Sherwood Marine Marketing (“Sherwood”) operates bensherwood.net. It is Sherwood’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.
Like most website operators, Sherwood collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Sherwood’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Sherwood’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Sherwood may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Sherwood also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Sherwood does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Sherwood’s websites choose to interact with Sherwood in ways that require Sherwood to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Sherwood gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who leave comments at bensherwood.net to provide a name and e-mail address. Those who engage in transactions with Sherwood – by purchasing How to Succeed in Marine Retailing, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Sherwood collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Sherwood. Sherwood does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Sherwood may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Sherwood may monitor its blog or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Sherwood may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Sherwood does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Sherwood discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Sherwood’s behalf or to provide services available at Sherwood’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Sherwood’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Sherwood will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Sherwood discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Sherwood believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Sherwood, third parties or the public at large. If you have supplied your e-mail address, Sherwood may occasionally send you an e-mail to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Sherwood and our products. Sherwood takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.