Privacy statement

IEST is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the IEST website and governs data collection and usage. By using the IEST website, you consent to the collection and use of information by IEST as set forth herein.



COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

IEST collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address, or telephone number. IEST may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your Zip/Postal code, age, gender, preferences, interests, and favorites.

IEST may also collect information about your computer. This information can include your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. This information is used by IEST for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the IEST website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through IEST public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. IEST encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from IEST so that you can understand how those websites collect, use, and share your information. IEST is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the IEST website.



USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

IEST collects and uses your personal information to operate the IEST website and deliver the services you have requested. IEST also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from IEST and its affiliates. IEST may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

IEST does not sell, rent, or lease customer phone numbers and emails to third parties. From time to time, IEST may contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, e-mail and telephone number will not be transferred to the third party. In addition, IEST may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to IEST, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

IEST does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

IEST keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within IEST, in order to determine what IEST services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within IEST to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

IEST websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on IEST or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of IEST; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of IEST, or the public.



USE OF COOKIES

The IEST website use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize IEST pages, or register with IEST site or services, a cookie helps IEST to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same IEST website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the IEST features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the IEST services or websites you visit.



SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

IEST secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. IEST secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.



CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT

IEST will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. IEST encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how IEST is protecting your information.



CONTACT INFORMATION

IEST welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that IEST has not adhered to this Statement, please contact IEST at customerservice@iest.org. We will use reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.