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Using the EP-Community Website
You can review website content without providing any personal or individually identifiable information. You may also be able to set the security settings on your browser or network connected device to prevent certain tracking and logging features. If you do that, the EP Products may be less functional for you.
To actively utilize EP Products and interact with the Community, you will be required to provide personally identifiable information upon registration. Registration provides you with the ability to use interactive features, enter and view information, receive e-mails from us, participate in discussions, leave comments, sign up for events or participate in special promotions. If you choose to register or if you conduct transactions through EP Products, we will collect information about the transactions you engage in and your other activities. We need certain information from you to register you, authenticate you and process your registration information and transactions.
Kinds of Information We Collect
We may collect information that you voluntarily give us, as well as location-based information and site visitor data as described below.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII). In order to take advantage of certain features, you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information about you that would enable us to contact you directly. Personally identifiable information includes your e-mail address, name, gender, date of birth, postal/mailing address, telephone numbers, shipping and billing addresses, or persistent identifier (such as a customer number held in a cookie) which is associated with personally identifiable information, as well as other information, that you may provide voluntarily. We collect such personally identifiable information that you give us so that we may:
provide you with information about EP Products;
provide information to our third party marketing partners, subject to this policy;
notify you about new features and products available through EP Products;
respond to your requests for information;
process survey results and other data you provide;
process contest entries;
process purchases and payments;
filter the services and information offered to you; and
open, maintain and administer user accounts.
We will use the personally identifiable information we collect to provide you with specific information and services that you request, and with additional information and services that may be of interest to you. We may also use the personally identifiable information to analyze and improve your experience using EP Products and to customize your experience to match your preferences. By providing personally identifiable information, you fully understand and consent to the collection and processing of such information in the United States of America. To protect your privacy and security, we may also take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your data. While we strive to protect our users’ personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online, and you do so at your own risk.
We may also collect non-personal information, such as your IP address and use ‘cookies’. The information obtained from collecting IP addresses and using 'cookies’ is not personal information about you. For more information, please read the section on Site Visitor Data below.
Legal Basis for Processing Personal Information (EEA Users Only)
In compliance with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in effect as of May 25, 2018, the legal basis for us to collect or use the personal information described above for any visitor or customer located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) is dependent on the personal information and specific context in which it is collected. We will normally collect personal information only when we have received your freely given and informed consent, when it is necessary to perform a contract with you, where the processing of such personal information is in our legitimate interest and not overridden by your data protection interests and when it does not constitute an infringement of your fundamental rights and freedoms.
Location-Based Information. We may collect information relating to your general location based on (1) information you manually provide, (2) the IP address of your network connected device, (3) Global Positioning System (GPS) information sent to us by your GPS-enabled device, and (4) the proximity of your computer, tablet, mobile wireless device, personal digital assistant, personal communication system, or other communications device (your “Personal Communication Device”) to the nearest radio tower or cell site. We may also be able to detect when your Personal Communication Device is activated as well as when and how you are using it. Empowering Perspectives may collect data to verify the information you provide manually and to provide you with location-based content and advertising. We may associate Personally Identifiable Information with location-based information provided by you and your Personal Communication Device for our internal use and to improve your experience with EP Products.
Site Visitor Data. Site visitor data is information about the way a website is used that is not associated with an individual’s identity. We use anonymous data regarding online behavior to better understand how people use our EP Products. To that end, we may use aggregated, anonymous online traffic behavior along with information from third parties to track usage trends and thereby improve EP Products. We may also use this aggregated, anonymous information to develop reports that we may share with third party marketing partners and affiliates. The kind of information we may collect includes:
the date and time you use EP Products;
your Internet service provider, mobile carrier, or data services provider;
your Internet Protocol (IP) address;
the pages you visit;
the links you click;
the features used;
how and when you interact with EP Products;
the content, images and advertisements you select; and
how you arrived at the Website and where you go when you leave.
Most site visitor data is collected using data collection tools such as web beacons, cookies, embedded web links and other software (together, “Data Collection Tools”). Data Collection Tools are typically small data files or software that are sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s or mobile device’s hard drive. Most browsers and display software can be set to inform you when Data Collection Tools are being used or other tracking software is being sent to your computer or Personal Communication Device. They also provide you with the option of refusing such Data Collection Tools. However, refusing to allow the use of Data Collection Tools may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact the display or function of, certain areas or features.
