About Privacy: 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 intrusions.
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 requirements.
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 policy.