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We offer training and certifications, which establish that a person is professional and competent in the field of firearms and ammunition.
 

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How we collect information about you

When you visit the International Firearm Specialist Academy, (hereinafter referred to as IFSA) website or use the IFSA Services or IFSA application, we collect information sent to us by your computer, mobile phone or other access device. This information may include your IP address, device information including but not limited to identifier, name and type, operating system, location, mobile network information and standard web log information, such as your browser type, traffic to and from our site and the pages you accessed on our website.

If you open an account or use IFSA’s services, we may collect the following types of information:

· Contact information - your name, address, phone, email, Skype ID and other similar information.

· Financial information - the full bank account numbers and/or credit card numbers that you link to your PayPal account or give us when you use the PayPal Services.

Before permitting you to use the IFSA services, we may require you to provide additional information we can use to verify your identity or address or manage risk, such as your date of birth, social security number or other information. We may also obtain information about you from third parties such as credit bureaus and identity verification services. 


When you use the IFSA services, we collect information about your transactions and your other activities on our website, application or when using the IFSA services and we may collect information about your computer or other access device for fraud prevention purposes.

You may choose to provide us with access to certain personal information stored by third parties such as social media sites (such as Facebook and Twitter). The information we have access to varies by site and is controlled by your privacy settings on that site and your authorization. By associating an account managed by a third party with your IFSA account and authorizing IFSA to have access to this information, you agree that IFSA may collect, store and use this information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

In order to help protect you from fraud and misuse of your personal information, we may collect information about your use and interaction with our website, application or the IFSA services. For example, we may evaluate your computer, mobile phone or other access device to identify any malicious software or activity that may affect the availability of the IFSA services.


Finally, we may collect additional information from or about you in other ways such as contacts with our customer support team or results when you respond to a survey and from interactions with members of the IFSA corporate family, and from other companies.

How we use cookies

When you access our website or content or use our application or the IFSA services, we or companies we work with, may place small data files called cookies or pixel tags on your computer or other device. We use these technologies to recognize you as an IFSA customer, customize the IFSA services, content and advertising, measure promotional effectiveness, collect information about your computer or other access device to mitigate risk, help prevent fraud and promote trust and safety.

We use both session and persistent cookies when you access our website or content. Session cookies expire and no longer have any effect when you log out of your account or close your browser. Persistent cookies remain on your browser until you erase them or they expire.

We also use Local Shared Objects, commonly referred to as “Flash cookies”, to help ensure that your account security is not compromised, to spot irregularities in behavior to help prevent fraud and to support our sites and services.

We encode our cookies so that only we can interpret the information stored in them. You are free to decline our cookies if your browser or browser add-on permits, but doing so may interfere with your use of our website. The help section of most browsers or browser add-ons provides instructions on blocking, deleting or disabling cookies.

You may encounter IFSA services cookies or pixel tags on websites that we do not control. For example, if you view a web page created by a third party or use an application developed by a third party, there may be a cookie or pixel tag placed by the web page or application. Likewise, these third parties may place cookies or pixel tags that are not subject to our control and the PayPal Privacy Policy does not cover their use.

How we protect and store personal information

Throughout this policy, we use the term "personal information" to describe information that can be associated with a specific person and can be used to identify that person. We do not consider personal information to include information that has been anonymized so that it does not identify a specific user.

We store and process your personal information on our computers in the US and elsewhere in the world where PayPal facilities or our service providers are located, and we protect it by maintaining physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable US federal and state regulations. We use computer safeguards such as firewalls and data encryption, we enforce physical access controls to our buildings and files, and we authorize access to personal information only for those employees who require it to fulfill their job responsibilities.

How we use the personal information we collect

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a secure, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. We may use your personal information to:

· provide the IFSA services and customer support you request;

· process transactions and send notices about your transactions;

· resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;

· prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce our User Agreement;

· customize, measure, and improve the IFSA services and the content and layout of our website and applications;

· deliver targeted marketing, service update notices, and promotional offers based on your communication preferences;

· compare information for accuracy and verify it with third parties.

Marketing

We don't sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. We may combine your information with information we collect from other companies and use it to improve and personalize the IFSA services, content and advertising. If you don't wish to receive marketing communications from us or participate in our ad-customization programs, simply indicate your preference by logging into your account and going to the Profile subtab under the My Account tab and adjusting your preferences under Account Information, or by following the directions provided with the communication or advertisement.

If you no longer wish to receive notifications via our application, you can adjust your preferences by visiting the settings page of the application.

You can opt out of receiving SMS messages by texting STOP to the number we send from for that particular service. Alternatively, you can indicate your preference by logging into your account and adjusting your preferences under Account Information or by following the directions provided with the communication.

