Privacy Policy

LAST UPDATED:  March 13, 2012

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Research Applications and Financial Tracking, Inc. has developed this Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use and disclose information obtained through our website athttp://labsafetyworkspace.org (the “Site”).  By using the Site, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. 

UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  Please take a look at the “Last Updated” legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised.  Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Site.  Your use of the Site following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Personal Information We Collect

Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual, such as:

  • Name
  • Username
  • Email address

How We Use Personal Information

We may use Personal Information:

  • to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests.
  • to send you important information regarding the Site, changes to our terms, conditions, and policies and/or other administrative information. 
  • to send you marketing communications that we believe may be of interest to you.
  • to allow you to participate in sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions and to administer these activities.  Some of these activities have additional rules, which could contain additional information about how we use and disclose your Personal Information, so we suggest that you read these rules carefully.
  • to allow you to send messages to a friend through the Site.  By using this functionality, you are telling us that you are entitled to use and provide us with your friend’s name and email address.
  • for our business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, developing new products, enhancing our website, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. 
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

How Personal Information is Disclosed

Your Personal Information may be disclosed:

  • to our third-party service providers who provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, infrastructure provision, IT services, customer service, email delivery services, auditing services and other similar services to enable them to provide services.
  • to any employer or other organization that you identify in your registration with the Site and/or that hosts the email address that you provide in your registration with the Site, as part of a list of course participants.
  • to any person to whom you provide a certificate ID, to permit such person to see what courses you have completed and when the courses were completed.
  • by you, in comments, forums and other services to which you are able to share or post information and materials.  Please note that any information and materials that you post or disclose through such services will become public information, and may be available (along with your username) to visitors to the Site and to the general public.  We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, on the Site. 
  • to identify you to anyone to whom you send messages through the Site.
  • to third-party sponsors of sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions.
  • to a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
  • as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

OTHER INFORMATION

Other Information We Collect

Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual, such as:

  • Browser information
  • Information collected through cookies, pixel tags and other technologies
  • Demographic information and other information provided by you
  • Aggregated information

How We Collect Other Information

We and our third party service providers may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including: 

  • Through your browser:  Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system version and Internet browser type and version.  We use this information to ensure that our Site functions properly.
  • Through server log files:  An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited.  We use IP addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, and administering the Site. 
  • Using cookies:  Cookies allow a web server to transfer data to a computer for recordkeeping and other purposes.  We and our service providers use cookies and other technologies to, among other things, better serve you with more tailored information and facilitate your ongoing access to and use of the Site, as well as for online tracking purposes.  If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to decline the use of cookies.  To learn more about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.  If you choose to decline cookies, some or all of the features, functionality and promotions available through the Site may not be available to you. 
  • Using pixel tags and other similar technologies:  Pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) may be used in connection with some Site pages and HTML-formatted email messages to, among other things, track the actions of Site users and email recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns and compile statistics about Site usage and response rates. 
  • From you:  Information such as your location, as well as other information, such as your company or institution and job title, is collected when you voluntarily provide this information.  Unless combined with Personal Information, this information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site.
  • By aggregating information:  Aggregated Personal Information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site (for example, we may aggregated Personal Information to calculate the percentage of our users who have taken or passed a particular course).

This Site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  This analytical tool uses cookies to help analyze how users use the Site.  The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site, including your IP address, will be transmitted to Google.  This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website, compile statistical reports on website activity, and provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google offers the ability to opt out from tracking through Google Analytics; for more information, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

How We Use and Disclose Other Information

Please note that we may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law.  If we are required to treat Other Information as Personal Information under applicable law, then, in addition to the uses listed in the “How We Collect Other Information” section above, we may use and disclose Other Information for all the purposes for which we use and disclose Personal Information. In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location).  If we combine any Other Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is combined.

THIRD PARTY SITES

This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site to which this Site contains a link.  The inclusion of a link on the Site does not imply endorsement of the linked site by us. 

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISERS

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Site.  Please note that these companies may use information about your visit to this Site in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you.  In the course of serving advertisements to this Site, these companies may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser.  If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit http://networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.  

SECURITY

We use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information under our control.  Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the“Contacting Us” section below.

CHOICES AND ACCESS

Your choices regarding our use of your Personal Information

If you no longer want to receive marketing-related emails from us on a going-forward basis, you may opt‑out of receiving such marketing-related emails by un-checking the box for marketing-related emails on your “Account Profile” page.  Please note that if you do opt-out of receiving marketing-related messages from us, we may still send important administrative messages to you. 

How you can update your Personal Information

If you would like to update your Personal Information that has been previously provided to us, you may do so by editing your Personal Information via your “Account Profile” page.

USE OF SITE BY MINORS

The Site is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that these individuals do not provide Personal Information through the Site. 

CROSS-BORDER TRANSFER

Your Personal Information may be stored and processed any country where we have facilities or in which we engage service providers, and by using our Site you consent to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including the United States, which may have different data protection rules than in your country.

RETENTION PERIOD

We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law.

SENSITIVE INFORMATION

we ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Information (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Site or otherwise to us.

JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

The Site is controlled and operated by us from the United States, and is not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States.

CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by visiting our “Contact Us” page, currently located at http://labsafetyworkspace.org/contact.


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