The Cable Show 2012

The Cable Show 2012 Privacy Policy

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association ("NCTA") produces website ("website") to provide you with information about the 61st Annual Convention and International Exposition ("convention") being held in Boston, Massachusetts from May 21-23. You may use the Web site to register for the convention quickly and conveniently.

The Cable Show Privacy Policy ("policy") explains how information will be used once it is collected from web site visitors. If material changes are made to the policy, NCTA will post those changes here so that users can maintain awareness of what information is collected, how that information is used, and under what circumstances that information will be disclosed.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding this policy or the practices of the NCTA Cable Show website, please contact:

National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Industry Affairs Department
25 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-222-2430

What information, including personally identifiable information, does NCTA collect, when is it collected, and how is it used?

Personally identifiable information ("PII") is that which can be used to contact or identify you. NCTA collects PII from visitors who utilize certain features on the web site, including the "E-news" and Cable Show Online registration features. The PII required to make use of such features will vary but will typically include your first and last name, physical address, and e-mail address. When you register for The Cable Show, NCTA’s third-party registration vendor will also collect credit card information. For more details on how credit card information is protected through Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, please click here. Also, through the online registration process for the convention, NCTA also collects certain demographic information such as your job title, function, areas of interests, etc.

NCTA uses the PII collected to provide you the services you have requested. NCTA also uses this information to provide you updates concerning the convention and other industry-related news. For instance, NCTA has created "E-News," an electronic newsletter designed to keep you informed of all convention-related information. In any e-mail communication you receive from us, NCTA will offer you the opportunity to refuse future e-mail communications.

From time to time, NCTA may also distribute surveys to determine your preferences and dislikes in order to provide you with a better convention experience. These surveys are optional, and your decision not to participate in a survey will not affect your status as a registrant for the Cable Show or as a user of website. Should you choose to participate the information you provide will be used to enhance your experience on our site and at the convention.

Some PII is automatically collected by the Web server whenever a page or file is requested. It collects:

  1. Your IP address.
  2. The referring page.
  3. The user agent string exposed by your internet browser.
  4. The date and time of the request.

This information allows us to measure the number of visitors to the Web site or to particular areas of the site as well as where these visitors are coming from. Taken as a whole, it allows us to make the Web site more useful to visitors.

This Web application also collects and tracks some PII. When you first visit the site, a small text file called a "cookie" is placed on your machine. Contained within is an arbitrary unique identifier which allows us to uniquely identify visitors over time. Depending on the circumstances of your visit to the site, the following information could also be collected:

  1. Your IP address.
  2. The date and time of the visit.
  3. The referring page.
  4. Any referral or marketing codes.

The collected data allow us to identify how often individuals return to the site, where they are coming from, and what they are responding to. NCTA uses this information to measure the effectiveness of various marketing efforts and to improve user experiences on this Web site. While this information is helpful to NCTA, you must make the decision to participate in sharing PII.

In addition, advertisements may be placed on this Web site. These advertisements track only aggregate numbers - the number of persons who see a given ad and the number of persons who click on a given ad - and do not collect PII. The aggregate numbers are shared with our trusted advertising partners.

With whom may the information be shared?

In connection with your status as a convention registrant, NCTA may share your PII and associated demographic information with third parties affiliated with the convention, as well as with companies who provide products and services that might be of interest to you. NCTA may also provide advertisers or other partners with anonymous aggregated information about the visitors to our web site to illustrate usage trends and patterns. Third parties with whom NCTA share information will have independent privacy and data collection practices. NCTA has no responsibility or liability for their policies or practices.

In addition, NCTA may disclose information to law enforcement or other government officials if NCTA is compelled to disclose it by court order or operation of law.

What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of my information?

NCTA has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. The servers for the Web site are stored in a physically secure off-site facility. NCTA also restricts access to information on our servers through several user authentication technologies. Only those employees needed to carry out business functions will have access to information about specific web site visitors. NCTA trains each such employee with respect to the website's privacy policy and those violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Despite these security precautions, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. While NCTA strives to protect your information, the Association cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit.

LAST UPDATED: February 24, 2012