THE COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY 


This site is owned and operated by The Nautical Research Guild. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us; at NRG, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

INFORMATION NRG GATHERS AND TRACKS


NRG gathers two types of information about users:

· Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to join the NRG and to purchase products; and

· Information gathered through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to Members' needs. Because NRG derives its revenue from Memberships and Product Sales, obtaining such aggregated demographic data is essential to keeping our web service free to Members and non-Members alike. Under no circumstances does NRG divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

OPTIONAL VOLUNTARY INFORMATION

We offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

1. New Memberships and Subscriptions
NRG gathers the mailing address, e-mail address and other contact information from all new Membership Applications and Journal Subscriptions submitted, whether on the internet or by FAX or by mail.

2. Event Registrations
NRG gathers the information needed to process Registrations for the events we plan throughout the year - information such as mailing address, credit card number, and contact information. We may require such additional data as food choices and hotel accommodation requirements. All information requested is needed to plan the events, and is only shared with third parties to the extent necessary to make reservations and place orders on your behalf.

3. Use of Credit Cards
We offer our Members and non-Members the convenience of joining the Guild or renewing your Membership, purchasing products, and registering for NRG events. Payments are accepted in the form of personal checks and Money Orders (by mail) or credit card charges (online or by mail or by FAX). All personal and sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, is collected on pages which are secure - look for the yellow closed padlock at the bottom of your browser window. Credit card numbers and associated data are available only to those NRG staff members who process the charges through your bank, or who oversee our internet security; this data is stored in encrypted form on computers which are protected by industry standard firewalls and security software.

4. Polling
We may occasionally offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user. NRG may use a system to "tag" users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.

5. Surveys
NRG may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience. We never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.

6. Member Projects
NRG allows Members to upload photographs and accompanying descriptive text to be displayed on our web site. All photographs remain the property of the Member, and will be automatically marked with an appropriate Copyright label when displayed. All Project photos and text are subject to review by NRG prior to being displayed on our web site; NRG retains full and complete authority to edit submissions or to refuse to display them.

7. Classified Ads
NRG allows Members to place ads on our web site. All Classified Ads are subject to review by NRG prior to being displayed on our web site; NRG retains full and complete authority to edit submissions or to refuse to display them.


E-MAIL FELLOW MEMBERS


Our Members can choose to receive blind e-mails sent from fellow Members by updating their Personal Profile and selecting "Yes" to activate this function. The sender must provide his or her own e-mail address, but does not have access to the e-mail address of the recipient; the only way the sender can obtain the e-mail address of the recipient is if the recipient REPLIES with his/her e-mail address in the FROM: field to the sender's e-mail.

CHILDREN

Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 without requesting parental consent.


USAGE TRACKING

NRG tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our web sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. NRG does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser). 

NRG may track and catalog the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. 

COOKIES

We may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. The only information a cookie from our web site contains is a single encrypted random number we use to track your movements around our site, and to keep track of items in your shopping cart. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. 

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, moving from page to page may be slightly slower with cookies turned off because of the additional processing necessary. 

USE OF INFORMATION

NRG uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our web sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. 

As stated above, we may use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. NRG never shares mailing lists  with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners. 

We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. 

SHARING OF THE INFORMATION

NRG uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and to better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to keeping our web service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our Members or the public. 

SECURITY

NRG operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers. 

OPT-OUT POLICY

We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include: 

· Opting not to register to receive e-mails from fellow Members; and 

· Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users. 

YOUR CONSENT

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by NRG. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. 

FEEDBACK

The NRG welcomes your comments and suggestions about our Privacy Policies, from Members and non-Members alike. Please send an e-mail to info@thenauticalresearchguild.org or call our Main Office at 585-968-8111.