1. Access; Registration
The Institute offers access to the Website to the general public without the need to register as a Member. However, you must register as a Member in order to gain access to certain features, which are unavailable to Users. In order to register, you must provide certain PII such as your name, street address, phone number, email address, job description, username, and password. All PII which you provide through the Website will be stored on the Institute’s servers.
2.2 Members and Users also may submit PII to the Website by conducting surveys and registering for conferences and special events. Such PII will not be made publicly available through the Website, but will be used by the Institute and third parties working on its behalf to fulfill your requests. For instance, when you execute a purchase through the Website, your credit card information will be shared with our merchant provider in order to complete your transaction.
3. Third Parties
3.1 The Institute will not sell or lease your PII to third parties without your express consent. We may, however share your PII with third parties under certain circumstances, including:
a) if sharing your PII is necessary to execute a specific request by you.
b) if sharing your PII is required by law or is necessary to respond to a subpoena, warrant or court order, or to protect the rights of the Institute or its Members and/or Users; and
c) if you give us express permission to share your PII with third parties.
5. Cookies and Log Files
This Website is not intended for use by persons under eighteen (18) years of age. If the Institute learns that a Member is under the age of eighteen (18), appropriate steps will be taken to remove the Member's PII from the database and restrict such individual’s access as a Member of the Website.
The Institute has implemented security measures to protect PII from loss, misuse and alteration. We use industry-standard practices such as encrypted storage, firewalls and password protection systems to safeguard the confidentiality of your PII. Your information is only available to those employees of the Institute who need it to perform their responsibilities.
8. You Have Control Over Your Personal Information
The success of the Institute is directly related to your trust in our privacy practices. Although we encourage our Members and/or Users to share information to get the most benefit from the Website, we provide you with the opportunity of benefiting from many of the Website’s features without having to submit any PII. Although we provide powerful tools for you to share information, remember it is always your choice whether or not to share certain information with other Members or the general public. Members can update or otherwise change their PII posted on the “Registration” page and change sign-up preferences (whether or not to receive an e-mail newsletter or be part of a mailing list, etc.) by accessing the “My Information” page.
Last Updated:June 1, 2006