Welcome to National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc.’s ("NAREIT®”) Web site located at www.reit.com (“Site”). This Privacy Statement addresses NAREIT’s practices regarding information collected from users of the Site, including those who register to make purchases or obtain specific access to certain content, services, products or benefits on the Site (“Product(s)”), and only addresses information collected directly through or from the Site. It does not address or govern any information gathering, use, or dissemination practices related to information collected from the user (sometimes referred to as a “visitor,” "you" or "your") other than directly through or from the Site, such as from telephone, facsimile, postal mail, personal delivery, or other or additional offline means or media. This Privacy Statement is incorporated into the Site’s Terms and Conditions of Use by reference, as if set forth fully therein. Your access and use of the Site will be deemed to indicate your acceptance to both this Privacy Statement and all of such Terms and Conditions of Use. NAREIT can be contacted at email@example.com or by telephone at 202-739-9400. Throughout this Privacy Statement, the term “visitor,” “you,” “your” and “yours” (and similar terms) shall be deemed to refer to (i) any individual accessing the Site, as well as (ii) any entity or other organization (A) on behalf of which such individual has accessed or attempted to access the Site or appears to NAREIT to have accessed or attempted to access the Site, or (B) that such individual otherwise represents (whether in the individual’s capacity as an officer, director, employee, representative, agent or otherwise) or appears to NAREIT to represent.
1. Collection of Personal Information from Site Visitors
Except as specifically set forth herein, NAREIT may collect or track: (a) the home server domain names, date and time of your visit, type of computer, the originating IP address, files downloaded, search engine used, operating system, and type of Web browser; (b) the e-mail addresses of visitors that communicate with NAREIT via e-mail; (c) information knowingly provided by a visitor in online forms, registration or membership forms, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, and other online avenues (including, without limitation, demographic and personal profile data); (d) aggregate and user-specific information regarding which pages a user accesses; and (e) financial information provided by a user, including credit card or bank routing numbers and related information, billing address, and other similar information used only in order to process payments to NAREIT. Specifically, NAREIT may collect such personal information from a user in order to register the user as a member of NAREIT and/or for the user to access or pay for certain programs, products, services and features of the Site (“Product(s)”). If you do not wish to provide such information to the Site, you may be unable to access or use certain areas of the site.
In addition to the foregoing, NAREIT may place Internet “cookies” on your hard drive. Internet cookies are small amounts of data that contain a unique identifier that many web sites frequently send to your web browser to be stored on your computer’s hard drive in order to save data about you, such as your name, password, username, screen preferences, and the pages of a site you have viewed. When you revisit the Site, NAREIT may recognize you by your Internet cookies and customize your experience accordingly. You may decline to have Internet cookies installed by using the appropriate feature of your Web browser software, if available.
NAREIT may also use Web bugs or beacons to gather, store, and track certain information related to your visit to and activity on the Site. A Web “bug” is a file object, which can be a graphic image such as a transparent one pixel-by-one pixel graphics file, which is placed on a Web page or in an e-mail message to monitor user activity. A Web bug can gather, for example, the IP address of your computer, the time the Web page was viewed, and the type of browser used.
When a visitor performs a search within the Site, NAREIT may record information identifying the visitor or linking the visitor to the search performed and recording information related to the search request.
2. Use of Personal Information Collected
Personal information collected by NAREIT may be used by NAREIT for many reasons, for example, for recordkeeping, editorial and feedback purposes, marketing and promotional purposes, statistical analysis of users’ behavior, product development, content improvement, or to customize the content and layout of the Site. Aggregate data on visitors’ home servers may be used for internal purposes, and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information which visitors voluntarily provide to NAREIT may be added to NAREIT’s databases and used for future calls and mailings regarding Site updates, new products and services, and upcoming events. NAREIT may aggregate personally identifiable information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes.
As a benefit to registered users, including members of NAREIT, NAREIT may include a user’s name and relevant personal information in his or her profile. If you are or become a registered member of the Site, you agree that your name and certain registration information provided to NAREIT may be made publicly available on the Site through your profile. You have the right to specify whether certain other personal information in your profile may be made publicly available.
From time to time, we may need to contact you for purposes related to your membership in NAREIT (e.g., renewal notices, outstanding balances, etc.) and you agree that we may also use your personal information for those purposes. We may also desire to contact you for market research purposes or to provide you with marketing information we think would be of particular interest. You will have the option of not being contacted by NAREIT and opting-out of such marketing-related contacts by contacting us in accordance with the Opt-Out rights in Section 6.
