PRIVACY POLICY

Version 2016

Small Business Council (“Small Business Council” “we” or “us”) operates a smallbusinessfestival.org, and other Web sites and online properties on behalf of itself and/or in conjunction with third parties (collectively, the “Site”).  Small Business Council provides services, software and content to you (collectively, the “Services”).  Small Business Council is committed to ensuring the privacy and protection of users of the Services. We collect personal information that is relevant to the purpose of the Services, which is to provide small business festivals for Business Owners, Executives, Inventors and Entrepreneurs. The following discloses our information-gathering and dissemination practices for the Site and Services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy are discussed at the end of this document.  Each time you use the Services, however, the current version of this Privacy Policy will apply.  Accordingly, each time you use the Services you should check the date of this Privacy Policy (which appears at the end of this document) and review any changes since the last time you used the site.

Conditions of Use:

If you decide to use the Services, the Site and/or the Services is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use, which include a dispute resolution process, limitations on damages and governing law.

Types of Information Collected:

Traffic Data

As you navigate within the Site, we may automatically track and collect information about your computer, tablet, mobile device, or other equipment that you use to access the Services. This information includes IP address, device specifications, domain server, and browser specifications. As you use our Services, we may collect information about your use of the various Services offered and which Web sites and other online properties you visit.

Personal Data

If you register as a user of the Services, we may request that you provide us with information that personally identifies you. Personal information may include your name, e-mail, zip code, birth date, age, gender, address, credit card number, and geographic location. We may also ask you to select a user name and password or PIN. Additionally, when you access third-party content and/or services through the Site, you may be asked to provide personal information to a third-party provider of the content and/or services. That information is subject to the privacy policy of the third-party provider, and this privacy policy does not apply to the collection or treatment of such information.  For avoidance of doubt, your user name and/or screen name are not considered personally identifiable information and are therefore not subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children:

You must be 18 years or older to use the Site and Services.  We do not specifically collect information about children.  If you do not certify that you are at least 18 years or older upon registration for any area or feature of the Site or Services that requires a user account or password, we will disable the ability for you to create an account.

Storage of Your Personally Identifiable Information:

Small Business Council may utilize third party servers for the storage of personal data and related information. The information you provide using the Site and services may be stored on servers located in states throughout the United States and internationally. We may also from time to time transmit and/or store data using cloud computing services.

Use of Your Personally Identifiable Information:

We do not trade, rent, or share your personally identifiable information with third parties without your express written consent, except as specifically set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Traffic data and personal data may be used by Small Business Council on an aggregate (i.e. group) basis for editorial and feedback purposes, for marketing and promotional purposes, for statistical analysis of users’ behavior, for product development, for improvement or the Site and the Services, and to inform advertisers of how many visitors have seen or clicked on their advertisements or viewed their promotions. In these cases, data is maintained and reviewed on an aggregate basis. We may share this information with our customers and other parties, but when we do so it will not include personally identifying information. In addition, we use traffic and personal data to customize and tailor your experience on the Site, to help us display content and provide features and functionality that we think you may be interested in.

We may also disclose your traffic data and personal data to third parties, without further notice to you, when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is appropriate to: protect the rights, property or safety of Small Business Council, the Site, the Services, our users or others; enforce our terms and conditions of usage; provide the Services; comply with law, a court order or other legal process; as requested by any regulatory agency including state and federal administrative entities having jurisdiction over the subject matter; in the course of responding to any claim by a third party that you are using Services in connection with an infringing, illegal or improper activity or that data or content you used in connection with the Services infringes rights of the third party; in response to a request for identification in connection with a claim of copyright or trademark infringement by you; and to facilitate the maintenance or hosting of the Site and the Services by an affiliate or service provider engaged to do so, subject to that party’s agreement to comply with this Privacy Policy.

If you opt-in to receive Small Business Council marketing materials, Small Business Council may email you about products and services that Small Business Council believes may be of interest to you.  Small Business Council may also provide your email information to third parties, so that those third parties may directly contact you about additional products and services.  If you wish to opt-out of having your email information provided to third parties, you may do so by sending Small Business Council an email at support@smallbusinessfestival.org.  Even after opting-out, you may continue to receive marketing emails from third parties to whom Small Business Council already has provided your email information.  You will be responsible for directly contacting such third parties to request cessation of further marketing emails.

