Type of Information Collected
The types of information collected about you falls into the following categories.
Personal Information Your name, email address, AIM ID, telephone numbers, birthdate, postal address, photo, certifications and text about yourself on your profile page.
Security Information Your password that you use to login to the site.
Use and Disclosure of Information To 3rd Parties
Beyond the agreed-upon use and disclosure as part of the functionality of this site (such as allowing other members of your team and team-designated administrators and alerters to view your detailed contact information and for designated alerters to send alerts to you), I will never share specific private information about you with any 3rd party, such as an agent, contractor, or affiliated company, except for the purpose of providing services to CertAlert.net, and in that case, only to a party whose agrees to keep such information private. I will never sell or otherwise provide your private contact information to any other party without your prior consent.
We may use and disclose aggregate information about our users to the public or to 3rd parties, but in only such ways that do not reveal anything about specific users. For instance, maintaining statistics on percentages of users from various demographic groups, or about average useage patterns of the site.
We may use your private information to contact you regarding issues or problems with content you've uploaded to the site, and to occassionaly notify you by email about new features or important changes to the site.
Your personal information, which includes your email address, telephone numbers, AIM ID, and street addresses, can only be viewed by site administrators (currently only myself) and other members, administrators and alerters of teams you join, and then only when they are logged into the site. Team alerters can also send alerts to you, which can go out by email and text message to your mobile phone (for which you may incur a charge from your mobile phone provider). Any registered user who is logged into the site can also send email to you through the site, but can not see your email address unless you later provide it to him/her (such as by responding to the email directly). If this facility is abused, you can report the abuse and the offending party will be warned or banned from the site for any repeat offense.
I am careful to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of your personal information. I have been a professional computer security expert who has been securing web-based software applications since 1993. Despite my best efforts, however, I can not be held responsible for any breach of security or for the actions of any person or entity other than myself.
Your login password is never retained or stored on our servers. All we ever store is a one-way cryptographic hash of your password (using SHA, Secure Hash Algorithm, as per RFC 3174)
If you no longer want your private information to reside on this website, you can login to your account and delete your personal profile (after first removing or moving ownership of shared content that you control over to other members).
Children under the age of 13 should not provide us with any personal information about themselves. CERT Alert™ does not knowingly collect personal identifying information from children under the age of 13. In the event that I learn that such information has been collected from a child under 13 without parental consent, the information will be removed from my databases as soon as reasonably possible.