The Rational User Community (RUC) Online Privacy Statement applies to the RUC Website. Below are some of the highlights of the Statement.
To find out more about our privacy practices, see the Rational User Community (RUC) Online Privacy Statement.
The Rational User Community (RUC) Online Privacy Statement
This Statement is effective as of April 1, 2012.
Your privacy is important to the RUC; maintaining your trust is paramount to us. This Statement discloses the information practices for the RUC Website, including what type of information is gathered and tracked, how the information is used, and with whom the information is shared.
This Statement does not apply to third party Websites that have their own Privacy Statement. Additionally, it does not apply to instances where we merely process data on behalf of clients for their benefit, such as when we act as a web hosting service provider.
From time to time, we may supplement this Statement with additional information relating to a particular interaction we have with you.
Collection of Personal Information
You may choose to give us personal information directly in a variety of situations. For example, you may want to give us your name and contact information to communicate with you, or to provide you with a subscription or a service. If you tell us that you do not want us to use your information to make further contact with you beyond fulfilling your request, we will respect your wishes.
We may also collect information relating to your use of our Websites through the use of various technologies. For example, when you visit our Websites, we may log certain information that your browser sends us, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring Website addresses. We may also collect information about the pages you view within our site and other actions you take while visiting us. In addition, we may also use such technologies to determine whether you’ve opened an e-mail or clicked on a link contained in an e-mail. Collecting information in this manner allows us to collect statistics about our Websites usage and effectiveness and personalize your experience, while you are on our Websites, as well as tailor our interactions with you. For details regarding the technologies we employ, see “Cookies, Web Beacon and Other Technologies” below.
From time to time, we may also collect information that pertains to you indirectly through other sources, such as list vendors. When we do so, we ask the vendors to confirm that the information was legally acquired by the third party and that we have the right to obtain it from them and use it.
The information that we collect, either directly or indirectly, may be combined to help us improve its overall accuracy and completeness and to help us better tailor our interactions with you.
Use of Personal Information
The following paragraphs describe in more detail how the RUC may use your personal information.
Fulfilling your Request
If you request something from the RUC, for example, a product or service, a call-back, or specific content request, we will use the information you provide to fulfill your request. To help us do this, we may share information with others, for instance, RUC's business partners, shipping companies, or postal or government authorities, such as Customs authorities, involved in fulfilling your request. In connection with a transaction, we may also contact you as part of our customer satisfaction surveys or for market research purposes.
Personalizing your Experience on our Websites
We may use information we collect about you to provide you with a personalized experience on the Website, such as providing you with content in which you may be interested and making navigation on the Website easier.
We may use your personal information to support services you have obtained from us, such as notifying you of a new or improved service or Website updates.
The information you provide to the RUC, as well as the information we have collected about you indirectly, may be used by the RUC or its business partners for marketing purposes. Before we do so, however, we will offer you the opportunity to choose whether or not to have your information used in this way. You may at any time choose not to receive marketing materials from us by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each e-mail you may receive, by indicating so when we call you, or by contacting us directly (please refer to “Privacy Questions and Access” below).
Some of our offerings may be co-branded, that is sponsored by both the RUC and third parties. If you sign up for these offerings, be aware that your information may also be collected by and shared with those third parties. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with their privacy policies to gain an understanding of the manner in which they will handle information about you.
Use of Information in the Social Computing Environment
The RUC provides social computing tools on its Website to enable online sharing and collaboration among members who have registered to use them. These include forums, blogs, member searches and other social media platforms. When registering to use these tools, you will be asked to provide certain personal information. Registration information that is not automatically made available to other participants as part of your profile will be subject to and protected in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
Protect the Rights and Property of the RUC and Others
We may also use or share your information to protect the rights or property of the RUC, our members, business partners, potential members, suppliers, or others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected. In addition, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or the rights of others, or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Website.
Information Security and Accuracy
We intend to protect your personal information and to maintain its accuracy. The RUC implements reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.
Cookies and Other Technologies
As mentioned above, we collect information from your visits to our Websites to help us gather statistics about our Websites usage and effectiveness, personalize your experience on our sites, and tailor our interactions with you.
We do so through the use of various technologies, including one called "cookies". A cookie is a piece of data that a Website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies are often only used to measure Website usage and effectiveness and to allow for ease of navigation or use and as such, are not associated with any personal information, they are also used at times to personalize a known visitor’s experience to a Website by being associated with profile information or user preferences. You can set your browser in most instances to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also generally set your browser to turn off cookies. Since cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our Websites’ features, we recommend that you leave them turned on. If you block or otherwise reject our cookies, you will not be able to use any Website services that require you to sign in.
Links to non-IBM Websites
The RUC Website may contain links to non-RUC Websites that are not affiliated with the RUC. The RUC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other Websites.
Notification of Changes
We will post a notice for 30 days at the top of this page notifying users when this Privacy Statement is updated or modified in a material way. If we are going to use your personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we can use your personal information in such a way.
Privacy Questions and Access
If you have a question about this Privacy Statement or the RUC’s handling of your information, you can send an email to the RUC Website coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you no longer wish to receive marketing e-mails from the RUC, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each marketing email.