Personal Identification Information
We may request personal identification information from you in connection with your use of, or participation in, membership registration, our contests, sweepstakes, games, surveys, forums, subscription registrations, content submissions, chats, bulletin boards, discussion groups, requests for suggestions, visitors' requests for free products or services or additional information (including via email to us), and in connection with other activities, services or resources we make available on any of our Sites. In all of these cases, we will collect the personal identification information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us. We will never intentionally disclose any personal identification information about you as an individual user (such as, for example, your full name, street address, telephone number, credit card number, or email address) to any third party without having received your permission.
We have the following exceptions to these policies: we will release specific information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal inquiry or process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order. We will also release specific information in special cases such as if there is an attempted breach of the security of the Sites, or a physical or property threat to you or others. We may also transfer user information, including personally identifiable information, in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, the sale of related assets or corporate division or other fundamental corporate change.
Please note that if you give out personal information online - for example, on one of our public forums such as a message board or chat room, folder, chat IM feature - that information can be collected and used by third parties. Although we strive to protect our users' privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these forums. You disclose such information at your own risk.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your information and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration, whether or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your registration or password.
Non-personal identification information
We may collect non-personal identification information through the use of:
"Cookie" technology: a "Cookie" is an element of data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then store it on your system.
"IP address tracking": an IP address is a number assigned to your computer when you are on the internet. When you request pages from our Sites, our servers log your IP address.
"Web Beacons": a web beacon, or "clear.gif", is a small graphic image on a webpage or web based document that a web site can use to determine information about a user.
Non-personal identification information might include the browser you use, the type of computer, technical information about your means of connection to our site-such as the operating systems and the Internet Service Providers utilized, and other similar information. Our systems may also automatically gather information about the areas you visit and search terms you utilize on our sites and about the links you may select from within our site to other areas of the World Wide Web or elsewhere online.
We use such information to administer the site and, in the aggregate, to understand how our users as a
group use the services and resources provided on our sites. This way we know which areas of our sites are favorites of our users, which areas need improvement, and what technologies are being used so that we may continually improve our sites.
We may share this aggregate statistical information with our partners, suppliers, and other third parties, but we will not share any individual names, personal navigational or other personal information. For example, we may use a third-party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our Sites. We may share demographic and preference information with this company to allow them to display appropriate advertisements for you.
Some of our advertisers may display ads on our sites which solicit or contain technology to collect information about user users for the advertisers, but we will not permit such advertisers to collect any personal information from our users with our sites.