“Affiliates” means successors, assigns, owners, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, attorneys, accountants, employees, representatives, agents, licensees, distributors, vendors, and suppliers.
“Content” means text, compilations, images, layout, design, trademarks, service marks, materials, works of authorship, and information.
“EBI” means Environmental Business International Inc., the owner of the www.ebiresearch.com, the www.climatechangebusiness.com, the www.environmentalbusinessjournal.com, and the www.ebionline.org domain name registrations and websites, sometimes referred to herein as “we,” “us,” and “our.”
“Rights” means all rights, titles, and interests, including without limitation copyrights, copyright interests, trademark rights, and moral rights.
“Person” means an individual, person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, or any other entity, profit or nonprofit.
“Products” means goods, services, and products.
“Site” means this website at www.ebionline.org and www.ebiresearch.com, www.climatechangebusiness.com, and www.environmentalbusinessjournal.com.
Information Collection & Use
Registration: In order to use parts of this Site, you may have to first complete a registration form and create a username and password. During registration, you would be required to give contact information (such as name and email address). We would use this information to contact you about any Products on our Site in which you have expressed interest or as otherwise described below.
You would have the option to provide demographic information (such as gender or postal code); we would encourage you to submit this information so we could provide you a more personalized experience on this Site.
Upon registering you might receive email newsletters or other similar informational material.
EBI is the sole owner of the information collected at the Site and may collect personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on the Site.
Orders: If you purchase a Product from us (not from an outside supplier), we may request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. If so, you must provide contact information (such as name, email, and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date, and billing address).
We would use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.
Surveys: From time to time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in surveys on the Site. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary, and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically would include contact information (such as name, email address, and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip/postal code).
We would use this information to notify survey participants, to monitor site traffic or personalize the Site (in the case of anonymous information collected in surveys), and may also send participants an email newsletter or Products information.
Answers to questions on such surveys will be collated, analyzed and the results distributed publicly. Only aggregated results will be published, not responses coming from an identified individual respondent. Comments from survey respondents may be featured in CCBJ or on its website without attribution (unless the respondent has specifically granted permission for attribution either in writing or by email).
Uses of Information: The information users submit will be used for improving the Site, its Content, and any Products that may be offered from the Site, except that personally identifying information may be used to market EBI Products to Persons who have submitted the information.
Communications from the Site
Special Offers and Updates: We may occasionally send you information on Products.
Newsletters: EBI publishes the CCBJ Weekly News Update and the EBJ Weekly News Update. These weekly news bulletins are delivered by email, and we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you if you submit your name and email address. The CCBJ Weekly News Update and EBJ Weekly News Update features an Opt Out option, providing you a way to unsubscribe. Please see “Choice and Opt-out” below. Recipients of our CCBJ Weekly News Update and EBJ Weekly News Update may from time to time be sent special offers, updates, or EBI Products. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Privacy Statement, on occasion EBI may exchange or trade part or all of its newsletter mailing list or other mailing lists with other providers for marketing purposes.
Service-related Announcements: We may send you service-related announcements on rare occasions when we deem it desirable to do so. For instance, if the Site is temporarily suspended or disabled for maintenance, we might send you an email.
In the event that we find informational errors or omissions on the Site and wish to inform users of errors or omissions, we may send you an announcement on rare occasions when we deem it appropriate. You may not opt out of these communications.
Customer Service: If registration is offered on the Site, then, based on the personally identifiable information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username if you have completed a registration requiring such name and any accompanying password. We will generally communicate with you by email and only respond to email communications, though we reserve the right to respond by other means. We assume no obligation to respond to communications which do not concern Products you have purchased from us.
Profile: We may store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, or third party sources to create a “profile” of your preferences. We may tie your personally identifiable information, or your purchasing history, to information in the profile, in order to provide tailored promotions and marketing offers or to improve the Content of the Site for you.
