Your privacy is critically important to us. We at GPAWS have a few fundamental principles:
What information about me does GPAWS collect and how is it used?
GPAWS only collects personal information about you if you voluntarily choose to share it with GPAWS. GPAWS does not share, rent or sell information concerning GPAWS's members or other users of its website to third parties in ways other than disclosed in this privacy statement.
To use the core functionality of the Site, you must first complete the registration form at the Site and agree to our Terms and Conditions. During registration you will be required to provide personal information such as your name and email address. GPAWS does not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years old. If we or a third party service provider requires a birth date to order a specific product or service, you will not be able to enter a birth date that indicates that you are less than 13 years old.
There are several other opportunities on the Site for you to share personal information about yourself with GPAWS. This may include information about you such as your equipment and activities, your biking routes, your name, and your zip code and e-mail address. GPAWS will also collect your credit card or other payment information if you choose to become a GPAWS Member. If you choose to share any personal information with GPAWS, GPAWS may store it and use it for internal research and other GPAWS marketing purposes, including e-mailing you with special promotions and other programs of interest. If the information is sent as part of a website evaluation, GPAWS may also use the information to contact you about your comments. If you opt-in for the GPAWS newsletter during registration, GPAWS will use your email address to send you newsletters with updates and news about GPAWS. You may remove your name from our email list by updating your profile in the Account section or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. GPAWS does not share, rent or sell your information to another company in ways other than disclosed in this privacy statement.
Like most standard Web site servers the Site uses log files. This includes internet protocol (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, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. In addition, GPAWS uses Google Analytics as a method of tracking site statistics and user behavior on the Site.
You may decide to send GPAWS personally identifying information in an e-mail message which might contain information or inquiries about GPAWS's products or services. GPAWS will use this information to identify you as a GPAWS member and to respond to the electronic mail. GPAWS will only use the information obtained to resolve the issue identified in the e-mail. GPAWS never sells e-mail addresses. You may change or request deletion of your personal information by contacting email@example.com.
GPAWS will only share your personal information with third parties if:
it is necessary in GPAWS's opinion to do so to protect the rights, property, or safety of GPAWS or its employees, the users of its website(s), or the public; or it is necessary to fulfill your product or service order. GPAWS uses a credit card processing company to process your credit card information as required for your order and to ensure that your transaction is secure. This processing company does not retain, share, store or use your personally identifiable information for any other purposes.
Information about you and your use of the Site may be aggregated with other information collected on the Site or otherwise used in ways that do not personally identify you or constitute personally identifiable information. This type of aggregated or statistical information may be used by us to improve the quality of the Site or for other purposes that we may deem appropriate.
What does GPAWS do to protect the data I transmit to GPAWS?
The Site uses industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to allow for the encryption of personal information such as your name and address, as well as critically sensitive information such as your credit card number. GPAWS engages a company that is an industry leader in online security and site verification to ensure the security of GPAWS's site. The Site is also registered with site identification authorities so that your browser can confirm GPAWS's identity before any personal information is sent. In addition, GPAWS's secure servers protect this information using advanced firewall technology.
What can I do to help make sure the security works correctly?
To help ensure that these measures are effective in preventing unauthorized access to your private information, you should be aware of the security features available to you through your browser. You should use a security-enabled browser to submit your credit card information and other personal information at the Site. Please note: If you do not use a SSL-capable browser, you are at risk for having data intercepted. GPAWS will not be responsible for any compromise of data that is intercepted due to your use of an unsecured browser.
Most browsers have the ability to notify you if you change between secure and insecure communications, receive invalid site identification information for the site you are communicating with, or send information over an unsecured connection. GPAWS recommends that you enable these browser functions to help ensure that your communications are secure. You can also monitor the URL of the site you are visiting (secure URLs begin with https:// rather than the normal http://), along with the security symbol of your browser (an open or closed padlock in Netscape or a broken or complete key in Internet Explorer) to help identify when you are communicating with a secure server. You can also view the details of the security certificate of the site to which you are connected. GPAWS encourages you to use this to check the validity of any site you connect to using secure communications.
If my credit card company determines that there are fraudulent charges on my account, what should I do?
If your credit card company determines that there are fraudulent charges on your account that are the result of the use of your credit card at the Site and they hold you liable for the unauthorized changes, please contact GPAWS immediately. You can contact GPAWS by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does GPAWS offer opt-out or opt-in services?
Yes. If you choose to stop receiving emails from GPAWS, please follow the unsubscribe instructions within each email communication or send an email to email@example.com. GPAWS will not provide or share any mailing lists or other information about you to another company or service for promotional purposes. Any service related emails (to confirm a purchase, etc.) generally do not offer an option to unsubscribe as they are necessary to provide the service you requested.
What if information I have previously submitted has changed?
If you need to correct, amend or delete submitted information that is inaccurate please contact GPAWS at firstname.lastname@example.org. GPAWS will respond to your email request within 7-10 business days. In addition, you may correct, amend or delete submitted information that is inaccurate by visiting "Edit Profile" on the Site.
What about the blog?
If you use the Blog, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit in the comment field can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums indefinitely, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. GPAWS is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit via the Blog.
While GPAWS continues to work hard to protect your personal information, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be absolutely secure, and GPAWS cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to GPAWS. Transmitting personal information is done at your own risk.