Effective Date: August 27, 2020
Information We Collect
Information about You that You Provide:
The Association of Plastic Recyclers, and/or its Service Providers (defined below), may collect information you provide directly to The Association of Plastic Recyclers and/or its Service Providers via the Service. For example, The Association of Plastic Recyclers collects information when you use or register for the Service, subscribe to notifications, post on the Service, fill out surveys, participate in promotional activities, or communicate through the Service. In addition, when you interact with Third-Party Services (defined below), you may be able to provide information to those third parties. For more information on Third-Party Services’ data collection and practices see Section 6. For more information on Service Provider data collection and practices see Section 3.
Information Collected Automatically:
The Association of Plastic Recyclers, its Service Providers, and/or Third-Party Services may also automatically collect certain information about you when you access or use the Service (“Usage Information”). Usage Information may include IP address, device identifier, browser type, operating system, information about your use of the Service, and data regarding network connected hardware (e.g., computer or mobile device). Except to the extent required by applicable law, or to the extent Usage Information is combined by or on behalf of The Association of Plastic Recyclers with Company-Collected PI, The Association of Plastic Recyclers does not consider Usage Information (including, without limitation, unique device identifiers) to be Personal Information or Company-Collected PI. For more information on Third-Party Services’ data collection see Section 6. For more information on Service Provider data collection and practices see Section 3. For information on choices some of these third parties may offer you regarding automated data collection see Section 9.
The methods that may be used on the Service to collect Usage Information include:
- Log Information: Log information is data about your use of the Service, such as IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamps, and related data, and may be stored in log files.
- Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies: Cookies, web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”), embedded scripts, device recognition technologies, and other tracking technologies now and hereafter developed (“Tracking Technologies”) may be used to collect information about interactions with the Service or e-mails, including information about your browsing. Please see the definitions below for cookies and other tracking technologies:
- Cookies. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s device, which may be session ID cookies or tracking cookies. Session cookies make it easier for you to navigate the Service and expire when you close your browser. Tracking cookies remain longer and help in understanding how you use the Service, and enhance your user experience. Cookies may remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time. If you use your browser’s method of blocking or removing cookies, some but not all types of cookies may be deleted and/or blocked and as a result some features and functionalities of the Service may not work. A Flash cookie (or locally shared object) is a data file which may be placed on a device via the Adobe Flash plug-in that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your device. HTML5 cookies can be programmed through HTML5 local storage. Flash cookies and HTML5 cookies are locally stored on your device other than in the browser and browser settings won’t control them. To identify certain types of local shared objects on your device and adjust your settings, please visit: www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html. The Service may associate some or all of these types of cookies with your devices.
- Web Beacons (“Tracking Pixels”). Web beacons are small graphic images, also known as “Internet tags” or “clear gifs,” embedded in web pages and e-mail messages. Web beacons may be used, without limitation, to count the number of visitors to the Service, to monitor how users navigate the Service, and to count content views.
- Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service. It is temporarily downloaded onto your computer from The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ web server, or from a third party with which The Association of Plastic Recyclers works, and is active only while you are connected to the Service, and deleted or deactivated thereafter.
- Device Recognition Technologies. Technologies, including application of statistical probability to data sets, as well as linking a common unique identifier to different device use (e.g., Facebook ID), which attempt to recognize or make assumptions about users and devices (e.g., that a user of multiple devices is the same user or household) (“Cross-device Data”).
Some information about your use of the Service and certain third-party services may be collected using Tracking Technologies across time and services, and used by The Association of Plastic Recyclers and third parties for purposes such as to associate different devices you use, and deliver relevant ads and/or other content to you on the Service and certain third-party services. See Section 9 regarding certain choices regarding these activities.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers is giving you notice of the Tracking Technologies and your choices regarding them explained in Section 9 so that your consent to encountering them is meaningfully informed.
Information The Association of Plastic Recyclers Collects From Other Sources:
How we use the information we obtain.
