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Why A Privacy Policy?

USA Secure respects your individual privacy. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) embodies our commitment to its protection through adherence to fair electronic information practices. This Policy puts you, the individual, in control of how your personal information is processed. You have our promise that we will not electronically process your personal information in any way that is incompatible with this Policy.

This Privacy Policy protects your privacy by:

Informing you about:

  • The types of personal information USA Secure collects about you through its Web sites;
  • How it collects such information;
  • The general purposes for which it collects such information;
  • The types of organizations to which it discloses such information;
  • The choices and means by which individuals may limit its use and disclosure.
Empowering you to choose:
  • Whether and how certain personal information you provide is used (where such use is unrelated to the uses for which you originally disclosed it); and
  • Whether and the manner in which a third party uses certain personal information you provide (where such use is unrelated to the uses for which you originally disclosed it).
Assuring you that USA Secure:
  • Takes reasonable precautions to protect personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction;
  • Implements reasonable policies and procedures to ensure that personal information is kept only for the purposes for which it has been gathered;
  • Uses reasonable measures to ensure that we have accurately and completely recorded the personal information you have provided; and
  • Provides you reasonable access to your personal information as well as procedures for correcting or modifying that information where appropriate.
Ensuring accountability to individuals who believe that USA Secure has not complied with these privacy principles.

Getting to Know Our Members

USA Secure is a unique forum created for our members to exchange views and combine strengths to achieve comprehensive and integrated solutions to maintaining homeland security. That requires that we understand you, as you use our Web site, and your needs.

We get to know you primarily through the information you provide to us when signing up for, or joining, one or more of our events or activities. The information you provide ranges from basic contact information, to payment information, to employment history. When you use this Web site, you agree to provide and maintain accurate, complete and updated information.

After you have signed up for our events, activities or services, we may be in communication with you about your use of our Web site, our events or activities, questions you may have about services provided by us, or any other matter relating to those services. Those communications are essential to our relationship with you and to our ability to provide you with quality services that are responsive to your needs. At the same time, those communications give us helpful insights about you, your preferences and the ways in which we might improve our events, activities or services. We therefore may maintain this information for future use.

For operational and quality assurance purposes, we take note of whether and how you use the information and services that we provide, such as by recording site traffic patterns and by maintaining log files of users' access to site files.

Third Party Advertising and Cookies

We use, or may use, third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our Web site and other Web sites. In the course of serving advertisements, these companies may place or recognize a unique 'cookie' on your browser, and may use information (not including your name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other web sites in order to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

USA Secure may share Web site usage information about visitors to our Web site with a reputable third-party advertising company for the purpose of targeting Internet banner advertisements on this site and other sites. For this purpose, we and our third-party advertising company may note some of the pages you visit on our Web site through the use of pixel tags (also called clear gifs).

Information Corrections or Changes

You have the ability to correct or change certain information in our records, such as your address and contact information. The process for changing your information begins at www.usasecure.org. You may change this information at any time and as often as necessary. If you need assistance or have questions about correcting information, you can contact us via e-mail at info@usasecure.org.

How We Put Information to Good Use

We use information about you for purposes of monitoring and improving our internal operations, as well as to ensure we: (i) bill you properly (if applicable), (ii) administer your account in accordance with your agreements with us, and (iii) properly perform the services you have requested, including, as may be applicable, your participation as Member of USA Secure.

We also use the information we collect to monitor and improve our internal operations, as well as to improve the experience of users in our Web site. For example, we may correlate Web site traffic information with data about individual users. This data helps us to determine how much our Members use parts of the site, allowing us to enhance it to fit the needs of as many of our Members as possible. We may also break down overall usage statistics according to Members' domain names, browser types, and MIME types by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).

Another example of our use of information to enhance the experience of users in our network of sites is our reliance on cookie files. We use cookie files to make it easier for users to access our site or services. A cookie file is a small data file that certain Web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited. However, the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We use cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above) when you register for USA Secure events, activities, or services. When you register, we may use a cookie to store a unique, random user ID. We use this ID to identify you anonymously in our database and to track the pages you visit on our site.

If you have set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You may refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser; however, some of our sites may require a cookie for access.

Finally, we use the information we collect to direct important notices and information affecting your account and our activities events or services, including, but not limited to, providing general information that may be of interest to you, including newsletters, surveys, and information about our events, activities or services, product offerings or the offerings of our business affiliates. You may opt-out of receiving information from us simply by notifying us of your desire in accordance with the opt-out instructions contained in any information message you receive from us. Note, however, that in order to fulfill our obligations to you, we must continue sending you notices and other important information affecting your account or services.

With Whom We May Share Information

When you register for an event or committee your information is saved. We may share certain information about you with those of our vendors who are responsible for handling your account or performing other services that you require or as may be related to our events or activities. For example, when you attend an event sponsored by a service provider to USA Secure, we do not allow your name to be added to their distribution lists or shared in other functional departments within their organization. They are permitted to use the information to contact you directly for the express purpose of business related to the USA Secure.

Our Accountability to You

By using our Web site (including any information or services available through our Web site), you obtain the protections of, and consent to the data processing practices described in, this Policy. When you use our Web site (including any information or services available through our Web site), you also represent to us that you have provided notice to, and obtained consent from, any third party individuals whose personal data you supply to us with regard to: (i) the purposes for which such third party's personal data have been collected, (ii) the intended recipients or categories of recipients of the third party's personal data, (iii) which of the third party's data are obligatory and which data, if any, are voluntary, and (iv) how the third party can access and, if necessary, rectify the data held about them.

In addition to the privacy protections that we provide, our employees, agents and business partners are independently responsible for ensuring compliance with this Policy, as described below.

Employee Accountability

Only those USA Secure employees, agents and sponsors that have a legitimate business purpose for accessing and handling personal information obtained by us are given authorization to do so. The unauthorized access or use of such information by a USA Secure employee is prohibited and constitutes grounds for disciplinary action.

Additionally, our information management systems are configured in such a way as to block or inhibit employees from accessing information that they have no authority to access.

The Accountability of USA Secure' Agents and Business Partners

Our trusted vendors and business partners are responsible for processing or handling some of the information that we receive. These vendors and business partners are not authorized to use such information for purposes beyond those specified by us and are required to preserve the confidentiality with which we treat such information.

If you feel that USA Secure, or any of our agents, representatives or employees, is violating this Policy, please contact us via e-mail at info@usasecure.org, by telephone at (202) 955-9659, by Fax at (202) 955-9792, or by postal mail at:

USA Secure
Attention: Dan Kreske
Suite 500
1200 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Notification of Changes

Changes to this Privacy Policy can be made without notice. You are responsible for periodically checking our Web site for changes to this Policy. You may opt-out of any posted change to our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by sending an e-mail to info@usasecure.org.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact info@usasecure.org.

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