Privacy & Cookies
IFSWORLD.com Privacy Statement
Protecting the individual's privacy on the Internet is crucial to the future of Internet-based business. IFS has created this privacy statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to the individual's right to privacy. This policy outlines our practices for handling personal information on this website.
The Privacy Statement covers this website and other sites that reference this Privacy Statement. Some IFS entities, programs and/or sites may have their own, possibly different, privacy statements. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each of the IFS websites or program information you visit or review.
Global privacy fundamentals
Our privacy practices reflect current global principles and standards on handling personal information. These principles include notice of data use, choice of data use, data access, data integrity, security, onward transfer, and enforcement/oversight. We abide by the privacy laws in the countries where we do business.
By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of the information as described here. If we decide to make changes to this Privacy Statement, we will post the changes on this site so that you will always know what information we collect and how we use it.
From time to time, as may be required by law, we may also seek your explicit consent to process certain data and information collected on this website or volunteered by you.
Information we collect
IFS collects many kinds of information to operate effectively and provide you with the best products, services and experiences we can. Some of this information you provide directly to us. Some of it we obtain by observing how you interact with our products and services. Some of it is available from other sources that we may combine with the data we collect directly. Regardless of the source, we believe it is important to treat that information with care and to help you maintain your privacy.
What we collect:
- Registration—When you sign up to use our sites or services you may be required to provide information about yourself, such as your name, title and company.
- Using our sites and services—We collect information that tells us how you interact with our services, including the browser you are using, your IP address, location, cookies or other unique IDs, the pages you visit and features you use.
- Data from other sources—We may obtain additional information about you, such as demographic data we purchase from other companies.
We use a number of methods and technologies to gather information about how you use our sites and services, including:
- Web forms, such as when you type information into a registration form or type a search query into a search box.
- Technologies like cookies and web beacons
- Web logging, which enables us to collect the standard information your browser sends to every website you visit—such as your IP address, browser type and language, and the site you came from—as well as the pages you visit and the links you click while using our sites and services.
- Software installed on your computer or other devices, which may send back information needed to operate, update or improve that software.
IFS uses the information we collect to operate, improve and personalize the products and services we offer. We will use such information only as described in this Privacy Statement and/or in the way we specify at the time of collection. Information collected through one IFS service may be combined with information collected through other IFS services to give you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with us. We may also supplement this with information from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies to help us derive a general geographic area based on your IP address to customize certain services to your geographic area. We may also use the information to communicate with you.
We use IP addresses to administer our website and to gather demographic information. We may also use IP addresses or other information you have shared on this website or on an earlier occasion, or a campaign code to determine which pages on our sites are being visited and topics that may be of interest so we can provide you with information about relevant products and services. Generally, IFS will aggregate such data only in an anonymous way and will not tie it to a particular individual. When you visit our site, we recognize only your domain name.
IFS will only gather information related to your visit to the IFS site. We do not track or collect personal information from your visits to companies or entities outside the IFS Group of companies.
Cookies and similar technologies
Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. You can accept or reject cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to reject cookies. You must, however, accept cookies to use all the functions on this website.
- Storing your Preferences and Settings. If you enter your city or postal code to get local news or weather information on an IFS site, we may store that city or postal code in a cookie so that you will see the relevant local information when you return to the site. This can save you time by eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information every time you visit the site.
- Targeted Advertising. When we display online advertisements to you, we will place one or more persistent cookies on your device to recognize your device each time we display an ad to you. Because we serve advertisements on our own websites as well as those of our advertising and publisher partners, we are able to compile information over time about the types of pages, content and ads you or others who are using your computer visited or viewed. This information is used for many purposes; for example, it helps us ensure that you do not see the same advertisements over and over again. We also use this information to help select and display targeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you.
|IFS_SITE_LANG ||Identifies the language the user has selected |
|IFS_EU_COOKIE ||Sets the time limitation for the acceptance of the EU cookie directive, can be 24 hours or one year |
|These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors to the site come from, and the pages they visited.|
|Pardot Visitor Cookie (visitor_id)||The visitor cookie includes the name “visitor_id” plus the unique identifier for your account, which is derived from the tracking code placed on our site. The value stored is the unique ID for the visitor. This cookie is set by Pardot tracking code on visitors and prospects.|
|Pardot Opt In Cookie (pi_opt_in) ||This cookie is what Pardot use to stay in compliance with the “Do Not Track” initiative.|
In addition to the cookies IFS may set when you visit our websites, third parties may also set certain cookies on your hard drive when you visit IFS sites. In some cases, that is because we have hired the third party to provide certain services on our behalf, such as site analytics. In other cases, it is because our web pages contain content or ads from third parties, such as videos, news content or ads delivered by other ad networks. Because your browser connects to those third parties’ web servers to retrieve that content, those third parties are able to set or read their own cookies on your hard drive.