- Allow you to participate in the features we offer on the Service;
- Facilitate, manage, personalize, and improve your online experience;
- Transact with you, provide services or information you request, respond to your comments, questions and requests, serve you content and/or advertising, and send you notices;
- The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ marketing and other purposes;
- Improve the Service and for any other internal business purposes;
- Tailor our content, advertisements, and offers;
- Fulfill other purposes disclosed at the time you provide Personal Information or otherwise where we are legally permitted or are required to do so; and
- Prevent and address fraud, breach of policies or terms, and threats or harm.
Information we share with third parties:
The Association of Plastic Recyclers may share non-Personal Information, and Personal Information that is not deemed Company-Collected PI hereunder (provided that The Association of Plastic Recyclers is aware of no restrictions of The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ use, if any), with third parties or The Association of Plastic Recyclers affiliates (“Affiliates”) for any purpose. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we and third parties may convert your Personal Information, including Company-Collected PI, to non-Personal Information, including without limitation through hashing it or substituting a unique identifier for the Personal Information and we and third parties may use and share that data as permitted by applicable law, including to match data attributes to and from other sources. Any such third-party activities are subject to their privacy policies and practices. The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ sharing of Company-Collected PI is, however, subject to the following:
- Marketing: Subject to your communications choices explained in Section 9, and the rights of California residents explained in Section 15, we may use your Personal Information to send you marketing communications. Absent your consent (which may be by means of opt-in, your election not to opt-out, or a third-party interaction described in the next bullet point), The Association of Plastic Recyclers has adopted a policy that we will not share your Company-Collected PI with third parties, other than Affiliates, for their own direct marketing purposes, except in connection with Corporate Transactions (defined below).
- Your Disclosure or Consent: As more fully described in Section 8 (Information You Disclose Publicly or to Others) and Section 9 (Third-Party Content, Third-Party Services, Social Features, Advertising and Analytics), your activities on the Service may, by their nature, result in the sharing of your Company-collected Personal Information (as well as your other Personal Information and your non-Personal Information) with third parties and by engaging in these activities you consent to that and further sharing and disclosure to third parties. Such third-party data receipt and collection is subject to the privacy and business practices of that third party, not The Association of Plastic Recyclers.
- The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers (collectively “Service Providers”) may receive, or be given access to, your information, including, without limitation, Personal Information, Demographic Information, and Usage Information, in connection with their work on The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ behalf, provided however, The Association of Plastic Recyclers does not authorize its Service Providers to use Company-Collected PI provided by The Association of Plastic Recyclers to the Service Providers to send you direct marketing messages other than related to The Association of Plastic Recyclers and The Association of Plastic Recyclers Affiliates absent your consent. For more information on choices Service Providers may offer you see Section 9.
- To comply with the law, law enforcement or other legal process, and, where permitted, in response to a government request; and
In addition, The Association of Plastic Recyclers may share your Company-Collected Personal Information (as well as your other Personal Information and your non-Personal Information), in connection with or during negotiations of any proposed or actual financing of our business, or merger, purchase, sale, joint venture, or any other type of acquisition or business combination of all or any portion of The Association of Plastic Recyclers assets, or transfer of all or a portion of The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ business to another company, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding (“Corporate Transactions”).
Sweepstakes, Contests, and Promotions:
Information You Disclose Publicly or to Others:
Additionally, the Service may offer you the option to send a communication to a friend or other contact. If so, The Association of Plastic Recyclers relies on you to only send to people that have given you permission to do so. The recipient’s Personal Information you provide (e.g., name, e-mail address) will be used to facilitate the communication, but not used by The Association of Plastic Recyclers for any other marketing purpose unless The Association of Plastic Recyclers obtains consent from that person. Your contact information and message may be included in the communication.
Third-Party Content, Third-Party Services, SOCIAL FEATURES, ADVERTISING AND ANALYTICS:
The Service may include hyperlinks to, or include on or in connection with, the Service (e.g., plug-ins), websites, locations, platforms, applications or services operated by third parties (“Third-Party Service(s)”). These Third-Party Services may use their own cookies, web beacons, and other Tracking Technology to independently collect information about you and may solicit Personal Information from you.
