We do not sell or share personal user information with anyone. Period.
1998 through today's date
COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We want to make your online experience both satisfying and safe. Above all, we believe that your information belongs to you, and you should have knowledge of, and control over, how and when it is used.
In order to provide optimum services, we gather minimum information about our users. We want you to understand the conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it. It is easy to understand, and is a useful reference document with which to compare other complex "privacy statements" which are often just a smoke screen to make you think your information is private.
INFORMATION WE GATHER AND TRACK
Our sites gather two types of minimal but standard user information:
We gather Voluntary User Information to facilitate the following services and Processes:
Children - Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA, we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.
Usage tracking - User traffic patterns are automatically tracked in all of our sites through overall usage statistics according to the user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser). This information is not correlated with any individual user.
We sometimes track and catalog the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but it is never associated with individual users. We use such information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individuals read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us build a better service for you.
We use secure (SSL) credit card processing and we do NOT share mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers or affiliates.
We willingly forego marketing income to protect our users' privacy. We will not disclose any information about any individual except to comply with applicable law or legal process.
We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
* Opting not to register to receive electronic newsletters or notices.
* Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users.
Thank you for your interest in our sites. We work hard to provide a safe place for your use and enjoyment.