Last Update: March 30, 2011.
This policy describes the ways we collect, store, use and protect your personal
information. You accept this policy when you sign up for, register for, or use our products, services
or any other features, technologies or functionalities offered by us, our employees, directors, subsidiaries,
owners, affiliates, agents, partners, representatives or our licensors or service providers, either on our website
or on our service provider's website or through any other means (collectively the “Chamber Online Services").
apply to entities that we do not own or completely control, such as third-party applications
and/or websites using, provisioning, or connected to the Chamber Online Services. By using or accessing the Chamber Online Services,
you agree to our privacy practices outlined here.
2. Information We Receive
Information you provide to us:
Information About Yourself And/Or Your Business.
When you sign up for, register for, or use the Chamber Online Services, you provide us with your name, email, and other contact and/or business information.
You will also be able to add a picture of yourself or a picture of your business. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or
to provide specific services to you. Once you register you can provide other information about yourself and/or your business by connecting with,
for example, your current city, hometown, business networks, job opportunities, events, activities, interests, places, websites, and social networks.
One of the primary reasons people use the Chamber Online Services is to share content with others. Examples include when you update your status, upload a photo,
logo, or picture, share a link, create an event, post a video, make a comment, or send a message. If you do not want us to store metadata associated with content
you share with the Chamber Online Services (such as photos), please remove the metadata before uploading the content.
In order to provide transactional and payment history for your purchases, we may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on the Chamber Online Services.
Information we collect when you interact with the Chamber Online Services:
Site activity information.
We keep track of some of the actions you take on the Chamber Online Services, such as posting your status, editing your business information, uploading pictures,
adding connections to third-party websites, posting a comment on an article or post, posting a job, indicating you “like” content within the Chamber Online Services,
attending an event, choosing sponsorship, or editing content that you have previously posted. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information
or content to us. For example, if you share a link to a video or upload a video, in addition to parsing the content you linked or uploaded through the
Chamber Online Services, we might log the fact that you shared it.
Access Device and Browser Information.
When you access the Chamber Online Services from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your web browser type,
location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit within the Chamber Online Services.
"Internet cookies" are small pieces of data stored in your web browser's Internet cache on your computer, mobile phone, or other device.
The purpose of Internet cookies is to make the your experience on websites easier to use and navigate.
One example of Internet cookies is persistent logins, so that, for example, you will not be prompted to subsequently login anytime you click a link on a website
after you have already logged in to the website. We use "Internet cookies" to enhance your web browsing experience, to make the Chamber Online Services perform better,
and to know what information is visible to and controllable by you. You may remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases this
may impact your ability to use the Chamber Online Services.
Information we receive from third parties:
We do not own, operate, or completely control websites that you use or connect to through the Chamber Online Services. We may provide connection tools so that,
if you choose, you can connect your account on the Chamber Online Services to your accounts on other third-party websites via an API (application programming interface).
Once you make this connection, you can share information such as your status or pictures to your accounts on these websites.
If you are asked to supply your password in order to make the connection with third-party websites, we will not and cannot see
or store your password, as this authentication is not executed within the Chamber Online Services, but is accomplished on the third-party websites.
Third-party websites that you choose to connect to from your Chamber Online Services account may return application authentication keys and/or tokens in
encrypted format that we store with your account. This is so that a continued connection can be achieved without any future inconvenience to you.
You may also delete connections you have created between the Chamber Online Services and your accounts on third-party websites by editing your connections
and/or application settings either within the Chamber Online Services or on the third-party websites.
Information from other users.
We may collect information about you from other users on the Chamber Online Services, such as when a user tags or flags you in an article, event, photo, video, place, or
with your permission, when a user provides data for you on your behalf, or when a user provides more details about your business association with them.
3. How We Protect Information
We strive to do our best to keep your information safe. Keeping your information safe is also your responsibility, and we encourage you to take appropriate steps
to help us help you in keeping your information safe.
Technologies we use to keep your information secure.
We keep your account information on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers and passwords), that
information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL). In addition to SSL technology, an additional layer of encryption protects any
sensitive information that is stored with the Chamber Online Services. Also, any sensitive information that needs to be transferred to a third-party payment
processor, for example, is also transferred using secure connections.
Steps we take to keep your information secure.
We may use additional automated measures to enhance security, such as analyzing account
behavior for fraudulent or suspicious behavior, may limit use of features in response to possible signs of abuse, may remove inappropriate content or links
to illegal content, and may suspend or disable accounts for violations of our Terms of Service.
Risks inherent in sharing information.
