Frequently Asked Questions

How do you collect Personal Information? What about Cookies? How do you use Personal Information? Do you share my Personal Information with other companies? What about the privacy of children? Do you collect other forms of information about your users? How do I correct or change the Personal Information I have provided to you? Can other users obtain my Personal Information from the site without my consent?

How do you collect Personal Information?
Personal Information is collected by specifically requesting it from you. Generally this occurs when you register at a site, request a service or information, fill out a survey, purchase a product, or enter an online contest or sweepstakes.

What about Cookies?
Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences on a particular site. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a Web site's functionality if you do so.

How do you use Personal Information?
Usually, we use your Personal Information to operate the site and to deliver services. Personal Information may be shared between web sites that make up the network of web sites and (including,,, ) and others. We may also use Personal Information to allow other companies to contact you regarding products and services that may be of interest to you. If we intend to use Personal Information for Secondary Uses (see below), you will be provided with an opportunity to decline such contact.

Do you share my Personal Information with other companies?
We may have several necessary service partners who assist in providing the services or products associated with the site. As part of the operations of the site, these companies may have access to your Personal Information. These companies may provide routine services, such as credit card processing, or may provide essential elements of the site. These uses of Personal Information are primary to the operation of the site and are not considered Secondary Uses. We may also partner with businesses to provide special services to our customers. This type of use of Personal Information is called a "Secondary Use" because it is not necessary to the operation of the business or site. For example, a site may offer discount coupons for services or related products. In many cases these discounts would be an added benefit to our users.

What about the privacy of children?
The safety and privacy of children under 18 on the Internet is essential. We do not believe that any portion of our site is primarily directed at children. If we develop an area of our web site that is primarily directed at children, particularly children 13 years old or younger, we will only collect the most minimal amount of Personal Information necessary for the operation of the service. We attempt to follow up this collection of Personal Information with message to the user's e-mail address instructing them to seek parental permission for their use of the site.

Do you collect other forms of information about your users?
In addition to the use of Personal Information to operate our site, we may also gather anonymous information, which may be used by us or shared with third parties. This is information which does not personally identify you, but which may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer. For example, we might use this anonymous information to inform our advertisers how many users visited a particular advertisement, and for how long, so they can measure whether the advertisement was effective. This information is also used to generate advertising rates. Generally this information is collected either through "traffic data" or direct surveys of our customers and may entail the use of "Cookies", "IP addresses" or other numeric codes used to identify a computer by which a user accesses our site.

How do I correct or change Personal Information that I have given to you?
Generally, you will have the opportunity to correct or change your Personal Information at any time. When you use the Web site feature for which you have provided Personal Information, you will be able to access and edit your Personal Information for that feature. For example, when you register to personalize content, you are asked to provide us with a password. You can change that password at any time from your personalized page.

Can other users obtain my Personal Information from the Site without my consent?
Personal Information collected by us is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. In many instances, such as in the case of credit card numbers, the Personal Information is encrypted before you conduct your transaction.