Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 01-29-2014

This privacy policy (the "Policy") applies to the www.referenceadvisor.com site (the "Site") and is intended to inform each user of the Site (individually, a "User", collectively, the "Users") of the information collection and use practices of the Site.

Please be advised that this Policy applies to this Site only and does not apply to other Reference Advisor-owned or operated sites or information collected therefrom, unless such site specifically displays or links to this statement.

Please see the Privacy Policy Changes section below for information regarding changes to this Policy.

Collection and Use of Information Generally.

Reference Advisor, LLC ("Reference Advisor", "we" or "us") may collect information directly from or about Users via the Site. We will not sell, share, transfer, or use any information we collect directly from or about Users via the Site, other than as stated in this Policy.

Information we receive regarding Users from third parties will be used in accordance with any directions and/or licenses provided by those third parties. In the absence of such directions, the information we receive regarding Users from third parties will be used by Reference Advisor subject to this Policy.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Information by Us.

The following information may be collected via the Site:

  • Personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide when using the Site, including contact information (e.g. email address, name, telephone number, home or work address, and ZIP code);
  • Standard information sent by your browser during your use of the Site without identifying you as an individual, including IP address, your computer’s operating system, browser type and other information regarding the system and connection of each user;
  • Information about general usage of the Site collected by using a cookie file which is typically stored on the hard drive of your computer or a web beacon embedded in the Site or in communications sent to you regarding the contracted Services. Please see “Cookies and Web Beacons” section of this Policy.

The information that we collect from or about Users as set forth herein may be used for a variety of purposes, including, without limitation, to:

  • make your next visit to the Site more personalized.
  • compile anonymous statistical information and analysis.
  • provide compiled anonymous information to third parties.
  • e-mail information and offers to you.
  • mail information and offers to you.
  • contact you regarding administrative issues or questions about a specific request that you have made.
  • provide your information to aggregators and lead buyers and sellers for administrative and advertising purposes.
  • provide, sell or rent your information to third parties for advertising purposes.
  • We may also release your information as reasonably necessary in order to fulfill our obligations with respect to the operation of the Site or any services that you have requested via the Site. This may include, without limitation, the provision of aggregated or otherwise non-personally identifiable information to third parties, such as our service and license providers for the purpose of license compliance, licensing usage calculation, and support purposes. We may also engage certain vendors and/or contractors to provide various services to us in support of the Site or our provision of services to you (to the extent applicable), including certain services provided on an outsourced basis on our behalf. In all such cases, we may provide your information to such vendors and contractors, to the extent necessary to provide such services.

    Sometimes, we may utilize the services of a third party to help us understand the collected information better. In such cases, we may disclose your information to these entities in anonymous and non-personally identifiable form. We may also provide this information to our customers in anonymous and non-personally identifiable form.

    Additionally, we may disclose personally identifiable information of certain Users when we have a reasonable and good-faith belief that the disclosure is necessary to enforce any applicable terms of use for the Site, to investigate, prevent or take action regarding actual or suspected illegal activities, to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or other legal process, or to otherwise enforce or protect our rights under applicable law, including, without limitation, our intellectual property rights.

    By visiting the Site, each User consents to the collection and use of his/her information by us as described herein and to our providing both personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information received from such User to third parties for the purposes described herein. In addition, each User consents to the collection, maintenance, and processing of his/her personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information by such third parties and us.

    YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE SITE OR PROVIDE ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THROUGH THE SITE (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, SUBMITTING OR POSTING ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION TO THE SITE OR IN RESPONSE TO ANY EMAIL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION SENT TO YOU VIA THE SITE) UNLESS YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR INFORMATION TO BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS POLICY.

    Minors.

    The Site is not intended for individuals under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly or intentionally solicit or collect personal information from individuals under 18 years of age.

    Sensitive Information.

    We do not knowingly or intentionally solicit or collect, and you should not provide, any information regarding your medical or health condition, race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or other sensitive information.

    Surveys & Contests.

    From time-to-time, our Site may request information from Users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the User therefore has a choice as to whether or not to disclose personally identifiable 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 shared with the contest or survey sponsors to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of the Site. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, these intermediaries will not use the Users' personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

    Collection and Use of Information by our Customers and Other Third Parties.

    Certain websites of our customers, advertisers or affiliates and other third parties may be accessible through the Site or through email or other communications sent via the Site. Please note that these customers and third parties maintain their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. This Policy covers only information collected through the Site regarding Users of the Site and does not extend to the sites and services of, or information collected by, our customers or any third parties.

    WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICIES OR PRACTICES OF OUR CUSTOMERS OR ANY THIRD PARTIES. YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE APPLICABLE PRIVACY POLICIES OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND ANY THIRD PARTIES BEFORE PROVIDING THEM WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.

    Cookies and Web Beacons.

    "Cookies" include commonly used pieces of information in the form of small files that are placed on an individual's computer hard drive to enable the individual to more easily communicate and interact with the Site. We may use cookies on the Site or in communications sent to our customers via the Site for various purposes, including, without limitation:

    • To provide you with a more personalized experience in connection with the Site (e.g. saving User preferences and certain information about Users and customizing content for individual Users);
    • Recording session information; and
    • Facilitating and enhancing interaction with the Site.

    "Web beacons" (also known as "single-pixel" or "clear" GIFs) include electronic images imbedded in the Site or in communications sent to our customers of the Services which are invisible to Users. Web beacons collect information, such as identifiers, time and date of access, and descriptions of the pages or communications in which the web beacons are imbedded. The Site and communications sent by us via the Site may include web beacons. We may use the web beacons on the Site and in such communications for various purposes, including, without limitation, to track Users who have visited our Site or who have accessed such communications.

    We may use an outside advertisement serving company to display advertisements on the Site or in communications sent to our customers via the Site. The advertisement serving company may place and collect cookies or web beacons when it displays an advertisement on the Site or in such communications. We do not have access to information that would confirm the use of cookies or web beacons by the advertisement serving company. As mentioned above, we may also use a third party provider to analyze data and patterns regarding usage of the Site and the communications sent to our Services customers regarding the Services. This third party provider may use cookies or web beacons to collect such information.

    Most browsers will allow you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block acceptance of cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You may also be able to refuse certain web beacons by adjusting the settings on your browser or email software. Please refer to your browser or email software instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions. Please be aware, however, that the use of cookies and/or web beacons may be necessary for the use of the certain features of our Site and such features may not be available to you if you erase, block or refuse such cookies and/or web beacons.

    Transfer of the Site.

    If we elect, in our reasonable discretion, to transfer ownership or control of the Site to a third party, whether or not in the context of an acquisition, merger, or reorganization, you consent to the transfer of your personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information by us to that third party, provided that all use of your information by that third party remains subject to the terms of this Policy.

    Security.

    We take commercially reasonable measures to secure the personal information that we collect from Users. However, since no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

    Opt-Out.

    You have the right to request that we not contact you or use your information for purposes which are not reasonably necessary for the administration of the Site. If you wish to exercise this opt-out right, please contact us at: info@referenceadvisor.com.

    Privacy Policy Changes.

    We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we change the policy in a material way, an updated Privacy Policy will be posted on the Site. We will also change the “Last Updated” date at the top of the Policy, which you agree will be deemed the effective date of such changes. Your continued use of the Site after any change has become effective will constitute your acceptance of that change.

    Contact Information.

    All inquiries concerning this Policy may be sent to info@referenceadvisor.com.

    Thank you for visiting the Site.