Without limiting the foregoing, NAREIT reserves the right, but not the obligation, to monitor any and all communications submitted to or posted on the Site. Such voluntary information provided or posted by you may be collected and used by NAREIT in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
3. Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties
Personal information provided through the Site, including the sharing of certain information with and from Members may be used and disclosed other entities and/or business partners in the operation of the Site, in order to provide products and services requested and for marketing and promotional purposes. Without limiting the foregoing, financial information may be maintained and housed by us or a third party payments processing center, for the purpose of processing payments and conducting related transactions or supplied to collection agencies if necessary, as solely determined by NAREIT. Aggregate data on users’ home servers and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses and phone numbers, may be provided to third parties such as marketing firms. Any personal information provided by you to the Site, or other general areas of the Site, will be read by NAREIT, and could potentially be used by such third parties.
NAREIT strives to deliver advertisements and promotions on its Site that are helpful to you. In order to do that, NAREIT may associate your Member profile with certain commercial or sponsored content and you hereby give NAREIT permission to use your profile information and your use of the Site to make such associations. The advertisements that you see on the Site are served by us or by our service providers. We may also allow third parties, such as advertising networks, to collect information about your activity on the Site (including through cookies), which may collect information about your interests, such as when you view content or interact with advertisements on the Site. The information gathered by such third parties is used to make predictions about your interests and preferences, and to display advertisements on the Site that are personalized to your interests and this information is not sold to such third parties. You can forbid or limit how certain registration information and information regarding your use of the Site may be associated with commercial or sponsored content by declining to have Internet cookies installed through using the appropriate feature of your Web browser software, if available, or installing appropriate disabling tools. We do not permit such third parties to collect personal information about you from the Site (such as your email address).
Identifiable and non-identifiable visitor information and data may be disclosed or distributed to another party with which NAREIT enters or may enter into transactions associated with its operations and products, or other corporate transactions, including, for example, a merger, consolidation, acquisition, or asset purchase. NAREIT may also disclose this information to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or otherwise, in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, foreign, or other administrative or regulatory agency, department, commission or body, or that of a U.S. or foreign self-regulatory organization, securities exchange or market, national securities association or other similar authority, or if determined by NAREIT in its sole judgment that such disclosure or distribution is necessary or appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of NAREIT or any other person or entity.
While NAREIT may undertake efforts to see that any third party to which NAREIT shares, rents, sells, or otherwise discloses personal information is under a contractual obligation to use the personal information solely for the purposes for which the information was disclosed, such third parties are independent third parties over which NAREIT exercises no control. NAREIT is not responsible for, and will not be liable for, the conduct, actions, omissions, or information handling or dissemination practices of third parties.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, NAREIT reserves the right (and you authorize NAREIT) to share or disclose your personally identifiable information when NAREIT determines, in its sole discretion, that the disclosure of your personally identifiable information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against you if:
• you are interfering with another's rights or property, including, without limitation, NAREIT’s rights or property;
• you are violating any applicable law, rule or regulation;
• necessary or required by any applicable law, rule or regulation; and/or
• requested by authorities in the event of any act of terrorism or instance of local, regional or national emergency.
4. Security Measures and Communicating with NAREIT
NAREIT has implemented physical, electronic and procedural security features that are designed to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. Despite NAREIT’s efforts to protect your personal information, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from NAREIT via this Site or via e-mail cannot be and is not guaranteed. You acknowledge that the technical processing and transmission of the Site content may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Accordingly, NAREIT is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet. NAREIT will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly caused by an unauthorized third party's ability to view, use or disseminate such information. Instead of communicating with NAREIT via e-mail or the Internet, visitors can contact NAREIT by regular mail at 1875 I Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20006, or by phone at 202-739-9400.
In addition, to protect your personal information, never share your password with anyone, and if you feel that your password has been discovered, you should change it immediately by logging on to the Site and accessing your profile to change your password, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Links to Other Sites and Financial Information
6. Opt-Out Right
7. Comments, Notices and User Content
Any materials or comments, including profiles, posted to any of our Web pages may be made public. Please refer to Section 6 of the Terms and Conditions for further detail concerning User Content and other materials submitted to the Site. As such, NAREIT assumes no liability for the accuracy of such information, no duty to update or correct such information, and no liability for such communications arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise.
8. Privacy of Children
The Site is not intended for users under the age of 18. NAREIT does not knowingly collect personal information online from visitors in this age group. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to use the Site and to provide information to the Site, and by using the Site you represent to NAREIT that you are 18 years of age or older.
9. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Information
Upon your request via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone, NAREIT will provide you with a summary of any personal information retained by NAREIT that has been voluntarily provided by you to NAREIT through online forms, registration forms, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, or another online avenue. You may modify, correct, change or update your personal information by contacting NAREIT via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone at the addresses or numbers above.
10. Right to Change Privacy Statement
11. Your California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 provides you with the right to request certain information regarding disclosure of your personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes, including a description of the categories of personal information disclosed. In order to obtain such information, please email your request to email@example.com or write us at the address above.
12. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
Dated: May 25, 2011
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