Privacy Policy

Advocate Networks, LLC (d.b.a. as Advocate, “we,” “us” or “our”) is committed to the goal of protecting the safety and privacy of our website located at www.advocateinsiders.com (our “Website”) for our users. In an effort to achieve this goal, Advocate does not require our users to provide any personally identifiable information to use most of the sections and features of our Website. We ask that our users do their part to protect their own privacy by reading and abiding by this privacy policy (this “Privacy Policy”) and all privacy-related notices posted on our Website. This Privacy Policy will govern Advocate’s treatment of any information collected through our Website and when you contact Advocate in connection with your use of our Website.

Personally Identifiable Information

In order to gain access to certain areas of our Website or to use certain features, you may choose to provide personally identifiable information, which may include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, your name, email address, mailing address or telephone number. If you do submit personally identifiable information to us, we will use that information for the purposes for which it was submitted. We may also use your information in other ways, such as to contact you about other Advocate-related activities and/or marketing campaigns or as otherwise disclosed to you at the point of collection.

For example:
You may choose to use our “submit a question,” or “blog comment” features. If you choose to use one of these features, you will be required to submit your email address to us and you will have the option of submitting your name and address; however, we collect this information from you for the sole purpose of communicating directly with you in regards to your submission and we do not intend to post your name, your email address or any other personally identifiable information of yours on our Website but we may post such information on comments made to Advocate and/or our Insiders blog. All content submitted through the “submit a question,” or “blog comment” features is reviewed by us prior to posting such content on our Website. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to exclude any personally identifiable information from your submissions prior to posting such submissions on our Website; however, the primary responsibility for protecting your privacy in this regard rests with you. To protect your privacy, when accessing the “submit a question,” or “blog comment” features, please do not include any personally identifiable information in the portion of your submissions that you intend to have posted on our Website.

You may choose to provide your personally identifiable information to Advocate when you contact us and if you choose to do so, we will only use the information you provide to respond to your correspondence.

You should be aware that we use third-party vendors to provide services on our Website and in our offline business operations. The information that you submit on our Website may be provided to those vendors on a confidential basis so that those vendors can provide services (such as maintaining our databases, sending e-mail messages or facilitating marketing campaigns) on our behalf. Other than as described in this Privacy Policy, or as may be necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of our organization, our clients, or others, or as may be necessary to comply with applicable law, we will not give or sell your personally identifiable information.

Accuracy of Content and Information and Third-Party Information

You represent and warrant that, to the best of your knowledge, all information submitted to us by you is truthful and accurate. When providing information to Advocate, you should only provide information regarding yourself; however, if you submit any information of any third party through our Website or in connection with your use of our Website, including, without limitation, any third party email addresses, you represent and warrant you have the necessary approvals and permissions to provide that information to us and for us to use and disclose that information as requested by you and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Cookies and Automatically Collected Information

We may use cookies, web beacons and related technologies to automatically collect information regarding your use of our Website. Cookies are textual pieces of information that a website server sends to your browser while you are viewing the website. Cookies do not contain personally identifiable information; however, once you choose to furnish us with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked at our servers to the data stored in the cookie. Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of websites. Cookies, web beacons and related technologies may involve the transmission of information either directly to us or to another party authorized by us to collect information on our behalf. You can change your privacy preferences regarding the use of cookies through your browser; however, blocking all cookies will affect your online experience and may prevent you from enjoying the full features offered at our Website. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information.

We automatically collect several categories of information, including, without limitation, your IP address, information from server logs found on your browser, the type of web browser and operating system you are using, the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access parts of our Website, and the Internet address of our Website from which you linked directly to our Website.

We use automatically collected information to analyze and understand how our Website is used and to improve a user’s experience on our Website. We may use information gathered from cookies, web beacons and related technologies to, for example, track user visits and determine what features and pages are most frequently requested or visited.

In order to learn about where visitors to our Website come from and how they interact with our Website, we use third-party analytics tools. The third parties providing those analytics tools may retain and use, subject to the terms of the third party’s privacy policy, anonymous traffic data collected in our use of the analytics tools. For example, we may use Google Analytics and Google may retain and use, subject to the terms of the Google Privacy Policy (located at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ or such other URL as Google may provide from time to time), anonymous traffic data collected in our use of the Google Analytics tool.

We may aggregate and use certain automatically collected information and non-personally identifiable information for our own research and marketing purposes. In addition, we may share, sell, rent, trade or publish that aggregate information, and statistical data derived from such information, with our marketing partners, advertisers or other third parties for their research and marketing purposes.

Security

Although we do our best to protect your privacy on our Website, we need your cooperation. You have control over your own privacy. Think carefully before providing any personal or financial information online. We employ various reasonable physical and electronic measures and managerial procedures to help protect the personally identifiable information that we collect online. However, as no measures or procedures are completely effective against unauthorized access, use or disclosure, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any personally identifiable information.

Other Websites

Our Website may provide links to or otherwise direct you to websites owned or operated by third parties or other websites made available by us or our affiliates to which this Privacy Policy does not apply (“Other Websites”). This Privacy Policy does not reflect the information collection, use and disclosure practices of the Other Websites or the operators or owners of Other Websites. Your use of Other Websites and the information you provide in connection with your use of those Other Websites will be governed by the terms of use, privacy policies and other additional terms, notices and policies provided with those Other Websites. To understand how the owners or operators of Other Websites will collect, use, store and otherwise make information available to others, you should review the policies of those Other Websites.

Communication Opt-Outs

If you decide you would no longer like to receive email communications from us, email kristin.harper@advocateinsiders.com, type UNSUBCRIBE in the email subject line and you will be removed from our lists. To review or correct your contact information, or to provide other instructions regarding use of your personally identifiable information, please contact us through kristin.harper@advocateinsiders.com or the email address listed below.

Safe Harbor

Advocate Networks complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. Advocate Networks has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Advocate Networks’ certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

We self-certify compliance with

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This Privacy Policy was last updated June 22, 2016.

We reserve the right to revise, change, or modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make changes to the Privacy Policy, we will post the revised Privacy Policy here.