Information Security Network, Inc. (“ISN”) operates several websites including infosec.us.org, bsidespensacola.org, and hackpensacola.org. It is ISN’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites. We here at ISN have a few fundamental principles that we follow:
- We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. Feel free to omit anything not marked as required as you see fit!
- We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, provide our services, or protect our rights.
- We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.
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Like most website operators, ISN collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. ISN’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how INS’s visitors use its website. From time to time, ISN may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
ISN also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. ISN only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left. Where able, ISN may anonymize personally-identifying information like IP addresses.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to ISN’s websites choose to interact with ISN in ways that require AISN to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that ISN gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, ISN collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with ISN. ISN does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
ISN may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, ISN may monitor the most popular pages or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. ISN may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, ISN does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
ISN discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on ISN’s behalf or to provide services available, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using ISN’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. ISN will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, ISN discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when ISN believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of ISN, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an ISN website and have supplied your email address, ISN may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with ISN and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. ISN takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.