So that you can better protect your privacy, Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. ("THOMAS") provides this Privacy Statement explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected and used. By using this website, you accept the practices that are described in this Privacy Statement, which is part of the Terms and Conditions governing the use of this website and the terms and conditions governing any other THOMAS service you use. If, however, any area within or feature offered by this website or other THOMAS website or service sets forth a separate or additional privacy statement, terms and conditions or other policy, then that separate privacy statement, terms and conditions or other policy shall apply in connection with that area, feature, website or service. This Privacy Statement does not apply to personal information that is collected through the websites or other services of THOMAS or its affiliates based outside the United States of America or through any services offered by THOMAS or its affiliates outside the United States of America.
If you do not agree with the practices explained in this Privacy Statement, do not complete the Sign-Up for MyThomas form, create a MyThomas profile, contact us using the "Contact ThomasNet" link on this website or submit any personal information through this website or other THOMAS service.
NOTE: Without signing up for MyThomas, you cannot access certain features of this website.
At times, you may voluntarily give us or THOMAS will ask you to provide personal information. For example, you will be prompted to supply us with personal information when signing up to use MyThomas, accessing certain features of this website or other THOMAS services or initiating communication through this website or other THOMAS services. We will use your personal information to, among other things, help customize your site experience, enhance our services and facilitate communications with you or between you and the companies that are a part of THOMAS' database of companies and are listed on this website ("Suppliers") and any other third parties that advertise on this website or provide services, features or information in connection with this website or to THOMAS ("Providers").
Sign Up - MyThomas
While you do not need to sign up to use this website, you do need to sign up for a MyThomas account to access certain features of it. In those instances, you may be asked for personal and demographic information, including your Name, E-mail Address and Company Name, and you also will be required to choose a username and password that will be used to gain access on subsequent visits to MyThomas. This information will constitute your user profile. While most of your user profile is used internally for site analysis and improvement and other business purposes, some of it is used in compiling reports (see "Reporting" below) for Suppliers, Providers and our affiliates, agents and contractors and in connection with other THOMAS services. However, except as provided or permitted in this Privacy Statement, THOMAS will not disclose, without your consent, or associate with your site usage, any of your personal contact information provided through your MyThomas account. You may edit or change your user profile at any time by logging into MyThomas. If you wish to delete your user profile, use the "Contact ThomasNet" link and ask that your MyThomas account be deleted.
Control of Your Password
You are responsible for all actions taken with your MyThomas username and password. Therefore, we do not recommend that you disclose your password to any third parties. If you choose to share your username and password with third parties, you are responsible for all actions taken with your MyThomas account. If you lose control of your password, you may lose control over your information (including, but not limited to, information provided when signing up for a MyThomas account or requesting quotes), data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, images, graphics, videos, messages, logos or other materials (collectively, "Content"), whether publicly posted on (including any forums or other public areas) or privately transmitted through (whether to us, other users, Suppliers or Providers) this website, and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password.
Communicating With Suppliers and Providers
When you use the communication features and software applications on this website to initiate contact with Suppliers or Providers, you may be asked to supply contact information required by these companies to respond to your request to contact you. Depending on how you wish the Supplier or Provider to respond to your request, you may be asked to provide certain personal information, including one or more of the following: Name, Telephone Number, Fax Number, Mailing Address and E-mail Address. We will only forward a Supplier or Provider the contact information you provide.
If you choose to call the phone number listed on this website for a Supplier, your phone contact information, including such information as your Phone Number and your Name and Location, may be collected and provided to the Supplier. Additionally, the call may be monitored or recorded if a recorded message or other notification is provided at the beginning of the call to this effect, and the recording made available to the Supplier. THOMAS and its affiliates, agents, contractors or service providers may also monitor, store, review and access such information and call recordings and use them in connection with the provision of services to Suppliers or for business and marketing purposes.
