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Online privacy concerns focus on the protection of "registration and usage" information which a member or supplier (collectively, "members and suppliers" or "members or suppliers") reasonably expects to be kept private. As the term suggests, registration and usage information is information which can be associated with a specific individual or entity, including, for example, a member's name, address, or telephone number, e-mail address and information about online activities that are directly linked to them. It is common practice and often a necessity for companies, governments, or other organizations to collect registration and usage information in order to conduct business and offer services. EPRCenter endeavors to safeguard the registration and usage information obtained from its members and suppliers from unauthorized intrusions. General EPRCenter will not sell, trade, or disclose to third parties any registration and usage information derived from the registration for, or use of, a EPRCenter online service - including member and supplier names and addresses - without the consent of the member or supplier except as required by subpoena, search warrant, or other legal process, or in the event that such member or supplier may be engaging in unlawful activity, violating our Terms and Conditions of Usage and System Access, or as necessary to perform services for EPRCenter in which the third party agrees to protect your registration and usage information consistently with this privacy policy. Some registration and usage information will, however, be disclosed to other members or suppliers in connection with the normal operation of EPRCenter System as more fully described in our Terms and Conditions of Usage and System Access including, for example, when a member utilizes our system to e-mail a supplier to request pricing information or complete a purchase order and in connection with supplier quality rating submissions. When EPRCenter uses third parties to perform services on its behalf, EPRCenter will request that such third parties protect your registration and usage information consistently with this privacy policy. However, we cannot ensure that all of your registration and usage information will never be disclosed, as regulatory and/or other requirements may make disclosure necessary. Collection and Use: EPRCenter servers automatically gather information about traffic activity within the EPRCenter web site, including which pages are viewed and which functions are executed. EPRCenter primarily uses this information only in the aggregate. EPRCenter may collect and use registration and usage information for various purposes, including but not limited to, billing purposes, to provide or change service, to anticipate and resolve problems with your service, or to inform you of products and services that better meet your needs. This means that EPRCenter may use your registration and usage information, in conjunction with information available from other sources, to market new services that may be of interest to you, but EPRCenter will not disclose your registration and usage information to third parties who want to market products to you. Member or Supplier Opt-Out: A member or supplier may choose not to receive direct marketing communications via e-mail, fax, and mail from EPRCenter in connection with EPRCenter online services. Upon such choice, EPRCenter will not use registration and usage information obtained from that member or supplier's registration to contact that member or supplier with marketing messages via e-mail, fax, and mail about any EPRCenter products or services. A member or supplier may choose not to receive such marketing messages by notifying EPRCenter via e-mail, fax or mail. Security: EPRCenter has implemented technology and security features to safeguard the privacy of your registration and usage information from unauthorized access or improper use, and netCOMPONENTS, based on its judgment, will continue to enhance its security procedures as new technology becomes available. However, "perfect security" is not available on the Internet. E-mail Contents: EPRCenter will not read or disclose to third parties private e-mail communications that are transmitted using EPRCenter services except as required to operate the service as provided in the EPRCenter Terms and Conditions of Usage and System Access or as otherwise authorized by law. Logging: EPRCenter provides logging features for e-mail and other communications used in the procurement process that are transmitted using EPRCenter services. A member may choose to turn their own logging on or off. EPRCenter will not read or disclose to third parties member or supplier's private information that is logged except as required to operate the service or as otherwise authorized by law. Improper Conduct: EPRCenter may also use registration and usage information to investigate and help prevent potentially unlawful activity or activity that threatens to violate or violates the Terms and Conditions of Usage and System Access. Account Information: EPRCenter honors requests from members and suppliers for verification of their own account information and will correct, or enable correction of, any such information which may be inaccurate. Members and suppliers may verify that appropriate corrections have been made. Supplier Inventory File