The NATEF website facilitates two primary modes of access by users: 1) anonymous users, and, 2) myNATEF portal users.
1) Anonymous users may access general NATEF website content that is publicly available and does not require the provision of personal information to access that content. This content also does not require a user name or password for authentication. Such content includes, but is not limited to, general website information about NATEF, its programs and other content general in nature.
2) myNATEF portal users may access user-specific details about their program history and status with regard to NATEF accreditation. Access to this type of content requires the establishment of a myNATEF account and the registration of a user name and password.
Information Collection and Tracking
NATEF collects two types of information about users:
1. Information provided through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive announcements about future tests, electronic newsletters, and information gathered in polls and surveys.
2. Information or aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout the site. This information allows ASE to better tailor site content to user needs and to better understand user demographics. ASE will, at its discretion, use your information to communicate with you, or to facilitate communications by others with you, about education, training, and award programs judged to be of potential benefit, as well as future tests and offers.
NATEF may occasionally conduct surveys to better target content to our audience. NATEF may use this information to better refine its products and services and may also use certain survey information for special awards and drawings.
NATEF tracks user traffic patterns. NATEF breaks down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type and version. The traffic patterns of myNATEF portal users may be used by NATEF to enhance the service of the myNATEF portal.
ASE sometimes tracks and catalogs search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which site areas are most frequented based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps NATEF continue to improve its website over time.
For some functions, features and content, NATEF may store a text file called a “cookie” in the browser of your computer. For some types of content that run in Adobe Flash Player, Flash content may store a “Flash cookie” within the Flash player itself. While you do not need to have your browser cookies enabled to use this site, you may need to have cookies enabled for certain content. A cookie does not contain personal information, but will be used to remember your choices of certain options when using some types of content. NATEF will NEVER store essential information in cookies, like your credit card number, due to security concerns.
Use of Information
NATEF uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic reminders and to enable users to participate in polls and surveys. We send out reminders to subscribers on a regular schedule and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. NATEF will, at its discretion, use your records to communicate with you, or to facilitate communications by others with you, about education, training, and award programs judged to be of potential benefit.
We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users but do not track which terms a particular user enters.
ASE creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for internal use. This allows our users to receive notifications that are pertinent to their needs.
Sharing of Information
NATEF uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help us better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to providing websites of maximum value. NATEF will, at its discretion, use your records to communicate with you to facilitate communications by others with you, about education, training, and award programs judged to be of potential benefit.
NATEF operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals within NATEF and its contractors have access to the information provided by our customers. We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.
We give users opt-in choices to receive information from NATEF via e-mail. NATEF's opt-in policy helps ensure that you receive only the announcements you request, per the recommended practices of Internet community. NATEF makes every attempt to keep e-mail addresses current and accurate.
Linking To Other Sites
NATEF does not endorse, nor is it affiliated with, any third party entity, which may have provided a link to any of the aforementioned NATEF sites. Similarly, NATEF does not necessarily endorse, nor is it affiliated with, any entity to which you may link from NATEF websites. NATEF is not responsible for the content of linked third party sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials or information on such third party sites. Under no circumstances shall NATEF be held liable or responsible for such links or for such third party sites or for any information or materials contained on such sites.
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