Privacy Policy

RuleSphere International, Inc. (RuleSphere) and The GRC Sphere maintain and enforce both a Privacy Statement and a Privacy Policy. These are both documented here. We describe how RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere treat personal information that we collect when you use our products, our services, and our web sites at www.GRCsphere.org, and www.RuleSphere.com.  By accessing and using these web properties, you are accepting our data collection and other operational and maintenance practices described in our Privacy Statement, as well as the following privacy practices that are specific to www.GRCsphere.org:

In addition to that listed in the Privacy Statement, the types of personal information that we may collect include, but are not limited to:

• Your username

• Your password

• Other information that RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere may collect online from you and maintains in association with your account, such as:

o Any website address that you provide

o Any biographical information that you provide

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere give you the ability to access, modify or update your information at any time. You may select "My Account" at the top of the home page to make changes to your login information (i.e., to change your password), your contact information, your general preferences and your personalization settings. If necessary, you may also contact us at the address in the Privacy Statement and describe the changes you want made to the information you have previously provided.

Privacy Statement

Scope of This Notice

This Privacy Statement is intended to describe RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere's privacy practices and provide information about the choices you have regarding the ways in which information collected by these organizations is used and disclosed.

Please note that our co-branded websites (websites where RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere have presented content together with one or more of our business partners) may be governed by additional or different privacy provisions.

Our Commitment to Privacy

At RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere, your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we have provided this privacy statement explaining our information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected, used and disclosed.  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere have self-certified their adherence to the European Union "Safe Harbor" Principles with the United States Department of Commerce, and have chosen to cooperate with the European Union Data Protection Authorities for unresolved privacy complaints.

The Information We Collect

This Privacy Statement applies to all information collected by or submitted to RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere, including personal information. "Personal information" is data that reasonably can be used to identify or describe an individual.

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere collect personal information when:

• you create a user account to become a member of RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere sites. Please contact us if you need information on their web locations (i.e. URLs).
• you make online purchases;
• you register products online;
• you request support for a RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere product or service or subscription;
• you register for webcasts, education, and training events;
• you request information or materials (e.g., whitepapers);
• you participate in surveys and evaluations;
• you participate in promotions, contests or giveaways;
• you participate in forums, collaborative projects such as wikis, other collaborative activities offered as services on our websites;
• you submit questions or comments to us.

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere also collect personal information from individuals (with their consent) at conventions, trade shows and expositions.

The types of personal information collected may include (but are not limited to):

• your first and last name;
• your title and your company's name;
• your home, billing, or other physical address (including street name, name of a city or town, state/province);
• your e-mail address;
• your telephone number;
• any other identifier that permits RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere to make physical or online contact with you;
• any information that RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere collect online from you and maintain in association with your account, such as: 
• your username used to gain access to our site,
• your password used to gain access to our site,
• your credit card account information. NOTE: we do not store zip code information unless a person prefers to purchase a product, service, or subscription by phone. In this case we take the credit card information and feed it into Paypal and then distroy the credit card information IMMEDIATELY. All other transactions, including donations are processed through Paypal or Google Checkout.

Using Your Personal Information

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere use the personal information you provide to:

• create and maintain your accounts;
• process, fulfill, and follow-up on your orders;
• register your products;
• answer your questions;
• register you in programs (per your request);
• enable you to network / collaborate with other users or subscribers
• send you information;
• send you surveys.

We also use this personal information to provide you with information related to your account and the products or services you may have purchased from us, to better understand your needs and interests, to improve our service, and to personalize communications.

Sharing Your Personal Information

Unless you assent, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere will never share the personal information you provide to us except as described below.

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere may disclose your personal information to third parties under any of the following circumstances:

• As may be required to fulfill orders, to conduct billing/credit card processing, to provide service, and for e-mail housing (as a consequence of uses already described in this Privacy Statement).
• As required by law (such as responding to a valid subpoena, warrant, audit, or agency action, or to prevent fraud). 
• For research activities, including the production of statistical reports (such aggregated information used to describe our services to current and prospective partners and other third parties, and is not used to contact the subjects of the report).
• For partner-related business services that relate to your use of our site(s) or services.
• In the context of a business transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, consolidation, or divestiture (pursuant to a pledge of confidentiality under which the recipient agrees to use the information for no purpose other than carrying out the transaction).

