OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We have created this privacy policy to demonstrate our group’s commitment to protecting your personal information. As we expand our services we will keep our Privacy Policy updated and we will guard your information as if it were our own. This privacy policy only applies to transactions and activities in which you engage, and data gathered, on our Web Site, including double blind email communications between members. Please review this privacy policy periodically as we may modify it from time to time. This privacy policy was last revised on October 27, 2013. Each time you visit our Site or provide us with information, by doing so you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy at that time.

Your IP Address

Like most e-commerce Web Sites, each time you visit our Site, we automatically collect your IP address and the web page from which you came. In order to administer and optimize our Site for you and to diagnose problems with our Site, we use your IP address to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information about you.

Cookies

Like most Web Sites, our Site uses cookies to keep track of your purchases and other activity on our Site, and to enhance your experience on our Site. We also use cookies to deliver content specific to your interests, to save your password, and if you choose, to save other personal and financial information so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our Site. Third party advertisers on our Site may also place or read cookies on your browser. If you wish to disable these cookies, the "help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how. However, if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain areas on our Site.

Information We Collect From You

  • In order to operate our Site and to provide you with information about products or services that may be of interest to you, we may collect "personal information" (i.e. information that could be used to contact you directly (without using our Site) such as full name, postal address, phone number or email address), "financial information" (i.e. credit card numbers or passwords) or "demographic information" (i.e. information that you submit, or that we collect, that is neither personal information nor financial information; this may include, but is not limited to, zip code, postal code, hometown, gender, username, age/birth date, purchase history information, browsing history information, searching history information, registration history information, and the content of communications between you and other members over our Site), subject to the rest of this paragraph. Demographic information is divided into two categories: 1) "non-public information", which consists of purchase history information and one-on-one communications between you and other users of our Site; and 2) "public information", which consists of all other demographic information. We ask that you do not enter personal information or financial information into your “Profile” (for example, don’t use your address or pass-code as your username, or include your name or address in your written responses), because if you do then it may be posted publicly on our Site, and the information will then be treated as "demographic information" that is "public information.
  • Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, no web site operator can require, as a condition of participation in an activity, that a child under the age of 13 disclose more information than is reasonably necessary. Our organization abides by this requirement.

Information Other Web Sites Collect From You

On our Site, we may place links to other Web Sites operated by other parties. Some of these other Web Sites contain our brand names and trademarks and other intellectual property that we own; others do not. When you click on these links and visit these other Web Sites, regardless of whether or not they contain our brand names, trademarks and other intellectual property, you need to be aware that we do not control these other Web Sites or these other Web Sites’ business practices, and that this privacy policy does not apply to these other Web Sites. Consequently, the operators of these other Web Sites may collect different kinds of information about you, and may use and disclose that information in different ways than we would if it were collected on our Site. We encourage you to review their privacy policies and remind you that we will not be responsible for their actions.

How We Use Personal Information

We use your email address and your other personal information to help us efficiently operate our Site, to contact you in connection with your transactions and other activities on our Site (including, but not limited to, confirmation emails or important news that could affect you.), These types of communications, are known as "Operational Communications." In some cases, Operational Communications may also contain commercial messages, such as banner ads and special offers.

We may also use personal information to send you newsletters, information, offers and other promotional materials, goods or services. We attempt to send you offers that are of value to you, such as discounts, exclusive offers or special event information. Our Site provides you with options to decline to receive communications (other than those contained in Operational Communications). Some of these options may only be for a certain category of communications; others may be more general. By posting a profile on our Site, you are opting in to receive email from all linked members of The Environmental Community.

To operate our Site, including processing your transactions and supporting your activities on our Site, we may share your personal information with our agents, representatives, contractors and service providers so they can provide us with support services such as authorization of credit card transactions, email origination, receipt or support services, customer relationship management services, order fulfillment and sweepstakes and promotional fulfillment. We require these entities not to use your information for any other purpose.

By purchasing, registering or making reservations for, products or services offered or sponsored by us or third parties on our Site, or electing to receive communications (such as emails or magazine subscriptions) or electing to participate in contests, surveys or other programs (such as discount or rewards programs), offered or sponsored by us or third parties on our Site, you consent to our providing your personal information to those third parties. Those third parties may use your personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. You will need to contact those third parties to instruct them directly regarding your preferences for the use of your personal information by them. Additionally, you agree that we may use and disclose all such information so submitted to such third parties in the same manner in which we are entitled to use and disclose any other information you submit to us.

In some cases, we may enter into a promotional relationship with another company in which we prominently display their brand name or trademarks on pages of our Site. These pages are known as "Co-Branded Pages" and these companies are known as “Co-Branded Companies.” If the page on which you submit information is a Co-Branded Page, or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page, then we may share your personal information with the associated Co-Branded Company. Co-Branded Companies may use your personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. You will need to contact Co-Branded Companies to instruct them directly regarding your preferences for the use of your personal information by them. Additionally, you agree that we may use and disclose all such information so submitted to such Co-Branded Companies in the same manner in which we are entitled to use and disclose any other information you submit to us. Some Co-Branded Pages may contain an action tag (also known as a Web Beacon or a 1 pixel .gif file) that a third party, such as the advertising company, may use to read cookies that it, or its clients, may have placed on your browser at other web Site before your visit to our Web Site. This technology is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements on such other Web Sites that promote Co-Branded Pages. Further, the advertising company or such other third party’s, may use the information collected through this technology to learn more about your visits to this Site and other Web Sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Unless you are otherwise notified, they do not use your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number, and do not link your online actions to any information that can be used to identify or contact you. However, as we may not verify that this is the case, we ask that you seek the advertising company’s assurances yourself and do not hold us accountable for the accuracy of the above statement.

