Like most website operators, the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) collects non-personally-identifying information that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each request. CCIA’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how CCIA’s visitors use its website. From time to time, CCIA may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
CCIA also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. CCIA does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to CCIA’s websites choose to interact with CCIA in ways that require CCIA to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that CCIA gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask users who publish articles or comments on our website are required to provide a username and email address. In each case, CCIA collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the users’ interaction with CCIA. CCIA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Regular visitors, who do not publish or comment on CCIA’s website, can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
CCIA may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors. For instance, CCIA may reveal how many downloads a particular document got, or which articles are most popular based on analytical reports from tools such as Google Analytics or other tools with similar scope. However, CCIA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
CCIA 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 CCIA’s behalf or to provide services available at CCIA’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 CCIA’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. CCIA 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, CCIA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when CCIA believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of CCIA, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a CCIA website and have supplied your email address, CCIA 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 CCIA and our products. We primarily use our website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support 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. CCIA takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.