CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
WE COLLECT CERTAIN PERSONAL INFORMATION
You may visit the Site as a guest, without providing any personal information to us. However, you may be required to provide personal information to us in order to take advantage of certain services and promotions offered via the Site. We may collect any personal information that you voluntarily provide to us in connection with your use of the Site, including but not limited to in connection with your:
- participation in any online contest, sweepstakes or other promotions we might offer;
- making purchases from our online store;
- submission of questions or comments to us via the Site;
- use of the Site to transmit any User Content, including but not limited to participation in any e-mail services, message boards or chat rooms we may establish;
- inclusion in our online newsletter program;
- registration as a registered user of the Site; and
OUR USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We use the personal information that you voluntarily provide to us in order to fulfill the purpose for which you provided the information to us (e.g., in order to respond to your questions, to fulfill orders for products purchased via the Site, to award prizes pursuant to contests entered via the Site, etc.). We also use your contact information to send you information, advertising and promotional materials about the USOC, its member organizations, and their respective products, services and upcoming events. We may also call persons who provide their telephone numbers to us via the Site in order to provide you with information about the USOC, its member organizations, and their respective products, services and upcoming events, if you request.
We use the demographic and lifestyle-related information that you voluntarily provide to us in order to improve the content of the Site. We may also use this information to tailor your experience at the Site, showing you content, and to send you information, advertising and promotional materials about the USOC, its members organizations, and their respective products, services and upcoming events that we think might be of interest to you.
We use the financial information that you voluntarily provide to us solely to bill you for products you have ordered via the Site and donations to the USOC you have made via the Site.
We may disclose aggregate non-personally identifiable information about users of our Site to advertisers, sponsors, and other third parties. For example, we may disclose to any third party that X% of Site users are male, Y% of Site users reside in Colorado, etc. Our disclosure of aggregate information does not permit the recipient of such data to identify or contact any individual user of the Site.
Finally, we may use and disclose your personal information: (a) as is required by law; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to investigate claims with respect to use of the Site; (d) as is reasonably necessary to enforce the terms of the Agreement; and (d) as is reasonably necessary to protect the interests, rights or property of the USOC, its member organizations or others.
POLICIES WITH RESPECT TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13
Our Collection of Personal Information from Children Under the Age of 13
We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children, and to take an active role to protect the privacy of their children, including but not limited to instructing their children not to disclose any personal information over the Internet without their prior permission.
Once we have received verifiable parental consent, we may actively collect personal information from a child so that the child may participate in the following services and activities in connection with his or her use of the Site:
- contests and promotions the rules of which permit entry by children;
- inclusion in our online newsletter program; and
- registration as a registered user of the Site.
We may collect the following types of personal information from children in connection with such services and activities:
- name and member name;
- age and birth date;
- e-mail address and mailing address;
- e-mail address of a parent or guardian; and
- favorite sports, hobbies, interests and extracurricular activities.
The USOC will not condition a child's participation in any game, the offering of a prize, or a child's participation in any other activity on the child's disclosing more personal information than is reasonably necessary for the child to participate in such activity.
We note that, in the course of a child's use of our Site, the child may voluntarily provide further personal information about himself or herself to us - for example, by including personal information in messages submitted to us via the Site. We also note that we may collect personal information about a child from the child's parent or guardian - for example, if the parent or guardian requests that we send our newsletter to the child.
Our Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Collected from Children Under the Age of 13
The USOC does not knowingly use any personal information about children unless we have first received verifiable parental consent to do so.
Once we have received verifiable parental consent, we may use personal information about children for the following purposes:
- fulfilling the purpose for which the child, parent or guardian provided that personal information (e.g., contacting the child in response to a question submitted by the child; sending newsletters for which the child signed up to the child, etc.); and
- record keeping.
The USOC may use and/or disclose personal information about children, without parental consent, to the extent reasonably necessary to:
- protect the security or integrity of our Site and online services;
- take precautions against liability;
- respond to judicial process; or
- provide information to law enforcement agencies or for an investigation on a matter related to public safety, to the extent permitted by law.
Parental Consent and Rights of Parents
Before knowingly collecting personal information from a child, the USOC will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the parent or guardian of the child: (a) receives notice of our personal information collection, use and disclosure practices; and also (b) authorizes the collection and/or use of personal information from the child.
