Like most website operators, M&S Consulting 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. M&S Consulting’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how M&S Consulting’s visitors use its website. From time to time, M&S Consulting may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
M&S Consulting also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. M&S Consulting does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to M&S Consulting’s websites choose to interact with M&S Consulting in ways that require M&S Consulting to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that M&S Consulting gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for accounts to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with M&S Consulting — by purchasing access to subscription services, for example — are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, M&S Consulting collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with M&S Consulting. M&S Consulting 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.
M&S Consulting may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, M&S Consulting may monitor the most popular content on its websites. M&S Consulting may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, M&S Consulting does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
M&S Consulting 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 M&S Consulting’s behalf or to provide services available at M&S Consulting’s websites, 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 M&S Consulting’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. M&S Consulting 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, M&S Consulting discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when M&S Consulting believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of M&S Consulting, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an M&S Consulting website and have supplied your email address, M&S Consulting 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 M&S Consulting and our products. We primarily use our blogs and projects’ mailing lists 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. M&S Consulting takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.