Types of information we may gather
ECF collects information such as your address, telephone number(s), and other contact, demographic, and billing information only by voluntary disclosure directly from you. The ECF database contains information on members and nonmembers, including authors, exhibitors, advertisers, service providers, for the purpose of conducting official ECF business.
Examples of ways we collect your information
The Membership Registration requires individuals to provide contact information such as address(es), phone number(s), and email address(es). This together with demographic information (i.e., job title, education, and business focus), ECF uses the information to provide member services, such as Reports, as well as catalogs and promotions of publications, meetings, and other products and information of interest to you.
Information can be collected on an order form, an event registration form, or in another manner when information is requested or products and services purchased from ECF. ECF collects contact information (address, phone number, etc.), payment information (an account or credit card number) and other information. This information is used to fulfill orders and to contact the customer as necessary.
www.energychinaforum.com automatically records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer accessing the site as well as the time and date of access. This information does not identify you personally, nor does it contain your name or email address. ECF uses this information solely for the purpose of diagnosing problems with the ECF server and to administer the website, or for some corporate subscribers, to determine access rights.
ECF uses internet cookies to deliver content that is specific to your interests and to keep track of your preferences. When your browser accesses the site, ECF's server checks your browser settings to see if it is permissible to store this identification information on your computer. The cookies set by ECF do not personally identify you; they simply permit ECF's web site to know what your preferences are. Cookies are also used to help determine how many unique users access pages on the web site and may direct specific advertising content to you on selected pages.
How we use your information
The information ECF collects is intended to allow ECF to communicate with you, process your transaction effectively and efficiently and plan future programs and services to better serve you. ECF collects electronic information solely for the purpose of diagnosing problems with the ECF server and to administer the website, or for some corporate subscribers, to determine access rights.
Members and customers may elect to have ECF not use their email address for ECF communications; however, an email address is required for the completion of certain transactions. Even when ECF members request that ECF restrict use of their personal information, ECF may still use this information to contact you in connection with ECF official business.
If you choose to restrict use of your information, you may not receive certain communications from ECF that may be of interest to you. Because of the nature of computer data storage, any information that you restrict will remain stored but will not be accessed in the normal course of business. ECF will comply with any court orders that may be received requiring us to disclose information from our database, regardless of whether you have requested that the information be restricted.
How we disclose your information
ECF allows certain non-staff individuals access to this information in support of ECF business. For example, ECFmay provide access to data to an ECF committee, ECF project team, or section officers and others for the purpose of conducting ECF business.
ECF collects payment information (such as a credit card number) for the purpose of completing transactions. ECF does not disclose credit card or other financial information to any other individual or organization.
How to access and maintain your information we collect
ECF members or customers may review or modify their information by accessing their profile online or contacting ECF Customer Service. ECF also provides members and customers the opportunity to request that ECF restrict the use of personal information. This request may be made when the information is provided or at a later time by contacting ECF service team.
ECF Online Data
When accessing material through ECF Website (www.energychinaforum.com), you:
• Acknowledge that ECF owns the copyright for or has permission to use all materials displayed on this site. You are authorized to read and use this information for your personal use. You are not authorized to share the materials on ECF Website with others by copying or sending it to them. The materials displayed on ECF Website are protected under Chinese copyright law. You agree that if you choose to use ECF communications tools, including online communities and list servers, you give ECF full and unrestricted permission to use and republish any materials that you post to ECF-owned sites in any way ECF deems fit, without compensation to you.
• Understand that you may not post anything to an ECF list server or online community that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, or offensive. You may not use any ECF communication tool to promote any commercial venture, including mass email solicitations ("spamming") of any nature. You understand that if ECF, at its sole discretion, believes you are abusing the use of these tools in any manner, ECF will delete your postings and may terminate without notice or liability your right to access the site.
• Understand that THE CONTENTS OF ECF WEBSITE, ITS ONLINE COMMUNITIES, LIST SERVERS AND SUBSIDIARY SITES AND YOUR ABILITY TO ACCESS THESE SITES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." ECF DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT ANY FILES THAT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM ITS SITES ARE VIRUS FREE. You are encouraged to use virus-checking software. ECF Website includes links to sites maintained by others. ECF has no responsibility for the contents on linked sites.
Transfer of Information Abroad
ECF operates through various local legal entities. When you provide information through this website, you will be providing it to ECF as a whole, and should be aware that it may be accessed from countries whose laws provide various levels of protection for personal data, not always equivalent to the level of protection that may be provide in your own country.
What are cookies?
When are cookies created?
Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded. When your browser accesses the site, ECF's server checks your browser settings to see if it is permissible to store this identification information on your computer.
How long does a cookie last?
Most cookies used by ECF are temporary; that is, they remain only for the duration of your session on the ECF website. ECF does write some cookies that remain after you end your session. This is designed to assist members whose session is interrupted before they can complete their purchase.
Third party cookies
When you visit our website, you may notice some cookies that aren't related to ECF. If you go on to a web page that contains embedded content from a third-party, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
Manage your cookies
When you accessed this website, our cookies were sent to your web browser and stored on your computer. If you wish to remove them, most browsers have an optional setting to deny [or remove] "cookies." If you use this setting, however, you may not be able to use ECF's site to its fullest capability, and you will lose the benefit of many special features provided via ECF Website.
Each browser offers different ways to configure your cookie settings, but you can remove any cookie that has been created in the cookie folder of your browser. You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly or at all.