IP Addresses: An IP address is a numerical designation that identifies your computer or network link to the Internet. Your IP address may be assigned to the computer which you are using to access the Internet, or to your Internet Service Provider’s server. An IP address is machine-specific, not person-specific, and thus does not by itself personally identify the user. UPA collects and uses its users’ IP addresses to help us diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site quality. We do not use IP addresses to personally identify users. We review a log file of IP addresses to determine which areas of our site visitors access and to revise our site content based on the interests of users. We do not track the usage patterns of individual users, except when they click through from e-mails that we send out.
Personal Information: Personal information you voluntarily disclose to UPA either online or in writing and e-mail sent to UPA through the website is added to the relevant UPA database to enable updates to our member and user databases, and/or to enable us to make an appropriate response. This information is usually the name, email and/or physical address, item or service requested, or topic of interest. UPA may send emails or other communications to individuals based on the information voluntarily submitted to UPA. On occasion, we may also contract with third parties for co-marketing or other activities related to the UPA’s goals and objectives, and allow them to use selected member or user information under strict confidentiality agreements. UPA does not rent or sell email addresses submitted to us. UPA will not otherwise disclose its member or customer information to the government or other third parties unless required by law.
Information provided to UPA in non-electronic form may also be used in this way. Individuals who would like to “opt out” of receiving additional communications from UPA should contact us to have their names removed from our lists. Corrections or other changes may also be made by e-mailing [email protected] UPA endeavors to take appropriate measures to assure the reliability of member records and to protect them from loss, misuse or alteration. Member records are protected from access by Internet users through the use of firewalls and other security capabilities.
Public Forums: UPA may make chat rooms, forums, or message boards available to its online users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in that context.