Gathering, Use, and Disclosure of Non-Personally-Identifying Information
Users of the Website Generally
“Non-Personally-Identifying Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person.
“Personally-Identifying Information,” by contrast, is information such as a name or email address that, without more, can be directly associated with a specific person.
Like most website operators, Compliance Systems gathers from users of the Website Non-Personally-Identifying Information of the sort that Web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes the user’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, operating system and browser type, and the locations of the Web pages the user views right before arriving at, while navigating and immediately after leaving the Website.
Compliance Systems analyzes Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from users of the Website to help Compliance Systems better understand how the Website is being used. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, Compliance Systems is able to better design the Website to improve users’ experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use. From time to time, Compliance Systems may also release the Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from Website users in the aggregate, such as by publishing a report on trends in the usage of the Website.
A “Web Cookie” is a string of information that a website stores on a user’s computer, and that the user’s browser provides to the website each time the user submits a query to the site. Compliance Systems uses Web Cookies to track the pages that users visit during each Website session, both to help Compliance Systems improve users’ experiences and to help Compliance Systems understand how the Website is being used.
As with other Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from users of the Website, Compliance Systems analyzes and discloses in aggregated form information gathered using Web Cookies, so as to help Compliance Systems, and others better understand how the Website is being used. Compliance Systems does not attempt to link information gathered using Web Cookies to Personally-Identifying Information.
Users of compliancesystems.com who do not wish to have web cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse web cookies before accessing the website, with the understanding that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of web cookies. Website users who refuse web cookies assume all responsibility for any resulting loss of functionality.
Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personally-Identifying Information
As defined above, Personally-Identifying Information is information that can be directly associated with a specific person. Compliance Systems collects a range of Personally-Identifying Information from and about Website users. Much of the Personally-Identifying Information collected by Compliance Systems about users is information provided by users themselves at the time they sign up to submit materials for a Website interactive program or to request additional information about Compliance Systems. That information includes each user’s name, employer and contact information.
Users of the Website are under no obligation to provide Compliance Systems with Personally-Identifying Information of any kind, with the caveat that a user’s refusal to do so may prevent the user from using certain Website features.
By registering with the website, you consent to the use and disclosure of your personally-identifying information as described in this “collection, use and disclosure of personally-identifying information” section.
Online Forums and Blogs
Certain Personally-Identifying Information collected from users is disclosed as a matter of course as a result of those users’ use of the Website. Users assume all responsibility for any loss of privacy or other harm resulting from their voluntary disclosure of personally-identifying information.
DMCA Infringement Notifications, Notices of Violations of Website Terms of Service, and Other Communications Directed to Compliance Systems
By submitting a Copyright Infringement Notification or other communication (including communications about content stored on or transmitted through the Website) you consent to have such communication forwarded to the person or entity who stored, transmitted or linked to the content addressed by your communication, in order to facilitate a prompt resolution. For Notices of Violations of Website Terms of Service or other communications (but not DMCA Infringement Notifications), upon request Compliance Systems will edit out your name and contact information. However, DMCA Infringement Notifications (including any personally identifying information set forth in the Notifications) will be forwarded as submitted to Compliance Systems without any deletions.
As described in the previous sections titled “Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personally-Identifying Information,” users may, at their option, disclose their own Personally-Identifying Information by any means they choose. Compliance Systems will disclose Personally-Identifying information under the following circumstances:
- By Law or to Protect Rights—Compliance Systems discloses Personally-Identifying Information when required to do so by law, or in response to a subpoena or court order, or when Compliance Systems believes in its sole discretion that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Compliance Systems, third parties or the public at large.
- Marketing Communications—If users opt-in to receive Compliance Systems marketing materials upon registration, Compliance Systems will email users about products and services that Compliance Systems believes may be of interest to them.
Collection and Use of Information by Third Parties
This policy is effective as of and was last updated on August 15, 2018.