SMARTSFEST.ORG Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for smartsfest.org:
smartsfest.org is owned and operated by Southwest Metro Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (“SMARTS,” “Us,” “We,” or “Company”) who may also own and/or operate other businesses, organizations or websites that are not governed by this policy. SMARTS recognizes that privacy of your personal information is important and We are committed to respecting the privacy rights of our customers, visitors, members, and other users of smartsfest.org

SMARTS collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, including but not limited to the type of browser, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how smartsfest.org’s visitors use this website. From time to time, We may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of this website.

SMARTS also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Our blogs/sites. SMARTS only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information:
Certain visitors to Our websites may choose to interact with Us in ways that require We gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that SMARTS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at Our sites to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with SMARTS are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, We collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with SMARTS. SMARTS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Compromise of information:
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, SMARTS will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Aggregated Statistics:
SMARTS may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. We may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information:
SMARTS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on SMARTS’s behalf or to provide services available at SMARTS’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using SMARTS’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. SMARTS will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, SMARTS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when SMARTS believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of SMARTS, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a SMARTS website and have supplied your email address, SMARTS may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with SMARTS and our products, services or events. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. SMARTS takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Children’s Privacy:
SMARTS does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at website@smartsfest.org.

Cookies:
A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. SMARTS uses cookies to help SMARTS identify and track visitors, their usage of the smartsfest.org website, and their website access preferences. smartsfest.org visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the website, with the drawback that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers:
If SMARTS, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that SMARTS goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of SMARTS may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads:
Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by SMARTS and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Links to Other Websites and Services:
We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites or services linked to or from our websites, including the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from smartsfest.org to another website, our Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link or advertisement on our website, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and we do not control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service (like Facebook, Google groups, or an IRC chatroom) and you allow such a third-party access to your User Content you do so at your own risk. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources other than through the website.

Privacy Policy Changes:
Although most changes are likely to be minor, SMARTS may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in SMARTS’s sole discretion. SMARTS encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a smartsfest.org account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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