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Privacy Policy – Your Rights

This Privacy Policy describes how Ascend Leadership ("Ascend”) collects, uses, shares, and retains personally identifiable information you provide. The Policy is effective as of July 1, 2010. The policy was last modified on July 20, 2010. This Privacy Policy does not cover the privacy practices of Ascend chapters, which are separate legal entities that – depending on where they are located, may be subject to different laws and requirements than those of Ascend (to understand how chapters use personal information, please contact them directly). This Privacy Policy also does not cover the practices of our licensees or business partners (such as vendors, sponsors, or advertisers), nor does it apply to personally identifiable information that we collect from or about our employees, consultants, contractors, vendors, licensees, sponsors, or advertisers.

Modifications to this Policy

From time to time, Ascend may need to update or modify this Privacy Policy, including to address new issues or to reflect changes on our web sites, including our main site located at www.ascendleadership.org ("Sites”). To the extent required by law, Ascend will notify you of material changes to this Privacy Policy, including by posting the most recent version of the Privacy Policy and information about the changes from the previous version on Ascend web sites.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

Ascend collects and maintains a variety of personally identifiable information, including email addresses, phone numbers, credit card and other payment information, business and home addresses, as well as demographic information such as courses or areas of study in which you may be interested. Ascend collects information directly from you through, for example, online registration forms, as well as offline, through event registration forms.

To the extent that information requested is not required for your participation in a given Ascend program, you will be told which information is optional. Should you fail to provide optional information, certain Ascend programs or features may not be available to you.

Ascend may also maintain information about you that you do not directly provide, whether it is information received from third parties, such as business partners who provide exam administration services, or information Ascend collects about your activities. For example, Ascend keeps track of which events you have attended, which boards and committees you have served on, and which offices you have held.

Passive Online Data Collection

Ascend may also collect certain information passively, such as collecting online, non-identifying information through the use of cookies technology and/or Internet Protocol ("IP”) address tracking. Non-personal identification information might include the browser used by you, the type of computer, the operating systems, the Internet service providers, and other similar information. The Ascend system also automatically gathers information about the areas you visit on the Site and about the links you may select from within the Site to other sites. Most browsers are set to accept cookies. You can set yours to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent; however, if you disable cookies, the full functionality of our sites may not be available to you.


Security

Ascend uses reasonable measures to safeguard sensitive personally identifiable information, which measures are appropriate to the type of information maintained, and follows applicable laws regarding safeguarding any such information under our control. In addition, in some areas of our Sites, Ascend may use Secure Socket Layer ("SSL”) or Transport Layer Security ("TLS”) encryption technology to enhance data privacy and help prevent loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under Ascend control.

Ascend cannot guarantee, however, that your information will remain secure. The Internet by its nature is a public forum, and Ascend encourages you to use caution when disclosing information online. Often, you are in the best situation to protect yourself online. You are responsible for protecting your username and password from third party access, and for selecting passwords that are secure.

How to Contact Ascend and Modify Your Information or Preferences

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to Ascend by email at info@ascendleadership.org. If you would like to modify the types of marketing email messages you receive from Ascend, you may do so by following the instructions within the body of any email message that you receive from us.

To help us keep your personal information up to date, or to request access to the personal information Ascend maintains about you, you may contact us at 120 Wall Street, 9th Floor, New York NY 10005 or by fax to 212-344-5636. Or, if you are a registered user of one of our Sites, you may go online to your personal profile and update your information in that area.

How to opt-out from receiving our emails

To stop receiving emails from Ascend please notify us at info@ascendleadership.com asking to be removed from our mailing list.

Children

Ascend does not believe its Sites are appealing to children, nor are they directed to children under 13. Ascend does not knowingly collect personally identifiable data from persons under the age of 13, and strives to comply with the provisions of COPPA (The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). If you are a parent of a child under 13, and you believe that your child has provided us with information about him or herself, please contact us at info@ascendleadership.org.

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