1. Private Areas of the Site. Portions of the Site are private. Access to the private areas of the Site may be granted to authorized users (“Members”) by BNS or by other Members. If you are a Member, certain information about you and your account may be available to certain other Members inside and outside of BNS. Each Member may be provided access to certain projects (“Projects”) and to certain information about other Members with access to the same Project or Projects. Access to the private areas of the Site may be restricted by the use of usernames and passwords, by providing the relevant Members with specific uniform resource locators (“URL,” also known as “Internet addresses”) that link to particular pages on the Site, or by other technological means.
2. Collection of Personal Information from Site Users; Cookies. BNS may collect and/or track using proprietary or third-party solutions (1) the home server domain names, e-mail addresses, type of computer, and type of Web browser of users of the Site, (2) the e-mail addresses of users that communicate with BNS or the Site via e-mail, (3) information knowingly provided by the user in online forms, registration forms, surveys, etc. (including name, address, e-mail and other personal profile data), and (4) aggregate and user-specific information on pages that users access.
When a user performs a search within the Site, BNS may record information identifying the user or linking the user to the search performed. BNS may also record limited information associated with every search request made by the user and use that information to, among other things, solve technical problems with the service and to calculate overall usage statistics.
3. Use of Personal Data Collected. BNS may use personal data it collects for editorial and feedback purposes, for marketing and promotional purposes, for a statistical analysis of users’ behavior, for product development, for content improvement, or to customize the content and layout of the Site. Aggregate data on users’ home servers may be used for internal purposes such as researching and identifying market segments and needs. Unless otherwise agreed, BNS will not sell or disclose to third parties any individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information which users voluntarily provide to BNS, except to the extent necessary to comply with applicable laws or valid legal processes, to protect the rights and intellectual property of BNS, or in urgent circumstances to protect BNS or the personal safety of any individual. BNS reserves the right to transfer such information to successors to the relevant portion of BNS’s business.
4. Security Measures. BNS may implement security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. Please note, however, that BNS cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from BNS via the Site or e-mail. Accordingly, BNS is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet. For more private communication, users can contact BNS by telephone at the main office and direct line telephone numbers provided below.
5. Opt-Out Right. Users may at any time opt out of having their personal information used by BNS to send promotional correspondence to them, by contacting BNS via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone as indicated below. BNS will not share your personally identifiable information with an unrelated third-party unless you have opted in to BNS doing so.
6. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Data. Upon request via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone, BNS will provide to users a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by BNS regarding the user. Users may modify, correct, change or update personally identifiable information that BNS has collected by the Site or may request their personal record to be removed from BNS’s database by contacting BNS via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone as indicated below.
7. Collection of Personal Data from Children. BNS does not knowingly solicit information from children and it does not knowingly market the Site or its products or services to children. To the extent that BNS is able to determine the age of users by their submissions to, or communications with, the Site, BNS will not knowingly (a) collect or post information from individuals under thirteen years of age (“Children” or “Child”) without their parent’s or guardian’s consent, or (b) provide any personally identifying information collected from Children, regardless of its source, to any third-party for any purpose whatsoever.
To the extent registration is required for certain products or services on the Site, and a user submits information to BNS through such a registration process that indicates that such user is a Child, BNS will use reasonable efforts to alert the Child’s parent or guardian to the Child’s registration and provide instructions on how the parent or guardian can delete the Child’s registration, if so desired. No information collected through the Site from users self-identified as Children will knowingly be used for any direct marketing or promotional purposes.
8. Links to Other Sites. The Site may contain links to other Internet web sites, including BNS partners. However, BNSdoes not endorse, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices or the content of these web sites, including product information. You should review these policies in connection with your use of such third-party sites.
9. Security Measures. BNS has established reasonable precautions to protect collected personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction, which include technical, contractual, administrative and physical steps. Please note that while BNS has endeavored to create a secure and reliable site for users, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from BNS via the Site or e-mail cannot be guaranteed.
11. Jurisdiction. This policy shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of law rules, and the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any dispute shall be the State of New York.
12. Contact Information. Questions or concerns regarding BNS data protections practices should be addressed to:
Telephone: 212 343 7470