Privacy Statement

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for the website of BioConversations. This privacy statement applies solely to any Personal Information that may be collected at the BioConversations Website. By using the BioConversations Website, you expressly consent to the information handling practices described in this Privacy Statement. Among other things, this Privacy Statement notifies you of the following:

1. What Personal Information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.

2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.

3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.

4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

“Personal Information,” as used in this Privacy Statement, is information that allows a person to directly identify an individual, such as name or email address, and information that we combine directly with such identifying information.

NOTICE: INFORMATION COLLECTION, USE, AND SHARING

BioConversations is the sole owner of the Personal Information collected on the BioConversations Website. However, we may offer the opportunity to permit you to interact with certain third party social networking sites (“Social Networking Services”) and other services and websites. Those third party sites may also collect certain Personal Information from you. Some of the Personal Information collected on such Social Networking Services will be owned by the third party sites. You should consult the privacy policies of whatever third party Social Networking Services you sign up for to understand how and whether they protect your Personal Information and what choices you may have regarding the information they collect. We have provided links to the privacy policies of certain of the third party Social Networking Services below.

BioConversations, may for itself, collect Personal Information from you on forms or email that you voluntarily submit to us and also collect Personal Information based on your usage of the BioConversations Website. This information is collected in order to enable us to better identify and serve our community of users and to respond better to their needs. Certain portions of the BioConversations Website may be accessible only by logging in to these sections of the site using password credentials that you create when you first sign up for access to these sections. When you register for access to these sections,on the BioConversations Website, you are required to provide certain Personal Information, including your name and email address. For certain features, including certain Third Party Social Networking Services, you may need to provide your date of birth, and a password that you select. You also may create a profile and provide other Personal Information within your Profile. You may choose not to display some of this information, causing it not to be displayed to other users. Please note, however, that even if you choose not to display Personal Information in your profile, that information will be accessible by BioConversations. We may use Personal Information collected on the BioConversations Website and information that may be provided to us by Third Party Social Networking Services to improve our services, to help us plan events and to better serve you and the other constituents of BioConversations.

In addition, BioConversations also collects and stores certain information in order to answer your email and to measure your interest in the various sections of the BioConversations Website. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. BioConversations may also permit you to post information or upload content to the Website or to a Third Party Social Networking site. Because you may voluntarily disclose Personal Information when you post or otherwise transmit content, please be careful with the information you choose to disclose.

We will use information that you provide to us to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us, and to provide you with information about BioConversation, our events, training materials and our other activities. We will not intentionally share your information with any unaffiliated third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to respond to your emails or questions. We use third parties to maintain and store your information and to process any payment you may make to us. Generally, these third parties are required not to use your information other than to provide the services requested by BioConversations. At some point in the future, we may share your information with affiliated organizations in order to provide better service to you and to advance the mission of the BioConversations movement. We may also receive information from or about you from other sources like telephone or telefax. We may add this information to the information we have already collected from you via our website in order to serve you better.

We may passively collect information regarding your use of the BioConversations Website by automated methods. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include, for example, your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, the content and pages that you access on our website, and the “referring URL” (i.e., the page from which you navigated to the our website). We use this information statistically to serve you and our other visitors better. Our site may serve cookies. A cookie is a small file that is created to help visitors navigate about the site, and for use to track the traffic to and on our site. You may refuse the cookies but some functions may not work as well or at all. We or our third party service providers may also use other methods, including clear GIFs (also known as “web beacons”) to determine which pages you visit. We also may include clear GIFs in some of our email messages in order to learn whether the messages are delivered and opened.

Certain third party Social Networking Services may also collect similar data. Please consult their privacy policies regarding their use of your information. Certain of these services collect data from you as part of the registration process, through your volunteering information when you interact with their services and by combining data with other information you have provided to such services at other times. These sites have privacy policies which are in addition to this privacy statement. Certain of these third party Social Networking Services permit you to adjust your user settings to permit certain choices by you about your Personal Information. These choices may be limited by the third party provider and the third party provider will typically not guarantee that once your information has been disclosed to them or posted to their website it can be removed from all locations where it may be stored. PLEASE USE THIRD PARTY SERVICES CAREFULLY. In addition, please be aware that third parties, including advertising servers, advertising networks, may set cookies or use other means of passively collecting information about your use of their services. We do not have access to, or control over, these cookies or other means of passive data collection. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these, advertising servers or advertising networks and Third Party Social Networking Services. This Privacy Statement does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or websites or Third Party Social Networking Services.

