Privacy Policy and Terms of Use Agreement

This Agreement applies only to the website at You are advised to check each page you visit on or from this website to determine whether you have moved onto another website.

1.      Children

We do not seek through this website to gather personal data from or about persons 14 years or younger.

2.      Data Collection

In most instances, you can visit our website without providing any personal data. However, on some pages, we may ask you for personal data to provide a service or carry out a transaction you request. The personal data that we collect may include:

You are not required to provide this information. However, if you choose not to, we may not be able to provide you the requested service or complete your transaction.

3.      Data collected automatically.

We collect certain data about all visitors to our websites, including what pages they view, the number of bytes transferred, timing information, the links they click, and other actions taken within our website. On website pages to which you logon, we may connect this information with your identity to determine your potential interests in our products and services. We may also use this information to improve our security measures. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and capabilities and language, your operating system, the date and time you access the website, and the website from which you linked to our website.

4.      Our use of personal data

We will use personal data only for the purposes set forth below.

4.1.   Services and transactions

We use personal data to deliver services or execute transactions you request, such as providing information about our products and services, calculating data or building results or index pages based on the information you send to our website, processing orders, answering customer service requests, facilitating use of our website, and so forth. In order to offer you a more consistent experience in interacting with us, information collected by our website may be combined with information we collect by other means.

4.2.   Website improvement

We may use data about you to improve our website (including our security measures) and related products or services, or to make our website easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information, or by customizing our website to your particular preference or interests.

4.3.   Marketing Communications

With your permission, we may use personal data to inform you of products or services available from us. When collecting information that might be used to contact you about our products and services, we give you the opportunity to opt-out from receiving such communications. Moreover, each such email communication we send includes an unsubscribe link allowing you to stop delivery of that type of communication. If you elect to unsubscribe, we will remove you from the relevant list within 10 business days.

4.4.   Employment Applications

In connection with a job application or inquiry, you may provide us with data about yourself, including your educational background, résumé or curriculum vitae, and other information, including your ethnicity where required or permitted by law. We may share this information with our subsidiaries and affiliates, and our joint ventures for the purpose of employment consideration. We will keep the information for future consideration unless you direct us not to do so.

5.      Our use of cookies and Web beacons

Cookies are small files that websites save to your hard disk or to your browser's memory. Our website may use them to track the number of times you have visited the website, to track the number of visitors to the website, to determine and analyze visitors' use of our website, to store data that you provide (such as your preferences), and to store technical information related to your interactions with our website. We may also use session cookies, which are deleted when you close your browser, to store your user ID, to facilitate your movement around our website (particularly in connection with information searches or aggregation and order placement) and other information useful in administering the session.

Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your computer. If you choose not to accept cookies, you may not be able to experience all of the features of our website. Internet browsers also enable you to delete existing cookies, although this means that your existing settings (including stored user IDs and other preferences) will be lost.

Our website also may contain electronic images known as Web beacons—sometimes called single-pixel gifs—that allow us to count the number of users who have visited those pages. We may include Web beacons in promotional email messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon, including whether the recipient clicked on a link in the email or forwarded the email to another person.

6.      Third party cookies and Web beacons

Third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browsers, or using Web beacons to collect information.

Third party vendors, including Google,, Inc., or affiliates, use cookies to serve ads based on your prior visits to our website. Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to our sites and/or other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the Google ads preference manager Ads Settings web page. You may visit the Amazon Advertising Preferences web page to submit your preference for ads served by and its affiliates.

You can also generally opt-out of receiving personalized ads from third party advertisers and ad networks that follow the Digital Advertising Alliance's (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting the opt-out pages on the DAA website. In addition, opt-out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies is available by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) opt-out web page.

7.      Information provided by third parties

In the following four specific cases where we receive information about our website visitors from third parties, we will not correlate this information with information we collected about you through other means:

Google Analytics currently available opt-outs can be acheived with Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, which is awailable from Google.

Third-party vendors, including Google, show our ads on sites across the Internet. We may use third party remarketing features to match the right people with the right messages. The remarketing features we use are targeting individuals that visited our website previously, targeting by country or geographical location and by device type.

8.      Disclosure of personal data

Except as described below, personal data that you provide to us via our websites will not be shared outside of us, our subsidiaries and affiliates and our joint ventures without your consent.

