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Privacy Notice Privacy Notice

Effective Date: September 18, 2011. has a firm commitment to privacy. We take your privacy concerns seriously and want to make every effort to address them as we strive to offer our visitors a high quality, interactive and personalized experience. That is why we have adopted the following policy, which explains our position on information gathering and how we intend to use and share any information we collect. It is important to note that this policy (also worded as "notice") †applies only to information collected by collects and stores personally identifiable information such as your name, address, e-mail address, etc. What information we collect and store depends on the page you are visiting and the services you elect to participate in. We use this information to operate our services, provide you with the highest quality services, offer you opportunities we think will be of interest, and better tailor the advertising you see from us to suit you. This information is not shared with anyone except as provided for in this privacy policy. More specifics on the information we collect are outlined within this policy.

This privacy policy is subject to change from time to time. If the policy is revised, a notice will be made available where registered users of our service may also update their personal information, subscribe to e-mail newsletters and revise the permissions that they previously granted They may also receive an e-mail outlining the change. Non-registered users of may view the privacy policy, including any revisions, by clicking on the "Privacy Notice" link on the home page of

Access to special content, services and features on requires users to be registered. User registration requires you to provide certain personally identifiable information, such as your name, e-mail address, street address, gender, and date of birth. You will be asked to select a user name and password so that you have access to this information and can revise it in the future. To complete the registration process, we will send you a validation e-mail message. You must click the link in the e-mail to fully activate your user account. You will also have the opportunity to subscribe to e-mail newsletters and alerts and elect to receive e-mail offers sent to you on behalf of Some features and services may require additional personally identifiable information or other demographic information. We may collect other personal information when you provide feedback, comments, or participate in surveys. All users may decline to share such information with us, by choosing not to register on the web site or use our services. Only registered users, however, may access certain content, services and features.

You may also be asked to create a separate registration account with some of the services provided by partners and other providers on Be aware that the information collected by a provider may be subject to the privacy policy and terms of use of that provider, and we recommend reviewing these prior to submitting your registration.

If you wish to forward an article to a friend, we will ask that you provide your friendís name and e-mail address. While we may collect statistics on which articles are forwarded, we do not sell, rent, or market your friendís personal information, and retain the information only as long as necessary to provide this service.

Like most Web sites, also collects and logs information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to you, such as your IP address, the name and location of your internet service provider, the type and version of your browser, the length of time that you stay on, search queries, your click-stream data, the location that referred you to and the average number of pages viewed. If you visit another website prior to browsing, that website might place personally identifiable information within a URL, which may be logged by us. Your IP address is the identifier assigned to your particular computer when you access the internet. Depending on how you connect to the internet, your IP address may always be the same, or it may change each time you access the internet. Note that logging your IP address does not in and of itself provide us with your name, e-mail address or home or work address. We use this log information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and may also use it to gather general demographic information about you such as your general location and your internet service provider. In order to better provide our services to you and to develop user profiles that enable us to focus our site, services and advertisements on your interests, we may correlate this log information with other information about you, such as your registration information.

Most standard web browsers contain a feature called "cookies," which allow a web site to place information about a user's visit to that web site in a small data text file that is stored on the user's computer. Our use of cookie technology will likely be transparent to you and is used to recognize you and hold information from one visit to the next in an effort to increase your ease of use of and to allow us to better understand how people use our site through click-stream analysis. For example, cookies are used to store your user name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit. Another example is that we may use cookie technology to control the number of times you see a particular advertisement while visiting You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser preference options, but doing so will severely limit your access to and may prevent you from registration. Some of third party content providers also may place a cookie on the userís computer. If a user chooses to monitor or restrict cookies that are placed on his computer, the user can determine the web site that is attempting to place a cookie. Those cookies are controlled by the content provider, and users should refer to that providerís privacy policy for further information regarding its use of cookies.

Personally identifiable information may be accessed by the user who entered it and by personnel, and by certain third parties, such as those who provide technical support or content services to We ask these third parties to keep any personal information supplied by us confidential. We also endeavor to keep your personally identifiable information inaccessible to other users or advertisers of Note that your first name may be displayed on home page when you visit as a logged in user. We make every effort to make this web site a secure one.

We also reserve the right to disclose personally identifiable information when deemed necessary or appropriate to comply with the law, respond to claims, protect our computer systems and customers, ensure the integrity and operation of our business and systems, or protect the rights, property or safety of, its affiliates, or others. We will not disclose your personally identifiable information without your advance permission except as explained in this privacy policy or as explained at the time the information was collected or to comply with applicable laws. In order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers and others, we may use your personally identifiable information to create a compiled, aggregate view of the audience and their usage patterns. We use aggregated information to operate our services and to better understand our audience as we develop new content and services. Aggregated information may also be shared with third parties we contract with to provide content and services on as well as advertisers so that they can better understand our audience. For example, we might disclose that a certain percentage of our users are female or within a certain age range or live within a cluster of zip codes. is particularly concerned with providing a safe online environment for children. Children under the age 18 will not be allowed to become a registered user of in order to access general content, features and services. will not knowingly disclose personal information about users under the age of 18 without prior parental or legal guardian consent, except as required by law. strongly recommends parental supervision when a child uses the internet, particularly when a child enters a forum or uses e-mail. We also encourage parents to instruct their children not to give out personal information in these areas. does not rent, sell, barter or give away its user lists or its users' names, e-mail addresses or mailing addresses for use by advertisers and other third parties for the purpose of solicitations, unless the user has previously given his or her consent at the time of general registration or registration for a specific contest or service. If a user granted permission to receive solicitations (referred to as E-mail Offers) at the time of registration but subsequently wishes to opt out from receiving such solicitations, the user may un-subscribe from receiving e-mails from expects its partners, providers of content and services and advertisers to respect the privacy of our users. Be aware, however, that third parties, including our partners, providers of content and services, advertisers and others accessible through our site may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also through you may be introduced to, or be able to access information, services, web sites, features, contest or sweepstakes offered by other parties. is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.

You should know that when you voluntarily disclose personal information on the web site that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other people. While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot be responsible for information that you choose to publicly disclose. Further, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information we collect in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public and to work with responsible third parties, we cannot guarantee complete security for your information.

In addition, content providers, partners and other internet sites or services that may be accessible through have separate data and privacy practices that are independent of us, and we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those sites directly if you have questions about their privacy policies.

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