Privacy Policy

Houston Southwest Soccer Officials Association (HSSOA) takes seriously the privacy of those that visit our web site. We have established this Privacy Policy to communicate what information we collect and how that information is used and safeguarded.

By accessing this website (www.hssoa.com), you acknowledge the terms and conditions expressed herein. We reserve the right to change this policy at our sole discretion and without notice.

What information is collected, and why?

When a user visits our website, we collect information about the visit that does not identify the user personally. We track information such as the domain from which the user is visiting and the user's browser type. We also collect specific information regarding the user's session on our website. This includes items such as the date and time of the visit and the pages viewed.

We collect information from users when they register as a member, subscribe for information, comment on forums or blogs or place an order for purchase. When placing an order or completing forms on our site, we collect information such as name, email address, mailing address and phone number. Visitor are not required to register to use the website and may do so anonymously.

HSSOA does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13.

How is the information used?

Non-personally identifiable information (non-PII) is collected to allow us to analyze how our website is used and to improve the content and service the website provides.

Personally identifiable information is collected for analysis to improve the content of the website and the services we provide the user. Information collected during the processing of financial transactions (membership dues) will be maintained in a user's personal portal. Only general information about transactions are retained in a member's secure portal. No credit card or transaction processing details are retained.

HSSOA owns the collected information and will not sell, trade, or rent the information to others. We may use the information to continue contact with the user. This may include contact such as follow-up calls, e-mail correspondence, or mail correspondence pertaining to information requested by the submitter or information that is associated with a user's purchase, membership or interest in our organization.

Are "Cookies" used on the website?

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are placed on a web user's hard drive. We may use cookies to provide you with better service. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences for a particular site. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of the functionality of the HSSOA site if you do so.

How is personally identifiable information safeguarded?

HSSOA utilizes industry standard security methods to protect electronic information. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology when transmitting sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details to our gateway providers. We do not store or retain any credit card information on our servers.

Links to other web sites

HSSOA web site may contain links to other Internet web sites. HSSOA neither controls nor endorses external sites and is not responsible for the content of such sites. This policy does not cover the privacy policies and data collection practices of non-HSSOA web sites.

How to opt out of correspondence

Based on the information a user has provided, HSSOA may send e-mail correspondence to the user. Each correspondence will contain an easy means to opt out of further correspondence.