Information Collection and Use
AKOT is the sole owner of the information collected on the Site.
AKOT only collects personally identifiable information that users provide to us. The information is normally gathered through surveys, newsletter registration procedures, or other services we offer to users. For purposes of this Policy, “personally identifiable information” means information that can or potentially can be used on its own or with other information to de-anonymize data or to identify, contact, or locate a single person, including, but not limited to, names, addresses, email address, educational history, and phone numbers.
In addition to personally identifiable information, we collect anonymous information such as Site traffic performance, which includes geographic and demographic information. We may share this information and other aggregated demographic information with our partners and sponsors. Such information is not linked to any personally identifiable information.
We use third-party vendors to provide services on the Site, such as sending email messages to subscribers. Information that you voluntarily submit on the Site may be provided to our vendors so that we may send AKOT communications to you. We may share your email address with our partners to offer you programs and services we are jointly promoting. You may opt out of these communications at any time through the procedures described below.
If the Site or communications from AKOT include links to third-party websites and you submit personal information to such third-party website, your personal information will be subject to the privacy policies and practices of such third-party website.
We may release your information, including personally identifiable information, if a subpoena, order, or demand from a governmental agency or court requires us to do so. We may also release your information if AKOT, in its sole discretion, determines that such release may assist in protecting the health, safety, or welfare of another. However, AKOT has no obligation to exercise such discretion.
Cookies can also enable us to track and target your interests to enhance your experience. Some of the information about how you experience our Site, such as page views and specific pages visited, is logged by a third-party marketing company on our behalf, using cookies and Web beacons. Web beacons help us understand information such as what browsers our users have so that we are able to develop the Site to best support our users. We control how this data may and may not be used. Web beacons are not used to access personally identifiable information.
AKOT also works with third-party media measurement services that enable advertisers, publishers and agencies to view audience reports for websites. These services use certain data, including your IP address and information from cookies they place on your computer, to aggregate Internet activity to produce these reports and analyses. These companies may use information (not including personally identifiable information) about your visits to the Site in order to provide advertisements on the Site, other websites, and other forms of media about goods and services that may be of interest to you.
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
The Site contains links to other websites. Please be aware that AKOT is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other websites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave the Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that you visit. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Site.
If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter or other email services (the “Newsletter”), we may ask for contact information such as name and email address. We use this information to contact the you about the services on our Site for which you have expressed interest. You are not required to provide demographic information when subscribing to the Newsletter, but we encourage you to do so so that we can provide more personalized service.
If you no longer wish to receive our Newsletters or other communications, you can unsubscribe using the tools provided in every email message we send or from the subscription management page on the Site.
From time to time, we request information from users and Newsletter subscribers via surveys. Your participation in such surveys is voluntary and you may choose whether to disclose the requested information. Information we request may include contact information (such as name, phone number, and address), and demographic information. We may use contact information to notify winners and award prizes.
Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction of the Site. We may share the information you provide in response to survey questions with third parties such as our advertisers and partners, but only in the aggregate or anonymously, unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.
Compromise of Security
In the event that personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, AKOT will promptly notify those persons whose personal information has been compromised, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.
Correction/Updating Personal Information
If your personally identifiable information changes or if you no longer desire our service, we will endeavor to provide a way for you to correct, update or remove the personal data you have provided to us.
Notification of Changes
As we continue to develop our Site, this Policy likely will change. We will post all changes to this Policy on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the Policy’s effective date. We therefore encourage you to refer to this Policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current Policy. You agree to review this Policy periodically since such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon posting and your subsequent use after such posting shall conclusively be deemed to be acceptance by you of such changes, modifications or deletions.
When you register for any of our services and choose a password, your password is stored on the password-protected AKOT server. However, because Internet communications are generally not secure, you should be aware that when you send your password across the Internet to us, there is a possibility that an experienced hacker could intercept your password. However, we have no evidence to date that password information presents a serious security threat to warrant using a secure shell for this transaction.
A Notice About Our Advertisers
AKOT may use an advertising server developed by a third party to display ads on our Site. Some of these ads may contain cookies that are set by third parties. In addition, we may allow third parties to place cookies or related tools on our Site to collect data that may be used to serve advertisements elsewhere (i.e. on other websites). We do not have access to these cookies or other tools or any information that they contain. This Policy does not cover any use of information that a third party may have collected from you. For more information on ad serving, please click here.
You have choices about what information is gathered and used for serving third-party ads based on your interests. You can opt out of seeing interest-based ads by click here [link to AboutAds site]. The choices you make on these sites are browser-specific. So, if you use a different browser, you will need to opt out again.
A Notice About External Links
You will find links from AKOT to independently owned, controlled, and/or managed websites whose content we believe will be of possible interest and value to you. Additionally you’ll see links from advertisers, sponsors and other partners that may use AKOT’s logo as part of a co-branding agreement.
In many cases, these links represent cooperative projects or mutual links established with the organizations connected with these sites. We don’t control the content of these links. Most often these links are there to support your education. These other websites may send you their own cookies, collect data, or solicit personal information. While we identify sponsor and advertiser areas of our Site, we do not control these cookies or the content provided by third parties.
AKOT has partnered with other companies to provide certain services. In some cases, you may see AKOT‘s logo on another company’s website. AKOT does not share any of your personally identifiable information with these partners and they do not share any information with us.
Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, AKOT does not knowingly collect or maintain personal information through the website from persons under 18 years of age, and no part of our Site is directed to persons under 18. If you are under 18 years of age, you may not use or access the Site at any time or in any manner. If AKOT learns that personally identifiable information of persons under 18 years of age has been collected through the website without verified parental consent, AKOT will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.
It is the policy of AKOT to provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to our customers or website users, via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on the Site, as determined by AKOT in its sole discretion. Notwithstanding the foregoing, AKOT reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you.
Updated November 9, 2017