Although we allow you to control privacy settings that limit access to your information, and although reasonable industry-standard security measures are used to help
safeguard your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Also, because we cannot control the actions of others, we cannot
guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information and that information you share will not become publicly available. Because no security measure is
flawless or perfect, we are not responsible for third-party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures being used by the Chamber Online Services.
You can help reduce your risk by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services,
knowing when and where to click when presented with information, updating your computer operating system and software with the most recent versions and patches/updates,
and using up to date antivirus software.
4. Sharing Information on the Chamber Online Services
This section explains how your privacy settings work, and how your information is shared on the Chamber Online Services.
You should always consider your privacy settings before sharing information on the Chamber Online Services.
Name/Business Name and Profile Picture/Logo.
The Chamber Online Services are designed to make it easy for you to connect and share information with others.
For this reason, your name and/or business name and your profile picture and/or logo do not have privacy settings.
If you are uncomfortable with sharing your profile picture and/or logo, you should not add this image, or if you do not like your current image,
you can upload a different image.
Your profile information settings control how people can see your profile information, such as your contact information, your phone numbers,
your email address, your map location, etc. Remember that your email address is required to use the Chamber Online Services, and you do not have to share your email
address publicly with anyone.
Your contact information settings allow you to see and control who can contact you using the contact information you list with the Chamber Online Services, and
allow you to control how you choose to be notified when there is activity on your account, such as when you receive a response to a job opportunity that you post,
when you receive a message from another user, etc.
In addition to listing information about you, you may also have the ability to delegate additional contacts/users to your account, including their name and email address.
You may assign permissions on these users to control how they can interact and be associated and/or listed with your account within the Chamber Online Services.
Some information associated with your account may be publicly available information, such as your name/business name, your profile picture/logo, and your
connections to other users. Such information may, for example, be accessible publicly on the Internet (including people who are not users of the
Chamber Online Services), be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by us and others without
privacy limitations. Such information may also be associated with you, including your name/business name and your profile picture/logo, even outside of
the Chamber Online Services, such as on public search engines and when you visit other sites on the internet.
The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on the Chamber Online Services is set to to be publicly available.
You can review and change your privacy settings at any time.
If you delete content that you have previously shared when using the Chamber Online Services, we will remove it from your profile and account,
but we have no control over its use outside of the Chamber Online Services.
Other things to remember.
- You understand that information that you share might be reshared or copied by others.
- So that users can learn how to share content, some of the content you post for public display and the actions you take may be visible to them.
- Certain types of information or communications that you share or send to other users may not be removed, such as messages.
- When you post information that is to be used, displayed and/or associated with another user's Chamber Online Services account or third-party
as determined and outlined by the third party.
- Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere, but only
to the extent it has been previously shared with others prior to such removal, was distributed pursuant to your modification of your privacy settings,
or was copied or stored by others prior to such removal.
5. Information You Share With Third Parties
The Chamber Online Services Platform.
As mentioned previously, we do not own or completely control third-party applications or websites that use, provision, or connect to the
Chamber Online Services Platform. When you use applications and websites that use, provision, or connect to the Chamber Online Services Platform,
information you supply in and to the Chamber Online Services from these applications and websites may become available outside
the Chamber Online Services. Prior to allowing these third-party applications or websites to access any information about you,
measures are used to ensure that only authorized information can be used.
Connecting with an Application or Website.
When you create a connection between your account with the Chamber Online Services and a third-party application or website,
it may have access to General Information about you. The term General Information may include your name/business name, your profile picture/logo,
your user IDs, and other content that you share publicly. We may also make information about the location of your computing device or your chosen GPS location
available to applications and websites in order to help them better organize and distribute content you share.
When an application or website wants to access your data, it is your responsibility to take note of the permissions granted to you to help control your information.
You should always review the policies of third-party applications and websites to make sure you are comfortable with the ways they use information you
You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address book applications, or copy and paste functions,
to capture, export information from (and in some cases, import information to) the Chamber Online Services, including your information and information about you.
For example, if you publicly share your phone number with the Chamber Online Services, others may use third party applications to synchronize that information
with their contact list or address book.
Advertisers may display ads within the Chamber Online Services and may use technological methods to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize
the advertising content to you, based on information contained in your account. Such information is not personally identifiable, and the Chamber Online Services
does not share personally identifiable information with third-party advertisers unless we get your permission.
When you click on links within the Chamber Online Services you may leave the Chamber Online Services website(s). We are not responsible for the privacy
practices of other websites, and we encourage you to read their privacy statements. We also may track the fact that you clicked on a link contained within
the Chamber Online Services.
6. How We Use Your Information
Any information we use within the Chamber Onlines Services, we try to provide a safe and customized experience.
