Last Updated: March 5, 2008.
General: When you register, and at other times, we will collect personally identifiable information from you that may include your name, age, address, e-mail address, credit-card number and facts about your computers, profession, investing habits and similar information. We do not, however, knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen.
Surveys: We may conduct occasional online surveys. For example, when you're within the Website, you may see a pop-up window offering you the optional opportunity of participating in a survey. These surveys are entirely voluntary and you may easily decline to participate.
Web Site Usage Information: We automatically collect IP addresses and Web site usage information from you when you visit the Website. This information helps us evaluate how our visitors and subscribers use and navigate our Web sites, including the number and frequency of visitors and subscribers to each Web page, and the length of their visits, and search terms you use.
We may use information in the following ways:
We may combine the information that we collect from you on the Website with information that you provide to us in connection with your use of our other products, Website and Web sites.
We may hire other companies to provide services on our behalf including, without limitation, facilitating some aspects of the Website, sending e-mail, and fulfilling purchase requests. These other companies may be supplied with or have access to your personally identifiable information solely for the purpose of providing these Website to us or on our behalf.
We may use third parties, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to deliver ads to you on our behalf. These third-party ad servers may be supplied with or have access to your personally identifiable information solely for the purpose of providing these Website to us or on our behalf. They also may also collect and use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to the Website and other Web sites in order to present advertisements that may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice or to opt out of having this information used by third-party ad servers to provide targeted ads, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp .
If your access to the Website is provided by your employer or a third party, we may notify your employer or that third party when you access the Website. In doing so, we may reveal limited amounts of your personally identifiable information such as your name or email address. In some cases, your employer or the third party providing your access may provide us with limited amounts of personal information about you to facilitate your access to the Website and so that we may identify you when providing it with user and usage information.
We may create a Discussion section of our Website to provide you with an opportunity to tell us what you think and read what other readers have to say. If you chose to use any such Discussions features (for example, by posting a message on our Discussions message boards), we may make public any information that you provide including your name, location and e-mail address.
If you register on our Website, you may occasionally receive email messages about the Website that are intended to assist you in making the most out of your registration. Such email messages may contain a link that you may use to opt-out of receiving further such messages.
When you view an ad for the Website on other sites, our third-party advertising company may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. The Website and our advertising company may also use Web beacons (invisible images often referred to as pixel tags or clear GIFs) to note which Website pages you visit after viewing our ads. The information that is collected through the use of these images is not personally identifiable and is used only to track response to our advertising efforts.
The personally identifiable information we collect about you is stored in limited-access servers. We will maintain safeguards to protect the security of these servers and your personally identifiable information.
You may review and update the personally identifiable information/registration information that you have provided to us by us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We retain your information for as long as necessary to permit us to use it for the purposes that we have communicated to you and comply with applicable law or regulations.
Your information may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country where Blend has facilities, and by registering on our Website, you consent to the transfer of information outside of your country.