Maritime Knowledge respects the privacy of visitors to its Web site and its member companies. Maritime Knowledge strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, Maritime Knowledge has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does Maritime Knowledge Collect?

Most data Maritime Knowledge collects are related to help Maritime Knowledge better serve its members. Maritime Knowledge does, however, collect members home addresses and phone numbers, allowing the organization to communicate with its members.

From the General Public Using Unrestricted Maritime Knowledge Files

Maritime Knowledge does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Users to the public areas of Maritime Knowledge's Web site browse anonymously. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.

From Maritime Knowledge Members, Registrants and Other Customers

To gain access to some of the members-only or subscription-based areas of Maritime Knowledge's Web site, users are asked to provide some limited information. These data are submitted voluntarily. Maritime Knowledge asks users to provide their name, job title, school or organization, work and home address, work and home phone, fax and e-mail, and users may choose to provide Maritime Knowledge with their credit card / Debit card / Net banking accounts to make payments.

A Note About Children

Maritime Knowledge encourages its younger visitors to get their parents' permission before providing any information to Maritime Knowledge. Although the nature of the Internet makes it impossible for Maritime Knowledge to know the age of its visitors, keep in mind that Maritime Knowledge does not collect any personal information about people of any age who visit the Web site. Moreover, it is unlikely that Maritime Knowledge will inadvertently collect personal information voluntarily submitted.

Use of Cookies

What are cookies? Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to an individual's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies make Web-surfing easier for you by saving your passwords, purchases, and preferences while you're at our site. The use of cookies is an industry standard -- you'll find them at most major Web sites. By showing how and when users access the site, cookies help us see which areas are popular and which are not. Many improvements and updates to the site are based on such data as total number of visitors and pages viewed. This information is most easily tracked with cookies. If you accept the first tracking cookie from the site, you won't be offered as many afterwards.

Examples of How Maritime Knowledge Uses Cookies

A cookie lets the computers remember that you've registered, which allows us to speed up your future activities at our sites. Similarly, Maritime Knowledge uses a temporary cookie to track which products you've chosen to purchase while shopping. The cookie expires once you're done shopping. Letting it do the record-keeping saves you the trouble of entering information over and over again during a single visit. If you decline this cookie, you may have difficulty ordering your selections.

How Maritime Knowledge Does Not Use Cookies

Maritime Knowledge never uses cookies to retrieve information from your computer that was not originally sent in a cookie. Except as described below, Maritime Knowledge does not use information transferred through cookies for any promotional or marketing purposes, nor is that information shared with any third parties whatsoever.Maritime Knowledge does not use cookies to identify specific individuals, except in such cases as online shopping (see above) and contest registration (where a cookie allows you to enter a contest every day without registering again each time).

Maritime Knowledge does not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to the Maritime Knowledge cookies policy. The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you'd prefer, you can set yours to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. However, it is possible that some parts of the site, will not function properly if you do so.

Disclosures to Third Parties

Maritime Knowledge also makes limited member contact information available through the online Membership Directory to members visiting its Internet site and to those who register for its conferences. On occasion, Maritime Knowledge may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, job titles, organizations and primary addresses, but do not include phone numbers, fax numbers or e-mail addresses. Users may request Maritime Knowledge to refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, registration form or any other form on which they are providing information. Alternatively, users may contact Maritime Knowledge to express their preferences.

Credit Card Account Information

Maritime Knowledge does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, Maritime Knowledge submits the information needed to secure payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

How Does Maritime Knowledge Ensure Compliance with its Privacy Policy?

Maritime Knowledge is committed to making sure that its privacy policy is understood and respected by all of its employees. Maritime Knowledge has taken the following steps to ensure compliance. All Maritime Knowledgeemployees who collect or disclose information about members are required to attend a training seminar to ensure that they understand the privacy policy and how this policy affects an individual's job responsibilities. In addition, regular network audits ensure that only Maritime Knowledge employees who have a business need to access personally identifying information have such network privileges.

Access to Maritime Knowledge network resources is limited to Maritime Knowledge employees and interns. Access to data collected from visitors to its Web site is granted on an as-needed basis and is limited to full-time Maritime Knowledge employees.

How Does Maritime Knowledge Handle Concerns or Complaints?

Maritime Knowledge believes that individuals should have the right to review their personal information to ensure its accuracy. If you wish to review your data, please contact Maritime Knowledge.