Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy (Policy) sets forth the HomeGrownProgrammers (HGP, we, or us) policies regarding the collection and use of information relating to the HGP web site located at (Site). When we refer to HGP, we or us, we mean HomeGrownProgrammers including our affiliates and subsidiaries. Certain areas of the Site contain information intended only for authorized users. Accordingly, HGP reserves the right to limit certain areas of the Site to those persons who register and meet the qualifications imposed by us. This Policy addresses our privacy practices relating to general and registered use of our Site by visitors located within the United States.

Information We Collect and How We Use It

Personally identifiable information (Personal Information) is information that can be used to identify or contact you, such as your name, email address, telephone number or similar information. HGP only collects Personal Information that you choose to share with us, such as when (1) contacting us via the Site (by clicking on the "Contact" button at the top of each web page), (2) registering online for an event or course or apprenticeship, (3) upon registration for access to those areas of our Site intended only for authorized users.

Registered Users

If you are a student, to register, you must provide us with certain Personal Information, including your name and email address. We will use this Personal Information to review and verify your registration information. We may use your Personal Information to send periodic marketing or promotional notices to you or notify you of any changes to this Policy. You can always opt-out of receiving these communications from us by following the "opt-out" procedures described below.

Resume Submission

If your Personal Information is submitted through the Site when applying for a position with HGP, your Personal Information will be used solely for the purpose of accepting and evaluating you for the position. We may retain your Personal Information for a period of time, but only for the purpose of considering your application for current or future positions at HGP. This information may be shared within HGP or the parent company Automation Excellence, for job postings.

Contacting HGP

If you contact HGP via the Site, we will only use your Personal Information contained in your email to respond to your specific inquiry or comments in the email. We may retain your email for a period of time, but will not use any of your Personal Information for any purpose other than responding to your email.

General Information and Accuracy

Any information you provide to HGP must be true, accurate, current, non-misleading, and consistent and relevant for the purpose for which you are providing the information. If you are a registered user, you must have the authority to provide the information submitted to and through the Site, and understand and agree that we may from time to time verify such authority.

Usage Data

The Site automatically tracks certain information about your behavior while visiting the Site. The information gathered includes only the URL from which you accessed this Site, and which URL you visit next. We collect and store this aggregate information in order to measure the Site's performance and improve the Site's design and functionality. We may also share this aggregate information with third parties to illustrate how the Site is used and for other marketing purposes. If you are a registered user, we may use your Usage Data with or without your Personal Information, in order to measure the Site's performance and improve the Site's design and functionality. We may also share this aggregate information with third parties to illustrate how the Site is used and for other marketing purposes. We may use your site usage statistics to improve our marketing efforts, statistically evaluate site usage, improve our Site or customize our Site's content, layout and services. See also "Cookies", below.

Cookies & Clear Gifs

HGP uses both "session" and "persistent" cookies on this Site. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser and stored in your computer's hard drive. The purpose of a cookie is to remember certain user inputs on the Site. Personalization features also use cookies to identify groups of users and deliver appropriate Site content and services, as well as feedback related to marketing and email campaigns.

Session cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser or turn off your computer. Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. They store information on your computer for a number of reasons, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (i.e., username and password), helping to determine what areas of the Site you find most valuable, and customizing the Site based on your preferences on an ongoing basis. Persistent cookies placed on your computer by this Site may hold Personal Information, but only if you are a registered user or have otherwise consented to the provision of Personal Information in accordance with the terms of this Policy. Otherwise, the Site's server only knows that an unidentified visitor with your cookies has returned to the Site. In addition to customization, persistent cookies will be used to provide you with better service on the Site, to compile and analyze statistics and trends, and to otherwise administer and improve the Site for your use. Subject to applicable law and in accordance with the terms of this Policy, information gathered through the use of persistent cookies on the Site may also be shared with, or sold to, third parties.

The Site may also use clear gifs (also known as web beacons) in combination with cookies, in order to help Site operators understand how visitors interact with the Site. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel by 1 pixel in size) that is placed on the Site, which allows the Site to measure the actions of a visitor who opens the page that contains the clear gif. HGP uses clear gifs to measure traffic and related behavior, and to improve your experience when visiting the Site. We also use clear gifs to manage the content available on the Site.

