Privacy Policy

The Major League Soccer Players Union (the "Players Union"), produces MLSPLAYERS.ORG, the Official Website of the Players Union (the "Website").  We are committed to safeguarding your privacy online.  We want to assure our users that MLSPLAYERS.ORG will not willfully disclose any specific individual information about you to any third party unless you give us your express permission to do so.  This Privacy Policy is applicable to the "public" areas of the Website only, and does not apply to secure areas reserved for Players Union members and others.

You can visit and enjoy the public areas of our Website without disclosing any personal information about yourself.  However, we may now or in the future offer some special services, and for these services to work properly we will need you to share with us certain personal information about yourself.  Please read this Privacy Policy (the "Policy") for an explanation of how we will treat your personal information.  By using MLSPLAYERS.ORG you consent to the collection and use of personal information as outlined in this Policy.  If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not use the Website.  If we make any material changes to the Policy, those changes will be posted here so that you are always aware of what personal information is collected, how that information is used, and under what circumstances that information may be disclosed. This Policy may change from time to time, so we suggest you check the Policy periodically.  Your continued use of MLSPLAYERS.ORG following the posting of changes to the Policy will acknowledge your acceptance of such changes.

MLSPLAYERS.ORG does not solicit any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without parental notification.  Accordingly, children under 13 years old may be restricted from participating in certain activities and transactions on MLSPLAYERS.ORG.  If you would like more information about MLSPLAYERS.ORG's policy for collecting information from children, please read our Children's Privacy Policy below.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A.            What personally identifiable information is collected through the site
B.             The organization collecting the personal information
C.            Use of collected personal information
D.            Sharing of personal information
E.             Users' choices regarding collection, use and distribution of personal information
F.             Security of personal information
G.            Children's Privacy Policy

A.            What personally identifiable information is collected through the site

MLSPLAYERS.ORG does not collect personally identifiable information through the Site unless that information is provided by you during registration for various features on the site (e.g., newsletters, chats, mailbags, contests, comments, etc.)  Information required to participate in such features may vary but will typically includes your first and last name; address including city, state, zip code and country; complete date of birth; and e-mail address; and, in the case of making purchases, a credit card number and expiration date.  You may also be requested to provide a username and password for certain features.  All of the personal information submitted by you will be maintained by MLSPLAYERS.ORG in secured servers.  Non-personally identifiable information may be collected when you visit many of our web pages.  We may also collect other personal information that will be identified on the applicable page(s) of the Website.

As stated above, MLSPLAYERS.ORG does not solicit any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without parental notification. Please review our Children's Privacy Policy, if you have any questions regarding our Policy with respect to children.

B.            The Organization collecting the personal information

MLSPLAYERS.ORG is operated by the Players Union, a not-for-profit unincorporated membership association and labor organization.  We are located at 7605 Arlington Road, Suite 250, Bethesda, MD  20814.

C.            Use of collected personal information

MLSPLAYERS.ORG may use information provided at registration or information obtained through third parties to offer better targeted products and services to you.  We use targeting to customize and enhance your online experience on the site.  The use of information provided at registration or obtained through third parties will not be provided to advertisers or partners, except in anonymous, aggregate form, unless you have consented to such use at registration.  We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience.  Additionally, a user may change or update his or her personal information at any time by visiting the registration area.  To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity prior to granting access or making corrections.

MLSPLAYERS.ORG uses "cookie" technology.  Cookies are pieces of electronic information transferred to your hard drive for record-keeping purposes.  Cookies allow website operators to better customize visits to the site to the user's individual preferences.  The use of cookies is standard in the Internet and many major websites use them.  Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, you can usually change your browser to prevent or notify you whenever you are sent a cookie.  This gives you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.  Even without accepting a cookie, you can still access most of the features on our site.  Users should be aware that MLSPLAYERS.ORG cannot control the use of cookies or the resulting information by advertisers or third parties hosting data for MLSPLAYERS.ORG.  Those companies' use of cookies will be covered by their own privacy policies, not ours.

MLSPLAYERS.ORG tracks certain general usage pattern information, including what pages people visit and how long they have been registered users, for the purposes of system administration, site tracking and reporting of aggregate usage information to our marketing and product development teams.

From time to time, MLSPLAYERS.ORG may solicit your opinion to determine your preferences and dislikes in order to provide you with a better product.  These surveys are always optional to the user and your decision not to participate in a survey will not affect your status as an MLSPLAYERS.ORG user.  Should you choose to participate, any information you give us may be used in aggregate form for marketing purposes, and to enhance your overall experience on our site.

With your permission, we may also send you e-mails with special offers and promotions.  If you don't want to receive these, you may change your preferences.

We may also enable you to use a "shopping cart" if you want to purchase goods or services while on our Website, and to offer you products, programs, or services based on purchase and Website usage behavior that you and/or other customers have exhibited.  If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the user to accept or reject cookies.  If you set your browser not to accept cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of certain services on our Website.

We do not install any spyware or adware in connection with the Website, or distribute any commercial message or authorize any third party to distribute any commercial message, by means of spyware or adware.  "Spyware" or "adware" is any software that has been downloaded to and/or installed on an Internet user's computer, without the user's actual consent, and facilitates the distribution of any commercial message to the user.  If you feel you may have spyware from another company installed on your machine, there are various anti-spyware/adware software applications available on the Internet to identify if this has occurred.

D.            Sharing of personal information

Once again, MLSPLAYERS.ORG will not provide any personally identifiable information, other than to its affiliates, about you to advertisers or other partners without your consent.  As stated above, MLSPLAYERS.ORG may, however, provide advertisers and/or other partners with anonymous, aggregated information about our users to illustrate trends and patterns.  All third parties with whom we share such information will have independent privacy and data collection practices and MLSPLAYERS.ORG has no responsibility or liability for their policies or actions.

