We collect personal information from our visitors on a voluntary basis. Personal information may include name, title, company, address, phone number, e-mail address, and other relevant data. Questions or comments submitted by visitors may also include personal information. We do not require personal information for visitors to obtain access to most of our site.
We use the information visitors provide for such purposes as processing and responding to requests, improving our operations, and communicating with visitors about our products, services, and businesses. Subsidiaries and external service providers participate in some of these activities, but we do not sell or rent personal information to unrelated businesses for direct marketing purposes. Also, as our business evolves, we may transfer or acquire businesses and related assets, and we may transfer information about customers and site visitors in connection with such transactions.
Our web server also automatically collects non-personally-identifiable information, such as the domain name of the site providing the visitor with Internet access, but not the visitor’s user name. Other examples of information collected by our server include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect the visitor’s computer to the Internet, the visitor’s browser type and version, operating system and platform, the average time spent on our site, pages viewed, information searched for, access times, and other relevant statistics. We use this information in the aggregate to measure the use of our site and to administer and improve it.
To the extent required or permitted by law, we may also collect, use, and disclose personal information in connection with security-related or law enforcement investigations or in the course of cooperating with authorities or complying with legal requirements.