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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is designed to inform users of the State of the USA website (the "website") about how the State of the USA, Inc. ("Company" or "we") gathers and uses personal information submitted to the website. Company will take reasonable steps to protect user privacy consistent with the guidelines set forth in this policy and with applicable U.S. laws. In this policy, "user" or "you" means any person viewing any page of the website.

What Information Do We Collect?

Personal Information: If you submit an e-mail comment to the Company through the website, the Company may retain your name and e-mail address (collectively, the "Personal Information").  Apart from this voluntarily submitted information, the Company does not collect any personal information through the website.

Tracking Technologies: The website may use generally available Web tracking technologies in order to recognize visitors to the website and to analyze general user traffic patterns, and will collect anonymous site tracking information generated by such technologies.
 
How Do We Use the Information We Retain?

Personal Information:  We will use personal information submitted to us in order to keep visitors to the website up-to-date with information about the Company, for example by sending e-mail newsletters and similar communications to such website visitors.

Tracking Technologies:  If Company uses website tracking information, it will only be in an aggregate form that does not identify the individual user, and only for us to understand how well our website is working. For example, we may develop anonymous, aggregate, statistical information on website and content usage (which we may disclose to our customers and suppliers), such as by keeping count of return visitors to the website and assessing which pages of the website are most popular.  This allows us to determine which features visitors like best to help us improve our content and site, personalize your user experience, and measure overall site effectiveness.

Legal Exception:  Notwithstanding the above, Company may use Personal Information and other information collected through the website to the extent required by law or if in Company's reasonable discretion use is necessary to protect Company's legal rights or to protect third parties.

What Information Do We Disclose to Third Parties?

Personal Information:  Company does not sell or rent its mailing list, and will not disclose your personal information to any third parties, except to contractors engaged to perform services on behalf of the Company, unless we have obtained your prior consent.  However, Company reserves the right to disclose any information Company collects in connection with the website (a) to any successor to Company's business as a result of any merger, acquisition or similar transaction; and (b) to any law enforcement or regulatory authority, to the extent required by law or if in Company's reasonable discretion disclosure is necessary to protect Company's legal rights or to protect third parties.

Anonymous, Aggregated Information:  We may disclose anonymous, aggregated information to third parties such as potential business partners and funding sources, in order to describe our business and operations.

How Can You Opt Out of Use and Disclosure of Your Information?

If you would like your Personal Information removed from our mailing list or database, please contact us at info@stateoftheusa.org.

Access and Updating of Information

Company is happy to allow users to review or amend your e-mail address or contact details held in our mailing list or database. Please contact us by sending an e-mail to: info@stateoftheusa.org.

General

Links: The website may contain links to other websites. Company is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites. Users should be aware of this when they leave our site and review the privacy statements of each website they visit that collects information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by this website.

Amendments: Company may modify or amend this policy from time to time. If we make any material changes, as determined by Company, in the way in which Personal Information is collected, used or transferred, we will notify you of these changes by modification of this Privacy Policy, which will be available for review by you at the website.  Notwithstanding any modifications we may make, any Personal Information collected by Company from you will be treated in accordance with the privacy policy in effect at the time information was collected, unless we obtain your consent otherwise.

Website Visitors from Outside the United States:  Company and its servers are located in the United States and are subject to the applicable state and federal laws of the United States.  If you choose to access the website, you consent to the use and disclosure of information in accordance with this privacy policy and subject to such laws.

Effective Date of this policy: April 28, 2009

 

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