Last updated: January 19, 2016
The Tactical Beard Owners Club (abbreviated to TBOC for this document) provides this website as an exclusive service to its members and for general information purposes for the public. This website includes areas with private content that is inaccessible for the public. Access requires a legit TBOC membership of specific membership levels that are allowed to access the private areas of this platform. Different membership levels have different access abilities on all TBOC websites.
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Types of Information We Collect
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How We Use Your Information
TBOC may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the TBOC website usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.
TBOC may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of TBOC members and their collaboration on TBOC standards and projects. When accessing TBOC members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by TBOC in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
Bank account, credit card or online payment process provider information may be collected to facilitate membership applications for certain membership levels that require a fee; or if you purchase a product or service from our website, such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services requested. Credit card numbers are used only for processing payment and are not used for other purposes. Payment processing services may be provided by a third-party payment service, and a management company external to TBOC may provide support for the financial activities of TBOC. TBOC may share your personal information with its partners to facilitate these transactions.
TBOC maintains publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities where non-personal information and photos of members are visible to the public. For example, submitting a photo for the release on any of TBOC‘s public web platforms and social media websites may result in the display of your person associated to TBOC as part of the publicly accessible archives. TBOC administration will ask the specific member(s) for authorization of the publication of the specific member‘s information and photos prior to any release.
On some TBOC sites, anonymous users are allowed to post content and comments. In such a case, since no user name can be associated with such a user, the IP address number of a user may be used as an identifier. When posting content or messages to a TBOC website anonymously, your IP address can be revealed to the administrators.
If you are a registered member of TBOC, you should be aware that some items of your personal information will be visible to other members and sometimes to the public. TBOC member databases will retain information about your name, e-mail address, company affiliation (if any), and such other like personal address and additional identifying data that you choose to supply. That data may be visible to other TBOC members. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in TBOC members-only accessible records with TBOC committees, project groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; (ii) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, (iii) along with message content, in the permanent archives of TBOC’s e-mail lists, which also may be accessible by other members. When activities of TBOC include public relations or interaction with third parties to receive external services or to promote TBOC to third parties or the public, your personal information may be made accessible to thirds or the public if the process requires your information. Any publication of your personal information to a general audience will require your consent and TBOC will ask for your authorization prior to a release.
Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our websites, such as social media and news blogs becomes public information that others may collect, circulate, and use. Because we cannot and do not control the acts of others, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose information about yourself or others in public areas of our websites.
Access to and Accuracy of Member Information
TBOC is committed to keeping the personal information of our members accurate. All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed. We provide TBOC members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time. If you are not able to change information on your own or experience technical difficulties, please email us a request. To protect our members’ privacy and security, we also take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as a Member ID or eMail address and password, before granting access to modify personal profile data. Certain areas of TBOC websites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers or exclude certain members from access due to their individual membership level programs. In general, a password prompt is your indication that members-only content is being accessed.
TBOC makes every effort to protect personal information by users of the website, including using firewalls and other security measures on its servers. No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself on any website, including this one. Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with member services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address will be visible to other TBOC members. TBOC assumes no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide. You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please use care when you access this website and provide personal information.
From time to time TBOC may email you electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information. If you prefer not to receive any or all of these communications, you may opt out by following the directions provided within the electronic newsletters and announcements.