Online privacy concerns focus on the protection of “user identifiable information” from unauthorized use. As the term suggests, “user identifiable information” is information which can be associated with a specific individual or entity, including, for example, personal information such as a user’s name, address, or telephone number, e-mail address, financial account information and information about online activities that are directly linked to them.
It is common practice and often a necessity for companies or other organizations to collect user identifiable information in order to conduct business and offer services.
If you are a visitor to the Site, we may collect information that you provide to us when you communicate with us, such as for customer service or technical services. You may also choose to provide your name, email address and other information we may request from you, to us if you would like to additional information about Cogress and our products and services.
Additionally, when you access the Site, we may automatically collect certain information that is not user identifiable information, such as your IP address, pages viewed, the date, time and length of time spent on the Site, your computer and connection information such as your browser type and version, operating system and platform, and other transactions performed on the Site. If you access the Site through a mobile device, we may also be able to identify the location of your mobile device. You may choose not to share your location details with us by adjusting your mobile device’s location services settings. For instructions on changing the relevant settings, please contact your service provider or device manufacturer.
We store and use the foregoing information to diagnose problems with our server, to improve and track the success of the Site and to provide content of interest to you. We may share the foregoing information with advertisers or other third parties, including our business partners, suppliers, and vendors.
Our Internet service providers may also use other standard web-based technologies to analyze your movements while accessing our Site. The technologies include analytic solutions, web “beacons,” “pixel tags,” and “clear gifs.” These technologies help us ascertain the effectiveness of our product and service campaigns and marketing programs; allow us to customize the services offered on or through our Site; and help determine the best use for Site content, and product and service offerings. Some of this information, including the IP address, may be stored on our Internet service provider’s server logs, and may be available for extended periods of time.
Collection and Use: Cogress may collect and use your user identifiable information for various purposes, including, but not limited to, anticipating and resolving problems with your use of the Site, or to inform you of upcoming events and other product or service offerings that may be of interest to you. This means that Cogress may use your user identifiable information, whether in conjunction with information available from other sources or otherwise, to market to you, and otherwise communicate with you about, products or services that may be of interest to you. Cogress may also share user identifiable information about you with, and disclose same to other contractors that are involved in the development, marketing, sale of such products or services. We may provide user identifiable information about you to third party service providers that are not affiliated with us and who perform services for us or on our behalf in order for them to provide their services or in some cases to jointly market services to you. By providing user identifiable information via the Site, you agree to this use and disclosure of such information.
Specifically, you agree that Cogress can use your user identifiable information to: (i) enable and customize your use of the Site and/or Cogress products or services; (ii) provide you with updates and information about Cogress’ products and services; (iii) conduct analysis for Cogress’ business purposes; support development of Cogress’ products and services; and (iv) create de-identified information and then use and disclose this information in any way permitted by law, including to third parties in connection with their commercial and marketing efforts. You also agree that Cogress can disclose your user identifiable information to: (a) third parties assisting Cogress with any of the uses described above; (b) a third party as part of a potential merger, sale or acquisition of Cogress; and (c) our business contractors who assist us by performing core services (such as hosting, billing, fulfillment, or data storage and security) related to the operation or provision of the Site. If Cogress discloses your user identifiable information, Cogress will require that the person or entity receiving your user identifiable information agrees to only use and disclose your user identifiable information to carry out its specific business obligations to Cogress or for the permitted purpose of the disclosure (as described above). Cogress cannot, however, guarantee that any such person or entity to which Cogress discloses your user identifiable information or other information will not re-disclose it in ways that you or we did not intend or permit. The authorization given by you hereunder remains in effect until you provide written notice of revocation to Cogress. You can revoke your authorization at any time by providing written notice to Cogress. A revocation of authorization is effective after you submit it to Cogress, but it does not have any effect on Cogress’ prior actions taken in reliance on the authorization before revoked, and does not affect Cogress’ use of information that does not constitute user identifiable information.
Additionally, notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, to the extent permitted by law, we will disclose your information to government authorities or third parties if: (i) required to do so by law, or in response to a subpoena or court order; (ii) we believe in our sole discretion that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect against fraud, to protect the property or other rights of us or other users, third parties or the public at large; or (iii) we believe that you have abused the Site by using it to attack other systems or to gain unauthorized access to any other system, to engage in spamming or otherwise to violate applicable laws or in violation of our Website Access and Usage Terms and Conditions. You should be aware that, following disclosure to any third party, your information may be accessible by others to the extent permitted or required by applicable law.
The Site is directed to users located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States and you choose to use the Site or provide your information to us, your information may be transferred to, processed and maintained on servers or databases located in the United States. Your use of the Site represents your consent and agreement to these practices. If you do not want your information transferred to or processed or maintained in the United States, you should not use the Site. The European Commission and/or other geopolitical regions have determined the United States may not subscribe the same legislative standards for data protection that may be applicable in your country, province, territory or geopolitical region. By providing us with your personal information, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with our privacy practices, including the transfer of your information across international boundaries to jurisdictions anywhere in the world as permitted by local law.
We may share information relating to users of the Site with affiliated or unaffiliated third parties on an anonymous, aggregate basis. While this information will not identify you personally, in some instances these third parties may be able to combine this aggregate information with other data they have about you, or that they receive from third parties, in a manner that allows them to identify you personally.
User Opt-Out: You may choose not to receive direct marketing communications from Cogress in connection with the Site by providing notification to Cogress making such request. If Cogress receives such a request from you, Cogress thereafter (a) will discontinue contacting you directly with marketing messages about Cogress’ products or services, and (b) will not use user identifiable information obtained from your use of the Site to contact you with marketing messages about any Cogress events, products or services. You may choose not to receive such messages by notifying Cogress via e-mail or regular U.S. mail. Please note, however, that any such opt out only applies to Cogress and will not apply to any other third parties to which Cogress has supplied your user identifiable information. Additionally, you acknowledge and agree that such opt-out notification processing may not be immediate, and you agree that should you receive additional communications your rights and remedies are limited to contacting us to reiterate your request to opt-out.
Security: Cogress has implemented technology and security features in an effort to safeguard the privacy of your user identifiable information from unauthorized access or improper use, and Cogress will seek to continue to enhance its security procedures as new technology becomes available. However, you acknowledge and agree that perfect security is not possible and your user identifiable information could still be accessed and used by others without authorization. Your access and use of the Site constitutes your agreement that Cogress is not and shall not be responsible for any such unauthorized access and use of your user identifiable information.
Improper Conduct: Cogress may also use user identifiable information to investigate and help prevent potentially unlawful activity or activity that threatens the network or otherwise violates the Site’s terms and conditions for usage.
User Requests and Corrections of User Information: If you have provided your name and email address to us, you may request that we remove your name and email address from our database by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following receipt of a request from you, we will take reasonable steps to delete your information as requested. Cogress also honors requests from users for corrections or revisions to account information. Cogress honors requests from users for their own information and will correct any such information which may be inaccurate. Users may verify that appropriate corrections have been made.