If BioConversations or our assets are acquired by another organization, that organization will possess the information collected by us and we will endeavor to have it assume the rights and obligations regarding your information as described in this Privacy Statement.

We may disclose your information if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to: (a) comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on us; or (b) to protect and defend the rights or property of BioConversations or users of our website; © take precautions against liability; (d) protect the rights, property, or safety, any individual, or the general public; (e) maintain and protect the security and integrity of our services or infrastructure; (f) protect ourselves and our services from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; (g) investigate and defend ourselves against third-party claims or allegations; or (h) assist government enforcement agencies.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about upcoming events, opportunities we think may interest you, new activities or changes to this Website or Privacy Statement.

YOUR ACCESS TO AND CONTROL OVER INFORMATION

You may opt out of any future contacts from us by e-mail at any time by following the “opt out” or “SafeUnsubscribe” link at the bottom of our emails to you.

SECURITY

We have secured Personal Information only to the extent of the security systems provided by our third party hosting service. We have required that our third party hosting service use reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of Personal Information. We take certain precautions to protect the information of registered users. Wherever we collect information that we deem is sensitive (such as account information and credit card information), we will deploy a secure sockets link (SSL) or other encryption technologies to transmit that data from a user’s computer to the servers of our third party hosting service providers’ servers in a more secure way. You can verify whether we are using SSL or other data security by looking for a closed lock icon on your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page. We may not use SSL or other encryption to collect your name, address, phone number or email address for routine information requests about our activities. Although we make good faith efforts to maintain the security of such Personal Information, we cannot guarantee that it will remain free from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or alteration. Further, while we work hard to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent “hackers” or other unauthorized persons from illegally accessing or obtaining this information. We do not assume any liability to third parties for your use of our website or for information about others you include in your profile or contacts. Please keep your password and login credentials secure.

If we learn of a security breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the BioConversations or providing Personal Information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of our website. If a security systems breach occurs, BioConversations may post a notice on our homepage or elsewhere on our website and may send email to you at the email address you have provided to us.

REGARDING USE BY CHILDREN

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) protects the online privacy of children less than 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from anyone under the age of 13, unless or except as permitted by law. Any person who provides Personal Information through the BioConversations Website represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older. If we learn that Personal Information has been collected from a user under 13 years of age on or through our website, then we will take the appropriate steps to cause this information to be deleted. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under 13 who has become a user of our Website, please contact us at privacy<at>bioconversations<dot>org.

YOUR CHOICES

You may, at any time, update, correct, or delete certain categories of Personal Information that you have provided to the BioConversations Website by logging in and updating, correcting, or deleting certain Personal Information. You may also, at any time, elect to deactivate your membership or may terminate your account and end your use of the BioConversations Website at any time and for no reason.

Even if you update or remove Personal Information that you have provided to us, your Personal Information may be retained in our backup files and archives for a reasonable period of time for legal purposes.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Our provision of a link to any other website or location is for your convenience and does not signify our endorsement of such other website or location or its contents. We have no control over, do not review, and cannot be responsible for these outside websites or their content. Please be aware that the terms of this Privacy Statement do not apply to these outside websites. Any Personal Information you provide on third-party sites or services is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s policies governing privacy and security. We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with Personal Information.

CONDITIONS OF USE

If you choose to visit BioConversations’ website, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Statement, as governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut, as applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Connecticut between Connecticut residents. The exclusive forum for any disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be the appropriate federal or state courts in New Haven County, State of Connecticut, USA.

INTERNATIONAL USERS

The BioConversations Website is hosted in the United States. If you use the BioConversations Website from the European Union, or any other region with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union and other regions. By providing Personal Information under this Privacy Statement you consent to the use of Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Statement and the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States.

CHANGES AND UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT

We may occasionally update this Privacy Statement. If we do, we will update the “effective date” at the bottom of the Privacy Statement. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to stay informed about our collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information. Your continued use of the BioConversations Website constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Statement and any updates.

CONTACTING US

If you have questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us at privacy<at>bioconversations<dot>org

You may also write to us at:

BioConversations
3000 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Attention: Privacy Officer

For general inquiries, we can also be reached via e-mail at info<at>bioconversations<dot>org

Statement Updated May 3, 2010

Links to Privacy Policies of certain Third Parties:

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