Effective: 1/16/2017

Overview

Welcome! This website is owned and operated by the Texas Beef Council (“TBC,” “us,” “our,” or “we”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of Texas. This privacy policy (the “Policy”) contains details regarding what Personal Information (as defined below) and other information we may collect from you, how we may collect it, with whom we may share it, as well as the choices you have regarding our collection of information and our use and disclosure of that information to other parties.

We may collect information through our website located at beeflovingtexans.com, texasbeef.org, as well as other sites accessible via subdomains, mobile versions of any of our sites, and any other site on which we post this Policy (each a “Site” and, collectively, the “Sites”).

This policy is incorporated into the Terms of Use governing your use of any of our Sites. Any capitalized terms not defined in this Privacy Policy will have the definitions provided in our Terms of Use. Through your use of any of our Sites, you consent to the practices described in this Policy.

Please note: This Policy does not apply to information collected by third parties, for example, if you visit a third-party website, or interact with third party services. Please take a moment to review the privacy policies of third-party sites before you disclose information to them, as we cannot be held responsible for their actions regarding your information.

What information do we collect and how do we use it?

We may collect personal and other information about you when you use any of the Sites, as described below. “Personal Information” is information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as their name, social security number, email address, etc. whether used alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual.

We typically collect Personal Information and other data from you, and use that information in the following ways and as otherwise set forth in this Policy or otherwise communicated to you from time to time:

If you sign up for our newsletters, emails and other offers.

We may offer newsletters and other communications that provide information about our work, initiatives, events, our Sites, our organization, our partners, and or other information we think would be of interest to you. We may collect your email address and any other Personal Information required by the online form. We use this information primarily to administer and manage our newsletter subscriptions and to provide you with additional communications, offers, or newsletters we believe will interest you, or that you have consented to receive.

If you contact us through the Sites.

You may contact us through our site with questions or comments. If you contact us, we will collect the Personal Information you voluntarily provide on the applicable form (typically your name, email address and phone number. Any information you provide through our Sites will be used in the context of resolving your request or answering your inquiry, or to provide additional information related to that inquiry.

If you enter a contest, sweepstakes or other promotion.

We may operate contests, sweepstakes or other promotions (each, a “Promotion”) through our Sites, which may require registration on our Sites or through our social media channels in order to enter. To enter, we may request your name, address, phone number, email address, biographical information, and other information requested on the entry form. Your Personal Information may be used by us to contact you for winner notification, prize delivery confirmation or other promotional purposes.

If you win a Promotion, your acceptance of a prize may require you (unless prohibited by law) to allow us to post publicly some of your Personal Information on our Sites or elsewhere, such as on a winner’s page. In some instances, a third-party advertiser or sponsor may operate or host a Promotion on the Sites together with TBC, and collect your information. In cases where we are not the sponsor, operator or host of the Promotion, we may have no control over the information collected and accordingly encourage you to review the official rules of the Promotion as well as the advertiser’s or sponsor’s privacy policy applicable to the Promotion before participating.

Automatic collection when you access our Sites.

Our Sites automatically collect certain information from you when you use them. For example, some of our Sites use cookies and other similar tracking technologies to provide essential features and improve your experience when using our Sites (see below for more information). Additionally, through our Sites, our servers or networks may collect your device’s IP address and other device or network information, such as your screen resolution, OS version, browser version, and certain identifiers. We use this information to help ensure that our content is displayed properly, so that we can understand how, where and which devices access our Sites, and to improve the quality and delivery of our Sites.

Cookies and similar technologies.

Our Sites may use cookies, web beacons and similar digital tracking technologies. Cookies are small data files that are transferred to your hard drive when your browser settings permit the acceptance of cookies. Similar technologies, such as web beacons or pixel tags function through the use of small files, such as a GIF or PNG, which are opened on a page, ad, or in an email. The request for these files from a server reveals certain information, such as your browser type, IP address, and other information. To learn more about cookies and similar tracking technologies, and how they can affect your privacy, visit allaboutcookies.org.

Our Sites may use cookies or other technologies provided by website analytics services such as Google Analytics to help us better understand how our Sites are used. By tracking how and when you use our Sites, these technologies help us determine which features and content on our Sites are most important to our visitors. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, you can turn off cookies using your browser’s settings menu; however, this may eliminate our ability to provide a personalized or user-friendly experience. To learn more about, or to opt-out of Google’s analytic and marketing services, visit Google Analytics Terms of Use, the Google Privacy Policy, or Google Analytics Opt-out.

Other sources of Personal Information or data.

