The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) respects your right to privacy. This policy summarizes what personally identifiable information we may collect, and how we might use this information. This policy also describes other important topics relating to your privacy.
It is CIFT policy to comply with all applicable privacy and data protection laws. This commitment reflects the value we place on earning and keeping the trust of our employees, customers, business partners and others who share their personal information with us.
This Policy applies, in general, to all Internet sites operated by or on behalf of CIFT.
By using the CIFT Internet Site or providing personal information to us, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy.
If you do not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy, do not use the CIFT Internet Site or CIFT forms.
Limitations on the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
To the extent required by applicable law, whenever CIFT collects personal information on a CIFT Internet Site, CIFT will:
* provide timely and appropriate notice to you about its data practices;
* collect, use, disclose and transfer your personal information only with your consent, which may be express or implied, depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, legal requirements, and other factors;
* collect your personal information only for specific, limited purposes. The information we collect will be relevant, adequate and not excessive for the purposes for which it is collected;
* process your personal information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected or to which you have subsequently consented;
* take commercially reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and, where necessary, kept up-to-date;
* not use your personal information for direct marketing purposes without giving you an opportunity to opt-out; and
* take appropriate measures, by contract or otherwise, to provide adequate protection for personal information that is disclosed to a third party or transferred to another country, including transfers within CIFT.
Information Collected on the CIFT Internet Site and How It May be Used
When you access and use a CIFT Internet Site, there are three ways we may collect information about you:
1. Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser
CIFT collects information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser. This information yypically includes the IP address of your Internet service provider, the name of your operating system (such as Macintosh or Windows) and the name and version of your browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer). The information we receive depends on the settings on your web browser. Please check your browser if you want to learn what information your browser sends or how to change your settings.
The information provided by your browser does not identify you personally. We use this information to create statistics that help us improve our sites and make them more compatible with the technology used by our Internet visitors.
2. Information Collected By Placing a Cookie On Your Computer
CIFT may obtain information about you by installing a tag on your computers hard drive. This tag is known as a cookie.
The CIFT Internet Site may use session cookies. A session cookie is used to tag your computer with a computer-generated, unique identifier when you access our site. A session cookie does not identify you personally and expires after you close your browser. We use session cookies to collect statistical information about the ways visitors use our sites which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page. We analyze this information (known as clickstream data) in statistical form to better understand our visitors interests and needs to improve the content and functionality of our sites.
The CIFT Internet Site also may use persistent cookies. These cookies do not expire when you close your browser; they stay on your computer until you delete them. By assigning your computer a unique identifier, we are able to create a database of your previous choices and preferences, and in situations where these choices or preferences need to be collected again, they can be provided by us automatically, saving you time and effort. If a CIFT Internet Site uses persistent cookies we will notify you in the Privacy Statement posted on that site.
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. Although you are not required to accept cookies when you visit a CIFT Internet Site, you may be unable to use all of the functionality of the site if your browser rejects our cookies.
3. Information You Knowingly and Voluntarily Provide
CIFT collects the information you knowingly and voluntarily provide when you use a CIFT Internet Site, for example, the information you provide when you sign up to receive an e-mail newsletter, when you complete a survey, or when you ask us a question or email us with feedback. In many cases this information will be personal information.
CIFT uses this information for the purposes for which you provide it. For example, if you provide your e-mail address when you sign up to receive an e-mail newsletter, we use your e-mail address to deliver the e-mail alerts you request.
We may also use the information we collect on CIFT Internet Sites for various business purposes such as customer service, fraud prevention, market research, improving our services, and providing you and your company with information and offers we believe may be of interest to you. We may also remove all the personally identifiable information and use the rest for historical, statistical or scientific purposes.
The information input pages on the CIFT Internet Site may permit you to make choices about the use of your personal information. In most cases, we ask you to indicate your choices at the time and on the page where you provide your personal information.
Sharing Personal Information
CIFT will not sell personal information collected from its Internet sites to mailing list brokers.
CIFT may share your personal information with other CIFT business units. When we do so, these other CIFT business units will use your information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected (or to which you subsequently consented) and only as permitted under this Policy and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.
CIFT may also share your personal information with third parties we hire to perform support services for us. These third parties are required to use the personal information we share with them only to perform services on our behalf and to treat your personal information as strictly confidential.
In some cases, CIFT may share your personal information with third parties who partner with us to provide products and services to our customers. When we do so, we will require our business partners to use the personal information we share with them in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected (or to which you subsequently consented) and only as permitted under this Policy and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.
In certain, limited circumstances we may share or transfer personal information to unrelated third parties. For example, we may provide personal information to a third party (i) at your request; (ii) to comply with a legal requirement or court order; (iii) to investigate a possible crime, such as identity theft; (iv) in connection with the sale, purchase, merger, reorganization, liquidation or dissolution of CIFT or a CIFT business unit; or (v) under similar circumstances. If such an event occurs, we will take appropriate steps to protect your personal information.
The CIFT Internet Site may permit you to make choices about the disclosure and/or transfer of your personal information. In most cases, we ask you to indicate your choices at the time and on the page where you provide your personal information.
Security of Personal Information
Your personal information will generally be stored in CIFT databases or databases maintained by our service providers. These databases are stored on servers located in the United States.
CIFT maintains reasonable safeguards to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of your personal information. Although we use security measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure, misuse or alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the Internet, we cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security beyond our reasonable control.
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Retention of Personal Information
CIFT retains the personal information collected on CIFT Internet Sites as long as necessary to provide the services and information you request or as permitted by applicable law.
Questions about this Policy or our Privacy Statements
If you have any questions about this Policy or a Country or website Privacy Statement or our use of your personal information, please contact us using our Contact Us page on this site.
Change to this Policy and our Privacy Statements
CIFT reserves the right to update or modify this Policy, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Policy on our CIFT Internet Sites. If we modify this Policy or any Privacy Statement, the modifications will only apply to the personal information we collect after we have posted the revised Policy or Privacy Statement on the CIFT Internet site.