ThomasNet Privacy Policy

So that you can better protect your privacy, ThomasNet provides this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected and used. If you do not agree with the practices explained in this policy, do not complete the Sign Up Form or contact us using the "Contact Us" link at the top of each page of our site.

NOTE: Without signing up, you cannot access certain features of ThomasNet.

At times, ThomasNet will ask you to provide us with personal contact information. We will use this information to help customize your site experience or to facilitate communication with the companies that list on our site. You will be prompted to supply us with this information when signing up to use My Thomas or when initiating communication though the site.

Sign Up - My Thomas
While you do not need to sign up to use ThomasNet, we do need some information from you to access certain features of the site; you are asked for limited personal and demographic information and are required to choose a username and password that will be used to gain access on subsequent visits to My Thomas. This information will constitute your user profile. While most of the information we collect is used internally for site analysis and improvement, some of your information is used in compiling reports (see reporting) for the companies that list on our site. However, it is important to note that ThomasNet will never disclose or associate with your site usage, any of your personal contact information, which consists of the following:

Your First Name
Your Last Name
Your E-mail Address
Your Username
Your Password

You may edit or change your profile at any time by logging into My Thomas. Again, if you wish to delete your personal information use the "Contact Us" link and ask that your information be deleted.

The only circumstances under which ThomasNet will distribute your information are spelled out in the subsequent sections of this policy titled Communicating with Suppliers, Partner Sites, E-mail Communications Policy and Reporting.

Communicating With Suppliers
When you use the communication features on ThomasNet to contact suppliers listed on our site, you will be asked to supply the contact information required by these companies to respond to your request. Depending on how you wish the company to respond to your request, you may be asked for the following: Telephone Number; Fax Number; Mailing Address and e-mail. We will only forward the contact information required to respond to your request and will not disclose your e-mail address unless you request to be contacted by e-mail.

If you have not signed up to use My Thomas, we will not store any of the contact information you enter unless you choose to sign up with us. My Thomas users will be able to verify or change the information stored in their profile prior to sending the request.

Partner Sites
ThomasNet will form partnerships with websites we feel offer valuable services to our users. Some of these services require registration. As a time saving tool, and to save our users unnecessary data entry we offer to pass your information to these partner sites.

You will always be told when we intend to share your information with another site and be given the opportunity to decline the transfer. If you consent to the sharing of your information with another site, the shared information will be transferred to this site and out of the control of ThomasNet. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how they collect or treat information about their users.

By signing up with ThomasNet and providing us with your e-mail address you agree to accept essential communication concerning the services and operation of ThomasNet including, but not limited to: confirmation, additions or deletions to our core services, notifications of product enhancements, notification of service interruption and changes to this policy.

By default, users who sign up are "Opted Out" of all other communications from ThomasNet and will not receive any non-essential communications unless you choose to.

As part of the sign up process, and at any time thereafter, you have the opportunity to opt in to receive non-essential communication, including newsletters and announcements, from ThomasNet and third parties via e-mail by checking the appropriate boxes on the Sign Up /Update Form.

All e-mail communications from ThomasNet, or from third parties wishing to contact our users, are sent by ThomasNet or a provider under contract to ThomasNet. At no time will we ever distribute your e-mail address to another company except as stated in the "Partner Sites" and "Communicating with Suppliers" sections of this notice. All non-essential communications from ThomasNet or one of our trusted partners will contain a link or instructions for opting out of future communications. If the message you receive has been sent on behalf of one of our partners, the message will contain two separate means of opting out. One Opt out will be from the ThomasNetsource ThomasNet e-mail list and the other opt-out will be to remove you from the partners e-mail list.

Please Note: To comply with the United States CAN-SPAM act, Opting Out from future communications from a ThomasNet partner will require your e-mail address be given to that partner so that they may add it to their own do not mail list.

The website of the Thomas Industrial Network (, and may set Cookies on your computer. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by our web server. Cookies are uniquely generated and assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the same domain that set the cookie on your computer. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

The primary purposes of cookies used by ThomasNet are to provide convenience and to save you time. ThomasNet will use cookies to automate login, enable personalization, facilitate your movement through the site and allow us to measure site usage.

You have the ability to control any websites ability to set cookies on your computer through your web browsers (i. e. Netscape or Internet Explorer) privacy settings. Consult the documentation or help files for your web browser for instructions on setting cookie preferences. However, if you do not accept cookies you will not be able to customize your experience with ThomasNet.

ThomasNet makes extensive use of web logging to understand the usage of our services, diagnose problems and identify future enhancements to our site. In addition to logging the pages viewed, and features used, our logs will also collect referring IP addresses or /domain names of site visitors. This information is used in the reporting and analysis of our website some of which will be shared with ThomasNet vendors and clients.

ThomasNet pages may contain web beacons, sometimes called single-pixel gifs that allow ThomasNet to count users who have visited certain pages. ThomasNet may use web beacons in conjunction with: promotional e-mail messages, online advertising or newsletters in order determine the effectiveness of these vehicles. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie, which identifies the referring source, pages viewed and the time of access. Web beacons are not used to access your personal information on ThomasNet.

Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is able to offer ThomasNet for free on the Internet as a direct result of the paid support of the suppliers who provide information and advertise on our site. As a result we provide these suppliers with reports of non-specific information on the usage of ThomasNet. This reporting can be based on any of the information collected by ThomasNet and can include demographic information (Industry, Job Function, and City) and your company name. Again, as stated in the Information section of this notice, your personal information is never divulged.

ThomasNet uses reasonable precautions to keep user information disclosed to us secure. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.

ThomasNet will disclose such information to third parties, under contract to us, as required to operate our site. We will only release this information to those firms that we believe to be responsible. However, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties who receive the information. ThomasNet also links to a wide variety of other web sites. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how they collect or treat information about their users.

ThomasNet reserves the right to change this policy as required. Users who have signed up to use ThomasNet will be notified of changes using the e-mail of record in their user profile. Users who have not signed up should review this policy periodically or prior to any subsequent use.

If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact us via e-mail or by mail at:

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Thomas Industrial Network, Inc.
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New York, NY 10001