Q2. What types of personally identifiable information do we collect about our customers?
A2. We collect several types of personally identifiable information about our customers.
Information You Provide to Us
Information Collected Through Technology
We collect information through technology to make our sites more interesting and useful to you and for various purposes related to our business. For instance, when you come to one of our sites, we collect your IP address. An IP address is associated with the access point through which you enter the Internet, and is typically controlled by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), your company, or your university. Standing alone, your IP address is not personally identifiable. We may use IP addresses to collect information regarding the frequency with which our customers visit various parts of our sites, and we may combine IP addresses with personally identifiable information.
Our Web sites collect information through a variety of technical methods, including cookies and Web beacons. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site sends to your computer while you are viewing the Web site. Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of Web sites. Cookies, web beacons and other technical methods may involve the transmission of information either directly to us or to another party authorized by us to collect information on our behalf.
We may use the information collected through these technical methods for many purposes, including delivering content, tracking and enhancing our customers’ experience on our Web sites. For example, when you return to one of our Web sites after logging in, cookies provide information to the site so that the site will remember who you are. We also may use technical methods to analyze the traffic patterns on our Web sites, such as the frequency with which our users visit various parts of our Web sites, and third party Web sites, such as the frequency with which our users visit other Web sites. In HTML e-mails that we send our customers, we may use technical methods for a number of purposes, including: to determine whether our customers have opened or forwarded those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails, to customize the display of banner advertisements and other messages after a guest has closed the e-mail, and to determine whether a guest has made an inquiry or purchase in response to a particular e-mail. These technical methods may enable us to collect and use information in a form that is personally identifiable.
Information That We Collect from Others
Q3. How is your personally identifiable information used and shared?
A3. As described in detail below, Animal U, Inc. may use your personally identifiable information in many ways, including sending you promotional materials, and sharing your information with third parties so that these third parties can send you promotional materials. (By “promotional materials,” we mean communications that directly promote the use of Web sites, or the purchase of products or services.) As outlined below in A4, you may “opt out” of certain uses of your personal information.
General Provisions for Sharing and Use by Animal U, Inc., Licensees and Co-Branding Participants
Animal U, Inc. may also use your personal information for many purposes other than sending you promotional materials. (We refer to all of these types of uses of your personal information that do not involve the sending of promotional materials as “Operational Uses.”) For example, we may use your information to complete transactions requested by you (such as your purchase of a product or service offered on our Web sites), or to send you administrative communications either about your account with us or about features of our Web sites. Because these uses of your personal information do not involve sending you promotional materials, your opt-outs under A4 below will not apply to any of these Operational Uses.
Non-Registered Transactions with Animal U, Inc.
When you engage in a Non-Registered Transaction with a member of Animal U, Inc.: (a) personal information that you provide during your transaction will not be shared with any third party, and (b) you will have the opportunity to opt out (as described in A4 below) of allowing personal information that you provide during your transaction to be used by members of Animal U, Inc. to send their promotional materials to you. If you permit members of Animal U, Inc. to send you promotional materials, you may withdraw the permission (i) during a subsequent Non-Registered Transactions. If you withdraw a permission and subsequently engage in another Non-Registered Transaction, you again may grant permission at the time of that transaction to allow members of Animal U, Inc. to send their promotional materials to you. In some instances, if you grant a permission and subsequently withdraw that permission within 30 days (or you withdraw a permission and subsequently grant a new permission within 30 days), your subsequent action may be disregarded. Therefore, to be certain that any modification of your permission status will be effective, please wait 30 days before making any such modification.
Finally, please remember that the opt-out choices that you make during Non-Registered Transactions will not affect the opt-out choices that you make while registered and logged on to our Web sites, and the opt-out choices that you make while registered and logged on to our Web sites will not affect the opt-out choices that you make during Non-Registered Transactions.
Third Parties Offering Promotions, Products, or Services
Companies That Facilitate Communications and Transactions with You
Companies That You Previously Authorized to Obtain Your Information
Purchase or Sale of Businesses
Disclosures to Comply With Laws and Disclosures to Help Protect the Security and Safety of Our Web Sites, Animal U, Inc. and Others
Q4. What choices do you have about the collection, use, and sharing of your personally identifiable information?
