Privacy Policy

Effective Date: July 22, 2013

Welcome to www.cosmeticsinfo.org (the "Site"), a website owned and provided by the Personal Care Products Council (the Council). The information exchanged online will be governed by the Privacy Policy set forth below. However, this Privacy Policy does not cover websites or web pages that you access or link to from this Site. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, then do not use this Site.

Changes to the Privacy Policy
We reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Policy. Since any changes will be posted on this page, we encourage you to check this page regularly. Your continued use of the Site following any changes to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

Information We Collect

We do not collect "personally identifiable information" from you via this Site. We may collect "non-personally identifiable information" such as your domain name, your website browsing patterns, the date and time you access the Site, demographic information and the Internet address of the website that you linked to our Site. We collect and store non-personally identifiable information from you by "passive" means, through the use of cookies. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record keeping purposes. Cookies permit the Site to identify you and to recall your email address (as well as any other information that you voluntarily provide) from the Site's database.

Here are some examples of the non-personally identifiable information that is collected via the Site and a description of how this information is used:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address -- Your IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet know where to send you data -- such as the web pages you view. We use this information to deliver our web pages to you upon request, to tailor our Site to the interests of our users and to measure traffic within our Site.
  • Cookie -- A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used to collect information about your activity on the Site. For example, when someone visits a page within the Site, a cookie is placed on the user's machine (if the user accepts cookies) or is read if the user has visited the Site previously. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other users to our Site.
  • Web Beacons (also known as "clear gifs," "web bugs" or "pixel tags") -- "Web Beacons" are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to allow us to count users who have visited certain pages of the Site and to help determine the effectiveness of promotional or advertising campaigns. When used in HTML-formatted email messages, web beacons can tell the sender whether and when the email has been opened. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on web pages.
  • Demographic Information -- "Demographic Information" may be your gender, age, zip code and interests, which may be collected via a cookie or which you may provide to the Site in response to anonymous surveys. We use this information to provide you with personalized services and to analyze trends to ensure the information provided by the Site meets your needs. 

The above list provides an example of the non-personally identifiable information that is collected via the Site.

How We Use and Share Your Information

The Council may use non-personally identifiable information to improve the content of our Site to address your preferences and to attract new users, to track user trends and patterns on the Internet so that we may inform users of information that may be of interest to them and, in some instances, to monitor third parties that have referred you to the Site.

The Council also shares non-personally identifiable information with third party contractors that help us operate our business, provide us services or administer activities on our behalf in connection with the Site. Demographic information may be shared in aggregate, non-identifying form with third parties interested in knowing what type of audience the Site is attracting. The Council uses this information to help ensure that the information it provides is relevant and of value to you.

Companies who contract directly with us are required to represent that they comply with our Privacy Policy with respect to information collected through links displayed on our Site.

In the event that the Personal Care Products Council merges with another organization, or transfers or sells substantially all of its assets to a third party, or declares bankruptcy, some or all collected information stored on our server would be included in the merger, transfer or sale. Also, if required to comply with applicable laws or protect the interest or safety of the Council or other visitors to the Site, we may share personally identifiable information to a third party.

Third Party Websites

This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected on the Site. The Site may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other websites; therefore, we ask that you carefully review the policies of any website that you visit through a link on the Site.

Security

To help prevent unauthorized access, help maintain data accuracy and help ensure the correct use of any information, the Council uses appropriate industry standard procedures designed to safeguard the confidentiality of any information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we are committed to protecting your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you may transmit to us.

Not For Children

The Site does not direct its activities to or market products appropriate for children under the age of 13. It is the policy of the Council to refrain from knowingly collecting personally identifiable information from children under 13.

Links

The Site may contain links to other sites, including among others, those of advertisers, other third parties and companies whose trademarks may appear on the Site. We are not responsible for the information collection practices or the content of the sites to which we link.

Governing Law

Your access to and use of this Site is governed by and will be construed in accordance with the law of the District of Columbia without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.

Effective Date: July 22, 2013