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Privacy Statement

We at SOCAP International (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals) recognize that visitors and members visiting this site may have concerns about privacy issues as they navigate the Internet.  We are committed to the protection of personal information we receive from users of this site. As a result, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the information you provide remains private, and is used only for the purposes stated below.

Your use of this site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Statement.  You should also review SOCAP’s Terms of Use in order to understand how you can utilize the information provided in this site.

Collected Information

There are two primary types of users of the SOCAP web site: Unregistered Users and Registered Users.  Unregistered Users are individuals who navigate our site without acquiring a registration.  Registered Users are members and other individuals who have completed a registration form and obtained a user name and password.  Information collected through our site from Registered Users is used by SOCAP to ensure it has up-to-date information about its members.

Registered Users must complete a registration form.  Our site’s registration form requires specific contact information: name, e-mail address, and other identifying information.  Unique identifiers (such as IDs and passwords) are collected to verify the user’s identity and for use as account numbers in our record system. 

Like many other web sites, we may collect information about visitors and the manner in which visitors utilize and navigate our site.  This information helps web site owners design their sites to better suit visitor’s needs.  For example, the site may track the URL that you visited before you came to our site, the URL of the site you visit after leaving our site, and your IP address.  We may use the IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer the site.  The information collected in this manner is not associated with a particular individual and no personal information is collected from Unregistered Users, unless an Unregistered User voluntarily provides such information to us.

Sharing of Information

User information is not shared with any third parties for direct marketing or any other purposes not disclosed in this Privacy Statement.

SOCAP shares Member information via the SOCAP online Membership Directory (Member Directory).  The Member Directory is a networking tool whose purpose is to foster camaraderie between SOCAP Members.  ALL SOCAP MEMBERS AGREE NOT TO SHARE ANY MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION WITH ANYONE OR UTILIZE THIS INFORMATION FOR ANY DIRECT MARKETING OF GOODS OR SERVICES. CONTACT INFORMATION OBTAINTED THROUGH THE MEMBER DIRECTORY SHOULD BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL BY ALL USERS.  Any violations of this policy should be reported immediately to the SOCAP President, Matthew D’Uva, CAE (matthew@socap.org) or via telephone at 703-519-3700. 

Members may opt out of sharing their personal contact information with other members via the SOCAP Member Directory via the following options:

  1. Edit User's registration profile

  1. Send e-mail to socap@socap.org

  1. Send mail to SOCAP, 625 N. Washington Street, Suite 304AlexandriaVA  22314 USA

  1. Call 1-703-519-3700

SOCAP may be asked to divulge personal information to law enforcement and other government agencies.  SOCAP will comply with such requests when required to do so or when it has a good faith belief that the requested disclosure is necessary to comply with legal obligations.  SOCAP will ask all government and law enforcement officials for acceptable reasons that SOCAP believes, in its sole discretion, support the request for disclosure of the information.

SOCAP is the sole owner of any and all information collected through the use of the site.  And, in the event that SOCAP, or substantially all of its assets, are acquired by a third party, the information collected through the site will be one of the transferred assets. 

SOCAP Communications

SOCAP communicates with its users by e-mail for specific Web-related functions, such as password reminders. Because these messages are critical to site use, users will not be able to opt-out of receiving such messages.

The name, address, e-mail, telephone, and fax numbers you provide on the site may be used to send you SOCAP periodicals, resource catalogs, information on programs such as SOCAP Conferences and Workshops, educational programs, and announcements from SOCAP, and e-newsletters.  The following options are available to opt-out of receiving these messages:

  1. Edit User's registration profile.

  1. Send e-mail to socap@socap.org

  1. Send mail to SOCAP, 625 N. Washington Street, Suite 304AlexandriaVA  22314 USA.

  1. Call 1-703-519-3700

Links to Other Sites

The SOCAP site may contain links to third-party Web sites.  These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by SOCAP of the contents on such third-party Web sites.  SOCAP is not responsible for the privacy practices of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the privacy practices of such third-party Web sites.  If you follow links to third-party Web sites, you do so at your own risk.