Additionally, many Suppliers and Providers may make certain services, information and software applications, such as CAD Drawings or White Papers, available to the users of this website free of charge. Some of these Suppliers and Providers may require that you provide your contact and personal information in exchange for access to these services, information and applications. If you do not provide the required information, you will not be able to access these services, information and applications. Once information has been provided to a Supplier or Provider, it is out of the control of THOMAS and subject to the policies of that Supplier or Provider.
Communications from THOMAS
By signing up for a MyThomas account and providing us with your e-mail address, you agree that THOMAS may communicate with you via e-mail concerning the services and operations of THOMAS and this website, including, but not limited to, confirmation, additions or deletions to services, notifications of product enhancements, notifications of service interruption and changes to this Privacy Statement, this website's Terms and Conditions or other THOMAS policies. By default, users who sign up are "Opted Out" of and will not receive other communications from THOMAS unless they choose to. As part of the MyThomas sign up process, and at any time thereafter, you will have the opportunity to opt in to receive other communications, including newsletters and announcements, from THOMAS, its affiliates, Suppliers or Providers via e-mail by checking the appropriate boxes on the Sign Up/Update Form. All such communications from THOMAS will contain a link or instructions for opting out of future communications. Please Note: To comply with the United States CAN-SPAM act, opting out from future communications from a company or entity will require that your e-mail address be given to that company or entity so that it may be added to the company's or entity's "do not mail" list.
Communications from Other Users
You agree that other users may use your Content posted on this website or other THOMAS services (whether on forums or other public areas) or obtained through a related communication or transaction to communicate with you in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
Third Party Services
This website may offer services from or in conjunction with other websites, Suppliers or Providers that we feel provide valuable services to our users. Some of these services require registration. As a time saving tool, to save our users unnecessary data entry and to enhance the services offered, we offer to pass certain of your information, including your user profile, to these other websites, Suppliers and Providers. In addition, your use of any software applications, purchasing tools or other services labeled on this website as "Powered by" an entity other than THOMAS will constitute your consent to our sharing of information about you, including your personal information and user profile, with that entity. Once information has been shared with a particular website, Supplier or Provider, it is out of the control of THOMAS and subject to the policies of that website, Supplier or Provider.
However, we also allow other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within our website. These companies can send their own cookies to your cookie file. Please note that if an advertiser asks us to show an advertisement to a certain audience or audience segment and you respond to that ad, the advertiser or ad-server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. We only authorize our third-party ad servers to employ anonymous cookies for ad delivery and anonymous targeting. These third-party ad servers do not collect, nor do we give them access, to any personally identifying information about you. If you want to prevent a third-party ad server from sending and reading cookies on your computer, currently you must visit each ad network's Web site individually and opt-out (if they offer this capability). Currently, we have relationships with BBN Networks, Inc. and Bizo Inc.. If you would like to be opted-out of BBN ad delivery, audience management and behavioral targeting cookies, please click here. If you would like to be opted-out of BBN search marketing cookies, please click here. If you would like to be opted-out of Bizo Bizographic Targeting Network cookies click here.
Additionally, You have the ability to control any website's ability to set cookies on your computer through your web browser's (i.e. Firefox or Internet Explorer) privacy settings. Consult the documentation or help files for your web browser for instructions on setting cookie preferences. However, if you do not accept cookies you will not be able to customize your experience on this website.
OTHER INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Additionally, THOMAS may keep track of technical information about your computer or mobile device, such as the browser type and version, browser plug-in types and versions and operating system of your computer; the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other provider you use to access this website, links on this website and certain of our services; and your internet protocol (IP) address, location and time zone setting. To help us understand the use of this website by users, improve your site experience and aid us in marketing and managing this website and our services, we may also collect information as to how you were directed to this website and our services, how you navigate around them, what products or suppliers you browse, which external websites or links you access from this website and details regarding the Suppliers or Providers you contact through this website. This information may be used, among other things, in the reporting, marketing and analysis of this website and its services and features and may be shared with our affiliates, Suppliers, Providers and/or their and our respective agents and contractors.
