(Last Modified May 2008)
EXPANDED BOOKS, LLC ("EXPANDED BOOKS") is committed to respecting the privacy rights of all visitors to the EXPANDED BOOKS Network. For purposes of this Online Privacy Statement, the term "EXPANDED BOOKS" means any and all of EXPANDED BOOKS's web sites, including, without limitation, www.expandedbooks.com, as well as any other web sites that may now or hereafter contain an authorized EXPANDED BOOKS branded area or window, wholly controlled by EXPANDED BOOKS. The following policy describes how EXPANDED BOOKS protects information it receives from visitors to the EXPANDED BOOKS Network, and provides additional information of interest to the parents of children who may visit us.
EXPANDED BOOKS is the sole owner of the information collected on the EXPANDED BOOKS Network unless specifically stated otherwise. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this Online Privacy Statement. EXPANDED BOOKS collects information from our users at several different points on the EXPANDED BOOKS Network.
When ordering products or services from us, or when registering on the EXPANDED BOOKS Network, we may need you to provide your name, email address, mailing address, daytime phone number and for the purpose of ordering products or services only, you credit card information. We will also ask you to create a username and password. This information, among other things, allows us to keep a user profile that we may use to customize our sites to the preferences of individual users. This information also allows us to provide for faster communication with and product-related customer service from EXPANDED BOOKS. When you order products or register, we provide you discretion whether or not to submit other information, which may include, your evening phone number, fax number, date of birth, gender, income level, occupation, and other various marketing data, demographic information, and your personal consumer preferences. This information allows us better to know the needs and interests of our visitors and possibly to tailor any specific features, promotions or other notifications to individuals in the EXPANDED BOOKS Network community. Visitors will also be given a choice when registering whether they would like to be on one or more EXPANDED BOOKS Network mailing lists, or whether they would prefer not to receive such mailings. Should we allow our sponsors or other affiliated third parties to send offers to EXPANDED BOOKS Network users independently of a EXPANDED BOOKS newsletter or announcement, you will also be given an opportunity to opt out of receiving such offers.
When you enter a contest or other promotional feature, EXPANDED BOOKS may again ask for the visitor's name, address, email address, username, password, and other various marketing data, demographic information, and consumer preferences so that they are able to better administer the contest and notify winners. We may also use the information we collect to occasionally notify you about important functionality changes to the EXPANDED BOOKS Network, new EXPANDED BOOKS services, and special offers we think you'll find valuable. If you would rather not receive this information, or would like to opt-out of any other information request or distribution, simply submit such a request to EXPANDED BOOKS at email@example.com. For more information about opting out, please see below.
EXPANDED BOOKS implements a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. User personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of employees who have special access rights to such systems. When you place orders or access your personal information, we offer the use of a secure server. All sensitive credit information supplied by users is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into EXPANDED BOOKS 's databases to be only accessed as stated above. However, when EXPANDED BOOKS makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, individual web pages, and/or news groups available to its users, please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any of your personal information.
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the EXPANDED BOOKS Network, track users' movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We may partner with other parties to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
EXPANDED BOOKS reserves the right at its sole discretion to sell, trade or otherwise transfer outside the company personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily provide in any registration or contest submission. This information is used to better understand visitors' use of the EXPANDED BOOKS Network, to support related transactions made on the site, and to better know our visitors and possibly tailor any specific features, promotions, or other notifications to them. Additionally, such data, both in an individual as well as in an aggregate form, may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses in the future. Each email newsletter always contains instructions on how to discontinue receipt of the newsletter. However, if a visitor at anytime chooses to no longer receive such information and opt-out from any future mailings, they should simply reply to EXPANDED BOOKS 's removal instructions and request to be removed from any such list and/or mailings, or they may also send such a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After gathering any user information, EXPANDED BOOKS offers users the opportunity to remove their user-identifiable information from our database so as not to receive future communications or to no longer interact with the EXPANDED BOOKS Network until they later chose to. EXPANDED BOOKS additionally provides users the opportunity to update and modify any information they have previously provided by viewing their information sent directly to them following such a request from email@example.com, or by U.S. Mail to EXPANDED BOOKS, LLC, Attn: Privacy Administrator, 10117 Mountair Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042, and updating and/or modifying the information previously provided.
EXPANDED BOOKS welcomes your questions, comments, and concerns about privacy. Please send us any and all feedback pertaining to this, or any other issue, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by U.S. Mail to EXPANDED BOOKS, LLC, Attn: Privacy Administrator, 10117 Mountair Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042.
In an attempt to provide increased value to our visitors, EXPANDED BOOKS may choose various third party web sites to link to from, and frame within, its own site. However, even if the third party is affiliated with EXPANDED BOOKS, EXPANDED BOOKS has no control over these linked sites and each site will have its own, independent privacy and data collection practices. EXPANDED BOOKS has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites. These linked sites are only for your convenience and you therefore access them at your own risk. Nonetheless, EXPANDED BOOKS seeks to protect the integrity of the EXPANDED BOOKS Network and the links placed upon it and therefore requests any feedback on not only its own site, but for sites it links to as well (including if a specific link does not work) to email@example.com.
EXPANDED BOOKS realizes that many children will visit EXPANDED BOOKS Network on the Internet, and EXPANDED BOOKS therefore encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children, to participate in the interactive activities offered online, and for children to consult with their parents before submitting any information to any web site, including the EXPANDED BOOKS Network. No information should be submitted to or posted on the EXPANDED BOOKS Network by guests under 18 years of age without the consent and supervision of their parent or guardian. Although guests under 18 years of age may be allowed, with their parent permission and supervision, to participate in noted contests, if such a guest wins, notification and prizes are sent to the parents or guardian. However, EXPANDED BOOKS believes that it is ultimately the parents' responsibility to supervise their children's online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a kid-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from disclosing their name, address, and other personal information online without parental permission. For additional information about parental control tools, please consult the "Consumer Assistance" page of the Direct Marketing Association home page.