PRIVACY POLICY

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Monday, 05 April 2010 18:15

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes the privacy practices for the web sites operated by Westborough Online and certain of Westborough Online's subsidiaries, including Westborough.com (the "web site").

INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE.

We gather two types of information: (1) personally identifiable information that you supply voluntarily when you register for interactive services, order other products or services, or enter certain other areas of our web sites as noted below in this Privacy Policy and (2) aggregate tracking and site usage information that we gather on an anonymous basis as you access our web sites. Your provision to us of any information through our web sites, or through other sites that link to our web sites, is deemed your agreement to this Privacy Policy. It is our policy to use the personally identifiable information we acquire at our web sites for internal business uses only and to provide products and services to you that you ordered. We do not authorize your personal information to be used by a third party (other than our service providers as described later in this Privacy Policy) without disclosing that intention and receiving your consent, except as described under "Legal Matters" below. We maintain security measures to keep this information private.

Personally Identifiable Information.

Anyone can access our web sites, but there are certain areas and services that require registration or provision of certain personal information if accessed, such as by way of example: entering premium content areas, placing advertisements online and making other online purchases, signing up for email newsletters, promotions, contests, sweepstakes or special offers, or participating in reader forums, message boards, chats and reader surveys. If you choose to make a purchase or use such areas, we will ask for certain personally identifiable information, which may include name, mailing address, valid email address and other personal information. Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us at registration, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your "account." We will communicate with you by email or as otherwise directed by you.

We strive to keep personal information--such as your name or e-mail address--that you voluntarily disclose private. We do not authorize your personal information to be shared with third parties without your consent, aside from third parties that perform services for us (which may include by way of example: credit card processing and billing, shipping, email and list processing, and promotions management). We provide these suppliers only with the information they need to process the transaction or provide the service. We require that such parties either must comply with our Privacy Policy or have comparable privacy policies that protect your information.

If you purchase a product or service from us, or through us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. You must provide contact information and billing information (such as credit card number, expiration date.) We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

Certain information supplied by you to our web sites may be password-protected, and you should take appropriate measures to protect the secrecy of your password. If you use a computer in a public place or share a computer with others, remember to sign out and close your browser window when you finish accessing our web site in order to prevent others from accessing your personal information. You are solely responsible for the control and use of each password you create.

Personal information which you provide on bulletin boards or in other areas that are accessible to other users could be collected and disclosed by others. We cannot take any responsibility for such collection or disclosure.

 

Legal Matters

 

We may disclose information you have provided to us if we have a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with the law, government action or with legal process served on us; (2) protect and defend our rights or property, including without limitation these web sites; or (3) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (by way of example, if you provide false information or pretend to be someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of an investigation).

In the event of a change of control of Westborough Online or any of its subsidiaries (such as through a merger or sale of equity) or in the event of a direct or indirect sale of any web site through a sale of assets, liquidation or other transaction, any personal information of users of the affected web sites in our possession will be transferred to the new company as part of the transaction. We are not obligated to notify web site users of any such transaction. You may always change or delete your information or opt out by contacting us as provided below, or if the acquirer posts a new Privacy Policy with new contact information, you may change or delete your information or opt out by following any new instructions that are posted.

Aggregate Information

 

If we gather demographic information from you (for example, your age, education level or household income), we will not share that information in a manner that identifies you as an individual with any other third party, unless we let you know that at the time of collection and you consent by providing the information. When we share demographic information with third parties, we will give them aggregate information only, unless you have consented otherwise, or unless otherwise required by law, government action or legal process served on us.

Occasionally, we use "cookies" to store pertinent user information during a session. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored in a designated file on your computer. We only use cookies for the purpose of holding information during online sessions (for example, to hold answers to online surveys for short-term storage, or to create a temporary ID for use in a multiple-session assessment). When you view an ad for the web sites on other sites, third party advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. The web sites and the advertiser may also use invisible images (often referred to as pixel tags, clear GIFs or web beacons) to note which web site pages you visit after viewing our ads. The information that is collected through the use of these images is not personally identifiable and is used only to track responses to our advertising efforts.

We may also collect other information from users to the web sites such as the user's IP address (the number assigned automatically to your computer whenever you use the World Wide Web), length of time spent on the web sites, and the pages accessed during each visit to the web sites. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

HOW DO I OPT OUT OR CHANGE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION

To opt out of further email communications from us, just click on the Unsubscribe link in the email, or contact us as instructed at the end of this Privacy Policy. We need up to 30 days to process your request.

To change your personal information that you have provided us, please contact us as instructed at the end of this Privacy Policy.

CHILDREN'S ON-LINE PRIVACY INFORMATION

These web sites are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 although certain third party sites that we link to may do so. These third-party sites have their own terms of use and privacy policies and we encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children's Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children to never provide information on our web sites without their permission.

Involvement of parents: In accordance with the provisions of the Children's Online Privacy Act, in the event that we do begin collecting any personal information or data from children under the age of 13, we will notify parents first, and will seek parental or guardian consent to collect, use and/or disclose certain personal information from children under the age of 13. A parent may review and have deleted their child's personal information, and may refuse to permit further collection or use of their child's information by contacting us as noted at the end of this Privacy Policy. Parents may consent to our collection and use of their child's personal information without consenting to the disclosure of that information to others.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY

We have put in place security procedures reasonably designed to safeguard and secure the information under our control, and we follow generally accepted industry standards.

Although we will exercise reasonable care in providing secure transmission of information between your computer and our servers and in storing that information on our systems, no method of transmission over the Internet, or of electronic storage, is 100% secure. So we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information transmitted to us over the Internet.

When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our forms, we encrypt, or instruct our providers to encrypt, that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

This Privacy Policy solely applies to information collected directly by the web sites. Our web sites may contain links to other web sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage users to be aware that when they leave our web sites for another site, even if through a link, they should read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. The provision of external links to other web sites is a common practice on the Internet and it in no way indicates that we endorse or approve the linked company, or its products, services or web site.

 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or you wish to make changes to your personal information or remove yourself from our database, please contact us in one of the following ways:

  1. E-mail us at: webmaster@westborough.com

  2. Write to us at:

    Webmaster Westborough.com
    Westborough Online
    42 Adams St
    Westborough, MA 01581
  3. Call us at: (508) 523-5093 and ask for the Westborough.com webmaster

Last revised April 2010


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 09:50