Privacy Policy

Last Updated: March 5, 2008.


GENERAL

Blend Images, LLC and its affiliates (hereafter referred to collectively as "Blend") are committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information that you provide to us when using the Blend Images website (hereafter referred to collectively as the "Website"). This Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information received about you when you visit or register on the Website. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any personal information received by Blend in connection with any other agreement you may enter into with Blend not a part of this Website.

We may make content on other websites available to you from links located on the Website. These other Web sites are not subject to this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you review the privacy policy at each such website to determine how that site protects your privacy.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

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.

HOW WE USE INFORMATION COLLECTED

We may use information in the following ways:

  1. For the purposes for which you specifically provided the information including, for example, to enable us to process, validate and verify orders for images.
  2. To send you e-mail notifications about our new or existing products and Website, special offers, or to otherwise contact you.
  3. To enhance existing features or develop new features, products and Website.
  4. To provide advertisers and other third parties with aggregate information about our user base and usage patterns.
  5. To allow us to personalize the content and advertising that you and others see based on personal characteristics or preferences.

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 .

Except as specifically set forth in this Privacy Policy, we will not share your personally identifiable information outside of Blend unless you "opt in" to having your personally identifiable information shared with a company that is not affiliated with us.

We may disclose and use personally identifiable information in special circumstances where it is necessary to enforce our Terms of Use (for example, when necessary to protect our intellectual property rights). We may also disclose or use your personal information when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires us to do so.

THIRD PARTY AND CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTIONS

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.

DISCUSSIONS

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.

EMAIL MESSAGES

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.

COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS

We may employ cookie technology. Read our Cookie Disclosure Statement for more information on our use of cookies. We may use web beacons (invisible images often referred to as pixel tags or clear GIFs) on our site in order to recognize users and assess traffic patterns. We also include Web beacons in our e-mail messages including newsletters in order to count how many e-mail messages have been opened.

ADS FOR THE WEBSITE

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.

SECURITY

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.

REVIEW AND CORRECTION

You may review and update the personally identifiable information/registration information that you have provided to us by us at web@blendimages.com.

DATA RETENTION

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.

POLICY MODIFICATIONS

When we make any material change to this Privacy Policy, we will inform you by posting a notice on the home page of this site that the policy has been updated and by changing the date on this page noting when the policy was last updated.

TRANSFER TO U.S. OR OTHER COUNTRIES

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.

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our Privacy Policy, you may contact us at web@blendimages.com.