Future Skills Maritime (FSM), an initiative of The Naval Connection, is
committed to protect the privacy of the information you share with us when
you access and use our websites, applications, products, events, services and
other offerings (Services). This policy describes how we collect, use and share
the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you provide to us when you
register or contract with us to receive Services.
This policy may be supplemented by additional privacy terms or notices
disclosed to you in connection with your registration for or receipt of Services.
We collect PII and/or anonymous information from you during your use of the
Services. That includes information you provide to us when you subscribe or
register for any of our digital, in-person or printed products, services, events,
or offerings; sign up for newsletters or promotions; participate in a survey;
purchase a product or service; use one of our mobile applications; post
comments; and/or otherwise communicate with us or interact with the
Once you have registered or otherwise interacted with us, we create a profile
about you. We keep your profile up to date by adding information about your
registrations or subscriptions, the events you attend, the content you access,
how you interact with our offerings, and the like.
We also may receive information about you from external sources that are not
affiliated with FSM and add that to the information you have provided to us.
For example, we may expand our communities by acquiring names and
contact details from other sources that compile contact information. This
information might be public information or data you provided to others with
authorizations to share it with third parties.
Automatic Collection Technologies
computer by your web browser upon visiting a website) to operate our
Services efficiently and as intended. Through these technologies we gather
information about you, such as your browser type, operating system, IP
address, mobile device identification number, and navigation history. We may
also use these technologies to gather information about your interactions with
our Services, such as the time and date when you viewed or used a page or
item of content or functionality, which advertisements you have clicked on
and whether you filled out an online form. When you receive newsletters or
promotional emails from FSM, we use customized links or similar technologies
to determine whether the email has been opened and which links you click, in
order to provide you more focused email communications or other
We use information gathered through these tools for our internal security
audit log, for trend analysis and system administration, to gather broad
information about our audiences and their geographic locations, and to
otherwise improve the Services. By allowing us to understand how you use our
Services, these tools can help us provide you with a better, more relevant
online experience. In addition, we may work with third-party advertising
companies to target and serve advertising you see on the Services or on thirdparty sites based on preferences gleaned from such technologies.
You may set your browser to block all cookies, including FSM’s, while using our
Services (in which case some aspects of the Services may not function
properly), or you may set your browser to block third-party cookies and allow
first-party cookies, which would allow us (but not third parties) to collect such
information. Please refer to your browser’s documentation if you wish to block
some or all cookies, web beacons, and/or similar tools.
We reserve the right to use new technologies, as they become available, to
gather additional, relevant information from our users and improve our
Services and your experience of them.
How We Use Your Information
We may use information about you:
To provide you with Services and information that you have requested
from us or that we think may be of interest to you.
To send account notices or otherwise manage your account, respond to
requests, inquiries, comments or concerns.
To offer you customised content and individualised personalization of
the Services to make them more relevant to your professional interests
To ask for your input to help in our research about our Services.
To contact you with information about, and provide invitations for,
products, services, events and research opportunities – ours and other
companies’ – directed at your professional interests and responsibilities.
To give suppliers in our communities a limited opportunity to find you:
We make contact data, including email addresses, available in certain of
our subscription-only databases.
Some of our service offering such as the i-Connect gathers data from you
which you have voluntarily put in while registering for our service. This
data is used to draft and compile the services for which you have opted,
such as the making of the digital business card in this case
By using FSM’s Services (for example, when you register for an account,
purchase a product or service, enter a contest or promotion, communicate
with us, or use interactive portions of our sites and applications), you consent
to our collection, use and sharing of your PII as described in this policy. In
some cases, particularly if you reside in a country governed by a data
protection regulation, we may ask you to provide explicit consent to receive
information before we are able to send it to you.
You may opt-out of our email marketing lists by following the directions at the
bottom of our emails. Please note that FSM has several brands and products,
and we allow you to opt-out selectively. To remove a specific email address
from all of FSM’s marketing communications, you may send a request
to email@example.com. If you wish to remove your email address
only from a specific brand, please use the opt-out mechanism provided in
emails you receive from such brand or contact the brand directly.
