Collection of Your Personal Information
The two (2) major types of information that may be gathered are:
- Technical non-personally identifiable information, and
- Personally identifiable information
Technical non-personally identifiable data may be collected each time a visitor enters our StuttgartDNA.com Web site. These types of data are: your computer operating system, Internet browser, domain names, referring Web site addresses, access times, etc. This information, however, does not identify you or your exact location. Technical non-personally identifiable data is required in order to properly operate StuttgartDNA and to be able to deliver all desired and requested services.
StuttgartDNA also tracks visited pages to better upgrade the site’s design and navigability, and to better provide customized content, advertising, offerings and other appealing services to our visitors and the sgDNA community at large. In addition, such information is collected in order to sustain and enhance the quality of service offered, as well as to obtain and analyze general statistics in regard to usage of the StuttgartDNA Web site.
Personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.) is not collected on a routine basis. However, it may become necessary to obtain this data via your communications with us, your registration, your membership or your participation in StuttgartDNA activities, your advanced usage of this Web site, or via any other non-public means acquired. In any case, this information does not include data available from public sources, such as telephone directories, government records, and the like.
For the most part, your personally identifiable information is acquired only if you volunteer it. As an example, we may need it to process your orders and/or fulfill your purchasing requests. We employ encryption, i.e., Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, to protect your vitally personal information (e.g., credit-card numbers, email addresses, etc.) whenever this sensitive data is transmitted to other Web sites. All personally identifiable information that you provide is safeguarded on computer servers in a secure, controlled environment, protected from unauthorized use, access or disclosure.
Use and Security of Your Personal Information
StuttgartDNA never sells, leases nor rents its visitor lists or information to third parties. On occasion, though, we may attempt to get in touch with you on our own behalf or on behalf of our strategic partners and affiliates in order to alert you to attractive subject matter, offerings or deals that you, as a frequent StuttgartDNA visitor, may find interesting. We may also contact you in reply to your requests for information or assistance, or in order to conduct surveys and other related research with the goal of obtaining your opinions, views and suggestions about current services.
From time to time, we may send our registered users exclusive invitations to take insider sneak peeks at prospective new services under consideration for future unveiling on the Web site. In addition, we may use your information at your request to enter you in contests or allow you to participate in other kinds of promotional activities. On such occasions, we may have to share your information without your permission with third parties whom we may engage in connection with the aforementioned offerings, thus enabling said third parties to perform their services as contracted by us.
Another example includes processing orders you have placed with us for goods and services offered along our StuttgartDNA network. In any case, these third parties do not receive your personally identifiable information, and to the extent that they may receive the minimally required information, they are compelled to ensure the confidentiality of your information. StuttgartDNA, without notice, may be obligated to disclose your information by law or, at the very least, in the good-faith belief that such action must necessarily be taken in order to comply with the edict of law or with legal process served on us, thus staying within the rubric of court order or prevailing judicial process.
Similarly, we may be obliged to disclose your information so as to protect and defend the rights and property of StuttgartDNA, as well as act accordingly under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of and visitors to StuttgartDNA, and the StuttgartDNA community at large. Please be aware of the fact that any personally identifiable information or personally compromising data voluntarily communicated through our message boards (e.g., Forums, etc.), comments in response to our blogs, etc., or any other similar interactive service offered on our site may be harvested and exploited by other visitors beyond the grasp of our control.
Also, please note that the points of view expressed in the public areas of StuttgartDNA are opinions of the persons posting such points of view and consequently do not represent the philosophy, views or opinions of StuttgartDNA or the StuttgartDNA network. Finally, it must be understood that no Web site system or network is totally immune to compromise or attack, and as such we exercise a variety of reasonable measures to fend off and circumvent any and all unauthorized access or improper exploitation of your personal information.
Please note that “cookies” or other similar files may be saved on your computer when visiting StuttgartDNA or any other sites along the StuttgartDNA network. All such files are deployed in order to tailor and enhance your Web-site viewing pleasure by customizing your visit so that your StuttgartDNA experience with us better resonates with your own interests, tastes and preferences. Should you ever desire to decline receiving cookies or other like files, you have the ability to re-set your Internet browser to block cookies. But bear in mind that disabling cookies could materially diminish your full viewing experience and enjoyment of StuttgartDNA, its services and its functionality.