We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of our
personal information, including, without limitation, the reasonable efforts we make
to protect your personal information in accord with these guidelines, and about what
choices you have concerning our use of such information. Please read this policy
carefully. We may need to change this policy from time to time in order to address new
issues and reflect changes on our sites. We will post those changes here so that you
will always know our policies regarding what information we gather, how we might use
that information and whether we will disclose that information to anyone. Please refer
back to this policy regularly.
This policy applies to your use of all the sites and services owned or operated by
MyDigitalFamily.org, and affiliated companies (collectively “we,” “us” or “our”),
including any other site that we may own or operate currently or in the future
(collectively, the “Sites”). Unless we say otherwise, all references to the Sites in this
policy include all such sites. This policy does not apply to your use of unaffiliated sites
to which any of the Sites only link. This policy covers only information collected on the
Sites and does not cover any information collected offline by us.
Personal Identification Information
We may request personal identification information from you (such as your name,
street address, telephone number, credit card number, e-mail address and/or any
other identifier that permits the physical or online contacting of you) in connection
with your use of, or participation in, membership registration for MyDigitalFamily.org,
our contests, sweepstakes, promotions, games, surveys, forums, subscription
registrations, content submissions, chats, bulletin boards, discussion groups,
requests for suggestions, visitors’ requests for free products or services or additional
information (including via e-mail to us) and in connection with other activities,
services or resources we make available on any of our Sites. In all these cases, we
will collect personal identification information from you only if you voluntarily submit
such information to us. Except as otherwise provided in this policy, we reasonably
endeavor to ensure that we never intentionally disclose any personal identification
information about you as an individual user to any third party without having received
your permission (through opting in or similar procedures) except as provided for herein
or otherwise as permitted or required under law. Further, MyDigitalFamily.org may
contact you based on the information you provide online whether in connection with
your registration or in such places as the above described forums.
If you do provide us with personal information for any of these activities, we may
use it to conduct the activity. We may also use cookie technology and Web beacons
(discussed in detail below) to improve your experience of these activities, including to
remember your preferences, customize the content and advertisements that you see
or authenticate your access to your personal information. In addition, in the event that
your personally identifiable information is requested as part of our surveys, polls or
promotions, such personally identifiable information may be added to your registration
We may also contact you about your account status (for example, when a child enters
a new age group to which different policies apply), to confirm your registration and
If you give us your permission, we may also use personal identification information for
internal or external marketing and promotional purposes. On occasion, for example,
we may send you e-mails to introduce a product or a service that we think might be
of interest to the users of our Sites. For us to obtain your permission to send you this
information, we will give you an opportunity to “opt in” at the time our request for your
personal information is made. If you do “opt in,” you may choose to “opt out” at any
time, even after you have provided personal information, by following the procedures
certain circumstances, if you initially do not choose to “opt in” or if you later “opt
out,” you may not be eligible for certain benefits for which a name, e-mail address,
telephone number or other personal identification information is needed.
We have the following exceptions to these policies: We will release specific
information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal inquiry or process
such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order. We will also release
specific information in special cases, such as if there is an attempted breach of the
security of the Sites or a physical or property threat to you or others. We may also
transfer user information, including personally identifiable information, in connection
with a corporate merger, consolidation, the sale of related assets or corporate division
or other fundamental corporate change. We may provide access to your personally
identifiable information to our contractors who are performing services for us in
connection with our Sites or the services that you have requested.
In addition, on occasion, we may collect personal identification information from you
in connection with optional contests, special offers or promotions. We will share such
information with necessary third parties for the purpose of carrying out the contest,
special offer or promotion. Your participation in the contest, special offer or promotion
constitutes your consent to such disclosure and use of such information.
Further, the information you enter when making a purchase or online donation will be
shared with payment processors, financial gateways and your credit card company to
authorize credit card payments. Such information may also be shared with necessary
third parties solely for the purpose of carrying out the transactions.
Please note that if you give out personal information online—for example, on one of
our public forums such as a message board, chat room, folder or chat IM feature—that
information can be collected and used by third parties. Although we strive to protect
our users’ privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these
forums and have no control over how such third parties may use your information. You
disclose such information at your own risk.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your information and
password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration, whether or not
authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your
registration or password.
Nonpersonal Identification Information
We collect nonpersonal identification information through the use of, without limitation,
the following types of methodology:
Cookie technology: A “cookie” is an element of data that a website can send to your
browser, which may then store it on your system.
IP address tracking: An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer
when you are on the Internet. When you request pages from our Sites, our servers log
your IP address.
Web beacons: A Web beacon, or “clear gif,” is a small graphic image on a webpage or
Web-based document that a website can use to determine information about a user.
