We believe that the primary purpose of having a website is to
provide information, not to gather it. As is true with many
other website owners, however, personal information is often
imparted to us through our websites. We are committed to
protecting our visitors' privacy and have a policy of
safeguarding our visitors' personal information from
unauthorized disclosure, access and use. Below we explain
how our websites may obtain personal information, what we
do with it, and how we protect it.
Information Gathered Through Traffic Monitoring
Like many other websites, our website is equipped with a program
which monitors traffic by automatically recording each visitor's
host and/or IP address. This program tracks the number of times
the site is hit, how many visitors come to the site, and which
parts of the site they frequent. We do not retain the addresses
collected by the program, nor do we disclose them to anyone
outside of the company. We simply use the information to assess
the effectiveness of our site.
Information Gathered Through Registration
In a few locations within our site, visitors may be asked to fill
out a registration or otherwise volunteer personal information.
Typically, the requested information may include an e-mail
address, a business address, an indication of preferences,
and the like. We take precautions to assure that information
gathered from visitors by way of registration is not disclosed
to any unauthorized* third parties. Also, we use the data
for very limited purposes, for example, to apprise the registrant
of new product offerings or to tailor a set of browsing preferences
for subsequent visits to our site. We do not use the information
to call upon the visitor, unless the visitor expressly asks to be
contacted in the future.
What about Cookies?
Some websites drop a small text file called a cookie into each
visitor's hard drive. Cookies serve as passive markers by which
a site can more readily recognize visitors on their next visit
to the site. For example, a cookie may indicate the preferences
selected by a visitor on the last visit and facilitate more
efficient browsing on subsequent visits. Our website does not
*Some businesses may, if appropriate, share information gathered
through their websites with authorized third parties, such as
distributors, who are contractually bound to safeguard it.
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