I. Scope of this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement describes the types of personal information American Kennel Club (“AKC,” “us,” “we” or “our”) collects through our web sites that link to this Privacy Statement, including without limitation www.akc.org, www.WOOFipedia.com, and any related sub domain names (the “Site”). This Privacy Statement does not govern our collection of personal information through any website or other means, other than through the Site.
By using the Site, you explicitly accept, without limitation or qualification, our practices surrounding the collection, use, and sharing of personal information provided by you in the manner described in this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Statement, please do not access, browse, or use the Site.
II. Personal Information We CollectA. Actively Collected Information
You may be asked to provide personal information if you wish to register as a user of the Site, to submit information or request information from us, or to use the services offered through the Site, such as, making purchases in our Online Store, using your My AKC account, creating a WOOFidpedia profile, donating to AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund, and registering a dog or litter through our online system. This personal information includes information that identifies you (whether directly or indirectly) such as your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, or other demographic information, and any other information you voluntarily provide.
If you decide to make any purchases through the Site, we will collect your payment card information and shipment information, including without limitation your credit/debit card number, credit/debit card expiration date, credit/debit card type (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express), and name and address in order to bill you for and ship such purchase.
B. Passively Collected Information
We may collect certain information about your use of the Site through the use of tracking technologies or by other passive means. We may use analytics applications such as Google Analytics to help us collect and analyze this information. This “passively collected” information includes, but is not limited to, the domain name of the website that allowed you to navigate to the Site, search engines used, the internet protocol (“IP”) address used, the length of time spent on the Site, the pages you looked at on the Site, other websites you visited before and after visiting the Site, your browser type, the frequency of your visits to the Site, and other relevant statistics, including the following:
III. How We Use Personal InformationPersonal information collected through the Site may be used by AKC and its affiliatesfor purposes of:
IV. Personal Information We ShareWe do not sell, rent, trade, or otherwise share personal information collected through the Site, except as described below:
If you choose to interact with specific advertisers who advertise through the Site, the information you provide to them is subject to the conditions of their specific privacy policies.
V. Aggregate Information We may compile personal information and other information collected through the Site on an aggregate basis. This information may include, without limitation, the number of users who have registered for the Site and demographic information about users of the Site. Such aggregate information does not identify you individually. We may use aggregate information and share aggregate information with third parties for any of the purposes specified in this Privacy Statement, or for any other lawful purpose.
VI. Your ChoicesA. Information You Provide
You can always choose whether or not to provide information on the Site. However, if you choose not to disclose certain information, you will not be able to create an account on the Site, which may limit your access to certain portions of the Site or your ability to conduct certain transactions on the Site.
B. Communications From Us
If at any time you decide that you no longer wish to receive notices from us regarding the Site, you may indicate this preference by clicking on the unsubscribe links appearing in one of our emails, by updating your AKC account, or you may click here.
C. Updating Information
We encourage registered users of the Site to keep their personal information current. You may access, edit or delete personal information you have provided about you by updating your My AKC accounton AKC.org or updating your Woofipedia account on www.woofipedia.com. For magazine subscribers, you may edit your postal mailing address at the Change My Address page.
If you register a dog or litter using the Site and wish that your name and address not be shared with third parties, you must contact AKC customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org 919-233-9767 to request that your name and address not be shared with third parties,provided, however, that if you co-own a dog or a litter, your name and address may be shared with other co-owners of the same dog or litter.
You may indicate your preference that AKC not release to third parties personal information collected when you subscribe to our magazines by checking the appropriate box on the subscription invoice form or subscription renewal form that we mail to you.
If you prefer that AKC not share certain other personal information that you voluntarily submit to us, you may indicate your preference that we not share such personal information you have provided through the Site to third parties by updating your AKC account.
VII. Information Storage and Security
We employ reasonable security precautions to protect personal information about you. The Site is operated from a secure environment with integrated security measures to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personal information provided on or through the Site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) software to encrypt certain types of information, such as payment card information, when transmitting information between your browser and the Site. No method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure. As a result, although we strive to protect personal information about you, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us through or in connection with the Site. If you have reason to believe that personal information is no longer secure, please notify us immediately by contacting us in accordance with the last section below.
VIII. A Special Note about Children
Children are not eligible to use the Site, and we ask that minors (children under the age of 13) not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use the Site only in conjunction with your parents or guardians.
IX. External Links
X. Special Admonitions for International Use
We may change or update the Site or any of our policies and procedures without prior notice. We will post a notice on this Site to advise you of any significant changes to this Privacy Statement and indicate at the bottom of this Privacy Statement when it was most recently updated. Your continued use of the Site signifies your continued assent to the terms of this Privacy Statement, as updated or amended at that time.
Last Updated: 11/11/2013