This is the ChangeWave.com/ChangeWave Alliance Research Network Web site.
Our postal address is:
ChangeWave Research, LLC
7101 Wisconsin Avenue 13th Floor, Suite 1301
Bethesda, MD 20814.
We can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our data collection and privacy practices are described below. This policy tells you, among other things, what information we may gather from you, how we may use or disclose that information, and our efforts to protect it. Please read this policy carefully, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding its contents.
What information do we gather?
ChangeWave may obtain three types of information from its ChangeWave Alliance Research Network Members:
1. registration, subscription, or application data,
2. site usage data and,
3. voluntary survey submissions and postings.
Registration, Subscription, or Application Data. The only individually identifiable information that ChangeWave seeks about you is that which you are asked to provide when you register or apply for Alliance membership. This information includes your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and billing information. Alliance applicants may be asked to provide additional personal information, such as employer and occupation, educational background, areas of expertise, age range, and other demographic information.
Site Usage Data. We collect non-identifiable information to measure how our ChangeWave Alliance Members use ChangeWave's web sites. This information may include statistics about the numbers and timing of unique visits to ChangeWave, repeat visits, and which pages are viewed. 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.
Voluntary Postings. ChangeWave offers several avenues for ChangeWave Alliance Members to volunteer statements, opinions, or other information which is then made available to others on ChangeWave's web sites. We do not require ChangeWave Alliance Members to include personally-identifiable information in these postings. In fact, we generally discourage it. The content of voluntary postings are the sole responsibility of the ChangeWave Alliance Members who post them, subject to the applicable Usage Agreement.
What do we do with personal information about you?
Your registration and Alliance application data will be closely protected.
Many of the features on ChangeWave's web sites are designed to be "personalized" to meet the needs and interests of our ChangeWave Alliance Members. To support this personalization, we need to be able to identify your account each time you log in to a ChangeWave web site.
We may combine your application data and information about your usage of our Site with those of all or a particular group of our members, to prepare aggregated, non-identifiable profiles of our members and their activities on our Site. For example, we may track the number of our members who view certain pages or use certain features. Such information, and other aggregated information we derive from individual members' information, allows us to continue to grow and provide you with timely and useful information through our Site.
We may provide prospective business partners and other third parties with non-identifiable, aggregated information about ChangeWave's web site traffic. However, this aggregated information about website traffic will not include personally-identifiable information such as registration, subscription, or Alliance application data or individual page-views.
ChangeWave also reserves the right to disclose information as required by law, or to the extent that we believe in good faith that such disclosure is legally required or necessary to protect others' rights or property.
ChangeWave Alliance Members. Alliance application information is used internally to evaluate your membership application and to identify your areas of professional and technical expertise to ensure that Alliance members represent diverse industries and perspectives. We use Alliance application data to differentiate you from other Alliance members, to select Industry Groups for you to join, to participate in Alliance discussions within your areas of expertise, to forward you personalized e-mail alerts, and to provide you with other forms of targeted analyses and data.
Once you are accepted as an Alliance Member, application information you have provided and/or additional information which you may be asked to provide may be used to populate a public profile that could be viewed by fellow Alliance members and others. Public profiles may be posted on the Alliance web site or utilized for other purposes. Your public profile will not have any personally-identifiable information, such as your name or address.
From time to time, the ChangeWave Alliance may use highly reputable third-party partners/software for email list management, email distribution and survey research. In such cases, specific types of information may be transferred to these third parties so as to enable them to perform specific functions on our behalf.
ChangeWave Alliance Members will occasionally receive information on products and services that ChangeWave offers. If you do not wish to receive this information you may "opt out" by sending an email stating such to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance Members' personal information will not be provided to third parties.
How does ChangeWave.com use "cookies"?
Can you access information about yourself?
Yes. At any time after you have registered or applied for Alliance membership, you may personally access, review and/or modify the information in your membership profile. You may request access to your records by sending a request to email@example.com. Upon your making any changes, any new item of information will replace the corresponding information previously provided.
What happens to my information if I am no longer a ChangeWave Alliance Member?
Former Alliance Members. If for any reason you are no longer an Alliance member, your "application information" will be archived in our system. The content of your voluntary postings, if any, will be retained.
Alliance Applicants. If you apply for membership but do not become a member, your "application information" will be archived in our system.
How is your information protected?
We use industry-standard encryption methods to transmit ChangeWave Alliance application data between your computer and ours across the Internet. We restrict access to any transactional portions of our web sites to computers running web browsers that support the Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") protocol. To use this protection technology, ChangeWave Alliance members need to have an SSL-capable browser, such as Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 or higher. These browsers will automatically activate the encryption technology when you log on to one of our web sites.
Please remember that you play a valuable part in data security as well. Your passwords to access our web sites, which you select when you register, subscribe, or join the Alliance, should never be shared with anyone and should be changed frequently. After you have finished using one or more of our web sites, you should log off and exit your browser so that no unauthorized persons can use our web sites under your name and account information. Remember that any information you voluntarily disclose on-line in any news or message postings, discussion groups or chat rooms may be collected and used by others without your permission. Furthermore, if you provide any information to parties who operate web sites that are linked to or from one or more of our web sites, different policies may apply to their collection, use or disclosure of your personal information. We encourage you to review these external sites' policies carefully before revealing any sensitive or personal information.
Regardless of the precautions taken by you or by us, "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you transmit such information at your own risk.
Restrictions on Access by Children
Federal law restricts our ability to collect information from children online. For this and other reasons, ChangeWave's web sites are open only to persons 18 years of age and over. All Alliance Applicants are required to certify that they are 18 years of age or over. If we learn that an Alliance Applicant is under age 18, his or her access to ChangeWave will be immediately terminated with no further obligation to ChangeWave, and all identifiable information will be deleted. Misrepresenting age is a violation of our Usage Agreements and will not be tolerated.
Please remember that voluntary postings submitted through our ChangeWave Alliance Surveys, Submission Forms, Industry Intelligence Panels, and Alliance Roundtables, along with all voluntary postings submitted through our ChangeWave web sites, are subject to widespread distribution. As set forth in ChangeWave's Usage Agreements, Alliance Members are solely responsible for the content of their postings and must follow acceptable standards of behavior when posting messages online. Voluntary postings by Alliance Members become the property of ChangeWave, and we cannot restrict disclosures of or otherwise guarantee the privacy of any information contained in such postings.
You can send e-mail to us with any further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.