Privacy Policy

We respect the privacy of visitors to this website. We strongly believe that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, we have implemented the following policy.


What Personal Information We Collect…and Why


Most data we may collect is used only to help us better serve you. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our visitors knowingly provide.

From General Users. We do not collect any personal information from users browsing our website. Only aggregate data — such as the number of hits per page — are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.

We respect the privacy of visitors to this website. We strongly believe that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, we have implemented the following policy.

Comments: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact Forms: If you contact us through a contact form your contact information may be stored to be contacted in the future about related topics and services.

Cookies: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Memberships and Training Courses: Provided personal information will be retained for those joining our membership network, registering for training events and participating in online education. This information will be used primarily for contact information but also for analytical tracking across our membership base.



How We Use Collected Data


We use information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:

Member Services and Products. Generally, we use data collected to improve our own Web content; to respond to visitors’ interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.

Credit/Debit Card Account Information. We do not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, we submit the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.


How Long We Retain Your Data


If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that contact us on our website, register for online training, register to attend an event or join our membership network, we store the personal information they provided which is retained indefinitely.


How Do We Use Cookies?


Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a User’s hard disk for use either during a particular session (“per-session” cookie) or for future use (“persistent” cookie). We may use cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to intentionally disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to intentionally analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided. When a user registers, the system will ask whether the user approves of the attachment of a cookie. Users may instruct their Internet browsers to opt out of accepting a “persistent” cookie and rather accept only a “per-session” cookie, but will need to log in each time they visit the site to enjoy the full benefits. It is possible that if the user declines the attachment of any cookie, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the website.


What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?


This website contains links to other websites. We have no control over and are not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.


What Means Of Redress Are Available?


If any User suspects we have handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by emailing