"Personal information" means information that identifies you or could reasonably be used to identify you and which is submitted to and/or collected by the Third Coast Sites and maintained by Third Coast in an accessible form. Examples of personal information include your name, your postal address and your telephone number.
How does Third Coast collect information online?
Third Coast collects information in two ways:
1. Personal Information You Submit:
Third Coast collects personal information that you enter into data fields on Third Coast Sites. For example, you may submit your name, postal address, e-mail address, and/or other information in order to receive information about various subjects, register for Third Coast programs, contact Third Coast customer service, or respond to Third Coast surveys. To protect your privacy, you should not provide Third Coast with any information that is not specifically requested, such as your medical history.
2. Passive Collection of Unidentifiable Information:
The Third Coast Sites may collect information about your visits to such sites without you actively submitting such information. Unidentifiable information may be collected using various technologies, such as cookies, Internet tags, and Web beacons. Your Internet browser automatically transmits to Third Coast Sites some of this unidentifiable information, such as the URL of the website you just visited and the browser version your computer is operating. Passive information collection technologies can make your use of Third Coast Sites easier by allowing Third Coast to provide better service, customize sites based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyze trends, and otherwise administer and improve the Third Coast Sites. Certain features of Third Coast Sites may not work without use of passive information collection technologies. Information collected by these technologies cannot be used to identity you without additional identifiable information.
In what circumstances might Third Coast collect and use personal information?
Third Coast will use the personal information you provide through Third Coast Sites to respond to your questions and to provide you with efficient customer service. After you have entered personal information into a form or data field on a Third Coast Site, Third Coast may use certain identifying technologies to allow that website to "remember" your personal preferences, such as sections of that website that you visit frequently and, if you choose, your user ID. We may also use this personal information for other business purposes, such as to offer you the opportunity to receive notices regarding Third Coast’s products or services, to invite you to participate in surveys about our products, or to notify you about special promotions.
Does Third Coast consolidate personal information?
Third Coast may consolidate the personal information of patrons who use Third Coast Sites. We use this information to help us better design Third Coast Websites and Third Coast products, to communicate information to you, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.
What choices do I have about how Third Coast collects and use personal information about me?
You may always limit the amount and type of personal information that Third Coast and any affiliated sponsors receive about you by choosing not to enter any personal information into forms or data fields on Third Coast Websites. Some of our online services can only be provided to you if you provide us with appropriate personal information. Other parts of Third Coast Websites may ask whether you wish to opt out or opt into our contact lists for offers, promotions and additional services that may be of interest to you.
You may also be provided with preference questions or preference boxes allowing you to indicate that you do not want Third Coast Sites to use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to "remember" your personal information, such as user IDs or mailing addresses, on return visits. However, Third Coast Sites that use tracking technologies to collect unidentifiable information do not generally provide you with the ability to opt out of the tracking technologies. Some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of tracking technologies that collect unidentifiable information.
Who will have access to personal information about me?
Personal information can be accessed by a restricted number of Third Coast employees, by certain companies with which Third Coast may conduct joint programs, and by individuals and entities with whom Third Coast contracts to carry out business activities for Third Coast. We train our employees about the importance of privacy and how to handle and manage customer data appropriately and securely. Also, it is Third Coast’s practice to notify you if you are registering for a program that is conducted in conjunction with another company that may require access to your personal information. In addition, Third Coast’s practice is to require its contractors to keep your personal information confidential and to use personal information only to perform functions for Third Coast.
Does Third Coast share personal information with third parties?
As a general rule, Third Coast does not share your personal information with third parties, unless it is necessary to conduct a joint program or to carry out a program or activity through a contractor. Where required by law, Third Coast will not disclose your personal information to third parties for those third parties' marketing purposes, unless you have been provided with an opportunity to opt into or opt out of this disclosure. However, if Third Coast sells one of its product lines or divisions, your personal information may be transferred to the buyer so that the buyer can continue to provide you with information and services. If Third Coast provides your personal information to individuals and entities that assist us with our business activities, it is Third Coast’s practice to require those individuals and entities to keep your personal information confidential and to use your personal information only to perform functions for Third Coast. Third Coast reserves the right to disclose your personal information to (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of law or to comply with legal process served on us; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, the Third Coast Sites or their users, or third party licensors of any material on the Third Coast Sites; or (d) in an emergency to protect national security or the health or safety of the users of the Third Coast Sites or the general public.
How does Third Coast secure personal information?
It is Third Coast’s practice to secure each web page that collects personal information; however, the confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. We urge you to please be careful and responsible whenever you are online and exercise caution when transmitting personal information over the Internet, especially personal information related to your health. Third Coast cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not gain access to your personal information; therefore, when submitting personal information to Third Coast, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.
How does Third Coast protect the privacy of children?
Third Coast does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children (we define "children" as minors younger than 13) on the Third Coast Site. We do not knowingly allow children to order our products, communicate with us, or use any of our online services. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.
What else should you know about your privacy?
How can I contact Third Coast?
If you have questions about the use, amendment, or deletion of personal information that you have provided to us, or if you would like to opt out of future communications from a Third Coast business or a particular Third Coast program, please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us link on this Website or by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I know whether Third Coast has updated this policy?