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Last Updated and Effective: January 24th, 2013

GRiTworks, Inc. (“GRiT”) respects the privacy of people who visit and use GRiTworks.com, hereafter referred to as the “Site”.  This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) demonstrates that commitment and applies to the information collected by our Site (www.gritworks.com), explaining how we collect, use, disclose, and protect it.  This Policy applies to all information collected by the site or submitted for use in connection with the site and is part of the Terms and Conditions of use of the Site.

Consent

Your access and use of the site indicates your agreement to the terms of this Policy, as posted each time you access the Site. Please review this Policy periodically for changes. If you do not agree with this Policy, please do not access or use our Site.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to GRiT

In General  There are numerous ways that GRiT obtains information from you, which can include, but not limited to: (1) via signup on the GRiT Site(s); (2) from an online, email, retail, fax or telephone purchase or information request; (3) from navigational information about where visitors go on our Site; (4) when you enter GRiT promotions; (5) anytime you submit a business reply, product registration, or warranty card; (6) from participation in GRiT surveys (7) upon contacting customer service; (8) upon signing up at an event; and (9) upon submitting a product review.  If you choose not to provide such Personal Information or other information to us, you may not be able to participate in certain activities we offer.

In order to provide users with the most efficient and enhanced products and service,  and to better understand your preferences, we may request demographic information such as, but not limited to,  your gender, year of birth, activities of interest, shopping preference and product interest. Whether or not you provide this information is entirely up to you.

If we combine demographic or other information we collect about you with Personal Information about you, we will treat the combined information as Personal Information.

Individuals under 13

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), and we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our Site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Information GRiT Collects Automatically

In General. In addition to the Personal Information that you actively provide to us, we or our third party service providers may use a variety of technologies to automatically collect information about you when you use the Site. This information may include demographic information, browser type, browser environment data, operating system, IP address, mobile device identifiers and other information. This information may also include clickstream data, which is information about the sequence and flow of mouse clicks and keystrokes which you make in navigating through the GRiT Site.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about Site traffic and Site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our Site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads based on your visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Web Beacons

“Web beacons” (also known as image tags, pixel tags, GIFS or web bugs) are small pieces of code used to collect advertising data, such as counting page views, promotion views or advertising responses. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the GRiT Site, to monitor how users navigate the GRiT Site, to count how many sent e-mails were actually opened or to determine whether content sent was actually viewed.

Embedded Scripts 

An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the GRiT Site, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our server or a third party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the website, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.

Information GRiT Receives from Third Parties

GRiT may receive information about you from third parties. In addition, if you are on another website and you opt-in to receive information from us then that website will forward to us your e-mail address and other information about you so that we may contact you as requested. We may also supplement the information we collect about you with outside records from third parties in order to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you opportunities to purchase products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. When we obtain Personal Information from third parties, we will apply this Policy to the Personal Information received, unless we have disclosed otherwise.

Social Media Applications

Our Site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

How GRiT Uses Personal Information

All personal information that we obtain about you will be recorded, used and protected by us in accordance with current data protection legislation and this Policy. By providing us with your personal information, you consent to us processing this personal information in one or more of the ways described in this Policy.

We will primarily use your personal information to provide products and services to you, for example:

To deliver products and services that you have requested.

To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other Site feature and to provide you with the relevant products or services.

To send you information/materials via e-mail or mail about products, offers and news we think could interest you. This information may relate to products, offers and news of GRiT.

To analyze visits to the Site and learn about the interests of our visitors in the aggregate, so we can improve our products and services and deliver the best user experience.

To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)

To improve our Site

To improve customer service

To process transactions

To help improve future products and services

For other purposes disclosed to you at the time you provide the Personal Information

When and With Whom GRiT May Share Collected Information

Non-Personal Information  We may share non-Personal Information, such as aggregate user statistics, demographic information, and Usage Information with third parties for a variety of purposes, including tailoring promotions, advertising and communications we present to you.

Personal Information

To Third Party Service Providers Providing Services on GRiT’s Behalf.  We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our Site, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our Site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.  .  This does not cover use of Personal Information these third-party service providers collect directly from you.  Such use of Personal Information is covered by the relevant third party’s privacy policy and not this Policy.

