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The Switchgear Forum's Privacy Policy


The Switchgear Forum and its family of products are committed to protecting our users' privacy. This privacy policy is designed to inform users of the Switchgear Forum products about how theSwitchgear Forum gathers and uses anonymous and profile information, and in what circumstances the Switchgear Forum will disclose such information. The Switchgear Forum will take reasonable steps to protect user privacy consistent with the guidelines set forth in this policy and with applicable U.S. laws.

Key Definitions

In this Privacy Policy, we use the following key definitions. Other terms are defined in the body of the policy.

"Clickstream Data" mean the information that the Switchgear Forum collects through cookies, and log files.

"Content Provider" means a third party that owns a white paper, data, or other document and allows the Switchgear Forum to link to or display its information from/on the Switchgear Forum site.

"User" or "you" means any person viewing any page on the Switchgear Forum site.

"Third Party Content" means the white papers, data, articles, solutions, and other documents available through the web site and owned by Content Providers.

What Information Do We Collect?

Profile Information: Our primary goal in collecting profile information (which may include your name and the following business - and not home or personal - information: name, company name, email address ...) is to provide the reader with the best and most useful content for their needs.   

We collect profile information when you provide it to us through the following: when you register on our site, subscribe to an (email) e-Newsletter or Product Alert, register for one of our events, or register to use certain services (like webcasts and white papers) or through surveys. Several of the products and services that we offer on our sites may require registration as a condition of use.

Cookies: When you view the Switchgear Forum web site, a small file called a cookie may be placed on your hard drive. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (However, by not accepting cookies, some of our web pages may not display properly or you may not be permitted to access certain information.) If you register with the Switchgear Forum by providing your name, email address and other contact details, the Switchgear Forum will use cookies to authenticate your identity when you visit the site. In all cases, theSwitchgear Forum uses cookies to obtain anonymous information such as the number of visits to the site that a certain user has made, the movement of the user through the site, and the searches that the user conducts on the site.

How Do We Use The Information We Collect?

Subscriber Information: We use Subscriber Information to deliver email newsletters and to Subscribers who have signed up for those services. We may also send general promotional and marketing materials to Subscribers. We use Subscriber Information to understand our customer base and to market our services to others.

Third Party Personal Information: We use third party email addresses provided for the "email a friend" or social media posting feature only for the purpose of sending invitations to a subscriber-specified third party, and for no other purpose.

Sharing Information: The Switchgear Forum may share profile information collected as follows:

  • Except as set forth herein, your contact information (name, company, e-mail address, country and other profile information) will not be shared with anyone other than the Switchgear Forum and the suppliers/advertisers whose content you have viewed.
  • We may send general promotional and marketing materials to our users, including marketing research surveys. We also use profile information to understand our customer base and to market our services to our customers.
  • You may have your personal information removed from the system by contacting privacy@SwitchgearForum.com.

What Information Do We Disclose to Third Parties?

Disclosure of Anonymous, Aggregated Information

We provide summary reports to our Content Providers, based on our analysis of Clickstream Data. The type of information included in a summary report is "3,000 people looked at your information this week, and of those people 60% clicked through to read the full report." This aggregated information is anonymous and does not disclose to the content providers, advertisers, prospective advertisers, and partners any profile information about the individual users who saw or clicked on their reports.

Disclosure of Personal Information

The Switchgear Forum Registration Information: When you register to subscribe to the Switchgear Forum, your contact information may be used to confirm registrations and send information and promotional material from the Switchgear Forum the site sponsors (information may also be used to compile broad demographic information.)

If you would like your profile information deleted from the GlobalSpec database, please contact us at privacy@SwitchgearForum.com and we will remove your profile.

Profile information provided to us by you is, however, subject to disclosure pursuant to any applicable laws.



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