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.
to the following questions:
- What information do we gather about you?
- What do we do with the information we gather about you?
- With whom do we share the information that we gather?
- What is our e-mail policy?
- How do I change or update my personal information?
- How do I opt-out from receiving promotional offers?
- Is my information protected?
- Other information: Compliance with legal process
- Other information: Children's Guidelines
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.
Identifiable Information That You Give Us
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
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
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
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.
Identifiable Information Collected Using Technology
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.
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
Providing the Services
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com and
provide your e-mail address along with the name of the newsletter from which
you would like to unsubscribe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
OTHER INFORMATION: Changes to This Policy
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.