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IMI collects personally identifying information and data about individuals, their company, and the company’s demographics (“personally identifying information and data”) including (i) when you provide information to IMU, such as when you register or sign up for any of our products such as publications, subscriptions, e-mails, contests, surveys, newsletters, memberships, RSS Feeds, web casts, podcasts, White Papers, online seminars, conferences and other communications with IMI, (ii) when you register or sign up on the IMI site or when you register for any other IMI products individually or through “auto register,” your information will be known to IMI and (iii) from time to time we may add other information that we collect from third party sources to enhance the information that you provided to IMI.

Below is the current policy regarding the usage of personally identifying information and data collected by IMI. We reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis based on feedback from readers and clients. IMI reserves the right to change its privacy policy. However, if there are any changes to the use of personally identifying information and data that is different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you by posting a notice on our website.

IMI, or third party partners may place a “cookie” in the browser files of a user’s computer. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifying information, except when such information has been supplied by a subscriber or registered user.

If you have registered with IMI, the information in your “cookie” is used to provide a more personalized experience on our website. If you haven’t registered with our site, we may place a cookie on your system to help provide a more personalized experience. This cookie identifies you as a unique user by means of a tracking ID. However, if you have not registered on our site, we cannot link that user ID with personal identifying information and data about you such as your name or e-mail address.

Other cookies without personally identifying information and data are used to enable IMI to manage the banner advertisements presented or personalized information to the user.

Browsers or third-party software can allow you to block the use of cookies while you surf our site. Or, you can use third-party “anonymizer” services to mask information in your cookies, or even general data such as your IP address. In such cases, you would not be able to take advantage of most of the personalization services offered by IMI.

The aggregated information we collect is used for a number of purposes including the following:

  1. To improve the content and design of the IMI Web site.
  2. To enable our audit bureau to verify our claims of traffic to the site.
  3. To help advertisers, potential advertisers or marketers assess the suitability of the site for their ad campaigns.
  4. As clear GIFs, also known as pixel tags, provided by our ad-serving company to help manage online advertising. These clear GIFS let our ad-serving company recognize a browser’s cookie when a user visits our site. The information we collect and share through this technology is not personally identifiable (It does not include your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address)
  5. We may create and use aggregate customer data to understand more about the interests of our customers and may use the data to offer goods and services we believe may be of interest to our customers, on behalf of IMI, or select organisations.

Postal addresses, and other personally identifying information and data will be used to promote IMI and other products and services, and may be rented and/or licensed to selected outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the personally identifying information and data are rented and/or licensed for use and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

Telephone numbers of IMI print subscribers are used by IMI to collect re-qualification data and may be used by IMI affiliates and it’s advertisers for promotional purposes. IMI may rent and/or license for use phone numbers to select outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the numbers are rented and/or licensed for use are required to target their offers carefully.

Fax numbers of IMI print subscribers are used by IMI to collect re-qualification data and may be used for surveys for IMI and third parties. Except as set forth in this policy, no fax numbers are rented and/or licensed to outside firms.

E-mail addresses of IMI subscribers are used for re-qualification purposes. These e-mail addresses may also be used to collect feedback by members of our editorial or research team, to promote IMI products and services, and they may be rented to other firms and/or licensed for promotional purposes. When you provide your email address to us, you agree to receive email from IMI. We allow users to “opt-out” of receiving e-mail from outside firms, however, when e-mail information is collected and with each e-mail use of the user’s address you can individually “opt-out” of receiving further e-mail from outside firms and IMI. If a user does not choose to “opt-out” at the time the e-mail address is collected, or does not respond to the questions concerning how we may use their email address, the address may be rented and/or licensed for use to outside firms. Offers for which the e-mail address is rented and/or licensed for use require the users to target their offers carefully.

Personal identifying information submitted on portions of our site developed with outside third parties may be shared with those third parties, and the information will be governed by those parties’ privacy policies as well as IMI’s. IMI, nor any of its parent companies or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, does not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of such third parties.

IMI users should be aware that when they disclose personal identifying information (e.g., user name, address, company name, telephone number, demographic information, buying information, other data and E-mail address) in discussion forums, chat rooms or other areas that are publicly accessible by others, that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other posters or parties. IMI, nor its parent company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, is not responsible for any information that you provide in the above areas.

In the event that the ownership of IMI or any of its products are sold or transferred, all lists and data which contains personally identifying information and data including, for example, user name, address, company name, telephone number, demographic information, buying information, other data and e-mail address, will be transferred to the new owner.