Protecting privacy is not a new endeavor for us. We have a long-standing
tradition of recognizing and protecting the privacy of customers
who use our services. The company maintains strict customer
information privacy policies and uses state of the art technologies
to safeguard customer information and communications from unauthorized
We recognize that the growth of online services,
including Internet services, has created additional privacy
concerns, particularly for consumers.
Online privacy concerns focus primarily on
the protection of "customer identifiable" information
which an individual or other customer reasonably expects to
be kept private. As the term suggests, "customer identifiable"
information is information that, when associated with an individual
identifies that individual, for example, a customer's name,
address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Some Internet users may also wish to know who
can learn about what they do on the Internet, even when that
online behavior is not directly linked to any information that
identifies an individual. For example, advertisers may observe
whether visitors to a Web site see or respond to online advertising
without knowing who those visitors are.
It is common practice and often a necessity
for companies, governments, or other organizations to collect
customer identifiable information in order to conduct business
and offer services.
Some activities on the Internet follow
very familiar patterns. Consumers signing up for an Internet
access service, for example, are usually asked to provide name,
address, telephone number and credit card and other information
that is typical when the consumer orders a product or service.
Similarly, business Web sites may ask visitors to supply information
about themselves, particularly when information, services or
merchandise are requested, but often simply to be able to better
target the company's services to the customer's interests and
Collection and Use: We will
collect and use customer identifiable information for billing
purposes, to provide and change service, to anticipate and resolve
problems with your service, or to create and inform you of products
and services that better meet your needs. This means that we
and our affiliates may use your customer identifiable information,
in conjunction with information available from other sources,
to market new services to you that we think will be of interest
to you, but we will not disclose your customer identifiable
information to unaffiliated third parties who want to market
products to you.
When you access the Internet, the computers
that host Web sites you visit (Web servers) automatically receive
some anonymous information. This "usage data" may
include a record of which pages a Web browser has visited. Our
servers receive usage data when customers visit our Web sites.
We may use usage data to provide advertising about goods and
services that may be of interest to our ustomers, or to provide
customized features and services. We will not use information
about your activities on the Internet together with any information
that identifies you without your consent.
We may use various kinds of software devices
to collect information about Internet use. Small files called
"cookies" may be attached to your Web browser. These
files identify your browser and save information such as passwords
so that Web sites can recognize you. You can set your browser
to disable cookies, but some of our Web sites (and other Web
sites) may not work properly if you do this.
We use advertising companies to deliver ads
on some of our Web sites. The advertising companies may also
receive some anonymous information about ad viewing by Internet
users on our Web sites and other Internet sites. This information
may be associated with a customer's Web browser, but cannot
be associated with a name or e-mail address without the customer's
permission. (This means that advertising companies may know
where your computer goes on the Internet, but they don't know
who you are unless you tell them.) We do not supply customer
identifiable information to unaffiliated advertising companies
or to individual unaffiliated advertisers or other unaffiliated
third parties. If you go to another Web site, including an advertiser's
Web site (for example by clicking on an ad), and request information
or enter a contest, be aware that you may be authorizing another
company, including an advertising company, to use information
you supply. Be sure to read the privacy policies of these sites
and other sites you visit, and choose whether to let them collect
information about what you do on the Internet.
Disclosure: We will not sell,
trade, or disclose to unaffiliated third parties any customer
identifiable information derived from the registration for or
use of one of our online services -- including customer names
and addresses -- without the consent of the customer (except
as required by subpoena, search warrant, or other legal process
or in the case of imminent physical harm to the customer or
others). We may sell, trade, or disclose customer identifiable
information to affiliates we think will offer a valuable service
to our clients.
Changes in Practices: We will keep this Policy
current. Your use of any of our web sites or services indicates
that you have read, understand and agree to the terms of this
Third Party Ads:
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you
visit our website. These companies may use information (not
including your name, address, email address, or telephone number)
about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide
advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
If you would like more information about this practice and to
know your choices about not having this information used by
these companies, click
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