The Effective Date of this Privacy Policy is March 1, 2012

This Privacy Policy describes how Design Leadership Network  (“DLN”, “we”, “us”) handles personal information that we may collect from you in connection with your use of the Design Leadership Network website, at http://designleadershipnetwork.org  (the “Site”) and the services provided by Design Leadership Network on the Site. We welcome you to use the Site. We strive to make sure that any personal information that you do provide to us is handled in an appropriate manner. By visiting or using the Site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not visit or otherwise use the Site.

1. The Information We Collect and How We Use It

In joining this membership organization, the Design Leadership Network collects the personal information that you provide us voluntarily, which includes your name and email address, when you send us a message, register with the Site, or subscribe to features.

Contacting DLN

If you choose to contact Design Leadership Network  through the Site, we will collect the data you provide to us voluntarily on the contact submission form, which includes your name and email address. We will use this information to respond to your inquiry.

Newsletters and other electronic communications

If you choose to sign up for our newsletters, we will collect the data you provide to us voluntarily on the online forms, which includes your name and email address. We will use this information to send you our weekly email newsletter. You also automatically sign up for our newsletter when you join the DLN. We may use a third party service provider to distribute our newsletter or other electronic communications, and we share your name and email address with that service provider for this purpose. By joining the Design Leadership Network, you consent to the sharing of your personal information with our service provider. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter or other electronic communications, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions contained in the email distributing the electronic communications (iii). We will also use this information to send you service related notifications and occasional emails advising of changes to the DLN Site or services or other administrative matters. You may not opt-out of these administrative messages, but you may deactivate your account at any time by emailing us at insert the contact address for DLN from the email address that you signed up with. As a DLN member, we will also collect your credit card account, contact and other business related information, which you provide to us voluntarily. We will use this information to process your annual membership dues and any specific events which you have indicated in writing that you wish to attend.

Cookies, Aggregated Data That Is Automatically Collected

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain aggregate information about how our Site is being used. This information may include your IP address, the date, time and pages that you visit on the Site, and other information related to your visit and use of the Site. Your information may be combined with the information of other users and we may use it to improve the Site, learn more about how the Site is being used, and provide you with more relevant content. Like most websites, the Site may place a “cookie,” or small text file, in the browser of a user’s computer. This cookie is stored on your computer and will assign you a unique number that allows.

Design Leadership Network to save information so that the information does not need to be re-entered by you. You can generally remove these cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file and you can also configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. If you choose not to allow us to place a cookie on your hard drive, you may be restricted from some pages and services on the Site. We may also work from time to time with third parties, including Google, that place cookies or “web beacons” (electronic images placed in the code of a web page that monitor online traffic patterns) on the Site for the express purpose to collect and provide to us certain aggregate information about your visit to the Site, including your IP address. This aggregated information, which we do not tie to your personal information, helps us operate our Site and provide you a better experience. For more information about Google Analytics, and Google’s privacy policy, see http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

2. Sharing Your Information with other Design Leadership Network Members

a. By joining the DLN, your profile and contact information will be stored in our membership directory and will be available to other members for their business use. It is also possible for users to re-post that content outside of the Site. Design Leadership Network is not responsible for any re-posting of your content, and you agree to hold Design Leadership Network harmless for any disputes regarding such re-posting.

b. Communicating With Other Users. Without express consent, members should only contact members and use their personal information for DLN communications and for completing the business communications for which the information was provided. Members should not use this information to distribute unsolicited commercial messages.

3. Disclosure of your Personal Information with Third Parties

Design Leadership Network will not share your personal information with any third party without your permission, except in the following circumstances:

  • as set forth in this policy (for example, to our service providers);
  •  in response to a subpoena or when we are required to do so by law (for example, in response to a court order or other legal obligation);
  • in response to a law enforcement agency’s request;
  • to protect the security or confidentiality of our records;
  • in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or take necessary action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with our or our users’ rights, or
  • If Design Leadership Network goes through a reorganization (e.g., a merger into another organization), in which case you will be notified via an announcement on the Site or otherwise, as we deem appropriate.

We may share your personal information with certain trusted third parties to help us operate the Site and improve our business, or for marketing purposes. For example, we may use third parties to host our data and the personal information of our users, provide customer service, distribute our newsletter and other communications, and for other services necessary to operate the Site or that may provide you a better experience on the Site. Personal information provided by you to our service provider is subject to that service provider’s privacy policy, which we do not control. We do not have access to the payment information that you provide to that service provider. We do not control the privacy or security practices of third parties with whom your personal information is shared pursuant to this Privacy Policy, whether they are Design Leadership Network users or not. The Site may also contain links to third party websites, which are not controlled by Design Leadership Network  and which are not covered by this Privacy Policy. You are responsible for reviewing the privacy policies of all such third parties, and we recommend that you read these policies very carefully before disclosing your personal information to any third party, whether directly or indirectly.

4. Security of your Information

Design Leadership Network uses reasonable precautions to protect your personal information and to store it securely. Your personal information will be stored on a third party server located in the United States and will be password protected. The server on which we store personal information is kept in a reasonably secure environment. You should be aware, however, that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.

5. Correcting / Updating your Information

If you are a registered Design Leadership Network  member, you may access and update your registration information by sending an email. If you are a listed and approved designer user of Design Leadership Network’s Site, you may access and update your storefront information and content at any time through our password-protected Content Management System. If you have any concerns about how your personal information is being used by the DLN , please let us know by sending us an email.

6. Changes in this Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy may change in the future. We encourage you to review this page periodically to understand our policy regarding our collection and use of personal information, and to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. If we change this privacy policy in any material manner, we will post the amended policy here and/or notify you by email or other means that we deem appropriate. Your continued use of the Site after notification of material changes to this privacy policy constitutes your consent to the changes.