What information do the PADI Companies obtain?
When someone registers on padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn, the following information may be obtained: email address, name, mail address, phone number, personal demographic information, etc. In some instances, registrants may decide what information they choose to provide. Sometimes, however, complete information is needed for the PADI Companies to respond to requests and/or include registrants in contest eligibility, etc.
What do the PADI Companies do with the information?
The PADI Companies treat the information from visitors to padi.com, padipros.cn, mypadi.cn or the PADI App differently than the information gathered from participants who register for Training Programs (as described above). For site/App visitors, the PADI Companies may gather information for the sole purposes of identifying visitors, their interests, aggregate demographic data, providing personalized notices and promotions, and improving the site/App. The PADI Companies will not provide, market, trade or sell the information they obtain from such site/App visitors to third parties, except in the aggregate as part of statistical reports prepared by the PADI Companies for industry analysis; such aggregate information does not include identifying information. An exception to this would involve sign-ups for certain promotions, sweepstakes offers, etc. that may include the sharing of certain data with the PADI Companies’ industry partners, for the purpose of providing diving-related information and opportunities (such intended uses would be disclosed within the specific program information provided on padi.com, padipros.cn, mypadi.cn or the PADI App).
What do the PADI Companies use to track information from users?
The PADI Companies use various standard web-measuring tools to trace padi.com, padipros.cn, mypadi.cn’s visitor movements through the site, such as Silverpop, Google Analytics (a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.) and Baidu Tongj (a web analytics service provided by Baidu, Inc.).
Google Analytics and Baidu Tongj “cookies” to collect and record information about visitor behavior on padi.com, padipros.cn, mypadi.cn and the PADI App. Google Analytics and Baidu Tongj stores information about what pages visitors’ visit, how long they are on the site, how they got here and what they click on. This data is not tied to personally identifiable information, such as your name or address, so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. We have turned on Google Analytics and Baidu Tongj Demographics and Interest Reporting to get an idea of our demographics and users’ interests. You can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics. Learn more about the opt-out and how to install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on here. In the event that you would like to opt out of Baidu’s collection and usage of your personal information please visit here.
Can I decide what information to receive from or through the PADI Companies (i.e. Opt-out)?
Yes. Except for the information that is used to send participants the appropriate Training Program completion materials and that is used in the Quality Management process, in which participants may be sent program evaluation forms and related correspondence, anyone can elect not to receive any information, or to receive only certain types of information. To change your preferences, please contact your local PADI Office.
Limits on our Abilities to Protect Personal Information
Your privacy is very important to us. However, due to the existing legal and technical environment, we cannot ensure that your personally identifiable information will not be disclosed to third parties in ways not described in this policy. For example, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Additionally, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to private entities, law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to address or resolve inquiries or problems.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages, and may be precluded from ordering or from maintaining an account on the site.) If you use padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you’re happy to receive all cookies on the padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn website.
What types of cookies do PADI Companies use?
PADI Companies use two types of cookies – persistent and session. A persistent cookie is set once you’ve logged in to your PADI account. The next time you visit the padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn website using the same device, the persistent cookie recognizes you as an existing user, so you may not need to log in before using the services of your PADI account.
A session cookie is used to identify a particular visit to the padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn website. Session cookies expire after a short time, or when you close your web browser.
When do PADI Companies put cookies on your device?
Cookies may be set by PADI Companies when you visit padi.com padipros.cn or mypadi.cn, or they may be set by other websites or services who run content on the page you’re viewing (known as third-party cookies).
What are cookies used for on padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn?
Cookies can be used to do lots of different things, like recognizing you when you navigate to padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn, storing your preferences and improving your experience. Cookies also make your interactions with PADI Companies more secure, faster, and help ensure that your experience is personalized to you and in line with your settings. Additionally, cookies allow PADI Companies to bring you advertising both on and off padi.com padipros.cn or mypadi.cn, and bring customized features to you through PADI plugins such as our share button.
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. Limiting the ability of websites to set cookies, however, may worsen your overall user experience.
Do the PADI Companies track IP addresses?
As part of the statistical tracking of padi.com, padipros.cn or mypadi.cn, information about visitors’ devices and browsers are collected, such as browser version and type, IP address, website referred from and country of visitor.