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Researchusa.Org Privacy Policy
 
Effective: May 17, 2010


ResearchUSA respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. We have created our Privacy Policy to inform you about the types of personal information that we may collect from you and how we handle this information. Please review this Privacy Policy before using researchusa.org or submitting any information.


1. GENERAL


ResearchUSA’s Privacy Policy describes how it collects and uses personal information. By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information by ResearchUSA as set forth in the most current version of this Privacy Policy. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this website and take effect on the date posted. You can determine if the Privacy Policy has been updated since your last visit by referencing the “Effective” date at the top of this page. If you have a user account, a notification of changes will be emailed to you or presented to you upon logging into the website. Your use of this site constitutes your acceptance of this Privacy Policy.


2. INFORMATION COLLECTED


You do not have to provide any personal information to use researchusa.org. However, some features require you to provide personal information, such as when you create a user account. ResearchUSA collects this information only when you provide it.


General Site Usage – We collect a limited amount of on-identifying site usage data from all users and visitors. This information may include IP address, operating system, web browser, referring website, time of visit, pages accessed, search requests, and other non-personal information about your visit. We make no effort to identify you personally using this information.


Unregistered Users – In general, you can anonymously visit researchusa.org and view content without sharing any personal information. Unregistered users may not have access to certain features of researchusa.org and may not post any content.


Registered Users – In order to access certain features of researchusa.org, you must register with us. Sharing your personal information is voluntary. However, we may not be able to provide you with all of our services if we do not receive this information.


When you create a user account with ResearchUSA, you provide personal information about yourself, including your name, title, affiliation, email address, telephone number, address, and preferences. You may update this personal information at any time.


ResearchUSA does not collect financial information from users. ResearchUSA will not ask you to provide a Social Security Number, credit card number, bank account information, or any other financial information.


3. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT


Internally – We use the information that you share with us to provide you with new and improved services and to better understand your needs.


Public Disclosure – ResearchUSA may make your information publicly available. Personal information you provide in your user account may be publicly searchable by ResearchUSA users. All personal information contained in your user account, including the information in your user profile, may be also viewed by other users.


When you upload or post information to ResearchUSA’s website, some of your personal information may be shown to the public in order to identify you as the source. While ResearchUSA provides features for maintaining anonymity and hiding this personal information if you desire, ResearchUSA makes no guarantee that user anonymity is maintained.


Third Party Disclosure – ResearchUSA may share some personal information with third parties on a limited basis in order to enhance your experience on the website or to provide you with relevant marketing or advertising.


Disclosure to Government – We may release personal information to the appropriate governmental authorities where release is required by law, regulation, or release is requested by a government agency conducting investigations or proceedings.


Third Party Links – Researchusa.org may provide links to external websites in order to make certain content available to you. These websites are beyond our control and are not governed by our Privacy Policy. When you leave our site, we encourage you to review the privacy policy of all third party websites.


Private or Anonymous Information – Researchusa.org contains features that allow you designate content as “private.” This feature is provided as a convenience to you and although ResearchUSA makes every effort to ensure that this content is not distributed publicly, it cannot guarantee that it will not be make public. As a result, do not provide ResearchUSA with confidential or proprietary information. While ResearchUSA may give You the ability to designate User-Contributed Content as “anonymous,” and we make every effort to ensure that your user information is not associated publicly with the content, we cannot guarantee your anonymity.


4. INFORMATION SECURITY


Security Practices – We have incorporated security measures such as password hashing to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control. Further, only authorized individuals, employees, and third parties have access to our information. ResearchUSA uses third party vendors to host its server system and to provide information security. You can review these security procedures and privacy policies here. While we make every effort to ensure the security of the information we control, we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of the information.


5. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY


Researchusa.org does not direct and content or services towards children and will not collect or post information from anyone under the age of seventeen (17). In addition, all registering users must certify that they are at least 17 years of age. Therefore, we do not knowingly request or collect personally identifiable information form users under 17, and do not knowingly use or share personal information from user under 17 with third parties.


6. INQUIRIES


Please direct any questions concerning ResearchUSA’s privacy policy to support@researchusa.org.