What information are you collecting and how are you collecting it?
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers, that serve as that computer's "Internet Protocol" IP address. When a visitor requests a page from any Web site within the Metecom Inc. Network, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of the Metecom Inc. Network, its users, or to cooperate with law enforcement. See also Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties? We do not collect and evaluate this information for specific individuals. Our Web servers do not automatically record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
What are cookies?
How do you use single-pixel gifs?
Metecom Inc. and its advertisers 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. Metecom Inc. does not gather personal information through the use of these images. Our
advertisers may use single-pixel gifs that can track personal information from cookies that may have been previously placed on a user's computer by an advertiser.
What information do you collect when I register for something?
Metecom Inc. offers access to some services that require registration. We may use your registration contact information to send notification to you of Metecom Inc. products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We also may share that information with our clients. Our clients may send you promotional material that is related to the topic of the service for which you registered. We may also use your IP address internally and share it with third parties. See Will you disclose the information that you collect to outside third parties?
What other information do you request?
We may from time to time send e-mail announcing new Metecom Inc. products and services. Except as stated above, Metecom Inc. will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive postal mailings from other third party companies.
When you sign up for an Metecom Inc. discussion forum, your name or alias is recorded solely for purposes of maintaining your own account within the forums. This information is not used to monitor your activity within a forum, nor is it used to identify you outside the Metecom Inc. network.
When you register for 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.
When you use co-branded services, or those provided by a third party, within the Metecom Inc. Network, your information may be passed to the co-brand or third party provider and their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.
What information do you collect when I purchase something?
If you are purchasing something from an Metecom Inc. media property, we and any third party provider, need to know your name, e-mail address, mailing address, credit card number and expiration date. This allows us, or third party providers, to process and fulfill your order and to
Certain Metecom Inc. media properties use a shopping cart feature that safeguards this information by using industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. SSL codes the information transferred between you and the server, rendering it unreadable to anyone trying to intercept the information. Other Metecom Inc. media properties do not use SSL and thereby do not offer a secure coded way to transfer information.
Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?
Metecom Inc. 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:
1) Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities and conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Metecom Inc.,
2) Protect and defend the rights or property of the Metecom Inc. Network of sites and related properties, or visitors to the Metecom Inc. Network of sites and related properties,
3) Identify persons who may be violating the law, the Metecom Inc. legal notice and Web site User Agreement, the rights of third parties, or otherwise misusing the Metecom Inc. Network or its related properties,
4) Fulfill a user's order or request.
Metecom Inc. uses reasonable
precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. Metecom Inc. reserves
the right to transfer all such information in connection with the sale of all
or part of Metecom Inc.'s capital stock or assets. 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
See below, What else should I know about my privacy when online? See What information do you collect when I register for something.
As an added benefit to the visitors of the Metecom Inc. Network of sites, we have a relationship with PostMasterDirect, an independent, third party company that sends e-mail announcements to individuals who request to receive them. When you sign up for an Metecom Inc. e-mail newsletter, you are given the opportunity to also receive announcement lists from PostmasterDirect. Whether you want to receive these announcement lists is your choice; you should only receive those lists
you affirmatively choose to. If you choose to receive a specific announcement list, you will receive commercial messages that are related to the topic of the list from independent third parties that have contracted with Metecom Inc. and/or PostMaster Direct to send messages to the list. Personally identifiable information will not be used by Metecom Inc. or PostMasterDirect for any purposes other than to deliver the e-mail announcements. You may stop the arrival of these announcement lists at
What else should I know about my privacy when online?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
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