1. INFORMATION COLLECTION
a. Information You Provide
Some elements of the Platforms may ask you to submit Personal Information in order for you to benefit from the specified features or to participate in a particular activity. For example, we may request Personal Information from you when you create an account and conduct scheduling activities. You will be informed what information is required to utilize these features of the Platforms, and what information is optional.
You may also be permitted to post information to the Platforms, including through an advocacy forum or survey, which will be accessible for other users (collectively, the “Forums”). We collect Personal Information that you knowingly provide to us in the Forums. Please remember that any Personal Information that you disclose in the Forums becomes public information and may be viewed and used by others. You are solely responsible for the content you post online in the Forums. COA has no control over and will not be held responsible for any Personal Information disclosed in the Forums or the use of such Personal Information by third parties. By submitting Personal Information in the Forum, you acknowledge that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to any submission or posting. You should always exercise caution when deciding to disclose your Personal Information.
We may combine the information you submit through the Platforms with other information we have collected from you, whether on- or offline. We may also combine it with information we receive about you from other sources, including publicly available information sources (such as publicly available social media profiles) as well as our service partners and data licensors, all subject to applicable laws.
b. Certain Demographic and Educational or Employment Information
Unless we specifically request or invite it, we ask that you not send or otherwise disclose to us your racial or ethnic origin, health, criminal background, trade union membership, political opinions, religion or other beliefs. In those cases where we may request or invite you to provide the foregoing information, we will only do so with your express consent, in accordance with applicable data protection law requirements. Where you provide us with such information without request from COA to this end, we reserve the right to erase any such information at our discretion.
c. Passive Information Collection, Use, and Choices
As you navigate the Platforms, certain Personal Information may be passively collected, meaning it is gathered without your actively providing it. This is done using the following technologies in the following ways:
- i. Through your browser: Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, computer type, operating system type, version screen resolution, and Internet browser type and version.
- ii. Through your device: If you access the Platforms through a mobile device or other network-connected product, certain information may be collected about that device, including your device type, network service provider,