Privacy Policy

USSI is fully committed to providing those who use or visit the USSI Web Sites with a safe and secure Internet environment that respects and protects their personal privacy. The following privacy policy will govern all websites maintained by USSI.

Our Commitment

We will not release personally identifiable information about you if you have specifically instructed us not to (except as may be needed to provide services you have expressly requested, or if we believe disclosure is necessary under one of the exceptions discussed below). We will provide you with contact information, which will allow you to submit all your concerns, and we will address them as they are submitted to us.

Release of Information

By using the services provided to you through the Web Site, you consent to the collection and use of your information as outlined in this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time, but all changes will be posted to this page so you can remain informed as to what information we collect and how we use it. Changes are effective when posted to this page, and your continued use after any change is posted is an acceptance of the change.

Helpful Definitions

“Personally identifiable information” is information-such as name, birth date, e-mail address or mailing address, financial information and other types of information that can be used to uniquely identify a user.  “Anonymous Information” is information that does not personally identify you. This includes information on how you use our site (such as places visited and search queries performed). Anonymous information also includes the domain names and/or I.P. addresses (as explained in greater detail below) of browsers that visit our site, time of day the site was visited, and other non-personally identifiable information. Anonymous information is information that is not tied to any individual.

Sharing Personally Identifiable Information with Third Parties

If we share Personally Identifiable information with third parties that you have consented to, they may use the data we provide them (sometimes, in connection with other information they may have gathered about you), but are generally prohibited from sharing this information with other companies or people without your consent.

PLEASE NOTE: In certain special cases, we may disclose your personally identifiable information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to you, or otherwise injuring or interfering with USSI rights, property or operations, other Web Site users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information when we believe the law requires it, or in response to any demand by law enforcement authorities in connection with a criminal investigation, or civil or administrative authorities in connection with a pending civil case or administrative investigation.

Anonymous Information

When you use the Web Site, we may collect anonymous information even if you have not registered with USSI. We may use this information to examine how the Web Site is used or to help USSI improve the services it offers to users. USSI will not share any anonymous information about your use of the Web Site with third parties if we know that this anonymous information will be linked by third parties with personally identifiable information of yours obtained from another source, unless we have given you notice as described above and you have given us authorization to do so.

Cookies

A “cookie” is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are harmless bits of code that an Internet site assigns to your browser to keep track of who you are when you use a Web site. There is no risk of the information on your hard drive being exposed to the outside world since a web site can only read the cookies it creates.  Cookies are sometimes used on the Internet to improve the delivery of services to users by enabling the Web Site to “customize” the particular services or information offered to each user.  USSI may employ or use cookies from time to time. You will be given a choice as to whether you want to participate in the use of cookies before they are used. Third parties, however, may have their own policies about the use or cookies, and USSI does not have control over these practices. You are responsible for obtaining information about cookies on third party web sites if you believe this is important to know.  As a general rule, you can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site and other Web sites may be diminished and some features will not work as intended.

Use of IP Addresses

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a set of numbers that is assigned to your computer. Web servers – the powerful computers that provide web pages for viewing – automatically identify your computer by the IP address assigned to it during your session online.  USSI may collect IP addresses for purposes of system administration and to monitor and audit the use of the Web Site. We can and will use IP addresses to identify users of the Web Site when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with USSI ‘s terms of use or terms of service, or to protect our service, site, or other users. We will not share or sell linked user behavior and personal user information with any third parties unless you have given us authorization to do so.

Security

USSI operates secure data networks protected by industry standard procedures, to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. Only authorized employees have access to the information you provide us. For example, we impose strict rules on employees who have access either to the databases that store user information or to the servers that host our services. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur; we will make every effort (such as the use of employee passwords and non-disclosure agreements) to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.