HITEC-LA Privacy Policy

Last Updated:   October 1, 2010
We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information.  The policy below is applicable to the www.hitecla.org website (“Website”) operated and maintained by HITEC-LA (“Company,” “HITEC-LA,” “we,” “us,” or “our”). 
We have established this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to let you know the kinds of personal information we may gather during your visit to the Website, why we gather your information, what we use your personal information for, and when we might disclose your personal information.
By visiting our Website, you are accepting the practices described in our Privacy Policy.  Your use of our Website and services is also subject to our Terms and Conditions. Click here to read the Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy (together with the Terms and Conditions), you may not use the Website and must exit immediately.  Your continued use of our Website means you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy (together with the Terms and Conditions). 

  1. Personal Information.
    When you log on to our Website and communicate with us via our Website, we do not collect personal information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily. Personal information (“Personal Information”) is any information or data that is unique to an individual such as a name, social security number, address, e-mail address, birth date, etc.  Portions of our Website may allow you to provide us with Personal Information in order to deliver requested materials, products or services to you, respond to your questions, or enable to you to update information. Additionally, registration may be required and Personal Information may be collected in certain portions of the Website in which you specifically and knowingly provide such information (e.g., subscription registration, community postings (i.e., chat or bulletin boards), suggestions, or customer service requests).
  2. Use of Personal Information.
    Personal Information is used only for the purpose it was provided.  Except as provided in this Privacy Policy, we do not sell, license, transmit or disclose Personal Information that you provide to us outside of HITEC-LA without your consent.  We may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications and Personal Information, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of HITEC-LA or our members, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the services; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of HITEC-LA employees, its members or the public. We may also disclose Personal Information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets. 
  3. Anonymous Information.
    Through your use of the Website, we may also gather certain information that does not personally identify you (“Anonymous Information”).  Generally, this information is collected through “traffic data” and may involve the use of “cookies,” “IP Addresses,” log files, and other technologies to reference browser information or to collect information about your interaction with the Website and our services.
  4. Use of Anonymous Information.
    We use Anonymous Information to help us determine how people use parts of the Website and who our visitors are so we can improve our Website and ensure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many people as possible.  We also use Anonymous Information to provide statistical “ratings” information in aggregated form to our partners and other third parties about how our users collectively use the our Website.  We may also use or share Anonymous Information (or other information, other than Personal Information) in any other manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.
  5. Policies for Children Under 13.
    We do not knowingly collect any information from persons under the age of 13.  If we learn that any persons under the age of 13 have provided information about themselves, the information will be deleted.  Our Website is designed for adults.  Our Website is not intentionally targeted to children under the age of 13.   We strongly encourage parents and guardians to supervise the online activities of their minor children and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers to help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools also can help prevent minors from disclosing their name, address, and other personally identifiable information online without parental permission.
  6. Cookies.
    We may use Cookies to provide some of the services on our Website.  “Cookies” are pieces of information that a Website transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes.  Cookies make web-surfing easier for you by saving your passwords, purchases, and preferences while you're at our Website.  The use of cookies is standard in the Internet industry, and many major websites use them to provide useful features for their users.  Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user’s computer.  We use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited us before or if you are a new visitor. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to adjust the settings for cookies, but remember though, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our Website features. The Website may also contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel or clear gifs) that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our Website and allow us to count the number of users who have visited those pages and to deliver services. We may also employ web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our operations of our Website.  This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your Personal Information. 
  7. Log Files.
    Like most standard websites we use log files. These includes Internet Protocol Address (“IP Addresses”), browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, user navigation and traffic in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. An IP Address is a number that automatically identifies the computer or machine that you are using to access the Internet. The address enables our server to send you the web pages that you want to visit. It may disclose the server owned by your Internet Service Provider.
  8. Security of Your Personal Information.
    This security of Personal Information you submit via this Website is very important to us. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Personal Information collected by our Website is stored in operating environments that are not available to the public.  We employ the use of built-in firewalls (a combination of computer hardware and software) to help keep unauthorized users from accessing information through our computer network.  However, no system can perfectly guard against risks of intentional intrusion or inadvertent disclosure of information sent to us. Moreover, when you transmit information via the Internet, your Personal Information will be transmitted over a medium that is beyond our control, and therefore the security of the transmission may be compromised before it reaches us.  If you wish, you may contact us instead by telephone at (213) 694-1250.  If a password is used to help protect your accounts and Personal Information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your Personal Information from subsequent users.
  9. Newsletters.
    In the event that we distribute newsletters or RSS feeds, we collect e-mail addresses and may collect zip codes and other information of all users who subscribe to these publications.  Anyone who wishes to stop receiving this newsletter can, at any time, click on the “Unsubscribe” feature located within each newsletter.
  10. Public Areas, Chat Rooms, Forums and Newsgroups.
    Please remember that any information you share in public areas, such as message boards or feedback sections, becomes public, and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public.  Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any Personal Information that you expect to keep private.
  11. Third-Party Agents.
    We occasionally have third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures that perform functions on our behalf.  These entities have access to the Personal Information needed to perform their functions and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that Personal Information.  They are restricted from using or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Website. 
  12. Links to Other Websites.
    This Privacy Policy applies only to the HITEC-LA Website, not to other companies’ or organizations’ Websites to which we link.  These links include links from sponsors, partners and others and are beyond our control.  These other sites may send their own cookies to you, collect your data, or solicit your personal information.  Always be aware of where you end up.  We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other Websites.  We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement and user terms and conditions whenever interacting with any other Website.
  13. Personnel.
    Only those employees who need access to your Personal Information in order to do their jobs are allowed access, each having signed confidentiality agreements. Any employee who violates our privacy and/or security policies is subject to disciplinary action, including possible termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution. 
  14. Communications With Our Website.
    If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact:
    Web Team
    555 W. Fifth Street, 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA  90013
    E-mail hitec-la@lacare.org
  15. Changes to Privacy Policy.
    HITEC-LA may amend or update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Such changes will be publicly posted in this area of the Website.