Last Updated: May 7th, 2015

Your privacy is very important to the Israeli-American Council (“IAC,” “we” or “us”).  In order to best protect your information, we have adopted this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) which applies to any and all information about you that we collect.  It is important to note that this Privacy Policy only applies to information that we collect through www.israeliamerican.org and related websites that we own and control (the “Web Site”).  Therefore, if you click any links on the Web Site that lead to web sites owned or operated by third parties or if you access any other web site, this Privacy Policy no longer applies.  Moreover, the Web Site contains framed links to Facebook and Twitter.  If you input information into these frames, that information is sent to those parties and is not controlled by us or governed by this Privacy Policy.  You should review the privacy policies adopted by those third parties to ensure that you know what information is being collected and for what it is being used.  Also note that the Web Site is not directed at children under the age of 18 years.  While registration is not required in order to access the Web Site, certain features and areas of the Web Site require you to register, create an account and become a Member of IAC (each, an “IAC Member” and collectively, “IAC Members”).

What Information We Collect and How We Collect It

Some of the information we collect is Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”).  PII, collected only with your consent, may include your first and last name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, credit card and other payment information, [add any other PII collected] and any other information that you provide to us that is linked to your identity.  We will only collect PII that is relevant to the services that we provide and the maintenance of the Web Site.  This may occur, for example, in connection with registering to become an IAC Member, subscribing to any of our services, signing up to receive newsletters, responses you provide to survey questions, inquiries you may make through our Web Site, phone, mail or email and any other information you provide to us.  Remember that you always have the option not to provide information by choosing not to use the Web Site or by not using the particular feature of the Web Site for which the information is being collected.
We may also collect information through the use of “cookies”.  Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer by your browser.  This data helps our Web Site manage your experience while you visit and helps us determine whether you are a first-time visitor.  You can always tell your Internet browser that you don’t want to have any cookies downloaded to your computer.  Check with the provider of your particular browser to find out how.  Before you do however, note that deleting cookies or directing your browser to refuse them may limit your ability to use certain portions of our Web Site that require cookies to function.  Lastly, third parties who partner with us to display advertising and other content, may also use cookies to collect or store data.
The last form of information we may collect is non-personally identifying information.  As an example, we may collect information as visitors browse our Web Site such as the number of people that visit, what pages are visited and from where visitors come (like Google or Bing).  We may also compile this data to enable statistical analysis of our services that would be used internally or with external assistance to make improvements to our Web Site.  We may also provide this information to third parties, including advertisers.  We may also collect information from IAC Members about [is any other non-PII collected].  Remember though that this information is not personally identifiable.


California Do Not Track Procedures

We respect your choices about what PII we collect and what PII third parties can collect through us.  Therefore, we will follow any Do-Not-Track instructions from your browser and any other direction that you give us regarding collection and dissemination of PII.  Note however that any Do-Not-Track or similar mechanism will not affect our collection of the data that you voluntarily provide to us when signing up for any of our services, as detailed above, or when posting on any of our forums or blogs.  This is also the case for third parties who wish to collect PII from us about you.  Any information that you volunteer to us that is visible to the public could be collected by third parties.  So, please do not provide us with any information that you do not want collected.

Our Use of Information

We may use the information we collect for a number of purposes.  For instance we may use it to respond to your inquiries and otherwise correspond with you, to process transactions that you request, to maintain your account (if you have one), to maintain the security and integrity of our Web Site and services, to conduct market research or surveys, and for the administration, review and/or the improvement of the content of our Web Site and services.  We may also use your information to communicate with you about services that we think may interest you.  However, we will always give you the opportunity to opt out of receiving such communications as well as any newsletter for which you sign up. 

Our Policy for Disclosing Your Information to Third Parties

Again, your privacy is important to us and as a result we are protective of your information.  Except as stated above, there are only three instances in which we will disclose any of your information to anyone but you, as follows:

1. With your consent.  We may transmit your information to a third party when you give us permission to do so.  This may occur when we complete a transaction that you request.  This also may happen when you make your information publicly available by posting on our forums or blogs or in creating your personal profile (if you chose to).  Because this information is public, we cannot control how others treat it and we ask that you exercise care in deciding what information you chose to share.

2. If we are acquired by another company.  If another company acquires IAC, that company will take on all responsibility for the personal information we collect and it will assume all rights and obligations with respect to that information.  Should this happen, the acquiring company may develop its own policy with respect to your information.

3. If we are required to disclose information by law.  When directed by a court of law or other government entity or if we have a good faith basis to believe such action is necessary to comply with the law, we may be obligated to disclose personal information.  In such event, we will comply with the law and make commercially reasonable efforts to notify you, if lawful.
We do not sell or distribute PII to any third parties except as set forth above.  However, all of the information that you disclose in your profile, blog posts, comments and other public portions of the Web Site becomes public information.  Personal information in your IAC Member profile is shared with other IAC Members unless you specifically direct that your IAC Member profile be anonymous.  Bear in mind that if you wish to be anonymous, you may not be able to take advantage of some of the functionality of our Web Site.  If you terminate your IAC membership, we may retain your personal information for administrative purposes but will not display it publicly or share it in any other way.

Access to Your Information

We will provide you with access to PII you provide us for as long as we maintain that information in a readily accessible format. We will also work with you to correct any error in your PII.  If you wish to access or correct any PII that you have submitted through our Web Site, or to have us completely remove your PII from our systems, please send an e-mail with your specific request to info@israeliamerican.org.  You may change visibility of your personal information throughout the site by editing your personal profile.

Security

We have in place physical, administrative and electronic safeguards to keep your information safe.  For instance, we only allow access to employees who require your information to do their jobs and we use industry standard SSL encryption to secure your data.
Changes to the Privacy Policy
We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time.  If we do, we’ll be sure to try to notify you at the email address you have provided us and to post the date of the latest revision herein.
If you have questions about our Privacy Policy please contact us at [info@israeliamerican.org].

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