Midwest Dairy Association

PRIVACY POLICY

This Web site (the “Site”) is operated by the Midwest Dairy Association. The mailing address for the Midwest Dairy Association is 2015 Rice Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55113. We welcome teachers, school foodservice personnel, healthcare professionals, dairy farmers, dairy industry representatives, the media and the general public to the Midwest Dairy Association's Site. Please take a few minutes to review this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, of which this Privacy Policy is a part. Your use of this Site constitutes your agreement to follow these rules and to be bound by them. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, then do not use this Site.

Midwest Dairy Association reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change this Privacy Policy at any time.  You will be notified of changes to the Privacy Policy via a notation next to the link to the Privacy Policy from the main page of the Site stating that the Privacy Policy is new/modified and the date on which it was updated.  The last date on which this Privacy Policy was updated was February 11, 2010.  By continuing to use the Site after such changes are posted, you agree to be bound by the changes.

Midwest Dairy Association also recognizes the particular importance of protecting privacy where children are involved. To read our privacy policy regarding protections for kids under the age of 13, click here.

Personal Information Collection and Use
Midwest Dairy Association is the sole owner of the personal information collected on this Site. The Midwest Dairy Association will not sell personal information to, share personal information with, or rent personal information to any third parties other than as disclosed below. You are not required to provide any personal information in order to explore the Midwest Dairy Association Site. However, there are several areas of the Site where your participation will be limited if you do not provide personal information: 1) Comments, 2) Recipes, 3) Expert Columns, 4) Contests 5) Signing up to receive materials for educational use from Midwest Dairy Association, 6) Newsletters, and 6) Contact Us.  To participate in these areas, you will need to set up an account.  When you set up your account, we require the following information: Name, User Type, Email, and Password.  You may also provide the following information if you wish to do so: Physical Address, City, State/Province, ZIP Code, Country, Telephone Number, Sex, and Birth Date.  Note that although the Site has a “Shopping Cart,” Midwest Dairy Association does not sell anything on the Site and does not collect any kind of payment information.

You may also volunteer information in Comments, Recipes, etc.; this voluntarily provided information is not governed by this Privacy Policy and is publicly available on the Internet.  Please consider this in making such public postings.

In addition, we ask for different information for the following areas:

Contests
Midwest Dairy Association periodically conducts contests.  Each contest has its own rules and will require different information to register.  For further information, please refer to the posted rules for the contest you wish to enter.

Materials for Educational Use There are three ways to receive free materials for educational use from Midwest Dairy Association.  You will need to provide different personal information for each method, as follows:

1)  If you wish to receive free PDFs from Midwest Dairy Association for educational use, you need not log in or create an account to do so; you may simply download them one at a time directly from links within the Site.  Midwest Dairy Association will collect no personal information when you make such downloads, except as noted below under “Information We Gather Automatically.”

2)  If you wish to download multiple PDFs at the same time for educational use, you may do so by adding the PDFs to your Shopping Cart, and downloading each item in turn.  If you wish to Checkout, you may do so by creating an account or logging onto the Site and upon completing the Checkout process, you will receive an email with links to the PDFs for downloaded.  To do this, you need provide only the information required for creating an account as listed above.

3)   Midwest Dairy offers free, dairy farmer funded materials to nutrition educators in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. If you wish to receive free physical materials from Midwest Dairy Association for educational use and are an approved user, you must create an account and add the items to your Shopping Cart.  In addition to the information required for account creation, Midwest Dairy Association will require you to provide the following information:Physical Address, City, State/Province, and ZIP Code.  If you provide us with this information, we will use it only for order fulfillment and will share it with our affiliates who will ship your free items directly to you.

Newsletters
The Midwest Dairy Association Site may provide periodic newsletters to some of its audiences outlining the most recent developments in the dairy industry and other related activities. The newsletter is emailed to those users who choose to subscribe to it. In order to subscribe to the newsletter, users must provide their first and last name, mailing address and email address.