Certain functionalities on the Service permit interactions that you initiate between the Service and certain Third-Party Services, such as third-party social networks (“Social Features”). Examples of Social Features include: enabling you to send content such as contacts and photos between the Service and a Third-Party Service; “liking” or “sharing” The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ content; logging in to the Service using your Third-Party Service account (e.g., using Facebook Connect to sign-in to the Service); and to otherwise connect the Service to a Third-Party Service (e.g., to pull or push information to or from the Service). If you use Social Features, and potentially other Third-Party Services, information you post or provide access to may be publicly displayed on the Service (see Section 8) or by the Third-Party Service that you use. Similarly, if you post information on a third-party service that references the Service (e.g., by using a hashtag associated with The Association of Plastic Recyclers or other The Association of Plastic Recyclers Affiliates in a tweet or status update), your post may be used on or in connection with the Service or otherwise by The Association of Plastic Recyclers and The Association of Plastic Recyclers Affiliates. Also, both The Association of Plastic Recyclers and the third party may have access to certain information about you and your use of the Service and any Third-Party Service.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers may engage and work with Service Providers and other third parties to serve advertisements on the Service and/or on third-party services. Some of these ads may be tailored to your interest based on your browsing of the Service and elsewhere on the Internet, sometimes referred to as “interest-based advertising” and “online behavioral advertising” (“Interest-based Advertising”), which may include sending you an ad on a third-party service after you have left the Service (i.e., “retargeting”).
Data Security and MONITORING:
The Association of Plastic Recyclers takes reasonable measures to protect Company-Collected PI (excluding public UGC) from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Nevertheless, transmission via the Internet and online digital storage are not completely secure and The Association of Plastic Recyclers does not guarantee the security of your information collected through the Service.
The Service is intended for a general audience and not directed to children less than 13 years of age. The Association of Plastic Recyclers does not intend to collect personal information as defined by the U.S. Children’s Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) (“Children’s Personal Information”) in a manner that is not permitted by COPPA. If we obtain knowledge that we have collected Children’s Personal Information in a manner not permitted by COPPA, we will remove such data to the extent required by COPPA.
Accessing and Changing Information:
The Association of Plastic Recyclers may provide web pages or other mechanisms allowing you to delete, correct, or update some of the Company-Collected PI, and potentially certain other information about you (e.g., profile and account information). The Association of Plastic Recyclers will make good faith efforts to make requested changes in The Association of Plastic Recyclers then-active databases as soon as practicable, but it is not always possible to completely change, remove or delete all of your information or public postings from The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ databases and residual and/or cached data may remain archived thereafter. Further, we reserve the right to retain data (a) as required by applicable law; and (b) for so long as reasonably necessary to fulfill the purposes for which the data is retained except to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
We will take appropriate steps to verify your identity (or verify that you act as a legal guardian or authorized agent of the individual concerned) before granting a request to access your personal information.
Individuals located in the EU or the UK may have additional rights, which are explained below.
Tracking and Communications Options:
Tracking Technologies Generally. Regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some instances blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. Browsers offer different functionalities and options so you may need to set them separately. Also, tools from commercial browsers may not be effective with regard to Flash cookies (also known as locally shared objects), HTML5 cookies, or other Tracking Technologies. For information on disabling Flash cookies, go to Adobe’s website http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-third-party-local-shared.html. Please be aware that if you disable or remove these technologies, some parts of the Service may not work and that when you revisit the Service your ability to limit browser-based Tracking Technologies is subject to your browser settings and limitations.
Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. Like many online services, The Association of Plastic Recyclers currently does not alter The Association of Plastic Recyclers practices when The Association of Plastic Recyclers receives a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” you can visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com, but The Association of Plastic Recyclers is not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of this third-party information. Some third parties, however, may offer you choices regarding their Tracking Technologies. One way to potentially identify cookies on our web site is to add the free Ghostery plug-in to your browser (www.ghostery.com), which according to Ghostery will display for you traditional, browser-based cookies associated with the web sites you visit and privacy and opt-out policies and options of the parties operating those cookies. The Association of Plastic Recyclers is not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of this tool or third-party choice notices or mechanisms. For specific information on some of the choice options offered by third party analytics and advertising providers, see the next section.