Discussion Boards

The SOCAP site contains certain discussion forums, chat areas, and/or online bulletin boards (collectively "Discussion Boards"). The content of the Discussion Boards is provided by and is the responsibility of the person posting in that Discussion Board. SOCAP has no responsibility for such content and is merely providing access to such content as a service to you. By their very nature, Discussion Boards may carry offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate material, or in some cases, postings that have been mislabeled or are otherwise deceptive. You agree that you are responsible for your own communications and for any consequences thereof. You agree to use the Discussion Boards only to send and receive and post messages and material that are legal and proper.

SOCAP does not control the information delivered to the Discussion Boards, and SOCAP has no obligation to monitor the Discussion Boards. SOCAP reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, for any reason whatsoever, in SOCAP’s sole discretion.

SOCAP does not endorse, support, represent or guaranty the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any communications posted in the Discussion Boards or endorse any opinions expressed in the Chat Rooms. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted in the Discussion Boards will be at your own risk.

You acknowledge that all Discussion Boards are public and not private communications, and that therefore others may read your communications without your knowledge. SOCAP does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Discussion Boards and SOCAP specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Discussion Boards and any actions resulting from your participation in any Discussion Boards.

Security

SOCAP will undertake procedures to help to ensure that the information you provide to us is protected against loss, misuse, alteration, destruction, or unauthorized access. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

The information stored in your profile and member account is protected by the user name and password that you were provided when your membership account was created. You may change your password at any time by logging onto our site, clicking "My Account" then "Change Password." You are encouraged to change passwords periodically and to protect your user name and password as you would other personally sensitive information.

Whenever you are finished using our site, you are encouraged to log out by clicking the "log out" button located on the home page and most other pages within the site. To prevent others from accessing your personal account information, it is particularly important to log out if you are using a shared or publicly accessible computer.

All information that you provide on the SOCAP web site is stored in a database residing on servers that are secured against unauthorized access both by physical and software means. Physical access to the servers is tightly controlled.

Credit card and other personal information that you provide on our site is transmitted over the Internet using a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection. SSL is the industry-standard method for protecting confidential Web communications, such as credit card numbers, online forms, and financial data, from interception and hacking.

SOCAP takes commercially reasonable steps to secure the information collected on our site. In addition, you can do your part to protect the information collected on our site about you by securing your user name and password, as described above, and by logging out when you finish using the site. However, you should be aware that despite the security procedures that SOCAP employs, no security system is impenetrable nor can we guarantee that the information you provide will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet. You should particularly note that although it is illegal to intercept or disclose these messages under Federal law, Internet e-mail is not secure, so you should not send confidential or personally sensitive information via e-mail. The account containing your information is password protected. You should never share your account information and passwords with anyone.

Children's Guidelines

Our site is intended for a professional audience and is not directed to children under the age of 13.  SOCAP does not knowingly collect information from children under 13.

Feedback

SOCAP encourages visitors to submit feedback. As with all information collected through the site, any feedback that is submitted becomes the property of SOCAP and we may use this feedback for marketing purposes, or to contact visitors for more information.

Additional Information about Internet Privacy

We recommend visiting the Federal Trade Commission web site for more information about general privacy issues.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy and Future Updates

The use of this site and submission of personal data to our site constitute the User's acknowledgement that he or she has read, understood, and accepted this Privacy Policy, and agrees to its terms.

SOCAP reserves the right to modify or supplement this Privacy Policy statement at any time. If we make a material change, we will post a notice on our home page with a link to the updated Privacy Policy. Please read any such notice and the new Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after we post such notice will constitute your acceptance of the new terms and their application to your use of this Web site and the information disclosed for such use, including information previously furnished to us, as if they were the original terms.

Our site contains links to other Web sites. SOCAP has no control over, and is not responsible for, the privacy policies or content of these sites.We may change this Privacy Statement at any time at our sole discretion.  Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted here so that visitors will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone.  We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement from time to time because we will only post changes to the Privacy Statement on this page. 

