Effective Date: May 30, 2012
What may this site collect?
You can visit the site and use many of its features without having to identify yourself or reveal any personal information.
If you register with the site, participate or participate in various other features of the site (such as post a comment or enroll in a contest), you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, or address (“Personal Information”). In addition, you may be asked to provide non-personally identifiable information such as location, personal or professional interests, demographic information (such as age and gender), or to comment on your experience with our site and/or services. We may also get data about users from third parties.
If you register with the site through Facebook Connect, we will receive information from your Facebook profile from Facebook.
We may also collect data based on users’ usage of the site and its various features, but it is not personally identifiable except as described below under the IP Addresses section (“Aggregate Data”). In addition, we may take your personal information and create anonymized information by excluding information that makes it personally identifiable to you (“Anonymized Data”).
What about IP addresses?
How does this site use and share the data it collects?
We use the data we collect from our users in the following manner:
- a) to help us improve our content and services
- b) to allow readers to participate in site-related activities and events
- c) to show advertising and content that we think may be of interest to a particular user
- d) to enforce our terms of service
- e) to send mailings, as described under “How do you communicate with me?“
We may share Aggregated Data and Anonymized Data with third parties.
We will not provide your Personal Information to a third party in the absence of your express approval, except as follows:
- a) With trusted third party service providers who help us in the operation of our business and who have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of the data
- c) Where we have a good faith belief that it is required in order to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, to prevent fraud or imminent harm, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims
How may you communicate with me?
We may send you administrative announcements communicating information about the site, your account or content that you have posted to the account. You may not opt out of these messages.
If we are required by law to provide you with any notice, such as in the event of a security breach, you consent to receiving notice to the email address you have provided us. If you sign up to receive any newsletters, you will be able to opt-out of those newsletters by following the procedures described in the newsletter.
What are our policies regarding third parties?
Links to third party sites are provided solely as a convenience to our readers. If you use these links, you will leave this site. It is not possible to review all such sites and we have no control over, nor do we take responsibility for, their individual content or privacy policies.
If you decide to provide any of these outside parties with credit information and other personal information, you do so entirely at your own risk.
What About “Cookies”?
“Cookies” are small pieces of information that may be served to you while visiting a Web site, and which are then stored on your computer’s hard drive.
It is possible you will be served cookies by us, by our advertisers or by the companies that help us deliver advertising on this site. Cookies help us and advertisers identify users on our site and on other sites. Please see below under “What are your advertising practices” to see how these cookies are used.
Web browsers, including Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, automatically accept cookies. But they also offer a user the ability to block them, as well. Doing so will prevent you from using few, if any of the features of this site. Instructions for blocking cookies can be found in your browser help tab.
What are the site’s advertising practices?
We, our advertisers, and our third party advertising companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your interaction with advertising on our Website and your visits to this and other Web sites, including information collected through cookies, in order to provide advertisements on this site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used companies who participate in the Network Advertising Initiative, please click here. http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
You can also learn more about specific companies we may allow to place cookies on our site and their policies regarding use of that data and advertising targeting by visiting the following additional links:
- Audience Science:
- Specific Media
What about cookies?”
How about children’s privacy?
We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities. This site is not intended for under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 and we do not target the Sites to children under the age of 13.
What are the site’s security practices?
We have implemented reasonable measures to help protect your user Information from loss, misuse, or unauthorized access or disclosure. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your user Information, we cannot guarantee its security.
How will changes to this policy be communicated?
How may users change or terminate their account?
You have the right to terminate your account or update any Personal Information collected by this site by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you terminate your account,
For some features, such as newsletter mailings, specified procedures to update your personal information or opt out of the service can be found in your account settings or on the page where you signed up for that service.
Your California Privacy Rights
It is High Gear Media’s policy to share personal information only with the user’s informed consent. With your consent, from time-to-time, High Gear Media may provide its business partners with contact details for direct marketing purposes of relevant services, products, and programs. California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please let us know using this contact us form. You may also let us know at this number that you no longer wish your information to be shared.
How may users communicate with the site?
You can contact us for additional information by visiting this page: http://www.highgearmedia.com/contact/
You may also correspond by standard post at:
High Gear Media
385 Forest Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301