What information are we collecting and how are we collecting it?
Every device connected to the Internet is given a set of numbers that serve as that device’s “Internet Protocol” address also known as its IP address. In cases where visitors access the Internet behind a router performing network address translation (NAT), the IP address is given to the router and not to the computer. When a visitor requests a page from within our site, our web servers automatically recognize that visitor’s IP address. The IP address reveals nothing personal about you other than the IP address from where you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate and to investigate misuse of our site, its users, or to co-operate with law enforcement. We do not collect and evaluate this information for specific individuals.
What are cookies?
How do we use single-pixel gifs?
We may use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as web bugs or web beacons, to count web page accesses and gather some general statistical information. We do not gather personal information through the use of these images.
What information do we collect when you register for something?
Our site offers access to some services that are free but that require registration, such as registration for email alerts or a request for more information. We may use your registration and contact information to send notification of our products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We also may share that information with our partners. We may also use your IP address internally for the sole purpose of sending you information about our services.
What other information do we request and do we collect?
We may also request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey or to provide additional services such as: subscriptions to e-mail newsletters, announcement lists, information about available listings, or other products and services. We may collect any information that you have entered.
We may, from time to time, send e-mail announcing new services or events. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive mailings. When you enter a contest or other promotion, we may ask for your name, address, and e-mail address so we can administer the contest and notify winners. You will have the ability to opt-out of mailings at any time by selecting the “Unsubscribe” link within email mailings.
We maintain a strict “No-Spam” policy that means that we will not sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party without your consent. Exceptions include release of information that is required by law (outlined below), which is pertinent to legal investigations or proceedings, which we believe is relevant to illegal activities, fraud, or threats, and which may be relevant if we are acquired by or merged with another company.
Will we disclose the information we collect to outside third parties?
We will disclose personal information and/or an IP address when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on our site,
- Protect and defend the rights or property of our site or visitors to our site,
- Identify persons who may be violating the law, legal notice and website User Agreement, the rights of third parties, or otherwise misusing our site,
- Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
We use reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. We are not responsible for such third party privacy policies or how they treat information about their users.
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