How we share personal information with other IFSA users

To process your payments, we may share some of your personal information with the person or company that you are paying or that is paying you. Your contact information, date of sign-up, the number of payments you have received from verified IFSA services users, and whether you have verified control of a bank account are provided to other IFSA services users who you transact with through IFSA. In addition, this and other information may also be shared with third parties when you use these third parties to access the IFSA. Unless you have agreed to it, these third parties are not allowed to use this information for any purpose other than to enable the IFSA services.

If you are buying goods or services and pay through IFSA services, we may also provide the seller with your shipping and confirmed credit card billing address to help complete your transaction with the seller. The seller is not allowed to use this information to market their services to you unless you have agreed to it. If an attempt to pay your seller fails, or is later invalidated, we may also provide your seller with details of the unsuccessful payment. To facilitate dispute resolutions, we may provide a buyer with the seller’s address so that goods can be returned to the seller.

We work with third parties, including merchants, to enable them to accept or facilitate payments from you using IFSA. In doing so, a third party may share information about you with us, such as your email address or mobile phone number to inform you that a payment is sent to you or when you attempt to pay that merchant or through that third party. We use this information to confirm that you are an IFSA customer and that a form of payment can be enabled, or where a payment is sent to you to send you notification that you have received a payment. Also, if you request that we validate your status as an IFSA customer with a third party, we will do so. Please note that merchants you buy from and contract with have their own privacy policies, and IFSA may not be held responsible for their operations, including, but not limited to, their information practices.

Regardless, we will not disclose your credit card number or bank account number to anyone, except with your express permission or if we are required to do so to comply with a credit card rules, subpoena or other legal process.

How we share personal information with other parties

We may share your personal information with:

· Members of the IFSA corporate family to provide joint content, products and services (like registration, transactions and customer support), to help detect and prevent potentially illegal acts and violations of our policies, and to guide decisions about their products, services and communications. Members of our corporate family will use this information to send you marketing communications only if you have requested their services.

· Service providers under contract who help with parts of our business operations such as fraud prevention, bill collection, marketing and technology services. Our contracts dictate that these service providers only use your information in connection with the services they perform for us and not for their own benefit.

· Financial institutions that we partner with to jointly create and offer a product, where we share information with our bank to determine whether you should receive pre-approved offers for credit services. These financial institutions may only use this information to market IFSA-related products, unless you have given consent for other uses.

· Credit bureaus to report account information, as permitted by law.

· Banking partners as required by credit card association rules for inclusion on their list of terminated merchants (in the event that you meet their criteria which includes having IFSA close your IFSA Account due to your breach of the IFSA User Agreement).

· Companies that we plan to merge with or be acquired by. (Should such a combination occur, we will require that the new combined entity follow this privacy policy with respect to your personal information. If your personal information could be used contrary to this policy, you will receive prior notice.)

· Law enforcement, government officials, or other third parties when

o we are compelled to do so by a subpoena, court order or similar legal procedure

o we need to do so to comply with law or credit card rules

o we believe in good faith that the disclosure of personal information is necessary to prevent physical harm or financial loss, to report suspected illegal activity or to investigate violations of our User Agreement.

· Other third parties with your consent or direction to do so.

IFSA will not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes and only shares your personal information with third parties as described in this policy.

If you open an IFSA account directly on a third party website or via a third party application, any information that you enter on that website or application (and not directly on an IFSA website) will be shared with the owner of the third party website or application and your information may be subject to their privacy policies.

How you can restrict IFSA from sharing your personal information

Federal and state laws allow you to restrict the sharing of your personal information in certain instances. However, these laws also state that you cannot restrict other types of sharing. Because we have chosen to refrain from certain types of data sharing, the only type of sharing of your personal information that you may restrict is as follows:

If you do not want IFSA to share your personal information with companies for the purpose of marketing their products or with other financial institutions for the purpose of marketing our jointly offered products to you, please log in to your account and uncheck the box in the Information Sharing section of the Notifications and Information Sharing page. This page can be accessed by going to the Profile subtab under the My Account tab.

You can also control how we use your contact information to market IFSA services to you in the notifications preferences.

How you can access or change your personal information

You can review and edit your personal information at any time by logging in to your account and clicking the Profile sub-tab under the My Account tab. You can also close your account through the IFSA website. If you close your IFSA account, we will mark your account in our database as "Closed," but will keep your account information in our database. This is necessary in order to deter fraud, by ensuring that persons who try to commit fraud will not be able to avoid detection simply by closing their account and opening a new account. However, if you close your account, your personally identifiable information will not be used by us for any further purposes, nor sold or shared with third parties, except as necessary to prevent fraud and assist law enforcement, as required by law or in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

How you can contact us about privacy questions

If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, you should contact us by writing to us at IFSA, Attn: Privacy Department, PO Box 338
Lake Dallas, TX  75075.

 

 



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