Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

In this Privacy Policy, “you,” “your” and “yourself” refers to you individually and you on behalf of your employer, if applicable. As used in this website, “Smart Circle” refers to Smart Circle International, LLC and may include its sister companies and other entities which are related to Smart Circle by common ownership.

Smart Circle respects the privacy of visitors to www.thesmartcircle.com and mobile-optimized versions of www.thesmartcircle.com (collectively the “Website”) and we recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of personally identifiable information you share with us. This Privacy Policy summarizes what information we might collect from a registered user or other visitor and what we will and will not do with it. We have established this Privacy Policy so that you are informed about how we treat any personally identifiable information that you may provide to us in the course of using this Website.

You should read our entire Privacy Policy and also our Terms of Use.

This Privacy Policy will inform you of:

  • What information is considered personally identifiable information.
  • What personally identifiable information of yours we may collect from you through our Website.
  • How we may use your personally identifiable information.
  • Limits on how we would share and disclose your personally identifiable information.
  • Information this Privacy Policy does not apply to.
  • Our policy regarding links to third party websites.
  • Security of our Website.
  • How you will be informed of updates to this Privacy Policy.
  • How you can correct and update your personally identifiable information.

Information that is Considered Personally Identifiable Information

You can generally visit our Website without revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself. However, to access certain options and services we may ask you to provide certain personally identifiable information and without providing such personally identifiable information, you may be unable to access certain options and services.  “Personally identifiable information” means information that can be used to identify you as an individual, such as:

  • Your name, company, email address, phone number, address and any other information that is connected with you personally; and
  • Your company name, user ID and password (if applicable).

Information Collection and Use

We will use your personally identifiable information to respond to your inquiry or request or to otherwise help in processing inquiries and requests. Smart Circle’s policy is to limit the information collected to only the minimum information required to complete a visitor’s request. We only have access to personally identifiable information that you voluntarily give us by e-mail or other direct contact from you. Smart Circle is the sole owner of the information collected on our Website and we do not sell or rent any information to third parties.

In addition, we may use information you provide us for editorial purposes, and may use your name and any stories you provide us in articles published online and on our Website. Please be advised that any such submissions become the property of Smart Circle and may be used by Smart Circle for any lawful purpose. If you provide us with personal anecdotes, they may be attributed to you. Smart Circle can edit, delete, rewrite, use, and reuse the content, including your name, likeness, photograph, and biographical information you provide, in any way and in any media whether now known or invented in the future, with or without attribution, including publication on this Website, in magazines, and in trade media, and advertising. You agree that any content you send us will not violate any rights of any third party and that you will only send us content for which you own the rights.

If the email address you provide to us is a wireless email address, you agree to receive messages at such email address from Smart Circle and affiliated entities (unless and until you have elected not to receive such messages by notifying us at webinquiry@thesmartcircle.com). You understand that your wireless carrier’s standard rates apply to these messages. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device on which messages will be received, and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges.

We may collect other information that cannot be readily used to identify you. For example, our web server may automatically store your IP address and your domain (where possible) when you log onto our website, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, and the aggregate information about what pages on our Website you visit or access.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information

In certain circumstances, Smart Circle may share your information with third parties, such as Smart Circle’s vendors or business partners, in order to service you as a customer. We may provide your personally identifiable information that we collect and the data generated by cookies to a parent, subsidiary or affiliate entity, partner entities, and the vendors and service agencies that we may engage to assist us. In addition, we may provide your personally identifiable information to an organization in order to complete a service, to assist us in reviewing the data or to provide marketing or advertising on our behalf. Any organization to which we provide such personally identifiable information is also required to keep your personally identifiable information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. We will also disclose your personally identifiable information if we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law, regulation or other governmental authority. We may transfer your personally identifiable information to a successor entity upon a merger, consolidation or other corporate reorganization in which Smart Circle participates or to a purchaser of all or substantially all of Smart Circle’s assets. Such successor entity shall be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

