NATEF Website Privacy Policy

Online services provided by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), hereafter referred to as “the NATEF website,” are governed by this Privacy Policy in conjunction with the NATEF Terms of Use. These combined documents outline usage guidelines for the NATEF website. If you do not agree with any of the conditions outlined in these documents, refrain from accessing any of the services or information on this website.
NATEF is committed to providing users of the NATEF Website with a safe and secure environment in which to view, transmit and receive electronic information.  NATEF uses reasonable efforts to ensure the information you provide remains private, and will attempt to ensure that the information is used only for the purposes stated below. Because NATEF gathers certain types of information about users, you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This Privacy Policy discloses what information NATEF collects and how it’s used.
Access Modes
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.
Usage Tracking
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.
Opt-In Policy
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.
Your Consent
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by NATEF. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.
Linking To Other Sites
Please remember that when you use a link to go from any one of the NATEF-owned sites to another website, the NATEF Privacy Policy no longer applies. Your browsing and interaction on any other website is subject to the rules and policies of that site. We encourage you to read the rules and policies of the sites you visit to further understand their procedures for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information.
Disclaimer: 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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