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Arts.TealRay.com Privacy Statement

Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy was last updated on 04/21/2005.

Policy Information

The mission of Arts.TealRay.com is to provide current information for you about art forms in your community. However, we're not just committed to providing you with cuurent information, we're also committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of information we gather about you, how we use it, with whom we might share it, the means by which we keep it secure and the choices you have about the information you choose to share with us.

If you have any questions about the privacy practices of Arts.TealRay.com or this Privacy Policy, please e-mail tealray@hanoversoft.com.

What Information Do We Collect and How Do We Use It?

When you register on Arts.TealRay.com or any other paid service on or through Arts.TealRay.com, you will be asked to complete a registration form. This registration form requires you to provide certain personal information, such as your name, street address, phone number, e-mail address, as well as other demographic information like your age, gender and art form preferences. In addition, when you subscribe to any paid service on, or purchase any product through, Arts.TealRay.com, we also require your credit card information.

We use your name, address, and related demographic information (things like your age, gender and art form preferences) to contact you with details about Arts.TealRay.com, to make information available to you about other products/services we think might interest you and to fulfill and ship any products that you order from us. Except as provided below, it is Arts.TealRay.com’s policy not to share this - or any other - personally identifiable information that you send us as part of the registration/subscription process with anyone outside of the Arts.TealRay.com family of companies. There are only two exceptions to this policy. First, where you choose to sign up to receive products, services or information from one of more of the third party advertisers listed on the Special Offers page by checking the appropriate opt-in box, we do forward your contact information (including your phone number and e-mail address) to those advertisers in whose products or services you have indicated an interest. Second, we provide your name and address (but not your phone number or email address) to certain other, well-screened companies in whose products or services we think you might be interested. We may also forward you e-mail advertisements from these companies but we do not provide them with your e-mail address. You may, of course, notify us at any time that you no longer wish to be contacted by Arts.TealRay.com or have your contact information forwarded on to these third party companies. Please remember, however, that we do not have any control over this information once it has been released. For more information on how to do this, please see the section below entitled “How to Control or Change Your Profile Information.

Is Information Collected by Advertisers?

Advertisers (or the companies that serve up advertisements on their behalf) often track and store certain anonymous information about the users of a site. While Arts.TealRay.com does not control this process or have access to the information gathered by these advertisers/ad servers on Arts.TealRay.com, we did want to make your aware of the practice.

Although different advertisers may collect different information, the information gathered generally includes such things as: (i) the anonymous cookie ID associated with the user's computer; (ii) portions of the user's Internet Protocol (IP) address that identify the user's domain name and the general geographical area in which the user is located; (iii) the particular ad(s) viewed by the user and the date, time and duration of that viewing; and (iv) whether the user clicked on an ad (or any information within it). This anonymous tracking process is not supposed to reveal the user's name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, or any other personally identifying information. Instead, the tracking system is designed merely to show the advertiser how and when the user's computer moved to different ads on the site. Unless the user voluntarily provides personally identifying information, for instance, by requesting that he or she be sent specifications on a particular product or service, the personal identity of the user should remain unknown to the advertiser.

How is this Anonymous Information Used?

As a general rule, the anonymous tracking information from each user is bundled with that of other users to create an overall usage summary for the ad(s) in question. This summary allows the advertiser to better evaluate the reach and effectiveness of its ads, both from a content and placement perspective; for instance, by analyzing how many "hits" a particular ad receives. However, please note that, in certain instances, the advertiser may also use the unbundled or individual results of this tracking to target specific products or service offerings to particular users based on their individual usage patterns.

How to Stop the Ad Serving Companies from Collecting Your Anonymous User Information

If you want to stop the tracking process with respect to a particular ad service company, you may do so by blocking its cookies from being stored on your computer. Listed below are links to a number of the more well-known ad services companies. To block the cookies of the companies on this list, click on the below links and follow the relevant instructions. Please note that the privacy policies for each of these companies are also available through these links and that you may review them for additional information.

http://www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp
http://www.planninggroup.com/PGI_Privacy_Policy.htm
http://www.mediaplex.com/privacy.shtml

How Is Profile Information Used and Protected?

