CASE respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. CASE strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, CASE has implemented the following policy.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES CASE COLLECT?
Most data CASE collects is used only to help us better serve our members. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed on the Web site.
From General Users. CASE does not collect any personal information from users browsing its website. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.
From CASE's Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on cascience.org, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily. CASE asks users to provide their name, organization name, business phone, and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to CASE through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and contest registrations. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by CASE to its members through its e-mail service provider and electronic newsletters, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, CASE will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, name of the list from which the message was sent, tracking URL number and destination page. CASE only uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.
HOW DOES CASE USE DATA COLLECTED?
CASE uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:
CASE Member Services and Products. Generally, CASE use data collected to improve its own web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.
Disclosures to Third Parties. CASE also makes member contact information available through the mailing list sales to third parties who make requests for such lists that meet the criteria outlined in CASE’s Sale of Membership Mailing Labels Policy. CASE provides mailing lists of conference attendees to conference exhibitors. On occasion, CASE may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. Mailing lists are limited in data and include names, job titles, companies/organizations/schools and business or home addresses, but do not include phone numbers, fax numbers, or e-mail addresses. Users may request CASE refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, conference registration form or any other form on which they are providing information; an opt-out box will appear on each form on which a user provides information. Alternatively, users may contact CASE at or 916-979-7004 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.
Sale of Membership Mailing List Policy. When the content of a mailing is deemed to be reasonably related to a member's interest as a member, mailing labels may be sold to individuals, organizations, and companies for the following purposes:
- To mail science-related product information
- To advertise a science-related educational event which does not compete with a CASE event
- To solicit input on a science-related issue
- To mail campaign-related information when the requester is an official candidate for CASE office
Mailing labels shall not be sold or given to any individual, organization, or company if the labels are to be used for the following purposes:
- To mail position statements or information designed to sway public opinion about an issue
- To mail information designed to influence legislation
- To incite action on a political issue
Consent to Use Personal Information. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act(s) 1984 and 1998 (as applicable), CASE or its agents must store, host and otherwise process the information (including personal data) supplied by the User when registering for this website. User supplies as defined above when registering for the Web site in order to allow CASE (or its designated agents) to use the information to send the User unsolicited direct mail advertisements, promotions, and solicitations for third parties' products and services.
Credit Card Account Information. CASE does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, CASE submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.
WHAT PRIVACY ISSUES ARISE WITH LINKS TO OTHER SITES?
This Web site contains links to other web sites. CASE has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.