BY USING THE SITE AND/OR THE SERVICES, YOU CONSENT TO THE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN THIS “USE OF YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION” SECTION.  YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM YOUR VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.

DMCA Infringement Notifications, Notices of Violations of Application Terms of Use and Other Communications Directed at Small Business Council

By submitting a Copyright Infringement Notification or other communication (including communications about content stored on or transmitted through the Site) you consent to have such communication forwarded to the person or entity who stored, transmitted or linked to the content addressed by our communication, in order to facilitate a prompt resolution.  For Notices of Violations of the Site Terms of Use or other communications (but not DMCA Infringement Notifications), upon request Small Business Council will edit out your name and contract information.  However, DMCA Infringement Notifications (including any Personally Identifiable Information set forth in the Notifications) will be forwarded as submitted to Small Business Council without any deletions.

Cookies:

Your browser may accept small identifying files (“cookies”) from our system that are placed on your computer. A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a user’s computer, and that the user’s browser provides to the Site each time the user submits a query to the Site. We may use cookies or similar tools such as Apple’s iOS IDs to keep track of your use of our Services; make sure you don’t see the same ad repeatedly; deliver content, features and functionality that is specific to your interests; save your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit the Site or use our Services; and for other lawful purposes which comply with this Privacy Policy.

Small Business Council USERS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON THEIR COMPUTERS SHOULD SET THEIR BROWSERS TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THE SITE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CERTAIN FEATURES OF SITE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY WITHOUT THE AID OF WEB COOKIES.  SITE USERS WHO REFUSE WEB COOKIES ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY.

Web Beacons:

A “Web Beacon” is an object that is embedded in a web page that is usually invisible to the user and allows website operators to check whether a user has viewed a particular web page. Small Business Council may use Web Beacons on the Site to count users who have visited particular pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web Beacons are not used to access users’ personally identifiable information; they are a technique Small Business Council may use to compile aggregated statistics about Site usage. Web Beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides.

You may not decline Web Beacons. However, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. Third parties are not permitted to use Web Beacons on the Site.

Google Analytics:

The Site may use Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the Site. The tool uses cookies to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including IP Address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the Site and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Small Business Council.

We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to the Site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from the Site or the Services with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.

For more information about Google Analytics’ policies, please visit https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en-GB

Do Not Track Signals:

Some newer web browsers have a “Do Not Track” preference that transmits a “Do Not Track” header to the websites you visit with information indicating that you do not want your activity to be tracked.  We currently do not respond to browser “Do Not Track” signals.

Linked Sites:

The Site may contain links to Web sites operated by third parties, including third-party sites where you may obtain information about or access certain content, products or services.  These third parties may collect personal information from you in connection with such content, products and services. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any such sites.  You should review any third party privacy policy or terms that govern your use of such sites or applications.

Public Forums and User-Submitted Content:

The Site may include the ability to post, share and edit user-submitted content in a public forum. Please remember that any information that you disclose in a publically available area of the Site will become public information, available for use and disclosure by all users and not subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. We do not intend to monitor, moderate, screen or otherwise be responsible for the content of postings or other user-submitted content or their subsequent use or disclosure. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information via features or forums on the Site and/or in connection with the Services.

Security:

The Services have security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information within our control. We have put in place reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards and procedures to maintain the security of the information we collect and the information that is transmitted by users through use of the Site and/or the Services. These measures, like any information security effort, may be circumvented or hacked, and we do not guarantee security.

Lost or Stolen Information:

You must notify us promptly if any user name or password that you use on our Site or in connection with our Services is lost, stolen or used without permission. Upon notice, we will cancel that user name or password and update our records accordingly.

Contact Us:

To exercise your opt-out privileges, review or modify your user information, or if you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, the practices of Small Business Council, or other matters regarding your experiences with Small Business Council, please contact us by e-mail. If you have been provided one, please include your username.

Email:  support@smallbusinessfestival.org

Updates and Changes:

Small Business Council may, in its sole discretion, change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  Any and all changes to Small Business Council’s Privacy Policy will also be reflected on this page.  Unless Small Business Council obtains your express consent, any revised Privacy Policy will apply only to information collected after such time as the revised Privacy Policy takes effect, and not to information collected under any earlier Privacy Policies.  Small Business Council encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy.

This policy was last updated and is effective as of April, 2016.