Here are some examples:
We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time. You may opt out of receiving our communications
with the exception of communications that are essential to management of your account. We may include content from the Chamber Online Services
in communications we send to you and to others using the Chamber Online Services.
Providing the service.
We use collected information to provide particular services and features to you, to measure and improve such services and features,
and to assist in the support of your account. We may also use information that we collect to prevent potentially illegal activities
and to enforce our Terms of Service. We may also use technologies to detect and address suspicious activity
and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or
termination of some of the functions of the Chamber Online Services.
We do not share personally identifiable information with advertisers without your consent.
So that advertisers can select an appropriate audience for their advertisements within the Chamber Online Services,
we may allow advertisers to target their advertisements using non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected
(including non-personally identifiable information you may have decided not to share within or outside the Chamber Online Services, such as your
interests, your business associations or classifications, or other information or preferences).
For example, if you are a computer services company, we might use the fact that you provide computer services to show you ads from an antivirus software company,
but we do not tell the antivirus software company who you are.
Even though we do not share your personally identifiable information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact
with an advertisement, there is a possibility that the advertiser may use methods to track your interaction.
Displaying your profile.
We may use information about you supplied by other users of the Chamber Online Services to better complete your profile. In such cases you will have
the ability to modify the content or you may be able to limit or remove its visibility on your profile.
7. How We Share Information
The Chamber Online Services is focused around sharing information to people on the Internet and in your community.
We provide control over your privacy settings so you can restrict others from accessing some of your information.
We also share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you,
reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so. For example:
When people search for you.
To help people find you, we may make certain information you have added to your profile available in the Chamber Online Services search results.
To give search engines access to publicly available information.
We may allow search engines to access information that you publicly share.
You can change the visibility of some of your profile information by editing your profile settings.
When you make a payment.
When you enter into a transaction or make a payment when using the Chamber Online Services, we will only share transactional information to third parties,
such as payment processors, as is necessary to complete the transaction or for accounting purposes.
When you invite a colleage.
When you invite someone to join or use any of the services associated with the Chamber Online Services, we will send this person a message on your behalf
using your name/business name. The invitation may also contain information about other users of the Chamber Online Services.
We may also send reminders to them in your name.
When you share your information to receive offers.
You may share information with marketers or e-commerce providers not associated with the Chamber Online Services through offers visible within the Chamber Online Services.
Such sharing is entirely at your discretion, and we will not provide your information to these marketers without your consent.
To provide, help improve, or promote our services.
We may provide information to service providers or business associations that help us bring you the services we offer.
For example, we may use third parties to help provide our services, to help send out email updates about the Chamber Online Services,
to process payments, or to provide search results, links, or sponsored links. These service providers or business associations may have limited access to
your information, but when this occurs, we implement reasonable protections to limit use of that information.
To offer joint services.
We may provide services jointly with other companies or partners. If you use these services, we may share your information to assist the functionality of that service.
To respond to legal requests and prevent harm.
We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that
the response is required by law. This may include requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response
is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international
standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily
harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Terms of Service. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts
or other government entities.
Transfer in the Event of Sale or Change of Control.
If ownership or part ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner(s) so that the Chamber Online Services may continue to function.
8. How You Can Edit or Remove Information
Editing your profile.
You may edit or remove profile information at any time by logging in to your account and going to the profile section.
Your information will be updated when you make and save your changes.
Halting use of your account.
If you want to stop using the Chamber Online Services, you can do so at any time.
Your public profile information may still be made available by the Chamber Online Services until your account is completely dropped from the system.
You may still have the ability to reactivate your account and restore your profile. In the event you do decide to reactivate your account,
your information will be made available and will be editable again by you upon acceptance of your account reactivation request.
Limitations on removal.
Even after you remove information from your profile or your account has been dropped, certain copies of that information may still remain viewable
elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others or it was copied or stored by other users prior to such removal or prior to your account being
dropped from the system. Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if you have removed
such pertinent information or even if your account has been dropped. If you have given third-party applications or websites access to your information,
Removed and/or deleted information may persist in our backup copies, but will not be made available to others unless such disclosure is required by law.
9. Definitions and Other Items
"Us," "we," "our," and "the Chamber Online Services" mean the same as they do in the Chamber Online Terms of Service.
If we make changes that are material, we will provide you notice as appropriated under the circumstances.
Consent to Collection and Processing in the United States.
By using the Chamber Online Services, you consent that your personal information will be transferred to and processed in the United States.
10. How You Can Contact Us About Privacy Concerns
Bullard Texas Chamber of Commerce
, P. O. Box 945, Bullard, TX 75757