Step Research Corporation provides behavioral and psychological typing and advice to our users. We are committed to protecting the safety and security of our online visitors and are sensitive to our user’s concerns about the safety of personal information provided to us. We encourage all our users to read this Privacy Statement carefully in order to understand how any personal information collected about you is used.
Step Research Corporation is a Benefit Corporation.
What is a Benefit Corporation? A Benefit Corporation is a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We are committed to holding ourselves to higher legal accountability standards and to building business constituency for public policies that support sustainable businesses. We have comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards. By making our company transparent, anyone can access the data about the social and environmental practices about our company. This makes it easier to tell the difference between a good company and good marketing. As a Benefit Corporation, Step Research is required to make decisions that are good for society, not just our shareholders.
Step Research has a large portion of their content available to the users for free. In order to register an account for the free version, the only information that Step Research collects is the user’s e-mail address if the user is over 13 years of age. The e-mail address is used for the following purposes:
1. To send a confirmation notice to the user of their registration and password information.
2. Upon the user’s request, to send the user password information when the user has lost or forgotten the password.
3. In response to any question, concerns or problem that the user contacted Step Research about.
4. To contact the user about any problem with the user’s account.
5. To send out a newsletter. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide a way to unsubscribe. Please see the Choice and Opt-out section below.
By registering for Step Research, you consent to: a) receive periodic email communications from Step Research concerning your account; and b) receive the above-described email newsletter.
If you no longer wish to receive our email newsletter and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in any newsletter email message. We also offer an opportunity to opt-out of certain communications on our Manage Account web pages, or you may contact us via email or our physical address listed below to opt-out.
Children Under 13
Step Research complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998. If you are under the age of 13, you are welcome to look at our Site, but you cannot make a purchase. You also cannot become a registered user, or use any service on our Site that asks for personal information. Our Site is not designed for children. We do not wish to collect personal information from children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. This policy is designed to protect children and we take special steps to safeguard children’s privacy. For more information about COPPA, please click here.
If a child under 13 registers an account with us and we discover it, we will delete that account. We will send a message to the account notifying you of this.
A Subscriber Account is a paid membership account that provides our users with additional access and privileges. The Subscriber Account requires and uses all of the information listed under the Free Account in the same manner. In addition to the above, however, we will require you to provide the following information:
1) First and last name
2) Address, city, state and zip code
3) Home telephone number
We are copied with this information by PayPal (see Security and Credit Card Use below) and require this information for the sole purpose of verifying your account and payment information.
What We WILL DO With Your Personal Information
In general, we may use the information that we collect about you to:
- deliver the products and services that you have requested.
- manage your account and provide you with customer support.
- perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, our products, services, or content, or products, services or content offered by others.
- communicate with you by email, postal mail, telephone and/or mobile devices about products or services that may be of interest to you either from us, other IAC companies or other third parties.
- develop and display content and advertising tailored to your interests on our site and other sites.
- verify your eligibility and deliver prizes in connection with contests and sweepstakes.
- enforce or exercise any rights in our terms and conditions.
- manage our business.
- provide our advertisements to you when you visit other sites.
- perform functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.
What We WILL NOT DO With Your Personal Information
Step Research is supported by its Subscriber Account Users. Therefore Step Research does not share, sell, rent or trade your personally identifiable information with any third parties for their promotional purposes. We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web Sites.
What Are Cookies?
We use both temporary session ID cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate on our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your web browser’s help information.
We set persistent cookies to store your account login and/or password, so you don’t have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to detect new users, and track referrals to the site to reward users that refer their friends to the site.
If your browser rejects all cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site including purchasing membership, will be limited.
If you would like to opt out of advertisers’ cookies that track anonymous information, click here.
Information Collected Automatically
We automatically collect information from your browser when you visit our website. This information includes your IP address, your browser type and language, access times, the content of any undeleted cookies that your browser previously accepted from us and the referring website address.
Third Party Tracking Technologies
Third party partners, affiliates, and advertisers employ a software technology called Web beacons, that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Web beacons are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
What are IP Addresses?
An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique address that certain electronic devices use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol standard (IP)—in simpler terms, a computer address. Any participating network device—including routers, computers, time-servers, printers, Internet fax machines, and some telephones—can have their own unique address.
If you use a message board or forum on this Web Site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
Step Research may use tools or third party analytical software to collect and use certain non-personal data that does not enable Step Research to identify you. The types of non-personal data Step Research may collect and use include, but are not limited to: (i) mobile device type and device properties; (ii) mobile device software platform and firmware; (iii) mobile phone carrier; (iv) geographical data no more accurate that metropolitan areas; (v) other non-personal data as reasonably required by Step Research to enhance its services.
Step Research may use the collected data for purposes of analyzing usage of subscribers, and to further develop Step Research’s services and products. Step Research reserves the right to use and disclose the collected non-personal data for purposes of advertisement by Step Research or Step Research’s partners.
Security and Credit Card Use
The security of your personal information is important to us and our third party vendors. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number, Corp ID number or ABN) on our site or an affiliate sign up page, registration or order forms, both Step Research and our third party vendors encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about the security of our website, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step Research utilizes a credit card processor to process your payments while on our site. We share your name, email address and credit card information with these third parties to provide the service requested. These third parties are not permitted to use your information for their own promotional purposes. Alternatively you have the option to use the payment options listed below. The personal information (such as name and email address, but non inclusive of your financial information) collected by these third parties is shared back with Step Research for the purpose of fulfilling your subscription request.
To create a Subscriber Account, Step Research does require an e-mail address.
For Subscriber Accounts, we use your Subscriber e-mail address for the following purposes:
- To send a confirmation notice of registration and password information.
- Upon the subscriber’s request, to send the user password information when the user has lost or forgotten their password.
- In response to any questions, concerns or problems that a subscriber has contacted Step Research about.
- To send out a newsletter to the subscriber email account.
Step Research does not share, sell, rent or trade, your personal information to any third parties for their promotional purposes.
How can users access, change or delete personally identifiable information about themselves?
If your personal identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update or delete it by making a change within the ‘Account Management’ section of the site, or by contacting us at the email address provided below. We will respond to your request to access within 30 days.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.
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