Information We Collect
It is not necessary for you to supply any personally identifiable information when you visit our Site. However, when you register with our Site, we typically collect information that you voluntarily provide that personally identifies you or others (“personally identifiable information” or “PII”), such as your name, home address, email address and any other information you provide to us. Additionally, when you visit our Site we automatically collect information that does not personally identify you or others (“non-personally identifiable information”).
Personally Identifiable Information: Personally identifiable information includes any information that may be used to specifically identify or contact you or others, such as a name, address, email address, or telephone number, plus any information you provide that will permit us to identify you and others. Examples include:
- From employment applicants, we or our service provider will collect contact and identification information, such as name, address, telephone number, email address, date and place of birth, and driver's license number and employment and income information;
- From our customers, we or our service provider will collect information on products and services that you purchase, your credit and financial information such as billing and credit history or payment history; and
- Customer relationship information, such as customer service requests.
We do not automatically collect your PII unless and until you have shared it with us. We do not consider the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization when used for business communications to be PII. This Policy does not apply to information about our business customers that are not natural persons.
Non-Personally Identifiable and Technical Information: Whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other internet service, certain information is created and retained by the website or application. This happens with our Site as well. We collect technical information that does not personally identify you when you use our Site, or information that has been made anonymous, such as:
- Log data: Our servers automatically record information when you use our Site, such as your IP address, the type of browser you are using and its settings, the third party website you visited immediately prior to accessing our Site, the operating system you are using, the domain name of your Internet service provider, the search terms you use on our Site, the specific Site pages you visit, type of product selected, the brand, order, and product identifications, and the duration of your visits.
- Cookie data: Like many Sites, we use “cookies” to obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses our Site. "Cookies" are small text files that we transfer to your computer's hard drive or your Web browser memory to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide convenience and other features to you, such as recognizing you as a frequent user of our Site. Some of the cookies we use are associated with your account with us (including PII about you) if you have one, and other cookies are not.
We may use “session cookies” (cookies that last until you close your browser) or “persistent cookies” (cookies that last until you or your browser delete them). Examples of the information we collect and analyze from cookies include your activity on our Site, including the URL you come from and go to next (whether this URL is on our site or not). Remember that the cookies that we use do not contain and are not tied to personally identifiable information.
- Establishing, managing and terminating business relations with you;
- Reviewing the products and services that we provide to you;
- Informing you of our products and services other than those that you have specifically requested;
- Informing you of products and services carefully selected third parties may wish to offer you;
- Responding to your comments or requests for information;
- Protecting us against error, fraud, theft, and damage to our goods and property;
- Enabling us to comply with applicable law or regulatory requirements; and
- Any other reasonable business purpose to which you consent.
We may also collect information pertinent to the marketing of our products and services. This information may include marketing channels, User Market IDs (Centerpoint, TNMP, etc.), Site brands and product names, contract terms, financial information and other information.
How We Use Information We Collect
Personally Identifiable Information (PII): AK Steel uses personally identifiable information it collects to allow us to evaluate your employment application, to provide the products and services you have chosen, or to manage and develop our business and operations, including:
Email communications: If you send us an email with questions or comments, we may use your email address to respond to your questions or comments, and we may save your questions or comments for future reference. We may email you when:
- You have applied for employment with us;
- You request information about our company;
- It relates to purchases you have made from us (e.g., product updates, customer support, etc.);
- We are sending you information about our other products and services; or
- You consented to being contacted by email for a particular purpose.
Non-personally Identifiable Information:We use your non-personally identifiable information in a variety of ways, including to help analyze Site traffic, understand customer needs and trends, carry out targeted promotional activities, and to improve our products and services. We may use non-personally identifiable information by itself or aggregate it with similar information we have obtained from others. We may share your non-personally identifiable information with our affiliates and other third parties to achieve these objectives.
Opting Out: If you do not wish to participate in preference based advertising via these third party advertising networks, go to http://www.aboutads.info/ and follow the simple opt-out process. A couple of important notes about this opt-out tool: (1) it includes all the advertising networks that we may work with, but also many that we do not work with; and (2) it may rely on cookies to ensure that a given advertising network does not collect information about you (“Opt-out Cookies”). Therefore, if you use or buy new computer equipment, change web browser or delete these Opt-out Cookies, you may need to perform the opt-out task again.
How and When We Share Information
Your consent: By using our products and services, you consent to our sharing your PII with our partners and affiliates as necessary to fulfill your order or to perform the services you have requested we perform.