Disclosure of Information
We will not sell, trade, or otherwise release any personally identifiable information to third parties, not including wholly-owned subsidiaries and affiliates under common ownership or control, without your consent except as follows below. You hereby authorize us to use your personally identifiable information as follows:
(1) By providing us your personally identifiable information you grant Empowering Perspectives the right to use such information to provide you content and services, and for the benefit of Empowering Perspectives without restrictions; personally identifiable information may be used for research and analysis, content, product and site development, and other proprietary uses.
(3) We may disclose information we collect, including personally identifiable information, to third parties as required or permitted by law. For example, we may disclose information:
to law enforcement authorities pursuant to an official request;
to financial institutions in the event you enter into transactions through any of the EP Products;
to vendors who provide us with services; and
to companies that may acquire part or all of Empowering Perspectives or an affiliated company.
When you provide us with information pursuant to a transaction on or through EP Products, you agree to the disclosure of any information you provide for the purpose of executing the transaction or fulfilling the request, as the case may be. Empowering Perspectives is not responsible for the protection of the information you provide to other websites. You should be aware that when you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information through other applications and websites, such information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited communications.
If you are located in the EEA or Switzerland, you may also:
request access to and receive details regarding the personal information we maintain about you in order to update or correct inaccuracies in such Personal Information, restrict, or reject to the processing of such Personal Information, have the information deleted, as appropriate, to exercise your right to data portability to easily transfer your Personal Information.
have the right to submit a complaint to lodge complaints in your country of residence, place of work or location of incident with a supervising authority responsible for the enforcement of data protection rights.
withdraw consent that you have previously provided regarding any Personal Information that you have allowed for processing, at any time free of charge.
Commercial Transactions. Circumstances may arise where, whether for strategic or other reasons, we decide to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize our business. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personally identifiable information to prospective or actual purchasers or joint venture partners, or the receipt of it from sellers. It is our practice to seek appropriate protection for information in the event such a transaction occurs.
Information Security. Whenever you enter an area of the site that carries, or requires you to enter, sensitive information such as your credit card details, a padlock icon will appear in the address bar of your browser, indicating that the page is secure. Empowering Perspectives uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Private Communications Technology security standards that are supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later and other popular browsers. SSL encodes your personal information by encrypting credit card number, name, address, phone number, identification number and your password so that they cannot be read by unauthorized parties. While we may at times provide encryption technologies and use other reasonable precautions to protect confidential information and provide suitable security, we do not guarantee that information transmitted through the internet is secure, or that such transmissions will be free from delay, interruption, interception or error.
Empowering Perspectives may implement certain physical, technological and managerial procedures to safeguard the personally identifiable information we collect. However, these procedures do not guarantee that the information will remain secure against theft or misuse.
Select the “opt out” or “unsubscribe” link, or follow the opt-out instructions that may be included in such communication.
Where applicable, return to the web page or service where you originally registered your preferences and follow the opt-out instructions.
E-mail us at email@example.com Be sure to provide your name, e-mail address and postal address, and specific relevant information about the particular communication you no longer wish to receive.
Please be aware that when you opt out of receiving communications, it may affect your use of the Website. By registering as a user or entering into transactions through the website, you consent to receiving administration and transaction related communications.
Children’s Privacy. We do not knowingly collect or distribute personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If we know a visitor is under the age of 13, we will collect a parent’s permission before we collect, use, store or disclose any personal information supplied by that visitor. We will also allow parents/guardians to review any personal information we collect from children under 13 and to request that we stop using and delete such information at any time. If our policies change with regard to personal information that we previously received parental consent to collect, we will notify the parents of the changed policies. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 and believe that we have collected personally identifiable information contrary to this policy or, in the United States, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), please contact us by e-mail so that we may delete such information. You can learn more about COPPA at the United States Federal Trade Commission website:
Disclosure. The privacy principles in this Policy are based on the Safe Harbor Principles. Empowering Perspectives will not disclose personally identifiable information in any manner that is inconsistent with this Policy.
Notice and Choice. We obtain personal information only as permitted by the Safe Harbor Principles or with the consent of the individual affected. We may ask for your consent to collect, use, and/or disclose personal information in certain ways, and you may be required to give your consent in order to use the website or our services. Individuals will be provided clear and conspicuous, readily available, and affordable mechanisms to exercise choice. To the extent permitted under the Safe Harbor Principals, we reserve the right to process personal information in the course of providing services through the Website without the knowledge of individuals involved.
If you are located in the EEA, we will comply with EU data protection law when transferring your Personal Information outside of the EEA. However, we may transfer your Personal Information to non-EEA countries, including the United States where we have our headquarters.
Contact Us. It is important for us to know what visitors have to say about EP Products. To contact us with your questions or comments please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org