If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about SOCAP’s Privacy Statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, contact us at:

 

SOCAP International
625 N. Washington Street, Suite 304
AlexandriaVA  22314 USA
Ph: 703-519-3700
Email: 
socap@socap.org

Terms of Use

Welcome to the web site of SOCAP International (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals) web site (the “Site”).  This page provides Terms of Use for the SOCAP web site.  You should review these Terms of Use before using the Site.  You should also review the SOCAP’ Privacy Statement.

The terms “You” and “User” refer to anyone who accesses, views, downloads or otherwise uses the Site.  By using the Site, you agree to be bound to these Terms of Use.  Use of the Site includes among other actions accessing, viewing, or downloading information from the Site.  You are bound by these Terms of Use in your individual capacity even in the event that you are accessing the Site on behalf of a company that may have a separate agreement with SOCAP.

If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, do not access, view, download, or otherwise use the Site.

Web site Content Use

a. Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights

The content of the Site includes, but is not limited to, all text, graphics, trademarks, logos, images, links, and underlying code (Content).  All Content on the web site is protected under copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. The Content is the property of SOCAP or third parties who have granted SOCAP a license to use the Content.  You agree not to remove or obscure any notices (copyright, trademark, or otherwise) found throughout the Site.  Permission to use the Content may be obtained on a case-by-case basis.  Please direct any requests to use the Content to SOCAP International, 675 N. Washington Street, Suite 200AlexandriaVA22314 or via email at socap@socap.org.

b. Names, Logos, and Trademarks

You agree not to use the SOCAP name, logo or any other trademark or service mark associated with SOCAP for any purpose without prior written permission from SOCAP.

c. Prohibited Use

You agree not to modify, alter, reproduce, distribute, or create derivative works of the Content without prior written consent from SOCAP.

You agree not to interfere with the normal working ability of the Site.  You agree not to tamper with any of the Content by destroying, changing, or modifying any information available on the Site, whether posted by SOCAP or a third party.

You agree to comply with these Terms of Use and all applicable laws.  You agree not to use the Content or access any information obtained through the Site for commercial purposes.

You agree not to provide or post any false or misleading information about yourself, delete or change any information posted by another person, or share your User’s password with any third party.

You also agree not to post any copyrighted material without written permission from the copyright owner.  You further agree not to post any information you do not have the right to disclose, such as confidential information subject to employment non-disclosure agreements.  You also agree not to post any content that violates any intellectual property rights of a third party, including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and patents.

You agree not to post any information that is unlawful, libelous, abusive, obscene, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable.

You agree not to use the Site for any illegal purpose, such as conspiring to violate any law.

You agree not to use any manual or automated software, devices or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any pages on the Site.

Waiver of Warranties

THE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.  SOCAP DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS.

SOCAP DISCLAIMS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT.

SOCAP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES FOR THE DELIVERY OF ANY MESSAGES.

THE CONTENT OF THE SITE MAY CONTAIN ERRORS, FACTUAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL, AND OTHER INACCURACIES.  SOCAP MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE CONTENT.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE IS IMPERFECT AND SUBJECT TO VIRUSES, ATTACKS BY HACKERS AND OTHER POTENTIALLY HARMFUL DANGERS.  SOCAP DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS AND IT DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE FREE OF DEFECTS OR THAT THE SITE IS FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES AND OTHER POTENTIALLY HARMFUL DANGERS.  SOCAP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HARM DONE TO YOUR COMPUTER, LAPTOP, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE USED TO ACCESS THE SITE.

Disclaimer of Liabilities

SOCAP IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE.  THIS LIMITATION IN DAMAGES INCLUDES, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, AND DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER SOCAP IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.  IN NO EVENT SHALL SOCAP’S TOTAL CUMULATIVE DAMAGES EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100).

Links to Third Party Sites

For your convenience, the Site includes links to third party sites.  These links do not mean that SOCAP endorses the sites to which the links point.  SOCAP does not monitor and has no obligation to monitor such sites, and you agree that SOCAP is not responsible for the content, any technical problems, or any other problems associated with the links, the third-party site to which the link points, or your use of those sites.  You follow those links at your own risk.