8.1.   Disclosure to service providers

We contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, such as hosting websites, sending out information, processing transactions, and analyzing our websites.

8.2.   Disclosure in connection with transactions

 In connection with certain transactions, we may disclose some or all of the personal data you provide to financial institutions, government entities and shipping companies or postal services involved in fulfilling the transaction.

8.3.   Disclosures in connection with acquisitions or divestitures

Circumstances may arise where for strategic or other business reasons we decide to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize particular businesses. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal data to prospective or actual purchasers, or receiving it from sellers. Although it is our practice to seek protection for information in these types of transactions, we cannot guarantee that any entity receiving such data from us in connection with one of these transactions will comply with all of the terms of this Agreement.

8.4.   Disclosure on collaborative websites

Our website promotes collaboration among users with respect to a particular area or topic. We may share your username with other participants to label comments or suggestions that you make as yours. We do not, however, share your name, contact details, or other personal data with other users of those collaborative website features. It is your responsibility, should you choose so, to insure that your user name or comments you upload does not match or can be traced to your name.

8.5.   Disclosure for other reasons

We may disclose personal data if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with legal requirements or with legal process served on us, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of any individual.

9.      Security of personal data

We are committed to protecting the security of personal data. While no security measure can guarantee against compromise, we use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems with limited access that are located in facilities to which access is limited. When you move around a website to which you have logged in, or from one website to another that uses the same login mechanism, we verify your identity by means of an encrypted cookie placed on your machine. When you place an order with us, view account information, or provide financial information, we protect the transmission of such data using Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption.

It is your responsibility to ensure the security of your password and to not reveal this information to others. If you are sharing a computer with anyone, you should always log out before leaving a website so that subsequent users will not be able to access your data.

10.  Reviewing personal data

In some cases, you can review and correct personal data provided through our websites by going to the page on which you provided the data. You can also make a request to review and correct personal data collected via our websites or submit any inquiries or concerns you may have regarding personal data by contacting us. We may take steps to verify your identity before providing you access to personal data. You can help us to keep data about you accurate by notifying us of any change to your mailing address, phone number or email address.

11.  International transfers of personal data

Personal data collected on our website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which we or our subsidiaries, affiliates or joint ventures maintain facilities. By choosing to use our website and to provide data to us, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

12.  Website Security

You are prohibited from violating, or attempting to violate, the security of this website. Any such violations may result in criminal and/or civil penalties against you. We will investigate any alleged or suspected violations and if a criminal violation is suspected, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their investigations. Violations of the security of the website include without limitation:

13.  Other Prohibited Activity.

In using this website, you must not:

14.  User Submissions

You must exercise caution, good sense and sound judgment in using the website. You are responsible for any material you place on or transmit to or through the website. You agree, represent and warrant that any information you post to or transmit through the website is truthful, accurate, not misleading and offered in good faith, and that you have the right to post or transmit such information. Such information (including without limitation, data, text, software, formulas, graphics or any other materials whatsoever), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is your sole responsibility.

15.  Ideas

You must not transmit any material to or through this website that you consider to be confidential or proprietary. Any material that you transmit to or through this website will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. This policy serves to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes regarding ownership of ideas. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement or separate written Agreement between you and us, you give us an unrestricted, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform, transit and distribute such information. You further agree that we have the right to use, without any payment or accounting to you or others, any concepts, know-how or ideas that you (and those who act on your behalf) transmit to or through this website.

16.  Copyright

The material made available at this website is protected by copyright. No material from this website may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way without written permission of the copyright owner, except that you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer and produce one printed copy for your personal, noncommercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of our copyright and other proprietary rights. Permission for all other uses of materials contained herein, including reproducing and distributing multiple copies must be obtained from us in advance. Requests for such authorization should be sent via this website contact form. For purposes of this Agreement, the use of any such material on any other website or networked computer environment is prohibited. All design rights, databases and compilation and other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered, and related goodwill are proprietary to us.

In the event you download software from the website, the software, including any files, images incorporated in or generated by the software, and data accompanying the software (collectively, the "Software") are licensed to you by us. We do not transfer title to the Software to you. You may own the medium on which the Software is recorded, but we retain full and complete title to the Software, and all intellectual property rights therein. You may not redistribute, sell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Software to a human-perceivable form, except to the extent permitted by applicable law and on giving us prior written notice of such activities.

