Terms, Conditions & Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

This site is owned and operated by NIRI-Twin Cities. Your privacy on the Internet is important to us, and we want your experience on our site to be both satisfying and safe. This policy explains what types of information we gather about site visitors and how we use it.

Information We Collect

NIRI-Twin Cities gathers two types of information about users:

  • Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions – for example, by contacting us.
  • Aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our site. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs. NIRI-Twin Cities does not use or share personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described here without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

“Terms and Conditions” of Optional, Voluntary Submissions

The following services require voluntary submission of personal information by users:

Contact Us Submission Form

The Contact Us submission form requires that users supply their name and email address.

While this information may be shared with NIRI members, it never shared with any third party.

Membership Application

To join NIRI-Twin Cities, visitors to our site may use an online membership application that resides on the NIRI national website at www.niri.org. The application requires users to supply name, email address, work and/or home information. This information is shared with NIRI-Twin Cities once the membership application is approved by NIRI national.

Online Surveys

NIRI-Twin Cities occasionally conducts user surveys on important investor relations issues, such as annual report practices. Survey results may be announced in our electronic newsletter or posted elsewhere on our website. Survey results are aggregated and therefore not identifiable to any particular user. Write-in opinions occasionally may be quoted but also are not identifiable to any particular user. We never share information about specific respondents with any third party.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SITE USAGE INFORMATION

NIRI-Twin Cities gathers data to help enhance users’ experience on our site. Our immediate goal is to improve site content based on user interests. In the future, we may use this information to provide interactive, personalized and/or other site elements. Currently, we do not share site usage information with sponsors or partners, referring them instead to the aggregated demographic information about our chapter’s members that is posted on our website.

We use aggregated site usage (tracking) information to determine which areas of our site that users like and don’t like based on traffic to each page. We do not correlate this information with data about individual users, such as what the user reads on a given page. However, you should be aware that NIRI-Twin Cities has the capability to break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).

NIRI-Twin Cities sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our search function, but we don’t track which terms a particular user enters. Our goal in gathering aggregated search information is to measure what interests site users as a group.

We may place a text file called a “cookie” in your computer’s browser files, in order to identify user traffic patterns as described above. The cookie itself does not contain personal information, although it allows us to relate your site usage to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use most sections of this site. However, you will need cookies to login to the members-only section.

We will not disclose information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Security

Only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our members.

Children

Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Your Consent

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by NIRI-Twin Cities. We periodically review and update our privacy policy. If we decide to change our policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

1. Copyright and Trademark Notice

All contents © 2012 National Investor Relations Institute (“NIRI”). All rights reserved.  The contents of all material available on this website are copyrighted by NIRI unless otherwise indicated. Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work prepared by a U.S. or state government officer or employee as part of that person’s official duties. All rights are reserved and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of NIRI or as indicated below.

NIRI members may download pages or other content for their own personal use on a single computer, but no part of such content may be otherwise or subsequently reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of, and with express attribution to, NIRI.

National Investor Relations Institute, NIRI, and the distinctive NIRI logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as service marks of NIRI.

2. General Legal Notice and Liability Disclaimer

NIRI makes available this website and the information and services contained herein in furtherance of NIRI’s nonprofit and tax-exempt purposes. While NIRI makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, NIRI does not endorse, approve or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by NIRI.

At certain places on this site, live “links” to other websites can be accessed. Such external sites contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of NIRI. NIRI does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located at such sites. Use of any information obtained from such sites is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by NIRI.

NIRI assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked sites, or in any respect for the content of such information. NIRI is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.

3. Member Directory

NIRI may make available through the NIRI website an on-line directory of NIRI member information (the “NIRI Member Directory”). In addition to any other terms and conditions set forth in these legal terms and conditions, you acknowledge and agree that the NIRI Member Directory shall be used only for personal purposes and that any information of the NIRI Member Directory shall not be further published, displayed, or made accessible. Accordingly, unless NIRI has provided its prior written consent, you acknowledge and agree that the contents of the NIRI Member Directory may not, in whole or in part, be reproduced, copied, disseminated, entered into a computer database, used as part of or in connection with a mailing list, or otherwise utilized in any unauthorized form, manner, or means. You also acknowledge that a person or entity’s listing in the NIRI Member Directory represents only that such person or entity is registered with and an active member of NIRI. NIRI makes no further representations or warranties regarding any such person or entity (or the related information) listed in the NIRI Member Directory, and any information made available through the NIRI Member Directory is provided on an “AS-IS” and “AS-AVAILABLE” basis without warranty of any kind.

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