Storage Products Association

Privacy Policy

Storage Products Association, a California mutual benefit corporation ("SPA", "we", "us", "our"), respects your right to privacy and has adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected through this website ("Site"), how such information may be used and/or shared with others, how we safeguard it, and how you may access and control its use. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, because by using this Site, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is adopted by SPA and not made on behalf of any of SPA's member organizations.

Information We Collect

When you visit this Site, we may collect certain types of information from you, such as information that you voluntarily provide via forms, surveys, and applications or participation in various SPA programs. We may also collect information about you from your online browsing and transactions, including your preferences, pages visited, and technical information regarding your computer and operating systems. The primary goal in collecting this information is to provide you with efficient and effective services while using our Site.

Information You Provide

In certain circumstances, you may be asked to provide us with some specific information about yourself in order to (i) use certain features on this Site, (ii) register as a Member of SPA, or (iii) participate in various SPA events, meetings or programs.

Information Automatically Collected

We automatically collect certain information, some of which may be associated with personally identifiable information, whenever you use our Site. For example, when your computer or other communication device (including phone, PDA, etc.) accesses our Site, we automatically receive certain information, such as your IP address, browser type, date and time, and the web page you visited before visiting our Site.. We collect this information through the use of technologies such as "cookies" and "IP addresses," which are discussed in greater detail below. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of this Site are most popular and how to enhance this Site for visitors.

IP Addresses

An IP address is a unique number assigned to your computer when it accesses the Internet or another computer network. Web servers and network devices automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We collect IP addresses for system administration, reporting aggregate information to our advertisers, and tracking the use of this Site. When visitors request pages from this Site, our servers log the visitors' IP addresses. It is not our practice to link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a visitor's session will be logged, but the visitor remains anonymous to us. However, we reserve the right to use IP addresses to identify a visitor when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with this Site's policies or to protect our services, members, this Site, or others.


Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to a device accessing the Internet. We may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies on our Site or the pages we use to deliver our Offerings to you. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your device for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file. You can learn more about cookies at

On our Site, we use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate the Site by saving your preferences and to improve and track the overall Site experience. For our Site, we set a persistent cookie to determine your language and country so we can provide you with relevant content.

Cookies and similar files do not contain or capture unencrypted personally identifiable data. For many cookies, you may disable our placement of cookies on your device. If you reject cookies, you may still use our Site, but your ability to use some areas of our Site may be limited. Please see the Section "Advertising" to learn more about cookies placed on this Site and third party websites.

Information Sharing

From time to time, in order to carry out your requests, make various features, services, and materials available to you through this Site, and/or to respond to your inquiries, we may share your personally identifiable information with third parties. Such third parties are companies or individuals that perform functions, such as data analysis, advertising, sponsorship, or promotional work on our behalf or on behalf of our partners.. Personally identifiable information will be shared with these third parties only to the extent that they need such information to perform their functions.

We reserve the right to disclose any personally identifiable or non-personally identifiable information if we are required to do so by law or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary in order to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or to comply with legal process served on us; (c) to protect or defend our legal rights or property, this Site, or its users; or (d) in an emergency, to protect the health and safety of this Site's users or the general public. Except as provided herein, your personally identifiable information will not be provided to any third parties without prior approval from you.

Choice and Access

You may always direct us not to share your personally identifiable information with third parties, not to use your personally identifiable information to provide you with information or offers, or not to send you newsletters, e-mails or other communications by: (i) sending us an e-mail at; (ii) contacting us by mail at: SPA; P.O. Box 29920; San Francisco, CA 94129-0920 Attention: Webmaster; or (iii) following the removal instructions in the communication that you receive. Your opt-out request will be processed within 30 business days of the date on which we receive it.

In addition to your normal access to your web account information, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personally identifiable information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected, or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, would be extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required.

Children Under 13

This Site and our Offerings are not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13 years of age. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13, we will make reasonable efforts to delete such information from our records.

As a parent or guardian, you can request that the SPA remove personal information of your child that was submitted without consent or by the child misrepresenting his or her age. All such requests should include the same user name, password, and e-mail address that your child submitted and should be sent to

Keeping Your Information Secure

We have reasonable security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personally identifiable information.

Other Sites and Third Party Offerings

This Site may contain links to other websites that we do not control or maintain. We encourage you to note when you leave this Site and to read the privacy statements of such other websites before submitting any personally identifiable information. Additionally, if you access a third party branded service through an API or otherwise, you are solely responsible for understanding, agreeing to, and complying with the third party service terms and conditions of use and privacy policies. SPA is not responsible for the privacy policies or security of third party websites and services.

International Processing and Transfer of Data

Given that we are an international organization, our use of your information involves the transmission and processing of data on an international basis (including to and from countries other than the country where the data was collected from you, which may not have data protection laws as stringent as those that exist in your country of residence). By using this Site, or providing personally identifiable information to SPA, you consent to the collection, processing, maintenance, and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other applicable territories outside of the country where the data was collected from you.

Any and all information collected by us will be processed by a website administered in the State of California.

Contact Information

If you have questions or comments about our Privacy Policy please contact; or by mail at SPA; P.O. Box 29920; San Francisco, CA 94129-0920, Attention: Webmaster.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Due to the Internet's rapidly evolving nature, or as required by law or regulatory change, SPA may need to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. If so, SPA will post its updated Privacy Policy on our Site along with a change notice on the Site. SPA encourages you to review this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes. Your continued use of this Site or your continued provision of personally identifiable information to us after the posting of such notice will be subject to the terms of the Privacy Policy effective at that time.


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