Uploads EPRCenter is sensitive to the privacy, control, use, and security issues surrounding uploaded supplier/seller inventory files. EPRCenter system is designed to prevent inventory files and aggregate inventory information from falling into unauthorized hands. Members have searching/viewing privileges only (they cannot download) and cannot do a sort to bring up aggregate data of a particular supplier. However, "perfect security" is not available on the Internet. EPRCenter also provides content at locations other than the EPRCenter web site that give the supplier, if eligible for inclusion, expanded exposure to electronic component buyers and engineers. EPRCenter also takes measures, in these cases, to control the data or otherwise prevent the supplier's aggregate inventory information from falling into unauthorized hands, including providing only limited or partial data that is searchable by part number only. EPRCenter does provide data on part numbers only to select third parties for the purpose of marketing EPRCenter services and driving additional traffic to the EPRCenter web site, which may benefit listing Suppliers. Supplier acknowledges and agrees that part numbers only, when not associated with quantity positions, descriptions, Supplier names or any other inventory file information and not grouped or sorted by Supplier, does not constitute inventory information, and that data on part numbers only, including those of the Supplier, can be provided by netCOMPONENTS. Suppliers desiring to not have their inventory data displayed at, and part numbers only data provided to, locations other than the EPRCenter web site may opt-out by notifying EPRCenter in writing via facsimile or e-mail. EPRCenter would be pleased to provide, upon request (webmaster@netCOMPONENTS.com) by a supplier, a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) in order to provide further assurances regarding the protection of, and use of, the supplier's inventory data by netCOMPONENTS. Cookies The EPRCenter web site makes limited use of "cookies" for the purposes of 1) making the member and supplier experience more efficient and secure, and 2) facilitating the gathering of non-specific member and supplier information. A cookie is a commonly used internet standard which stores, in a very small text file on the member or supplier's hard disk, information specific to the member or supplier. Cookie technology prevents access of this information by any web site other than the web site issuing the cookie. The private features of the EPRCenter web site are only accessible when cookies are enabled in the member or supplier's browser. If a member or supplier does not wish to utilize cookie technology, this feature may be disabled within the member or supplier's web browser. However, doing so makes the private features of the EPRCenter web site unavailable through that browser (for as long as cookies are disabled). Other Web Sites netCOMPONENTS' privacy policy only applies to the EPRCenter web site. The EPRCenter web site may link from several points throughout it's web site to third party information and service providers who may collect personal information from members or suppliers in order to provide members or suppliers with information or services. EPRCenter has no control over the privacy policy of any third party company. Please examine the privacy policies of such third parties prior to submitting any personal information, as they may differ from netCOMPONENTS. EPRCenter web site content is also featured on other web sites with differing or non-existent privacy policies. These web sites may collect personal information from their members that may or may not be used in conjunction with EPRCenter site information. Prior to supplying any personal information to any third party company linking to EPRCenter site, please read and understand their privacy policy. Advertisements Advertisements may appear on pages throughout the EPRCenter web site. Some advertisements may request information directly from members or suppliers or take members or suppliers to web sites that may request personal information. EPRCenter has no control over its advertisers' privacy policies, so please examine the privacy policy of any company advertising on EPRCenter site prior to submitting any personal information. Surveys EPRCenter may conduct supplier quality rating and/or other surveys via the EPRCenter System. Participation in such surveys is completely voluntary and your use of the EPRCenter System constitutes your consent to participation in such surveys and sharing of your registration and usage information with other EPRCenter members or suppliers in connection therewith. The survey may require a member or supplier to provide registration and usage information in exchange for the information or services provided by the survey. EPRCenter also may use this information in an aggregate manner to better tailor the type of services, information, and advertising that are provided on it's web site. Policy Changes EPRCenter reserves the right to change its privacy policy by publishing new terms on its web site and your access and use of the EPRCenter web site thereafter constitutes your acknowledgment and acceptance of same. This privacy policy does not create any legal right for you or any third parties. Questions? Please direct any questions or comments regarding the EPRCenter privacy policy to