IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR ACCOUNT
DNA is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. DNA does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13, and DNA does not target its sites to children. Only persons who are more than 18 years old or an emancipated minor may use the sites. By accessing the sites, you are legally acknowledging that you are over the age of 18 or an emancipated minor. If you are under the age of 18, you don’t have the legal right to access the sites.
California Shine the Light Law
California residents who provide personal information in obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us, once per calendar year, information about the customer information we shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of customer information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared customer information for the immediately prior calendar year. To obtain this information from us, please contact us, and choose “Request for California Privacy Information” for the subject of your message, and we will send you a reply e-mail containing the requested information. Not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response.
We have implemented industry-standard security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you may provide. We also periodically monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, consistent with industry standards. You should be aware, however, that since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you submit to the site. There’s also no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It’s your responsibility to protect the security and integrity of your account details, including your username and password. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other site users are not protected or encrypted, so you should not communicate any confidential information through these means.
THE TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
On some pages of the site, you may be able to request information, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for membership, or join technical committees or working groups. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user IDs, passwords, billing information, or credit card information.
Account Profile Information
Once you’ve created an account, you may choose to provide additional information on your user profile, such as descriptions of your job title, professional experience, your educational background, professional affiliations and memberships, and technical skills. This information that you voluntarily provide may be seen by other users.
Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. DNA may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the site.
DNA may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our site, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from one of our sites, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.
Log Files and IP Addresses
We may collect information from the devices and networks that you use to visit the site in order to help improve the services we provide. Every time you request or download a file from the site, DNA may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. We may use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes. When you access or leave the site by clicking on a hyperlink, we receive the URL from the site from which you last visited or the one to which you’re directed. We may receive the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or proxy server used to access the site, your operating system, the type of browser you used, and the type of device and/or operating system you use, your mobile device carrier or your ISP. We also may receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up in order to customize your experience based on location information.
The site also may use web beacons and other technologies, such as pixels and ad tags, to collect non-personal information about your use of our site and the sites of selected sponsors or members, your use of special promotions or newsletters, and other activities. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and selected sponsors’ and members’ sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. We do not share personally identifiable information with any third-party advertisers, but we may show you sponsored content from our members and affiliates.
As new technologies emerge, DNA may be able to improve our services or provide you with new ones, which means that DNA may create new ways to collect information on the site. If we offer a new service or new features to our existing site, for example, these changes may result in our collecting new information in order to improve your user experience.
Administrators and Moderators
We may collect information when you use the site, such as when you join and participate in any group, participate in any polls or surveys, or otherwise interact with other users within the community.
Links to Third-Party Sites and Services
We may receive information when you use your account to log into a third-party site or application in order to recommend tailored content to you and to improve your user experience on our sites. We may provide reports containing aggregated impression information to third parties to measure Internet traffic and usage patterns.
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Consent to Use by DNA
DNA may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of the organization, DNA members, and their collaboration on DNA activities. When accessing the site, your personal user information may be tracked by DNA in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
Communications from DNA
We use the information you provide to customize your experience on the site. We may communicate with you using email or other means available to us regarding the availability of services, service-related issues, or promotional messages that we believe may be of interest to you. We may, for example, send you welcome messages, emails regarding new features or services, and promotional information from DNA, or our affiliates, members, and partners. You may opt out of receiving promotional messages from DNA by following the instructions contained in the email. As long as you’re a registered user, however, you can’t opt out of receiving service messages from us. DNA may also use personal information in order to customize content on the site to you, such as news relevant to you or to your industry or company.
Communications from Others
Member contact information may be provided to other members on a secure site to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information among our members. Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose on our site, such as forums, message boards, and news groups, becomes public information that others may collect, circulate, and use. Because we cannot and do not control the acts of others, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose information about yourself or others in public forums such as these.
Sharing Information with Members and Affiliates
Sharing Information with Third Parties
Information you put on your profile and any content you post on the site will be seen by others. In keeping with our open process, DNA may maintain publicly accessible archives for our activities. For example, posting an email to any of DNA’s hosted mail lists or discussion forums, subscribing to one of our newsletters or registering for one of our public meetings, may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.
Content contained on the site may result in display of some of your personal information outside of DNA. For example, when you post content to a forum that is open for public discussion, your content, including your name as the contributor and your email address, may be displayed in search engine results. In addition, your public profile may be indexed and displayed through public search engines when someone searches for your name.
You are responsible for any information you post on the site, and this content may be accessible to others. Accordingly, you should be aware that any information you choose to disclose on the site can be read, collected, and used by other users in the forum, and in the case of forums open to the public, by third parties. DNA is not responsible for the information you choose to submit on the site.
Polls and Surveys
DNA may conduct polls and surveys of our users, and your participation in this type of research is at your sole discretion. DNA may follow up with you regarding your participation in this research. You may at any time opt out of participating in our polls and surveys.
YOUR OPTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS
Rights to access, correct, or delete your information; closing your account.
You may access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by DNA regarding your profile or close your account. You can also contact us for any account information which is not on your profile or readily accessible to you. If you close your account, all of your content will remain visible on the site.
You should be aware that information that you’ve shared with others or that others have copied may also remain visible after you have closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile. In addition, you may not be able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other users have copied or exported out of the Sites, because this information may not be in our organization’s control. Your public profile may be displayed in search engine results until the search engine refreshes its cache.
Be respectful and courteous. The Domain Name Association is a community group, and you have certain obligations both to the DNA and to your fellow users.
You must not upload or otherwise disseminate any information that may infringe on the rights of others or that may be deemed to be defamatory, injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or that may otherwise violate the purpose and community spirit of the DNA or its members.
From time to time DNA may email you electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information. If you prefer not to receive any or all of these communications, you may opt out by following the directions provided within the electronic newsletters and announcements.