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MacEdition Privacy Policy

Effective 11/01/2001

To help you understand how information submitted will be treated when you use or log into MacEdition, MacEdition offers this Privacy Policy. Use of the MacEdition site, free or subscription, and any ancillary sites, and the disclosure to us of any personal information, is voluntary. By visiting any of the MacEdition sites, you are accepting and agreeing to the terms and practices described herein.

The following paragraphs describe the type of information MacEdition collects, the reasons why such information is collected, how such information is used and who has access to it.

General principles

MacEdition will not release personally identifiable data to anyone else without your consent.

MacEdition’s Privacy Policy may change from time to time without notifying individual users. You should read this Privacy Policy each time you plan to submit personal information so that you understand how the information you are submitting will be used.

MacEdition is not responsible for the information practices of third parties.

This notice applies to any worldwide visitor to the MacEdition site(s), unless those site(s) have their own policy which would take precedence.

Collection of information

MacEdition collects information in various ways that is volunteered by visitors to our site. Certain identifying information, such as name, e-mail address and credit card information, may be gathered for subscription or purchase options.

Wherever possible and practical, MacEdition gives users options about submitting information. Such choices include:

Cookies and IP addresses

A cookie is a small data file that certain Web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file may contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited and to allow you easy access to restricted areas of the Web site. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk, read cookie files created by other sites or damage your files.

MacEdition does not currently store cookies outside of any subscription areas. Any area that requires registration is a “subscription area,” regardless of whether there is any cost involved. However, some of MacEdition’s advertisers may store cookies. Please see below in the section “Information Sharing” for more information on this practice.

If you have set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You also may refuse cookies by disabling them on your browser. MacEdition subscription areas may require the use of cookies to work properly or to even allow access.

IP addresses are also recorded in the log files on MacEdition. MacEdition may use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Use of information collected

MacEdition uses any information you voluntarily give to enhance your experience, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site, to present content more effectively or to make our future marketing efforts more efficient.

With respect to advertisements, MacEdition uses a variety of services. MacEdition is not responsible nor liable for the privacy policy of outside vendors. Concerned users should consult the privacy policy of the advertising vendor(s) in question. A list can be found at the bottom of this policy.

Information sharing

When you visit MacEdition and are asked to provide information about yourself, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Privacy Policy or at the time of collection, you are sharing that information only with MacEdition. MacEdition will not disclose the information you submit without your permission, except as described here, or when we believe in good faith that the law requires disclosure to protect the rights or property of MacEdition, or for administrative or other purposes we deem necessary to maintain or service our products and services. For example, we may allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide you with our services.

If you do not want your data to be shared, you may choose not to permit the data to be collected or transferred by not submitting personally identifiable information on our site, by not opting-into a particular service or feature, or by not using a particular service or feature.

MacEdition security measures

MacEdition has technical and organizational security measures in place, including firewalls, to protect the information under our control from accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure, or access; however, such measures do not guarantee prevention of loss, misuse, or alteration of information. While we strive to protect your information, MacEdition cannot warrant the security of information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

Children’s privacy

MacEdition is intended for use by individuals over the age of 13, and not for children. If you are under 16, please do not submit any personally identifiable information on our site. Children should always ask a parent or guardian for permission to send any personal information online to anyone.

Other information about your privacy

Whenever you voluntarily disclose any information online in any forum, that information can be collected and used by others. In other words, if you post personal information online that may be accessed by the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties. It is important to be responsible and careful whenever you are online.

Updating, correcting and deleting personal information

Users who have submitted personal information to any subscription service of MacEdition may change that information at any time and as often as necessary by visiting the “Preferences” section of the site/service in question. If you have difficulty finding the “Preferences,” please e-mail privacy@macedition.com. Non-subscription sites/services do not maintain personally identifiable information, so there is nothing to modify.

Currently, MacEdition does not offer users a means by which to completely delete a personal account.

Additional information

If, for any reason, you believe that MacEdition has not adhered to its Privacy Policy, please notify us by sending an e-mail message to privacy@macedition.com. MacEdition will try to respond to your concerns and, where appropriate, attempt to correct the problem.

By using this Web site, you signify your assent to this policy statement regarding online privacy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use our Web site. Moreover, your continued use of this Web site after we post changes to the Privacy Policy will mean that you accept those changes. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Web site, or your interaction with MacEdition, you may contact us at the e-mail address posted above.

External advertisement sources

Listed below are the major ad sales/serving organizations that MacEdition uses. Individual advertisers may have their own privacy policies.