1. Websites Covered
In this Privacy Statement, "we," "us," "our," or "Connections" refers to Connections and our affiliates, which includes any person or entity that controls Connections, is controlled by Connections, or is under common control with Connections (such as a subsidiary, parent company, or employee).
This Privacy Statement covers Connections’s information practices for our family of websites (collectively, "Connections Sites"). In addition to Connections.com, Connections operates other websites. This Privacy Statement applies equally to any rebranded or white label version of Connections’s platform services.
2. Information Connections Collects From You
Connections collects information from individuals who visit any of our Sites ("Visitors"), as, well as from individuals who have registered to use our platform services ("Customers").
Some information is collected from both Visitors and Customers using commonly-used information-gathering tools. It includes standard information from your Web browser (such as browser type and browser language), your Internet Protocol ("IP") address, and the actions you take on the Connections Sites (such as the Web pages viewed and the links clicked). This information is collectively called "Website Navigational Information."
Connections collects your Website Navigational Information using these methods:
There are two types of cookies: session-based and persistent-based. Session cookies exist only during one session. They disappear from your computer when you close your browser software or turn off your computer. Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you close your browser or turn off your computer.
If you have chosen to identify yourself to Connections, we can uniquely identify you as you navigate our Sites by using session cookies containing encrypted information. It enables us to process your online requests and to uniquely identify who is logged into the Service. Session cookies are required to use our Services.
Connections uses persistent cookies that only we can read and use to identify browsers that have previously visited the Connections Sites. When you purchase our Services or otherwise provide us with your personal information, a unique identifier associated with a persistent cookie placed on your Web browser is assigned to you. We do not respond to do-not-track requests with respect to persistent cookies.
We are especially careful about the security and confidentiality of the information stored in persistent cookies. For example, we do not store account numbers or passwords in persistent cookies.
Third Party Cookies
From time-to-time, Connections engages third parties to track and analyze nonpersonally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from Visitors and Customers who visit our Sites. Connections also uses other third-party cookies to track the performance of our advertisements.
Connections uses Web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about Customers and Visitors' usage of our Sites and your interactions with emails that we have sent you. Web beacons are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you have viewed a particular Website tied to the Web beacon. For example, Connections sometimes places Web beacons in marketing emails that notify us when you click on the link in the email that directs you to one of our Connections Sites. Connections uses Web beacons to operate and improve our Sites and email communications.
When you visit our Sites, we collect your Internet Protocol ("IP") address to track and aggregate your non-personally identifiable information. For example, we use IP addresses to monitor the regions from which Customers and Visitors navigate our Sites.
We do not knowingly collect any personal information directly from children under the age of 13.
3. How Connections Uses the Information It Collects
Connections uses Website Navigational Information to operate and improve our Sites and Services. Moreover, we use User Data in a number of different ways to improve our Services, develop new features, and to market and promote our Services. We use User Data to perform the services requested.
We may use anonymized aggregated data from any source for targeted advertising purposes, including in conjunction with third parties.
The information provided to third parties does not include your personal information, but this information may be linked to your personal information after we receive it. This Privacy Statement does not cover the use of the cookies by third parties, however, as Connections does not control the cookies potentially used by third parties.
Connections uses robust security measures to protect User Data from unauthorized access and maintain data accuracy. While Connections utilizes electronic and physical security to reduce the risk of improper access to or manipulation of data, we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of the data and shall not be liable for breaches of security or integrity, third-party interception in transit, or any damage caused to your computer or other property by visiting Connections Sites.
5. Public Forums
Connections may provide bulletin boards, blogs, or chat rooms on our Sites. Any personally identifiable information you choose to submit in such a forum may be read, collected, or used by others who visit these forums, and they may use that information to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
6. Sharing of Information Collected
We may share User Data with third-party service providers or others who need access to the data to perform their work on our behalf. For example, we may store User Data on third-party servers. Additionally, Connections may share contact information that Visitors and Customers have provided to our agents so that these agents can contact you on our behalf. We do not share, sell, rent, or trade personally identifiable information with third parties for their promotional purposes.
Connections reserves the right to disclose personally identifiable information of our Customers or Visitors if required by law, if we reasonably believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. We also reserve the right to disclose this information if we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the public from harm.
7. Communications Preferences
Customers cannot opt out of receiving transactional emails related to their account with us or our Services.
8. Links to Third Party Websites
Connections Sites may contain links to other Websites. We are not responsible for the information practices or the content of such other Websites. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of other Websites to understand their information practices.
9. Changes to this Privacy Statement
Connections reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement. Connections will provide notification of the material changes to this Privacy Statement through our Sites at least thirty (30) days prior to the change taking effect.
Questions regarding this Privacy Statement or the information practices of our Sites should be directed to Connections Privacy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org