Any third party with whom we are allowed to share your personal information is authorized to use your personal information in accordance with our contractual arrangements with such third parties and in accordance with their own privacy policies, over which we have no control, and you agree that we are not responsible or liable for any of their actions or omissions. Those who contact you will need to be instructed directly by you regarding your preferences for the use of your personal information by them.

Please read the information below under the heading "Special Cases in which we Share Personal and Financial Information" to learn more ways in which we may share your personal information.

How We Use Financial Information

We use your financial information to check your qualifications, to bill you for products and services and to enable you to participate in discount, rebate and similar programs in which you may elect to participate. By making a purchase, or engaging in any other kind of activity or transaction that uses financial information, on our Site, you consent to our providing your financial information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine are necessary to support and process your activities and transactions, as well as to your credit card issuer for their purposes. These third parties may include the credit card companies and banking institutions used to process and support the transaction or activity. By purchasing, or registering or making reservations for, products or services of third parties offered on our Site, or by participating in programs offered on our Site that are administered by third parties and that require you to submit financial information in order to use them, you also consent to our providing your financial information to those third parties. Additionally, if the page on which you submit information is a Co-Branded Page, or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page, then we may share your financial information with the associated Co-Branded Company. Any of these various third parties (including Co-Branded Companies) may be authorized to use your financial information in accordance with our contractual arrangements with such third parties and in accordance with their own privacy policies, over which we have no control, and you agree that we are not responsible or liable for any of their actions or omissions. Additionally, you agree that we may use and disclose all such information so submitted to such third parties in the same manner in which we are entitled to use and disclose any other information that you submit to us. Please read the information below under the heading "Special Cases in which we Share Personal and Financial Information" to learn more ways in which we may share your financial information.

Special Cases in which we Share Personal and Financial Information

Your personal information or financial information may be passed on to a third party in the event of a transfer of ownership or assets, or a bankruptcy. We may also disclose personal information or financial information when we determine that such disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable law, to cooperate with law enforcement or to protect the interests or safety of our group or other visitors to our Site. We also may disclose your personal information or financial information to our subsidiary and parent companies and businesses, and other affiliated legal entities and businesses with who we are under common corporate control. Whenever personal information or financial information is disclosed under this paragraph, we may also disclose your demographic information along with it, on a non-anonymous basis. All of our parent, subsidiary and affiliated legal entities and businesses that receive your personal information, financial information, or non-anonymous demographic information from us will comply with the terms of this privacy policy with respect to their use and disclosure of such information.

How We Use Public Information and Other Demographic Information

We may review all demographic information. We may use public information to enable other users to find your profile, to determine whether they are a compatible to you and to communicate with you, in regards to a relationship site. We may also use demographic information to tailor our Site and communications to your interests. We may also share demographic information with advertisers on an anonymous and aggregated basis (i.e., without telling the advertisers your identity). One of the reasons we may do this is to increase the likelihood that our advertisers’ goods and services will appeal to our users, so that we may target specific ads at specific demographic groups. Our sharing of demographic information with advertisers is anonymous (i.e., we do not tell advertisers which of our particular users are members of which demographic groups), subject to the rest of this privacy policy. When you respond to an advertisement, however, we ask you to remember that if that ad that is targeted to a demographic group and you decide to give the advertiser your personal information, then the advertiser may be able to identify you as being a member of that demographic group. Please also be aware that when we disclose your financial information or personal information to a Co-Branded Company, as described above, we may also disclose to that Co-Branded Company your demographic information, other than the content of one-on-one communications between you and other members. Please also be aware that we may disclose your demographic information on a non-anonymous basis as described above in the paragraph titled "Special Cases in which we Share Personal and Financial Information."

Our Security Precautions

Our Site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Our secure server software (SSL) is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. We encrypt all of your personal and financial information as it travels over the Internet and we store your financial information on our servers in encrypted form. Your information may be transferred to and maintained on computer networks which may be located outside of the state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction in which you reside, and the country or jurisdiction in which these computer networks are located may not have privacy laws as protective as the laws in your country or jurisdiction.

Changing our Privacy Policy for Previously Gathered Informationz

If at any point we decide to use particular personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email or by providing 30 days notice on our Site. Please note that we will continue to have the right to change our privacy policy and practices, and how we use your personally identifiable information, without notice, as described in the first paragraph of this Privacy Policy, provided that such changes shall only apply to information gathered on or after the date of the change.

How You Can Access and Update Your Email Preferences, Personal Information and Public Information

We give you the opportunity to opt-out of certain communications and modify personal information or demographic information you have provided to us, and to hide demographic information from, or make demographic information visible to, the public users of our Site, at anytime by going to the Account settings or login section of our Site. Please be aware that it may take several hours for the changes you make to take effect on the public areas of our Site. We thank you for your patience. Please note that changing or deleting your information through the "Login" or "My Profile" section of our Site, or otherwise opting-out of receipt of email communications from our Site, will only change or delete the data in our database for purposes of future activities on our Site and for managing future communications from our Site. These changes and deletions will not change or delete emails or information that we may have already forwarded to other users or credit card companies or any other third parties, all as provided above in this privacy policy.

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy, the practices of our Site, or your dealings with our Site, send your mail to: The Environmental Community, P.O. Box 1269, Hot Springs Ar. 71902.

Please be certain to include the specific name of our Site that you question or comment is referring to and include as many specific details as possible. Finally please be sure to include your full name, mailing address and phone numbers to help insure our reply. Thank you.

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