We appreciate your interest in the Minnesota Intellectual Property Association. (“MIPLA,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) and thank you for visiting our website located at mipla.net (the “Site”). MIPLA provides this Privacy Policy so you know about our online information practices and understand how we treat the information we receive about you from your use of the Site. Your use of the Site for any purpose indicates your acceptance of MIPLA’s Privacy Policy.

Your visit to the Site and any dispute over privacy is subject to the Terms of Use, including limitations on damages and application of the laws of the State of Minnesota.

The Information We Collect

Anonymous Electronic Information.   In general, MIPLA does not collect personally identifiable information about visitors to the Site.  You can browse the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself.  However, we may collect your computer’s or mobile device’s IP address (a computer’s numerical Internet address), which you necessarily disclose when you visit the Site so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to your computer or mobile device.  We may also collect visitors’ domain names, the type of web browsers used, the pages viewed, and other information customarily gathered about visitors to a website.  The Site may utilize “cookies,” which are anonymous, unique identifiers that web pages on the Site may use to store data on your computer or mobile device or send data to our web server.  MIPLA may use cookie data to “recognize” you when you visit the Site in the future, to troubleshoot how the Site operates, and for internal analysis of how people use the Site.  Should you decide not to accept cookies from the Site, you will limit the functionality we can provide you.  We may also use standard Internet technology, such as web beacons and other similar technologies, to track your use of the Sites.

Participating in Activities.  When you engage in certain activities on the Site, such as sending us a message using the Site, we may ask you to provide personal and other information.  In order to engage in such activities you will be required to provide information that lets us know the specifics of who you are, and may include, without limitation, your name, email address, telephone number, and other personal information.  If you choose to share any personal information with us, you will see that the amount and type of personal information we request depends on how you use the Site.  Depending upon the activity, some of the information we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some is voluntary.  If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.

The Way We Use Information Collected on the Site

Analytics and Improvements.  We may use your IP address to, among other things: (a) help diagnose problems with the Site; administer and improve the Site; and measure the use of the Site; (b) identify the type of web browsers used, the pages viewed, the web sites from which a visitor found the Site, and the search terms and search engines used to find the Site; and (c) gather other web analytics information relating to visitors’ use and navigation of the Site.  This information does not identify you personally.  On occasion we may aggregate this data with data from other users to track overall visitor traffic patterns and provide this aggregate information to vendors, business partners, or other parties to demonstrate the amount of interest in the Site and to help us plan for technical improvements.

Aggregate. We may always use the information you provide in an anonymous or aggregated format that does not identify you personally, which uses might include without limitation, to evaluate existing products, services, and systems; to assist in the development of new products or services; troubleshooting; research; marketing; and to identify trends and changes.

Use of Provided Personal Information. We welcome questions and comments from visitors to the Site through the contact us page on the Site. If you contact us through the Site requesting that we contact you or provide you with additional information, we will use the information you provide to respond to your request. If you contact us for any other reason, we may use any information you provide in the regular course of our business. We may also use your personal information for particular activities, including without limitation, customer service, support and marketing.  If we use service providers, these service providers may have access to your personal information to perform contractually specified services on our behalf.  However, we will not sell or rent the personal information you provide to us through the Site  to any third party.

We may disclose personal information in any of the following circumstances: (a) in response to a subpoena, search warrant, court order, or other legal process or request, or as may otherwise be required by law, rule, or regulation; (b) to protect and defend our rights or property or those of others; or (c) as we, in our sole discretion, believe is appropriate under exigent circumstances in response to a perceived threat to the personal safety, property, or rights of any person or organization.  In addition, since our database is a business asset, in the event we are reorganized or become part of another organization, you consent to the sale, assignment, or transfer of your personal information to a successor that acquires substantially all of our business assets.

Under no circumstances should you send us confidential, proprietary, and/or nonpublic information unless you have been expressly directed to do so by one of our attorneys.  Any other information sent to us will not be considered confidential or privileged.

Security of Your Personal Information 

MIPLA takes what it believes to be reasonable precautions and has implemented certain safeguards to protect the security of data and information.  While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to or from the Site and you provide such information at your own risk.

Our Relationship to Other Web Sites

The Site may contain links to other web sites.  If you visit one of these other web sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policy on that web site.

Hotjar

Hotjar is installed on all new website created by Windmill Design. Hotjar allows us to track user experience and make website recommendations to the client to better increase the effectiveness of the website. Windmill Design will never distribute or sell any personal information of the viewers of the website.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits 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.

We have implemented remarketing with Google AdSense.  , along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

You can change your personal information:

  • By emailing us
  • By calling us 

Do Not Track Disclosure

This Site does not monitor or identify “do not track signals” from your computer, and such signals will not impact the operation of this Site. It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioral tracking.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy at any time without individual notice to you.  You expressly agree that MIPLA shall have no obligation to provide you with notice of any changes, and you hereby expressly waive any right you may have to receive notice of any changes to these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy. Any use of the Site following the date on which changes to this Privacy Policy are published shall constitute your acceptance of all changes.  Accordingly, you are encouraged to revisit this page each time you visit the Site to ensure you are familiar with our current privacy policy.

Contact

For questions or comments related to this Privacy Policy, contact us.

Last Updated January 22, 2018

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