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Privacy Statement

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 websupport@reit.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 or may be violating this Privacy Policy or NAREIT’s Terms and Conditions of Use;
• 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 websupport@reit.com.

5. Links to Other Sites and Financial Information

The Site may also contain links to other sites or advertisements for or placed by third parties, including sites that enable you to purchase products and services. Such links are not an endorsement by NAREIT of the content of those sites and/or the products or services offered there. If you access a third party site from a link on this Site, any information you disclose on that site is not subject to this Privacy Statement. It is possible that these links may be used by third parties or others to collect personal or other information about you. NAREIT is not responsible for the privacy practices of such Web sites, advertisers, or third parties or the content of such sites and it is your sole obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other web sites. NAREIT does not control these third parties’ use of cookies, collection of information, or how they manage such information. It is solely your obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other Web sites, advertisers and any third parties.

6. Opt-Out Right

Except as necessary to obtain the products, services, or information requested, you may opt out of having your personal information (which has been voluntarily provided to NAREIT through online forms, membership or registration forms and profiles, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, or any other feature of the Site or other on-line avenue) used by NAREIT to contact you, or disclosed by NAREIT to third parties, by contacting NAREIT via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone as described above. This provision does not apply to collection of non-personally specific user information, examples of which are described in Section 1 of this Privacy Policy.

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

NAREIT may update or change this Privacy Statement at any time in its sole discretion and without notice. Updates to this Privacy Statement will be posted here or at another location on the Site as may be disclosed thereon. Any information collected from you is subject only to NAREIT’s most current Privacy Policy. It is the obligation of users to learn of changes to the Privacy Statement since their last visit. Any change to this Privacy Statement shall be effective as to any visitor who has visited the Site before the change was made. Your continued access and use of the Site following any posting of any change to this Privacy Policy will automatically be deemed to be your acceptance of the same.

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 websupport@reit.com or write us at the address above.

12. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and Conditions of Use, represent the entire agreement between you and NAREIT with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all prior and contemporaneous written and oral representations, understandings, and agreements, express and implied. All matters in connection with this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions of Use, and all actions contemplated thereby, shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without reference to its conflict of law rules and as if this was a contract wholly entered into and wholly performed within the District of Columbia; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE TERMS OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW NOW OR HEREAFTER ENACTED THAT IS BASED ON, DERIVED FROM, SIMILAR TO, OR CONNECTED WITH THE UNIFORM COMPUTER INFORMATION TRANSACTIONS ACT DRAFTED BY THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF COMMISSIONERS ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS SHALL NOT APPLY EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT THE LAW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITS ALTERATION BY THESE TERMS OF THE APPLICABILITY OF ONE OR MORE SECTIONS OF THE LAW. By accessing, viewing, or using the services, works, content, or materials on the Site, you consent and agree to (a) the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal or other courts located in the District of Columbia, and that any action or proceeding with regard to any breach or threatened breach of this Privacy Policy (including any injunction seeking the restraint of such breach or threatened breach) may be brought in such courts; (b) accept service of process by personal delivery or mail; and (c) irrevocably waive the right to trial by jury and any jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available.

13. Miscellaneous

The waiver or failure of NAREIT to exercise in any respect any right provided hereunder shall not be deemed a waiver of such right in the future or a waiver of any other rights established under this Privacy Policy. Headings used in this Privacy Policy are for reference only and shall not affect the interpretation hereof. No person or entity not party to this agreement will be deemed to be a third party beneficiary of this Privacy Policy or any provision hereof. When used herein, the words “includes” and “including” and their syntactical variations shall be deemed followed by the words “without limitation.” If any portion of this Privacy Policy is deemed unlawful, void or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the Privacy Policy as a whole shall not be deemed unlawful, void or unenforceable, but only that portion thereof that is unlawful, void or unenforceable shall be stricken therefrom.


Dated: May 25, 2011

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