Effective Date: April 17, 2007
Scope of this Policy
Information We Collect
Personally Identifiable Information: Personally Identifiable Information (“Personal Information”) is information that you provide to us that could be used to identify you personally. Personal Information may consist of your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card information, birthdate, gender, occupation, personal interests, etc. Although you may browse the Site without disclosing Personal Information, certain features of the Site may require you to disclose such information to us. For example, you may be asked to provide Personal Information in order to receive program updates, to participate in contests or to receive coupons from our sponsors. Of course, you are under no obligation to provide Personal Information to us, and whether or not you choose to do so is entirely your own choice. If you do not want us to receive and/or store your Personal Information, please do not provide it to us.
This is not a web site directed to and is not intended for use by persons under the age of 13. In addition, we do not knowingly collect any information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, do not send any information about yourself to us.
Anonymous Information: Non-personally identifiable information is anonymous data automatically sent to us by your web browser when you use this Site, such as your IP address (i.e., number that is assigned to your computer or network when you are using the Internet) or information regarding your computer configuration. This information is collected for a variety of reasons, such as to monitor the amount of Site traffic, to track which pages are popular with visitors and to help us resolve technical issues relating to the Site. This information may be shared with third parties who may provide us with services or support in connection with our operation of the Site. In addition, such information may be shared with our business partners who, for example, may be interested in promotional or advertising opportunities relating to this Site. Although such information does not identify you personally, we can determine from the IP address a visitor’s Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.
Cookies: When you access our Site, our servers automatically place a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are information files that usually are placed in a temporary folder on your computer when you access our Site. Cookies may be used for a number of purposes, such as to track usage patterns on the Site. Cookies are not “programs” and do not run on their own. Though a cookie does not contain Personal Information, it does allow our servers to identify your computer in order to facilitate and personalize your experience while visiting our Site. You may control whether your computer stores cookies through the options or preferences menu typically contained in your web browser.
Use of Collected Information
As noted above, anonymous information may be used in connection with our management and continuing development of this Site. Such information will help us assess what pages visitors use more frequently, which will allow us to better provide content that best suit our visitors’ interests. Anonymous information also will facilitate our ability to enhance our delivery of such content.
We may use your Personal Information you have provided to us for a variety of purposes. For example, such information may be used to contact you regarding program updates, contest opportunities and notifications or other information that may affect your use of our Site. However, information collected by us is for our use only, and will not be sold to a third party. We may utilize third parties to provide services to us in connection with our operation of this Site. While these third parties may have access to your Personal Information in the course of providing such services, they will not be allowed to use that information for their own use.
Please be advised that we may be required to provide Personal Information regarding our visitors in connection with a judicial proceeding or governmental matter. We also may disclose visitor information whenever we believe disclosure is necessary to limit our legal liability, to protect or defend our rights or property or protect the safety, rights or property of our users.
Removal of Personal Information
Your use of this Site and decision to provide Personal Information is completely your choice. Since we do not share or sell your information with third party advertisers, you do not need to “opt out,” that is, you do not need to tell us not to share your Personal Information in that manner. However, you will have the opportunity with each email communication to unsubscribe from our mailing list. In addition, if you have provided Personal Information to us and would like that information removed from our database, please notify us in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of your request, we will use reasonable efforts to comply with your request. Removal of your Personal Information from our database will mean that you may not be eligible for certain activities for which the Personal Information is needed, such as newsletters and contests. Please be aware that we reserve the right, from time to time, to provide notices to former customers or users of this Site if, in our discretion, we determine that such communication if appropriate. If you do not wish to be contacted by us, please do not register with us or provide us with any Personal Information.
We take steps to secure the data you submit to us. However, you should be aware that
no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. Therefore, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk.
Acceptance and Waiver
By using the Site, you agree to the terms of this Policy. If you do not agree to each of these terms and conditions, please do not use the Site. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. We suggest that you review this Policy periodically in the event it is modified.
The Site is operated in the United States (“U.S.”). If you are located outside the U.S., any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using our Site, participating in any of our services and/or providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer. Non-U.S. jurisdictions may have different and possibly more protective data protection or privacy laws. You acknowledge that you have full notice of, and knowingly accept, our privacy practices, as set forth in this Policy, and to the extent allowed by applicable law, you unequivocally waive any different protections that may be available to you under the laws of your home or any