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Hart & Cooley, Inc. Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy lets you know how your personal information is processed and used. We promise that we will take steps to use your personal information only in ways that are compatible with this Privacy Policy. The following policies are only in effect for the Web pages, newsletters, discussion lists and opt-in announcement lists owned and operated by Hart & Cooley, Inc. ("Hart & Cooley"). (The Hart & Cooley Network includes all Websites and certain other Internet media properties hyper linked from the Hart & Cooley home page). The following discloses our Privacy Policy.

What information are you collecting and how are you collecting it?

Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers that serve as that computer's "Internet Protocol" (IP) address. When a visitor requests a page from any Website within the Hart & Cooley Network, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you. We use the IP address to examine our traffic in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of the Hart & Cooley Network, its users or to cooperate with law enforcement. Also see: Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?

What are cookies? 

From time to time, Hart & Cooley may send a "cookie" to your computer. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your Internet browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off of your computer hard disk or read cookie files created by other Websites. Cookies do not damage your system. We use cookies to identify which areas of Hart & Cooley's Network you have visited or customized, so the next time you visit, those pages are readily accessible. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your Internet browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our Site and other Websites may be diminished, and some features may not work as intended.

How do you use single-pixel gifs?

Hart & Cooley may use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as web bugs or web beacons, to count Web page accesses and gather some general statistical information. Hart & Cooley does not gather personal information through the use of these images. Our advertisers may use single-pixel gifs that can track personal information from cookies that may have been previously placed by an advertiser.

What information do you collect when I register for something?

Hart & Cooley offers access to some services that require registration. We may use your registration contact information to send notification to you of Hart & Cooley products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We also may share that information with our clients. Our clients may send you promotional material that is related to the topic of the service for which you registered. We may also use your IP address internally and share it with third parties. See:  Will you disclose the information that you collect to outside third parties?

What other information do you request?

We may also request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey or to provide additional services (for example, subscriptions to e-mail newsletters, announcement lists or information about conferences and trade shows). Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. We maintain a strict "No-Spam" policy, which means we do not sell, rent or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party without your consent or as permitted by this Privacy Policy.

We may from time to time send e-mail announcing new products and services. Except as stated above, Hart & Cooley will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive postal mailings from other third party companies.

When you sign up for a Hart & Cooley discussion forum, your name or alias is recorded solely for purposes of maintaining your own account within the forums. This information is not used to monitor your activity within a forum, nor is it used to identify you outside the Hart & Cooley Network.

When you register for a contest or other promotion, we may ask for your name, address, and e-mail address so we can administer the contest and notify winners.

When you use co-branded services, or those provided by a third party, within the Hart & Cooley Network, your information may be passed to the co-brand or third party provider and their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.

What information do you collect when I purchase something?

If you are purchasing something from a Hart & Cooley media property, we and any third party provider, need to know your name, e-mail address, mailing address, credit card number and expiration date. This allows us, or third party providers, to process and fulfill your order and to notify you of your order status. This information may also be used by us to notify you of related products and services. Credit card and e-mail information will not be shared or sold to third parties for any purpose except as provided in this Privacy Policy without your express permission.

Certain Hart & Cooley media properties use a shopping cart feature that safeguards this information by using industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. SSL codes the information transferred between you and the server, rendering it unreadable to anyone trying to intercept the information. Other Hart & Cooley media properties do not use SSL and thereby do not offer a secure coded way to transfer information.

Wherever Hart & Cooley collects personal information, we make an effort to include a link to this Privacy Policy on that page.

Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?

Hart & Cooley will disclose personal information and/or an IP address, when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:

    1. Protect and defend the rights or property of the Hart & Cooley Network of sites and related properties, or visitors to the Hart & Cooley Network of sites and related properties
    2. Identify persons who may be violating the law, the Hart & Cooley legal notice and Website User Agreement, the rights of third parties or otherwise misusing the Hart & Cooley Network or its related properties
    3. Fulfill a user's order or request.

Hart & Cooley uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed secure. Hart & Cooley reserves the right to transfer all such information in connection with the sale of all or part of Hart & Cooley's assets. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. We are not responsible for such third party privacy policies or how they treat information about their users see below: What else should I know about my privacy when online? Also see: What information do you collect when I register for something?

What else should I know about my privacy when online?

The Hart & Cooley Network contains many hyperlinks to third party Websites. The Hart & Cooley Network also contains advertisements of third parties. Hart & Cooley is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third party Websites or advertisers. Hart & Cooley does not share any of the individual personal information you provide with any third parties to which Hart & Cooley links, except as stated elsewhere within this Privacy Policy. However, Hart & Cooley may share general, aggregate data with such third parties (such as how many people use our site). Please check with those Websites to determine their privacy policy.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.

Your Consent To This Agreement 

By using the Hart & Cooley Network, you consent to the collection and use of information by Hart & Cooley as specified above. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about privacy and the handling of your personal information please write to our Privacy Officer:

Hart & Cooley, Inc.
5030 Corporate Exchange Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Attn: Privacy Officer