Last Updated: July 13, 2017
Please note that our Site is under constant development. New services are added frequently and this agreement may therefore be modified and updated on an ongoing basis. It is important to check back to this page regularly.
Ballast Research (“Ballast”), a division of National Journal Group LLC, wants you to enjoy and benefit from our website and online services secure in the knowledge that we have implemented fair information practices designed to protect your privacy.
What Information Is Collected?
We collect two basic types of information from you in conjunction with your use of the Site: non-personally identifiable information and personally identifiable information. Non-personally identifiable information does not individually identify you, but it may include tracking and usage information about your general location, demographics, use of the Site and the Internet. Personally identifiable information is any information that can individually identify you and includes, your name, address, phone number, and email address, or non-personally identifiable information that has been linked to such personally identifiable information.
Personally Identifiable Information
As a general matter, you can browse the Site without submitting your personally identifiable information to us. However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may supply us with your personally identifiable information, including when you contact Ballast through the forms provided on the Site.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
When you interact with the Site, we may collect certain information that does not identify you individually (“non-personally identifiable information” or “non-PII”), such as demographic data; information about your computer, mobile device, browser, or other device that you use to access the Site, including IP address, general location information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information. We may also collect information about your use of the Site, including your search terms and search results, and additional “traffic data” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses. Our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of our Site. In addition to non-identifiable individual information, we may collect aggregate data regarding the use of the Site.
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information From or Through Social Media Site
In addition, when you interact with any Ballast page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LinkedIn, we may collect the personally identifiable information that you make available to us on that page or account including your social media account ID. However, we will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform and we will only collect and store such personally identifiable information that we are permitted to collect by those social media platforms.
Collection of Your Source IP Address/Location Information
We may collect and store your device’s source IP address which may disclose the general location of your device at the time you access the Site. Certain content may be directed to you as a result of this data.
Information From Other Sources:
We may supplement the information we collect with information from third parties or collected offline and add it to your account information. This information may include, but is not limited to, demographic information, additional contact information, group affiliations, occupational information, and educational background.
How Do We Use Your Information?
We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Site, including to:
- Provide you with the content, products and services you request
- Post your user generated content to our Site as you request
- Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us and send you information about features and enhancements on or to our Site
- Communicate with you about changes to our policies
- Personalize content and experiences on our Site, including providing you recommendations based on your preferences
- Send you newsletters, offers and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events by e-mail, text, or other another medium
- Provide you with advertising including advertising based on your activity on our Site or activity on third party Site and applications
- Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
- Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
- Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Site and their usage patterns
We may use the information from one portion of the Site on other portions of Site, and we may combine information gathered from multiple portions of the Site into a single user record. We also may use or combine information that we collect offline or we collect or receive from third-party sources for many reasons, including to enhance, expand, and check the accuracy of our records. Additionally, data collected from a particular computer, browser or device may be used with another computer, browser or device that is linked to the computer, browser or device on which such data was collected.
Who Can See Your Information?
We have third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and partners that perform functions on our behalf, including, but not limited to, hosting, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, billing and customer service. These entities may have access to personally identifiable information if needed to perform their functions. If such access is required, the third parties will be obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personally identifiable information. They are restricted from using, selling, distributing or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Site.
Law Enforcement, Legal Process, and Emergency Situations
In some cases, we may use or disclose your personally identifiable information to a third party if we are required to do so by law or if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law or legal process; to protect and defend our rights or to prevent misuse of our Site; or to protect the personal safety of our employees, agents, partners, the users of the Site, or the public.
Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information
We may disclose or share individual, non-personally identifiable information and aggregate information in any manner other than that described herein that we deem appropriate or necessary. Among other things, we will disclose non-personally identifiable information to third parties to help us determine how people use parts of the Site and who our users are so we can improve our Site. We will also disclose non-personally identifiable information to our partners and other third parties about how our users collectively use the Site.
What Are Your Choices?
We believe you should have choices about the collection, use and sharing of your information. Although you cannot opt-out of all data collection when you visit our Site, you can limit the collection, use and sharing of your personally identifiable information.
Collection of personally identifiable information
All personally identifiable information is provided on a voluntary basis. If you do not want Ballast to collect such information, you should not submit it to the Site.
Emails and Newsletters
You may always opt-out of receiving future e-mail marketing messages and newsletters from Ballast by following the instructions contained within the emails and newsletters, or by e-mailing, calling or writing us at the addresses below.
Governing Law & Notice to Non-U.S. Users
Other Important Information
How Your Information Is Secured
We take reasonable security measures to protect your information, including the use of physical, technical and administrative controls. Please understand, however, that while we try our best to safeguard your personally identifiable information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. You need to help protect the privacy of your own information. You must take precautions to protect the security of any personally identifiable information that you may transmit over any home networks, wireless routers, wireless (WiFi) networks or similar devices by using encryption and other techniques to prevent unauthorized persons from intercepting or receiving any of your personally identifiable information. You are responsible for the security of your information when using unencrypted, open access or otherwise unsecured networks.
The time period for which we keep information varies according to the purpose for which it is used for. In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a minimum period. Unless there is a specific legal requirement for us to keep the information, we will retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data was collected or for which it is to be further processed.
Contests, Sweepstakes or Games
The Site is not intended for children under 13 years of age. Ballast does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, do not provide personal information to Ballast without providing us with consent from your parents. If Ballast discovers that a child under the age of 13 has provided Ballast with personal information and we do not have parental consent, Ballast will immediately delete that child’s information from the Site. If you believe that company has been provided with the personal information of a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, please notify us immediately at info(at)ballastresearch(dot)com.
Your California Privacy Rights
Ballast does not disclose your personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes unless you affirmatively agree to such disclosures.
Questions About this Policy
ATTN: General Counsel, Atlantic Media, Inc.
600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
You may also use the contact information provided to request access or changes to your personally identifiable information; however, you will not be permitted to examine the personally identifiable information of any other person or entity and may be required to provide us with personally identifiable information to verify your identity prior to accessing any records containing information about you. We may not accommodate a request to change or delete personally identifiable information if we believe doing so would violate any law or legal requirement, or cause the information to be incorrect.