Privacy

PRIVACY POLICY DATED 18 AUGUST 2014 (Updated from a previous policy dated 9 November 2008)

Introduction
Your privacy is essential to us. Here at Digital Bear Consulting, we believe that privacy is a top priority. We know that you care how information about you is used and shared. Thus, we provide this Privacy Policy to summarize our procedures and practices with regard to information collection and use. This will serve as a guide for you in making an intelligent decision when sharing your information with us. By visiting Digital Bear Consulting, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy and hereby accept the procedures and practices stated in this herein.

Scope
This Privacy Policy applies only within this website and other pages where this policy appears. This describes and explains how we take care in handling the personal information you share with us. By accepting the Privacy Policy, and the User Agreement in any registration, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Collection and How Used - Anonymous Users
If you attempt to use the services and applications of our website and/or choose to provide information to us, this website shall collect information from you and the computer you use. This information includes anything you enter in a form on the website and submit to us. We won't know who you are, but will be able to identify information about your computer, browser and internet address. Once collected, we will store the information for a period of time for record keeping purposes. The information that we store is sometimes deleted as space requires or in the normal course of business.

Collection and How Used - Authenticated (Registered) Users
Everything in the previous section for anonymous users applies. In addition, we shall collect Personal Information from you. This information includes your user name, real name and email address. We ask for your real name, but will not verify it. We ask for your email address so we can send you a link to complete the registration process. Once collected, we will store your information for as long as you remain a registered user. Should you (or we) decide to unregister you, we may keep your information for reasonable period of time for record keeping purposes. The information that we store is sometimes deleted as space requires or in the normal course of business.

Disclosure
We may share information with government agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these companies for marketing purposes.

Cookies
This site may use cookie and tracking technology depending on the features offered. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Site, and understanding how visitors use the Site. Cookies can also help customize the Site for visitors.

Security
All collected information is stored in a technically and physically secure environment. We also do everything in our power to protect personally identifiable information (including Sensitive Information) off-line. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect our end-users' personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

Access and Updating Personal Information
When you use our services, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, would be extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case where we provide information access and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort. Some of our services have different procedures to access, correct or delete users’ personal information. We do retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our policies and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.

Third Parties
We provide links to Web sites outside of our web sites, as well as to third party Web sites. These linked sites are not under our control, and we cannot accept responsibility for the conduct of companies linked to our website. Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we advise you to examine the terms and conditions of using that Web site and its privacy statement.

Minors
This Website is intended for visitors of all ages, including those under eighteen (18) years of age. Digital Bear Consulting does not knowingly solicit or collect registration information from individuals under the age of eighteen (18). If we determine that we have inadvertently collected personal information from someone under eighteen (18) years of age, we will take reasonable steps to purge this information from our database. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children and to participate and monitor the Internet activities of their children.

Changes, Amendments and Notifications of Changes
Digital Bear Consulting reserves the right to change or update this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a clear and conspicuous notice on the Website explaining that we are changing our Privacy Policy. All Privacy Policy changes will take effect immediately upon their posting on the Website. Please check the Website periodically for any changes. Your continued use of the Website and/or acceptance of our e-mail communications following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of any and all changes.

PRIVACY POLICY DATED 18 AUGUST 2014 (Updated from a previous policy dated 9 November 2008)


Previous policy dated 9 November 2008

Information Collection and Use
Digital Bear Consulting is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Digital Bear Consulting collects information from our users at several different points on our web site. However, we do not collect personal information at this time except that which can be derived from any email sent to us.

Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing
We will share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Links
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, Digital Bear Consulting, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Security
This web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the web site, your information is protected both online and off-line.
When we ask users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just 'surfing'.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our customers' information is protected. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

If you have any questions about the security at our web site, you can send an email to security@digital-bear.com.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our Home page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.