UPDATED AND REVISED AS OF AUGUST 28, 2012
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, or phone number, that is not otherwise publicly available. Northstar collects personal information in a variety of ways, including when you register with Northstar on this website; when you subscribe to or use Northstar products or services; when you visit Northstar websites or the websites of certain Northstar partners; and when you enter Internet-based contests, promotions or sweepstakes sponsored or administered by Northstar; when you subscribe to receive Northstar e-letters, daily, news, supplier hot specials and similar e-mail notices; when you register for or participate in events, virtual tradeshows and educational programs such as seminars, webinars, etc., that Northstar conducts from time to time.
When you register on our website or for our products and services, we ask for and collect information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, and industry. For some products and services we may also ask for your address and information about you or your business's assets or income. Once you register with Northstar and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.
If you are purchasing something from a Northstar website, we need to know personal information such as your name, email address, mailing address, credit card number, and expiration date. This allows us to process and fulfill your order and to notify you of your order status. This information may also be used by Northstar to notify you of related products and services. Credit card information will not be shared or sold to unaffiliated third parties for any purpose without your express permission, except as necessary to process the transaction.
COOKIES AND RELATED TECHNOLGIES
In addition, Northstar automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Northstar cookie information, and the website page you request. Northstar uses this information to help diagnose problems with our servers, for system administration, and to examine our website traffic in aggregate. The information may be collected and used to improve the content of our Web pages and to customize content and/or layout for each user.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION BY NORTHSTAR
If you elect to provide us personal information, we use it primarily to deliver the service you requested. Northstar may use personal information in a variety of ways including the following:
SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES
In general, Northstar does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you have requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
DISPLAY OF ADVERTISING
Northstar reserves the right to use certain personal information for the presentation of relevant advertisements. Northstar may use ad networks to customize and display advertising on this website. Northstar may share certain information about you as a user (such as age, zip code, or other information we have collected or received) with certain ad network and service providers to help them deliver more relevant content and advertisements through their networks.
DISCUSSION GROUPS AND FORUMS
Discussion groups (including forums, chats and blogs) may be made available for our users on our websites. Participants should be aware that information disclosed in these discussion lists is made available to all members and thus becomes public information. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal identifiable information in such discussion groups. Northstar is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.
Users may elect to participate in user forums to exchange information relevant to and of interest to users of the website. To participate in the forums, users will be required to submit information such as a public username, identifying picture or image, areas of expertise, biographical information, and other similar personal information. Your forum username, number of posts, date and time of your post, areas of expertise, and uploaded picture or image will be publicly available to other users of the website. In addition, and other information designated by you in the registration process for public display will also be available to any user of the website. In some circumstances, such as comments to a travel wiki, your name may be displayed in connection with your comments.
This website takes commercially reasonable precautions to protect your personal information. When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as credit card and payment information, we re-direct users to industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. As a result, sensitive data you submit to our website such as credit card and payment information is transmitted securely over the Internet.
Northstar is not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. Northstar also links to a wide variety of other sites and contains advertisements of third parties. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how they treat information about their users.
This website is not intended for use by children, and Northstar does not knowingly collect information from children. You must be 18 years old to access or use this website.
UPDATE/CHANGE YOUR USER PROFILE OR PREFERENCES
To update your email address or change your email preferences please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MY PRIVACY WHEN ONLINE?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through email, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
California residents who utilize this website for personal, family, or household purposes may request further information about our compliance with this law by e-mailing email@example.com. You should put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field of your email. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this email address.
YOUR CONSENT TO THIS POLICY
HOW TO CONTACT US