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1. What information of yours does the Stormloader Network collect?
The goal of the Stormloader Network is to be your favorite destination on the Internet by providing you with the information, services and product offerings that are most relevant to you. To achieve this goal, the Stormloader Network needs to collect information to understand what differentiates you from its millions of other unique users. We collect two types of information from you, "anonymous information" and "personally identifiable information." Anonymous information refers to information that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. Each time a visitor comes to a Stormloader Network site, Stormloader collects some information to improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. Stormloader collects the visitor's IP address (e.g., whether the user is logged on from a .com, .gov or .edu domain), referral data (e.g., the address of the last URL a user visited prior to clicking through to a Stormloader Network site), and browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform). Stormloader also collects aggregate search terms from search services for internal reporting and targeted advertising. Stormloader collects this user information for purposes of product monitoring, product improvement, and targeted advertising.
2. What are "cookies" and how does Stormloader use them?
In addition to the personally identifiable information that Stormloader collects, we also collect information "anonymously" using "cookies." Presently, "cookies" play an important role in making the Internet work, but there is much confusion among Internet users about what cookies are and how they are used. A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a web site to the hard drive of your computer so that the web site may identify you and track your activities on the web site. This unique number identifies your browser-- but not you -- to Stormloader computers whenever you visit one of the sites in the Stormloader Network. A cookie will not let a web site know any personally identifiable information about you, such as your real name and address. Stormloader is not generally interested in any one individual and does not collect personally identifiable information about any one person using cookies. The coding in the cookies Stormloader sets lets us know that you are using a particular computer but nothing more. Since cookies are only text files, they cannot run on your computer, search your computer for other information or transmit any information to anyone.
3. What organization is collecting the information?
When you register information in any Internet domain of the Stormloader Network, that information is generally collected and maintained solely by the Stormloader Network unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. If data is collected and/or maintained by any company other than the Stormloader Network, we will tell you at the point of collection. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service. Please see the Section entitled "With whom does the Stormloader Network share information that is collected?" for a more complete list of companies that Stormloader works with to provide you Products and Services.
Stormloader runs many promotions and sweepstakes across its Network. These promotions may be sponsored or co-sponsored by third parties. Data collected during a promotion is typically shared with the sponsor or co-sponsor. Stormloader will inform you at the point of collection whether or not we are sharing your personal data as a result of your participation in a promotion or sweepstakes. If you do not want to have the Stormloader Network share your data, you can choose not to participate in the promotion or sweepstakes.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. Our third-party advertising company also separately places or recognizes a cookie file on your browser in the course of delivering advertisements to this Site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please click here.
4. How does the Stormloader Network use the information it collects?
Any personal information you provide to Stormloader when registering for Products and Services at any of its Network sites is maintained and accessible only by the Stormloader Network unless specifically stated otherwise. Stormloader requests information from its users so that users can enjoy customized experiences across the Stormloader Network, including personalization services, interactive communications, games, online shopping and many other types of content and services. Most of these Products and Services are free to you. In order to provide great content and services free of charge, Stormloader displays advertisements.
For instance, if you told the Stormloader Network that you were interested in receiving offers or information from selected Stormloader Network sponsors and advertisers, Stormloader will send you email about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. For those who elect to receive such materials from Stormloader or third parties, and who indicate that they do in their profile, Stormloader will release personally identifiable information. Information released includes name, e-mail address and other information supplied in the Stormloader Network registration process. The Stormloader Network sometimes uses an individual registered user's data to "pre-populate" forms that are displayed for the purpose of collecting individual data by the Stormloader Network and/or its advertisers and sponsors. If you enter a sweepstakes or a contest on the Stormloader Network, we will use the information you provided to contact you in the event you win. Law enforcement or judicial authorities may require Stormloader to provide information on individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities.
5. With whom does the Stormloader Network share the information that is collected?
In order to provide you with content and services that match your interests, the Stormloader Network has relationships with many of the best services and content companies. Many of these services also require registration to make them function properly. You can recognize most of these sites by the joint branding of Stormloader and such companies. You should make every effort to read the individual privacy policies of the partners, and make an informed decision on your own whether or not to continue based upon these sites' privacy practices and your own discretion. You may opt-out of sharing your information with such partners by choosing not to use that service or content.
