Like most website operators, Friends of the Library collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Friends of the Library’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Friends of the Library’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Friends of the Library may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Friends of the Library also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blog. Friends of the Library only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Friends of the Library’s website choose to interact with Friends of the Library in ways that require Friends of the Library to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Friends of the Library gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Friends of the Library collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Friends of the Library. Friends of the Library does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Friends of the Library may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Friends of the Library may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Friends of the Library does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Friends of the Library discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Friends of the Library’s behalf or to provide services available at Friends of the Library’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Friends of the Library’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Friends of the Library will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Friends of the Library discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Friends of the Library believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Friends of the Library, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Friends of the Library website and have supplied your email address, Friends of the Library may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Friends of the Library and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Friends of the Library takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Friends of the Library, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Friends of the Library goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Friends of the Library may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.