Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

We take the privacy of our co-op, e-mail list members and site visitors very seriously. Since this is a "family friendly" site, at this time we are not restricting the download of any of our pictures, educational reports and materials to persons under age 13. Unless directed by law enforcement agents, we have no intention of ever sharing the personal information of any of our members and visitors, even if or when this position may put us in opposition to some provisions of the Can Spam Act (sharing unsubscribe information with advertisers). As noted elsewhere in these terms, we do reserve the right to name names ourselves, as these examples show:

  • On the one hand, we know that our members and visitors are an open and sharing group, and that we all have a great deal to learn from one another. If you have something to share, we'd love to hear from you but would assume that you are also giving us permission in that case to publish your name and/or other identifying information.
  • On the other hand, we're not so naive as to believe that there aren't those who would view our sharing invitations as permission to spam our community. IT IS NOT. Anyone violating the content submission rules we name here, and the rules of civilized content, will find themselves named by us on our pages. It's a risk you run when you decide to abuse the good nature of our membership. This is not the only remedy we reserve for ourselves in these situations.

The following information covers that big gray area in between and seeks to explain what information we do gather on our site and what we do with it once we have it. We welcome your comments and questions and ask that you direct them to:

Rock Energy Co-op
P.O. Box 1758
Janesville, WI 53547

or via e-mail

Personal identifiers:

We will make every attempt to keep the individually identifying information about our members off the site. This means we will not identify the individuals in pictures taken during rides or events without their express permission. Full names will also not be used without permission. Partial names or pictures will not be connected to other personally identifying information whenever and wherever possible. However, Rock Energy Co-op cannot be held liable for any actions that result from outside parties identifying members from the above sources.

IP Addresses:

IP addresses identify individual computers; not people. We collect IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers, to administer our website and to track visitor usage of the site. We do not continue to collect IP address information after a visitor has left our site. Nor do we distribute cookies, which are used to track returning visitors to a site.

Information Collection:

Rock Energy Cooperative is the sole owner of all information collected in regards to Rock Energy Co-op e-mail list members or site visitors. We collect information at shows, casual meetings, from e-mails and forms delivered to this website’s e-mail account, downloaded or e-mailed forms housed on this site, from our newsletter and other means that may or may not be used to directly affect the content or operation of this website.

Information Sharing:

It is not the policy of Rock Energy Cooperative to rent or sell personal information to any third parties at this time.

Legal Exceptions:

We will disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our website.

Children and Privacy:

Rock Energy Cooperative does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under 13 except as permitted by law. We will do everything in our power to refrain from identifying any person or persons we believe are under age 13 online. That means, for example, that while we may use photos of children attending one of our events on our site, we will not identify them. We will delete these pictures from our site immediately on the request of a parent or legal guardian.

Links:

This site contains links to and from other sites. Rock Energy Cooperative is not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites, nor are we responsible for any content on any linked sites or for any goods or services available from them.

Rock Energy Cooperative works hard to ensure that the information contained on our web pages is accurate, relevant and of the high quality that our visitors have come to expect. While we reviewed the content and quality of each site that we link to before establishing those links, we cannot be held responsible for any changes in content or quality that may have occurred since we first established that link. We appreciate your comments regarding any linked material you feel may be inappropriate.

Advertisements and Affiliate Relationships:

Rock Energy Cooperative does plan to accept and display advertisements from third party vendors in the future. In most cases, Rock Energy Cooperative would be affiliated with the company whose ads appear on our site. Whether or not such a relationship does exist, each ad or program placed on our site will be investigated separately prior to the ad being accepted. In other words, our endorsement of Company A’s Energy Star appliances, for example, does not automatically extend to all products or services sold by Company A.

We take our reputation very seriously and do not endorse or recommend programs, products or services we do not believe would be of great benefit to our members and visitors. Unfortunately, the speed of change on the Internet prevents us from maintaining a day-to-day operating relationship with many of those companies. For that reason, we cannot be held responsible for any changes in those companies, their products, pricing or services.

Unauthorized Advertisements:

We are aware of automated software that exists which will create external links from our content to what they consider to be related material, which other companies have paid to have shown. We are not responsible for the quality of this software or the nature of the material that it links to. (We would greatly appreciate hearing about any encounters with this form of contextual advertising that you may experience when viewing our site.)

Changing subscription or database information and options:

Rock Energy Cooperative does not currently offer a regularly scheduled electronic newsletters for our customers and friends. However, we do maintain a database of e-mail addresses for those people who have asked to receive periodic announcements and updates from Rock Energy Co-op.

Anyone wishing to be added to this list, or to unsubscribe, or change the e-mail information we hold for them in our database can do so at any time. All requests are handled in a timely manner and in compliance with local and federal laws. Such additions, changes and removals may be made by:

  • Contacting us through the Contact Us form on the website.
  • Contacting Rock Energy Co-op by e-mail or via mail to: P.O. Box 1758, Janesville, WI 53547
  • Clicking on the “Change My Subscription” link included in any electronic announcement you may receive from Rock Energy Co-op.

Changes to this policy:

Rock Energy Co-op reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. Information collected prior to the time any change is posted will be used according to the rules and laws that applied at the time the information was collected.