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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the QCS Purchasing Cooperative website.  Because your privacy is very important to us, we want you to understand our practices with regard to collecting and using your information both online and offline and the steps we take to safeguard it.  This statement applies to Personally Identifiable Information collected from our visitors.  When this Privacy Policy uses the term “Personally Identifiable Information” it refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are and can be used to identify, contact or locate you.  Personally Identifiable Information might include your name, mailing address, telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, and other identification and contact information.

“Non Personally Identifiable Information” refers to information that does not identify a specific individual by itself or in combination with other information.  We may gather certain information about you such as age, date of birth, gender, as well as consumer purchasing information based upon where you shop on any one of our websites.  This information may be compiled and analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis.  This information may include the website’s Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, and your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.  A URL is the global address of documents and other resources on the Internet.  An IP address is an identifier for a computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) network, such as the Internet.  Networks use the TCP/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of the destination.  In other words, an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Internet, allowing Internet servers to locate and identify your computer.  Computers require IP addresses in order for users to communicate on the Internet, browse and shop.

We welcome any and all questions and feedback.  For privacy-related issues, please contact us at:

QCS Purchasing Cooperative
901 Warrenville Road, Ste 405
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone No: (630) 717-1110
Email: [email protected]

1. Information We Collect

A. Personally Identifiable Information

We may collect personally Identifiable Information when you:

  • Signup for a login ID
  • Contact us to inquire about our services
  • Correspond with us, or
  • Otherwise volunteer information.

B. Non-Personally Identifiable Information

Our website collects some non-personal information about you using clickstream technology, so it may not be readily apparent to you that it is being collected.  Non-Personally Identifiable Information is not combined with Personally Identifiable Information.

2. Use of Data We Collect

A. Personally Identifiable Information

At QCS, we always want to provide you with the best possible interaction with us and to send you exactly what you’ve requested.  In order to do this, we use your Personally Identifiable Information to allow us to:

  • Provide the e-newsletter or other information you request;
  • Contact you about an inquiry you may have made;
  • Customize our communications to you; and
  • Improve our visitor service.

Your email address will not be shared with any third parties.  Instructions for unsubscribing from any newsletters or non-transactional related emails are included in every email.

B. Non-Personally Identifiable Information.

We use the Non-Personally Identifiable Information that we collect from our visitors in a manner that does not personally identify any individual.  We use Non-Personally Identifiable Information to make our website more interesting and useful to you.  We also track the pages or documents accessed within our website.  This information is collected for systems administration and for analyzing and improving the value of the material available on our website.  This Non-Personally Identifiable Information is used to help our member dairies or our site design teams create content our visitors might like.

Cookies:  Unlike many other commercial sites, our website does not use “cookies.”  A cookie is a small data text file, that a website stores on your computer’s hard drive (if your web browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify you to us.  Cookies are designed to help a website recognize a user’s browser as a previous visitor and thus save and remember any preferences that may have been set while the user was browsing the site.  A cookie cannot be read by a website other than the one that set the cookie.  Cookies can securely store a member’s password, personalize home pages, identify which parts of a site have been visited.  A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive, pass on a computer virus, or capture your email address.

3. Information We Share with Others

A. Our Contractors

We contract with other companies (such as professionals and website developers) to provide certain services to QCS to provide services to members and create our website.  In some instances, these contractors may have access to Personally Identifiable Information but they are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality of the information and to use it only for purposes of carrying out the business of QCS.

These companies are prohibited by contract from using this information for their own marketing purposes or from sharing this information with anyone other than QCS.

B. Third Parties

Your personally identifiable information is never shared with any third party (except as described above to our contractors who use it ONLY to carry out QCS business.)

4. Disclosure Exceptions

Notwithstanding the above policies, we may disclose your personal information to appropriate third parties if we are required to do so by law or we believe that such action is necessary:

  • To comply with legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order;
  • To protect the rights and property of QCS or its members;
  • To investigate reports of fraud or of users sending material using a false e-mail address or users sending harassing, threatening, or abusive messages;
  • To protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our website; or
  • During emergencies, such as when we believe someone’s physical safety is at risk.

5. Your Choices

We offer choices about the types of information you receive from us.  If you prefer not to receive product information or other communications from QCS or if you prefer to receive them less frequently, please contact us at [email protected].   If, due to human error, you continue to receive unwanted communications, please contact us again and we will make every effort to correct the situation.

6. Email Use

When you provide us your email address, we may send you emails necessary to respond to a request.  It is our intent to send you promotional email only if you have agreed to receive it.  Instructions on how to unsubscribe are included in each promotional e-mail or newsletter.  Your email address will be used only to respond to your request and will not be shared with any third parties.

7. Links to Other Websites

Occasionally we provide links on our website to other sites we think you will enjoy.  These sites operate independently of QCS and have established their own privacy and security policies.  QCS does not have any control over the privacy practices of these sites.  For the best online experience, we strongly encourage you to review these policies at any site you visit.

8. Security

It is our intent to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected from you.  We employ reasonable security measures to protect the security of the information you submit to us.  When you request information or create a member account on our website, your transactional information is transmitted in a safe, encrypted format.  We maintain the data you provide in a secure database.

We also encourage our partners and service providers to adopt and follow stringent consumer privacy policies.

9. Privacy of Children on Our Web website

It is our policy not to collect Personally Identifiable Information from any person under 13 because children are not permitted to use this website.  Therefore, we request that children under the age of 13 not submit any Personally Identifiable Information to us through the website.  If we learn that we have inadvertently gathered Personally Identifiable Information from children under 13, we will promptly remove such information from our records.

10. Policy Changes

QCS may at any time modify this Privacy Policy in our discretion without notice.  Your use of this website will be conditioned upon the Privacy Policy that is posted on our site at the time of your use.

11. Questions or Comments?

For questions, comments or assistance, we invite you to contact us at our address at the beginning of this Policy.

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