Cookies do not damage your computer, and as deployed by HGP, cannot be used to discover your identity. You can set your browser to notify you when a cookie is being sent to your computer. This will notify you whether or not you are required to accept the cookie in order to view certain Site content, and allows you to decide if you want to accept the cookie or not. You can also set your browser to accept all cookies or to refuse cookies altogether. If you do prevent your computer from accepting cookies, you will still be able to fully access the Site, although you may lose some additional functionality and convenience provided through the use of cookies. To learn more about cookies, please search for "cookie" in the Help portion of your web browser.

Use and Disclosure

In addition to the uses described throughout this Policy, and subject to applicable law, we and our Service Providers (as described below) may disclose your Personal Information:

  • To other persons as permitted by applicable law or regulation; and
  • To law enforcement personnel and agencies, or as part of a legal process, in order to protect our property or in furtherance of an investigation regarding a breach of the Site rules and policies, unauthorized access to or use of the Site or any other illegal activities.

Any access to such information will be limited to the purpose for which such information was provided to our affiliate, subsidiary or Service Provider. Our affiliates, subsidiaries and Service Providers may be located throughout the world. Accordingly, information may be sent worldwide to countries which have a different level of privacy protection than the United States.

Consent to Processing

By using our Site, or providing information to HGP, you understand and unambiguously consent to the collection, processing, transfer and use of information in the United States and other countries and territories, for the purposes set forth in this Policy. You hereby consent to the collection, processing and disclosure by HGP of your Personal Information as described under this Policy, including but not limited to the transfer of your Personal Information between HGP's Service Providers, affiliates and subsidiaries in accordance with this Policy. For further certainty, any consent relating to a right to transfer information referred to in this paragraph shall be deemed to include your consent to the transfer of the applicable Personal Information to a jurisdiction which may have a different level of privacy protection than that available in your own country.

Opt-Out Choices

To "opt-out" of (1) receiving communications from HGP (except for communications necessary for your use of the Site), (2) having your personally identifiable information disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes, or (3) any other consent previously granted for a specific purpose concerning your personally identifiable information, send an e-mail to HGP at

Reviewing or Changing Information

If you are a registered user, you may request to review, change or delete information previously provided to us by modifying your profile at the Login Screen or by sending an e-mail to Requests for changes to or deletions of your Personal Information should be made by you directly.

Other Web Sites

This Policy applies only to HGP, its affiliates and subsidiaries operate many web sites for different purposes and in multiple jurisdictions where local laws may apply. This Site includes links to both our affiliated sites and to non-HGP web sites, including access to content, products and services of such affiliated and non-affiliated sites (Other Sites). In some cases, these Other Sites are made available via "framing technology", and may appear to be part of this Site. However, prior to accessing Other Sites or non-HGP content via the HGP Site, a dialogue box will inform you that you are about to leave the Site, and will prompt you for your consent to proceed Although some of the entities controlling these framed sites are under contract with HGP, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the individual privacy and other terms for each linked or framed site prior to submitting your Personal Information.

Sale or Transfer of Information

In the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, dissolution, or sale or transfer of substantially all of the assets of HGP, registration data and/or Usage Data collected about you from the Site may be sold, assigned, or transferred to the party acquiring all or substantially all of the equity and/or assets of HGP in order to permit the party to continue the operation of the Site, including the restricted areas. Subject to your ability to opt-out as described above, by using this Site and submitting your information to us, you consent to the sale and transfer of your information as described in this paragraph.


HGP takes seriously the security of the information it collects. HGP has therefore implemented technology and security policies and procedures intended to reduce the risk of accidental destruction or loss, or the unauthorized disclosure or access to, such information, reasonably appropriate to the nature of the data concerned.


Our Site is not generally intended for use by children under the age of 12, and HGP does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children in this age group. If we become aware that a user under the age of 12 has registered for a class without first contacting HGP and getting a variance, we will notify the user that he or she is not eligible for registration to view or be involved with class forums. We will then expunge any related account information from our records.

Updates to Privacy Policy

HGP may, in its sole discretion, update this Policy at any time and from time to time, by posting the amended Policy on this Site. The amended Policy shall be effective upon posting, and your access to or use of the Site following an update shall be deemed consent to the revised Policy. We urge each visitor to refer back to this page regularly and especially prior to providing or updating any Personal Information. This Policy may not be otherwise amended without the written consent of HGP. This Policy was last updated on August 5, 2008.

Contact, Questions, Comments, Complaints

If you would like to communicate with HGP regarding privacy issues or have questions, comments or complaints about this Policy or Site, please forward such communication to:



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