Social Sharing: Our Site may offer social sharing features or other integrated tools, which let you share actions you take on our Site with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the third party that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the third parties that provide these features.
Email Communications: We may share your email contact information with our partners to assist with marketing our products and services. You may unsubscribe from receiving future commercial email communications from us by clicking the "unsubscribe" link included at the bottom of any marketing emails we send, or by emailing us as provided in the “Contact Us” section below. However, we reserve the right to send you transactional emails such as customer service communications in connection with the products you have purchased. For security reasons, we do not recommend that you send PII, such as passwords, social security numbers, or bank account information, to us by email.
Transfer of Assets: We do not sell or lease personally identifiable information or provide a list of our customers to third parties. However, as we continue to develop our business, we may sell or purchase assets. If another entity acquires us or all (or substantially all) of our assets, the personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information we have about you will be transferred to and used by this acquiring entity. Also, if any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding is brought by or against us, all such information may be considered an asset of ours and as such may be sold or transferred to third parties.
Legal Necessity:Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we reserve the right to disclose any personally identifiable or non-personally identifiable information about you if we are required to do so by law, with respect to copyright and other intellectual property infringement claims, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, or our Site; or (d) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of our Site's users or the general public.
What Choices Do You Have About Our Use of Your Information?
Our goal is to provide you with simple and meaningful choices about how your information is used. If you are a customer, you control your choices by your selections of our product and services.
Accuracy of Personally Identifiable Information: It is important that the PII AK Steel holds about you is accurate and current. AK Steel requires you to keep us informed of changes to any PII. If your registration information changes, you can execute changes to your profile on our Site where you registered. We take reasonable steps to verify your identity prior to honoring any such requests to help protect your privacy and security.
Accessing Your Personally Identifiable Information: If you want to know what PII AK Steel holds about you or wish to change PII that is inaccurate or out of date, or to withdraw your consent to the use of your PII, please contact us at the address below. It may not always be possible to completely remove or modify information in our databases, although we will make reasonable efforts to do so upon your request. We do not control how our partners retain, store and destroy data they have accessed in connection with assisting with providing our services. You should check their websites for more information on their practices.
Do Not Track Disclosures: Certain browsers may offer you the option of providing notice to websites that you do not wish for your online activities to be tracked for preference based advertising purposes (“DNT Notice”). Some browsers are, by default, set to provide a DNT Notice, whether or not that reflects your preference. Providing DNT Notice is often touted as a means to ensure that cookies, web beacons and similar technology are not used for preference based advertising purposes – that is, to restrict the collection of information your online activities for advertising purposes.Unfortunately, given how preference-based advertising works, DNT Notices may not effectively accomplish this goal. For this and a variety of other reasons, with respect to our Site, we do not take any particular action based on browser based DNT Notices. However, we do not use third-party advertisers or engage in behavioral marketing data collection for resale. Rather, if you do not wish to participate in preference based advertising activities, you should follow the simple opt-out process identified above.
Your California Privacy Rights
Residents of the State of California, under certain provisions of the California Civil Code, have the right to request from companies conducting business in California a list of all third parties to which the company has disclosed certain personally identifiable information as defined under California law during the preceding year for third party direct marketing purposes. You are limited to one request per calendar year. In your request, please attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for our response. You may request the information in writing at the address noted below. You may learn more about your rights under California’s privacy laws at http://www.privacyprotection.ca.gov).
Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information
AK Steel will endeavor to safeguard PII using methods that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. We have implemented security measures we consider reasonable and appropriate to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the personally identifiable information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personally identifiable information. In the unfortunate event that your information is compromised, we may notify you by email to the last email address you have provided us in the most expedient time reasonable under the circumstances. We may delay notification as necessary while we take measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to our system as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement. From time to time we evaluate new technology for protecting information, and when appropriate, we upgrade our information security systems.
Privacy of Children’s Information
Our Site is not directed to children. We do not sell products or services for purchase by children. We will not knowingly collect PII from children. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 and believe he or she has disclosed personally identifiable information to us, please contact us at the email address below. A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 may review and request deletion of such child's personally identifiable information as well as prohibit the use of that information.
This Policy does not apply to your use of unaffiliated websites to which our Site is linked. AK Steel is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content on linked sites. We recommend that you carefully read the privacy policies of each site you visit.
c/o Legal Department
AK Steel Corporation
9227 Centre Pointe Drive
West Chester, OH 45069