Cotton Incorporated ("Cotton" or "we" or "us" or "our") is a not-for-profit company headquartered in North Carolina, U.S.A., providing resources and research to help companies develop and market superior, innovative, and profitable cotton products.
THE PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
Personal Data We May Collect From You
When you visit and use the Websites, or contact us through e-mail and other communication methods, you may provide us with Personal Data. Depending on the information and/or services you request, you may be asked to provide your name, email address, mailing address and other identifying information, all of which constitutes Personal Data. We do not ask you to provide any Personal Data to simply browse our Websites.
Your submission of demographic information, such as race, age, gender, income level, or marital status, is generally optional and rarely required. When non-personally identifiable information, such as demographic information, is tied to you personally (i.e., with other personally identifiable information), it will be treated as Personal Data. In some instances, if you choose not to provide requested information, for example, in connection with your use of the Cottonseed Marketplace feature on wholecottonseed.com, or in order to register with one of our Websites or to participate in sweepstakes, contests and surveys, you may not be able to access all of the areas on the Websites or participate in all of their features.
Personal Data We May Collect From Other Sources
With your permission and under your direction, we may receive certain information about you from other businesses or organizations that maintain data about you, such as LinkedIn or Google.
Cookies and Other Information We May Collect Automatically When You Use Our Website
As with many websites, we also may use other technology (e.g., web bugs, email bugs, clear GIFs, web beacons and tracker GIFs) in our Websites and/or in our communications with you to enhance the functionality of our Websites and to make your activities at our Websites more convenient and efficient. These technologies may be used by us to store and collect information relating to your viewing and use of our Websites and our correspondence with you. We also may collect your IP (Internet Protocol) address and other publicly available information, such as Internet browser information, operating system information, dates and times of a particular users visit and/or click path taken through the site, lookup information, and information that may be publicly available in connection with an IP address, such as general location of the user, business names and contact information, to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Websites and identify our users. This aggregate information provides statistics that we use to analyze, market and improve our Websites and business.
We may also use third-party web analytics services, including Google Analytics, to help us analyze how our Website visitors use interact with and use our Websites. To understand the information shared with Google, how it is processed, and how you can control the information collected by Google on the Site, visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.
Our Websites are not designed to respond to "do not track" signals received from browsers.
HOW WE USE PERSONAL DATA
We may use Personal Data, for the following purposes:
How and With Whom We Share Personal Data
WHERE WE PROCESS AND STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Please note that all Personal Data we collect is stored on our servers in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, any Personal Data we collect, including location data and online identifiers, will be processed and stored in the United States. The data protection and privacy laws and regulations in the United States may be different from those of the country, territory or region where you reside or are a citizen and may offer less protection than the laws and regulations in your country, territory or region. By using our online services, you consent to the transfer and processing of your Personal Data in the United States, and we use this consent as the legal basis for that transfer. As noted above, when we initially ask you to provide us with your Personal Data on our Websites to receive services and/or communications from us, we will request your explicit consent to the transfer and processing of your Personal Data. For more information on transfers of your Personal Data to the United States, please see the "Transfer of Personal Data to the United States" section below.
LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING
We will not perform any automated processing, including profiling, to provide our services to you without first obtaining your explicit consent to do so.
Your General Data Protection Regulation Rights
Under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), persons whose Personal Data is collected while they are located in the EEA have certain rights that they may exercise in relation to the collection and processing of their Personal Data. If you are in this category of persons, you have the following rights:
For more information on the GDPR, you may follow this link: https://gdpr-info.eu/.
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Cotton implements appropriate technical and organizational security precautions to maintain the security and accuracy of Personal Data we collect, including limiting the number of people who have physical access to our database servers, as well as employing electronic security systems and password protections that guard against unauthorized access, loss, misuse or alteration. Only authorized Cotton personnel, including service providers, have access to the data. Notwithstanding the above, due to the open nature of the Internet, we cannot fully guarantee that any Personal Data stored on our servers, or transmitted to or from a user, will be free from unauthorized access. By using our Websites and where applicable, explicitly consenting to our collection and use of your Personal Data, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks. Please note that email is not encrypted and is not considered to be a secure means of sharing Personal Data with us.
HOW WE HANDLE LINKS
YOUR CHOICES REGARDING USE OF THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
At any time after you have opted in and provided us with your Personal Data you may opt-out of having your Personal Data used for commercial purposes. If you would prefer to no longer be contacted about our special offers, products or services, or if your Personal Data changes (such as email address, phone number, or mailing address), you may correct, update or delete/deactivate your Personal Data at any time by notifying us via one of the "How to Contact Us" options provided below.
If you choose to write to us, please include your name, address and any contact information that you want removed from our promotional contacts list, including phone numbers and email addresses, and state one of the following:
• "NO MAIL OFFERS" (if you do not want to receive offers by mail);
• "NO PHONE OFFERS" (if you do not want to receive offers by telephone, including cell); or
• "NO PHONE OR MAIL OFFERS" (if you do not want to be contacted by either method).
If you opted in to mobile messaging (e.g., SMS and MMS) offer but later decide you no longer wish to receive the mobile messages, please follow the opt-out instructions included in the mobile message. If you receive any online newsletter or similar promotional email communication from us, and you wish to unsubscribe or change your preferences, you will always have the option to follow the "Update Email Profile", "Manage Preferences or Unsubscribe" or "Unsubscribe" link located in the Email footer or Website footer, or emailing us your changed preferences at any one of our Websites. If you use more than one email address, then send your opt-out email from, or ask to unsubscribe for, each of your email addresses. Because customer lists generally are prepared well in advance of a communication, you may continue to receive some offers after you send us a request not to use your information for specified marketing purposes, but we will work to remove your information from that list as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in giving us time to implement your request.
MINORS AND INTERNATIONAL USERS
OUR WEBSITES ARE ONLY INTENDED FOR VIEWING IN THE UNITED STATES IF YOU ARE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR OLDER and not a minor in your state of residence. If you are not an intended user, kindly do not use or view our Websites.
Cotton does not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected the Personal Data of a child under 13, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.
We control and operate the Websites from our offices in the United States of America. Cotton makes no representation that materials on the Websites are appropriate or available for use in other countries, and access to them from countries, territories or regions where the Website content is illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access our Websites from locations outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws and regulations.
Transfer of Personal Data to the United States
The Websites are governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of the United States. By participating in our Website activities, you certify that you meet the age and other eligibility requirements for the Websites as set forth herein and in our Terms and Conditions. If you are located outside of the United States, please be advised that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. As necessary, you hereby consent to the transfer of your Personal Data to the United States as outlined herein. Children under the age of majority in any jurisdiction outside of the United States should not provide Personal Data without their parent's or legal guardian's consent.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
HOW TO CONTACT US
Write to us at the following address:
Attention: Intellectual Property, Contracts & Legal Department
6399 Weston Parkway
Cary, North Carolina 27513
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