more information from an advertiser, or by clicking on a link in our website prompting you to contact us and sending us an electronic mail message, you may provide us with personal information about you or through which you may be identified (“Personal Information”). This statement applies to information we learn about you by any of these methods.  

 

Website use

Information  We collect information about the use of our site, including the aggregate number of page views on our site, and the aggregate number of unique visitors to the site. We may also collect the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the IP address of the computer you are using; the browser and operating system you are using, and their configuration; the date and time you access the site; the files you download from our site; the sequence of pages on our site you view, the path through which you navigate our site; the Internet address of the website from which you linked to the site; and whether you have enabled certain features, including cookies and Java script. (“Website Use Information”).  

 

We collect and analyze Website Use Information to determine how our website is used, including, among other things, which pages users visit, how long they stay, from what sites or servers visitors to our site come, etc. We collect and maintain this information on an aggregate, anonymous basis only, meaning that we do not associate Personal Information about you or your identity with this information. We also use the information to help us find and fix any technical problems, to measure the level of traffic on our site, to determine the usefulness of our site, and to improve it. We may also provide Website Use Information to third parties, such as advertisers and marketing firms, but again, in aggregate, anonymous form only.  

 

Error information 

When errors occur, we capture information about the user’s environment and activity as of the time of the error. Information acquired at such times includes information sent by the user’s browser, such as the browser type and the referring page, as well as the user’s identity based his or her own registration for the site. We use this type of information to detect and resolve technical problems, and to improve the functioning of our site.  

 

Information regarding advertising

Although we derive revenue from sponsorships, we do not share information about a user’s click streams or other behavior with sponsors.  The only exception to this is in the event that a user proactively submits an electronic lead form to a particular advertiser.  In this case, we will share only the information that the user includes on the form.   

 

Cookies 

We may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We use cookies to identify you as a registered user, and thus make certain activities on the site, such as logging in, more convenient.   You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to take advantage of any login-required service on the site.  

 

User-Supplied Information

Also, we gather information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions: to become a member of the site, receive our electronic newsletters or alerts, participate in a Forum, make a purchase from our Store, attend a webinar, submit an electronic mail message from the Contact Us page, or participate in polls and surveys.

 

Users who do not choose to register and become a member may remain completely anonymous.   We use any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.  

 

We use Personal Information provided by users in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in our interactive services. We will never share newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners, except in the following particular cases: 1) As part of a business consolidation or acquisition, 2) To comply with applicable law or valid legal process, 3) To protect the personal safety of our users or the public, 4) In the specific instance that a user has requested to subscribe to a publication or to receive further information about a product or service by submitting an electronic lead form, or 5) In the specific instance that a user attends a sponsored webinar or event, or downloads a sponsored whitepaper.  Users who supply Personal Information are given the means to access such information, and correct any inaccuracies.  

 

Security 

Please understand that information transmitted over the Internet traverses private and public computer and telecommunications networks with varying levels of security. Generally, unencrypted e-mail and information exchanged in a “non-secure session” is not secure. In certain cases, you may be prompted to provide personal information necessary to process your request, and we may use an encrypted form to establish a “secure session” using a “Secure Socket Layer,” to help protect the confidentiality of such information. We will identify such secure sessions, to help you know when this type of protection is being used.   Also, your browser may have features that will help you distinguish a secure session from an unencrypted session.

 

While we have implemented reasonable security measures to prevent unauthorized access to, and unauthorized disclosure, loss or alteration of information received via our website, and intend to continue to improve these measures as technology advances, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communication, information, or material transmitted to or from our website, and will not be liable or responsible for any such access or disclosure, loss or alteration. To help ensure your privacy, be sure to exit your browser before leaving the computer, especially if you are using one in a public place. 

 

Your Consent; Changes to The Site

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by the Compliance Professionals Forum. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it, so check back frequently to see if there have been any modifications.  
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