Nonpersonal identification information might include the browser you use, the type of
computer you use and technical information about your means of connection to our
Sites—such as the operating systems and the Internet service providers utilized and
other similar information. Our systems may also automatically gather information about
the areas you visit and search terms you use on our Sites and about the links you may
select from within our Sites to other areas of the Web or elsewhere online.
We use such information for our business purposes and, in particular, primarily to
administer the Sites, better manage advertising on the Sites and, in the aggregate,
to understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on
our Sites. This way, we know which areas of our Sites are the favorites of our users,
which areas need improvement and what technologies are being used so that we may
continually improve our Sites.
We may share this aggregate statistical information with our partners, suppliers and
other third parties, but we will not share any individual names, personal navigational
or other personal information. For example, we may use a third-party advertising
company to serve ads when you visit our Sites. We may share demographic and
preference information with this company to allow them to display appropriate
advertisements for you.
We use a proprietary advertising server to display ads on our Sites. In addition,
advertisers may elect to use third-party advertising companies to serve ads onto our
Sites. Some of our advertisers may display ads on our Sites that may use cookie
technology or Web beacons to (i) identify nonpersonal information about our users
(such as connection speed, browser and country of origin) and (ii) track user behavior
within our Sites. Advertisers generally use such information to customize the display
of ads within our Sites. We will not permit such advertisers to collect any personal
information from our users within our Sites, however, you may choose to voluntarily
provide the advertisers with your personal information. We do not have access to
these cookies or any information that they may contain.
Further, we currently contract with a third-party Web analytics provider to help manage
and optimize our Sites. We use this service to help us measure the effectiveness of
our advertising and how visitors use our Sites. To do this, we use Web beacons and
cookie technology on the Sites. The type of information we collect includes the number
of hits a webpage receives, the type of browser used and the number of times a visitor
makes a purchase from a particular promotion. By supplementing our records, this
information helps us learn things like what pages are most attractive to our visitors,
which of our products and services most interest our users and what kinds of offers
our users like to see. Although this third-party provider logs the information coming
from our Sites on our behalf, we control how that data may and may not be used.
Privacy of Children
We understand that young people need special safeguards and privacy protection. We
realize that they may not understand all the provisions of our policy or be able to make
thoughtful decisions about the choices that are made available to our adult users. We
strongly urge all parents to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet
and any online services and to teach their children about protecting their personal
information while online.
The Sites are not directed to children under the age of 13. We
prohibit registration by children under the age of 13 for all
interactive portions of the Sites, including chats and message
boards. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable
information from children under 13.
We may, at our discretion, require users under 18 to obtain the
consent of a parent or guardian to view certain content, and we
may limit access to certain content to users above a specified age.
You agree to abide by any such restrictions and not to help anyone
avoid these restrictions.
For more information on protecting your privacy, please visit www.ftc.gov/privacy.
Links to Other Sites
Users will find advertising or other content on our Sites that link to the sites and
services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third
parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites. In addition,
these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing.
These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service
policies or no policy (policies) at all. We encourage you to review the privacy policies
of any third-party sites or services before providing any of them with your personal
Protecting your privacy and your information is a top priority. We have taken
reasonable measures to secure both your information and our physical premises. We
exercise reasonable care in providing safe transmission of your information from your
PC to our servers (unless sent by a means outside of our control, such as e-mail).
However, we cannot guarantee that our measures will completely bar unauthorized
access to your information, and by using the Sites you assume this risk.
Access to/Correction of Information
If you would like to review any personal information we have retained about
you in our database, please send us an e-mail request for this information at
firstname.lastname@example.org. To help us address your request, please specify which
information you wish to review. Once you have reviewed this information, at your
request, we will correct personal information about you that you state is erroneous.
To request such a correction, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
You should be aware, however, that it is not always possible to completely remove
or modify information in our databases and servers, although we will always make
reasonable efforts to do so upon your request. Please also understand that due to
the volume of traffic on the Sites and correspondence received, we cannot make any
representations about the timeliness of the making of such modifications. In addition,
we are unable to modify your information in the records of any third party who has
been provided with your information in accordance with this policy.
If you “opt in” to receive information from us or others, you can change your mind
later. If, at any time, you would like to stop receiving such information or opt out of
a feature, you may go back to MyDigitalFamily.org and change your options. You
should be aware, however, that it is not always possible to completely remove or
modify information in our databases and servers, although we will always make
reasonable efforts to do so upon your request, and we are unable to have your
information removed from the records of any third party who has been provided with
your information in accordance with this policy.
Consent to Transfer
The Sites are operated in the United States. If you are located in the European Union
or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that any information
you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using our website,
participating in any of our services and/or providing us with your information, you
consent to this transfer.
Your Acceptance of These Terms
promise to comply with the representations you make and contained in the Terms and
do not agree to these policies, please do not use our Sites. Your continued use of the
Sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that you accept those