17.  Trademarks

All trademarks, service marks, logos and trade names, whether registered or unregistered, are proprietary to us or to other companies where so indicated. You may not reproduce, download or otherwise use any such trademarks, service marks, logos or trade names without the prior written consent of the appropriate owner thereof.

18.  Links to Other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites, including those of other companies, professional and government organizations, and publications. Although we try to link only to websites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we do not control and are not responsible for the content, security or privacy practices employed by other websites. You should review the privacy statements of those websites to determine how they protect and use personal data.

The links to other websites are for convenience only. Certain of these linked websites may make use of our proprietary intellectual property rights (such as trademarks, service marks, logos and trade names) under license from us. We are not responsible for the availability or content of these sites or for any viruses, malware or other damaging elements encountered in linking to a third party website. In addition, providing links to these sites should not be interpreted as endorsement or approval by us of the organizations sponsoring the sites or their products or services.

19.  Jurisdictional Issues

Access to this website from jurisdictions where the contents of this website are illegal or penalized is prohibited. Software from this website is further subject to United States export controls. No information or software from this website may be downloaded or otherwise or re-exported (i) into or to a national or resident of any country to which the United States embargoes or sanctions goods, services or technology; or (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Denial Orders. By downloading or using the Software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

20.  Termination

This Agreement is effective until terminated by either party. You may terminate this Agreement at any time by destroying all materials obtained from this website and all related documentation and all copies and installations thereof, whether made under the terms of this Agreement or otherwise. This Agreement will terminate immediately without notice from us if in our sole discretion you fail to comply with any term or provision of this Agreement. Upon termination, you must destroy all materials obtained from this website and all copies thereof, whether made under the terms of this Agreement or otherwise. The provisions of this document concerning website security, prohibited activity, copyrights, trademarks, user submissions, disclaimer, limitation of liability, indemnity, governing law and jurisdiction shall survive any termination of this Agreement.

21.  Disclaimer

The materials in this website are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. We do not warrant that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses, malware or other harmful components. We do not make any representations or warranties regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials in this website in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. Applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

22.  Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted under applicable law, under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall we be liable for any compensatory, punitive, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials in this website, even if we or our authorized representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, and so to that extent the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence) or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you to us, if any, for using this website.

23.  Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold us, our affiliates and any of our and their directors, employees, agents and contractors harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees) or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (i) your breach of this Agreement; and/or (ii) your activities in connection with this website.

24.  Disclosure; Forward-Looking Statements

This Web website contains forward-looking statements relating to our operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "forecasts," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "schedules," "estimates," "may," "could," "budgets," "outlook" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date originally published. Unless legally required, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: actions of competitors or regulators; timing of expenses; technological developments; the results of operations and financial condition of equity affiliates; the inability or failure of our joint-venture partners to fulfill their share of operations and development activities; potential delays in the development, construction or start-up of planned projects; the potential disruption or interruption of our facilities or networks due to war, accidents, political events, civil unrest, severe weather, other natural or human factors; the potential liability for remedial actions or assessments under existing or future regulations and litigation; significant investment or changes required by existing or future statutes, regulations and litigation; the potential liability resulting from other pending or future litigation; our future acquisition or disposition of assets and gains and losses from asset dispositions or impairments; government-mandated sales, divestitures, recapitalizations, taxes, changes in fiscal terms or restrictions on scope of our operations; foreign currency movements compared with the U.S. dollar; and the effects of changed accounting rules under generally accepted accounting principles promulgated by rule-setting bodies. In addition, such results could be affected by general domestic and international economic and political conditions. Other unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed could also have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

25.  Stock Quotes

Where stock market quotes are provided on this website, such data is provided for information purposes only and is not intended for trading purposes. Neither we nor any of our data or content providers shall be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

26.  Other

As used throughout this website, the terms "our," "we" and "us" may refer to one or more or all of consolidated subsidiaries. All of these terms are used for convenience only and are not intended as a precise designation of any of the separate entities, each of which manages its own affairs.

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of this Agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. This is the entire Agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter herein and shall not be modified except in writing.

If you have any questions or complaints regarding this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use Agreement, please contact us and we will endeavor to respond to you promptly.