Non-personally identifiable information, including information automatically gathered by our Web servers, is used to determine overall site traffic, popularity of areas of the site, what our users are looking for, and from where our users are linking to us. This information may also be used for aggregate statistical reporting, to improve the design and content of our sites, and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience.
Who May Use Collected Information
Information collected, whether personal or non-personal, may be shared within BIO and affiliated companies, and externally with third parties, such as members and business partners. BIO also reserves the right to sell or license the use of information collected from our websites. However, it is our policy to not disclose externally with third parties personal information collected on our site, except in the following instances:
The Personal Information provided to us may be transferred, disclosed, sold, licensed or shared with third parties to fulfill a request for our products, programs, or services and to those who may be engaged by us specifically to handle and deliver certain activities (e.g., sweepstakes) and perform other technical and processing functions, such as sending e-mail, fulfilling orders, or otherwise operating our sites. They have access to Personal Information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.
Information provided to us through correspondence may be shared (as appropriate) with other interested parties, including our members.
We may also disclose Personal Information to third parties (and our members) (1) when required by law or when the information is pertinent to judicial or government investigations or proceedings; (2) to protect and defend our rights and property; or (3) when necessary to protect our interests, our website(s), the safety of its users, or the public.
Other than as set forth above, we currently do not intend to share your Personal Information with third parties for other purposes. However, in the future we may disclose Personal Information you have provided to third parties for additional purposes. In the event we do, we will provide notices of such use to our users.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
We do not solicit or knowingly collect information from minors under the age of 13, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For more information about COPPA, please visit: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/03/coppa.shtm.
Collection of Information by Third Parties, Third-Party Sites and Sponsors
Some of our sites may contain links to other sites. Other sites have their own information practices that may be different than ours. If you choose to use any of these links, you will be leaving our website and going to a third party (external) website. We encourage you to read the privacy policies at these external sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices at these external sites or their use of any information they may collect from you.
In addition, you may have linked to one of our websites through another site. For example, in certain cases you may have linked to a sweepstakes or game site through banner or pop-up advertising on another site. In such cases the site you linked from may collect information from users who click on the banner or link. You may want to refer to the privacy policies on those sites to see how they collect and use this information.
BIO Sites sometimes may offer content, contests, sweepstakes, programs, registrations or promotions that are sponsored by or co-sponsored with third parties. By virtue of their sponsorship, these third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in the contest, sweepstakes, registration, program or promotion. BIO has no control over the third-party sponsors' use of this information.
Information Correction or Changes
You have the ability to correct or change certain information in our records, such as your address and contact information. Generally, you may change this information at any time and as often as necessary. If you need assistance or have questions about correcting information, you can contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have provided us with your e-mail address to subscribe to one of our services or to receive notifications or updates about one of the offerings at our sites and you wish to change your address or no longer wish to receive these communications, simply follow the unsubscribe instructions that appear in these e-mail communications.
For certain Services, it may be necessary to collect payment to conclude the transaction. In such circumstances we use industry-standard secure socket layer (SSL) encryption. We do not sell or rent your personal financial information.
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