If we receive Personal Information or data from you through our Sites other than as described in this Privacy Policy, it will still be used and managed in accordance with this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise stated at the time you provide the information.

Third party sites and services

As described above, our Sites include features, functionality, or information provided by third parties, and may also contain links to third party advertisers and others. Any third-party websites or services to which our Sites link may use cookies, independently collect data or solicit Personal Information, and you should carefully review the privacy policies of these third parties before providing them any Personal Information. This Policy does not apply to any information you submit to third-party websites or services, including, without limitation, any sites to which our Sites may redirect you, or other sites that may be connected to our Sites by hypertext link or otherwise.

With whom may we share your information?

Information we collect may be shared with a variety of parties, depending upon the purpose for and context in which that information was provided. We reserve the right to share your Personal Information with our current or future affiliated entities. We may also share your Personal Information and other information with trusted third parties, such as our partners, sponsors, or related parties for marketing or other commercial purposes. In addition, if you provide your information in relation to an event, promotion, or contest operated by us and a third party, we may share such information with that party.

We may, without your consent, share Personal Information and other data with service providers who provide certain services on our behalf, or in the other circumstances noted below. For example, we may share certain Personal Information we collect with third parties such as providers of data hosting or processing services, or other service providers. We also reserve the right to share any information we possess or data derived from it with service providers or others if such information has been reasonably de-identified.

If we go through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition, liquidation or sale of all or a portion of our assets, customer data, including Personal Information, will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred, or may be disclosed (subject to confidentiality restrictions) during the due diligence process for a potential transaction.

In limited circumstances, we may, without your consent, access and disclose your Personal Information, any communications sent or received by you, and any other information that we may have about you to the extent we believe such disclosure is required by law, regulation, rule or court order; pursuant to requests from governmental, regulatory or administrative agencies or law enforcement authorities; or to prevent, investigate, identify persons or organizations potentially involved in, or take any action regarding suspected fraud, violations of our Terms of Use, or activity that appears to us to be illegal or we believe may expose us to legal liability. Additionally, we may disclose Personal Information in situations that we believe to be emergencies involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or property if we believe that your information in any way relates to that threat.

What choices do I have about the collection, use, and disclosure of my personal or other information?

It is possible for you to use our Sites without providing any Personal Information, but you may not be able to access certain features or view certain content. You may, to the extent such information is shared, opt out of having your information provided to third parties for marketing or other commercial purposes, and opt out of additional communications from us. Please note, if you do not wish for us to provide certain information to one or more of our service providers, we may be unable to complete a transaction you request.

You can unsubscribe from email newsletters or similar communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link in every email. You may opt out of all information sharing with third parties for marketing purposes by contacting us at the address or email below. You may opt out of all information sharing with third parties for marketing purposes (if any) by contacting us at the address or email below.

How can I access or update my Personal Information?

You may access or update any Personal Information we hold about you by sending a letter or email using the contact information listed below. We will respond to reasonable requests for access or revision and will provide access to the extent required or allowed by law. However, we may decide not to grant access or make revisions where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the individual’s privacy in any given case, or when the rights of others would be violated by granting the access.

To obtain a list of the Personal Information that TBC holds about you, or for residents of California (as required by California law) any Personal Information TBC has disclosed about you to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year, please send a written, signed request to the address below.

What security precautions do you take to protect my Personal Information?

We have implemented reasonable security measures to safeguard the Personal Information you provide us. However, please keep in mind that we cannot be liable for the actions of third parties to whom we may transfer your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy. Furthermore, please remember that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, and accordingly we cannot provide any guarantee that your Personal Information or any other information you provide us will remain secure.

Guidelines for minors

Our Sites are neither directed at nor intended for use by minors. Further, we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from minors. If we learn that we have inadvertently done so, we will promptly delete it. Do not access or use the Sites unless you are 18 years old or older or under the supervision of your parent or guardian.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

By using any of our Sites, you consent to the terms of this Policy. We may change this Policy from time to time. We will post the effective date for this and any revised policy. Accordingly, we recommend that you consult this page frequently so that you are aware of our latest Policy. Your continued use of our Sites constitutes your acceptance of any revised Policy.

International users

If you are accessing our Sites from outside of the United States, any information provided will be transferred to us or our service providers in the United States. Regardless of where your information is collected or transferred, the information will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy. You consent to such transfer through your continued use of our Sites.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this Policy, our privacy practices, or your dealings with our Sites, please contact:

beef@txbeef.org

or

Texas Beef Council

8708 RR 620 N.

Austin, Texas 78726