Privacy Policy

At GCPA, we share your concerns about privacy.

Our privacy policy covers these areas:
  • What types of information are collected by GCPA?
  • How is this information used by GCPA?
  • Who this information may be shared with by GCPA?
  • What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under GCPA's control?
  • How can you update your information?
  • What other provisions apply to your use of this site?


Information is collected from our users at several different points during your visit to GCPA.


To use some resources available on our websites, a user must complete our registration process. During registration, a user is required to provide certain categories of information, such as name, address, e-mail address, a password, and phone number.

Optional Information--

At various other points during your visit to GCPA, you may be asked to provide information about yourself. For example, you may wish to participate in a survey or a contest. Participation in surveys or contests or the use of other services which require the input of additional information is completely voluntary on your part, and you have the choice about whether to disclose the information necessary to use these features of our site.

Passive Collection of Information--

In addition to the information which you actively provide to GCPA by methods such as completing the registration form, GCPA collects information about how you interact with our site. GCPA collects passive information for purposes such as testing and improving a user's experience at the site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to third parties such as advertisers and content partners. The types of passive information collected by this site include, without limitation, your IP address, which type of browser you are using, where you go on our site, and how long you stay on any part of our site. Passive information does not identify you to GCPA by name, and GCPA does not link your IP address to your personally identifiable information.

Collection of Information from Children--

GCPA abides by federal law and the guidelines set up by the Federal Trade Commission regarding youth privacy (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). As such, GCPA will not knowingly collect any personal information from or allow the registration of young people under the age of 13.


The information which you supply to GCPA enables us to provide services to users. In addition, GCPA uses your information in order to customize our site to your interests and enhance your overall experience at our site. GCPA tries to recognize you using various methods, including having you log in with your e-mail address and your password. Once GCPA recognizes you, pages and other content is customized for you so that you can see what interests you the most. In addition, as described above, GCPA utilizes passive information to learn more about how you interact with our site. This passive information may be combined with your other information for purposes such as testing and improving your experience at our site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes. This aggregate passive information does not contain any personal information which can identify any individual user.

Contacting You by E-Mail--

GCPA will use your contact information periodically in order to send you e-mails regarding GCPA events, news and other items which may be of interest to you. The frequency of these messages will vary depending upon your profile. Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we present the option to opt-out of receiving newsletters and/or event e-mails whenever such messages are sent by GCPA, as described below. E-mail messages from third parties are not governed by the opt-out provisions of this Privacy Policy, but all such third parties are strongly encouraged to include opt-out procedures in their messages to you.


GCPA will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer your information other than in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Third Party Service Providers--

From time to time, GCPA may decide that it is more efficient to use third parties to perform specific services, such as sending newsletters to GCPA's users. If we use a third party to provide specific services (such as sending newsletters to our users on our behalf), then information (such as contact information) may be shared with that party to the extent necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third party service providers are only allowed to use personally identifiable information for the purpose of providing the specific services requested by GCPA. The third party services covered by this paragraph do not include links to third party sites found on our site, which are governed by a more specific provision.

Disclosure to Law Enforcement and Similar Disclosures--

While GCPA strives to protect the personal information of our users, GCPA will release personal information if required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary or appropriate.


GCPA has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and/or unauthorized alteration of the information under our control. You are the only user authorized to update your profile, unless you provide your password information to another party.

GCPA helps protect personally identifiable information by utilizing both online and offline security methods, including firewalls, passwords and restricted physical access to the places where your information is stored. Our staff is trained to comply with our security procedures, and our security procedures are regularly reviewed and revised, if necessary, by the Privacy Team at GCPA.


You can update your personal information on the GCPA sites through your profile account or by contacting GCPA.


Acceptance of Terms/Changes to Privacy Policy-- Your use of this site indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy. GCPA reserves the right to update or amend this Privacy Policy at any time.


GCPA provides information on many topics. Some of this information is created by GCPA, and some of it is created by third parties. While our site strives to provide accurate expert advice, commentary and other information, GCPA does not make any warranty regarding the accuracy, reliability or use of any information provided on this site, including articles, demonstration videos, etc.


In the event that GCPA sells, assigns or transfers some or all of its business to a successor or acquirer, GCPA may sell, assign or transfer all of your information, regardless of your opt status, to such successor or acquirer.

Links to Other Sites--

This site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that GCPA does not exercise control over the information, products, services or policies of third party companies accessible through our site. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy policies of each and every third party site. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the information collected by this site.


You may opt-out from receiving specified types of communications from GCPA by contacting GCPA through the Contact section of this website. GCPA will only communicate with you according to your instructions.

The State of CA enacted the Shine the Light law (CA Civil Code Sec 198.83) that permits customers of GCPA who are CA residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personal information during the past year for marketing purposes.

Update effective September 9, 2011.