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Privacy Policy

Effective Date:  September 30, 2008

SCGH, LLC (“SCGH”) is committed to respecting your privacy.  Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated.  This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically.  This policy will let you know the following:

1.         What personally identifiable information is collected from me?
2.         What are cookies and how they are used by SCGH?
3.         How is my information used?
4.         Who is collecting my information?
5.         With whom will my information be shared?
6.         How can I access, update or delete my information?
7.         What does “opt-in” mean?
8.         What else should I know about my privacy?
9.         Other legal notices.

1.         What personally identifiable information is collected from me?

On some SCGH Web pages you can make requests and/or receive materials.  The types of personal information collected at these pages are your name, e-mail address and standard contact information, including addresses and phone numbers.  For businesses, we may ask for additional information, including store locations, business descriptions, awards and certifications, and your company logo.

We may also ask you to voluntarily provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experience with the services we provide and contact preferences.  Wherever SCGH collects personal information, we make an effort to include a link to this Privacy Policy on that page.

2.         What are cookies and how are they used by SCGH?

SCGH may place Internet cookies on your hard drive.  Internet cookies are small files that may be placed on your hard disk for record-keeping purposes.  Cookies are used to (a) remind us of who you are in order to deliver you better service; (b) estimate our audience size by determining repeat usage of the Web site to help target advertisements based on user interests and behavior; (c) track your progress and entries in promotions, sweepstakes and contests, if any; and (d) measure certain traffic patterns for use as a research tool to understand how our users’ habits are similar or different from one another.  You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.  By not accepting cookies, some Web pages may not display properly or you may not be permitted to access certain information.

SCGH may also collect IP addresses (the Internet address of a computer) to track a user’s session while the user remains anonymous.  We analyze this data for certain trends in statistics, such as which parts of our site users are visiting and how long they spend there.  In general, we do not link your IP addresses to anything personally identifiable to you.

3.         How is my information used?

SCGH will not sell, rent or lease your personally identifiable information to others without your consent.  The information you provide will be used to support your customer relationship with SCGH.  Your information may be shared with agents, contractors or business partners for the purpose of performing services for SCGH.

We want to help you quickly find information on SCGH and alert you to specific offers, updated information, and other new products and services from SCGH.  Accordingly, we, if you agree, may send you direct mailings or contact you by telephone about our various products and services or other products and services we feel may be of interest to you.  If you want to receive such mailings, simply “opt-in” by becoming a registered “User” or “Provider” on our site or by e-mailing [email protected] Notwithstanding, SCGH does research on our users’ demographics, interests and behavior based on the information provided to us during your use of the SCGH Web site.  This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis.  Aggregated data does not include personally identifiable information.  SCGH may share this aggregated data with others.

4.         Who is collecting my information?

When you are on an SCGH site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with SCGH alone, unless specifically stated otherwise.  If data is being collected and/or maintained by any company other than SCGH or an agent for SCGH, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer.  If you want your data to be shared, you can choose to allow the transfer by “opting-in” to use that particular service or purchase those particular goods.

Please be aware that SCGH advertisers or Web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you.  The information practices of those Web sites linked to SCGH either through advertisements or other hyperlinks are not covered by this privacy statement.

5.         With whom does SCGH share my information?

We may share the personal data you provide with other SCGH agents, contractors or our business partners for the purposes of performing services for SCGH.  SCGH also may share aggregated data with others.  Aggregated data does not include personally identifiable information.  We also believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of the Terms of Access, or as otherwise required by law.  Except as provided above or in the event of a merger, consolidation, or sale of all or substantially all of SCGH’s assets, we will not share any of your information with any third party without your permission.

You hereby grant to us the right to share your name, e-mail address and other contact information with the Sierra Club, an unaffiliated party that we have contracted with in connection with this Site.  You acknowledge and agree that the Sierra Club shall have the right to use such information to send emails and other communications to you as permitted by applicable law.

6.         How do I access, update or delete my information?

You can request the individual information that SCGH has collected about you, correct factual inaccuracies in your information, remove personal information from SCGH’s data bases and/or update your personal information by contacting [email protected].

7.         What does “opt-in” mean?

To “opt-in” means that you have notified SCGH that we have permission to use your information as described in Section 3 above.  Of course, when we send you information for any purpose for which you have “opted-in”, you will be given the opportunity to “opt-out” of receiving such information in the future.  At any time, you have the option to “opt-out” and revoke your consent regarding the use of your information for the purposes set forth in Section 3 above by contacting SCGH via the method described in Section 6 above.     

8.         What else should I know about my privacy?

Third party Internet sites and services accessible through SCGH have separate privacy and data collection practices, independent of us.  SCGH has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions.  Please be careful and responsible online.  If you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. While we strive to protect your information, SCGH cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information through the transmission process and you do so at your own risk.

9.         Other Legal Notices.

Any dispute over privacy is subject to this privacy policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages and application of the law of the State of Illinois.  If you have any concern about your privacy in connection with this policy, please send us a thorough description to [[email protected]], and we will try to resolve it.  We may post a revised privacy policy on our site.  Please note that the use of information that we gather is subject to the privacy notice in effect at the time of use.  You should check our Web site frequently to see recent changes.




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