In addition, we may serve ads on third-party services that are targeted to reach people on those services that are also identified on one of more of our data bases (“Matched List Ads”). This is done by using Tracking Technologies or by matching common factors between our data bases and the data bases of the third-party services. For instance, we may use such ad services offered by Facebook or Twitter and other Third-Party Services. We are not responsible for these Third-Party Services, including without limitation their security of the data. If we use Facebook to serve Matched List Ads on Facebook services, you should be able to hover over the box in the right corner of such a Facebook ad and find out how to opt-out with us from such list. If you opt-out from our Facebook Matched List Ads, we will remove the matching Personal Information from that list, however, this will not take effect immediately and if you have multiple e-mails or other accounts you may have to opt-out separately for each one. If we use Twitter Matched Use Ads, you should be able to opt-out through your account settings on Twitter. If you opt-out from our Twitter Matched Use Ads, you will be removed from that list, however, this will not take effect immediately and if you have multiple e-mails or other accounts you may have to opt-out separately for each one. We are not responsible for such third parties’ failure to comply with your or our opt-out instructions or to provide us notice of your opt-out elections, and they may change their options without notice to us or you.
Your California Privacy Rights:
We have adopted a policy that we do not share personal information as defined by California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (“Shine The Light law”) with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your consent. [If you are a California resident, you may request information about our compliance with the Shine the Light law by contacting us here or by sending a letter to The Association of Plastic Recyclers, 1776 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 (Attention: Legal Counsel). Any such request must include “California Privacy Rights Request” in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this email address or mail address.] [Note this last clause requires special home page notice of “Your CA Privacy Rights.”] [Note: Deep link the homepage link for your CA Privacy Rights to this section.]
European Union and United Kingdom Residents’ Privacy Rights.
If you are a resident of the European Union (EU) or the United Kingdom (UK), you may have certain additional rights, as detailed below.
What Legal Bases Do We Use to Process Your Information?
- For the performance of a contract we have with you where you have membership rights with our organization or registered for a conference, webinar, or other event.
- Your consent, where you have expressly provided us with consent for the collection, use and/or disclosure of your personal information.
- For compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject (such as tax obligations and when we are obliged to comply with lawful requests from competent authorities such as law enforcement).
- For the purposes of our legitimate interest, such as tailoring your experience on our website or improving our Services, provided that such processing does not outweigh your rights and freedoms.
The processing may also be pursuant to other applicable legal bases for data processing. To the extent that a legal ground described above would not apply to processing of your personal information, we will seek your consent for such specific purpose in accordance with applicable law.
What Are Your Rights as an EU or UK Resident?
To the extent a specific element of our processing of your personal information relies upon your consent, you may withdraw such consent at any time with future effect. Such a withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of the processing prior to the consent withdrawal.
Additional Data Privacy Rights:
- Access: You may request a copy of your personal information, which we will provide free of charge, together with information about the processing, such as the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal information concerned. However, this is not an absolute right and the interests of other individuals may restrict your right of access. For further copies, we may charge a reasonable fee based on administrative costs. We may decline requests which are excessive, particularly if repetitive.
- Rectification: You may edit some of your personal information or ask us to change, update, or fix your personal information in certain cases, particularly if it is inaccurate.
- Erasure: You may request the erasure of your personal information.
- Restrict Processing: You may ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information under certain circumstances, such as if your personal information is inaccurate or unlawfully held.
- Data Portability: You may ask for a copy of your personal information you provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and you may have the right to transmit this data to another entity.
- Object: You may object to the processing of your personal information on grounds relating to your particular situation under certain circumstances, for example for direct marketing. If you have a right to object and you exercise this right, your personal information will no longer be processed for such purposes by us, unless there are overriding compelling legitimate grounds for the processing or as otherwise provided under applicable law.
Please note that these rights may be limited under applicable laws. Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes, to complete any transactions that you began prior to your request, or for other purposes as required or permitted by applicable law.
We are a global organization with members located world-wide. Your personal information may be transferred outside the EU or the UK to the US or another country. These countries may not have equivalent data protection laws. When you email us or use our website, your information, with your consent, may be transferred to another country.
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