In order for anyone to register as a registered user of the Site, enter any contest or promotion offered on the Site, sign-up for our newsletters, or otherwise participate in any e-mail services, message boards or chat rooms we may establish, he or she must submit an online form that includes such person's date of birth. If the given date of birth establishes that the person is under the age of 13, the Site automatically provides an online form that requires such person to enter an e-mail address for his or her parent or guardian. We will then send notice of our personal information collection, use and disclosure practices to the parent or guardian at the given e-mail address. Unless we receive authorization from that e-mail address to do so, we will not activate the child's account, and we will not knowingly collect any further personal information from the child. Further, we will delete all personal information previously provided to us by the child. Finally, if we do receive parental consent to the collection and/or use of personal information about the child, we will send a confirmatory e-mail to the e-mail address from which we received such consent, providing the parent or guardian the opportunity to revoke that consent.
Additionally, if a child wins any contest or promotion offered via the Site, notification and prizes are sent to the parent or guardian who originally provided the parental consent. We will not publish the name, age or image of any child who wins a contest without specific verifiable parental consent to do so. A parent or guardian who consents to our collection and use of personal information about his or her children has the right to simultaneously deny us permission to disclose that personal information.
Once we have received parental consent with respect to the collection, use and/or disclosure of personal information about a specific child, we will not collect, use and/or disclose personal information about that child in any way that materially differs from the practices set forth in our original notice to that child's parent or guardian without first providing notice of our new practices to the parent or guardian, and obtaining verifiable parental consent to the collection, use and/or disclosure of personal information about that child in accordance with our new practices.
A parent or guardian of a child who has provided personal information to us has the following rights:
- to require that we provide a description of the specific types or categories of personal information that we collect from children (such as name, address, e-mail address, favorite sports, hobbies and extracurricular activities);
- to, at any time, refuse to permit our further collection, use or disclosure of any personal information about his or her child;
- to review the personal information that we have collected from his or her child;
- to require us to modify any personal information that we have collected from his or her child; and
- to, any at time, require us to delete all personal information that we have collected from his or her child.
Confidentiality, Security and Integrity of Personal Information Collected from Children Under the Age of 13
USE OF IP ADDRESSES
An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you're surfing the web. Web servers, the big computers that "serve up" web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address.
When a user accesses web pages on our Site, our servers automatically log the user's IP address. The USOC uses IP addresses for purposes of system administration, auditing the use of the Site, and reporting aggregate information with respect to Site users to third parties. We do not normally link IP addresses to any information that personally identifies the user, meaning that the user remains anonymous to us. However, we will use IP addresses to determine the identity of a specific user: (a) as is required by law; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to investigate claims with respect to use of the Site; (d) as is reasonably necessary to enforce the terms of the Agreement; and (d) as is reasonably necessary to protect the interests, rights or property of the USOC, its member organizations or others.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, some services within the Site, such as message boards, may display a user's IP address along with his or her user name and message. If you choose to take advantage of such services, you acknowledge and agree that you have voluntarily provided to us information that causes your IP address to link to personally identifying information, and that our obligations with respect to use and disclosure shall be the same as those that apply to any other personal information that you have voluntarily provided to us.
Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information. However, if you choose to provide personally identifiable information about yourself to us via the Site, for example, by registering as a registered user of the Site, this personal information may be linked to the data stored in a cookie.
Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent to you. However, please be aware that some parts of the Site will not function properly or may be considerably slower if you refuse to accept cookies. For example, without cookies, you will not be able to set personalized news preferences or you may have difficulty completing shopping transactions, entering contests or playing games.
As you will see, third parties such as our sponsors display logos and advertisements on the Site. These advertisements may contain cookies. The use of advertising cookies sent by third party servers is standard in the Internet industry. The USOC does not control, or have any responsibility with respect to, these third party cookies.
SECURITY AND INTEGRITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We use industry-standard security techniques to provide secure transmission of your personal information from your computer to our servers, and to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of personal information we have collected at the Site. When you transmit any financial information via the Site, we use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
As is explained in the Registration and Passwords section of the Agreement, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your registration information and password, and for all uses of your password. You should remember to sign out of your USOC account and close your browser window when you have finished using the Site, in order to protect against others' use of the Site under your password. For your protection, we will never ask you to divulge your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail.
Site users who are 13 years of age or older may OPT-OUT of:
- receiving mail, e-mail and/or phone calls from the USOC and its member organizations with respect to the USOC, its member organizations, and their respective products, services and upcoming events;
- receiving information, advertising and promotional materials from third parties via mail.
You may OPT-OUT of any such use of your personal information by:
- with respect to personal information you have provided in connection with a purchase from our online store, following the OPT-OUT procedures identified in, or linked to, your order form.