We will not collect personally identifiable information like your name, e-mail and mailing address and telephone number ("Personal Information") without your knowledge and permission; we will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties unless you have authorized us to do so; we will allow you to view, correct or remove your Personal Information and other information associated with your registration as a user of our site; and we will take reasonable steps to protect the security of the Personal Information we collect from you. The remainder of this policy describes our information handling practices in detail.
When You Are Just Visiting Us...
When you visit our site (either directly or through a partner's site), we do collect usage information ("session data"), but it is anonymous and is not linked to you as an individual. We use session data to better understand things like how our site is navigated, how many visitors arrive at specific pages, the length and frequency of stays at our site, the variety of searches of our site's database, the types of browsers and computer operating systems used by our visitors and the Internet Protocol addresses from which our visitors connect to our site. We use this information to improve our site content and ease of use.
When You Decide To Register With Us...
If you decide to register with us, we will collect Personal Information about you that you voluntarily share with us. We collect Personal Information that is necessary for us to provide you with the services offered on our site. As mentioned, this Personal Information includes things like your name, e-mail and mailing address and telephone number. You will provide an e-mail address and select a password that will be required to gain access to portions of our site. You may also decide to share other information ("Other Information") with us about yourself (for example, demographic information like your age and gender).
Online Surveys and Contests.
We value your comments and opinions. From time to time, we may invite you, as a registered user of our site, to participate in online surveys, but the choice will be yours. Your participation in these surveys is on an anonymous basis, unless we tell you up-front otherwise. We may offer you the chance to win a variety of prizes by sponsoring contests. You choose to participate in these contests or not. If you choose to participate in these contests, you will share certain of your Personal Information with us, like your full name, e-mail address and mailing address. Participation in these contests may include participation in an online survey and may be subject to other stated terms and conditions. We will only use your Personal Information to notify you if you win a contest.
Sharing Personal Information.
We will not disclose any Personal Information we collect from you to others without your permission, except in certain limited circumstances: (a) to protect the security of our site and our rights under our Terms and Conditions of Use; (b) to protect ourselves against liability; (c) in response to legal process, (d) if we believe in good faith that the law requires it; or (e) in connection with a sale of our business or company. Please note that if we receive a formal request to disclose your Personal Information in connection with a legal action, we will attempt to tell you about it at least ten (10) days before we respond to that request, if permitted by law, via the e-mail address you provided during registration.
We currently contract with other companies to help manage and optimize our Internet business and communications. We may use the services of a marketing company to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising and how visitors use our site. To do this, we may use Action Tags and cookies provided by our marketing company on this site. The information we collect helps us learn things like what kinds of customers our site attracts, which of our products most interest our customers, and what kinds of offers our customers like to see. Although our marketing company may log the information coming from our site on our behalf, we control how that data may and may not be used.
Combined Non-Personal Information.
We may also combine anonymous information supplied by you and other users during registration on our site with information about your use and others' use of our site. We will use this combined information to describe our user base, without reference to any specific individual, to potential partners, investors and advertisers. We will not share your Personal Information with any other users of our site, but we may use information we collect about your experiences to make recommendations to other users of our site. We may also share aggregated statistical information about users of our site and our offerings with others, including our vendors and partners. We will not link this statistical information to any Personal Information that can identify you as an individual.
Additional Products and Services.
Changing and Removing Personal Information and Other Information.
We are committed to giving you control over your Personal Information. You can change your password and any of the Personal Information or Other Information by visiting the "My Account" section of our web site. If at any time you want to view your Personal Information or Other Information, your Personal Information changes, you want to change the preferences associated with your account, or you would like us to remove some or all of the Personal Information or Other Information stored, you can correct, update or remove the information and preferences you have shared with us by visiting the "My Account" section of our web site. If you request that we remove all of the Personal Information and Other Information, then we will promptly do so. If we remove your Personal Information you will not be able to use the services available on our site unless you re-register.
Notification of Changes.
We may change this policy from time to time. If we decide to change this policy in a material way (for example, a change regarding disclosure of Personal Information), we will post notice of the change on our site and notify you via e-mail at the address you have provided to us or through a pop-up screen at least thirty (30) days before putting the change into effect. If we decide to change our policy in a less significant way, we will simply post notice of the change on our site at least thirty (30) days before putting the change into effect. If any proposed change is unacceptable to you, you may, as discussed in the section above (Changing and Removing Personal Information and Other Information), request that we remove your Personal Information from our records.
How We Protect Your Information.
We are committed to safeguarding your information. For that reason we employ a staff of security technology professionals and utilize a full range of the best security technology available. Specifically, a market-leading firewall technology helps protect your information from unauthorized access from the Internet. We also protect the connection between your computer and our server from eavesdropping through industry-standard encryption technology known as Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Depending on your browser, this SSL will have encryption keys of up to 128 bits. To ensure that we fulfill our commitment to safeguard your information, we continually assess new technology for protecting your information to make sure that our information handling practices are in accordance with the highest industry standards and best practices on the Internet at all times.
Our site may provide links to other sites. When you click on one of these links, you are leaving our site and entering another site that we do not control and for which we cannot be responsible. You should carefully review the privacy statements or policies on any other site that you visit because those privacy statements or policies will apply to your visit to that site and may be very different from our policy.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or our information handling practices, you may contact Chief Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will attempt to respond to your questions or concerns within five (5) business days after receipt.
A Special Note about Children...
Children — in fact minors (individuals under 18 years of age) — are not eligible to register for or use the services available on our site. We believe that parents should play a central role in their child's online activities and should monitor those activities to ensure that sites visited by their child are respecting their child's privacy. For additional information on protecting children's privacy, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec08.shtm.