How to control cookies
- Browser Controls to Block Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to block cookies.
- Click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options"
- Click the "Privacy" tab at the top of the window
- Move the slider up or down to select the types of cookies you wish to block
Please be aware that if you choose to block cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of IFS sites and services that depend on cookies, and some advertising preferences that are dependent on cookies may not be able to be respected.
- Browser Controls to Delete Cookies. If you accept cookies, you can delete them later.
- Click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options"
- On the "General" tab, under "Browsing History," click the "Delete" button
- On the pop-up, select the box next to “Cookies”
- Click the "Delete" button
Please be aware that if you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated.
Our use of web beacons
IFS web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons—sometimes called single-pixel gifs—that may be used to help deliver cookies on our sites, let us count users who have visited those pages, and deliver co-branded services. We may include web beacons in our promotional e-mail messages or newsletters to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
We may also work with other companies that advertise on IFS sites to place web beacons on their sites or in their advertisements to let us develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a IFS site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser's site.
Finally, IFS sites may contain web beacons from third parties to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other website operations. These web beacons may allow the third parties to set or read a cookie on your computer. We prohibit third parties from using web beacons on our sites to collect or access your personal information. Nevertheless, you can opt out from data collection or use by these third-party analytics companies by clicking the links for the following analytics provider:
Google Analytics: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (requires you to install a browser add-on)
In addition to standard cookies and web beacons, websites can use other technologies to store and read data files on your computer. This may be done to maintain your preferences or to improve speed and performance by storing certain files locally. But, like standard cookies, it can also be used to store a unique identifier for your computer, which can then be used to track behavior. These technologies include Local Shared Objects (or "Flash cookies") and Silverlight Application Storage.
E-mail addresses and communication preferences
If you choose to give us your e-mail address, we will communicate with you via e-mail. We do not share your e-mail address with others outside the IFS Group of companies. You can stop the delivery of future promotional e-mail from IFS sites and services by following the specific instructions in the e-mail you receive. Depending on the respective service, you may also have the option of proactively making choices about the receipt of promotional e-mail, telephone calls, and postal mail for particular IFS sites or services.
Our site includes forms that you fill out to request information, products, and services. These forms may collect your financial information, such as your banking details or credit card numbers. IFS will use any financial information that you submit solely for billing and payment purposes for that specific transaction. This may include the transfer of your data to third parties involved in executing the transaction, such as banks, credit card companies and other financial and credit control institutions.
Reasons we share your personal information
Except as described in this privacy statement, we will not disclose your personal information to a third party without your consent.
As a global company, IFS operates a number of websites around the world. Any data and information that you volunteer or that is otherwise collected on one of our sites in any country may be sent electronically to a server for one of these sites in another country. We safeguard your privacy interests around the world by ensuring that the IFS sites adhere to our data protection principles described in this statement.
Companies in the IFS Group may use the information internationally in connection with processing your inquiries and orders to help improve our products and services and for processing and storage.
We may also share such information with business partners, service vendors, authorized third-party agents or contractors to provide a requested service or transaction, including processing orders, processing credit card transactions, hosting websites, hosting event and seminar registration and providing customer support, or providing you with information on products and services that may be of interest to you.
We only provide these third parties with the minimum amount of personal data necessary to provide the services on our behalf, and the third parties are not permitted to use your personal data except for the limited purpose of completing the requested service or transaction.
We may disclose personal data if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with legal requirements, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of an individual.
We do not sell or rent your personal data to third parties for marketing purposes unless you have granted us permission to do so.
Security of your personal data
IFS is committed to protecting the personal data you share with us. IFS uses a combination of industry-standard security technologies, procedures, and organizational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. IFS supports online security using secure server technology because we want your data to be safe. There are state-of-the-art security arrangements and facilities on IFS sites to prevent abuse.
Links to other sites
This site may contain links to other sites. IFS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites outside the IFS Group of companies.
IFS will not retain your personal data longer than is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected or as required by applicable laws or regulations.
IFS does not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have collected personal data on a child under the age of 13, we will delete that data from our systems upon request.
If you have any other questions about this privacy statement or if you wish to review or correct the information we hold about you, please contact: Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised and posted as of October 2, 2014