Privacy Policy

National Food Safety Training Institute, LLC (“National Food Safety Training Institute” or “we”) adopted this Privacy Policy to reflect our commitment to protecting your privacy. We take the collection of personal information from our Users seriously and are committed to protecting each User’s privacy in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

In this Privacy Policy, we use the term “User” to include any individual who accesses and uses any of the Services,

WHERE THIS PRIVACY POLICY APPLIES

This Privacy Policy applies to (a) subscriptions to print and digital versions of  NFSTI Food Manager Fundamentals Book or Magazines  (the “Magazines“); (b) our websites, digital applications, and online services, including nfsti.com and Nfsti.org (the “Websites“); (c) our premium services, including Inc. Plus, and Inc. Verified Profile, (d) live events and conferences, (e) awards programs, and (f) surveys, contests and sweepstakes (together, the “Services“).

If a particular Service refers or links to a different privacy policy, then that privacy policy — not this Privacy Policy — applies.

Our agreements with certain business customers may contain provisions about the collection, use, storage and disposal of information collected through the Services and offline. If a provision of a customer agreement conflicts or otherwise is inconsistent with a provision of this Privacy Policy, then the provision of the customer agreement will prevail but solely to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency. Please contact info[at]nfsti.com with questions.

HOW TO CONTACT US

You may contact National Food Safety Training Institute directly if you have any question regarding the Services or our privacy practices. Please send your query to info[at]nfsti.com or Privacy Officer, National Food Safety Training Institute, 825 Nicollet Mall - Suite 504 Minneapolis, MN 55402.

DATA CONTROLLER

The data controller for the information you provide or that we collect pursuant to this Privacy Policy is: National Food Safety Training Institute LLC, 825 Nicollet Mall - Suite 504 Minneapolis, MN 55402.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We provide various informational, educational, and entertainment features as part of the Services. To operate these features, we collect information from our Users. The types of information that National Food Safety Training Institute collects depends on the purpose for which each User chooses to use the Services.

We use the information we collect from Users to provide more meaningful editorial and advertising content and to offer relevant products and services, as well as to maintain, protect and improve Users’ overall experience.

  • When a User subscribes to a class National Food Safety Training Institute may collect the name, email address and postal service address of the subscriber and, if a gift subscription, of the purchaser.

  • When a User creates an account to use a premium service, National Food Safety Training Institute may collect name, title, company name, email address, and postal address.

  • When a User registers for a live event or conference, National Food Safety Training Institute may collect name, title, company name, gender, age, email address, and postal address.

  • When a User enters an awards program, National Food Safety Training Institute may collect name, title, company name, email address, and postal address as well as other information about the User’s activities,

  • When a User enters a survey, contest, or sweepstakes, which is an entirely voluntary act, National Food Safety Training Institute may collect name, title, company name, email address, and postal address as well as other information about the User’s interests

  • When a User submits a request for support, National Food Safety Training Institute may collect the following types of information: name, telephone number, email address and other information that the User chooses to give us to respond to the support request.

  • In addition to the information you provide us directly, we receive information about you from service providers that help us operate and improve the Services including for data hosting and maintenance, analytics, marketing and security operations. All of our service providers must adhere to confidentiality obligations that are consistent with this Privacy Policy and the agreements we enter into with them.

  • When you connect with us through a social media platform, we may, depending on your privacy settings, receive some information from your social media account.

When you use the Services, we use collect information about which features you’ve used, how you’ve used them and the devices you use to access the Services. Depending on the settings of a User’s computer or mobile device (“Device“), National Food Safety Training Institute also automatically collects: Internet Protocol (IP) address; MAC address; Device make, model and operating system version; mobile network information; internet service provider; browser type and language; country and time zone in which the Device is located; and metadata stored on the Device. This information is collected through cookies and other tracking tools. (For more information about cookies, please see below [and our Cookie Notice].)

National Food Safety Training Institute may supplement the information you provide to us with information from other sources. All of this information is treated as personal information when it directly or indirectly identifies an individual User.

HOW WE USE INFORMATION

We use information to operate the Services, including:

To administer your account and provide the Services to you

  • Create and manage your account

  • Provide you with customer support and respond to your requests

  • Communicate with you about the Services

To inform you about offers and events

  • Administer sweepstakes, contests, discounts or other offers with the support of affiliated or non-affiliated sponsors and/or promotional partners. For each contest or sweepstakes, we will provide notice of the applicable rules and if necessary, post any supplemental privacy provisions. To the extent there is a conflict between those privacy provisions and this Privacy Policy, the privacy provisions for the specific contest or sweepstakes will govern but solely to the extent of the conflict.

