Personal Information Our Company Collects and How It Is Used
Our company collects information in different ways from Visitors and Members who access this website. We use this information primarily to provide a customized experience as you use our Products and Services, and do not share this information with third parties. However, we may disclose personal information collected if we have received your permission beforehand or in very special circumstances, such as when we believe that such disclosure is required by law or other special cases described below.
Members may be asked to provide certain personal information when they sign up for our Products or Services including name, address, telephone number, billing information (such as a credit card number), and the type of personal computer being used to access the Services. The personal information collected from Members during the registration process is used to manage each Member’s account (such as for billing purposes). This information is not shared with third parties, unless specifically stated otherwise or in special circumstances.
However, in instances where our company and a partner jointly promote our Services, we may provide the partner certain personal information, such as the name, address, and username of persons who subscribed to the Services as a result of the joint promotion for the sole purpose of allowing us and the partner to assess the results of the promotion.
In this instance, personal information may not be used by the partner for any other purpose. We may also generate non-identifying and aggregate profiles from personal information Members provide during registration (such as the total number, but not the names, of Members). As explained in more detail below, we may use this aggregated and non-identifying information to sell advertisements that appear on the Services.
Our Company Partners and Sponsors
Some products and services may be offered to Visitors and Members in conjunction with an affiliate, independent contractor seller or non-affiliated partner. To provide Visitors and Members some of these products and services, the partner may need to collect and maintain personal information. In these instances, you will be notified before any such data is collected or transferred and may decide not to use that particular service or feature.
Additionally, our partners may have advertisements or co-branded Web Pages that are cosponsored by an affiliate, independent contractor seller, or non-affiliated partner. Our company may share non-identifying and aggregate information (except as described above), but not personal information, with such partners in order to administer the co-branded products or services offered.
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.
Responses to Email Inquiries
When Visitors or Members send email inquiries to our company, the return email address is used to answer the email inquiry we receive. Our company does not use the return email address for any other purpose and does not share the return email address with any third party.
Voluntary Customer Surveys
We may periodically conduct both business and individual customer surveys. We encourage our customers to participate in these surveys because they provide us with important information that helps us to improve the types of products and services we offer and how we provide them to you. Your personal information and responses will remain strictly confidential, even if the survey is conducted by a third party. Participation in our customer surveys is voluntary.
We may take the information we receive from individuals responding to our Customer Surveys and combine (or aggregate) it with the responses of other customers we may have, to create broader, generic responses to the survey questions (such as gender, age, residence, hobbies, education, employment, industry sector, or other demographic information). We then use the aggregated information to improve the quality of our services to you, and to develop new services and products. This aggregated, non-personally identifying information may be shared with third parties.
It is our company’s policy not to use or share the personal information about Visitors of Members in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.
“Cookies” and How Our Company Uses Them
If you are a Visitor or Member we may use a cookie to save your settings and to provide customizable and personalized services. These cookies do not enable third parties to access any of your customer information. Additionally, be aware that if you visit other websites where you are prompted to log in or that are customizable, you may be required to accept cookies.
Advertisers and partners may also use their own cookies. We do not control use of these cookies and expressly disclaim responsibility for information collected through them.
If you choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections and functionalities of our site and/or mobile platforms will not work properly.
Online Advertisements and Interest-Based Advertisements
Our website which links to this Interest-Based Advertising Policy allows third parties to collect certain information about you during your visit to the website for analytics purposes, which helps us operate, maintain, refine and personalize the website. This website also permits third parties to collect certain information about you to provide interest-based advertising to you.
The following is our policy concerning interest-based advertising for this website currently engaged in interest-based advertising or that may engage in interest-based advertising in the future.
What are our policies regarding online interest-based advertising?
In providing interest-based ads, we follow the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising of the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”). More information about these principles can be found here.
Our advertisements placed online using interest-based data collected from your computer or device are expected to be marked with the Advertising Option Icon or the words “Ad Choices” to help consumers understand how their data is being collected and used and to provide choices for consumers who want more control.
By clicking on the Icon or “Ad Choices” when it appears, you can review information (and follow information) regarding online interest-based advertisements, including who is collecting and using information from your computer or device, how you can opt-out from receiving such advertisements, and more.
Why would you want to receive interest-based ads?
Consumers like to receive interest-based ads for many different reasons. Interest-based ads are helpful because they are more tailored to your particular interests. Interest-based ads also are more likely to help you discover new products and services that are actually relevant to you and your interests. In short, receiving interest-based ads can help improve your access to new products, services and features that are most relevant to you.
You also will not see the same ads over and over from us because the number of times you see a particular interest-based ad is limited. By opting-out of interest-based ads, you lose all of these benefits.
How do we serve advertisements through online interest-based advertising?
With the help of third-party advertisers or ad networks, at times we display ads on the websites of unaffiliated third parties. Sometimes, these ads are based on the content of the pages on which they appear (i.e., contextual advertising). Other times, these ads are generated by matching the particular ad to your interests as inferred from your online activities that have been collected over time. With interest-based advertising, the goal is to show you ads that are most relevant to you.
To do this, we rely on third parties to use technologies such as cookies and web beacons to collect information about your interaction with our websites and other third-party websites. This type of information generally does not identify you personally and, typically, it is aggregated with other data to create segments – groups of users and certain general interest categories that we have inferred based on a variety of factors (for example, “music fan”). We and our third party advertising partners use this information to paint a more accurate picture of the interests of the audiences with which we interact – including you – so that our ads are more relevant to those interests.
How can you opt-out of receiving interest-based ads from us?
If you do not want us to show you interest-based ads or if you want more information about the third parties whom we allow to collect information about your interaction with this website, you can opt-out using these methods:
- You can also generally opt-out of receiving interest-based ads from third party advertisers who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) or who follow the DAA Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting the opt-out pages on these websites.
You may also still see ads provided by us on other third party websites; they just will not be based on your particular interests.
Remarketing and Retargeting
We use the remarketing feature in Google AdWords to reach people who previously visited our website, and match the right people with the right message. When you visit our site, we add a cookie to your computer so that we can display targeted advertising using third-party websites who use Google AdSense or similar advertising mediums to display our ads to you across the web.
Our Company Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting children’s privacy is especially important to us. It is our policy to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and all other applicable laws. Therefore we restrict our Web site to persons eighteen years or older.
YOU MUST BE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR OLDER TO ACCESS THIS WEB SITE. IF YOU ARE UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY REASON. DUE TO THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR USE OF THIS WEB SITE, NO INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THIS WEB SITE FALLS WITHIN THE CHILD ONLINE PRIVACY ACT (COPA) AND IS NOT MONITORED AS DOING SO.
Please remember that any information you may disclose in any Member Directory, or other public areas of our Web sites or the Internet, becomes public information. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in these public areas.
Our Company’s Commitment to Data Security
Services and websites we sponsor have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. While we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party “hackers” from illegally obtaining this information.
Revisions to This Policy