Last Revised: June 12, 2008 (Effective Date)
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION
"Personal information" means information collected online that specifically identifies an individual (such as a user's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card or other account number) or that is connected by the Company with an identifiable person in personally identifiable form. Personal information does not include "aggregate" information, which is data we collect from which any personal information has been removed. For example, information that forty-seven percent of the Site's registered users identify themselves as male, but without identifying any specific individuals as male, is aggregate information. We collect aggregate data for a number of purposes, including to help us understand trends and user needs so that we can better consider new publications, products and services, and tailor existing publications, products and services to user desires.
HOW DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Sites. First, we collect certain personal information you voluntarily provide to us (if you subscribe to or renew a publication, submit a classified ad or letter to the editor, sign up for an online service, apply for a job, fill out a form or register for an event, or submit a comment or complaint). You may also provide us with credit card information to pay for subscriptions, ads, events and other purchases which is only used to process the transaction. Second, from time to time we may collect demographic information from postings you make in forums or any other interactive areas of the Sites, your answers to surveys or polls, your participation in sweepstakes, contests, games and promotional offers; and in any email request you send us for any reason.
Third, when you visit our Sites, some information is also automatically collected through the use of log files, such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, your computer's operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site and your activity on the Sites. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the Sites, improve customer service, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may also automatically collect certain information through ”cookies," which are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a Web site to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If cookies are linked to any personally identifying information, we treat this information as personal information. If your browser is set not to accept cookies, you may be unable to access certain Site features or services. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions.
We may use third parties to serve ads on the Sites or to collect, track and analyze non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from users, such as the user's browser type, operating system, browsing behavior and demographic information. None of this information will include personal information about you. These third parties may place cookies, web beacons or other devices on your computer to collect nonpersonal information, and information provided by these devices may be used, among other things, to deliver advertising targeted to your interests and to better understand the usage and visitation of our Sites and the other sites tracked by these third parties.
We are not responsible for and do not control any actions or policies of any third party advertising technology service providers or of any third party members of any related advertising networks. You may click here to opt out of targeted advertising from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI"). Opting out of targeted advertising does not mean you will no longer see online advertising on the Sites. It means that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your Web preferences and usage patterns. If you change computers or browsers, or use multiple computers or browsers, you will need to repeat this process for each computer and each browser. We reserve the right to add or change the advertising technology vendors we use at any time without notice.
HOW DO WE USE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT?
In general, we use personal information to assist us with the operation of the Sites and of our business:
We may also receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, and may combine this information with the other personal information we have about you. In such cases, this Policy governs our use and disclosure of such information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE SHARE WITH THIRD PARTIES?
We will not sell, collect, use, share, or rent any personal information for purposes other than those described in this Policy without first obtaining your consent. We may provide aggregate information to third parties without your authorization.
We may share personal information with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who work with us to operate the Sites and our business and who need access to such information. For example, we may use credit card processing companies to process payments and outside companies to deliver publications and other products and services offered by us. In addition, we may partner with other sites or organizations to provide specific information, site features, programs or services and will share information with them as needed in order to facilitate their provision of such items or services subject to this Policy. In some cases, we may contract with third party vendors to operate certain site features or functions, such as classified ad placement who may directly collect personal information from you. While they may share that information with us we are not responsible for how they treat personal information. Information that is intended to be made public, included in ads, letters to the editor, postings in forums or any other interactive areas of the Sites or other information is not considered personal information under this Policy.
The Sites may contain links to other sites or be linked through sites operated by third parties that are not under our control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties and their sites.
WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE?
We use reasonable security measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access and improper use. For example, when we collect credit card information, we use a secure server with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software that makes unauthorized access difficult. However, we restrict access to Company employees, contractors or agents who need to know personal information to operate, develop or improve the site that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, your account information is accessible online only through the use of a password. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Site by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe your password has been misused.
WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION?
You may "opt out" of receiving marketing or promotional communications from us, by emailing us at email@example.com.
HOW CAN YOU CORRECT AND UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you have any questions or comments about this Policy or the practices relating to this Site, or you wish to review, verify, correct or delete any personal information we have collected, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your inquiry or correct, update or remove the personal information you have provided us as you indicate to the extent such information is not necessary to complete any services or transactions with us.
We do not intend to target children under 13 but our site may contain items that may interest children. We require written parental consent for children under 13 to register or submit personal information through the site. Contact email@example.com. for information on parental consent. Children should ask their parents for permission before providing any personal information to us or anyone else over the Internet.