Protecting privacy is a top priority at COOConnect. We implement robust privacy protections, high-level security, and fair information practices to protect members’ personal information. This statement describes the policies that govern the collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personal information about our members.
COOConnect aims to provide accurate and up-to-date information as part of our service. We permit and encourage members to review their information and to make any necessary corrections.
COOConnect.com maintains all personal data with appropriate and high-level physical, electronic, and managerial safeguards to insure the security and confidentiality of the data against foreseeable risks. Security is designed to prevent unauthorized use, access, disclosure, destruction, and change of data.
COOConnect fully describes all sources, uses, and disclosures of member data. We do not collect, use, or disclose any information about our members without their knowledge and approval. We do not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise disclose our member lists or member information to third parties. We do not share snail mail or email lists with anyone.
The basic way that COOConnect obtains information about a member is through the registration process. When you register, you are asked to provide certain personal information. You also select a COOConnect user ID and password. You can opt-out of receiving email from COOConnect that you do not want.
COOConnect may occasionally ask members and visitors to complete surveys and opinion polls about their interests, needs, and attitudes. Surveys help us provide better services that meet member needs. Participation is completely voluntary. We do not use any survey information in individually identifiable form. Once you complete a survey, any links between your identity and your answers are broken as quickly as possible. All information provided through surveys is only used in an aggregate way. Individual survey responses are never used or disclosed in any other way.
Information collection from visitors
If you are just visiting the COOConnect website, we do not normally collect any information about you except through web logs (see below). However, if you fill out a web form, send us an email, or choose to share information with us in any other way, we will have the information that you provided and will use it to respond to your inquiry or to fulfill your request if we can. We do not routinely share any of this information with anyone else unless appropriate to respond to your request. If you receive email from COOConnect that you no longer want to receive, you can click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of these emails. Alternatively, ask us to stop by sending a request email@example.com.
COOConnect maintains standard web logs that automatically record basic information about everyone who visits our website. These logs contain:
- The Internet domain from which you access COOConnect.com (e.g., aol.com, xyz.edu)
- Your IP address. Your computer is automatically assigned an IP address when you surf the Internet. Static IP addresses are potentially identifiable, but dynamic addresses are usually not identifiable
- The type of browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Netscape) and operating system (e.g., Windows XP, Mac OS X) you use
- The date and time you visited RFPConnect.com
- The pages that you visited here
- The address of the website you linked here from.
COOConnect uses web log information to help us design our website, to identify popular features, and for other managerial purposes. We do not normally make any attempt to identify individuals from web logs. However, web logs may be used if necessary to help identify any person attempting to break into or damage our website. We may share web log information with law enforcement agencies if we believe that we have evidence of a violation of computer security or related laws.
Partner privacy standards
COOConnect contracts with other companies to assist in supporting our core features and functions. When necessary for these services to function, we exchange member information with these companies or those members who have selected those services. We require that our key partners treat our members’ data under the same high privacy and security standards that COOConnect uses. This means that personal information provided to our partners is not sold, rented, or shared by them except as necessary to accomplish the purpose of the disclosure. It also means that our partners will not use personal data for marketing to our members.
Advertisers and others
COOConnect will update this policy from time to time as we add new services and new features. However, our strong commitment to privacy, security, and fair information practices will never change. Changes on our website will require additional descriptions about the flow of data. We will tell our users about changes in this policy by making changes on this page, which will always contain a version number and date, making it easy to see when changes have taken place.
We will tell our users about changes in this policy by making changes on this page, which will always contain a version number and date, making it easy to see when changes have taken place. A member can terminate his or her service with COOConnect at any time. When service is terminated, COOConnect will make every effort to remove all information from our system and to stop sending email and newsletters. Like other Internet and computer service organizations, COOConnect maintains several types of backups to its records. The backups permit us to restore service in the event of a natural disaster, equipment failure, or other problem. Backups provide important protections for everyone because they lessen the risk of loss of valuable data. Removing a member from our main files does not remove that member’s record from any of the backup systems. It may take months before backup records are completely recycled and all traces of a member’s registration and related data are completely removed. Of course, backup records remain subject to the same protections as other COOConnect records.
COOConnect maintains all personal data with appropriate and high-level physical, electronic, and managerial safeguards to insure the security and confidentiality of the data against foreseeable risks. Security is designed to prevent unauthorized use, access, disclosure, destruction, and change of data.
COOConnect security - mission statement
COOConnect recognises the value of and our dependency on the data, information, and computer systems used in serving the needs of our members. As a part of everyday business it is essential that this information and technical infrastructures are secure from destruction, corruption, unauthorised access and breach of confidentiality whether accidental or deliberate.
Access to COOConnect computing facilities, including servers, telecommunications equipment, the network control center, and other related areas is restricted to individuals identified by management who need access to perform their jobs. Access by anyone else, including vendors, contractors, and other COOConnect employees must be approved in advance by management.
Ultimately, the responsibility for the success of an organisation lies with management. COOConnect's senior management team maintains a strong computer security program with defined program goals, objectives, and priorities. Senior management is committed to providing adequate resources for security, to making sure that those resources are applied to security, and to doing whatever is necessary to make sure that security is a successful part of the COOConnect operation. COOConnect recognises that security is an essential part of its computer system. We also recognise that no one can guarantee complete and perfect security against every possible hazard. We make every reasonable effort to provide high-level security. This includes a continual review of security measures and plans, the use of new technology when available and appropriate, and regular training for our personnel. If you click through to another website offering products, services, or content, any information that you disclose to that website will be subject to the security policies of that website and not those of COOConnect. Before you provide personal information to other companies, we encourage you to read their security policies.
Updated: 26th March 2013. Version 1.2