MIDWEST CYBER SECURITY ALLIANCE PRIVACY POLICY

Last revised: August 2019

1. INTRODUCTION

Purpose.  The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to describe how the Midwest Cyber Security Alliance (“MCSA,” “us,” “our,” or “we”) collects, uses, and shares information about you, including information you submit to us offline and through our online interfaces (e.g., websites and mobile applications) owned and controlled by us. Our online interfaces include our website midwestcyber.org and our associated application (collectively referred to herein as the “Site”). Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do. If you do not understand any aspects of our Privacy Policy, please feel free to Contact Us or as described at the end of this Policy.

Our Privacy Policy explains:

Information That We Collect

How We Use and Share Your Information

Access to Your Information and Choices

Security of Your Information

Consent to Processing of Personal Data in United States

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

Questions and How To Contact Us

Third Party Sites. Our Site also contains links to third party sites that are not owned or controlled by MCSA.  Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal information. 

Terms of Use.  Please note that your use of our Site is also subject to our Terms of Use.

2. INFORMATION THAT WE COLLECT

Information You Provide to Us

We collect information you provide to us, for example when you create or modify your account, register to use our Site, use or products and services, donate or provide payments to MCSA, request information or materials from us, or otherwise communicate with us. This information may include name; address; email address; telephone number; financial and bank account information; and other information you choose to submit to us.

You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website or Application or transmitted to other users of the Website or Application or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”), including on third party social media sites maintained by MCSA. Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we limit access to certain pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website and Application with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

Cookies; Information We Collect Automatically Through Your Use of our Site

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”) to collect certain information relating to your use of the Site. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the Site analyze how users use the site. You can find out more about how Google uses data when you visit our Site by visiting “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps”, (located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/). For more information regarding Google Analytics please visit Google’s website, and pages that describe Google Analytics, such as www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

Information Collected Through Cookies and Similar Technologies

We and our service providers use cookies and other technologies to receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with our Site through your computer or mobile device, including location data. A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the Site again, the cookie allows the Site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store unique identifiers, user preferences and other information. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some Site features or services may not function properly without cookies. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service, including for storing user preferences and tracking user trends.

No Information from Children under Age 18

If you are under the age of 18, please do not attempt to register with us at this Site or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 18, we will promptly delete that information. If you believe we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 18, please email us at info@midwestcyber.org or using any of the contact information set forth below. 

3. HOW WE USE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

To Provide Products, Services, and Information.  We collect information from you in order to maintain and manage our subscriber base, including our social media followers; register and service your online account; register you for an event; provide information, materials, or services, that you request from us; process payments and donations made to MCSA; contact you in response to a request; send you promotional materials or advertisements in regard to the MCSA, as well as upcoming events; and administer surveys, sweepstakes, promotions, and contests.

Sharing with Third Parties.  We may provide information to third party service providers that help us operate and manage our Site and MCSA services and events, process donations and transactions, and provide advertising for us. These service providers will have access to your personal information in order to provide these services, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service. 

Your Consent.  In addition to the sharing described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, we will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of MCSA when we have your consent to do so.

Legal Proceedings.  We will share personal information with third party companies, organizations or individuals outside of MCSA if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

  • Meet any applicable law, regulation, subpoena, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
  • Enforce applicable Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violations.
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
  • Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of MCSA, our users, customers or the public as required or permitted by law.

Transfer in the Event of Sale or Change of Control.  If the ownership of all or substantially all of our organization changes or we otherwise transfer assets relating to our organization or the Site to a third party, such as by merger, acquisition, bankruptcy proceeding or otherwise, we may transfer or sell your personal information to the new owner. In such a case, unless permitted otherwise by applicable law, your information would remain subject to the promises made in this Privacy Policy unless you agree differently.

4. ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION AND CHOICES

You can access, request deletion of, and update certain information we have relating to you by contacting us using the information set forth below.  If you have questions about personal information we have about you or need to update your information, you can email us at info@midwestcyber.org.  If you do not wish to have your email address used by MCSA to promote our own events, materials, and services, you can opt-out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email or other marketing communications you receive from us or contacting us using the information below. This opt out does not apply to informational emails and communications provided by MCSA in regarding our events or services.

If you request deletion of your information, we will no longer use your information or share it with third parties, except.  We may, however, retain a copy of the information for archival purposes, and to avoid identity theft or fraud. We may also not be able to accommodate your request if we believe it would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

To learn more about interest-based advertisements and your opt-out rights and options, visit the Digital Advertising Alliance and the Network Advertising Initiative websites (www.aboutads.info and www.networkadvertising.org). Please note that if you choose to opt out, you will continue to see ads, but they will not be based on how your online activity.

5. SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION

We use industry standard physical, technical, and administrative security measures and safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information.  However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot guarantee, ensure, or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.  There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.  It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information.  Please note that emails and other communications you send to us through our Site are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.

6. DO NOT TRACK

Some web browsers permit you to broadcast a signal to websites and online services indicating a preference that they “do not track” your online activities. At this time, we do not honor such signals.

8. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your consent in accordance with applicable law. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

9. QUESTIONS AND HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions, concerns, complaints or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy or otherwise need to contact us, please email us at info@midwestcyber.org or contact us by US postal mail at the following address:

Attn: Sarah Martin

Midwest Cyber Security Alliance

903 West High Street

Jefferson City, MO 65109