Effective Date:  12/13/2005

GENERAL DYNAMICS SOURCING EXCHANGE WEB SITE PRIVACY NOTICE

We at General Dynamics Corporation (“GD”) respect your concerns about privacy and value the relationship we have with you.  This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we may collect on www.sourcingservice.gendyn.com, how we may use that information, and with whom we may share it.  Our Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the security of the information you provide to us on this site. 

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·        Information We Collect and How We Use It

o       Supplier Information

o       Registration

o       Contact Us

o       Cookies and Log Files

·        Information We Share

·        Security

·        Updates to this Privacy Notice

·        How to Contact Us

Information We Collect and How We Use It

We host the GD Sourcing Exchange Web site (GDSE) to help us work more efficiently with our customers, partners, and vendors.  We use this workspace to share files and information about our programs and contracts.  You may choose to provide certain personal information (such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address) on this Web site.  Here are the ways you may provide the information and the types of information you may submit.  We also tell you how we may use the information.

Supplier Information

 

We collect basic information on this site on authorized suppliers.  That information includes company name, point of contact, mailing address, email address, and phone numbers.  In addition, we collect user profile information from our suppliers that includes whether the supplier (i) has registered with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) PRO-Net database, (ii) is classified as foreign-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned or disabled veteran-owned, and (iii) has obtained Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certification.

Registration

We provide information about our programs and contracts only to authorized users.  We ask you to register online to access this information.  To register, we may ask you to provide certain personal information (such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address) so we may grant you access and contact you.

 

Contact Us

You may choose to contact us through our Web site.  If you send comments or questions, we use the information you provide to respond to your inquiries.

Cookies and Log Files

Like many companies, we use cookies and log files on our Web site.  Cookies are small text files Web sites often store on the computer hard drives of users of the site.  A cookie contains a unique code used to recognize your computer when a user of your computer returns to a Web site previously visited.  Similarly, log files are small text files Web sites automatically create when a user visits a site.  We use cookies and log files to enhance the online experience of our users and to monitor site performance.  Cookies and log files may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our site before or whether you are a new visitor. 

The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers tells you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies.  Remember, without cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all Web site features.

Information We Share

We do not sell, rent, trade or otherwise disclose personal information about our Web site visitors, except as described here.  We may share the information you provide with companies affiliated with GD.  We also share information provided by our site users with service providers, suppliers, or consultants we retain to perform services, system maintenance, and help desk support on our behalf.  We are required to provide information to the U.S. Government if you place your order through a government-sponsored contract vehicle.  In addition, we may disclose information about you:  (1) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (2) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (3) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity. 

We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets.  Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to try to ensure that the transferee uses personal information you have provided through this Web site in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice.

Security

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the personal information in our possession.  We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to help protect the information you provide.  This Internet encryption standard scrambles data as it travels from your computer to our server.  You’ll know that you’re in a secure area of our site when a “lock” icon appears on your screen and the “http” portion of our URL address changes to “https.”  The “s” stands for “secure.”  Please note, however, perfect Internet security does not exist. 

Updates to this Privacy Notice

We may change or update portions of this Privacy Notice at any time and without prior notice to you.  Please check back from time to time so you are aware of any changes or updates to the Notice.  We will indicate above the effective date of the Notice.

How to Contact Us

Should you have any questions pertaining to this Privacy Notice, please contact your purchasing representative.