When You Consent To Have Your Personal Information Shared or Otherwise Request That We Share Your Information

We may offer you the opportunity to consent to the sharing of your information with third parties. Such reasons include, without limitation, so that you are able to receive information and/or marketing offers from third parties. Additionally, you may request, sometimes through your use of an interactive feature or third- party application, that we share Personal Information about you with a third party, and we will typically do so in those circumstances. If you agree or request to have your Personal Information shared (either by opting in, choosing not to opt-out or using a specific feature of the GRiT Site), your Personal Information will be disclosed to the applicable third party(s) and the Personal Information you disclose will be subject to the privacy policy and business practices of such third party(s); therefore, please consult the respective privacy policies of each third party.  If you consent or request to receive communications from third parties, you will need to communicate with them directly if you later decide that you no longer wish to receive their communications.

Business Transactions 

We may share your Personal Information with other entities affiliated with us for internal reasons, primarily for business and operational purposes including any corporate reorganization, restructuring or other corporate change. In addition, GRiT or any of its assets, including the GRiT Site, may be sold, or other transactions may occur in which your Personal Information is one of the key business assets in the transaction. In such a case, your Personal Information may be one of the business assets we transfer. Hence, GRiT reserves the right to disclose and transfer user information, including Personal Information, in connection with any activity and/or transaction described above.

Legal Protections and Law Enforcement 

We may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, Usage Information and Device Identifier (including IP address), to third parties: (i) to comply with legal obligations; (ii) when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; (iii) at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; (iv) to verify or enforce our Terms & Conditions or other applicable policies; (v) to respond to an emergency; or (vi) to otherwise protect the rights, property, safety or security of third parties, visitors to the GRiT Site or the public. We may also use Device Identifiers to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with copyright owners, Internet service providers, wireless service providers or law enforcement agencies, in our discretion. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.

Links To and GRiT Content on Other Websites

The GRiT Site may contain links to other websites that are operated and controlled by third parties that we do not control. This includes links of advertisers, sponsors and partners that may use our logo(s) as part of a co-branding agreement. In addition, GRiT content or widgets may be included on web pages and websites that are not associated with us and over which we have no control. These other websites may send their own cookies to your Device, and they may independently collect data or solicit Personal Information. A link from the GRiT Site to any other website does not mean that GRiT approves of, endorses, or recommends that website. GRiT provides such links for your convenience and is not responsible for the content of any website linked to or from the GRiT Site. Moreover, GRiT is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third party, and it disclaims all warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, legality, reliability, or validity of any content on any other website.

Security 

GRiT uses commercially reasonable safeguards, such as but not limited to industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption,  to help protect and secure your Personal Information. We also use reasonable efforts to obtain the agreement of our third-party service providers to take steps to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of Personal Information we share with them. However, no electronic data transmission or storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% private and secure. You understand that any message or information you send to the GRiT Site may be read or intercepted by others. GRiT does not ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use the GRiT Site and provide us with your information at your own risk.

Consent to Processing 

The GRiT Site is operated in the United States. If you are located in the European Union, Canada or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using the GRiT Site, or providing us with any information, you fully understand and unambiguously consent to this transfer, processing and storage of your information in the United States, a jurisdiction in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in the country where you reside and/or are a citizen.

Data Retention 

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active, as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected, to comply with applicable laws, or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Obtain and Modify Information 

We intend to protect the quality and integrity of your Personal Information and try to keep information accurate and complete. Please contact us at webmaster@GRiTworks.com to find out if and what Personal Information we may have related to you. Also, if any of your Personal Information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address) or if you would like to delete the Personal Information that we maintain about you, please let us know at webmaster@GRiTworks.com. 

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after deletion of information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems. . Notwithstanding, GRiT promises to take all commercially reasonable steps to delete all personal information in active and readily accessible and searchable media after receiving a request to delete personal information

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (such as, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance 

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act.

Unsubscribe

If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, contact us at webmaster@GRiTworks.com with the subject stating "UNSUBSCRIBE" or follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each promotional email.

Links

Our Web Site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites, and this Policy does not apply to such sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.

Changes to the Policy  

Review this Policy periodically. We may from time to time need to amend this Policy, due to changes in regulations and to keep up with new developments and possibilities on the Internet. We therefore reserve the right at our discretion to make changes to the Policy which will be dated and effective immediately upon posting at this location, or another location that is accessible via link from the homepage on the GRiT Site. Your continued use of the GRiT Site after posting of any changes to this Policy will constitute acceptance of, and agreement to be bound by, those changes

Questions

If you have any questions or comments regarding our Policy, please contact us at info@gritworks.com or...

GRiTworks, Inc.
1740 Innovation Drive
Carbondale, IL 62903

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