DSVC values your interest and involvement in this organization and the time you spend on our website. In our online communication as in all other DSVC programs, we are committed to informing you of how we use any information you share with us, and giving you choices about sharing it.

This privacy statement explains DSVC privacy practices for our website, dsvc.org, and for all sites that are part of the DSVC domain. This statement notifies you of:

  • Why DSVC collects member and customer information
  • Activities and programs offered on the DSVC website that require you to submit personally identifiable information
  • What personally identifiable information may be collected, and how it is used
  • What aggregate information is collected, and how it is used
  • How cookies are used on the site
  • The organization that collects and owns the information, and with whom the information may be shared
  • What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information
  • Security procedures protecting the loss, misuse or alteration of information under DSVC control
  • Procedures for notifying you of any changes to this policy

If you feel that DSVC is not abiding by its posted privacy policy, you should contact us at president@dsvc.org and online@dsvc.org.

Why DSVC collects member and customer information

When you become a member of DSVC or get involved in DSVC activities on this website or elsewhere, DSVC responds to your interest by offering to keep you informed about DSVC events and programs. While print DSVC communications are a benefit of membership, email announcements are available to members and non-members as well. You have the choice of whether or not to give us your information or receive DSVC email announcements. If you choose to subscribe to these announcements, you have our commitment that they will be topical, timely and relevant to your professional and cultural interests, and sent no more than 50 times a year. Furthermore, DSVC will never sell or rent your information to another party, or use it in any way other than that described in this statement. DSVC will prosecute any parties who illegally attempt to mine member data from the site.

DSVC members

If you are a member and you have supplied your email address, you will automatically receive DSVC email announcements. If you would prefer not to receive the email announcements, you may opt out of receiving them at any time by unsubscribing or contacting us at online@dsvc.org.

Nonmembers

If you are a nonmember with a free account, you can use most of the features of the site with supplying minimal personal information to DSVC. If you would like to stay informed about DSVC programs and activities, you can provide your name and email address and opt in to receiving DSVC email announcements. If at any time you wish to stop receiving these emails, you may opt out of receiving them at any time by unsubscribing or contacting us at online@dsvc.org.

Website features requiring the submission of personal information

Submission of personal information to the DSVC website is entirely voluntary, except in the case of members, for whom current names, and email addresses must be on file. Most areas of the website may be used without supplying any personally identifiable information.

The following site features do require users to supply personal information:

Membership

When you join DSVC, we request your name & email address. The information you have supplied is used to get an accurate picture of our membership as a whole and to provide you with the full benefits of membership, including publications, mailings and discounted registration for DSVC events. After joining, you can update any of your information on the web at any time by logging in.

Site status updates

If you wish to receive information about specific new features or services when they are added, we ask for contact information including your name and email address.

Surveys

From time to time we request information from users of the site via surveys. Participation in surveys is completely voluntary. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and email address), demographic information (such as zip code and age), and professional information (such as skills, areas of expertise, and subjects of interest). This information will not be released under any circumstances in a manner that will identify the respondent. Personally identifiable information is requested only for internal purposes (for example, to avoid asking for the same information more than once or to improve what DSVC offers the community). Survey information will also be used for monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction with this site.

DSVC Joblist

Joblist is DSVC’s online job search and recruitment center for the design community. Employers: If you wish to post available jobs on Joblist, we ask for information about the job you are offering, such as the job title, type of position, your company’s city and state, required skills and areas of practice, and a job description. This information is available to other Joblist users, so that potential employees may assess the opportunity. We also request company contact information such as your contact name, company name, address, and email. To protect your privacy, we give you the choice of revealing your contact information to other users, or posting your job anonymously. In either case, your contact information is collected for purposes of authentication and so that DSVC may contact you in the event that your Joblist account is being misused.

Registration for DSVC activities

If you wish to register for a DSVC conference or other event, we ask for contact information such as your name, school or company name, job title, telephone number, and email address, and financial information including your credit card number and expiration date. Contact information is used to send you important messages regarding the activities or events for which you registered and events for which you may be interested in later. Financial information is used for billing purposes and to fill your orders.

Subscribing to DSVC email announcements

If you wish to receive timely information about select DSVC programs and events, you may subscribe to DSVC email announcements. Announcement subjects include upcoming conferences, exhibitions, publications and new interactive services. Subscribers can receive up to 50 email messages per year.

Log files

DSVC collects aggregate information in the form of log files recorded by the web server. This information includes how many visits we have had to our webpages, the IP address of the computer that person was using, and the address of the referring page.

We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movement through the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. None of this information is linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. The DSVC website uses cookies for purposes of session state management—that is, to give users a persistent identity in the database while they submit forms and go through any multi-step processes. Once the user leaves the site, the session information is held for one day only and then purged from the database.

Ownership of information

DSVC is the sole owner of the information collected on all areas of this site. DSVC will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from those disclosed in this statement.

Sharing Personally Identifiable Information

DSVC may share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to other companies or individuals as disclosed in this policy, and when:

We utilize third party service providers to provide products, services or functions on our behalf (such as sending emails or processing credit cards or fulfilling subscriptions), and ask these service providers to agree to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information and not to use your personally identifiable information for any reason except to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them; You have entered a contest or sweepstakes sponsored by a third party, in which case the information may be shared with that third party for their use in their discretion, including direct marketing (if you don'­t want your name shared, you should not enter the contest or sweepstakes);

we need to protect our legal rights (for example, if we are trying to collect money owed to DSVC);

we must comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal or regulatory process;

Correcting personal information

If you wish to correct, update or remove your personally identifiable information from our database, or if you no longer wish to receive communications from us, you have several ways of getting in touch with us as mentioned in this policy.

Update

If you are a member, you can update your information at any time by accessing your profile at http://dsvc.org/member/login.

If you are a nonmember, or you would like assistance using the member directory, you may email us at president@dsvc.org and online@dsvc.org; or send us regular mail at 400 N. Saint Paul St., Suite 715, Dallas, TX 75201.

Choice/opt-out

If you receive communications from DSVC and you wish to stop receiving them, opt-out mechanisms and instructions exist. You may opt-out by replying to any email we send you with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line. You may also email us at online@dsvc.org or send us regular mail at 400 N. Saint Paul St., Suite 715, Dallas, TX 75201.

Security

DSVC takes every precaution to protect website users’ information. All of our users’ personally identifiable information is restricted in our offices. Only board members, committee members and staff who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, all of these individuals are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our board members are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our members information is protected. Finally, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that DSVC is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statement of any website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Notification of changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post a notice of those changes on our homepage so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.