GFX International | Design Execution for Retail : Privacy
GFX International, Inc. (GFX) takes privacy seriously. It is our policy to comply with all applicable privacy and data protection laws. This commitment reflects the value placed on earning and keeping the trust of clients, business partners and others who share their information with GFX.
This Policy applies, in general, to all Internet sites operated by or on behalf of GFX and its business units worldwide (each a “GFX Internet site”).
Web Site Privacy Statements
Although this Policy applies to all GFX Internet sites generally, each GFX Internet site has a different purpose and different features. If additional or different disclosures are required with respect to a specific GFX Internet site, disclosures on the site itself or in a separate web site privacy statement (“Web Site Privacy Statement”) will be posted on that site. Each individual disclosure or Web Site Privacy Statement supplements and amends this Policy, but only with respect to the GFX Internet site on which it is posted.
By using a GFX Internet site or providing personal information, the User is consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information as described in this Policy and any applicable Web Site Privacy Statements.
GFX reserves the right to change or modify this Policy. Such changes will be posted on the appropriate web site. Accessing the affected sites by a User constitutes consent to the use of the information gathered notwithstanding any conflicting or contrary provision in any existing or future confidentiality agreement, non-disclosure agreement or similar agreement or understanding that may exist, or come to exist, between GFX and the User.
If the User does not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information as described in this Policy (and any applicable Web Site Privacy Statements), do not use GFX Internet sites.
Limitations: Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
To the extent required by applicable law, whenever GFX collects personal information on a GFX Internet site, GFX will:
Provide timely and appropriate notice to the User about its data practices
Collect, use, disclose and transfer personal information only with User consent, which may be express or implied, depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, legal requirements, and other factors
Collect personal information only for specific, limited purposes that will be relevant, adequate and not excessive for the purposes for which it is collected
Process personal information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected or to which the User has subsequently consented
Take commercially reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete and, where necessary, kept up-to-date
Not use personal information for direct marketing purposes without giving the User an opportunity to “opt-out”
Take appropriate measures, by contract or otherwise, to provide adequate protection for personal information that is disclosed to a third party, including transfers within GFX
Collection and Use of Information
When the User accesses and uses a GFX Internet site, there are three ways information may be collected:
1. User Web Browser
GFX collects information that is sent automatically by the User’s web browser. This information typically includes the IP address of the User’s Internet service provider, the name of the User’s operating system (such as Macintosh® or Windows®) and the name and version of the User’s browser (such as Internet Explorer® or Netscape®). The information received is dependent upon the settings of the User’s web browser. Please check your browser to learn what information your browser sends and how to change your settings.
The information provided by the User’s browser does not identify the User personally. GFX uses this information to generate statistics to help improve its sites and make them more compatible with the technology used by its Internet visitors.
GFX may obtain information about the User by installing a “tag” on the User’s computer’s hard drive. This tag is known as a cookie.
All GFX Internet sites use session cookies. A session cookie is used to tag the User’s computer with a computer-generated, unique identifier when the User’s accesses GFX Internet sites. A session cookie does not identify the User personally and expires after the browser is closed. Session cookies are used to collect statistical information about the ways visitors use sites, for instance, which pages they visit, which links they use and how long they stay on each page. This information, known as clickstream data, is analyzed in statistical form to better understand visitors’ interests and needs in order to improve the content and functionality of GFX Internet sites.
Some GFX Internet sites also use persistent cookies. Persistent cookies do not expire when a browser is closed; they stay on the User’s computer until they are deleted. By assigning the User’s computer a unique identifier, GFX is able to create a database of the User’s previous choices and preferences. In situations where these choices or preferences need to be collected again, they can be provided automatically, saving the User time and effort. For example, after the User makes a purchase, if the User decides to make another purchase, the shipping address will have been retained and will only need to be confirmed. If a GFX Internet site uses persistent cookies the User will be notified in the Privacy Statement posted on that site.
If a User does not wish to receive cookies, he or she may set the browser to reject cookies or to alert the User when a cookie is placed on the computer. Although the User is not required to accept cookies when visiting a GFX Internet site, the User may be unable to utilize all of the sites functions if the browser rejects cookies.
3. Knowingly and Voluntarily Provided
GFX collects the information the User knowingly and voluntarily provides when using a GFX Internet site. Examples of such information include the information a User provides when signing up to receive email alerts, when the User completes a GFX survey, when the User asks GFX a question or emails GFX with feedback. In many cases this information will be personal information.
GFX uses this information for the purposes for which the User provided it. For example, if the User provides his or her email address when signing up to receive email alerts, the User’s email address will be used to deliver the requested email alerts.
Information may also be collected on GFX Internet sites for various business purposes such as customer service, fraud prevention, market research, product improvements, service improvements and to provide the User and Client with information and offers believed to be of interest to the User. Personal information may also be removed to use the rest for historical, statistical or scientific purposes.
Many of the GFX Internet sites permit the User to make choices about the use of his or her personal information. In most cases, the User is asked to indicate his or her choices at the time and on the page where the User provides personal information.
