Overall privacy statement
We take your privacy seriously. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we want to help you understand the terms and conditions surrounding the collection and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses the types of information we gather, how we use it, and how to correct or change it. These privacy practices apply to the Web site that you were viewing when you clicked through to this policy, which is operated directly by us, by our partner, or by our affiliate.
1. What information is collected?
Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with the best and most useful content and services. Several of the services and features that we offer on our sites require you to provide us with information as a condition of usage. These include access to subscription-only areas, the ability to post opinions or other content, and participation in forums.
We collect personally identifiable information, such as your name, email address, postal address, phone number, mobile number, and employer information when you provide it to us. From time to time, we may also collect other sensitive information such as your username and password.
Once you register with one of our sites you are no longer anonymous to us.
2. What is our sites’ practice regarding cookies?
Your Internet browser has a feature called cookies, which stores small amounts of data on your computer about your visit to any of our sites. You do not need to have cookies turned on to visit most of our sites, although active participation in certain areas of our sites may require cookies. Cookies alone tell us nothing about who you are unless you specifically give us personally identifiable information, in which case we use the information to enhance your services in the ways described below. By adjusting your settings on your browser, you may elect not to allow cookies to be collected.
We may also use technologies, including electronic images known as Web bugs-sometimes called transparent GIFs, clear GIFs, or beacons-that allow us to track general user-traffic patterns. We also automatically receive and record information from our servers and from your browser, including your IP address, the time of your visit to pages on our site, and information about pages you visited. Unless you have registered for one of our products or services, or are logged into one of the limited-access areas of one of our sites, the information we gather through the use of tracking technologies cannot be matched with any personally identifiable information about you.
- Keeping count of return visits to our sites;
- Accumulating and reporting anonymous, aggregate (data collected in mass), statistical information on Web-site usage;
- Determining which features our overall user population likes best;
- Saving your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our sites;
- Displaying the most appropriate content based on your interests or usage.
We do not allow other companies or third parties access to tracking information or any personally identifiable information.
3. What are my options?
Users who would rather not provide any of the user data requested by our registration process do not need to register with us. You can still view some of the content offered by our sites without registering, although many of the services offered by our sites will be unavailable.
Any modifications to our privacy practices will be reflected first within this area of our network of Web sites.
5. Privacy of children
None of the sites within our network is directed to children under the age of 13. We operate our network of sites in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and do not permit registration by, and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from, anyone under 13 years of age.
Questions regarding this privacy statement or any other aspects of our network of Web sites should be sent to the individual and address listed below. We read every message submitted and try to reply promptly to every one. We may also file your comments to improve the site, or review and discard the information.
Robert L. Akers, Jr.
1171 Emerald Road #1
Charleston, West Virginia
Effective date: November 14, 2009