Linking to the Site and Framing

You agree not to establish a link to the Site on another site without prior written authorization from SOCAP.  If you establish a link from any other site to the Site, you agree to immediately deactivate the link upon receiving notice of objection to the link from SOCAP.  You further agree not to “frame” or otherwise simulate the appearance of any of the pages of the Site.

Member Section of the Site

 

If you decide to become a member of SOCAP, you agree to provide accurate information and to maintain and keep your profile up-to-date.  You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password.  You agree not to sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your account or any information associated with your account to any other person.  You also agree not to charge anyone for access to the member section of the Site.  Your account may be suspended or terminated, at the sole discretion of SOCAP if you knowingly provide your login and password to another person.  You agree to notify SOCAP immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security.

Additionally, you agree to abide by the SOCAP Privacy Policy which outlines your rights regarding displaying your personal information via the SOCAP Directory as well as the policy for contacting and sharing information regarding other SOCAP Members.

You also agree to receive email communications from SOCAP concerning your membership and any products offered to you by SOCAP.

Finally, you are welcome to fully participate in all discussion boards and forum offered through the Site.  Please fully review the guidelines regarding Web site Use prior to posting information on the Site.

Termination

SOCAP may terminate your account for any of the following reasons: (a) breach of these Terms of Use or any other applicable policies and agreements with you, (b) requests by law enforcement and other government agencies, (c) your request, (d) unexpected technical problems, and (e) extended periods of inactivity.  SOCAP may, at its own discretion, pursue all legal remedies available to it for any breach of these Terms of Use or any other rights infringed by a User’s action.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless SOCAP, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, from and against any and all claims, actions, or demands, including reasonable legal and accounting fees, alleging or resulting from your use of the Site or failure to comply with these Terms of Use.  Such indemnification extends to claims from third parties for your submission of Content that violates their rights or any applicable laws.  SOCAP will promptly provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and will assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit, or proceeding.

Accessing the Site Outside the United States

If you access the Site from outside the United States, you are doing so at your own risk.  You also agree to comply with all local rules including any rules regarding online conduct and acceptable content.  You further agree to comply with all laws regarding transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country from which you are accessing the Site.  To the extent permitted by the laws of the applicable jurisdiction, SOCAP is not responsible for any violation of a foreign jurisdiction’s law caused by your access to the Site.

Monitoring and Enforcement

SOCAP has the right to monitor any activity and content associated with the Site, but SOCAP is not obligated to do so.  SOCAP will remove any content that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be offensive, objectionable, or which may violate standards of conduct, these Terms of Use, or any law applicable to the Site.  As you should be aware, community standards of decency vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and some of the Content you may encounter in the Site may appear offensive to you.  If you have any issues with the Content found in the Site, please contact SOCAP at SOCAP International, 675 N. Washington Street, Suite 200AlexandriaVA22314

ph: 703-519-3700, email:socap@socap.org.  We reserve the right to investigate any reports of violations of these Terms of Use or any complaints concerning the Content of the Site.  And, we may take any action deemed appropriate including removal of the Content, revocation of membership, denial of access, and termination of subscriptions.  SOCAP may not take any action if it determines, in its sole discretion, that no action is required.  As stated above in the Disclaimer of Liabilities, SOCAP is not liable for any damages resulting from your access to the Site and its Content.

Governing Laws

These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and any claims arising under these Terms of Use or the Content of the Site shall be brought exclusively with the state and federal courts within theCommonwealth of Virginia.  You shall not seek or be entitled to rescission, injunctive relief, or other equitable relief, or to enjoin or restrain the function of the Site.  If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. A waiver of any provision of these Terms of Use shall not be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision of these Terms of Use.

Updates and Modifications

SOCAP may modify the Site, these Terms of Use, its policies, and other agreements and documents associated with the Site at any time, without notice an in its sole discretion. The changes or modifications to these Terms of Use will be posted on the Site.  You are responsible for reviewing these Terms of Use and before accessing the Site.

For more information about these Terms of Use contact SOCAP at:

SOCAP International, 625 N. Washington Street, Suite 304AlexandriaVA 22314 USA, Ph: 703-519-3700, email:socap@socap.org

 

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