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The Northwest Food Processors Innovation Productivity Center (IPC) respects the privacy of users of its Web site. IPC strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, users must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, IPC has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does IPC Collect?
Most data IPC collects is used only to help IPC provide better service. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our users knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by email or a special announcement placed on the Web site.

From General Users IPC does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Users to the public areas of the IPC's Web site browse anonymously. Only aggregate data - such as the number of hits per page - is collected. Aggregate data is only used for internal and marketing purposes and does not provide any personally identifying information.

From IPC Event Registrants and Other Users.
To gain access to password protected resources and personalization features on the IPC Web site, users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This data is submitted voluntarily. IPC asks users to provide their name, organization name, business phone, and email. Similar information may be submitted to IPC through conference or seminar registration, publication orders, etc. Additionally, for some emails sent in HTML format by IPC to its subscribers through its electronic newsletters, IPC will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, IPC will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, name of the list from which the message was sent, tracking URL number and destination page. IPC only uses this information to enhance its services. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.

How Does IPC Use Data Collected?
IPC uses information voluntarily submitted by users in the following ways.

IPC Services. Generally, IPC uses data collected to improve its own Web content; to respond to users' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new services.

Disclosures to Third Parties. On occasion, IPC may provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. This limited data can include names, job titles, companies and business addresses, but does not include business phone numbers, business fax numbers or email addresses. Users may request IPC to refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on any conference registration form or other form on which they are providing information or by contacting IPC at 503.327.2200 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.

Credit Card Account Information. IPC does not disclose credit card account information provided by registrants. When registrants choose to pay using their credit cards, IPC submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

How Does IPC Use Cookies?
Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a user's hard disk for use either during a particular session ("per-session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie). IPC uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided. When a user registers, the system will ask whether the user approves of the attachment of a cookie. Users may instruct their Internet browsers to opt out of accepting a "persistent" cookie and rather accept only a "per-session" cookie, but will need to login each time they visit the site to enjoy the full benefits. If the user declines the attachment of any cookie, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the website. Registration enables the site to better determine users' interest areas and provide the most relevant information.

What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?
This Web site contains links to other web sites. IPC has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

What Means Of Redress Are Available?
If any user suspects IPC has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us via email at info@foodipc.org or by calling 503.327.2200.

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