Active Collection of Information. CTSNet actively collects information from its users both by asking specific questions and by permitting users to communicate directly with and through CTSNet via e-mail, feedback forms, surveys, and discussion forums. Some of the information that users submit may be personally identifiable information (that is, information that can be uniquely identified with users, such as full name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and so on). Some areas of this site may require users to submit information in order to benefit from the specified features (such as newsletter subscriptions, personal home page, and order processing) or to participate in a particular activity. Users will be informed at each information collection point what information is required and what information is optional.
Passive Information Collection. As users navigate through the CTSNet Web site, certain information can be passively collected (that is, gathered without users actively providing the information) using various technologies and means, such as cookies, Internet Protocol addresses, and navigational data collection.
Cookies. CTSNet collects information using ‘session’ cookies and ‘persistent’ cookies. Cookies do not collect personally identifiable information. Cookies enable CTSNet to uniquely identify a user for such functions as member update, jobs and resume submission, journal access and discussion forums access.
Session cookies are small text files that a Web site sends to a user’s Web browser that helps the site remember information about the user and about a user’s preferences. The cookie terminates once a user closes the browser or after a 24-hour interval. Session cookies are used to store sensitive information such as a users CTSNet password.
Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of a user’s computer and remain there until a user deletes the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on a user’s computer for purposes such as retrieving certain information users have previously provided (for example, your CTSNet user ID).
Internet Protocol Addresses (IP Addresses). An IP Address is a number assigned to a user’s computer by a user’s Internet service provider so that users can access the Internet. CTSNet uses IP addresses to report aggregate information, to determine the fastest route for a user’s computer to connect to the CTSNet Web site, and to administer and improve the CTSNet Web site. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
If users provide personally identifiable information to CTSNet, CTSNet may combine that information with other actively collected information unless CTSNet specifies otherwise at the point of collection. CTSNet will take reasonable measures to prevent personally identifiable information from being combined with passively collected information, unless users consent otherwise.
Users are encouraged to keep personally identifiable information accurate, current, and complete by accessing the CTSNet Member Update page (http://www.ctsnet.org/members/). CTSNet will take reasonable steps to update or correct personally identifiable information in the possession of CTSNet that users have previously submitted via the CTSNet Web site.
We take reasonable steps to protect personally identifiable information as a user transmits information from his or her computer to the CTSNet Web site and to protect such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from the CTSNet Web site may not be secure, and users should therefore take special care in deciding what information users send to CTSNet via e-mail. Moreover, where users use passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on the CTSNet Web site, it is a user’s responsibility to safeguard them.