A. Information Collected
We collect two types of information from visitors to the Site: (1) personally identifiable information; and (2) non-personally identifiable information, such as your IP address or cookies.
1. Personally Identifiable Information
“Personally Identifiable Information” is information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, or company name. The Owner collects and stores the personally identifiable information that you have provided. Here are some examples of manners in which your personally identifiable information may be collected on the Site:
We may collect your first and last name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, zip code, and demographic information, including state residence and political party when you register for the Site.
We may collect your first name, last name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, zip code, and demographic information, including state residence and political party when you submit content or other information to the Site.
We may collect your first name, last name, and e-mail address if you contact us with a question.
The above list provides an example of the personally identifiable information that may be collected on the Site. If you do not want the Owner to collect your personally identifiable information, please do not provide it.
2. Non-Personally Identifiable Information
“Non-Personally Identifiable Information” can be technical information or it can be demographic information, such as your age, gender or interests. Non-personally identifiable information does NOT identify you personally. Here are some examples of the non-personally identifiable information that is collected via the Site and a description of how this information is used:
Internet Protocol (IP) Address: Your IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet know where to send you data - such as the web pages you view. This information is used to deliver our web pages to you upon request, to tailor our Site to the interests of our users and to measure traffic within the Site.
Cookie: A “cookie” is a small text file that may be used to collect information about your activity on the Site. For example, when someone visits a page within the Site, a cookie is placed on the user’s machine (if the user accepts cookies) or is read if the user has visited the Site previously. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other users on the Site.
B. Use of Information Collected on the Site
1. Personally-Identifiable Information
We use your personally identifiable information that is collected on the Site primarily for the following purposes:
- To verify the accuracy of any content or communication submitted by you to the Site;
- To deliver services, such as information that you request;
- To fulfill the terms of a contest or sweepstakes;
- To help create and publish content most relevant to you;
- To communicate with you regarding content submitted by you to the Site;
- To allow you access to limited-entry areas of the Site; and
- To contact you in response to sign up forms such as Contact Us.
2. Non-Personally Identifiable Information
Non-personally identifiable information is used as described above and in other ways as permitted by applicable laws.
C. Sharing and Disclosure of Information
1. Personally Identifiable Information
Your personally identifiable information may be shared or disclosed in the following instances:
To fulfill a service to you. For example, we may use your personally identifiable information to communicate with you regarding any content or communication submitted by you to the Site, and to verify the accuracy of any content or communication submitted by you to the Site. Also, if you are entering a sweepstakes or contest, we may use your personally identifiable information in order to fulfill the terms of that promotion. This means that we may share the information for prize fulfillment purposes or mail carriers.
To unaffiliated third-party service providers, agents or independent contractors who help us maintain the Site and provide other administrative services to us (including, but not limited to, processing registration data, attempting to confirm the accuracy of any content or communication submitted by you to the Site, sending customer communications on Owner’s behalf, and entry collection, winner selection and prize fulfillment for contests, sweepstakes and other promotions). Because such unaffiliated third-party service providers that help us administer our Site will have access to users’ personally identifiable information, if you do not wish for our unaffiliated third-party service providers to have access to your information, please do not register or submit any personally identifiable information to the Site.
To comply with the law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the requirements of law or comply with legal process served on the Owner, protect and defend our rights or property, including the rights and property of the Owner and the Site or act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of our end users.
To third parties as part of any corporate reorganization process including, but not limited to, mergers, acquisitions, and sales of all or substantially all of the Owner or Site assets.
To protect against potential fraud, we may verify with third parties the information collected from this Site. In the course of such verification, we may receive personally identifiable information about you from such services.
D. Collection and Use of Information from Children Under the Age of 13
The Site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the Site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen on the Site, we will delete the information from our records.
E. Forums, Chat Rooms and Other Public Posting Areas
Please note that any information you include in a message you post to any chat room, forum, comment box, or other public posting area is available to anyone with Internet access. If you don't want people to know your e-mail address, for example, do not include it in any message you post publicly. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DISCLOSING ANY INFORMATION IN CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS AND OTHER PUBLIC POSTING AREAS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USE BY OTHERS OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU DISCLOSE IN CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS AND OTHER PUBLIC POSTING AREAS.
F. Third Party Web Sites
This statement applies solely to information collected on the Site. The Site may contain links to other web sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other web sites.
In the event that all or part of our assets or sold or acquired by another party, or in the event of a merger, you grant us the right to assign the personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information collected via the Site.
No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you understand that any information that you submit to the Site is done at your own risk.
Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on the systems. We use firewalls to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.
If we learn of a security systems breach we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using this Site or providing personally identifiable information to us you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of this Site. We may post a notice on the Site if a security breach occurs. We may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.
J. Contacting Us
Effective Date: September 1st, 2010