1.0 Information Gathered and Tracked by EarthCheck
EarthCheck gathers two types of data about users:
A. Personal information, which individual users provide
- when registering for our products
- when registering as a subscriber to one of our newsletters
- voluntarily at certain other points, such as contests or surveys
B. Tracking information, which is automatically collected about all visitors to our sites.
2.1 Personal Information
EarthCheck collects personal information in several places on our web site, which are set forth generally below. We will always provide a secure area on our sites for you to enter your information.
Currently, we do not require users to become members of EarthCheck in order to have access to our free email newsletters. In order to register, you'll have to supply us with your email address and provide us with some additional information about you as and when required.
2.3 Tracking Information
Tracking data consists of both individual and aggregated tracking information and is automatically gathered using "cookies". A cookie is a small data file containing information, such as a user's login name, that is written to the user's hard drive by a web server and used to track the pages visited. Cookies used by EarthCheck are encoded and contain a unique digital signature to prevent tampering. They do not contain user passwords. The individual information gathered in this manner is used for internal purposes only, such as accessing a member's account information. We also use the information on an aggregate basis, to track the readership of stories and usage of our products, to analyze traffic patterns on our sites, and to provide anonymous reporting of usage for internal and external clients.
3.0 Use of the Information
3.1 Disclosures Permitted by Law
EarthCheck does not sell or disclose personal information about you described above to other people or non-affiliated companies, except to provide you with products or services, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
We provide the information on a confidential basis to non-affiliated companies we engage as contractors or agents to perform services for us, such as maintaining software, sending direct mail or administering a sweepstakes or contest. Information will be shared with such contractors only to the extent reasonably necessary for them to perform services on our behalf, and pursuant to confidentiality obligations;
In response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, from law enforcement agencies or state and federal regulators;
3.2 Disclosures for Joint Marketing and Servicing
EarthCheck may disclose all the information we collect as described above to other companies such as direct marketers to perform marketing services on our behalf, or to financial institutions, such as banks, insurance companies and securities broker-dealers, with whom we have joint marketing agreements.
4. Other Uses
4.1 Free Newsletters
If you're a registered member of EarthCheck, we use your email address to send you free email newsletters containing selected stories, market information and links to our sites. You can select which free newsletters you would like to receive or remove yourself from our free newsletter delivery list at any time by visiting the relevant newsletters page.
4.2 Special Offers and Advertisements
We may from time to time send you special offers and advertisements for products or services offered by third parties. We will not disclose any of your personal information to such third parties when we do this. If you do not wish to receive third party offers and advertisements, please change your settings the relevant newsletter page.
5.0 Correcting and Updating the Information
EarthCheck offers its members the ability to correct or update online the information we collected during registration by visiting the 'My EarthCheck' page.
EarthCheck limits access to personal information about you to those employees whom we determine need access to that information to provide products or services to you. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your personal information. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers, nor can we guarantee that information that users supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.
7.0 Former Customers
8.0 Your Independent Relationships with Other Companies
EarthCheck reserves the right to modify this policy.