Privacy Policy

Speak by Design respects the privacy of our users. We have created this policy in order to demonstrate our privacy commitment to our users. By coming to a Speak by Design site, you are agreeing to and accepting this Privacy Policy as well as the terms and conditions or other end user agreement for that site. In many instances, you may opt-out of uses of your Identifying Information (defined below) allowed under this Policy, as described at the end of this Policy.

We will not distribute information that identifies you individually or reveals your identity ("Identifying Information") unless you give your prior approval in response to a request made by Speak by Design or unless distribution of this information is permitted under this Privacy Policy. Your electronic approval will qualify as your consent for this purpose. Postings by you that contain Identifying Information should be done with care as discussion forums and the like are public and may be viewed by all users. You should use caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

We may share Identifying Information with regulatory or other legal authorities if requested to do so by a court or other government or law enforcement authority.

We may collect and use information about you and your use of the Speak by Design sites, including Identifying Information, for our own internal purposes such as, for example, analyzing usage of the Speak by Design sites in order to improve them.

We may use, aggregate and/or distribute information about you and your use of the Speak by Design sites in ways that do not identify you individually or reveal your identity.

Advertisements, promotional offers, promotional e-mails, "free gifts," and links, for example, on the Speak by Design sites or sent via e-mail or other means from Speak by Design may ask for Identifying Information from you. If you provide this information, your Identifying Information may be provided (either directly from you or by Speak by Design) to the advertiser or Web site or company making the offer or providing the gift.

If you are using a co-branded site of Speak by Design and at least one other third party (indicated by the inclusion of another party's name or product/service name either in the URL or site or by the inclusion of a third party's(ies') logos or trademarks in the site), your Identifying Information may be used and/or distributed by Speak by Design pursuant to this Privacy Policy and by the other party(ies) pursuant to this Policy and/or their applicable policy(ies).

Speak by Design may send users, via e-mail or other means, information relating to Speak by Design sites and/or information on specials, new products and/or promotions from our marketing partners/colleagues. The information described in these messages is intended to be of high interest or value to our users. To choose not to receive such messages, a user can simply click or go to a URL link located in the e-mail or other message, which will remove the user from future mailings. Or, for certain sites a user may edit his/her personal account information, which contains an option on receiving special offers, at any time by clicking the appropriate link on the applicable Speak by Design site.

In the course of our business, Speak by Design might buy or sell sites or assets. In these kinds of transactions, customer information (such as Identifying Information) is usually one of the transferred business assets. In the event that Speak by Design is acquired, merged, or otherwise combined with another party, customer information (such as Identifying Information) will be one of the transferred assets.

Speak by Design may use other companies and persons to perform certain functions for us. These functions might include, for example, processing credit card payments, providing customer service, and sending e-mail. These other companies and persons may have access to customer information (such as Identifying Information) that's needed to perform their functions, but they are not authorized to use it for any other purposes.

We may share Identifying Information with affiliated companies, business partners and joint ventures. We use reasonable efforts to require those companies to honor the confidentiality of such Identifying Information.

In order to provide our users with a more complete understanding of how the Speak by Design sites collect and use information from our users, we have provided the following information:

Internet Protocol (IP) Address

The Speak by Design sites log IP addresses for systems administration, diagnostic, and site tracking purposes, and to report aggregate information to advertisers. The Speak by Design sites do not link IP addresses to information identifying users individually.


The Speak by Design sites use files called "cookies" to store usernames, passwords, and other user preferences so that users don't have to re-enter this information each time they use a particular Speak by Design site. You should be aware that advertisers serving ads on the Speak by Design sites may use their own cookies.

We, or a data provider we have engaged, may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser to enable you to receive customized ads, content or services. No personally identifiable information is placed into these cookies. The cookies may reflect de-identified demographic or other data linked to data you voluntarily have submitted to us, e.g., your email address, in hashed, non-human readable form. 

Information Collection

The Speak by Design sites' registration forms ask users to enter contact information, such as e-mail address, company affiliation, job title, etc. The forms also require unique identifiers (username and password) so that users can be verified when they access the Speak by Design sites. The contact information primarily is used to send users e-mails and other information they have requested and other information as stated in this Privacy Policy.

Additionally, emails we send may contain a bit of code known as a "web beacon." This code allows us to understand the time and date of when a user has opened an email and when he/she has utilized a link within the email to visit a website. Our web beacons do not collect personally identifiable information. Users wishing to disable our web beacons should do so by turning images "off" in their email client (e.g., Outlook, Outlook Express). Please see your email client for more information."

Advertisers or Web sites that have links on the Speak by Design sites may collect personally identifiable information about you. The privacy and information practices of those advertisers or Web sites linked to the Speak by Design sites are not covered by this Privacy Policy.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is subject to modification from time to time. You may be notified: (1) in an e-mail sent to the e-mail address you have provided to Speak by Design through the Speak by Design sites, or (2) Speak by Design's posting of a notice for at least 30 days on this Web site or the applicable Speak by Design site that the Speak by Design sites Privacy Policy has been changed. Your continued use of the Speak by Design site after such change shall be deemed your acceptance of such change.  If you do not accept such change, you should stop using the Speak by Design site.

Opt-Out and Correcting Information

You may opt out of having Identifying Information used for non-essential purposes, disclosed to third parties or used to send promotional correspondence by contracting Speak by Design at the mailing address or email address below.  You may also correct information in your registration form by contacting us at the address below. To ensure that your intention in the email is clear, you should include the words “opt-out” and “Identifying Information” in the subject field of such email. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact:
Speak by Design
attn: Privacy Office
200 East Randolph

Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601

Last update: 31 March 2020