  • Develop, display and track content and advertising tailored to your interests on the Services and other websites

  • Communicate with you by email, phone, social media or mobile device about products or services that we think may interest you

  • The information collected in conjunction with events may also be used for the marketing of additional services and events by us and/or our promotional partners and sponsors beyond the contest, sweepstakes and/or special event. Depending on the event, Users either grant their approval on how their information is used before it is collected (‘opt-in’), or choose to deny use of their information for additional purposes (‘opt-out’).

To improve the Services and develop new ones

  • Administer focus groups and surveys

  • Conduct research and analysis of Users’ behavior to improve the Services

  • Develop new features and services.

To prevent, detect and fight fraud or other illegal or unauthorized activities

  • Address ongoing or alleged fraud or other misbehavior on or though the Services

  • Analyze data to better understand and design countermeasures against fraud

  • Retain data related to fraudulent activities to prevent against recurrences

To ensure legal compliance

  • Comply with legal requirements

  • Assist law enforcement

  • Enforce or exercise our rights, for example our Terms of Service

To process your information as described in this Privacy Policy, we rely on the following legal bases:

  • Legitimate interests: We may use your information where we have legitimate interests to do so. For example, we analyze our Users’ behavior to improve the Services, to prevent and detect fraud and misuse, and to market the Magazines to you.

  • Consent: From time to time, we may ask for your consent to use your information. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the contact information provided above.

USE AND COLLECTION OF INFORMATION BY OPERATIONAL PROVIDERS

For the convenience of our Users, we may provide the opportunity to purchase certain goods, merchandise and services through the Services. Companies other than National Food Safety Training Institute may handle some of these transactions. We call the companies that conduct our e-commerce operations, order fulfillment and/or contract services our “operational providers.” If you choose to use these Services, our operational providers will request information to fulfill your order or request. The voluntary submission of your personal information to these operational providers, including your order or request, is governed by the specific operational provider’s privacy and other terms. To facilitate an order or request, we may share information with the operational provider. The operational provider also may share your information with us. We will store this information in our User database. In most instances, we request that our operational providers adhere to the provisions in this Privacy Policy and only share Users’ personal information with us, unless necessary to complete a User’s request or order. We also request that these providers only use the personal information for the purpose of conducting the sale or fulfilling the requested service or order. However, you must read an operational provider’s privacy policy to determine the extent of use and disclosure of your personal information collected by them. National Food Safety Training Institute, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries are not responsible for the collection, use and disclosure practices of operational providers, nor is National Food Safety Training Institute responsible or liable for the products or services provided by operational providers.

HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION

  • With our operational providers and partners

We use third-party operational providers to help us operate and improve the Services. These third parties assist us with data hosting and maintenance, analytics, customer care, marketing, payment processing and security operations. All of our service providers must adhere to confidentiality obligations that are consistent with this Privacy Policy.

We also provide co-branded services or promotions with certain sponsors or other business partners. As a part of these services or promotions, we may request the submission of your personal information for participation and/or registration. We share this information with the sponsor or partner participating in the service or promotion. If the sponsor or partner collects your personal information, they may also share your information with us.

  • With our affiliates

We share your information with our affiliates to help us with technical processing operations, such as data hosting and maintenance, customer care, marketing and targeted advertising, better understanding how the Services are used and Users’ behavior to improve the Services, securing our data and systems, fighting against spam, abuse, fraud and intellectual property infringement.

  • For corporate transactions

We may transfer your information if we are involved, whether in whole or in part, in a merger, sale, acquisition, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy or other change of ownership or control.

  • When required by law

Applicable law may require us and our service providers to disclose your information if: (i) reasonably necessary to comply with a legal process, such as a court order, subpoena or search warrant, government investigation or other legal requirements; or (ii) necessary for the prevention or detection of crime (subject in each case to applicable law).

  • To enforce legal rights

We may also share information: (i) if disclosure would mitigate our liability in an actual or threatened lawsuit; (ii) as necessary to protect our legal rights and legal rights of our users, business partners or other interested parties; (iii) to enforce our agreements with you; and (iv) to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing.

  • With your consent or at your request

We may ask for your consent to share your information with third parties. When we do, we will make clear why we want to share the information.

We may collect and provide aggregate information about our Users (such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity or the likes and dislikes of our Users) to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners and affiliates but this aggregated information does not include personal information about any individual User.