Supplementation of Information: In order to provide certain services to you, we may occasionally supplement the personal information you submit to us with information from third party sources, including without limitation outside providers who sell our Products. E.g., we may use third party software to verify your identity or address in order to ensure that we are dealing with the Persons who have identified themselves to us. Similarly, we may purchase marketing data from third parties and add it to our existing user database, to better target our advertising and to provide pertinent offers in which we think you would be interested. To enrich our profiles of individual users, we may tie this information to the personally identifiable information they have provided to us.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable): We may share aggregated information about our user base with our suppliers, vendors, or other persons interested in the operation of the Site. This information does not identify individual users. We do not link aggregate user data with personally identifiable information.
Personally identifiable information: We DO NOT share personally identifiable information with third parties, except as expressly indicated herein.
Outside Suppliers: We may use or refer you by link to an outside seller or shipping company to fulfill orders, and a credit card processing company to bill you for Products. We do not know whether these outside companies would retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes, and you must read their privacy policies to so determine. EBI and its Affiliates are not responsible for the privacy practices of such outside suppliers.
Service Providers: We may use other third parties to provide services on the Site. When you sign up for services, we may share personally identifiable information you have provided, as necessary for the third parties to provide such services.
These third parties would agree not to use your personally identifiable information for any other purpose. However, EBI and its Affiliates will not be responsible or liable for any violation by these third parties of their agreements not to use such information for another purpose.
Legal Disclaimer: We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to defend our interests, defend against claims, protect our rights (including without limitation our Rights in the Site, its Content or our Products) or our property, or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us or our Site. EBI and its Affiliates shall have no liability to you or any other Person in so disclosing such information.
Choice/Opt-Out: If we provide a newsletter or promotional communications, you may opt out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication.
If we commission a third party to collect your personally identifiable information who is not our agent, service provider, or outside supplier, you will be notified so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.
Log Files: As true of most Web sites, we may gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information would include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser types, Internet service providers (ISPs), referring/exit pages, operating systems, date/time stamps, and clickstream data. We may use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the Site, to track users’ movements around the Site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We would not link this automatically collected data to personally identifiable information.
Cookies: A cookie is a small text file stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We DO NOT use persistent cookies on this Site, though we may use session cookies. Session cookies would make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser, whereas a persistent cookie would remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time.
If you reject cookies, you may still be able to use this Site, but your ability to use some areas of the Site, such as contests or surveys, might be limited.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs): We may employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs) that would help us better manage content on the Site by informing us what Content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We would not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to users’ personally identifiable information.
We may use clear gifs in our HTML – based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This would allow us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications.
Links to Other Sites: This Site may contain links to other sites not owned or controlled by EBI. Please note that this Privacy Statement applies only to information collected by this Site, and EBI and its Affiliates are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Thus, we encourage you to (a) be aware when you leave this Site and (b) read the privacy statements of each and every site, including without limitation each linked site, that collects personally identifiable information.
Access to Personally Identifiable Information: If you have registered with this Site and have thereby submitted personally identifiable information, and such information changes, or if you no longer desire to remain registered, you may correct, update, or delete such information by emailing user support via our Contact Us link.
Security: We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we try to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. We, therefore ask that you not send us highly confidential personal information unless expressly requested by us on the Site or otherwise in writing.
Business Transitions: In the event EBI, the owner of this Site, goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or some of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred.
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 Statement, we will notify you by email or else by means of a notice on our home page, or at other prominent place on the Site we deem appropriate. Since disclosure of personally identifiable information is contingent upon our requests for such information or upon the offering of Products on the Site, nothing in this Privacy Statement obligates us to make any requests for information, undertake any actions or provide any Products (e.g., offer newsletters or a Site registration) which will result in your disclosure of personally identifiable information, and we need not amend this Privacy Statement when we begin asking users for personally identifiable information, undertake any action or provide any Products which results in such disclosure if that disclosure is already contemplated by this Statement.