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Privacy Policy

BestComm Networks Inc. and our subsidiaries and affiliates ("BestComm" or "we") respect your preferences concerning the collection and use of your personal information ("data"). Our goal is to deliver content targeted to the industry you work in, the products you use, the role you play in your organization, and your specific preferences. In order to provide you with relevant information, fulfill your specific requests, and enhance your experience across our Web site, we will at times request data from you. This policy lets you know how we collect data, why we collect it, and what choices you have concerning its use.

This is the privacy policy for the BestComm.net Web sites. This policy describes the broadest potential use of data throughout the BestComm.net Web sites. Parts of the sites may make far less use of data than we have outlined in the policy. Please note that BestComm maintains the same privacy practices described in this policy for data we collect off-line; accordingly, references below to Web site "users" also apply to individuals from whom we collect data off-line.

Third-Party Web Sites: BestComm also provides links to non-BestComm sites we believe may be of interest to you. These sites are provided as a convenience and are beyond our control. You are advised to check the privacy policies and terms of use of those sites before providing your personal data to them.

1. Types of Data Collection 

BestComm collects data related to our users through the following methods:

Automated means such as communications protocols and cookies 

Registration screens and online forms 

Sales inquiries and transactions 

Customer communications 

Offline communications and interactions

Third party sources of information, such as opt in lists. 

Depending upon the method of collection and use, the data collected may include information about the user from forms, registrations and transactions (such as name, title, address, company, phone number and e-mail address), financial/transaction information (such as credit card and payment information), information about use of BestComm web sites (such as electronic communications protocols, web pages visited and cookies) and user preferences (including product requirements, areas of industry interest, newsletters, community choices and other information managed from the customer profile that is created when registering on BestComm.net).

Electronic Communications Protocols and Cookies:

BestComm may receive data from you as part of the communication connection itself, that is, the standard electronic greeting between your computer and our servers. This information often consists of network routing (where you came from), equipment information (browser type), date and time. At this time our server will also query your computer to see if there are "cookies" previously set by BestComm.net to facilitate log in or other site navigation procedures. A "cookie" is a small piece of information sent by a Web server to store on a Web browser so it can later be read back from that browser.

Cookies: Some parts of the BestComm site use cookies to collect information about visitors' use of the Web site and to facilitate return visits. The information collected from cookies is tracked to enhance security and/or to improve the functionality of the Web site by avoiding duplicate data entry, facilitating navigation, and increasing the relevance of content. Cookies on the site may collect the following information: a unique identifier, user preferences and profile information used to personalize the content that is shown, and membership information to access BestComm's online communities. Cookies on the site, and the associated data, may be used for the purposes stated in Section 3 below. Some cookies used by BestComm.net may remain on the user's computer after they leave the Web site, but the majority is set to expire within 30 - 365 days. (As discussed in more detail below, you can set your browser to alert you to cookies being placed, in which case a prompt screen will describe information about the cookie, its duration, and the server to which it is being returned.) There may be some cookies on certain tools that are of longer duration. Cookies may also be of benefit to you by creating a more streamlined login process, keeping track of shopping cart additions and preserving order information between sessions. In the future, as we enable further customization of the site, cookies will help in assuring that information provided to you will be the most relevant to your needs.

While we do not offer an opt-out on the site for cookies, browsers provide you with information and control over cookies. You can set your Web browser to alert you when a cookie is being used. You can also get information on the duration of the cookie and what server your data is being returned to. You then have the opportunity to accept or reject the cookie. Additionally, you can set your browser to refuse all cookies or accept only cookies returned to the originating servers. Users can generally disable the cookie feature on their browser without affecting their ability to use the site, except in some cases where cookies are used as an essential security feature necessary for transaction completion.

Embedded URLs: In order to provide maximum site utility, BestComm also uses a tracking technique that uses embedded URLs to allow use of the site without cookies. Embedded URLs manifest themselves as plain text or encoded extensions to the URL that appears in the browser address or location toolbar. This technology allows limited information to follow you as you navigate the site, but is not identified to personal data and is not used beyond the session. While this increases your ability to surf the site, it does not replace the functionality or streamlining of cookies and may limit your use of many convenience features offered by the site.

Embedded Pixels: In an effort to provide users with the most relevant Web site content and marketing materials, we may also use embedded pixel technologies to help track site usage and marketing campaign responsiveness. On the Web site, these technologies are used on selected pages for the purposes of identifying unique user visits as opposed to aggregate hits. The site usage information collected by these technologies is associated with cookies and may provide data about site use by registered users of www.BestComm.net Web sites. This information is used to evaluate site content, navigability and composition as well as page response rates. When these technologies are used in emails, they provide information on when the email was opened.

