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What personally identifiable information does PoliceOne collect from me?
PoliceOne collects information in several ways from different parts of our network of web sites.
Some personal information is gathered when you register. During registration, PoliceOne asks all users for your name, email address, city, occupation, industry and personal interests. To confirm the identity of Law Enforcement officials, we also ask for agency information. The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able to customize your experience. Once you register you are no longer anonymous to PoliceOne - you will select an appropriate PoliceOne username and then given access to PoliceOne's many offerings.
What are cookies and how does PoliceOne use them?
PoliceOne also collects IP addresses for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. In addition, PoliceOne Mail includes IP addresses in outgoing mail message headers.
Our tracking technology used to for client campaigns throughout the site does not collect any personal identifiable information that you provide as apart of your PoliceOne membership. Your personal information stored in cookies is only used for the purposes listed above to help improve your user experience.
How does PoliceOne use my information?
PoliceOne's primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our network of sites. This includes personalization services, interactive communications and many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you. In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, PoliceOne is able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence better service, to you.
In our role of delivering targeted advertisements, PoliceOne plays the middleman. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, active Police Officers). PoliceOne takes the advertisement and displays it to users meeting that criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only PoliceOne has access to individuals' accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads as well as promotional email through PoliceOne Delivers. You will not receive special offers via email from PoliceOne if you indicate to us that you would not like to receive them. You can change these account preferences at any time.
PoliceOne does research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, during a promotion, from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. PoliceOne may share this aggregated data with advertisers or business partners.
Who is collecting information?
When you are on a PoliceOne site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with PoliceOne alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. For example, some PoliceOne services, like BLUtube, are offered as a brand of PoliceOne using the same infrastructure and member database. In rare other cases we may offer other co-branded sites the ability to keep areas of their site behind closed doors for users who are NOT verified by our database as an active law enforcement professional. In order to provide this co-branded service to you, it is necessary for us to share your username and security level with our partner company. This information is stored within a cookie during login and not otherwise collected by the partner company for any purpose. If data is being collected and/or maintained by any company other than PoliceOne, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service. If you have any questions about the use of your information by co-branded sites or experience login problems on a co-branded site please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotions that run on PoliceOne may be sponsored by companies other than PoliceOne or may be cosponsored by PoliceOne and another company. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If data will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection or transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don't want your data to be shared.
Please be aware that PoliceOne advertisers or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those web sites linked to PoliceOne are not covered by this privacy statement.
With whom does PoliceOne share my information?
As a general rule, PoliceOne will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. Please see the Terms of Service or Use Agreements for each of our products and services for more detailed information about how your personal information may be shared. The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.
Business Partners & Sponsors: PoliceOne may disclose your personal information to business partners or sponsors, but this is specifically described to you prior to data collection or prior to transferring the data. Details of shared use can be found in specific Terms of Service or Use Agreements, and sweepstakes and promotions rules. Some or all data collected during a PoliceOne promotion may be shared with a sponsor. If personally identifying data about you will be shared, we will tell you before we collect or transfer the data.
Many promotions offer opportunities to request additional information from sponsors. By requesting more information, you give PoliceOne permission to transfer your personal information to the sponsor so they can fulfill your request. In many instances, only your email address will be shared. If more information will be shared with the sponsor, you will be notified prior to the transfer.
Merchants listed on PoliceOne have separate privacy and data collection practices. PoliceOne has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more information regarding the merchant, their store, and their privacy policies, return to that store's home page and click on their Information link.
From time to time, you may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. If you opt-in to receive information from these third parties, PoliceOne will (with your permission) share your name and email address with them.
Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Under confidentiality agreements, PoliceOne may match user information with third party data. Also, PoliceOne discloses aggregated user statistics (for example, 75% of our users are male and are interested in law enforcement) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties
Access to your personal information is restricted to our employees, agents, representatives and service providers and entities for whom we are acting as an agent, licensee or publisher, such as societies and our affiliated group companies, for the purposes set forth above.
What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of my information?
PoliceOne may, from time to time, send you email regarding our products and services. In addition, if you indicated upon registration that you are interested in receiving offers or information from PoliceOne and our partners, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. Only PoliceOne (or agents working on behalf of PoliceOne and under confidentiality agreements) will send you these direct mailings and only if you indicated that you do not object to these offers. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information. Or, at any time you can easily edit your PoliceOne Account Information to no longer receive such offers and mailings. You will need your PoliceOne ID and Password in order to access your PoliceOne Account Information. To update your profile, subscription options or any other PoliceOne member information please visit your profile page.
