What data do we collect automatically and why? When you visit SpragueAstronautics.com and you have not otherwise identified yourself (e.g., via registration with an AERA Site), our web server automatically recognizes your domain name, but not your e-mail address. We collect the domain name and monitor general site use and traffic patterns to improve our web site and the products and services we offer. AERA uses web server logs to collect data for metric purposes. Examples of the types of data collected on the logs are IP addresses, referral pages, date and time of Site access, and Site visited. We may use collected data to customize the content and/or layout of our pages for each individual visitor.
In some instances, we use tracking scripts or "tracers" that recognize a unique identifier from a cookie placed on your hard drive by another website. These are used by AERA solely to gauge the success of our own advertising. For instance, we may use a tracer to determine whether you visit our employment pages after visiting a resume or career site where AERA placed a banner ad. We do not use tracers to gather information on your use of the internet unrelated to AERA. Please note that AERA does not use tracers to identify your personal information, and you remain anonymous unless and until you choose to register.
Do we collect personal information? In some cases, AERA requests personally identifiable information from you in order to satisfy the underlying transaction or purpose of your accessing the Site. Examples of personally identifiable information include names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and the like. Please note that we do not consider aggregated information, from which personally identifiable information has been removed, to be private.
What security is provided? We do not treat your general interaction with this Site (e.g., submission of suggestions) as confidential. However, the Site may conduct transactions for which heightened security is appropriate. For instance, certain AERA Sites encrypt your personal information (e.g., for transmission of credit card data), so that only appropriate personnel are able to decode your information. Note that most internet browsers also offer security alerts that permit you to determine whether your transmissions are protected. Please refer to the agreements and policies applicable to the AERA Site for which you provide personal information in order to assure that you understand applicable security practices.
When would we disclose your information? We do not rent, sell, or trade any personally identifiable information about you (e.g., e-mail addresses) to third parties. Certain AERA Sites may disclose information to third parties assisting us in processing a transaction requested by you (e.g., credit card service providers). In order to cooperate with legitimate governmental requests, subpoenas, or court orders, to protect AERA and/or AERA's systems and customers, or to ensure the integrity and operation of AERA and/or AERA's business and systems, AERA and/or AERA's business and systems may access and disclose any information it considers necessary or appropriate under the circumstances.
What if data is transmitted internationally? If you are one of our international guests, we realize that you may want to know whether your personal information will be transferred out of your country of origin. Please be aware that when you register or request a transaction on a AERA Site, your personal data may be transferred to computers in the United States in order to process your request.
What about external links? For the convenience of our Site visitors, AERA may provide links to third party web sites that are external to AERA. These web sites are not operated or controlled by AERA, and AERA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external web sites.
Revised: September 15, 2005
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