Privacy policy

Please make yourself familar with our privacy policy.

The following discloses the information management practices for EngineeringCircle.com.

1. Introduction

Engineering Circle and its family of products are committed to protecting our users’ privacy. This privacy policy is designed to inform users of Engineering Circle-brand products about how Engineering Circle gathers and uses anonymous and profile information, and in what circumstances Engineering Circle will disclose such information. Engineering Circle will take reasonable steps to protect user privacy consistent with the guidelines set forth in this policy and with applicable New Zealand Laws.

2. Key definitions

In this Privacy Policy, we use the following key definitions. Other terms are defined in the body of the policy. “Clickstream Data” mean the information that Engineering Circle collects through cookies, log files, beacons, and clear GIFs. “Content Provider” means a third party that owns a white paper, data, or other document and allows Engineering Circle to link to or display its information from/on the Engineering Circle site. “User” or “you” means any person viewing any page on the Engineering Circle site. “Third Party Content” means the white papers, data, and other documents available through the web site and owned by Content Providers.

3. What information do we collect

3.1 Profile Information: Our primary goal in collecting profile information (which may include your name and the following business – and not home or personal – information: title, address, phone number, fax number and email address) is to provide you with the best and most useful content and services, and to offer you opportunities to obtain other products and services from us and our partners, advertisers and participating suppliers. We collect profile information when you provide it to us through the following: when you register on our site, subscribe to an (email) e-Newsletter or Product Alert, register for one of our events, or register to use certain services (like webcasts and white papers) or through surveys. Several of the products and services that we offer on our sites may require registration as a condition of use. 3.2 Cookies: When you view the Engineering Circle web site, a small file called a cookie is placed on your hard drive. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (However, by not accepting cookies, some of our web pages may not display properly or you may not be permitted to access certain information.) If you register with Engineering Circle by providing your name, email address and other contact details, Engineering Circle will use cookies to authenticate your identity when you visit the site and to personalize your user experience, such as by displaying your username when you log on. In all cases, Engineering Circle uses cookies to obtain anonymous information such as the number of visits to the site that a certain user has made, the movement of the user through the site, and the searches that the user conducts on the site.  We may display ads on our site. These ads may contain cookies. You can find out more about “cookies” on our cookies reference page. 3.3 Clear GIFs & Servers: We use electronic images known as “clear GIFs” – sometimes called “transparent GIFs”, “web bugs”, “pixel tags” or “beacons” – that allow us to track general user traffic patterns. Engineering Circle also automatically receives and records information from our servers and from your browser, including your IP address, the time, and information about the page you requested (though these automatic updates do not include your name or other profile information). 3.4 Subscriber Information: If you subscribe to an e-Newsletter or Product Alert and become a “Subscriber”, Engineering Circle collects your email address. Event Registration Information: When registering to attend a Engineering Circle event, the registration form requires users to provide information such as name and corporate title, company name, address, telephone and email address. 3.5 System Information: Engineering Circle’s event application provides a system test that determines whether you can view a webcast for a Engineering Circle event from your computer. This information is used to optimize the viewing experience and to troubleshoot event webcast viewing problems. We do not collect or retain personally identifiable information in conducting these tests. 3.6 Information Automatically Logged:  We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer our website. Your IP address is also used to help verify who you are.

