Last Updated: April 10, 2016
Except as described below, The Business Ref does not collect or require visitors to its websites to furnish personally identifying information such as names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Like most website operators, The Business Ref does collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, operating system, language preference, referring site and date and time of each visitor request. The Business Ref also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are non-personally identifying in and of themselves but could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify users.
The Business Ref’s purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how The Business Ref’s visitors use its websites. To that end, The Business Ref may share potentially-personally identifying information with its employees, contractors, service providers, and subsidiaries and related organizations. The Business Ref may also release its results of such analyses of non-personally-identifying information about visitors by publishing a report on website usage trends. Otherwise, The Business Ref will not publicly release potentially-personally identifying information except under the same circumstances as The Business Ref releases personally identifying information. Those circumstances are explained below.
Certain members of The Business Ref community (contributors, customers, etc.) choose to interact with The Business Ref in ways that require The Business Ref and others to know more about them. The amount and type of information that The Business Ref gathers from those members depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, members who wish to post content to certain portions of The Business Ref’s websites or participate in live chat session(s) are asked to provide usernames that are used to identify content as having been posted by a particular member (who is identified by the username). Members who choose to subscribe to The Business Ref’s Replay Newsletter are asked to provide a name and an email address. Members who choose to utilize consulting services are asked to provide a name, a business name, website information, email contact information and at times a phone number for the purpose of being contacted to discuss potential consulting services.