The DVTk organisation (“DVTk”) is committed to protecting the privacy of users of the DVTk.org sites. We intend to give you as much control as possible over your personal information, including registration data. As part of the normal operation of the DVTk.org sites, we collect information from you. This Privacy Statement describes the information we collect about you and how that information may be used.
Information Gathered through the DVTk.org site
DVTk will track the domains from which people visit the DVTk.org sites in order to gain aggregate data that may be analyzed for trends and statistics. Subject to the provisions of this Privacy Statement, DVTk may use accumulated aggregate data for several purposes including, but not limited to, marketing analysis, evaluation of DVTk’s services, and business planning.
Currently, DVTk uses personal information as a basis for notifications to users. Generally, the user names, email addresses, and any additional information that a user may choose to post are publicly available on the DVTk.org site. When users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information that may contain Registration Data or otherwise post personal information in conjunction with content subject to a license, such personal information necessarily will be disclosed subject to the terms of the applicable license. An example of such a disclosure includes, but is not limited to, a user’s disclosure of personal information as part of a message posted to a public message forum, or a publicly-released software application.
DVTk may conduct surveys or other studies of its user base and usage for marketing and planning purposes. Participation in such surveys is at the user’s option, but DVTk does reserve the right to conduct mandatory surveys in the future. With respect to information collected from such surveys or studies, and in the event that responses are to be publicly disclosed, users will be notified at the time they take the survey and DVTk will disclose only aggregate information regarding its users and not personal information identifying any specific individual. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in cases where surveys allow users to submit written comments, and where DVTk advises users of the possibility of such disclosure at the time they take the survey, DVTk reserves the right to disclose text information provided by any user through such a survey, provided that no personal information identifying that user is disclosed. Circumstances under which DVTk would publicly disclose aggregate information include, but are not limited to, sharing survey results with the site population, providing data to DVTk advertisers on user preferences and/or demographics, business planning, and publicizing overall usage data in press communications.
Other Notification: DVTk may use user-provided e-mail addresses to contact users on an individual basis. At no time, unless such disclosure is required by law, a governmental agency, or specifically authorized by the user, will DVTk disclose individual user personal information to unrelated third parties that is not publicly available.
Links to other sites
The DVTk.org site contains links to other websites, whether owned or controlled by DVTk affiliates, or unrelated third parties. Please note that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from those of the DVTk.org sitea. DVTk is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of any linked website. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any website you may visit.
Users may “opt-in” to receive site notifications, newsletters, or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an “opt-in” list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.
In some cases, users’ personal information may be publicly available through a user’s profile display. In such cases, users have the option to opt out of publicly displaying their personal information, including e-mail addresses. Users may also enlist this technique when posing comments on the DVTk.org sites. In cases where site profiles allow users to display optional information publicly, such entry and display is at the user’s discretion and may be changed at any time by the user.
In some cases, users may have the opportunity to use the DVTk.org site to send electronic mail to another user or email list. In such cases, a user’s valid email address and real name will be included with such messages. In order to prevent abuse, users may not opt-out of such a display, but may choose to refrain from using the x-mode site to transmit an email message.
On the DVTk.org site, users can view their data on their personal profile page. Users are permitted to update their personal information directly through DVTk.
To secure site integrity, DVTk employs measures, including but not limited to security audits, use of encryption tools and software, and other reasonable security measures and procedures.
Internal access to users’ private and nonpublic personal information is restricted to site administrators and individuals on a need-to-know basis.
In the event that DVTk becomes aware that site security is compromised or nonpublic user information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to external security attacks, DVTk shall take reasonable measures which it deems appropriate, including but not limited to internal investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding other provisions of this Privacy Statement.
If DVTk becomes aware that a user’s personal information provided to DVTk has been disclosed in a manner not in accordance with this Privacy Statement, DVTk shall make reasonable efforts to notify the affected user, as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed, to the extent that DVTk knows this information.
No Guarantees For Factors Beyond DVTk’s Control While this Privacy Statement expresses DVTk’s standards for maintenance of private data, it is not in a position to guarantee that the standards will always be met. There may be factors beyond DVTk’s control (e.g., “script kiddies”, “crackers and other malcontents”) that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, DVTk disclaims any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.