Cookies, GIF files and Location Based Features

Some portions of our Website may use cookie or similar technology to identify users who have previously visited so the user is recognized upon return, thereby saving them time while on our Website. A cookie is a small amount of data (often including a unique identifier), that is sent to your browser from a website’s computer(s) and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Some of our cookies may be local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies. MGB uses cookies to understand website usage and to improve the content and offerings on our Website. We may use cookies to control the display of ads, track usage patterns on the sites, deliver editorial content and personalize information. Our cookies may contain personally identifiable information and such cookies may be shared with others to the same extent indicated above. Smart Circle (or third party service providers on our behalf) may also use cookies to collect aggregate information about users of the Website on an anonymous basis. We may share aggregate demographic and usage information with our prospective and actual business partners, advertisers and other third parties for any business purpose. Some of our advertisers may serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.

In addition, Smart Circle and our advertising companies may use web beacons to help manage our online advertising. These web beacons enable Smart Circle and our third-party advertising companies to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits this Website and to learn which banner ads bring users to our Website and to send you ads that you may find of interest elsewhere on the Internet. Smart Circle and these advertising companies may use information about your visits to this Website and other websites on the Internet in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

This Website may use pixels, or transparent GIF files, to help manage online advertising. These files enable us to recognize a unique file on your web browser, which in turn enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our Website. A transparent GIF may enable us to relate your viewing or receipt of a webpage or message to other information about you, including your personal information.

Log Files and Aggregate Information

We may track the total number of visitors to our Website, the number of visitors to each page of our Website, IP addresses, and the domain names of our users’ Internet service providers, and we may analyze this data for trends and statistics in the aggregate, but such information will be in aggregate form only and it will not contain personally identifiable data. Such aggregate information is not linked to any personally identifiable information that can identify any individual person.

We may use such aggregate information to analyze trends, administer the Website, track users’ movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may share this aggregate information with our corporate partners and contracted vendors to assist us in operating the Website and to enable them to better understand Smart Circle’s business.

Information This Privacy Policy Does Not Apply To

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the collection and use of information by companies that Smart Circle does not control, nor by individuals not employed by Smart Circle and only applies to this Website. Any information you provide when you visit websites other than those covered by this Privacy Policy (including Smart Circle affiliated websites) or when you purchase any products or services that may be linked to or advertised on our Website by companies and entities other than Smart Circle, is subject to the privacy policies posted on those sites. Except as specified herein, this Privacy Policy does not apply to information you may provide to us offline.

Links to Third Party Sites

Some portions of our Website may contain links to other websites on the Internet that are not under the control of or maintained by Smart Circle. Such links do not constitute an endorsement by Smart Circle of those other websites, the content displayed therein, or the persons or entities associated therewith. You acknowledge that Smart Circle is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and you agree that Smart Circle is not responsible for the content of such websites. Your use of these other linked websites is subject to the respective terms of use and privacy policies located on the linked websites.

Security

Smart Circle and its third party providers may employ procedural and technological security measures, consistent with industry practice. Such measures are reasonably designed to protect your personally identifiable information from loss, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Smart Circle may use encryption, password protection, secure socket layers, internal restrictions and other security measures to help prevent unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information.

California and Canadian Users and Visitors of this Website

California and Canadian residents have the right to know how their information may be shared with third parties who engage in direct marketing activities and this policy explains our practices and how you can opt out of having your information shared for such purposes. Smart Circle does not make our user lists and information available to companies that sell goods and services.

Minors

We will never ask children to share any personal information with us.

Privacy Policy Updates

We reserve the right to update this privacy policy as we deem necessary or appropriate in order to meet certain legal compliance requirements or changes in our business practices. In the event Smart Circle does update this Privacy Policy, Smart Circle will post the updates on this Website located at www.thesmartcircle.com, so that users are always aware of what personally identifiable information is collected and how this information is used. Smart Circle encourages you to review this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes and/or updates. Your continued use of this Website will be subject to the then-current Privacy Policy.

Correction/Updating Personally Identifiable Information

If you wish to correct any information provided to us, you may update your contact information by contacting Smart Circle.

Privacy Policy Last Updated: Dec. 2014

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please send an e-mail to legal@thesmartcircle.com.

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