- Types of Information Collected
We collect two types of information about our users: personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information.
“Personally identifiable information” refers to information that personally identifies you, such as your name, postal address, e-mail address, other contact information or credit card information (or other information that is associated or aggregated by us with such above information).
“Non-personally identifiable information” refers to information that does not personally identify you, including anonymous information, and information regarding your use of this site. Non-personally identifiable information is compiled and analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis.
- Collection and Use of Information
We collect personally identifiable information from you as follows:
A) If we offer and you participate in any public forums, such as comment sections of any webpage, message boards, chat rooms, and social community environments, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you, including your name and e-mail address. Any personal information you provide when using any of these features may be visible to other users.
B) You may choose to contact the Company, by e-mail or otherwise, with comments, questions, inquiries, feedback, or other information. Any personally identifiable information that is provided in connection with such inquiries will be collected, accessed and used by us for the purpose of processing and responding to your inquiries, and to improve our site and offerings.
C) If we provide a function for users to receive e-mail updates, and you sign up to receive such e-mail updates, we will collect and use your e-mail address for such purposes.
D) We will also collect personally identifiable information you voluntarily provide to us—typically, your name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number —when you participate in any other activities on our site, such as any polls, informational and promotional offers, or in connection with any additional products or services we may offer on our site.
E) If we offer presentations on or through our site, we may collect personally identifiable information from you when you register for such presentations.
F) We may associate or aggregate other information we obtain from third parties with personally identifiable information we have collected from you. We will treat any such information in the same manner as the information we have collected directly from you.
We may also collect information from you at other points on our site that state that such information is being collected. It is completely optional for you to engage in activities for which you may provide, or be asked to provide, personally identifiable information. Depending upon the activity, some of the information you may be asked to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory information with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.
We will primarily use your personally identifiable information to provide our Content and other products and services to you, and to process and respond to inquiries from you. We may use personally identifiable information to deliver information to you and to contact you and send you information and/or marketing and promotional materials, including through postal mail, e-mail, and other means. We may also use personally identifiable information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, enhance operation of the site, fill orders, analyze website use, improve our content and product offerings, and customize the content, layout, and services of our site. We may also use personally identifiable information to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce the Terms & Conditions of Site Use and this Private Policy.
We also collect non-personally identifiable information from you as follows:
In general, we automatically gather certain information from our site visitors. This information may include the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the webpages you visit, your browser and operating system, your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, the name of your unique Internet service provider, the date and time of your site visits, how long you spend on our site, the number and frequency of your visits, what pages and content you view here and other similar information. A URL is the global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web. An IP address is an identifier for a computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) network, such as the World Wide Web. Networks like the Web use the TCP/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of the destination. In other words, an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web, allowing Web servers to locate and identify your computer. Computers require IP addresses in order for users to communicate on the Internet. We may store this information in Web server logs or other similar technologies and as further described below.
We and our authorized designees collect information through the servers for this site, cookies and other technologies. “Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive that can later be retrieved to identify you to us; each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser preferences allow it. Our cookies may store randomly assigned user identification numbers, the country where you are located and other information. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although that may prevent you from using certain features and functionalities on our site. In addition, a number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously. We may use a “persistent” cookie to save information about your operating system and technology preferences and track website usage. We may also use a “session cookie” to help us “remember” you until the session times out or the closing of your browser. Usually the information collected through cookies and other technologies is not personally identifiable in and of itself. However, these technological methods may enable us to collect and use information in a personally identifiable form, and we may combine or aggregate data collected through cookies and other technologies with personally identifiable information; and in that case, we will treat the resulting information as personal information.
We are not responsible for any other websites accessible from or linked to our site, including such website’s privacy policies or information collection practices. Further, we do not control any cookies, web beacons or other similar devices placed on our site by third parties, such as those that may be embedded in third-party advertising.
- Release of Information
We do not sell, trade, or rent your personally identifiable information to others. We may share personally identifiable information with third party service providers we use in connection with the operation of this site to allow them to perform their function for us. The use of your personally identifiable information by our service partners is governed by the privacy policies of those service partners, and is not subject to our control.
Occasionally we may be required by law, requested by governmental entity or law enforcement authority, subpoena, court order or discovery request to provide your personally identifiable information, or when we otherwise believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate in connection with any activity that violates the law (including relating to intellectual property, fraud, contracts and privacy) or may expose us to liability. We can, and you authorize us to, disclose any of your information in such circumstances.
We may also provide non-personally identifiable information about site visits, traffic patterns, and related site information to third party advertisers or others, but these statistics will not include any personally identifiable information.
- Security of Information
The security of your information is important to us. We take all commercially reasonable efforts to protect and secure your personally identifiable information. Your credit card transactions are handled by established third party banking and processing agents. They receive the information needed to verify and authorize your credit card or other payment information and to process your order.
You should be aware, however, that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, and there is always the risk that unauthorized persons may access or use your personally identifiable information. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet that are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) it is possible that such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party. You agree that you use our site and send us such information at your own risk.
- User Choices on Collection and Use of Information
We may, from time to time, send to you by email or direct mail information about upcoming content, presentations, products or other services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive such information, please write to us at the address in Section 15 below, and we will remove you from our mailing list.
You also have choices with respect to cookies as described in Section 3 above. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies some parts of our site may not work properly in your case.
- Updating and Correcting Information
We believe you should have the ability to access and edit any personally identifiable information you have provided to us. You may access and correct your personal information and privacy preferences by writing to us at either the email address or mailing address listed in Section 15 below. Please include your name, address, and/or email address when you contact us. We encourage you to promptly update your personally identifiable information if it changes.
- Privacy Policies of Third Party Sites
- Policy on Children
We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children who use the Internet. Our site is not designed for or directed to children under the age of 13. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 13 has somehow provided us with personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If you believe that your child has provided us with such information without your consent, please email or write to us at the address listed in Section 15 below.
- Merger or Transfer of Business
If we merge with or transfer substantially all of its business, stock or assets to another entity, or if we enter into bankruptcy, we have the right to share your personally identifiable information with that entity, to the extent lawfully permissible. If such merger or transfer results in a material change in the use of your personally identifiable information, you will receive notice of such event via an appropriate mechanism, as determined by us, and we will request that the new entity follow the practices disclosed in this policy or notify you of any changes to it.
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