NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
In general, you can browse DITC without giving us any personal information. We use DITC to analyze traffic to our website in order to understand our customer and visitors needs and to continually improve our site for them. DITC collects only anonymous, aggregate statistics. For example, we do not tie a specific visit to a specific visitor. See the next section for more regarding the personal information that you voluntarily send to us.
What is a cookie? A cookie is a small data file that is stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a website.
B. Web Beacons
C. Third Party Cookies
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Some of the banner ads displayed in our web sites are provided by third parties. These ads contain cookies and may also contain web beacons. Unlike cookies and web beacons used by DITC in content it controls on its web sites, cookies or web beacons received with banner ads are collected by our advertisers and we do not have access to this information. We use third parties to serve some or all of the advertisements that are placed within our sites and they may use information (not including personally identifiable information) about your visits to our sites and other sites to assist in serving advertisements to you. These companies may employ cookies, web beacons, and action tags to measure advertising effectiveness. They may share anonymous information with their clients such as date/time of the banner ad shown, the specific ad shown, the IP address, etc.
VOLUNTEERING PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
A. Emails You Send to DITC
When you contact DITC, you are providing us with at minimum your email address. You may optionally provide us with additional information such as your real name or the company you represent. DITC will keep this information in confidence and not share it with third parties. You will not be added to mailing lists unless requested.
B. Commenting on the DITC Forum or Blogs
When you comment on the DITC forums or blog, you can choose to submit your post anonymously. You may be identifiable by others on this publicly accessible page if you choose to log in with your Google, Blogger, or other username instead so please keep this in mind when commenting. Please see Google's and Blogger's privacy policies for more information on their systems at http://www.google.com/privacy.html and http://www.blogger.com/privacy respectively.
You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose information, personal or otherwise, online in any community area that information can be collected and used by others. Accordingly, you should use caution when sharing any personal information with others in any community area.
C. Registering for the DITC Forum
When you create an account on the DITC forum and/or post to the forum, you can choose to do so with an anonymous username. If you choose to reveal your real name, please realize this is a public forum. DITC processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our users to update or correct their personal information whenever necessary.
SECURITY OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT ON YOUR BEHALF
At no time will the contents of your information collected on your behalf by subscribing for a DITC account be shared with third parties. DITC may provide aggregate quantitative data to third parties, including but not limited to the number of users of the DITC service, the number of search hits recorded by DITC, the most accessed content on DITC and the averages of DITC users thereof. Please see below for more information on aggregate data.
SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us and information collected on your behalf, both during transmission and once we receive it. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose this information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
In addition, we may disclose personal information as described below.
A. Disclosure to Network and Maintenance Contractors
B. Disclosure of Aggregate Information
DITC may provide general aggregate information to third parties. This sort of statistical data is called aggregate information because it reflects the habits and characteristics of a large group of anonymous people. Websites may use aggregate data or share it with their business partners so that the information and services they provide best meet the needs of the users.
We require parties with whom we share aggregate information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable in any way, such as by combining it with other databases.
PROTECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Despite DITC's best efforts to protect your information while using our website, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.
DITC processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our users to update or correct their personal information whenever necessary.
PRIVACY OF CHILDREN
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. DITC is not designed for or intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. Children's parents or guardians are solely responsible for providing supervision of any of their children's use of this website.
Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us when contacting us, joining the DITC forum, or creating a DITC email account, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password.