LAST MODIFIED: AUGUST 11, 2016
1. Types of Information and Method of Collection
Collection of User Information
By User’s Voluntary Submission. When using any feature of the Services that allows for unilateral or multilateral communication between yourself and SSI or other users of the Services, you may choose to provide other User Information, including Personally Identifiable Information. If you publicly post Personally Identifiable Information anywhere on the Site, it will be available to third parties and you may receive unsolicited messages from those parties. SSI has no obligation to ensure the security or confidentiality of any information you choose to make publicly available through the Site that allows for unilateral or multilateral communication between yourself and other users of the Services. Also, SSI cannot ensure that parties who have access to such information will respect your privacy. Please exercise caution when deciding to publicly disclose Personally Identifiable Information.
The Site uses a feature of your browser to set “cookies” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information sent by the Site through your browser to your computer. These cookies can be deleted or modified through your browser Internet settings. If you do not want your browser to accept cookies, you can turn off the cookie acceptance option in your browser’s settings. You may modify your browser preferences to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies you may not be able to utilize fully all of the Site’s features and information.
We do not track our users across third party websites and thus do not respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals. However, some third party websites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, certain website browsers may allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties know you do not want to be tracked.
Information on Children
SSI does not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. The Services are intended for use by persons to access information related to public security. If SSI learns that it has Personally Identifiable Information on a child under the age of 13, SSI will delete that information from its systems where reasonably possible. SSI encourages parents and guardians to monitor children’s online device usage. Parental control protections, such as mobile device hardware, software or filtering services, are commercially available to limit the access to material that is harmful to minors.
2. How Collected Information May Be Used
SSI may use User Information collected and provided, individually or in an aggregate form, as follows:
to contact you about the Services;
to compare and otherwise use data entered by users for any purpose including consulting, research and marketing;
to evaluate products and services SSI or third parties could offer to you;
to monitor or improve use of the Services;
to provide special offers to you from SSI and/or its affiliates and subsidiaries and other third parties; and
to send you promotional material on behalf of SSI and/or its affiliates and subsidiaries and other third parties.
3. With Whom Collected Information is Shared
At times, we may share User Information with third parties for various purposes. While SSI will seek to require those third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and security measures, SSI does not bear responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties. The following outlines the ways in which User Information may be shared with others:
User Data: We may share User Information that is not Personally Identifiable Information, for any purpose. SSI will not, without your prior permission, share such information in a form that allows other members or third parties to link it to any Personally Identifiable Information.
Promotional Offers: Our third party partners and sponsors may contact you with special offers or promotional material. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of third parties, and you should review the privacy practices of such third parties prior to providing any of your Personally Identifiable Information to them. If you do not want to receive special offers or promotional materials from SSI or third parties, you may contact SSI by using the contact information provided in Section 8 below.
Aggregate Information: We may share User Information in aggregate form, such as general demographics and Site usage statistics, with third party advertisers, sponsors or other organizations. We do not share specific demographic information.
Business Transfers: The Site, SSI and/or a subsidiary or division of SSI may be sold along with its assets, or other transactions may occur, in which your non-Personally Identifiable Information (i.e., information that is not Personally Identifiable Information) is one of the business assets transferred. In such a case, your User Information may be one of the business assets we transfer.
Legal Process: SSI reserves the right to disclose User Information , including your non-Personally Identifiable Information, as required by law and when SSI believes that such disclosure is necessary to protect SSI’s rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, subpoena, court order or other legal process served on SSI. The disclosure of this information may be without notice to you.
4. Security and Encryption
While there is no such thing as “perfect security,” SSI takes commercially reasonable precautions to protect User Information. Our security policies are reviewed periodically and revised as required. It is important to remember that whatever you transmit or disclose online can be collected and used by others or unlawfully intercepted by third parties. No data transmission over the Internet can be 100% secure.
5. Third Party Links, Websites, and Cookies
6. Use of Publicly Available Social Media Information
This Section 6 applies to Publicly Available Social Media Information that you may access from the Services as part of SSI’s Social Sentinel® social media threat alert service.
SSI has no intention of, nor the capability to, gather private information of users that is not publicly available from the social media services they use. In general, the Services enable SSI’s clients to aggregate and assess the threats shared publicly on social media and blog streams originating from a specific geographic location or including specific keywords, hashtags or other data fields, searched inside or outside a geofence, for potential threats to security, public safety, harm, self-harm or acts of violence. These results will be shared with SSI’s clients to allow those clients to conduct assessments of potential harm, self-harm and acts of violence, and to determine what further steps should be taken, if any, to address such concerns. SSI also may share these results in response to a valid law enforcement request or legal process, to protect SSI’s rights and property or those of third parties, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.
Social media data feeds are provided to SSI by social media services and third-party data aggregators. These third-party data aggregators obtain their feeds from the online services of social media companies. The algorithms SSI applies to Publicly Available Social Media Information do not attempt to, and indeed cannot, discern any Personally Identifiable Information that is not already included in the data feeds SSI receives from social media services and third-party data aggregators. SSI’s algorithms do not attempt to locate content from a given account that was posted prior to the date on which SSI received content that was flagged by SSI algorithms for review by SSI’s customers.
7. Notification of Changes
8. SSI Contact Information
128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 302, Burlington, Vermont 05401-4939.