Our commitment to your privacy
This site is owned and operated by Interface Advantage Systems Inc. (Herein referred to as IAS) Your privacy on the Internet is imperative to us; we want to make your on-line experience satisfying and safe. This is our pledge to you: we will not sell, rent, or give your name or address to anyone. Ever. Period.
Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.
Definition of the Information IAS gathers and tracks.
IAS gathers two types of information about users:
- Voluntary: Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to register for our events (forums), receive our electronic newsletters, to e-mail a friend about an event, and from participation in polls and surveys.
- Aggregated tracking: Information IAS gathers through aggregated tracking, derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs and to help our advertisers and sponsors better understand the demographics of our audience. Under no circumstances does IAS divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.
IAS gathers user information in the following processes:
Optional Voluntary Information
We offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:
1. Electronic newsletters (Dispatches)
We offer a free electronic newsletter to users. IAS gathers the e-mail addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page.
IAS may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience. We sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with our sponsors, advertisers and partners. We never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.
Consistent with the Federal Children’s On-Line Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.
IAS tracks user traffic patterns within our site. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. IAS does break down overall usage statistics across all of our users, tallying users’ domain names, browser types, and MIME types by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).
IAS sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.
Use of information
IAS uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience with our site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.
As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, and surveys. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. IAS never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.
IAS creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
Sharing of the information
IAS uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit user’s needs and better understand our audience demographics. This is essential to offering our free services. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
IAS operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
- Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
- Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users.