We make extensive use of web logging to, among other things, understand the usage of our services, diagnose problems and identify future enhancements to this website. In addition to logging the pages viewed and features used, our logs will also collect referring IP addresses or domain names of users. This information is used, among other things, in the reporting, marketing and analysis of this website and its services and features and may be shared with our affiliates, Suppliers, Providers and/or their and our respective agents and contractors.
Pages on this website may contain web beacons, sometimes called single-pixel gifs, that allow us to count users who have visited certain pages. Web beacons may be used in conjunction with such features as promotional e-mail messages, online advertising and newsletters. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information and are not used to access your personal information on this website.
REPORTING OF INFORMATION
THOMAS is able to offer this website for free on the Internet as a direct result of the paid support of the Suppliers and Providers who provide information, applications and other services and advertise on this website. As a result, we provide these Suppliers and Providers with personal information as described above as well as aggregate information; we also provide them with reports of non-personally identifiable information collected on the usage of this website and various features, and information provided during the MyThomas sign up process, which may include information such as your company name, job function, industry or city.
OTHER WAYS WE MAY SHARE INFORMATION
It is possible that THOMAS, part of its business or one of its affiliates could merge with, acquire or be acquired by another business entity and your personal information could be among the assets transferred. If this occurs, you will be notified of the change by e-mail, notice on this website or one of our other services.
We reserve the right to share personal information about you with our affiliates in the course of our business operations. We also reserve the right to share personal information about you when we believe this to be appropriate to comply with the law or in cooperation with legal authorities, to enforce the Terms and Conditions governing use of this website and the terms and conditions governing the use of our other services, or to protect the rights, property, safety or other interests of THOMAS, its affiliates or its customers.
We may share non-personal, non-individually identifiable information about our users with the group of people with whom we share personal information, as well as with other third parties such as agents, contractors, consultants, advertisers and marketing firms.
We use reasonable precautions to keep user information disclosed to us secure. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.
We may disclose information we collect to third parties, under contract to us, as required to operate this website, provide certain services or features offered by this website or THOMAS or to perform business functions on our behalf. We will only release this information to those companies that we believe to be responsible. However, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties who receive the information. Also, once information has been provided to a third party, it is out of the control of THOMAS and subject to the policies of that third party.
We also link to a wide variety of other websites. We are not responsible for their terms and conditions or privacy policies or how they collect or treat information about their users. In addition, we are not responsible for the terms and conditions or privacy or information collection policies or practices of the websites from which you access this website or other THOMAS service or of any websites that are linked to this website or other THOMAS service.
This website and its related features are not intended for use by children, and the terms and conditions governing the use of this website and its features require that you must be at least 18 years old to use them.
CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT
We reserve the right to modify or add to this Privacy Statement from time to time without notice. Such modifications and additions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by any means, including without limitation by email to the e-mail address of record in your MyThomas user profile or by posting the revised Privacy Statement on this website. You agree that it shall be your responsibility to review any email you may receive from us and notify us promptly in the event you change email accounts or if you would prefer to receive notices from us at a different account from the one you have provided us. All users of this website or other THOMAS service should review this Privacy Statement periodically and prior to any use. YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR OTHER THOMAS SERVICE AFTER NOTICE OF MODIFICATIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE AND BE DEEMED TO BE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE MODIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONS (I.E., THAT THE MODIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONS MAY BE APPLIED TO THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM AND ABOUT YOU). No modification to this Privacy Statement by any party other than THOMAS shall be valid or enforceable against THOMAS unless expressly agreed to by THOMAS in a writing signed by a duly authorized officer of THOMAS.
If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Statement or wish to change or update any of your information, please contact us via e-mail by clicking here.
Or write to us at:Privacy Manager
Revised: January 8, 2013