Last Revised: October 20th, 2008
We provide you with information that is tailored to your individual needs and, at the same time, help you protect your privacy. This notice explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected and used.
The Type of Information We Collect
Personal information is information about an individual that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name, Internet Protocol address, or date and time of access is not considered personal information. We will not obtain any personal information about you when you visit this site unless you voluntarily choose to provide that information. Personal information you choose to provide will be used by us only for business purposes. For example, if you send an e-mail message or complete a web form that contains personal information, we may retain your e-mail address and other information as appropriate for business purposes.
From time to time you can order products, enter drawings, vote in polls, subscribe to one of our services or publications, or participate in our online forums or communities. When you utilize these services, we might ask you for personally identifiable information which could include your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and information about your interests in and use of various products and services.
You also may occasionally submit information about other people. For example, you might list or provide a person's name and e-mail address to order a gift or gift subscription online. If you want it sent directly to the recipient, you must include the recipient's name, address and telephone number.
We also may collect certain non-identifiable information when you visit our Web pages such as the type of browser you are using (Ex: Firefox or Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using, (Ex: Windows XP or Mac OS X) and the domain name of your Internet service provider (Ex: Comcast or AT&T). We may collect your Internet protocol address, or IP address, which usually is associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, such as your Internet service provider, your company or your university.
How We Use the Information
We use the information you provide about yourself to fulfill your requests for our products, programs and services, to respond to your inquiries about offerings, and to offer you other products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our drawings, when we make changes to subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you or to contact you about your account with us.
We use the information that you provide about others to enable us to send them your gifts. From time to time, we also may use this information to offer products or services to them.
If you submit content for publication (for example, a letter to one of our editors), we may publish your name and other information you have provided to us unless you specifically request that we not do so.
The information we collect in connection with our blogs, bulletin boards and other online communities is used to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer products, programs or services.
We sometimes use the non-personal information that we collect to improve the design and content of our sites and to enable us to personalize your experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer products or services. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, gather broad demographic information and administer our Web site.
We will disclose information in our database when required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's request.
We allow access to our databases by third parties that provide us with services such as technical maintenance or content management, but only for the purpose of providing those services. If you choose to purchase items through one of our sites, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card processing and order fulfillment. There also are times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the site that are managed or participated in by third parties. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third parties, each pursuant to its own policies. We also may provide your information to our advertisers, so they can provide you with product information that may meet your needs or match your interests. While we will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, Allured Business Media and its publications have no control over such third parties and therefore do not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties.
By providing personal information to Allured Business Media, without opting out with respect to the applicable dissemination of such information, you agrees to not hold, or seek to hold, Allured Business Media liable for any third party’s use of the personal information. Additionally, if you provide personal information with respect to any other person to Allured Business Media, you agreed to indemnify Allured Business Media with respect to any claims by such other person against Allured Business Media.
We do not rent, sell or share our users' e-mail addresses. However, unless you request otherwise, we may rent, sell or share your name and address with carefully selected companies who we believe can offer services and products of interest to you. If you do not wish to have your information shared, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not wish to receive online marketing communications or newsletters from us, contact email@example.com or simply follow the unsubscribe instructions contained within the e-mail. Allured Business Media. will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.
Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice. Inadvertent disclosures may result, for example, when third parties misrepresent their identities in asking the site for access to personally identifiable information about themselves for purposes of correcting possible factual errors in the data.
We value our customers information and will try to keep this in mind with all policy changes however it is important to note that this policy is subject to change without notice to any user of Allured Business Media’s family of Web sites.