Use and Disclosure of Non-Personally-Identifying Information
Non-Personally-Identifying Information (“NPII”) is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person or entity. Personally-Identifying Information (“PII”) by contrast, is information such as a name or email address that can be directly associated with a specific person or entity.
We collect NPII user information to enhance your experience using the Website. We use aggregated (gathered up data across all subscription users) information to develop and improve your experience using the Website. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, we are better able to (i) design this Website to improve your experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use, and (ii) potentially provide you with advertising that is targeted to your interests. We use data analytics collected by the systems described below to determine which areas of our Website you prefer based upon the frequency of your visits and engagement with those areas. We may make assumptions based on your browser provided data to target relevant content and advertising to you. We may also make geographic and demographic assumptions based on your presented IP address to target relevant content. Additionally, we may share this aggregated information with other third party business partners.
The data analytics we use are as follows:
- Web Browsers. Like most site operators, we gather NPII from you of the sort that web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, operating system and browser type, and the locations of the web pages you view right before arriving at, while navigating and immediately after leaving this site.
- Web Cookies. A “Web Cookie” is a string of information that a site stores on your computer, and your browser provides to this site, each time you submit a query to Network Connecticut. We may use Web Cookies to track the pages that you visit during each site session, both to help us improve your experience and to help us understand how this site is being used. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON YOUR COMPUTER, YOU SHOULD SET YOUR BROWSER TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THIS SITE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CERTAIN FEATURES OF THIS WEBSITE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY WITHOUT THE AID OF WEB COOKIES. IF YOU REFUSE WEB COOKIES, YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY.
- Web Beacons. A “Web Beacon” is an object that is embedded in a web page. It is usually invisible to you but allows site operators to check whether you have viewed a particular web page or email communication. We may place Web Beacons on pages of this site and in emails we send to you. You may not decline Web Beacons. However, they may be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis.
Use and Disclosure of Personally-Identifying Information
As defined above, PII is information that can be directly associated with a specific Website user. Network Connecticut does not collect PII about any individual Website user except when knowingly provided by such individual. For example, we may ask you for information, such as your e-mail address when you become a subscriber to the Website.
When you do provide PII to Network Connecticut, you are sharing that information with Network Connecticut, as well as business partners and vendors providing hosting and other services to Network Connecticut. In addition, if you provide any PII via an advertiser promotion, please be aware you are directly providing your PII to that advertiser.
Listed below are additional ways in which we may use your PII:
- We may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on Network Connecticut. If you participate, we will request certain PII from you, such as your name and e-mail. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you, therefore, have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. We may use a third party service provider to conduct these surveys or contests. We will not share the PII you provide through a contest or survey with other third parties unless we give you prior notice and choice.
- We have features that allow you to send an e-mail to yourself and/or others about an item on our site. If you choose to use our e-mail referral service, you will be required to provide the e-mail address or addresses that will be used in the notification. Upon form submission, an e-mail will be generated to your recipient(s) inviting them to visit the URL you have recommended.
- We may email you about content that we believe may be of interest to you. If you wish to opt-out of receiving this information from us, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the email for opting out.
- If you submit a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Infringement Notification, Counter Notice or other communication (including communications about content stored on or transmitted through the Website), you consent to have this communication forwarded to the person or entity who stored or transmitted the content addressed by your communications in order to facilitate a prompt resolution. For notices other than DMCA Infringement Notifications and Counter Notices, upon request, we will edit out your name and contact information. However, DMCA Infringement Notifications and Counter Notices (including any PII set forth in the notifications) will be forwarded as submitted to us without any deletions.
- We disclose PII if: (1) required to do so by law, or in response to a subpoena or court order; (2) we believe in our sole discretion that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect against fraud, to protect the property or other rights of us or other users, third parties or the public at large; or (3) we believe that you have abused the service by using it to attack other systems or to gain unauthorized access to any other system, to engage in spamming or otherwise to violate applicable laws.
You always have the option not to provide PII to Network Connecticut. If you choose not to provide such information, you can still visit Network Connecticut, but you may be unable to access certain parts of the Website.
Should you subscribe directly to Network Connecticut, you may elect to stop receiving material from Network CT. You may also request to delete your subscription. If you wish to do so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your request within 30 business days.
Posting PII to the Public
You may post PII on the Website in certain areas (comments, reviews, message boards etc.) that may be viewed by other users or the public, although we recommend that you do not do so. We urge you to use good judgment and not post PII that you do not want other users to know. YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM YOUR VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PII.
Collection and Use of Information by Third Parties
Network Connecticut uses commercially accepted security measures to protect any personal information provided by you to Network Connecticut. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your submitted information, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to our site, and you do so at your own risk. We will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly caused by an unauthorized third party’s ability to view, use or disseminate PII.