BIS Website Privacy Statement
This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or as a warranty against unauthorized breaches/failures of BIS computing resources, the security of information provided via the BIS website. Access to the BIS website is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of the BIS website constitutes acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions.
Collection and Sharing of Supplied Personal User Information and Data
BIS uses this website for business purposes and is committed to fostering and protecting the privacy of personal information. The BIS website will not collect personally identifiable information (personal data) about visitors, such as name, address, telephone number, or email address unless the information is provided voluntarily. Visitors should not voluntarily provide personal data if they do not want it to be collected. When collected, personal data may be used in the following ways:
- Fulfill an order or request;
- Assist with better understanding the needs of visitors, thereby allowing BIS to improve services;
- Reply to, or contact users.
- Fulfillment of grant funding requirements.
BIS will not sell, rent, or market personal data to third parties. In some cases, information that is not personally identifiable may be automatically collected and/or logged. For example, information about the visitor's browser, operating system, IP address, and the domain name of sites that are linked to the BIS website allows BIS to accommodate the needs of the majority of visitors. It also assists with troubleshooting and diagnoses if there are problems with servers, and the information helps produce important statistics on how often pages are visited. Finally, this information can be used in the detection of security breaches and the safeguarding of BIS and other computing resources. Use of the BIS website is subject to all applicable state and federal laws. It is BIS's usual practice not to share any personal information with those outside of BIS. However, when circumstances arise for the need to share information gathered from its computing resources within the BIS IP Address space, BIS may share information that is:
- Authorized and/or mandated by law;
- Permitted under BIS policies;
- Required by grant funding guidelines;
- Authorized by an approved contract;
- When consent is otherwise given.
BIS has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its communications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire BIS operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. However, such activities should not be construed as any warranty against the unauthorized breach/failure of these security measures.
Online Surveys and Other Information Provided by the User
At any time there may be online surveys being conducted on the BIS website. Persons responsible for conducting online surveys that collect personally-identifiable information should clearly state at the survey site the extent to which any information provided will be shared or protected. Aggregate data from surveys may be shared with external third parties in ways that do not compromise privacy.
Disclaimer of Liability
In no event shall BIS be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused by or in connection with, use of, or reliance on, any information, products, or services available on or through the BIS website. BIS shall not be held liable, and does not assume responsibility, for any improper or incorrect use of the BIS website. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or loss, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record(s), whether for breach of contract, tortuous behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action. Users of the BIS website should be aware that periodic changes may be made to the information provided on the BIS website. Also, users should be cautious about information from the BIS website that is obtained through sources other than BIS web pages, as electronic data/information can be altered or become out-of-date subsequent to original distribution.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Information/Data
Although the information/data found using the BIS website have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, express or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. BIS provides this information on an "as is" basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are specifically and generally disclaimed.
Disclaimer for External Links
Disclaimer on Linking to BIS Website
BIS encourages and permits links to content published on the BIS website. However, any linking should not (1) implicitly or explicitly suggest that BIS promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, web site content, products or services, or (2) use BIS content for inappropriate commercial purposes. BIS reserves the right to withdraw permission for any link.
Choice of Law
Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. The laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data/information and the BIS website. By use of the BIS website and any data/information contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations, and users shall not violate the rights of any third parties.