What information do we collect?
In the course of using our Services we may ask you to provide us with certain personal information that can be used to contract or identify you and administer your use of our Services (“Personal Information”). Such information may be requested when you subscribe to our newsletter and when ordering or registering on our site. Personal Information may include, but is not limited to, your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
In addition to collecting Personal Information that you provide, we may also monitor the use of our Services by collecting aggregate, anonymous, non-identifiable information (“Non-Identifiable Information”). Typically, Non-Identifiable Information tracks users’ patterns throughout our Services, and it may include information such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, the date and time stamp of your visit, domain name, referring URLs (the website you came from), statistics about the number of visitors to the Site, the number of pages visited, and user response rates. Non-Identifiable Information enables us to provide a more enjoyable and personalized experience on our Services, as well as to track errors.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
- To improve our website
(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
- To improve customer service
(your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
- To send periodic emails
- The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
When you use our Services, we may collect information about your use of the Services through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small pieces of information that a website transfers to the memory or hard drive on your computer, tablet, phone/PDA or other device. Most web browsers have options that allow you to control whether or not to accept cookies. However, disabling cookies in your browser may prevent access to some parts of our Services.
Benchworks cookies store tracking codes to enable our system to locate information from past visits to our website, but do not contain information that identifies you personally. The information collected by cookies (a) helps us dynamically generate advertising and content on web pages or in newsletters, (b) allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ and advertisers’ sites, (c) determine how many people open our emails, and (d) for what purposes these actions are being taken. Cookies are also used to facilitate a user’s log-in, as navigation aids and as session timers.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell your Personal Information to outside parties. We may share and disclose information as described at the time the information is collected or as follows:
Disclosure to Our Service Providers
We may disclose your Personal Information to trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.
Disclosure for Legal Purposes
We may use or disclose Personal Information if it believes in good faith that such use or disclosure is necessary to (a) help identify any person attempting to break into or damage our Services, (b) to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding any illegal activities, (c) to comply with relevant laws, or legal or regulatory obligations, (d) to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on the Company, (e) to protect or defend the rights or property of Benchworks or its customers, or (f) in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or to defend or assert legal rights. Without limiting the foregoing, we may share Personal Information with law enforcement agencies if we believe that we have evidence of a violation of computer security or related laws.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy, we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not knowingly collect or maintain any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products, and Services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
Protection of Your Data
We use industry standard physical, technical and administrative security measures and safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot guarantee, ensure, or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with us, or in any way relating to your use of the our Services, resides in the courts of the state of Maryland and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the state of Maryland in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving the Services.
If you have any questions concerning this site or its policies, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.