Sharing Personal Information
GFX will not sell personal information collected from its Internet sites to mailing list brokers without the User’s express consent.
GFX may share personal information with other GFX business units. When we do so, these additional GFX business units will use personal information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected, or to which the User subsequently consented, and only as permitted under this Policy, any applicable Web Site Privacy Statements and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.
GFX may also share personal information with third parties hired to perform support services. These third parties are required to use the shared personal information only to perform services on behalf of GFX and to treat personal information as strictly confidential. In some cases, GFX may share personal information with third party product and service providers with whom GFX has business relationships. In these instances, third party providers are required to use the shared personal information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected, or to which the User subsequently consented, and only as permitted under this Policy, any applicable Web Site Privacy Statements and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.
In certain, limited circumstances GFX may share or transfer personal information to unrelated third parties. For example, personal information may be provided to a third party:
At a User’s request
To comply with a legal requirement or court order
To investigate a possible crime, such as identity theft
In connection with the sale, purchase, merger, reorganization, liquidation or dissolution of GFX or a GFX business unit
Under similar circumstances
If such an event occurs, appropriate steps will be taken to protect the User’s personal information.
GFX reserves the right to share the following information with its business units and other reputable organizations in order to allow such organizations to sell their products and services to GFX’s clients:
Pertaining to each Client: company name, industry, business mailing address of main office and branches and primary contact information including name, email, mailing and street address and telephone number.
Pertaining to each User: name, industry, job title, business email address and office name and mailing address and telephone number.
GFX reserves the right to share personal information with third parties that provide hot links to the GFX web site at HYPERLINK "http://www.gfxi.com" www.gfxi.com in order to promote products or sell subscriptions through their own channels on behalf of GFX. Under certain circumstances, these parties will co-own certain client information and personal information, including, without limitation, company name, street address, contact name, email address, lead date, first sale date and services accessed, about product revenue generating activity that originates from that third party.
GFX reserves the right to share personal information with other third parties that perform services on behalf of GFX.
GFX reserves the right to share client information and information that is not linked to personal information with its business units, advertisers and other third parties in the form of amassed demographic information. Such non-identifying information may include, but is not limited to, age, gender, occupation, income, education, etc.
GFX reserves the right to disclose a User’s personal information when it believes that it is legally obligated to do so as ordered by a court of able jurisdiction or other governmental body.
In the event of such an occurrence GFX will take reasonable efforts to give the User prompt written notice of requirements to give the User an opportunity to comment or object to the use of personal information. GFX will take commercially reasonable measures to cooperate with a User to preserve personal information at the User’s expense.
Security of Personal Information
Personal information will generally be stored in GFX databases or databases maintained by its service providers. Most of these databases are stored on servers located in the United States. To the extent required by law, if personal information will be transferred outside of the United States appropriate notice will be provided.
GFX maintains reasonable safeguards to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of personal information. For example, secure socket layer (SSL) technology is used to transfer personal information over the Internet. Although security measures are taken to help protect all personal information against unauthorized disclosure, misuse or alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the Internet, GFX cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security beyond our reasonable control.
Links to Third Party Internet Sites
GFX Internet sites may contain links to Internet sites that are not operated by GFX. These links are provided as a service and do not imply any endorsement of the activities or content of these sites, nor any association with their operators. GFX does not control these Internet sites and is not responsible for their content, security or privacy practices. Users are urged to review the privacy policies posted on these web sites before visiting the site or providing personal information.
Retention and Access to Personal Information
GFX retains the personal information collected on GFX Internet sites as long as necessary to provide the services, products and information requested or as permitted by applicable law.
Should the business relationship between GFX and a Client be terminated, personal information will be used with decreasing frequency. GFX reserves the right to eventually remove from its records such personal information about former Clients.
Personal information provided to GFX Internet sites can be reviewed, corrected and updated by contacting:
GFX International, Inc.
333 Barron Blvd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
If a User suspects unauthorized access to his or her personal information, the User should immediately contact GFX at email@example.com.
Without delay, GFX will take appropriate action to protect the User and his or her personal information.
In the event of unauthorized access to personal information, the User may also consider contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) toll-free at 1-800-IDTHEFT or online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
Please contact GFX with questions about this Policy, our Web Site Privacy Statement or our use of personal information at:
GFX International, Inc.
333 Barron Blvd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
GFX reserves the right to update or modify this Policy, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Policy on GFX Internet sites. GFX also reserves the right to update or modify Web Site Privacy Statements, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised Privacy Statement on the applicable GFX Internet Site. Modifications to this Policy or any Privacy Statement will only apply to the personal information collected after the revised Policy or Privacy Statement has been posted on applicable GFX Internet sites.
Non-Identifying Information: Information that does not identify a User personally, regardless as to whether or not the information was collected with, or linked to, a User’s personal information. Such information may include, but is not limited to, age, gender, occupation, income, education, etc.
Personal Information: Information that identifies the User personally, alone or in combination with other information available, that GFX has pledged to keep confidential or to use for limited purposes.
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