What information do we collect?
Information provided by you:
You may provide us with certain personally identifiable information when you:
- sign up for small business resources;
- order products, services or gift certificates;
- request customer support or send us any other communication;
- sign up for newsletters, email alerts, and special offers;
- enter sweepstakes or contests;
- sign up for, or redeem, special offers;
- respond to surveys;
- use our Email-to-a-Friend or Refer-A-Friend features; and
- approve your request to open a Childrens Corner account or Childs First Investment Portfolio account in accordance with The Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).
Such information may include your name, email address, billing address, shipping address, and debit/credit card number. You may also provide us with information about other people, such as their email addresses, if you email a product to a friend or refer a friend to the Site or our promotions.
Information collected by Cookies:
We may work with other companies who place cookies or web beacons on our website. These companies help operate our websites and provide you with additional products and services. They are subject to confidentiality agreements with CNI and other legal restrictions. CNI does not permit any of these companies to collect personal information using cookies or web beacons on our websites. Certain functionalities related to the provision of additional products and services require marketers to share website usage information about visitors to the Site, who have received targeted promotional campaigns, with a reputable third-party advertising company(s) for the purpose of targeting future campaigns and upgrading visitor information used in reporting statistics. To this end, CNI's third-party advertising company(s) makes a note of some of the pages you visit on the Site through the use of pixel tags.
Information collected by Web Beacons, Phloggers and Log Files:
CNI collects certain non-personally identifiable information through the use of web beacons, phloggers and log files. Such information may include your IP address, browser type, operating system, site usage, and whether you opened emails you received from us.
Information collected through Product/Service Reviews and Testimonials:
You may choose to submit a product/service review or testimonial. If you send us one of these items, we may ask for certain information to validate your review or testimonial such as your email address, photo, and your city/state/country of residence. If you submit a review or testimonial, we may publish your geographic location or other anonymous information but your email address will be kept private. Additionally, any personally identifiable information that you submit as part of the review can be read or used by other visitors to the Site. We are not responsible for any personally identifiable information that you choose to submit as part of your review or testimonial. We believe you can post a helpful review or testimonial without disclosing any personal information.
How do we secure your information?
When you place orders or access your account information, we use commercially reasonable and generally-accepted technological safeguards to secure any information we collect about you. The secure server software (SSL certificate) we use encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us. In addition, your CNI client account information is password-protected for your privacy and security. You should always take steps to protect the confidentiality of your user id and password. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to close your browser window and sign off when you finish using a shared computer.
You may also choose not to provide us with certain information, but that may result in you being unable to use certain features of our website because such information may be required in order for you to use online client services; purchase products or services; participate in a contest, promotion, survey, or sweepstakes; ask a question; or initiate other transactions on our website.
We work very hard to protect your privacy, but we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private. While we use industry-standard precautions to safeguard your personal information, we cannot guarantee complete security.
How do we use your information?
We use the personally identifiable information you provide to:
- provide the features and functionality of the Site;
- fulfill your requests for our products and services;
- pay earnings or referral fees;
- communicate with you about the status of your orders and other inquiries about our products and services;
- send you information about our products and services;
- for our internal business purposes, such as data analysis, marketing positioning, audits and so forth;
- help us create content that is most relevant to you; and
- provide notices about the results of sweepstakes, contest, and other promotions.
We use your email address to communicate with you about your account and to send you certain notification emails.
When you purchase products or services from the CNI Site, we may use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send marketing messages and notifications from time-to-time whether or not you have a client account with us. You may unsubscribe or change the frequency of email notifications by replying to us through the signature portion of these emails.
If you email a product to a friend or refer a friend to the Site or our promotions, we will use your friend's email to send them the email you requested. Your friends' email addresses will only be used for this purpose unless permission is otherwise granted.
We use non-personally identifiable information to monitor the use and performance of the Site so we can learn more about how our website visitors use the Site which helps us improve our products and services and also significantly enhances your experience on our website.
Does CNI disclose the information it collects to outside parties?
Generally, CNI does not share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies without your consent except that:
If you sign up for a promotion (e.g., a contest or sweepstakes offer) or enroll in a service we offer in partnership with a third party, we may provide information (such as your name, email address, and account activity) to such third parties.
CNI provides its sellers with the name and city/state/country of residence of CNI customers who have purchased such seller's products.
CNI may also release information (including your name, addresses, telephone number, and account activity) when we, in our sole discretion believe that such release is necessary or appropriate to:
- comply with law;
- comply with subpoenas, warrants, court orders, government investigations, or other legal process;
- enforce or apply the terms of any of our user, client or license agreements;
- investigate or respond to allegations of fraud, intellectual property infringement, or other unlawful activity
- investigate fraud or similar claims;
- protect the rights, property or safety of CNI, our employees, users or others.
- to protect our operations; or
- to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages we may sustain.
In the event that CNI is acquired by, purchases, or merges with, another company CNI reserves the right to transfer all information we have collected from our users in connection with such acquisition or merger.
CNI may disclose non-personally-identifiable information to third parties in aggregate form to potential business partners and investors.
Advertising and Marketing
CNI may use third party service providers to place ads on our behalf across the Internet and sometimes on the Site. They may collect anonymous information about your visits to our Site, and your interaction with our products and services. They may also use information about your visits to this and other websites to target advertisements for goods and services. This anonymous information is collected through the use of a web beacon or phlogger, which are industry standard technologies used by most major sites.
In addition, CNI is a dynamic marketplace with a great number of branded and non-branded products, services and content. We offer our users the opportunity to opt-in to receive emails, newsletters, notifications of promotions and the like offered by our partners from such partner relationships.
What about children's privacy?
We respect children's privacy. We do not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, please do not submit any personal information to us, and rely on a parent or guardian to assist you.