2. The Data We Collect and How We Use It

BestComm collects data from users for the following purposes:

As a result of your site navigation. Data may be collected to help personalize Web site content and enable navigation that is most relevant and user friendly.

As a result of creating an BestComm.net account and filling out forms. Data provided by you during these processes may be used to target future marketing communications that meet your needs and requirements, personalize Web site content and enable navigation that is most relevant and user friendly.

As a result of your joining a BestComm community, such as the BestComm Technology Network. Information collected during this process may be used to provide relevant product alerts and updates. These updates are related to product releases, prices, terms, special offers and associated marketing campaigns. This data is sent out as part of the program member signing up for the relevant program or online account.

As a result of your inquiry or request for information. Data collected as a result of your inquiry, registration for newsletters, response to marketing campaigns and other such activities may be used to respond to your inquiry, provide information requested and target future marketing communications.

As a result of your seeking service or support. Information collected during this process can include contact data and information related to products and service/support requested. This information may be used to provide requested services, product updates and similar notices. BestComm will pass collected information to the appropriate BestComm sales person, distributor, reseller, or consultant for follow-up related to BestComm products or services. BestComm may also ask if you wish to have your contact information shared with other selected partners that offer complementary products or services related to your inquiry. If you agree, data is provided to those partners for purpose of responding to your request for service or information. Please review the privacy policy of the specific partner regarding any further interactions with that partner.

As a result of product download. Product downloads rely on the contact information collected as part of the registration process. Further information may be obtained from users concerning experiences related to download and use of programs whether by trial licenses or purchase. Information may be used to confirm order information and for follow-up, marketing, and sales purposes.

As a result of your engagement in transactions or communications. Information may be collected and stored as part of the transaction history. The majority of the data collected under this category is business contact information. BestComm may need to share some of this data (address, payment) with delivery services, credit card clearing houses and other similarly situated third parties that are required to accomplish the transaction.

As a result of your participation in joint sales or joint product promotions. BestComm and its partners may engage in joint events or provide bundled products. Such promotions will always reference the partners involved. Both BestComm and the partner(s) will have access to that information. We recommend you review the privacy policies of these partners to address your particular needs and concerns.

As a result of your registration for/attendance at an BestComm conference or Event. Those existing customers or registered BestComm.net users who sign up for a conference or Event may be contacted prior to the event to see if any meetings, special demonstrations or other customer facilitation may be provided. This contact is in addition to any contact that may be required to confirm payment or provide logistical information and updates related to the conference. Attendees of such events may also be contacted after the event to see if any further information is required or follow up is appropriate. This information will be used only by BestComm designated partners or conference sponsors and will not be released to other third parties. To help assure respect of your data, we maintain control of the data and require that use of the data by these partners is limited to that which is expressly relevant to your profile.

As a result of your participation in interactive discussions and public forums. There are parts of the Web site that permit you to participate in interactive discussions. Some of these are moderated; all are subject to access for technical reasons. BestComm does not control the content that users post and some may serve as public discussion forums. As in any interactive forum open to many users, you should carefully consider whether you wish to submit data and should tailor any other content submitted appropriately.

To address performance and fix issues. On occasion, patches and other fixes to software/hardware, such as security patches addressing newly discovered vulnerabilities, are developed. We may communicate the availability of these patches or fixes to registered owners of software/hardware and parties who have identified themselves to us as users or developers.

As a result of legal requirements. BestComm may be required to provide data to comply with legally mandated reporting, disclosure or other legal process requirements.

3. Customization, Preferences and Opt-Out

Establishing an online registration profile at BestComm.net allows visitors the ability to opt in (or out) of communities and provides them with control over their preferences for electronic information delivery.

Communications Choices. BestComm recognizes that users may not wish to be contacted about new or related products. BestComm allows you to opt out of some, or all, email marketing that may result from use of the site. These choices are established and modified via your online registration profile. A link to this profile will be available in marketing emails. You can return to the registration profile at any time to change your elections or modify your profile or you can send an email to our general unsubscribe automated link at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you have any problems in using any of these opt-out mechanisms, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicate opt-out in the subject line and specify what problem you have encountered in the body of the message.

Please note that some non-marketing communications are not subject to general opt-out. These include communications related to product download; communications about sales transactions; information about software/hardware updates, patches and fixes; disclosures to comply with legal requirements; and communications with partners about product alerts and updates.

