AEDI gathers two basic types of information:
When you visit the AEDI Network and interact with the services and tools that reside there, AEDI and third parties with whom AEDI has contracted to provide services to AEDI may collect information on your actions. This type of information is generally collected from two sources. One is from the server log files and the other is from cookies. Please read more about them in section B(9)
The information collected by AEDI is used to create aggregated portraits of the AEDI audience, portraits which present anonymous statistical demographic information but no personally identifiable information. This aggregated information is used, among other things, to determine trends and needs, and also to supply market research to potential advertisers and partners to help them understand whom the AEDI audience is. For example, we may create a report that tells advertisers that 60 percent of our members are professors in a certain field, so that they can determine which of their products or services are most appropriate for our members.
Our surveys ask for opinions on various issues and very often these surveys and polls are sponsored by or associated with AEDI advertisers and partners. Occasionally, we may request demographic information (like zip code, age or gender). Most information obtained through surveys and polls is aggregated and used internally or shared with advertisers and partners only in the aggregated form. In the event personally identifiable information is requested as part of surveys or polls about any AEDI member or subscriber, such personally identifiable information is never provided to unaffiliated third parties without your consent. In these instances you may expressly choose to receive information from a sponsor, in which case your information is provided to that sponsor only. Some survey answers may be added to your member portrait (so that we can better provide you with content, ads and offers that are most appropriate for you).
We regularly operate sweepstakes, contests and giveaways throughout the AEDI Network. We typically ask you for your email address (to notify you if you've won, or not). We also ask for first and last names, and sometimes post office addresses in order to verify the entrant's identity. In some situations, we need additional information as part of the entry process, such as a prize selection choice.
a. When you choose to receive information from a third party sweepstakes sponsor;
b. When a sweepstakes is hosted by AEDI but administered by a sponsor, again, we will advise you of this in the sweepstakes rules; or
c. Most sweepstakes and contests will also ask you to consent to the release of information contained within the entry form for tax purposes if you become a winner. You should carefully review the rules of each sweepstakes, contest and giveaway which you enter as they may contain additional important information about AEDI's or a sponsor's use of your personally identifiable information.
AEDI offers the ability to forward an article to another person via email or to send an electronic postcard. If you use either of these services, we will use the recipient's email address in order to send the article or postcard and we will also ask for your email address. In the case of postcards, we will ask for your email address and each may be stored so that we can ensure delivery and that the recipient can retrieve the postcard. We do not use the recipient's email address for any other purpose unless such recipient gives us permission to do so.
The information you provide via links to co-branded pages, co-branded sites, third party sites or tools may be shared with advertisers and partners on an aggregated basis and in these instances your permission will not be requested since no personally identifiable information will be shared or provided to these third party sponsors or advertisers. AEDI will, however, use commercially reasonable efforts to contractually require all such third party advertisers and partners to agree not to use any non-personally identifiable information about you, in conjunction with other sources of information, or otherwise, to identify you.
If you have additional questions about how one of our advertisers, partners or sponsors use information about you, we urge you to contact them directly.
Your IP address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer to identify its location. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. We also sometimes use IP addresses to communicate with members and subscribers and possibly even ban those members who are not complying with our Terms of Service.
You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies you may be unable to use those AEDI services that require registration in order to participate or will have to re-register each time you visit the AEDI Network. To learn more about the types of cookies used by the AEDI Network, click here.
Our advertising is currently served by third party advertising companies which deliver a cookie to you so the ads you see can be tracked and ensures that you are not shown the same ad too many times. Since the third party advertising company only tags your computer with a number, they know nothing about who you are. AEDI does not provide these third party advertising companies with any personally identifiable information. However, these companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to the AEDI Network and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
Please note, however, that AEDI reserves the right to share any personally identifiable or other information about you which you provide to (or which is gathered by) the AEDI Network with any or all of its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, our "Affiliates") (subject to the opt-out right set forth at the end of section B(12) with respect to disclosures of personally identifiable information to Affiliates for their direct marketing uses) and will also have access to any such information which you provide to (or which is gathered by) the web sites of any of our Affiliates.
Upon registration or from time-to-time, you may be asked to indicate whether you are interested in receiving information from us about special offers or news about our sites and advertisers. You will also be provided with the opportunity to opt-in to receive offers directly from select companies other than AEDI. If you do choose to receive these communications by means of an opt-in, we will occasionally send you an email message that matches your request(s). You may, of course, always choose not to receive any of this information from us. We currently provide the following opt-out opportunities:
Upon registration, you can choose to receive no communications from us other than an initial member welcome message.
At any time, you can follow a link provided in every newsletter or email message (except for e-commerce confirmation emails) to unsubscribe from that mailing list or email service.
At any time, you can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org to have your contact preference changed to "Do Not Contact Me."
At any time, you can opt out of having your personally identifiable information shared with our Affiliates for their direct marketing purposes.
AEDI provides you with the ability to access, correct or change certain information in your member portrait at any time, including contact information or other information you've provided to us. However, you cannot currently change your member name although you may re-register and choose a new name. To review, modify or delete your member information, please click here. Please be advised that AEDI currently archives information it collects on its members and visitors.
AEDI has numerous security measures in place to protect you from the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control, including your credit card information if you choose to conduct an e-commerce transaction on the AEDI Network. All of your member information, as well as other sensitive areas like your free AEDI email account, require use of your password. We recommend that you do not share your password with anyone. AEDI uses industry-standard tools, such as firewalls, to ensure that your information is secure and confidential.
Personal information about children is a concern for all of us. At AEDI, we take the protection of children's privacy very seriously. AEDI does not encourage participation or visitation by children. Visitors who are known to be under the age of 13 are prohibited from becoming a member.
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