The Information That GDS Collects
Personally Identifiable Information. During your interactions with the Site, such as when you register with the Site, GDS may collect information that personally identifies who you are, such as your name, address, email address and/or telephone number.
Anonymous Information. GDS may collect non-personally-identifiable information during your visit. Examples of non-personally-identifiable information may include your Internet access provider, your computer’s Internet protocol (IP) address, information regarding your user profile, your browser and operating system, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit, the address of any Site you linked from, and aggregate, statistical data such as usage, traffic patterns and user demographics based on your use of the Site. GDS collects non-personally-identifiable information in order to, among other things, provide you with or assist in the provision of information through the Site, to maintain the performance of the Site, and to make the Site more useful. GDS may also share this non-personally-identifiable information in aggregated form with third parties so that these third parties may provide you with more relevant services and advertisements.
GDS’s Use and Disclosure of Collected Information
Personally Identifiable Information Use. GDS may collect personally identifiable information in order to, among other things, add you to its database, send you GDS updates and newsletters, and provide you with the information and/or services that you have requested through the Site. By providing such personal information, you agree to such uses. GDS retains such personally identifiable information only for as long as is necessary depending on the reason for your submission of such personally identifiable information, and collects no more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to provide you with the services for which such information is collected.
Electronically Produced Data
Action Tags. Like most standard website servers, GDS may employ a software technology called action tags (also known as “web beacons”, “single pixel gifs”, “clear gifs” or “web bugs”), which collect information and help to manage cookies, in order to gather information about Site usage. Action tags help GDS identify and track the performance of web pages on the Site, therefore allowing GDS to measure the performance and quality of the Site and to manage Site content. In addition, GDS may use action tags in emails. This allows GDS to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications by showing, for example, how many emails have been opened.
IP Addresses. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. Like most standard website servers, GDS collects IP addresses and other technical information about your machine through your web browser such as your operating system, browser type and referring URL for the purposes of, among other things, system administration and to ensure the validity of user requests.
Log Files. Like most standard website servers, GDS gathers certain information automatically and store it in log files, which contain information such as, among other things, IP addresses, browser type, operating system, ISP, date/time stamps and referring pages. Among other things, this information allows GDS to track statistics and trends on an aggregate basis.
Maintenance of Information and Security
Protections. GDS maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of any personally identifiable information that you disclose to GDS. GDS utilizes security measures to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of personally identifiable information under GDS’s control, and GDS limits access to your personally identifiable information within GDS to those employees who need to know the personally identifiable information to provide information, services and/or products to you. However, due to the nature of the Internet, computer networks, systems and other factors, no transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties not under the control of GDS to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully, regardless of GDS’s best intentions. As such, GDS cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to GDS, including without limitation personally identifiable information.
Review or Correction of Person Information
Consent to Receive Notices Via the Site. By submitting any personally identifiable information to the Site, you are agreeing that GDS may deliver all privacy and opt out notices to you electronically, including via email to the most recent email address you have provided to GDS. By using the Site, you are agreeing that GDS may deliver all privacy and opt out notices to you via posting on the Site.
Links. The Site may contain links to third party sites at which your personally identifiable information is collected and used. Your visit to any third party website is governed by the privacy and other policies applicable to that site. GDS cannot control nor is it responsible for any such third party collection or use of your personally identifiable information or the content or policies of such sites, and GDS expressly disclaims any liability related to such sites.
Web Logs and Other Forums. The Site may offer web logs, web postings, bulletin boards, chat rooms, newsgroups or other forums which permit users to interact online. Any information you transmit or post online in such forums will be made public and GDS cannot control nor is it responsible for the use any third party may make of such information.
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