Your Choices About Receiving E-Mail

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere make every effort to provide you with the ability to opt-in and opt-out of receiving communications from our businesses and/or our partners.

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere may send you e-mail about your account, about the products you have purchased, to remind you about a webcast for which you have registered or a service you have purchased, or in response to your questions.  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere may also send you e-mail with information and/or special offers about products and services that may be of interest to you, or for reasonable newsletter or other informational communiqués unless you indicate that you do not want to receive them. In addition, with your assent, our business partners may send you such information.

You may let us know whether or not you would like to receive information, special offers, and promotional materials from RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere or our business partners when you create an account, when you register for a service, when you provide us with your personal information, or when we send you e-mail. Please note that if you choose not to accept promotional e-mails, you may not receive special offers that may be of value to you.

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere will provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of any of our direct marketing communications at any time. All promotional e-mail sent from RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere will contain a provision allowing you the option to decline receiving future promotional e-mail. You may unsubscribe to an e-mail communication by contacting RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere and requesting that you be unsubscribed from that specific communication:

For your protection, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere may contact you in the event that we find an issue with a product or service you have purchased that requires your immediate attention.

Cookies and Other Browser Information

Our website automatically captures IP addresses. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our website, and to help ensure the security of your interaction with the website. Your IP address is used to help identify you and your shopping cart.

As part of offering and providing customizable and personalized services, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere use cookies to store and sometimes track information about you. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. All sections of www.GRCsphere.org where you are prompted to log in, or that are customizable, require your browser to accept cookies.

If you do not want your personal information to be stored by cookies, you can configure your browser so that it always rejects these cookies or asks you each time if you accept them or not. However, you must understand that the use of cookies may be necessary to provide certain products or services, and choosing to reject cookies will reduce the performance and functionality of the site. Your browser documentation includes precise instructions explaining how to define the acceptance of cookies.

Our Commitment to Data Security

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere inform our employees on our privacy policy guidelines and makes our privacy policy available to our business partners. Our website uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, which encrypts your personal information when you send your personal information on our website. In addition, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere, and our business partners enter into confidentiality agreements which require that care and precautions be taken to prevent loss, misuse, or disclosure of your personal information.

Public Forums Reminder

This site often makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information. Exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Although we value individual ideas and encourage free expression, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere reserve the right to take necessary action to preserve the forum's integrity, such as removing any posting that is vulgar or inappropriate. Please see our Terms of Use for additional details on this.

Our Commitment to Children's Online Privacy

Out of special concern for children's privacy, RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere do not knowingly accept online personal information from children under the age of 13.  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere do not knowingly allow children under the age of 13 to become registered members of our sites, or buy products and services on our sites.  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information about children under 13.

About Links to Other Sites
This site contains links to other sites.  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere do not control the information collection of sites that can be reached through links from www.GRCsphere.org and www.RuleSphere.com and any other sites that we run. If you have questions about the data collection procedures of linked sites, please contact those companies directly, or contact us and we will put you in contact with them.

How to Access, Modify or Update Your Information

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere give you the ability to access, modify or update your information at any time. You may log in and make changes to your login information (change your password), your contact information, your general preferences and your personalization settings. If necessary, you may also contact us and describe the changes you want made to the information you have previously provided.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about any of these practices or  RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere's use of your personal information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail, or by mail at:

The GRC Sphere
Care of:

RuleSphere International, Inc.
Legal Affairs
PO Box 152
Still River, MA 01467-0152

Attention: Legal Counsel
E-Mail: info@RuleSphere.com

RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere will work with you to resolve any concerns you may have about this Statement.

Changes to this Privacy Statement
RuleSphere and The GRC Sphere reserve the right to change this policy from time to time. If we do make changes, the revised Privacy Statement will be posted on this site. 
This Privacy Statement was last amended on January 23rd, 2012.