Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy and take the protection of your information very seriously. We have compiled this privacy policy so that you know how this website uses personal information, sometimes called “personally identifiable information” – data that can be used to identify an individual website user. Following is a description of how we collect, protect, and utilize personally identifiable information.

What personal information does the website collect?

When ordering or registering on our site, as applicable, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or other details. When you voluntarily provide us with information about yourself, you are consenting to our collection, use, disclosure, and storage of the personal information you provide. This information may be stored with our third-party vendors (example: MailChimp) so that we may utilize their services.

When do we collect personal information?

We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form, or enter information on our site.

For example, if you sign up for our newsletter, we will create an email list through our third-party email management vendors and send you our newsletter. The information collected for this purpose may include your email address and your name. You can stop receiving our email newsletters by following the unsubscribe instructions included in every email (usually at the bottom of each email). You will not receive spam from us by signing up for our email newsletter.

How do we use personal information? 

We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

  • To personalize the content we display for you;
  • To improve our website and communications;
  • To follow up with you after correspondence (live chat, email, or phone inquiries);
  • To improve our customer service;
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey, or other site feature; and/or
  • To ask for feedback on our website content.

How do we protect personal information?

Each time a payment or other transaction is required, we use an external PCI-compliant payment gateway to handle sensitive information like credit card numbers, and billing information. We do not store or handle any payment information on our website. Because our website does not handle payment information, we do not use vulnerability scanning to PCI standards. However, we regularly use malware scanning software on our website to identify malicious code.

We use a variety of security measures when a website user submits or accesses their information. Personal information is only stored on secure networks with a limited number of users who are required to keep such information confidential. Personal information is also encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. Further, all payments and transactions are processed through a PCI-compliant gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our web servers.

How and for what purposes do we use cookies?

This service utilizes cookies to collect anonymous data about visitors to our website. Cookies are small files that, if you give permission, our website sends to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser that allow our web service to recognize your web browser and capture and remember certain information. While cookies from our website may collect information about the browser you use or the device you use to reach our website, the cookies do not collect or store personally identifiable information.

Information collected by cookies may include:

  • Internet domain through which you accessed the Website;
  • Type of web browser and operating system you use;
  • Date and time you accessed the website;
  • Pages viewed on our website; and/or
  • How often you visit the website.

Cookies help us do the following:

  • Remember user preferences;
  • Track advertisements; and
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly. 

Use of Cookies 

By using or accessing our website with web browser settings allowing the use of cookies, you are consenting to the use of cookies. You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by using this browser add-on: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/. Find out more about the information collected by Google Analytics here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can disable cookies in your browser to prevent this service from collecting information about your visits.

You can opt out by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

We have implemented the following applications:

  • Demographics and Interests Reporting
  • Facebook Pixel for custom audience advertisement retargeting

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google and Facebook, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website. This website may also allow third-party behavioral tracking.

Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from your websites and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. This information may be used to provide us with insights about the effectiveness of our ads, to create custom audiences for advertising, and to enable better targeting for our ads. You can disable cookies in your browser to prevent this service from collecting information about your visits.

Facebook Pixel conversion tracking helps us measure the effectiveness of our Facebook ads and the return on investment for these ads by reporting actions people take after viewing those ads. No personal information is collected as a result of the use of these pixels.

You may access a mechanism to exercise your choice about data collection by visiting  http://www.aboutads.info/choices or http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/

Disclosure to Third Parties

We do not sell or trade personal information to third parties, except for our website hosting / operational partners and other parties who assist us in serving our users, as long as these other parties have agreed to keep the information confidential. We may also release information when lawful and by a court order.

However, non-personally identifiable information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

We use MailChimp as our marketing automation platform. If you fill out our newsletter subscription form on the website, you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy  and Terms .

We use ChamberMaster software provided by Growthzone.com for our chamber business directory and associated services. If you login to ChamberMaster and provide information for these services, you acknowledge that the information that you provide will be transferred to GrowthZone for processin accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms. ChamberMaster software products will be certified via the PrivacyShield framework. Services provided by the ChamberMaster software are covered by their Privacy Policy.

How Long We Retain Your Data

  • Google Analytics data is collected and stored for a period 14 months.
  • Contact Form information is retained on the server for a period of 6 months. See the note above about the retention of non-personal data collected in these forms.

Ithemes Security

This website utilizes the plugin Ithemes Security to better protect the website. The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 14 days.

A QR code image is generated for users that set up two-factor authentication for this site. This image is generated using an iThemes hosted API. As part of generating this image, your username is sent to the API. This data is not logged. For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

When using the Remember Device for Two-Factor, a cookie (itsec_remember_2fa) will be set with a secure token that expires in 30 days.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by Sucuri’s SiteCheck. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, Sucuri could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during their scan. For more details, please see Sucuri’s privacy policy.

This site is part of a network of sites that protect against distributed brute force attacks. To enable this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log into the site is shared with a service provided by ithemes.com. For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

BackupBuddy

This website utilizes the plugin BackupBuddy to automate backups of the website. Per the functionality of this plugin, backups of your website files and/or database are created and stored locally on your server and/or remotely on 3rd party servers based on the settings of this plugin. Archives can include, but are not limited to, file and database assets, including hashed passwords, 3rd party data, uploads and user information. These backups are stored to provide critical functionality of this plugin.

Cookies are used to handle importing and restoring backups.

This plugin tracks dates, times and actions of successful and unsuccessful backups and remote data transfers. This is stored to help make the plugin better and assist with troubleshooting problems.

Backup zip files are stored with hashed file names to prevent filename guessing and directory browsing is disabled.

External Links and Embedded Content

This website contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites and we encourage you to be aware that when you leave our website, you should read the privacy statements of any other website that collects personally identifiable information.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the following information:

www.starkville.org
Greater Starkville Development Partnership
200 East Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759
info@starkville.org
(662) 323-3322

Privacy Policy Revision Date

Last Edited on September 3, 2019