We will never give out any information linking your real name to any MLSPLAYERS.ORG screen name unless you authorize us to do so, or unless required to do so by law.

MLSPLAYERS.ORG has, or may have, several partners that can offer valuable products and services to our members.  From time to time, MLSPLAYERS.ORG may give or sell a list from our database of users to these third party vendors.  These lists will consist of only those users that have "opted-in" to receiving special offers and promotions during the initial registration process.  MLSPLAYERS.ORG will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that every marketing offer sent to an MLSPLAYERS.ORG user as a result of the provision of such information contains a link for the user to no longer receive such offers.

While MLSPLAYERS.ORG is careful in choosing its partners and advertisers, we are only responsible for content on our own site.  All third parties associated with MLSPLAYERS.ORG (including, but not limited to, advertisers, sponsors and other Internet sites) with whom we share information have independent privacy and data collection practices.  MLSPLAYERS.ORG does not control this collection of information and is neither responsible nor liable for their independent policies or actions.

We may be required to share your personal information and non-personal information (see "Cookies" section above for examples of non-personal information) pursuant to judicial or governmental subpoenas, warrants, or orders.  If we are required to do so, we will obey the law.  In addition, notwithstanding any term to the contrary in this Privacy Policy, we reserve the right to use and disclose and share your personal and non-personal information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of this Website's Terms of Use, or as otherwise required bylaw.

E.            Users' choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of personal information

You are not required to receive any mailings that you do not wish to receive.  During any registration process, you may have the option to sign up to receive newsletters and selected sponsor offers and discounts.  You will not receive such information if you do not select such options.  If, after you choose to receive such information, you wish to discontinue receiving these items, you may change your subscription preferences by visiting the registration area or by indicating your preference by following the instructions provided within the e-mails received.  If a username and password is required to access the feature, you will need to provide such information to update your registration preferences.  If you have forgotten your password, you may obtain it by visiting the registration area and requesting it to be sent to you at the e-mail address you originally provided during registration.

If you want to review your personal information, you can revise your preferences. Your preferences include your shipping, payment and account information, as well as whether you want to receive communications from us.

If you want to close any account with us and have us delete the personal information in it (except for information that we keep for record-keeping purposes), you should contact our Privacy Administrator at info@mlsplayers.org.

Our Website may contain links to other sites.  Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of third party websites.  We encourage you to be aware of this when you leave our Website and to read the privacy policies of every website that collects personally identifiable information from you.  The Privacy Policy applies only to this Website.

F.             Security of personal information

MLSPLAYERS.ORG has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under its control.  We have put together appropriate physical electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information.  Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that the personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this privacy notice.  Inadvertent disclosures may result, for example, when third parties misrepresent their identities and request access to personally identifiable information.

Only those employees needed to carry out business functions will have access to information of individual MLSPLAYERS.ORG users.  Employees violating these privacy policies will be subject to disciplinary action.

Whatever a user transmits or discloses online can be collected and used by others or unlawfully intercepted by third parties.  No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  Although we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.  In addition, we may disclose information to law enforcement or other government officials if we determine such disclosure to be appropriate, or if we are compelled to disclose it by court order or operation of law.

Any information voluntarily disclosed by users and posted on our site (on message boards and/or in chat areas) may be viewed and used by others.  If users post personal information that is accessible to the public online, the user does so at his or her risk.  Users accept that they may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

G.            Children's Privacy Policy

In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, MLSPLAYERS.ORG has adopted special procedures applicable to personal information from users under the age of 13.  It is MLSPLAYERS.ORG's policy not to solicit any personally identifiable information from these users for our own use without notice to a parent or guardian.  Additionally, if MLSPLAYERS.ORG determines that a user is under the age of 13, based on the information provided during the registration process, that user either will not be permitted to register or will not be permitted to register without notice to a parent or guardian.

When a user under the age of 13 attempts to register on applicable portions of MLSPLAYERS.ORG, the user may either be prohibited from registering for the activity or will be asked to submit his or her first name, e-mail address, and parent's e-mail address.  No more information than is reasonably necessary as a precondition for participation in an activity will be requested.

The following applies to activities on MLSPLAYERS.ORG where the website operator will need to retain a child's e-mail address for ongoing communication:  When a user under the age of 13 attempts to submit his or her registration information, MLSPLAYERS.ORG's system will either prohibit the child from registering or automatically forward notification to the parents, who are given the option to unsubscribe their child from the activity.  By following the instructions provided in the notice, the parent or guardian will be given the option to decline the user's registration, or opt-out.  In addition, we will send a separate e-mail notification to the user's e-mail address to inform him/her that notice of their activity was e-mailed to their parent's e-mail address, and that the registration will not become valid if the parent or guardian unsubscribes the use from the activity.  MLSPLAYERS.ORG will not retain any personal information from a user under the age of 13 if a parent unsubscribes their child.  If unsubscribed, all information provided to the website by the child will be deleted.

As described in MLSPLAYERS.ORG's general privacy policy above, MLSPLAYERS.ORG may use cookies to gather information that will be associated with personal information of a user under the age of 13.  Cookies allow MLSPLAYERS.ORG to better customize visits to the site to match the child's preferences.  Under the Children's Privacy Policy, MLSPLAYERS.ORG extends the previously listed privacy procedures to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of personal information collected from children.  MLSPLAYERS.ORG suggests that you discuss this statement with your children.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us at: info@mlsplayers.org.