The Information We Collect
We may collect and store any information you enter on our websites or give to us in any other way. The type and amount of information BIO collects about you varies according to how you use BIO Sites.
Collection of Personal Information
Many of the features on our websites are offered without collecting any Personal Information from you. "Personal Information" means personally identifiable information, such as your name, position, company, street address, telephone number, fax number, date of birth, e-mail address and other identifiers that permit physical or online identification of a specific individual. You can browse most of our websites and view much of our content on our websites anonymously.
There are certain BIO Site(s) and features that require you to provide (voluntarily and at your option) certain Personal Information before you may participate in the website. For example, we collect Personal Information when you send us e-mail or otherwise contact us, enter a sweepstakes, register for off-line and online events, subscribe to a newsletter, or enroll or participate in chats and other online services.
When you make a purchase, or sign up for a paid service, we will also collect your credit card information as additional Personal Information. We will use credit card information only to complete the transactions you have requested.
Providing us with Personal Information is entirely optional and voluntary; however, if you do not provide the Personal Information requested, we may elect to not make the related service available for your use.
Collection of Non-Personal Information
We may also collect and store non-personally identifiable information about your visit whenever you interact with our websites. For example, we may automatically collect your domain name; IP address; means of entry to the site; the type of browser and operating system used to access the site; the date, time and duration of each visit; and the pages you visit.
How We Use Collected Information
We use information you provide about yourself collected through BIO Sites to fulfill your request for our products, programs, or services; to respond to your comments and inquiries; and to offer you other products, programs, or services that we believe may be of interest to you. For example, Personal Information may be used to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests, to answer an inquiry, to fulfill a subscription request or product order, to register you for our convention or one of our conferences, or to contact you about a user account with us.
Information from Other Sources
Personal Information you have provided may be used in combination with other information obtained through other means. For example, we may use your name, company, and e-mail address provided to us online in conjunction with our membership records in order to provide you with a user name and password to access a BIO Site, forum, or specialized area. In other instances, an online inquiry about a purchase from us may prompt a review of an order placed by you over the telephone.
Information from Online Forums
The information collected in connection with our online forums is used to provide an interactive experience. This information is to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services. Note that online forums may be publicly accessible and other users may view information you post on them.
Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information