If you believe the information that we have about you needs updating, please
contact us so we can keep your information accurate. Any data that is no
longer needed for the purposes specified in Information Collection will be
deleted. If at any point you wish for FSM to delete information about you, you
can simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To remove a specific phone number or fax number from a specific brand’s
marketing communications, please follow the opt-out directions provided
during/in those communications. To remove a specific phone/fax number from
all of FSM’s marketing communications, you may send a request
Access to Your Information
You have the right to request access to the information we have about you.
Simply contact us at email@example.com and we will make sure to
provide you with a copy of the data we’ve processed about you. In order to
comply with your request, we may ask you to verify your identity. Then we will
fulfil your request by sending your copy electronically unless the request
expressly specifies a different method. For any access request that is not
serviced electronically, we may charge you with an administrative fee.
Disclosure of Your Information
FSM contracts with other companies to provide certain services on our behalf,
including customer service, credit card and billing processing, shipping,
subscription fulfilment, research, analytics, list cleansing, postal mailings, email
and fax deployment, telemarketing, and other information and business
services. We only provide these companies with the relevant information
required to perform their services and they are explicitly restricted from using
any data received from us for their own marketing purposes.
We may also provide your information to third parties for marketing and/or
analytical purposes as further described below:
Sponsors and Gated Resources
From time to time our sponsors wish to contact our subscribers and customers
who have indicated an interest in their products, services or events. If you
register for or access Services offered by these vendors, you choose to share
your name and contact details directly with those vendors so that they may
contact you. For example, if you register for a vendor-branded (or co-branded
with us) resource, we will collect your registration information on behalf of
that vendor for its own use. We may also keep a copy of that data for our own
Similarly, if you access third-party resources in certain registration-only, or
“gated” websites, resource centres, or directory services on our websites, we
may share your registration information when you access or click on a link to
technical resources provided or sponsored by another company. This includes
third-party resources sold through our online stores. In addition, we may share
your contact information with sponsors of a particular e-newsletter if you click
on their information or offerings. If you do not wish to have your information
shared, you will be given an opportunity within the e-newsletter to opt-out.
When you register for an in-person or digital event, we may provide your
registration information to the sponsor(s) of such event. We may also provide
your information to sponsors of special sessions within the larger event.
Mobile marketing campaigns may involve your sending an email from your
mobile device to FSM or a third-party campaign operator. An email or other
response will then be sent to your mobile device. Opting to participate in this
type of campaign is your choice. When you engage in these mobile marketing
campaigns, FSM and the third-party campaign operator may collect and use
your cell phone number, the name of your wireless service provider, images
that you send using your cell phone as part of the campaign, and other
Correcting and Updating Your Information
If you are a registered user, you can access your account information and
make corrections or updates upon log-in. The accuracy of such information is
solely your responsibility. You may also separately contact us to request access
to other PII about you which is in our possession. If you request to deactivate
your account or delete your PII, we will endeavour to fulfil your request but
some PII may persist in backup copies for a certain period of time and may be
retained as necessary for legitimate business purposes or to comply with our
We use a variety of technical, physical, and administrative security measures
to secure the confidentiality of your PII and to protect it from loss, misuse,
alteration, and destruction. However, due to the design of the Internet and
other factors outside our control, we cannot guarantee that communications
between you and our servers will be free from unauthorized access by third
parties or by government agencies. You remain responsible for protecting your
username and passwords and for the security of information in transit to us
over the Internet.
Other Important Information
FSM reserves the right to access and disclose PII to comply with applicable
laws, government requests, court orders and other legal requirements, or to
investigate alleged or suspected fraud or violations of the terms and
conditions governing our Services.
As new products and services are offered or as existing products and services
are improved, we may need to update this policy. When we do so we will post
the changes here. For material changes we may also email our registered users
with the new details. We encourage you to review this policy from time to
time to stay informed about how we are protecting the PII you provide. Your
continued use of our Services covered by this policy constitutes your consent
to the practices in place at the time of your use.
How to Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments, or requests regarding this policy or our
processing of your information, please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at:
The Naval Connection