Effective January 1, 2006
LocalAutomation.com is an online service which brings together "users" and "providers" of automation technologies.
Information Collected from Automation Providers
An automation provider is a company or individual that provides
industrial automation goods or services. After opening a
"provider" account with LocalAutomation.com, automation providers are
able to created detailed on-line profiles of their business, including:
business name, business description, products sold, services provided,
business phone numbers, e-mail addresses, local contact information, and
much more. All of this information is fully disclosed on the
LocalAutomation.com website. Any site visitor that visits
LocalAutomation.com and navigates to a provider's "profile page" will
be able to view all of the profile information that has been entered by
that provider. The only information that is NOT disclosed is credit
card information, including: credit card numbers, expiration dates, CVV2
numbers, and billing addresses.
LocalAutomation.com does not store credit card information.
When creating an on-line profile, an automation provider may disclose
contact information for some or all of the provider's employees.
Typically, a provider would want to disclose contact information for the
local sales engineers, technical support engineers, and inside sales
staff. It is the
sole responsibility of the automation provider to use good judgment in
disclosing this information, keeping in mind that ALL information will
be readily viewable on the LocalAutomation.com website. It is
generally advised to avoid using home addresses, home phone numbers, and
personal e-mail addresses for employees and, instead, to only disclose company information.
Information Collected from Automation Users
An automation user is a company or individual that uses industrial
automation products or services. An automation user would open an account with LocalAutomation.com
for one of two reasons: to post automation questions and/or to send
projects out for bidding. In order to maintain the relevance and
integrity of all questions and projects that are posted, we require
users to open a free account and provide their contact information
before posting questions and projects. The collected information
includes: first name, last name, business name, job title, business
address, business website, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
This information is disclosed on the website at the sole
discretion of the automation user. When posting questions and
projects, the user has the option of posting "openly" or
"confidentially". If the user selects "openly", then all of the
user's contact information will be posted along with the question or
project. If "confidentally" is selected, then only the following
information will be submitted: the user's job title, city, state, and
zipcode. This information will reveal the location of the user,
but not his / her identity.
The submitted question or project (including any submitted contact
information) will only be viewable by registered automation providers.
At the end of each day, all questions and projects are e-mailed to local
automation providers (i.e. providers that are located near the user).
In addition, the questions and projects are stored in a database which
the providers may access after logging into their secure provider's area of
the LocalAutomation.com website.
Automation users have the ability to remove their question / project
at any time. This action will remove their question / project from
the LocalAutomation.com database and prevent automation providers from
viewing or responding to the deleted question / project.
Project and questions will automatically be deleted from the database
after thirty days.
LocalAutomation.com member accounts, including both providers and
users, are secured by member-created passwords.
LocalAutomation.com takes precautions to ensure that member account
information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect
member information that is stored within our database, and we restrict
access to member information to those employees who need access to
perform their job functions, such as our customer service personnel and
technical staff. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security
of member account information.
zipcode of all visitors to the website. As the name implies,
LocalAutomation.com is a local website. Visitors that view the
site from Chicago are able to view a custom site that is
dedicated to Chicago and the surround area. Similarly, a visitor
from New York City will view a different site which is dedicated to New
York City and the surrounding area. To enhance the visitor's
browsing experience, we store a cookie on the visitors computer which
will allow us to remember the visitor's location next time they return to
We do not link the cookie to any personally identifiable information
that visitors may submit while on the website.
LocalAutomation.com contains links to other websites.
LocalAutomation.com is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or
practices on other sites. When linking to another site, a visitor
policy only governs information collected on LocalAutomation.com.
From time to time, LocalAutomation.com may make changes to our
to make users and providers aware of what the changes are so that they
will always be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and
when we may disclose it. A user/provider is bound by any
minor changes to the policy when she or he uses the site after those
changes have been posted. If, however, we are going to use
personally identifiable information in a manner materially different
from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify by posting a
notice on our website for thirty days.
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.