Disclosure Regarding Collection and Use of Personal Information
Through STEMlete, users may enter personal information about themselves. This policy explains our online information collection and use practices and the choices you can make about the way we use and share such information. Please take the time to read and understand this policy so that you can understand how we use your personal information.
REMEMBER: IF YOU MAKE USE OF STEMLETE, REGISTER WITH STEMLETE, SUBMIT INFORMATION IN ANY WAY TO OR THROUGH STEMLETE, OR REQUEST INFORMATION THAT WE MAY OFFER YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS. AS WE UPDATE AND EXPAND OUR SERVICES, THIS POLICY MIGHT CHANGE, SO PLEASE REVIEW IT FROM TIME TO TIME.
The Information We Collect
We may collect information about you through a variety of methods, such as through visits that you may make to STEMlete, how you use STEMlete, any information that you enter or documents that you upload to STEMlete and publically make available, the types of STEM-related news, images, video, podcasts, weblinks, etc that interest you, your participation in public blogs, groups/forums/events, your recognition and your achievements.
Other Collected Information
We also may collect certain non-personal information (i.e. generic information that does not identify you personally) when you visit any of our web pages such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, the Internet Protocol address you are using to connect to STEMlete and the domain name of your Internet service provider.
How We Use Your Personal Information
We use your personal information to improve the functions and features of STEMlete, provide you with information such as colleges/universities, employers, STEM-related magazines/journals, STEM-related professional associations, STEM-related products, services, surveys, and events, and commercial businesses that may interest you or have such parties directly contact you.
Updating or Removing Your Personal Information
You have complete control of your personal information and may update or remove it at any time on your own.
How We Share Your Personal Information
We will not share with third parties the personal information you provide except (a) if it is for the purpose(s) you provided it; (b) with your consent; (c) as may be required by law or as we think necessary to protect STEMlete or others from injury [e.g. in response to a court order or subpoena, in response to a law enforcement agency request or when we believe that someone is causing (or about to cause) injury to or interference with the rights or property of another]; (d) with other persons, service providers or companies with whom we contract to carry out internal www.stemlete.org operations or our business activities (for example, sending you information about colleges/universities, employers, STEM-related magazines/journals, STEM-related professional associations, STEM-related products, services, surveys, and events that may interest you); and/or (e) notifying you when we make material changes to this policy. Examples of us sharing your personal information for the purposes submitted are if you request information from a third-party such as college/university, employer, STEM-related magazines/journal, STEM-related professional association, STEM-related product, service, or event, we may provide the information provided to such third party so that they can send to you directly the information you requested. You have complete control to access or correct your personal information that we have collected about you online at anytime by logging into your STEMlete account by enabling you to set the Privacy Settings at any place in STEMlete that you add content by allowing you to select (public, private, STEMfriends, Logged-in STEMlete). If you still have any questions regarding access to or corrections to your personal information, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Additionally, with your consent, we may share the personal information you provide online with organizations not affiliated with us (e.g., third party organizations) who are interested in marketing their products or services to you or in asking you questions, both online and offline. Organizations with whom we might share your personal information may include consumer products, telecommunications, financial, market research, and educational services companies and their third party service providers. If you want us to stop sharing your personal information with these organizations, please contact us at email@example.com. If you consent to receiving communications from non-affiliated organizations, you may need to communicate with them directly if you later decide that you no longer wish to receive their communications or if you wish to change any data you provided online. In this instance, any changes or amendments to your personal information must be given directly to each organization who communicates with you as these changes, amendments and/or deletions will not be exchanged between us and non-affiliated organizations. If we do share personal information with a non-affiliated organization, to the extent practical, we require that they protect such information in a manner that is consistent with this policy. We cannot, however, guarantee how these non-affiliated organizations will use your personal information.
Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information
We sometimes use the non-personal information that we collect to improve the design and content of STEMlete and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze how STEMlete is used, as well as to offer you products, programs or services. Sometimes we share aggregate information with non-affiliated organizations.
Receipt of Communications; Opt-Out
If you would prefer not to receive marketing or promotional emails from us that may relate, for example, to new services or offerings, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to opt-out of receiving marketing or promotional postal mail from us, please let us know in writing via letter addressed to: Attention: Privacy STEMlete, LLC 12025 New Dominion Parkway, Suite 305, Reston, Virginia 20190. For all postal mail opt-out requests, please include your name, street address, city, state/province, country, and postal code. We cannot accept postal mail opt-out requests via telephone or facsimile, nor will we be responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly or lack complete information. Please note that we may require up to sixty (60) days to fully remove your postal mail information from our mailings.
Following your opt-out, please be aware that we may continue to contact you via email or postal mail (if the information has been provided) for administrative or informational purposes, including, but not limited to, follow-up messages regarding the administration of your account, and Collection of Information By Others.
As you use the Internet, a trail of electronic information is left at each web site you visit. This information, which is sometimes referred to as “Clickstream Data,” can be collected and stored by a web site’s server. Clickstream Data can tell us the type of computer and browsing software you use and the address of the web site from which you linked to STEMlete. We may use Clickstream Data as a form of non-personal information to anonymously determine how much time visitors spend on each page of STEMlete, how visitors navigate throughout STEMlete and how we may tailor our web pages to better meet the needs of visitors. This information will only be used to improve STEMlete. Any collection or use of Clickstream Data will be anonymous and aggregate.
From time to time we may supplement information you give us with information from other sources, such as information validating your address. Thus, information we obtain through STEMlete may be intermingled with and used in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than STEMlete, including both offline and online sources.
Publicly Available Information
Our Commitment to Security
We believe we have in place the appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information we collect online. Whenever personal information is passed on to non-affiliated organizations, to the extent practical, we require that they also have in place the appropriate safeguards. We cannot, however, guarantee that they do so.
How You Can Access or Correct Your Personal Information
For instructions on how you can access the personal information that we have collected about you online, or how to correct any errors in such information, please contact us at email@example.com.
To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Special Note for Parents/Legal Guardians
We will not knowingly accept personal information from anyone under 13 years old in violation of applicable laws. If you believe that your child under 13 has gained access to STEMlete without your permission, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have taken commercially reasonable steps to restrict use of STEMlete to those who are at least 13 years old. We do not market products or services for purchase by children and all children’s products or services we market are for purchase by adults only, or with adult permission.
In addition, any End User less than 18 years of age, must have parental consent or the consent of a legal guardian to become a member of the STEMlete Community.
Transfer of Business Assets
The personal information you provide is considered a STEMlete, LLC asset and may be included among transferred assets if STEMlete, LLC is ever acquired by a third party. Note: Any of your intellectual property (e.g., innovations, methods, data, formulas) that you originate and place on STEMlete is not the property of STEMlete, LLC. It is yours!
Changes to this Policy
Because our business needs may change over time, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this policy at any time. If at any time in the future we plan to use your personal information in a way that differs from this policy, we will revise this policy as appropriate. Your continued use of STEMlete following the posting of any changes to this policy means you accept such changes. This policy is effective as of 22 August 2013.