(NOTE: Opt-out options are discussed in the sections entitled “Cookies, Tracking and Internet-based Advertising” and “Newsletter/ Press Release Subscriptions.”)
Information That We Collect
You may use our website without providing any personal information. When you reply to any of our communications with a request, we may need to collect additional information. For example, you may be asked to provide personal information, such as name, email address, and demographic information, if you choose to complete any of the online forms used to sign up for communications or contact STEPS.
STEPS is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information you provide to us via this website so that we can make sure it remains as secure as possible. Accordingly, we use reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access. Although we work hard to protect your personal information, STEPS cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. If you wish, you can contact us instead by telephone at the number provided on our website.
If you wish to subscribe to receive updates from STEPS, we collect and store first name and email address. This information is used for distribution purposes. If you would like to unsubscribe from our emails, please use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every e-mail communication.
Cookies and Tracking
This website works with third-party products or services (“Service Providers”). These include Google, Facebook, and other Service Providers who help us track and analyze visitor activity on the website and support the optimization of our digital marketing campaigns. The website uses “cookies,” tracking pixels and related technologies. These can be set by STEPS or by our Service Providers.
Cookies are small data files that online services can store on, and retrieve from, a user’s computer or mobile device through the user’s web browser. The information is stored and retrievable either for the duration of a website visit (known as “session cookies”), or until some later point in time set by the website setting the cookie (known as “persistent cookies”).
Examples of information we and our Service Providers collect include how often someone visits this website and what they do while on the website. We and our Service Providers use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources and to help us improve our website. We and our Service Providers also collect information about the activity of individual website users.
Most internet browsers accept cookies by default, but you can modify your browser preferences to block or restrict cookies if you do not want your web browsing activity tracked. There are a variety of tools publicly available to manage cookies and similar technologies that collect information related to your use of the website. Learn more from the FTC.
We are not responsible for the effectiveness or compliance of third party opt-out mechanisms or programs. Please note that if you delete your cookies or upgrade your browser after having opted out, you will need to opt out again. Further, if you use multiple browsers or devices you will need to opt out on each browser or device. You can access the information on this website without enabling cookies in your browser, but disabling cookies may result in a diminished experience on the website.
We use web analytics and tag management services and tools provided by Google and other third parties to collect certain information relating to your use of this website. You can find out more about how Google uses data when you visit our website by visiting “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps.”
Our Service Providers may acquire additional information about your activity on our website, including pages you visit, access times, visit duration, how you arrived at our website and your IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies a device connected to the Internet. For most devices, the IP address changes on at least a weekly basis. Our Service Providers may also acquire device identifiers and specific information about the browser you use. In some cases, this information may be unique to you.
How We Use This Information
STEPS uses the information you provide to send emails, respond to inquiries, or in other ways as required by law.
We may use your information to:
- Help us improve the services we offer
- Improve our website and send you information and updates
- Respond to your questions and requests
In some cases, third parties contracted by STEPS may have access to your information to perform a specific task, for example, to send you an e-newsletter.
Third-Party Vendors/ Content Providers
STEPS shares information with third parties, including as required by law or in order to provide the services requested. STEPS engages reputable third-party vendors to help us manage this website.
Occasionally we may request feedback on this website to better understand how we can improve what information we present and how we present it. These surveys do not ask questions that could personally identify you. We may ask for contact information to follow-up, but you can decline to provide that information. Information that you provide in a survey may be shared with third parties to aggregate the data.
Links to External Websites
Changes to This Policy
September 15, 2022