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Privacy Policy

7/14/2011

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for KYC News, Inc. and OffshoreAlert.com  and our mobile messaging services, Web sites and other applications (collectively referred to as the “OA Services”). 

The OA Services may contain links to other Web sites for your convenience and information. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites.

In this Privacy Policy, you will find answers to the following questions:

  1. What information do we gather about you? 
  2. What do we do with the information we gather about you? 
  3. With whom do we share the information that we gather? 
  4. What is our e-mail policy? 
  5. How do I change or update my personal information? 
  6. How do I opt-out from receiving promotional offers? 
  7. Is my information protected? 
  8. Other information: Compliance with legal process 
  9. Other information: Children's Guidelines 
  10. Other information: Changes to this Privacy Policy 
 

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE GATHER ABOUT YOU?  

The information OffshoreAlert gathers falls into two categories: 1) Personally identifiable information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for an online discussion, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address and 2) Non-personally identifiable information collected through technology, which includes tracking information collected as you navigate use the OA Services.

Personally Identifiable Information That You Give Us 

Registration 

Registration for the OA Services requires that you supply certain personally identifiable information, including, in most cases, a unique e-mail address and demographic information (ZIP code, age, sex, household income, job industry and job title) to register. Purchases made through the OA Services require that you supply your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number or other billing information.

Paid Products and Services 

To enable the purchase of digital subscription and other products, we collect billing and credit card information. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction. Examples of this include fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments.

User Generated Content and Public Activities (Including Comments and Forum Posts) 

We offer you opportunities to engage in public activities on OffshoreAlert.com. "Public activities" are any actions you take on OffshoreAlert.com that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, reader reviews, ratings or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by OffshoreAlert for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media. If you chose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums and OffshoreAlert has no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your public activities. For more information, see the Forums, Discussions and User Generated Content section of the Terms of Service.

When you share or recommend (with or without adding your own comments) any OffshoreAlert.com articles or content to your Facebook profile or other social media site, that action is governed by the Third-Party’s Privacy Policy. We do not track or store a record of those comments or actions.

If you have signed up for an OffshoreAlert.com registration account, we will track and aggregate your public activities on OffshoreAlert.com. If you choose to participate in public activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via OffshoreAlert.com. Also, public activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs and made available to other Web sites via other formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other Web sites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personally identifiable information you choose make public via your public activities.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers 

OffshoreAlert collects personal information from readers in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is to be shared with a third party other than OffshoreAlert, we will notify you at the time of collection. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research 

OffshoreAlert may collect personal information from readers in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected on our Web sites, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in answer to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Mobile Messaging Service 

OffshoreAlert uses the information collected from your interaction with OffshoreAlert by Text Messaging Service (SMS) ("SMS Service") solely for the purposes of improving the SMS Service. The information will not be provided, sold, licensed, rented, assigned or disclosed to Third Parties, except as required by law, nor will we use your phone number to initiate a call or SMS text message to you without your express prior consent. Your wireless carrier and other service providers also collect data about your SMS Service usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information Collected Using Technology 

Information Collected by Us Using Technology 

Device Information. We may collect information about the computer, mobile telephone, smartphone or other device you use to access the OA Services.

Cookies. In providing the OA Services, we use "cookies," Web beacons and other similar technologies to recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You will not be able to access certain areas of our Web sites, including OffshoreAlert.com, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

Analytics Technologies. We have hired third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of users of the OA Services. They track and analyze non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers on OffshoreAlert.com. All data collected by the Analytics Company on our behalf is owned and used by us.

IP Addresses.  OffshoreAlert logs Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our Web sites and mobile applications.

Log Files and Your Reading History. We automatically log certain usage information about your use of OA Services. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view. We also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of our Web sites and mobile applications.

 WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER ABOUT YOU? 

Providing the Services You Request 

We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of the OA Services, fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and message boards.

Statistical Analysis 

We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of the OA Services, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. OffshoreAlert uses this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

Customizing Your Experience 

We use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We also use this information to customize certain features of the OA Services to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access the OA Services, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services.

Relevant Advertising 

We may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on the OA Service to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form.

E-Mail Newsletters 

OffshoreAlert will periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by OffshoreAlert and its advertisers. For details about OffshoreAlert e-mail, please see the section labled "What Is Our E-Mail Policy?"

 WITH WHOM DO WE SHARE THE INFORMATION THAT WE GATHER? 

OffshoreAlert 

If you have registered to use the OA Services, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission. We do, however, share information about our audience in aggregate form.

If you are conference attendee, we may exchange your name and mailing address (but not your e-mail address or phone number) with sponsors of the event that you attended so that they may offer products or services to you through direct mail. These third-parties are restricted from using this data in any way other than what is noted in their contract with OffshoreAlert, and they may not share or resell this data. If you prefer that we do not share this information, you may opt-out.

Service Providers 

We contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for OffshoreAlert, and they may not share or resell this data.

We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the "Compliance with legal process" section of this policy.)

 WHAT IS OUR E-MAIL POLICY? 

OffshoreAlert complies fully with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address without your permission. If you feel you have received an e-mail from us in error, please contact spam@offshorealert.com.

Account and Service-Related E-Mail: OffshoreAlert reserves the right to send you e-mail relating to your account status. This includes order confirmations, renewal/expiration notices, notices of credit-card problems, other transactional e-mails and notifications about major changes to the OA Services and/or to our Privacy Policy. If you have registered for online discussions or other services, you may receive e-mail specific to your participation in those activities.

E-Mail Newsletters: OffshoreAlert offers several e-mail newsletters. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the "unsubscribe" instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter. To manage your OffshoreAlert.com e-mail preferences, please click here.

Promotional E-Mail: OffshoreAlert may periodically e-mail you messages about products and services that we think may be of interest to you. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by either (1) following the "unsubscribe" instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail, or (2) you can opt-out.

Survey E-Mail: We may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in user surveys, asking for feedback on OffshoreAlert.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve our OA Services, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

E-Mails From You: If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We will use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

 HOW DO I CHANGE OR UPDATE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION? 

 Manage Your OffshoreAlert.com Account: You may review and update your OffshoreAlert.com membership or account information and access your transaction history in the My Account and Profile sections of OffshoreAlert.com. 

 HOW DO I OPT-OUT FROM RECEIVING PROMOTIONAL OFFERS? 

E-Mail Promotions 

If, at any time, you prefer not to receive e-mail marketing information from us, simply follow the unsubscribe options at the bottom of each e-mail. Or,

  • Click here to manage your e-mail subscriptions from OffshoreAlert.com.  

If you experience difficulty with the unsubscribe process, feel free to contact us at feedback@offshorealert.com and provide your e-mail address along with the name of the newsletter from which you would like to unsubscribe.

Offline Promotions 

If, at any time, you prefer not to receive traditional mail or telephone solicitations originated by OffshoreAlert and its third party affiliates, please e-mail us at opt-out@offshorealert.com or write to us at OffshoreAlert, 123 SE 3rd Ave #173, Miami, FL 33131. 

 IS MY INFORMATION PROTECTED? 

Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

 OTHER INFORMATION: Compliance With Legal Process 

We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the OA Services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

 OTHER INFORMATION: Children's Guidelines 

 COPPA Compliance: OffshoreAlert does not knowingly collect or store any personal information, even in aggregate, about children under the age of 13. 

 OTHER INFORMATION: Changes to This Policy 

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If we make a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this page thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via e-mail.

 

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