Policies on Information Use, Privacy, and Security for KipPiper.com Website
Types of Information Collected
We collect these three types of information about our website users:
- Automatically Collected Non-Personally Identifiable Information.
- Information Collected for Measurement and Customization (such as Cookies and Web Beacons).
- Personally Identifiable Information Voluntarily Provided by Website Users.
Automatically Collected Information
We automatically collect and store the following non-personally identifiable information:
- The name of the domain (e.g., Verizon.net, Comcast.net) used to access the internet;
- The internet protocol address, which can reveal cities, states, and countries where web visits originated
- The date and time of each website visit;
- The URLs of pages visited and files downloaded from our websites and related performance and reliability data;
- If present and available, the internet address of the website visited before visiting KipPiper.com or another HRG website;
- Characteristics of devices used to visit our websites, such as device type (e.g., desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone), operating system, web browser, and screen resolution; and
- Search terms used to find our website and used while on the website (in aggregate only, not linked to individual users).
We collect this non-personally identifiable information from anyone who uses or downloads information from our websites, including KipPiper.com. The information allows us to improve website design, presentation of content, and system performance.
Information Collected for Measurement and Customization (such as Cookies and Web Beacons)
To help provide website users with the best experience practicable, we use commercial applications and software to gather, report, and analyze aggregated web metrics data. The raw data is generally retained for up to five years to help improve website performance.
Our websites may use four tools: session cookies, persistent cookies, web beacons, and other customization tools.
Cookies: “Cookies” are small files that websites transfer to users’ computers to allow the website to remember specific information. The two types of cookies are session and persistent, described below. If you do not want cookies transferred to your computer, you may opt-out by changing your web browser settings. Without cookies, most of our websites will continue to display normally, but certain features may not work as well or may be unavailable.
Session Cookies: Session cookies do not contain personally identifiable information and disappear once the browser window is closed. We use session cookies for technical purposes, such as enabling you to navigate the websites more efficiently. Session cookies only collect non-personally identifiable data.
Persistent Cookies: Persistent cookies store information on your computers for extended periods and across multiple visits. We do not use persistent cookies to collect personally identifiable information about website users. However, we may use persistent cookies to (a) improve web metrics by distinguishing between new and returning users, (b) anonymously aggregate data on how users use our websites, and (c) remember your voluntarily-provided preferences to create a smoother browsing experience.
Web Beacons: Our websites and emails may use web beacons in conjunction with cookies to compile statistics about website usage. Web beacons are tiny pieces of code (also called pixel tags) embedded unobtrusively on the pages of websites or emails. We do not use web beacons to collect personally identifiable information about website users. We may use these technical methods to analyze website performance and reliability data such as timing (e.g., page load) metrics on our websites. We may also use web beacons in HTML emails that we send subscribers who have opted in to receive emails from us to determine whether our recipients have opened those emails and clicked on links in those emails.
Customization tools allow you to provide information to personalize and improve your online experience. Information from customization tools is retained.
Personally Identifiable Information
Protecting our website users’ personally identifiable information is important. Therefore, we only collect, use, and share personally identifiable information about website users in the following limited ways:
- No personally identifiable information is required for you to use, visit, or browse any of our websites, including KipPiper.com.
- We collect personally identifiable information when you voluntarily provide it to HRG in inquiries, requests, and other messages sent through:
- Our websites, including KipPiper.com (e.g., by using the form on the Contact page or subscribing to the blog); or
- Our email addresses or one of our affiliated social media accounts (e.g., Kip Piper’s LinkedIn profile and Twitter account).
- We collect personally identifiable information when you grant third parties permission to allow HRG to receive and use your personally identifiable information from the third party
- We use personally identifiable information only for its intended purpose.
- We may disclose personally identifiable information to contractors or associates to respond to your inquiry or carry out your requests.
- We may use your voluntarily supplied personally identifiable information if necessary (1) for a mutual business arrangement with you or your organization or (2) to provide services to you or your organization under a consulting engagement with us.
- We do not sell or rent personally identifiable information to third parties.
- We will not otherwise disclose personally identifiable information to outside parties, including government agencies, without first obtaining permission from you unless disclosure is:
- Required by law or court order, subpoena, or search warrant;
- To protect the website itself;
- To protect the life, health, or safety of an individual; or
- To assist authorized government law enforcement activities.
We have safeguards in place to protect the information collected and stored, including only allowing access by designated staff and contractors who require access to perform their duties.
The term “personally identifiable information” means specific information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as the person’s name, business or personal email address, home street address, personal telephone number, business direct-dial telephone number, mobile number, and personal identification numbers that are issued by government agencies or financial or educational institutions and not available from a public source.
Links to External Websites
On our websites, including KipPiper.com, we may provide links to external websites and third-party information (such as documents in PDF format) housed on external websites. External links are provided as a convenience to users and for informational purposes only. These links do not constitute an endorsement or approval by HRG of any organization, product, service, content, publication, data, other information, or opinion associated with the external website. HRG has no control over external websites or third-party information. HRG bears no responsibility or liability, direct or indirect, for the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, legality, security, or content of the external websites or subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to any questions regarding its content.
Protected Health Information
The terms “Business Associate,” “Covered Entity,” and “Protected Health Information” are defined in HIPAA regulations under 45 CFR § 160.103. For the HIPAA law, please see 42 USC §§ 1320d through 1320d–9. For HIPAA privacy and security regulations, please see 45 CFR Subchapter C, Parts 160 and 164.