Collection of personal information
We take your privacy seriously and employ information protection controls in keeping with industry standards and practices to safeguard your information and protect your anonymity. Personal information about you may be collected from you through various sources, including information i) that is entered manually and voluntarily by you on the Site’s application and other forms or postings on the Site; ii) that you provide regarding your preferences (for example, based on your activity on our website); iii) from other sources with your consent (for example, from other institutions such as auditors or administrators); iv) from sources in the public domain; and v) from other interactions you may have with us (for example, discussions or emails with our staff, including through the use of the Site’s contact features).
In addition, when you visit our Site, we may gather anonymous technical and navigational information, such as computer browser type, Internet protocol address, cookie information, pages visited, and average time spent on our Website. This information does not personally identify you and may be used, for example, to alert you to software compatibility issues, to customize any advertising or content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, contact you, conduct research or analyze and improve our Site design and functionality.
Such information collected by us may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which our agents or we maintain facilities. By using the Service, you consent to the foregoing collection and use of information and any such transfer of information outside of your country. We make no representation or warranty with respect to any duty to permanently store any personal information you may provide.
How we use personal information
Disclosure of personal information
In the event that we go through a business transition or corporate event such as a merger, acquisition, sale of all or a portion of our assets, or change of control, your personal information collected by us about you would be considered a business asset and would be transferred to the applicable new entity. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.
Websites commonly use “cookies” to enhance identification of its users. Cookies are pieces of information that are passed to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. We may set and access cookies to recognize repeat visitors, to automatically enter your login ID and/or to provide additional features to make your experience faster and more efficient. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site. We may allow other companies that are advertising on some of our pages to set and access cookies on your computer. The use of these cookies by other third parties is subject to their own privacy policies. Advertisers or other third parties do not have access to our cookies. Your browser must be configured to accept cookies in order to login to the Site.
Web Beacons, also known as pixel tags and clear GIFs, ("Web Beacons"), are electronic images that allow a website to access cookies and help track marketing campaigns and general usage patterns of visitors to those websites. Web Beacons can recognize certain types of information, such as cookie numbers, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page where the Web Beacons is placed. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with third parties through the use of Web Beacons on the Site. However, through Web Beacons, we may collect general information that will not personally identify you, such as: Internet browser, operating system, IP address, date of visit, time of visit and path taken through the Site.
Internal use of Web Beacons. HFIN may use Web Beacons internally to count visitors and recognize visitors through cookies. Access to cookies helps HFIN personalize your experience when you visit the Site.
Email. HFIN may include Web Beacons in HTML-formatted email messages that HFIN sends to you. Web Beacons in email messages helps HFIN determine your interest in and the effectiveness of such emails.
External use of Web Beacons. HFIN may also use Web Beacons externally. For example, HFIN may report aggregate information about visitors, such as demographic and usage information, to its affiliates and other third parties. HFIN may also include other HFIN's Web Beacons within the Site.
Access to nonpublic personal information about you is restricted to those individuals or parties who need to know that information to provide products or services to you. For your privacy and security, personal information that you submit to us is password protected. Please note that in the unlikely event that an unauthorized third party compromises our security measures, we will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly caused by an unauthorized third party's ability to view, use or disseminate such information. While we have in place up-to-date technology and Internet procedures to protect your payment information from intruders, it is impossible to guarantee that these technologies and/or procedures will eliminate all of the risks of theft, loss or misuse. We are not liable for any damages that might result from unauthorized use, publication, disclosure or any other misuse of payment information, including but not limited to credit card information.
For the information given on the Internet, we also use a variety of protections to maintain the security of your online session, which include the use of firewall barriers and authentication procedures. While we do our utmost to protect your information, we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us as no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. It is important to note that any information you transmit to us is done solely at your own risk.
We also seek to provide a safe and secure environment by controlling who has access to the Site and Services. Every member will be required to regularly update his or her password for enhanced Site security purposes. Any person, party or entity that is not a qualified Hedge Fund Investor is strictly forbidden from entering the Site and/or viewing Member-only "private" information. Any violation is considered extremely damaging to us, and we shall pursue our rights to the fullest extent of the law. We do use our best efforts to accurately assess an applicant’s Hedge Fund Investor status, but we cannot guarantee that we will have 100% accuracy and will not be responsible for any damages. Should we discover that a wrongfully authorized user has gained access (through us or through other channels), we will seek to rectify the situation immediately, including immediately suspending or terminating such user’s account. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Members agree to not share their username and password with anyone and agree to keep confidential all information and content on the Site.
There are areas on the website where you may enter and submit information. Some of these areas are encrypted using SSL encrypted transmissions between your Web browser and our Web server. This is designed to reduce the chances of someone stealing your private information as it travels from your web browser to our secure server. When you enter an encrypted page you will see a security notice and an icon on your browser (for example a lock for Microsoft Internet Explorer). Some older browsers have known SSL bugs that can result in the browser crashing on SSL pages or giving error messages. We recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of your preferred browser.
Links to other sites
The Site may include links to other websites, which are provided for your convenience, and other sites may also reference or link to our Site. We do not review, control or monitor the privacy practices operated by others and we are not responsible for any aspect of these sites or for your business dealings with them. Additionally, such links are not an endorsement by us of those websites and/or the products or services offered on those websites.
Your postings, submissions and transmitted information
This site is not designed, structured, directed or intended for children. For that reason, we do not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information or non-personally-identifiable information on the Site from persons under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the Site at any time or in any manner. If we learn that personally identifiable information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the Site without verified parental consent, then we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.
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