Cottage Grove Economic Development Corporation, (Hereafter referred to as CGEDC) is a an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the Cottage Grove, Wisconsin Community in developing beneficial commercial business and to provide a forum for community information to it citizens. This privacy statement covers the site www.cottagegroveonline.com. Because this Web site wants to demonstrate its commitment to our users’ privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices
1. What personally identifiable information CGEDC collects.
2. What personally identifiable information third parties collect through the Web site.
3. What organization collects the information.
4. How CGEDC uses the information.
5. With whom CGEDC may share user information.
6. What choices are available to users regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.
7. What types of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under CGEDC control.
8. How users can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
If users have questions or concerns regarding this statement, they should first contact the webmaster by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The privacy statement covers only information that is collected through this Web site, and does not cover information that may be collected through software downloaded from the site.
Information Collection and Use
CGEDC is the sole owner of the information collected on www.cottaegroveonline.com. CGEDC collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site.
Business Listing Registration
We request information from the user on our order form. A user must provide contact information (such as name, email, and address). This information is used for billing purposes and to set up listings. If we have trouble processing a listing order, the information is used to contact the registrant.
We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that detail their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information is tied to the user’s personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the content of the site for the user. This profile is used to tailor a user’s visit to our web site and to direct pertinent marketing promotions to them. We do not share your profile with other third parties.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions.
By setting a cookie on our site, users would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If users reject the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. Persistent cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. See the “Profile” section.
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our web site.
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This involves the number of hits to various areas of the sites. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information.
We partner with other third parties to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these particular services, we share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
In the event CGEDC goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified via email and/or regular mail as well as notice on our web site for 30 days prior to a change of ownership or control of their personal information. If as a result of the business transition, the users’ personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection they will be given choice consistent with our notification of changes section.
Our users are given the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for information. If there is not ‘opt-out’ choice present, it is not our intent to share any of the information with any third party.
Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, CGEDC, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.
Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Anonymous Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Users’ personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties unless we give prior notice and choice.
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. CGEDC will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. CGEDC stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. The friend may contact CGEDC at email@example.com to request the removal of this information from our database.
This web site takes precautions to protect our users’ information. When users submit information via the web site, their information is protected both online and off-line. We will do not ask for sensitive information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers.
If users have any questions about the security at our Web site, users can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplementation of Information
In order for this Web site to properly fulfill its obligation to users it is necessary for us to supplement the information we receive with information from 3rd party sources.
Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information
If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users’ personally identifiable information. This can usually be done at the by emailing our Customer Support at email@example.com. Or, contact us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.
Notification of Changes
If, however, we are going to use users’ personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. However, if users have opted out of all communication with the site, or deleted/deactivated their account, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our Web site notifying users of the change fro 30 days. In some cases where we post a notice we will also email users, who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.
or send mail to
Cottage Grove Economic Development Corporation
PO Box 306
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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