6. How can you access, edit or delete your information?
The Stormloader Network provides its registered users the ability to access and edit the personal information in their user profiles. Currently, to access and edit your personal information, you have to go to the specific Stormloader Network site where you registered.
7. What is the opt-out policy for the Stormloader Network?
The Stormloader Network offers you the ability to opt-out of receiving information on Stormloader Network updates and new services, as well as direct mail offers from selected Stormloader Network partners and sponsors. This is done at the point of initial collection of information and during the editing or updating process. The instructions to opt out of most Stormloader Network email newsletters and direct mail communications are the same as the instructions listed above for editing user information profiles. In addition, all Stormloader Network newsletters and direct email communications have easy-to-follow unsubscribe instructions at the bottom.
8. What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
The Stormloader Network has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. Only authorized employees have access to the information you provide us with. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we make every effort to prevent such unfortunate occurrences. Any other particularly sensitive information, such as your credit card number collected for a commerce transaction at Stormloader Shop or to purchase premium services, is encrypted prior to transmission.
You are ultimately responsible for the security of your Stormloader Network ID and password. Please take care when using and storing them. Stormloader recommends that you do not divulge your password to anyone. You should log out of your browser at the end of each computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence, especially if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
9. The Stormloader Network notice regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
The Stormloader Network, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998, provides notice to parents of children under 13 that:
The Stormloader Network may collect personal information from children under 13 years of age in order to provide them with access to services and content on the Stormloader Network; The Stormloader Network needs the consent of parents or guardians to collect, use and disclose personally identifiable information about children under 13; The Stormloader Network has created a mechanism by which parents and guardians can provide consent; The Stormloader Network may not require children under 13 to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity as a condition of participation; The Stormloader Network has created a mechanism by which parents or guardians can, upon verification, review their children's personal information, ask to have that information deleted, and refuse to allow any further collection or use of their children's personal information.
The Stormloader Network encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children and to participate in the activities offered on the sites that they visit. No information should be submitted to or posted at the Stormloader Network by visitors and registered users under 13 years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian.
The Stormloader Network does not knowingly permit children under the age of 13 to register without the verifiable consent of their parents or guardians.
10. What you can do to better protect yourself on the Internet?
Know the risks. When you communicate with others online, you should be aware that, when disclosing personal information such as one's actual name, member name, e-mail address, etc., on a web page, in a newsgroup, chat room or forum, that information may be collected and used by others to send that person unsolicited e-mail from other parties, outside the Stormloader Network. Some of the e-mail you receive may be useful to you, but some may not. In an effort to curtail unsolicited e-mail, Stormloader blocks certain e-mail addresses and domains from sending e-mail communications to e-mail addresses at our domains.
Educate yourself. Search the Web for as much information as you can about how to protect your privacy. Look for a privacy statement in the sites you visit. A good place to start is TRUSTe -- an independent, non-profit privacy initiative dedicated to building users' trust and confidence in the Internet. Please visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site and read information on being an informed Internet Traveler and other privacy initiatives. Additional privacy resources can be found at by clicking on any of the following links:
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Center for Democracy and Technology
Guide to Online Privacy Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
Electronic Frontier Foundation - non-profit dedicated to protecting public interest in online privacy.
(Electronic Privacy Information Center)
Georgetown Internet Privacy Study
Network Advertising Initiative
Online Privacy Alliance
Tell your children: "Never talk to strangers!" While the Stormloader Network works hard to protect children on its sites, Stormloader cannot protect their privacy once they leave. Please teach children to not give out their names or other personal information to anyone on the Internet. They should also be instructed not to fill out any forms or register at any website without your knowledge and consent. Take advantage of the online resources for parents available on the Stormloader Network, such as SearchGuard and GetNetWise.
Use PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) http://www.pgp.com or another encryption program.