Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

We collect Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") and Non-Personally Identifiable Information ("Non-PII") to facilitate the operation of FIRSTConnects.Us.

Personally Identifiable Information: This refers to information that lets Us know the specifics of who you are. It may include personal information, such as your first and last name, title, mailing address (including zip code), electronic contact information (including email address), age, team affiliation, and phone number. You shall choose whether or not to let other members of the Site view this information.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information ("Non-PII"): This refers to information that does not by itself identify any specific person. This includes the Web site's Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, and/or your Internet Protocol ("IP") address. For information on cookies, see section 8 below.

1. Collection of PII

We only collect PII when you have contacted Us in any manner. You provide certain PII to Us when you (a) register for the site; (b) send e-mail messages, submit forms, or transmit other information by telephone or letter, and (c) at other points on Our Site that state that such information is being collected. Depending upon the activity, some of the information We ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as 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.

2. Collection of Non-PII

We gather Non-PII at different places on Our Web Site in several ways. This information is compiled and analyzed on both an individual (anonymous) and an aggregated basis. This information may include, but is not limited to, computer operating system and browser data, location data, and page view data.

3. Use of Information

By entering personal information into FIRSTConnects.Us online systems, you agree to allow FIRSTConnects.Us to collect, use, and disclose the information for the management of FIRSTConnects.Us, as well as to communicate with you about the FIRSTConnects.Us services.

When We or entities that provide direct service to Us collect Non-PII it may be used to diagnose problems with Our servers, software, to administer Our Site, and to gather demographic information.

We will primarily use your PII to provide Our services to you, as required by Our agreements with you. We will also use PII to analyze and enhance the operation of Our Site, fill orders, improve Our marketing and promotional efforts, statistically analyze Site use, improve Our product and service offerings, gather information, and customize Our Site's content, layout, and services. We may use PII to deliver information to you and to contact you regarding administrative notices. We may also use PII to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, and enforce Our agreements with you, including Our Site Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy.

4. Release of Information

We do not sell, or rent your PII to others. We and Our service partners use your PII to operate Our Sites, to complete transactions you request, and to deliver our services.

Unless you specifically request otherwise, we may release your PII to the FIRST organization, who has posted their own privacy policy at http://www.usfirst.org/content.aspx?id=868. The use of your PII by the FIRST organization is governed by their privacy policy and is not subject to Our control.

Occasionally, We may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide PII to the appropriate governmental authorities. We will disclose PII upon receipt of a court order or subpoena or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. We fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use Our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that We in good faith believe to be unlawful.

We will not release your PII to any other organization.

5. Updating and Correcting Information

FIRSTConnects.Us participants have the ability to access and edit the PII that you have provided to Us. PII may be changed via our various registration and communication systems or by written requests at:

FRC Team 694
345 Chambers St.
New York, NY 10282
support@firstconnects.us

Please include your name, address, and/or e-mail address when you contact Us.

We encourage you to promptly update your PII if it ever changes. You may ask to have the information on your account deleted or removed; however, because We keep track of any past communications you may have with us, you cannot delete information associated with these communications regarding this Site. In addition, it may be impossible to completely delete your information without some residual information because of backups.

6. User Choices on Collection and Use of Information

We may, from time to time, send you e-mail regarding Our programs and services. Only FIRSTConnects.Us or, in some cases, the FIRST organization, may send you these emails and only if you indicated that you do not object to these offers. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell Us when you give Us your personal information. If you do not want us to release and PII to thr FIRST organization, you can indicate that to us as well in your user settings.

You also have choices with respect to cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you generally have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, some parts of Our Site may not work properly.

7. Security of Information

At Our Site, you can be assured that we try to keep your PII secure. The importance of security for all PII associated with Our users is of utmost concern to Us. Your PII is protected in several ways. Access to FIRSTConnects.Us member PII is available through a unique customer ID and password selected by the participant. This password is encrypted. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. In addition, your PII resides on a secure server that only selected FIRSTConnects.Us personnel have access to via password. Participants may opt to display their PII in the member area of the Site.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while We strive to protect your PII, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet that are beyond Our control; (b) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and Us through this Site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.

8. Cookies

When you use Our Site, We may store cookies on your computer in order to facilitate and customize your use of Our Site. Our cookies may store user identification numbers, and if you choose, your log-in name and password hash to remember you on Our Site. Our cookies (i) make your use of the Site easier, (ii) make the Site run more smoothly, (iii) track authenticated users visiting Our Site, and (iv) help Us to maintain a secure Site. You are always free to decline Our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of Our Site may not work properly in that case.

9. Miscellaneous Privacy Issues

If you are 13 to 18 years of age we expect you to have your parent's permission before participating on this site, and particularly before submitting any pictures or personal information about yourself.

10. Warning About Disclosing Personally-Identifiable Information

If you disclose Personally Identifiable Information (i.e. your name, e-mail address, etc.) in any public area on this Site, other people can see and use that information as an opportunity to contact you or to send you unsolicited emails. This is beyond Our control and is your responsibility. If you have questions, please ask your parents. If you do not want your comments to be viewed by third parties, you are advised not to make any submissions. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online.

11. Restrictions on the Posting of Pictures

If you are 13 to 18 years of age, you are expected you to have your parent's permission before submitting any pictures of yourself.

Before posting the pictures of others, if the person is under the age of 18, you must have the parent/guardian's consent.

Everyone should use good judgment when posting images. Images that do not reflect good judgment (e.g. depictions of illegal or irresponsible activity, disclosure of private information about a minor, etc.) can be removed by Us.

13. Problems, Questions, Complaints, Assistance

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact Us at:

FIRSTConnects.Us
345 Chambers St.
New York, NY 10282
support@firstconnects.us

14. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent, and we expect most such changes will be minor. Regardless, we will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of Privacy Policy changes).