(Effective February 12, 2009)
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
In general, you can visit the Web Site without telling us who you are or giving us Personal Information. However, to participate in many of the resources offered on our Web Site, you may be asked to provide Personal Information. You can choose not to provide the information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of such resources.
Active Information Collection.We may collect Personal Information from you at various places and through various mechanisms on the Web Site. This is information that you voluntarily enter, and may include, for example: when you fill out and submit forms (such as forms requesting information needed to register); when you enroll in a course through the Web Site; when you participate in promotions on the Web Site; when you post to any interactive forum, bulletin board, or chat room that we may make available on the Web Site (If you choose to participate in any of these options, please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information that can never be removed. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information within these features); when you register for e-mail communications; and when you submit a survey response, question or request to the Web Site using a form or the e-mail address links on the Web Site.
Passive Information Collection.When you visit or download information from the Web Site, we automatically collect certain information about your activities ("Web Site Usage Information"). Web Site Usage Information is information about how our visitors use and navigate the Web Site. This includes, for example, the number and frequency of visitors to each web page, the length of their stays, the type of browser each visitor is using to view the Web Site, the type of operating system each visitor is using, the domain name of each visitor's Internet service provider, the visitor's IP address, the address (or "URL") of the web site that the visitor came from before visiting the Web Site, which pages were visited on the Web Site, what was clicked on, and certain other available information. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet, which our web servers use to identify where to send the information your computer requests. When you request pages from the Web Site, our servers log your IP address as well as information about your activities on those pages.
To collect this Web Site Usage Information, the Web Site and any e-mails sent to you by the Web Site (or otherwise by ALP) may utilize cookies, web beacons, embedded scripts or similar technologies.
Children. This Web Site is not directed to children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under 13 years of age. If we discover that a child younger than the age of 13 has provided this Web Site with personally identifiable information, we will delete that child's personally identifiable information from our database.
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED AT THE WEBSITE
We retain and use Personal Information to: (1) provide you with services or process transactions that you have requested; (2) communicate with you regarding information, features or offers that we believe will be of interest to you or to conduct research and to improve our materials; (3) respond to your questions or other requests; (4) contact you with regard to the Web Site; (5) process any applications, payments or changes to your account information; (6) process other information or Personal Information that you submit through the Web Site; (7) conduct user surveys; (8) contact you regarding a promotion in which you have participated, and (9) fulfill other purposes disclosed at the time you provide your Personal Information. We may also use the information you provide to improve the Web Site or ALP's services, to customize your experience on the Web Site, to serve you specific content, or for other business purposes. We may also add the information you provide to our databases, subscriber lists, and contact lists.
We do not share your Personal Information with unaffiliated third parties for those third parties' marketing or fund raising purposes. However, we may share your Personal Information with organizations that authored or sponsored a course, article or other work. They may use that information for marketing or fund raising purposes.
Our goal is to improve adoption outcomes through the content we offer on our site. To help us do that, we may contact you in our efforts to conduct research to help us improve the materials we are offering. ALP may also use Personal Information for direct marketing to send you information or communications about its own products and services or those of third parties which ALP thinks may be of interest to you. You may opt-out of receiving this information, but if you do, you may not be able to use certain features of the Web Site. Even if you opt out of receiving marketing communications, ALP may continue to contact you regarding your use of the Web Site and other non-marketing, operational issues. If you wish to opt out of receiving future communications from an organization that wrote or sponsored an article, course or other work, you will need to contact them directly.
We may share non-personally identifiable information, such as Web Site Usage Information or other aggregated user statistics, with third parties.
We use safeguards to help protect personally identifiable information we collect on this Web Site from unauthorized access, use, modification or disclosure. However, due to the design of the Internet and other factors outside of our control, we cannot guarantee that your information or communications between you and our servers will be free from unauthorized access by third parties.
CONSENT TO TRANSFER
This Web Site is operated in the State of Illinois, in the United States. If you are located in Canada, the European Union or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to ALP will be transferred to the United States. By using this Web Site or providing ALP with your information you consent to this transfer.
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