Your three opt-out choices are:
Third Parties: You may choose to opt out of receiving promotional materials from third parties. If you do not choose this opt-out, Animal U, Inc. may share your personal information so that third parties can send you these promotional materials. Your opt-out choices for third parties generally are specific to the particular Web sites where you make these choices. Thus, if you want to opt out of all uses of your personal information covered by the “Third Parties” opt-out, you must consistently elect that opt-out at our Web site(s) either when you register or when you log in and update your profile. If you want to make a change in your “Third Parties” opt-out choices, you will need to make that change at our Web site(s) where you previously made a different choice. Please bear in mind that this opt-out choice for “Third Parties” will not apply to the licensees and co-branding participants described above in A3.
Animal U, Inc.: You may choose to opt out of receiving promotional materials from Animal U, Inc., its Web site(s) and the licensees and co-branding participants described above in A3. This opt-out choice is found on each of our Web sites. If you want to make a change in your “Animal U, Inc.” opt-out choice, you can make that change by visiting our Web site(s), logging on with your user name and password on that/those Web site(s), and choose to opt out of receiving promotional materials from that specific member.
Other Future Animal U, Inc.: You may choose to opt out of receiving promotional materials directly from a specific Animal U, Inc. Web site by logging onto and choosing the opt-out option on that Web site. However, if you do not also opt out of receiving promotional materials from other “Animal U, Inc.” Web sites, if any, you may still receive promotional materials from other members of Animal U, Inc.
Please keep in mind that any opt-out choices you make will not apply in situations where (a) you either have made, simultaneously make, or later make a specific request for information from a member of Animal U, Inc., (b) Animal U, Inc. uses your personal information for either “Operational Uses” or “Fulfillment Uses” (as described above in A3), (c) you either have engaged, simultaneously engage, or later engage in either Non-Registered Transactions or Sponsored Activities (as described above in A3), or (d) Animal U, Inc. shares your personal information under the provisions of A3 above with respect to “Companies That Facilitate Communications and Transactions With You,” “Companies That You Previously Authorized to Obtain Your Information,” “Purchase or Sale of Businesses,” or “Disclosures to Comply with Laws and Disclosures to Help Protect the Security and Safety of Our Web Sites, Animal U, Inc. and Others.” Also, any opt-out choices you make will not apply to personal information that you provide about other persons, but these other persons will have the opportunity to opt out of receiving promotional materials.
In addition, any time we send you promotional materials that you have consented to receive under one of the previously described opt-out choices, we may accompany those materials with promotional materials covered by the other opt-out choices. We may do so even if you have opted out of receiving promotional materials covered by those other opt-out choices. For example, if you consent to receive promotional materials from BigAnimalOnCampus.com, then those materials may be accompanied by promotional materials from another member of Animal U, Inc. or a third party, even if you have opted out of receiving promotional materials from that member of Animal U, Inc. or from third parties. Any such additional promotional materials, however, will constitute only a minor part of any particular communication with you.
Finally, if you do not exercise your opt-out choices upon registration or initial log-in at our Web sites, it may take up to ninety (90) days for your opt-out choices to be fully effective. Our systems require time to update, and promotional mailings using your personal information shared before your opt-out may already be in process. Finally, please keep in mind that, if you have not consistently used the same postal and email addresses on our Web site(s), or if you have used a general change of address process (such as the change of address process offered by the U.S. Post Office) after providing address information on our Web site(s), systems maintained by members of Animal U, Inc. may have varying contact information for you. Accordingly, it may not always be possible to match your new opt-out choices with your personal information that you previously have provided.
Q5. What kinds of security measures do we take to safeguard your personally identifiable information?
A5. The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us. We have implemented technical, administrative, and physical security measures to protect customer information from unauthorized access and improper use. From time to time, we review our security procedures to consider appropriate new technology and methods. Please be aware though that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
Q6. How can you update your contact information and opt out choices?
Member Services Animal U, Inc. P.O. Box 58061 Jacksonville, FL 32241
Please be assured that any personal information that you provide in communications to the above e-mail and postal mail addresses will not be used to send you promotional materials, unless you so request.
Q9. What additional privacy protections do we provide for children under the age of 13 who visit our sites, or for children between the ages of 13 and 18?
A9. Animal U, Inc. does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for BigAnimalOnCampus.com or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on BigAnimalOnCampus.com. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
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