Updated July 18, 2010
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND USE
The information that we collect about you while you are using the Site falls into two general categories, as described below. The information we collect may be collected directly by us, or it may be collected by a third-party website hosting provider, or another third-party service provider, on our behalf. The information we collect from you while you are using the Site is used in a variety of ways, including, for example, to process your registration request, provide you with services and communications that you have requested, customize features that appear on the Site, deliver our Site content to you, measure Site traffic, measure user interests and traffic patterns, and improve the Site and the services and features offered via the Site.
Information You Provide to Us
We may collect and store information, including personally-identifying information (such as your name, postal address or e-mail address), or other information, that you voluntarily supply to us either while on the Site or in responding via e-mail in connection with a feature provided on the Site. Some examples of this type of information include information that you electronically submit when you contact us with questions, information that you post on blogs, discussion forums or other community posting and social networking areas on our Site, information that you electronically submit when you complete an online registration form to access and use certain features of our Site, and information contained in search requests or questions that you submit to the Site. If you decline to supply or provide us with certain information while using the Site, you may not be able to use or participate in some of the features offered throughout the Site.
Information that is Automatically Collected
As explained below, we also collect and store non-personally identifiable information that is generated automatically as you navigate through the Site. For example, we may collect information about your computer's connection to the Internet, which allows us, among other things, to improve the delivery of our web pages to you and to measure traffic on the Site.
Cookies and Web Beacons. To help us tailor our website to the needs and interests of our visitors, we keep track of the pages visited by our users by sending one or more cookies - a small file containing a string of characters - to our visitors' computers or other devices. Each cookie contains an ID number that allows us to track the pages a user has visited using a particular web browser. We aggregate this data with data about the pages visited by other users to track overall visitor traffic patterns. Cookies do not reveal personally-identifying information and cannot read unrelated data off your hard drive. The “Help” function on most web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely.
To help us count how many users are accessing particular pages within our website, and to analyze how users navigate wtithin our site, we may also place small files called web beacons or “clear gifs” on the pages of our website. Each web beacon delivers a small graphic image (usually invisible) that is rendered by your browser along with the other content of the page on which the beacon is located. When you view a webpage containing one of our beacons, our servers record certain information such as whether we have previously set a cookie on your browser, the time and date that the page is viewed, and a description of the page on which the beacon is located. The information we collect through web beacons does not identify you personally. In conjunction with cookies, web beacons help us understand how our vistitors use and navigate through our website. We use this information to improve our Site by making it more responsive to the needs of our users. When you visit our Site, trusted third-party web analytics service providers that we engage may also use web beacons and cookies to collect and analyze anonymous traffic and navigation information on our behalf.
Browser Level Information. Our web servers automatically collect and log limited information that you browser sends whenever you visit the Site, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you are running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the website that referred you, the domain of your Internet service provider and your IP address. (An IP address is a numerical address that identifies your computer to other computers connected to the Internet so that data - such as the web pages you want to view - can be transmitted to you.) We use this information to make our Site as useful as we can for as many users as possible.
Information You Post to Community Posting or Social Networking Areas
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
LINKS, “SHARE” FEATURES AND SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER PROVIDERS
Information that we gather on our website is stored on servers maintained in protected environments. No physical or electronic security system is impenetrable, however, and we cannot guarantee the security of the servers or databases used to store information collected on our website. Nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. You provide any such information to us at your own risk.
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