Secure Channels, Inc. (“Secure Channels” or “The Company”) is dedicated to establishing
trusting relationships with all individuals who visit the www.scifcom.com Web site,
based on respect for personal identity and information, by promoting the use of fair
information practices. This policy applies only to the SCIFCOM Web site (www.scifcom.com).
Because Secure Channels wants to demonstrate its commitment to our visitors’ privacy,
What personally identifiable information Secure Channels collects through the
scifcom.com Web site.
How Secure Channels uses this information.
With whom Secure Channels may share this information.
What choices are available to visitors regarding the collection, use, and distribution
of this information.
What types of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse,
or alteration of this information.
How visitors can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection and Use
Secure Channels collects information from visitors to the www.scifcom.com Web site using
cookies, clear gifs, and log files and as well as information provided by visitors through
the Partner, Press, and Contact portions of the Web site.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the visitor’s computer and is tied to information
about the visitor. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable
information while on the SCIFCOM Web site. Secure Channels may use both persistent cookies
and session ID cookies. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the visitor’s
hard drive for an extended period. Persistent cookies enable us to track and target
the interests of our visitors to enhance the experience on our site. See the “Profile”
section, below. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help
file directions. A session ID cookie terminates once a visitor closes the browser. If
a visitor chooses to disable cookies in the browser, the visitor can still access most
of the www.scifcom.com Web site. However, some areas of the Web site may not allow you
to complete certain functions if cookies are disabled. The Company can only read cookies
from Secure Channels Web sites.
example, advertisers). However, Secure Channels cannot access or control cookies used
by business partners, once Secure Channels has given permission for business partners
Secure Channels may store information collected through cookies, log files, and third
parties to create visitor profiles. A profile may store information that Secure Channels
keeps to track the viewing preferences of individual visitors. In such cases, collected
information is linked to personally identifiable information which may be used to provide
offers and/or improve site content for the visitor. Profile information may also be
used to customize a visitor’s experience on the www.scifcom.com Web site, and to direct
relevant marketing promotions to visitors. Secure Channels does not share personally
identifiable profile information with third parties. Visitor profile information is
shared in aggregate form only.
Secure Channels servers use log files to analyze trends, administer the SCIFCOM Web
site, track visitor’s movement in the aggregate, and gather general demographic information
for aggregate use. Visitor IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Clear gifs, or Web beacons, are small graphics with a unique identifier and are similar
in function to cookies. Secure Channels may use clear gifs to track the online movements
of visitors on the www.scifcom.com Web site. Clear gifs are not visible on Web pages
and are much smaller than cookies (approximately the size of the period at the end of
this sentence). Clear gifs are not associated with visitors’ personally identifiable
Secure Channels may place Web beacons on certain Web pages to allow the Company to compile
anonymous, aggregated Web site usage statistics. Secure Channels may also use clear
gifs in HTML-based emails gather information about which emails (or articles, links,
etc.) have been opened by recipients. This information allows the Company to measure
the effectiveness of specific communications and marketing campaigns.
This information is used in the following ways:
Customer Feedback and Support provides a mechanism for requesting information
from Secure Channels. This information is also used to tell Secure Channels
how the Company can improve its products, services, and Web site designs.
Email Correspondence is used to raise and respond to issues and inquiries of
all types. Email is also used to distribute information about Secure Channels,
its products, and its services.
Partner, Investor Relations, Press and Sales data are used to distribute requested
information about Secure Channels and to establish contact with appropriate
Secure Channels personnel.
If you submit your resume as a prospective employee, Secure Channels may use
your personal information for recruitment purposes. If you are offered a position
or become employed by Secure Channels, the Company will use your information
for other employment-related purposes.
Third Party Advertising
Secure Channels may include third-party advertising on the www.scifcom.com Web site.
In such cases, the advertisements would be delivered to visitors through the third-party
advertising partners. Information about Web site visits, such as the number of times
a visitor has viewed an ad (but not the visitor’s name, address, or other personal information),
may be used to display ads to specific a visitor on the Web site. Third party advertising
partners do not have access to personally identifiable information.
