John S Hopkins, Inc. (D/B/A/ Invested Central ("Invested", "JSH", "Invested Seminars", "we", or "us") shares your concern about the protection of your personal information online. This is our policy regarding the privacy of information we collect on Invested's web sites. We recently revised our policy to add information relating to new products we offer. Please take a moment to review the new version below.
Information Gathered/Tracked by Invested.
Invested gathers two types of data about users: (a) personal information that individual users provide through registration as subscribers to one of our subscription sites, and voluntarily at certain other points; and (b) tracking information, which is automatically collected about every visitor to the sites, both subscribers and nonsubscribers.
Personal information is gathered in several ways. First, when a user registers for a free-trial subscription to Invested Central, he or she is required to provide his or her name and email address, and to select a login name and password. In addition to the foregoing information, a credit card (number, type and expiration date) and billing address are needed to process the transaction. Subscribers must also provide us with their home and/or business telephone numbers as well. Although all of this information is generally entered into fields on a secure area of the site, Subscribers who prefer to do so can talk offline to a customer service representative, provide the required information over the telephone, and receive an invoice in the mail.
Subscribers to Invested's Daily Market Report automatically receive various email updates and bulletins that we send out on a daily or weekly basis containing selected stories and market information, together with some advertisements and hyperlinks to our sites.
Message Boards and Chats
We may provide message boards and chats for discussion of various topics. No additional personal information is required to post on the boards, but participants are asked in the interests of accountability, honesty and informed dialogue to include their full names in any posting, as well as any positions they have in stocks being discussed. Please note that information you post to a message board or chat will be available for any user of that service to read, and is no longer private.
At certain times, users who have registered for free-trial subscriptions may be asked to participate in surveys, which are generally aimed at obtaining general information about our subscribers, for example, their investment experience or their reactions to a particular article. Because information obtained in these surveys is connected with individual subscribers and is used internally to better market our services, participation is voluntary. In addition, some columnists will on occasion take polls of their readers. Such polls are solely for the editorial use of the individual columnists, and participation is voluntary.
We sometimes offer contests in which certain personal information is required for registration, for purposes of verifying the entrants' identities and notifying the winners. If the contest is being administered by a third party, this information will be disclosed to that third party. However, entrants select contest names distinct from their login names, and the information is not connected with their login names.
The sale and fulfillment of some items purchased from us may be handled by a third-party fulfillment house. We forward to this company only the information needed to enable it to fulfill your orders, and it may not use any of such information for its own business purposes.
We may from time to time forward information to you regarding third party products or services. Such mailings will be distributed by Invested and will not involve disclosure of your personal information to third parties, except as may be necessary to our contractors or other agents as described more fully below. You may request not to receive such information by emailing customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling them at 301-941-1995.
Tracking data consists of individual tracking information and aggregated tracking information and is automatically gathered using "cookies". A cookie is a small data file containing information such as a user's login name that is written to the user's hard drive by a Web server and used to track the pages visited. Cookies used by Invested are encoded and contain a unique digital signature to prevent tampering. They do not contain subscriber passwords. The individual information gathered in this manner is used for internal purposes only, such as accessing a user's account information. We also use the information on an aggregate basis, to track the readership of stories and analyze traffic patterns on our site. In addition, advertisers and advertising vendors that serve ads onto our sites may use their own cookies or other technologies. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any such advertisers.
Use of the Information
We reserve the right to transfer any information that we have collected to a third party in the event that we sell or otherwise transfer substantially all of our assets related to website which we own or operate.
Tracking information is used to create aggregate reports on user demographics and site traffic patterns and then provided to our advertisers and partners, enabling them to better target their advertisements to our users. None of the information provided to them can be connected to the identities or other personal information of individual users.
Correcting the Information
We offer subscribers the ability to correct or update online the information we collect during registration. You may correct or update information collected during registration by sending an email to email@example.com, or by calling our offices during business hours at (301) 941-1995
Invested uses reasonable security methods to protect the data that resides on our servers. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers, nor can we guarantee that information that users supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.