On some types of PoliceOne promotions, we will ask for your email address in order to update you on your score, entries, and status in prize drawings. When you participate in these types of promotions, you automatically receive promotion-related email, unless you choose the no-email option that some promotions offer. Occasionally these promotion-related email messages may include targeted advertisements.
You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, 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 all cookies you will be unable to use those PoliceOne services that require registration in order to participate. These services include (but are not limited to): PoliceMail, PoliceNetwork, Officer Only Services (Support, Training) and Message Boards. You can still use PoliceOne Investigation Tools, PoliceOne News Service and PoliceOne Directories and Search as well as many other PoliceOne services even if you do not accept cookies.
PoliceOne does not sell, share or rent user information to anyone. We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service or not to participate in certain promotions or contests.
What is PoliceOne's policy on allowing me to update, correct, or delete my personally identifiable information?
You may edit your PoliceOne Account Information and your public PoliceOne Profile at any time by using your PoliceOne ID and password. If you have forgotten your password, please click here to request a new password. For all other problems signing in to PoliceOne, please contact us.
Your PoliceOne account can be deleted or deactivated, but doing so will result in not being able to access any members-only area of the PoliceOne network, including your PoliceOne Mail account (if you have one). If you saved the confirmation email you received when you first created your PoliceOne account, you can use the URL provided in that message to delete your account at any time. Please contact privacypolicy@PoliceOne.com for further instructions about deleting or deactivating your PoliceOne account.
If you are participating in a PoliceOne promotion and you wish to update your email address on the promotions mailing list or to quit a promotion and cease receiving promotion-related email, please contact support@PoliceOne.com or update the subscription settings on your personal profile. All login pages where you are required to enter your username and password are protected by industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
Knowing that you use certain services or features may help us to offer you better and more relevant content and advertisements. But as with all personally identifiable information, we do not make this available to any third parties without your permission. Any user statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers or partners regarding financial product or service usage on PoliceOne are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information about any individual user.
Unsubscribing and opting out of personally identifiable information
Your username may be displayed while participating in the PoliceOne Forums, BLUtube and when submitting member comments to any article, tip or video on PoliceOne. Your email address will only be used for us to send you materials that you have subscribed to in the past.
If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter or other promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each communication, by updating your profile or emailing email@example.com.
If you continue to have issues after using all the resources above, you may give us a call at 888-POLICE-1 Ext.1 to talk to our Member Services Coordinator.
You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.
Tell a Friend
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. This feature is available with PoliceOne articles, tips and videos throughout PoliceOne.com and http://blutube.policeone.com/. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. PoliceOne does not store this information and will not send any additional messages to the referred user.
We use other third parties to provide forums and chat rooms on PoliceOne.com. When you sign up for a PoliceOne member account, we will share your username and security level as necessary for the forums application to provide that service. PoliceOne chat rooms require that you provide an additional, randomly selected username that is not stored in the PoliceOne database for any purpose.
If you use a bulletin board, blog, or chat room on this Web site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose than listed above.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
Your PoliceOne Account Information and PoliceOne Profile are password-protected so that you and only you have access to this personal information. You may edit your PoliceOne Account Information and PoliceOne Profile by using your PoliceOne ID and password.
We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. PoliceOne will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. Also remember to sign out of your PoliceOne account and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, PoliceOne cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
What security precautions are in place to protect the identity and security of Law Enforcement officials on PoliceOne?
PoliceOne has taken several precautions to protect the identity, account names and passwords of officers when they register and log on to PoliceOne.com. All transfer of registration and login information is encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL). During registration, PoliceOne representatives check the identity of potential Law Enforcement members with the member's department and either mail or call in the member's password to that department or individual. Unfortunately, this process cannot be 100% secure and PoliceOne is not responsible for the misuse of these user names and passwords. Despite all of our precautions, you use PoliceOne at your own risk.
We periodically post member testimonials on PoliceOne which may contain personally identifiable information such as the member’s username. We do obtain the member's consent prior to posting each testimonial. If you have any questions regarding testimonials on PoliceOne or would like a testimonial that includes your personal information removed please contact us.
Changes in this Privacy Statement
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact TRUSTe at http://www.truste.org/consumers/watchdog_complaint.php TRUSTe will then serve as a liaison with us to resolve your concerns.