Secure Channels does not knowingly collect personal information from children under
the age of 13. If the Company learns that it has the personal information of a child
under the age of 13, Secure Channels will delete that information from our systems.
Secure Channels encourages parents to go online with their children and to monitor their
internet usage. To help make children’s online experiences safer:
Teach children to never provide personal information without supervision by
a parent or responsible adult. Personal information includes name, address,
phone, school, etc.
Be aware of the sites your children visit and which sites are appropriate.
Read Web site privacy policies to understand how your child’s information is
For more information on safeguarding children’s’ privacy online, see the FTC Web site:
Communications from the Site
Alerts and Other Communications
While visiting the www.scifcom.com Web site, visitors may choose to subscribe to various
news articles and other alerts. Each such communication has instructions on how to unsubscribe.
In addition, you can unsubscribe directly on the scifcom.com Web site. You also can
submit questions or comments or request information about the Company’s products or
services. Secure Channels responds to such requests as appropriate.
Secure Channels does not share information obtained from visitors to the www.scifcom.com
Secure Channels makes every effort to preserve visitor privacy. However, the Company
may need to disclose personal information when required by law or to comply with a current
judicial proceeding, a court order, a legal process served on our Web site, or to investigate,
prevent, or take action regarding illegal activity.
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
Secure Channels may share aggregated demographic information with partners and advertisers.
This information is not linked to any personally identifiable information.
Third Party Intermediaries
Secure Channels may reply on third parties to host certain portions of the www.scifcom.com
Web site or to respond to certain requests for information from Web site visitors. Third-party
companies do not retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for
any secondary purposes.
In the event Secure Channels is subject to a business transition, such as a merger,
an acquisition by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, visitors’ personal
information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. You will be
notified prior to a change of ownership or control of your personal information. If
because of the business transition, your personally identifiable information will be
used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, you will be
able to choose not to have your personally identifiable information as described in
the notification of changes section.
The www.scifcom.com Web site includes links to other Web sites. Secure Channels is not
responsible for the privacy practices of other Web sites. When you leave the SCIFCOM
Web site, it is recommended that you read the privacy statements of each Web site that
collects personally identifiable information, including Secure Channels’ other Web sites.
the www.scifcom.com Web site. Secure Channels maintains advertising and affiliate relationships
does not apply to information collected on third-party Web sites. Secure Channels has
co-branding relationships with some Web sites. A site is a co-brand of Secure Channels
if it offers Secure Channels products or services to users under a different brand.
Co-branded Web sites will have their own specific privacy policies specific to each
site. Visitors are advised to read the privacy policies of third-party Web sites before
Secure Channels takes every reasonable precaution to protect visitors’ information.
When visitors submit personally identifiable information via the www.scifcom.com Web
site, their information is protected online and offline.
The SCIFCOM Web site uses SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online. The
Company also uses security measures to protect visitor information offline. All visitor
information is restricted in Secure Channels offices. Employees are only allowed access
to personally identifiable information if the information is necessary to perform a
specific job function (for example, our billing clerks or a customer service representative).
Servers that store personally identifiable information are maintained in a secure environment.
Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information
If a visitor’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone
number, email or postal address), or if a visitor no longer wants to receive previously-requested
information from Secure Channels, the visitor can normally update, correct, or delete/deactivate
personally identifiable information by contacting appropriate Secure Channels personnel
or opting out of requested communications on the SCIFCOM Web site.
Notification of Changes
www.scifcom.com Web site what information is collected, how it is used, and under which
circumstances, if any, it is disclosed. Secure Channels will use information in accordance
visitors have opted to receive email notifications.
If Secure Channels intends to use visitors’ personally identifiable information in a
manner different from that stated at the time of collection, Secure Channels will notify
visitors via email. Visitors will be able to choose whether to allow personally identifiable
information in this different manner.
The duration that Secure Channels keeps information may vary depending on how the specific
information is used. In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a
minimum period. If there is not a specific legal requirement for Secure Channels to
keep information, the Company will not keep information longer than necessary for the
purpose for which it was collected.