We recognize that your profile information is very sensitive, and protecting the privacy of this information is a top priority for us. The contents of your portfolio are kept strictly confidential and are not voluntarily shared with any third parties.

What About Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses and Cookies?

Arts.TealRay.com logs IP addresses and browser types, but we do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. This means that, while a user's session is tracked, the identity of that user remains anonymous. We also use these IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Cookies are used for the same reasons. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your computer's hard drive that allow us to monitor what sort of content on Arts.TealRay.comyou find most interesting. By better understanding how you and our other users are using Arts.TealRay.com, we can develop tools and customize content to personalize and improve everyone's experience. We also use cookies to remember your passwords for you (so that you don't have to keep re-entering them each time you come back to the site) and to better target that advertising on the site that we think will be of most interest to you. Your privacy and security are not compromised when you accept a cookie from Arts.TealRay.com because we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Please note, however, that advertisers on our site may also serve you their own cookies when you click through to their sites. We do not control, nor do we have access to, any of the information that they may collect.

Of course, you can choose not to accept the cookie by adjusting your browser settings but, if you choose to do so, you may not be able to take full advantage of the certain customized content on Arts.TealRay.com.

Links to Other Sites

To provide you with a more complete resource for art form information and services, Arts.TealRay.com contains links to many other sites. In some instances, we will share demographic information on our users with sites that link to Arts.TealRay.com, but again, this information is shared on an aggregate basis only. Please note that you may be required to register with a site that links to Arts.TealRay.com in order to take advantage of that site's services (for example, ordering a book through Amazon.com that was recommended on Arts.TealRay.com).

We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or content of these sites; you should refer to these sites' privacy policies for details.

The Forum Area

The Forum (a future feature) area allows users to engage in a lively discussion with a community of users. Please remember that any information you disclose in the Forum area, including your e-mail address and user name, will become public information. We post user names and e-mail addresses to encourage responsible, productive discussions, but we can not prevent parties unrelated to Arts.TealRay.com from accessing this public information. Please remember that, by disclosing your name and e-mail address in the Forum area, you open yourself up to the possibility that you may receive unsolicited e-mail from parties outside of Arts.TealRay.com.

We encourage you to maintain a healthy skepticism about any information posted to the Forum area and to do your own research before making any purchasing decisions. People writing in the Forum area may not be who they say they are, may not know what they say they know or may not be affiliated with whom they say they are affiliated. The Forum area of Arts.TealRay.com is offered for entertainment purposes only. Arts.TealRay.com expressly disclaims any responsible for the content or accuracy of any information posted to this area and for any purchasing or other decisions made on the basis of this information.

Security

Arts.TealRay.com takes precautions to protect its registered users' personal information. We use industry-standard on-line security measures, such as encryption and authentication, to protect your credit card information. Please note, however, that no transmission over the Internet can be 100% secure.

Arts.TealRay.com also works to protect user information offline. All of your information is housed in secure, access-restricted areas. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific function are granted access to personally identifiable information.

How to Control or Change Your Profile Information

You can edit any of the personal information you've provided by visiting the profile section of the MyAccount area. Because this information is protected, you will be required to enter your user name and password to make changes. Additionally, in the profile section, you can agree to receive special offers through regular mail from companies carefully selected by Arts.TealRay.com. If you don't want this information, make sure the appropriate box is unchecked.

In the E-mail Subscription Center, you can choose to receive future feature e-mail newsletters and other communications about new features and improvements to Arts.TealRay.com. If you don't want to be sent these communications, make certain that the appropriate boxes are left unchecked. We also include instructions on how to opt-out of receiving e-mail from Arts.TealRay.com each time we send you a message. You can stop mail from Arts.TealRay.com by e-mailing nomail@hanoversoft.com. Your name will be removed from our database within one business day. Or to immediately unsubscribe, update your profile by visiting the MyAccount area. Make certain the appropriate boxes are not checked.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

If we ever change the Privacy Policy, we will post that information on this Privacy Policy page. If there is ever any material change to the information we gather and how it is used, we will post a notice to our Login. We invite you to come back from time to time to review the policy. If you have any questions about Arts.TealRay.com's privacy practices or this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at tealray@hanoversoft.com.

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