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Privacy Policy

The Autoflower Network 2018 Privacy Policy

Table of Contents

  • Sites Covered by this Privacy Policy
  • Children’s Privacy
  • Links to Non-Operators Web Sites
  • Types of Information We Collect
  • Non-Personal Information
  • Aggregate Information
  • Log Files
  • Cookies
  • Web Beacons
  • Personal Information
  • Members-Only Web Sites
  • How We Use Your Information
  • Information Sharing
  • Access to and Accuracy of Member Information
  • Security
  • Opting Out

We, the Autoflower Network and operators of this web site, provide it as a public service to our users. Your privacy is important to us and we want you to understand our policies!

Our goal is to provide you with a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you.

This Privacy Policy has been written to describe the conditions under which this website is being made available to you.

The Privacy Policy discusses among other things how data obtained during your visit to this web site may be collected and used.

We strongly recommend that you read the Privacy Policy carefully.

By using this web site, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Policy, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the web site or any materials obtained from it. If you are dissatisfied with the web site, by all means please contact us with your concerns; otherwise, your only recourse is to disconnect from this site and refrain from visiting the site in the future.

The process of maintaining a website is an evolving one and the Autoflower Network may decide at some point in the future without advance notice to modify the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Your use of the web site or materials obtained from the web site indicates your assent to the Privacy Policy at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Policy will be posted on the web site and you should check upon every visit for any changes.

Sites Covered by this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all the Autoflower Network-maintained websites, domains, information portals, and registries.

Children’s Privacy

The Autoflower Network 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.

The Autoflower Network does not intentionally collect information from minors and the Autoflower Network does not target its web site to children.

Links to Non-Operators Web Sites

The Autoflower Network’s websites may provide links to third-party web sites for the convenience of our users. If you access those links you will leave the Autoflower Network’s website. The Autoflower Network does not control these third-party websites and cannot represent that their policies and practices will be consistent with this Privacy Policy.

For example, other web sites may collect or use personal information about you in a manner different from that described in this document. Therefore, you should use other web sites with caution and you do so at your own risk.

We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any web site before submitting personal information.

Types of Information We Collect

Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity.

The Autoflower Network may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the Autoflower Network’s websites.

Aggregate Information

the Autoflower Network 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 web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our web sites, 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

Every time you request or download a file from the web site, the Autoflower Network may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. the Autoflower Network may use this information to analyze trends, administer the web site, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.

Cookies

Our site may use a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer.

Cookies are small packets of information that a web site’s computer stores on your computer. the Autoflower Network’s websites can then read the cookies whenever you visit our site.

We may use cookies in a number of ways, such as to save your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our site, saving user preferences, to deliver content specific to your interests and to track the pages you’ve visited.

These cookies allow us to use the information we collect to customize your experience so that your visit to our site is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.

You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our web site may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those of the Autoflower Network’s services that require registration in order to participate.

We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.

Our Cookie Usage

This site uses cookies for numerous things, including:

  • Registration and maintaining your preferences. This includes ensuring that you can stay logged in and keeping the site in the language or appearance that you requested.

  • Analytics. This allows us to determine how people are using the site and improve it.

  • Advertising cookies (possibly third-party). This site displays advertising, cookies may be set by the advertisers to determine who has viewed an ad or similar things. These cookies may be set by third parties, in which case this site has no ability to read or write these cookies.

  • Other third-party cookies for things like Facebook or Twitter sharing. These cookies will generally be set by the third-party independently, so this site will have no ability to access them.

Cookies may be stored on your computer for a short time (such as only while your browser is open) or for an extended period of time, even years. Cookies not set by this site will not be accessible to us.

Removing/Disabling Cookies

Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies.

Managing your cookies and cookie preferences must be done from within your browser's options/preferences.

Web Beacons

The Autoflower Network’s web site also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our web site and the web 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 web site and selected sponsors’ sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our web site or those of our sponsors. The Autoflower Network do not link non-personal information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission.

Personal Information

Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity.

The Autoflower Network use personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some of the Autoflower Network web pages, 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.

Members-Only Web Sites

Information you provide on the Autoflower Network’s membership applications is used to create a member profile, and some information may be shared with the Autoflower Network’s individual member representatives (administrative staff of the Autoflower Network) and organizations.

Member contact information may be provided to other members upon consent on a secure web site to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information among the Autoflower Network’s members, but we expressly prohibit members from using member contact information to send unsolicited commercial correspondence.

The Autoflower Network’s members may be automatically added to the Autoflower Network’s mailing lists. From time to time, member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional benefits to the Autoflower Network’s members. By providing us with your personal information on the membership application, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing your information for these purposes.

How We Use Your Information

The Autoflower Network may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the Autoflower Network’s web site usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.

The Autoflower Network may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of the Autoflower Network’s members and their collaboration on the Autoflower Network’s standards and projects. When accessing the Autoflower Network’s members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by the Autoflower Network in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.

Information Sharing

The Autoflower Network does not sell, rent, or lease any individual’s personal information or lists of email addresses to anyone for marketing purposes, and we take commercially reasonable steps to maintain the security of this information.

We reserve the right to release personal information to protect our systems or business, when we reasonably believe you to be in violation of our Terms of Use or if we reasonably believe you to have initiated or participated in any illegal activity against or towards the Autoflower Network web sites.

In addition, please be aware that in certain circumstances, the Autoflower Network may be obligated to release your personal information pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or other orders.

In keeping with our open process, the Autoflower Network may maintain publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any of the Autoflower Network’s-hosted public 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.

If you are a registered member of the Autoflower Network’s website or email list, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other members and to the public.

The Autoflower Network’s member databases may retain information about your name, e-mail address, company affiliation (if an organizational member), and such identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be visible to other Autoflower Network members and to the public.

Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in the Autoflower Network’s publicly accessible records with the Autoflower Network’s various committees, working groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; (ii) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, (iii) along with message content, in the permanent archives of the Autoflower Network’s e-mail lists, which also may be public.

Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our web site, such as forums and message boards, 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.

Given the international scope of the Autoflower Network websites, personal information may be visible to persons outside your country of residence, including to persons in countries that your own country’s privacy laws and regulations deem deficient in ensuring an adequate level of protection for such information.

If you are unsure whether this Privacy Policy is in conflict with applicable local rules, you should not submit your information.

If you are located within the European Union, you should note that your information will be transferred to Canada, which is deemed by the European Union to have adequate data protection. Nevertheless, in accordance with local laws implementing European Union Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 (“EU Privacy Directive”) on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, individuals located in countries outside of Canada who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to its transfer to and/or storage in Canada.

If you do not want your personal information collected and used by the Autoflower Network, please do not visit the Autoflower Network’s website or apply for membership of any of the Autoflower Network' websites or email lists.

Access to and Accuracy of Member Information

The Autoflower Network is committed to keeping the personal information of our members accurate.

All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed. In order to do this, please email us a request. We may provide members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time.

To protect our members’ privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as a user ID and password, before granting access to modify personal profile data.

Certain areas of the Autoflower Network’s web sites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers; a password prompt is your indication that a members-only resource is being accessed.

Security

The Autoflower Network makes every effort to protect personal information by users of the web site, including using firewalls and other security measures on its servers. No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself on any website, including this one.

Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with member services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address may be visible to other the Autoflower Network’s members and to the public. The Autoflower Network assume no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide.

You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information.

Please use care when accessing this website and providing personal information.

Opting Out

From time to time the Autoflower Network 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.

If you have questions regarding this privacy policy, please contact us.

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