Contact Us
Under the 'Contact Us' application, users may send us an email with questions or comments. In order to reply to the email, we ask that users provide their first and last name and email address.  You need not create an account to contact Midwest Dairy Assocation.

Information We Gather Automatically
When you visit this site, certain non-personally identifiable information is automatically recorded by the standard operation of our Internet servers. Information such as the type of browser being used, its operating system, your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that your Internet service provider assigns to your computer whenever you surf the Internet), and the referring website, if any, is gathered in order to facilitate our online operations and to assure an efficient online experience for you.  In addition, if you access the Site using a robot, we gather information about which robots have accessed the Site and who is operating the robot.  We may use or share this information for security purposes, to generate group statistics about our user community or as required by law.

Normally, we do not link this automatically recorded information to any information that is personally identifiable to you or your household. However, we may use your IP address or other automatically recorded information, in cooperation with your Internet provider, to identify you if it is necessary to contact you or to bring legal action against you because you are violating the User Agreement for this site or may be causing injury to or interference (intentionally or unintentionally) with our company's rights or property, other users of this site or anyone else who could be harmed by your activities.

Cookies
The Site uses a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a tiny element of data that the Site can send to your browser. Midwest Dairy Association sometimes uses session variables or cookies to store temporary information of a non-personal nature.  We use these cookies to create a shopping cart or show that you are logged in.  Midwest Dairy Association does not use persistent session variables or cookies.  You may set your Web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. However, should you decide not to accept cookies from the Site, you will limit the functionality we can provide when you visit the Site.

Linking
Any third party Web sites that you visit as a result of linking, searching, or surfing from our site may collect and record data about you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other Web sites. This privacy statement applies solely to personal information collected by this Site.

Security
This Site takes precautions to protect personal information collected. When you submit personal information to us via the Midwest Dairy Association Site, we use accepted industry measures to safeguard personal information once we receive it, including storing the information you have provided to us in password-secured databases.  However, please be aware that no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be fully secure.  In addition to our technical safeguards, Midwest Dairy Association limits the number of employees who have access to your personal information and trains all employees who have access to personal information in privacy.  If you have any questions about the security at our Site, please email us at webmaster@midwestdairy.com.

Access to Personal Information
You may request to review, update, or have deleted any personal information collected from you by the Midwest Dairy Association at this Site.  Just send us an email asking to review or update your personal information, or to have us delete your personal information. However, we reserve the right to retain personal information as necessary to comply with federal and state laws.

Children's Privacy Policy
Midwest Dairy Association is committed to protecting children's privacy on the Internet and does not wish to receive information regarding minors.  You therefore may not post or transmit any personally identifiable information or information sufficient to locate a minor to the Site.

As a general matter, the Site is not directed to children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect personally-identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a child has provided our website with personally-identifiable information, we ask that a parent or guardian call 1-800-642-3895 or email us at webmaster@midwestdairy.com, and we will delete the information about the child from our files. If we become aware that a child under the age of 13 has submitted personally-identifiable information, we will delete such information from our records. At any time, a parent can contact Midwest Dairy Association via the telephone number or email address listed above to: (i) review any personally-identifiable information in the possession of Midwest Dairy Association about their child; (ii) request that Midwest Dairy Association delete such information; and (iii) refuse to allow Midwest Dairy Association to collect any further personally-identifiable information regarding their child.

Contests, Events, and Programs
Occasionally, Midwest Dairy Association sponsors contests, events, and programs for children. Some of these contests, events, or programs can be entered via online registration.  Each contest has its own rules and will require different information to register.  For further information, please refer to the posted rules for the contest you wish or your child wishes to enter.

Notification of Changes
If we make any material changes to our Children’s Privacy Policy, we will post a notice of these changes on our Site so that parents and legal guardians are aware of the changes.

If you any questions about this Privacy Policy or our use of your personal information, please contact us at:

Webmaster
Midwest Dairy Association
2015 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55113
651-488-0261
800-642-3895
webmaster@midwestdairy.com

Last revised: February 11, 2010.