Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities, Inc.

Privacy Policy

We recognize your concern over how information we may obtain about you on this website is used and shared. This Privacy Policy describes how we intend to use such information. By visiting, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

1. Collection of Information

The Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., a Florida nonprofit corporation (the “Chamber”), is the sole owner of the information collected on this website. The information the Chamber learns from visitors to this website (“Users”) helps the Chamber personalize and continually improve its services to you. The Chamber collects information from its Users at several different points on this website.

In order to use some functions found on this website, Users are required to qualify as and become members of the Chamber (“Members”). During the application process a Member is asked to provide information intended to be posted on this website, such as name, address, email address, website, the type of disability of one or more persons controlling the Member and of persons directly cared for by one or more persons controlling the Member, and information regarding the Member’s business (the “Publicized Information”) and to provide information that is not intended to be publicized on this website (the “Non-Publicized information”, which also includes personal information submitted by Users who are not Members), such as credit card information and information regarding ownership of the Member’s business. The Chamber uses the Publicized Information to post information regarding the Members. The Chamber uses the Non-Publicized Information for such purposes as determining whether a Member is eligible to become a Member and for taking payment of membership fees. Credit card information is SSL encrypted for User protection. Other options are available for Users whose browsers do not support SSL encryption.

2. Use of Information

The Chamber does not sell or otherwise provide the information given to them to third party sources; provided that, because the Publicized Information will be posted on this website, third parties will be able to obtain such information by accessing this website. All Non-Publicized information is confidential unless: (a) the User wishes to create a public profile, which allows information within the profile to be viewed by third parties; or (b) the information is subpoenaed by officials of the United States government, or if the Chamber determines that retaining said information may cause a direct physical threat to one or more individuals.

(A) Profile

The Chamber stores information collected through cookies and log files to create a profile of its Users. A profile is general information that the Chamber keeps on Users that details their viewing preferences, and allows the Chamber to improve this website. The Chamber will not share Users’ profiles with other third parties.

(B) Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the User’s computer tied to information about the User. The Chamber uses both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. When a User closes the User’s browser, a session ID cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the User’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions. By setting cookies on this website, Users have their usernames and passwords automatically remembered. If Users reject the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that they will have to log in for each consecutive visit. Persistent cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our Users to enhance the experience on this website.

(C) Log Files

Like most standard website servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track User’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information contained in User profiles.

(D) Member Correspondence

Members authorize the Chamber to send them mail and e-mail for many reasons, including newsletters, information pertaining to the Chamber, and account information.

(E) Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out announcements that are strictly service-based. The Chamber will send its Users notices upon activation of their account, and also upon any password-look-up requests made by the User. Also, if the Chamber’s service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, or if the Chamber were to undergo a large-scale transition thereby changing the nature of this privacy statement, the Chamber might send Users an email. Generally, Users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can terminate their membership. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

3. Sharing of Customer Information

Information about the Chamber’s customers is an important part of its operations, and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only with affiliates of the Company and as follows (provided that, as provided above, the Publicized Information will be posted on the website for anyone to view):

(A) Third Parties

The Chamber will use a credit card processing company to charge the credit cards of Members who owe a membership fee and submit credit card information for payment.

(B) Business Transitions and Acquisitions

In the event that the Chamber goes through a business transition, Users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Members will be notified via e-mail prior to a change of ownership or control of their personal information. If as a result of the business transition, the Users’ personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, they will be given a choice consistent with the Chamber’s notification of changes section.

(C) Changes to Member Information

Members may change their profile at any time by contacting the Chamber.

(D) Consent

Other than as set out in other provisions in this Privacy Statement, you will receive notice when information about you might provided to third parties, and (except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy, including without limitation Section 7(A) below) you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information.

4. Protection of Information

(A) Security

This website takes many precautions to protect our Users’ information. When Users submit Non-Publicized Information via this website, their information is protected both online and off-line.

When the Chamber requests Non-Publicized Information to be submitted via this website, that information is encrypted and is protected with SSL, the best encryption software in the industry. While on a secure page, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to its un-locked status when Users are just ‘surfing’. While the Chamber uses SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, the Chamber also uses its best efforts to protect User-information off-line. All of the Non-Publicized Information submitted via this website is restricted in the server for this website. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job will be granted access to Non-Publicized Information. The Chamber’s employees must use password-protected logins to access this server. Each time they return, they must re-enter their password to regain access to User information. All employees are kept up-to-date on the Chamber’s security and privacy practices. Any time new policies are added, the Chamber’s employees are notified about what they can do to ensure that the Non-Publicized Information is protected. Finally, the servers that store Non-Publicized Information are in a secure environment in a locked building.

(B) Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the Chamber is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. The Chamber encourages Users to be aware when they leave this website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected and dispersed by this website and to information collected with respect to applications for membership.

5. Supplementation and Verification of Information

(A) Third Party Supplementation

In order for this website to properly fulfill its obligation to Users, it is necessary for the Chamber to supplement the information the Chamber receives with information from third-party sources. Please see the Service and Use Agreement on this website, however, for disclaimers, waivers, and other terms.

(B) Background Checks

Professionals who list their services and goods on this website undergo a thorough application process to assure the validity of their qualifications. Please see the Service and Use Agreement on this website, however, for disclaimers, waivers, and other terms.

6. Revisions to Privacy Policy and Service and Use Agreement

If the Chamber decide to amend this Privacy Policy, the Chamber will post changes to this Privacy Policy in places on this website that the Chamber deems appropriate so Users are always aware of what information the Chamber collects, how the Chamber use the information, and under what circumstances the Chamber discloses the information. The Chamber will use information in conformity with this Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time. If the Chamber is going to use User information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, the Chamber will notify Users via e-mail. Users will have a choice as to whether or not the Chamber uses their information in this different manner. However, if Users have opted out of all communication with the site, or deleted/deactivated their membership, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner. If the Chamber makes any material changes in its privacy practices that do not affect User information already stored in the Chamber’s database, the Chamber will post a prominent notice on this website notifying Users of the change(s).

7. Disclaimers

(A) Disclosures Required by Law

Though the Chamber makes every effort to protect the privacy of Users, the Chamber may need to disclose personal information when required by law where the Chamber has a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order, or legal process served on this website.

(B) Limited Application of Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy only applies to and does not apply to any other website or to the practices of third parties that the Chamber does not own or control.

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