We may share your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes, and you may opt in or opt out of such sharing by following the directions in the “Right to Opt In/Opt Out ” section below.
What information we collect about you
We may collect personal information from and about our users, as well as information about users and their visits to this Website.
Personal Information: When using the Website, you may be asked to provide or otherwise choose to provide personal information. We collect personal information via the Website through users’ activities, transactions and completion of online forms on the Website. Such information is also collected, for example, when users register or subscribe on our Website for accounts or other features (such as our online newsletter), make online purchases, enter sweepstakes and contests, complete surveys, submit a comment to one of our blogs, submit question to us using a “contact us” or similar feature on our Website, send us an e-mail, or in any other way submit personal information to us via our Website. We consider “personal information” to include, for example, contact information, such as name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number, as well as credit card and other payment information, demographic information and/or other information that may identify you as an individual or allow online or offline contact with you as an individual.
Web Usage Information: Our servers collect the browser type and IP address of all Website visitors. Our servers may also record the referring page that linked users to the Site (e.g., another Web site or a search engine); the pages users visit on this Site; the Web site users visit after leaving this Site; other information about the type of Web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings users and their computers are using; any search terms users have entered on this Site or a referral site; and other Web usage activity and data logged by our Web servers. This “clickstream” data also may be combined with other information about our users, including personal information.
Web usage information may be collected and used on our behalf by our Service Providers (defined below).
Information Obtained from Third Parties: We may supplement the information obtained from or about our users via the Website with information that we receive or otherwise obtain from third parties, including both personal information and web usage information.
Cookies and other tracking technologies
We also may use “clear GIFs” (aka “Web beacons” or “pixel tags” or “site tags”) or similar technologies on the Website and/or in our communications with you (such as in our e-mails), which also track usage of the Website and help us to verify an individual’s viewing or receipt of a particular Web page or message. We may combine the information gathered through Web beacons and site tags with other information about our users, including personal information.
Any or all of the above-described activities with respect to cookie information and other web usage information may be performed on our behalf by our Service Providers (defined below).
How we use your information
Personal information: We will use your personal information for various purposes, including, for example, to respond to your requests, process your orders or transactions, and to provide you with our product and service offerings. We may also use your personal information to maintain our internal record keeping. We may report information about your account to credit bureaus. Late payments, missed payments, or other defaults on your account may be reflected in your credit report. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including both personal information and web usage information, and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties. We may analyze user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Website and e-mails, both on an individual basis and in the aggregate.
In addition, we may send you notices (for example, in the form of e-mails, mailings, and the like), and otherwise correspond with you, about products, services, companies and events, sponsored by us and others, that we think might interest you. If you want to stop receiving promotional email messages from us, follow the directions in the “Right to Opt In/Opt Out ” section below.
Web Usage Information: We use web usage information of and about our users for various purposes. For example, cookies may enable us to relate your use of the Website to other information about you, including your personal information. Additionally, we use this information for internal system administration, to help diagnose problems with our servers, to analyze this information to increase the functionality and user-friendliness of the Site, to better tailor the Site to our users’ needs, and to otherwise operate and administer the Site. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information, such as country of origin and Internet Service Provider. We may also link this web usage information with personal information.
How we may share your information with third parties
We share users’ information collected via this Website with the following types of entities and in the following ways:
Service Providers: We may provide users’ information to our third-party representatives and service providers such as server hosts, data management companies, address list hosting companies, e-mail service providers, analytics companies, distribution companies, payment processing companies, fulfillment companies and payment processors (collectively, “Service Providers”) in order to facilitate the operation of the Site and its various services and features. These service providers may be provided or granted access to users’ personal information and web usage information in order to perform these services on our behalf.
Co-sponsored Contests, Sweepstakes and Offerings: From time to time on the Website, we may make available certain contests, sweepstakes and other offerings that are co-sponsored by or provided in collaboration with another company. In those situations, the information we obtain from you in connection with such contest, sweepstake or offering may be shared with our co-sponsor, unless you instruct us not to by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In/Opt Out section below. In those situations, our co-sponsors will have the right to use your information for their own purposes, in accordance with their own policies. We are not responsible for how our co-sponsors may use your information.
Third Party Offers: We may provide visitors an opportunity to receive offers from other entities who have services, products and offers that we think might be of interest. Unless you elect not to receive such offers by following the instructions in the Right to Opt In/Opt Out section below, we may from time to time provide your personal information to these entities so that they may send you these offers. If you change your mind and no longer want us to share your personal information with these types of third parties, follow the instructions to opt out in the Right to Opt In/Opt Out section below.
Public Forums. When you contribute to a public area or feature of our Website, such as a blog or other communication or community tool or area, the information that you submit or post will be made available to the general public. For this reason, we recommend that you do not submit any sensitive information, including your full name, home address, phone number, other information that would enable other users to locate you, or financial information on these areas of our Website. Instead, make up a username that does not disclose your personal identity.
Legal Disclosures: We may disclose user information to government authorities, and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required or permitted by law, including but not limited to in response to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of the Website, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
Web Site Usage and other Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We may disclose Website usage information and other non-personally identifiable information regarding our users and user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our Website and e-mails to third parties, including, for example, aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user.
Corporate Change of Control: In the event we, or a significant portion of our assets, are acquired by or transferred to one or more third parties as a result of an acquisition, merger, sale, reorganization, consolidation or liquidation, personal information and other types of user information may be amongst the transferred assets.
Your rights to opt in/opt out
You may have the right to “opt in” and/or “opt out” of certain of our uses of your personal information. For example, at times when you are requested to provide personal information on this Site or in connection with our communications, you may have the opportunity to elect to, or not to receive correspondence from us. You may opt out of our promotional e-mails by clicking on an opt-out or “unsubscribe” link within the promotional e-mail you receive. Please understand that if you opt out of receiving promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us.
If you want us not to share (or stop sharing) your personal information with third parties for their direct marketing use, send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do request to have us stop sharing your personal information with other entities for their direct marketing purposes, such request will only apply as of the date of your request, and we will not be responsible for any communications that you may receive from entities that received your personal information prior to such request. In these cases, please contact that entity directly.
Links to Other Websites
While we will endeavor to protect the security and integrity of any sensitive personal information that may be provided by our users to this Website, complete security is not always possible. Due to the inherent nature of the Internet as an open global communications vehicle, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our systems or otherwise in our care, will be absolutely safe from unauthorized access or use.
It is important to remember that you too play a role in the security of your information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password, and because your password may permit access to your personal information, please keep your password secret and do not disclose it to others. Please notify us immediately if you learn of any unauthorized use of your password or account, or any other breach of security.
In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of any user’s personal information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify such user of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, to the extent we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. You consent to our use of e-mail as a means of such notification. If you prefer for us to use the United States Postal Service to notify you in this situation, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Consent to processing
By providing personal information to this Website, you consent to the collection, maintenance, processing and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries and territories, pursuant to the laws of the United States, which may provide lesser privacy protections than the laws of other countries.
Last Updated: July 1, 2011