4. How do we use the information we collect

4.1 Profile Information: Engineering Circle collects profile information supplied by users who register, as described above. That information lets us better tailor our content to user interests and helps our advertisers better understand the audience they are reaching. All of Engineering Circle is free and is supported by paid content and sponsorships from our advertisers. 4.2 Subscriber Information: We use Subscriber Information to deliver email newsletters and Product Alerts on topics of interest to Subscribers who have signed up for those services. We may also send general promotional and marketing materials to Subscribers. We use Subscriber Information to understand our customer base and to market our services to our customers. 4.3 Third Party Personal Information: We use third party email addresses provided for the “email a friend” feature only for the purpose of sending e-Newsletters, Product Alerts or event invitations to a subscriber-specified third party, and for no other purpose. 4.4 Sharing Information: Engineering Circle may share profile information collected as follows: *Except as set forth herein, your contact information (name, phone number, mail and e-mail address, and other profile information) will not be shared with anyone other than Engineering Circle and the suppliers/advertisers whose information you have viewed (including, but not limited to, phone/fax, web site, supplier profile or e-mail; or product information, including, but not limited to, specifications, product announcements or RFQs) via Engineering Circle or its co-branded sites, e-Newsletters, Product Alerts, and Engineering Circle events. *We may send general promotional and marketing materials to our users, including marketing research surveys. We also use profile information to understand our customer base and to market our services to our customers. *Profile information collected when you register or log in on a co-branded partner site is available only to Engineering Circle. Strategic partners provide some of the services offered on Engineering Circle. Some of these services require additional registration. When this occurs, Engineering Circle will transfer your profile information to the relevant service provider. You will have the ability to accept or decline the transfer of that information. *Engineering Circle email communications are only accessible by designated recipients, except that Engineering Circle personnel involved in management and maintenance may have access to email communications. *You can modify your user information by visiting http://www.Engineering Circle.com/ *You may have your personal information removed from the system by contacting admin@Engineering Circle.com.

5. What information do we disclose to third parties

We provide summary reports to our Content Providers, customers and other third party suppliers/advertisers/service providers, based on our analysis of Clickstream Data. The type of information included in a summary report is “3,000 people looked at your information this week, and of those people 60% clicked through to read the full report.” This aggregated information is anonymous and does not disclose to the content providers, advertisers, prospective advertisers, and partners any profile information about the individual users who saw or clicked on their reports.

6. Disclosure of person information

6.1 How Can You Opt Out of Use and Disclosure of Your Information? Engineering Circle will only use your profile information for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy or subsequently authorized by you. If you do not want your information disclosed in this way, you must not register to view supplier content. Users who would rather not provide any of the user data requested by our registration process do not need to register with us. You can still view some of the content and use some of the services offered by our site without registering. During the registration process, we also allow users the option to opt-in and/or opt-out of receiving our electronic Newsletters, Product Alerts, event promotional invitations, or emails from third parties. Users who opt-in may also remove themselves from emailing lists at any time through the edit profile pages or by following the instructions at the end of any email received from the Engineering Circle family of products. Note: If you choose not to provide certain profile information when registering for a site, certain products or services may not be available to you. To contact us regarding a privacy issue, please send an e-mail to admin@engineeringcircle.com Please be sure to include the site, conference, e-Newsletter, Product Alert or product so that we may better serve you. If you do not want your profile information transferred to a supplier or partner, do not register to access the content. If you want your profile information deleted from the Engineering Circle database, please contact us at admin@engineeringcircle.com and we will remove your profile. Profile information provided to us by you is, however, subject to disclosure pursuant to any applicable laws. 6.2 Access and Updating of Information The instructions to review, amend, or delete your information may be found in the edit profile area on any of our sites – https://www.engineeringcircle.com/ . Users may change information at any time and as often as necessary. Users who are experiencing problems with our services or who have questions about how our services work can contact us by sending an email to: admin@engineeringcircle.com.

7. General

7.1 Security: This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of User Information under our control. EngineeringCircle.com is password protected allowing only users who have been authorized by Engineering Circle or authorized by previously authorized users access to this site. Unless specified by the user otherwise, Owner Client User Information is isolated from other Owner Clients and Contractor User Information is isolated from other Contractors. In addition, Contractors that have supplied certain information have the ability to restrict the access of Owner Clients to such information. While no site can guaranty 100% online security, EngineeringCircle.com has industry standard or better measures in place to protect against the unintended disclosure or use of User Information. 7.2 Registration Password: Your profile information is password-protected to control access to this profile information by third parties. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. Engineering Circle never asks for passwords in unsolicited phone calls or unsolicited emails. Remember to sign out and close your browser window when you have finished. This will prevent others from accessing your profile information, for example, if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place such as a library or Internet cafe. 7.3 Links: The Engineering Circle web site contains links to other web sites. Engineering Circle is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites. Users should be aware of this when they leave our site and review the privacy statements of each web site they visit that collects information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by this Engineering Circle site. 7.4 Business Transfers: We are always seeking to improve our network of web sites and our business. If all or part of Engineering Circle is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, the profile information and activity data that you have provided to us may be transferred as part of that transaction. 7.5 Amendments: Engineering Circle may modify or amend this policy from time to time.