Information-Sharing Choices. BestComm only shares data with selected companies after providing users the ability to either opt out of or opt into the sharing. There are limitations to opting out in the case of (1) joint sale or joint events where the data goes to both BestComm and the other party at the same time; (2) where the customer has requested follow up which involves BestComm partners; and (3) where third parties are required to accomplish the transaction, including delivery and credit card clearing services. There may also be some cases where data is shared with third parties as a necessary function of the service, for example, posting comments to a bulletin board or posting an opportunity to an exchange, where data is available to all users. Other examples include attendance at educational or conference events where third parties and BestComm partners may be involved in providing services or sponsorship of a conference, seminar, training session, or event. As we further develop our preference tools, we will endeavour to have our partners join in their use to provide the user with a more seamless and streamlined environment.

Third Party Permission-Based Lists. On occasion, BestComm may use a third party permission-based list to send communications about BestComm products and services. These are lists maintained by third parties whose users have consented to receive emails from other companies, such as BestComm. We do not have access to the names and contact information on these lists; the third party that has the direct relationship with these users maintains the list and the opt-outs, removes, and unsubscribes. We require the list owners to identify themselves as the mailers of the email and to provide appropriate opt-out mechanisms. If you wish to be removed from a third-party list, you should direct your opt-out request to the list owner, not to BestComm. Nevertheless, if you have trouble opting out, or if you wish to make us aware of any issues related to a third-party mailing, you may contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When third-party mailings are sent with an BestComm reply address, BestComm also will provide a notice with information about how to opt-out of future BestComm marketing communications.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe you have mistakenly received information after opting out or if you would like to opt out of receiving information and have been unable to use the opt-out mechanisms provided.

4. Access

BestComm has provided you the ability to create an account or profile of information. We maintain the data and allow you to update it at any time. To change this information, please login as usual and follow the prompts to "update my Account." We continue to work to increase the scope of information that you may access and update. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you require further assistance concerning your information or if you have trouble accessing your profile; please indicate access in the subject line and let us know what the access problem is in the body of the message.

While the majority of questions and issues related to access can be handled quickly, complex requests may take more research and time. In such cases, access issues will either be addressed within thirty days or you will be contacted regarding the nature of the problem and appropriate next steps.

5. Advertising

BestComm uses some third parties to administer a limited set of BestComm advertisements on its Web sites. No data is provided to the advertisers as part of this process, but aggregate profile information, such as user community, may be used in the selection of advertising to make sure that it has relevance to the user. On some banner ads, an embedded pixel may be present, and while it does not associate with a cookie or other personal profile information, it may return session connection information that allows advertisers to better determine how many individual users have clicked on the ad banner.

6. Security

BestComm is concerned with the security of the data we have collected and has in place reasonable measures to prevent unauthorized access to that information. These measures include policies, procedures, and technical elements relating to data access controls. In addition, BestComm uses standard security protocols and mechanisms to exchange the transmission of sensitive data such as credit card details.

In the event that individual personal data is acquired, or is reasonably believed to have been acquired, by an unauthorized person and applicable law requires notification, BestComm will notify the affected individual of the breach by email or fax or, if BestComm is unable to contact the individual by email or fax, then by U.S. mail. Notice will be given promptly, consistent with the legitimate needs of law enforcement and any measures necessary for BestComm or law enforcement to determine the scope of the breach and to assure or restore the integrity of the data system. BestComm may delay notification if BestComm or a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will impede a criminal investigation, unless and until BestComm or the agency determines that notification will not compromise the investigation.

7. Compliance Issues

Should you believe your data has been used in a way that is not consistent with this policy or your stated preferences, or should you have further questions related to this policy, please contact us by email at Privacy Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As noted in Section 3 (Customizations, Preferences, and Opt-Out) and Section 4 (Access and Registration Updates) above, BestComm provides you the ability to make choices about how we use and share data you provide to us. In addition, under California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (also known as S.B. 27), if you are a California resident and your business relationship with BestComm is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, you may request certain data regarding BestComm disclosure, if any, of data to third parties for the third-parties' direct marketing purposes. To make a request, please send an email message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Request for California Privacy Information" in the subject line; you may make such a request up to once per calendar year. If applicable, we will provide you, by email, a list of the categories of data disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the third parties' names and addresses. Please note that not all data sharing is covered by S.B. 27's requirements.

8. Policy Updates

If we are going to use your data in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you via email. You will have a choice as to whether or not we use your data in this different manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user data already stored in our database, we will notify you by email or post a prominent notice on this Web site notifying users of the change. In some cases where we post the notice we will also email users who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.

We may update this policy from time to time to describe how new site features affect our use of your data and to let you know of new control and preference features that we provide you.

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