Collection and Use of Personal Information
Here are some examples of the types of personal information Abacus may collect and how we may use it.
What personal information we collect
When you participate in an online survey, we may collect a variety of information, including your name, mailing address(es), phone number(s), email address(es) and contact preferences.
When invite others to join you on Abacus forums, we may collect the information you provide about those people such as name, mailing address(es), email address(es), and phone number(s).
How we use your personal information
The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Abacusâ€™s latest announcements / updates and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you donâ€™t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out at anytime by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.
From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about changes to our terms, conditions and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with Abacus, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve Abacusâ€™s products, services, and customer communications.
Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information
We also collect non-personal information âˆ’ data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that we collect and how we may use it:
If we do combine non-personal information with personal information the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.
Cookies and Other Technologies
If you want to disable cookies, please feel free to do so, but, please note that certain features of the Abacus website will not be available once cookies are disabled.
As is true of most websites, we gather some information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and language, Internet service provider (ISP), referring and exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.
We use this information to understand and analyze trends, to administer the site, to learn about user behavior on the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Abacus may use this information in our marketing and advertising services.
In some of our email messages, we use a â€œclick-through URLâ€� linked to content on the Abacus website. When users click one of these URLs, they pass through a separate web server before arriving at the destination page on our website. We track this click-through data to help us determine interest in particular topics and measure the effectiveness of our customer communications. If you prefer not to be tracked in this way, you should not click text or graphic links in the email messages.
Pixel tags enable us to send email messages in a format customers can read, and they tell us whether mail has been opened. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to customers.Â
Disclosure to Third Parties
It may be necessary âˆ’ by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence âˆ’ for Abacus to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance,
disclosure is necessary or appropriate.
We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.
Protection of Personal Information
Abacus takes precautions â€” including administrative, technical, and physical measures â€” to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
Abacus uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is collected. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal information while itâ€™s transmitted over the Internet.
When you use some Abacus products or services, or post on an Abacus forum or chat room, the personal information you share is visible to other users and can be read, collected, or used by them. You are responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these instances. For example, if you list your name and email address in a forum posting, that information is public. Please take care when using these features.
Integrity and Retention of Personal Information
Access to Personal Information
We make good faith efforts to provide you with access so you can request that we correct the data if it is inaccurate or delete the data if Abacus is not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law. Access, correction, or deletion requests can be made to email@example.com.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected the personal information of a child under 13 we will take steps to delete theinformation as soon as possible.
Third-Party Sites and Services
Abacus websites, products, applications, and services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services. Our products and services may also use or offer products or services from third parties. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. We
encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.
more about theÂ U.S. Department of Commerce Safe Harbor Program.
Our Companywide Commitment to Your Privacy
To make sure your personal information is secure, we communicate our privacy and security guidelines to Abacus employees and strictly enforce privacy safeguards within the company.
Abacus Information Technology, LLC (dba The Abacus Group), 150 Post Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA, USA, 94108
Last updated: Feb 01, 2011