Updated: June 11, 2016
SOF FIRST realizes how important privacy is to you. Therefore, we have adopted the following policy to advise you of your choices regarding the use of your personal information online. This policy describes what types of information we gather about you, how we use it, under what circumstances we disclose it to third parties, and how you can update it.
We gather certain broad information about website use including the number of unique visitors, the frequency with which they visit, and the programs and services preferred. We look at the data in summary form, rather than on an individual basis. We gather this information so we can learn how many people visit SOF FIRST sites, which pages are the most and least viewed, and which websites are referring visitors to our sites.
Most SOF FIRST sites and services are intended for general audiences and do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under 13 years of age. We are committed to complying fully with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Of course, SOF FIRST also encourages parents to discuss privacy issues with their children.
We compile lists for communications and marketing purposes. We will provide that information to SOF FIRST affinity partners who we believe provide goods and/or services that might be useful to SOF FIRST visitors. Contracts with these companies require them to keep the member information strictly confidential and prohibit them from using it for any other purpose. You may ask us to remove you from the lists by: (1) emailing from our Contact Us page; (2) calling us at (202) 5076100; or (3) writing to us at SOF FIRST, 20 F Street, 7 th Floor, Washington DC 20001. We do not provide member information to telemarketers, mailing list brokers, or other companies that are not offering SOF FIRST endorsed services or benefits. Third parties do not collect personally identifiable information about the online activities of individuals who visit SOF FIRST sites.
The SOF FIRST online network utilizes a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how our sites are used. Cookies are small strings of text stored on your computer’s hard drive by a Web server. For example, session cookies identify your computer during a particular session to track the items you have placed in your “shopping cart” during a visit to our online stores.
The SOF FIRST does not use any personally identifiable information when targeting users for advertisements. Using cookies allows personally identifiable information to remain undisclosed.
We collect and analyze traffic on our websites by keeping track of the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of our visitors.
You may be asked to provide different types of personal information, including your name, date of birth, email address, mailing address or telephone number. Particular services may require additional information such as your billing address, credit card number and expiration date. For example, we may ask for information to process your membership application, facilitate an online store purchase, or register for one of our events. There are also optional opportunities for you to share your preferences and interests.
We also use your information to send you notices in the mail or by email about special benefits, discounts and offers. If you do not wish to receive mailings, you can: (1) opt out of email lists immediately by following the instructions at the bottom of each email; (2) email us using our Contact Us page, (3) Call us at (202) 5076100; or (4) write to us at SOF FIRST, 20 F Street, 7 th Floor, Washington DC 20001.
Editing Your Personal Information
Two ways you can edit or update your personal information: Calling us at (202) 5076100; or writing to us at SOF FIRST, 20 F Street, 7 th Floor, Washington DC 20001.
We protect your personal information by using technologies and processes such as encryption, access control procedures, network firewalls, physical security and other measures. Data is secured in transit by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. Only authorized employees or agents with a legitimate business purpose are allowed to access your personal information. We train our employees and agents to implement and understand our privacy and confidentiality policies.
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