Privacy Statement

Computer Erie Bay Users Group (CEBUG) provides a rich, interactive experience that combines original, independent and user-generated content. Our company is based entirely within the USA, although we have an International presences. This Statement of Privacy applies to the U.S. operations of all brands and services within the CEBUG family. By using the CEBUG website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Overall Privacy Statement

We take your privacy seriously. Protecting personal information in an accurate, confidential, secure and private fashion is fundamental to the way we do business both on or off the Internet. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we want to help you understand the terms and conditions surrounding the collection and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses the types of information we gather, how we use it, and how to correct or change it. These privacy practices apply to the Web site that you were viewing when you clicked through to this policy, which is operated directly by us.

1. What information does CEBUG collect?

Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with the best and most useful content and services. Several of the services and features that we offer on our sites require you to provide us with information as a condition of usage. These include access to password protected areas, the ability to post opinions or other content, e-mail newsletters, and participation in message boards.

We collect personally identifiable information, such as your name, email address, postal address, phone number, mobile number and credit card information when you provide it to us. From time to time, we may also collect other sensitive information such as your job title, gender, username and password. We may also receive information about you from other sources and add it to the information you provided to us.

Once you register within CEBUG's site, you are no longer anonymous to us.

2. What is CEBUG's practice regarding cookies?

Every Internet browser can store small amounts of data on the device in use when visiting our site; these are known as cookies. Although cookies need not be enabled to visit most of our site, active participation within certain areas may require cookies. Cookies alone tell us nothing about who you are unless you specifically give us personally identifiable information, in which case we use the information to enhance your services in the ways described below. Adjusting the settings within the browser in use will block cookies generated by our site to be made or collected.

We also use technologies, including electronic images known as Web Bugs - sometimes called transparent GIFs, clear GIFs, or beacons - that allow us to track general user-traffic patterns. Generalized information is also automatically receive and recorded by our servers about your browser type, IP address, time of visit to pages on our site, and information about pages visited. Unless registered, the information we gather through the use of tracking technologies cannot be matched with any personally identifiable information.

We use cookies and tracking technologies in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Counting the number of return visits to our site, advertisers' or partners' sites;
  2. Accumulating and reporting anonymous, aggregate (data collected in mass), statistical information on our site and advertisement usage;
  3. Determining what features and content on our site are the most popular;
  4. Saving passwords so they need not be re-entered on return visits;
  5. Displaying the most appropriate advertising or content based upon your interests.

Other companies presenting advertisements through our sites and, sometimes, in our newsletters other tracking technology are used. However, no personally identifiable information is revealed to us or them as part of this relationship. Only if you visit the web site of these companies and provide them with personally identifiable information about yourself would those tracking technologies tell advertisers anything about who you are. Advertisers' use of tracking technology is subject to their own privacy policies.

3. How does CEBUG use the information?

We use the information we gather for the following general purposes:

  1. To customize the advertising and the content you see;
  2. To enhance the user experience within our network of sites. We use tracking information to determine how well each page performs overall based on aggregate user demographics and traffic patterns to those pages. This helps us continue to build a better service for you;
  3. To fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in paid services, polls, contests, and message boards;
  4. To send you information you agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to you.

4. How does CEBUG share the information?

Personally identifiable information

We will make your personally identifiable information available to other companies or people when:

  1. You have indicated you will allow us to share that information at the time that you registered with us or provided us the information, or through a subsequent affirmative choices made within our website.
  2. You volunteer information or created a public profile in the course of your participation in our community features such as forums, user opinions and reviews, chat rooms, photo sharing or other forms of public communication and interaction.
  3. You use co-branded services (i.e., sites or services that we offer to you in connection with a partner, who is identified on the site). When you use a co-branded service within our network of sites, you grant us permission to pass your registration information back to that service partner. Their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.
  4. We may hire third-party vendors to provide specialized services such as customer support; e-mail message deployment; suppression, merge and de-duplication services; data processing; and special products or services that you have requested. These companies are only allowed to use the information in order to help us fulfill our services to you. We do not provide your information to these companies for their own, permanent use.
  5. When required by law, such as when we respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process.
  6. We believe that your actions have violate applicable laws, CEBUG's Terms of Use, or any usage guidelines for specific products or services, or threaten the rights, property, or safety of our company, our users, or others.

Aggregate information

We aggregate personally identifiable information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for marketing, promotional, and other purposes. We do not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to identify you personally.

Business transfers

We are always seeking to improve our network of sites and our business. In accomplishing these objectives, we may buy or sell a company, or one or more of the companies in our family may merge with or be acquired by another company. If we sell a business, we may transfer some or all of your information as a part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue or for other business purposes.

5. What are my options?

Users who would rather not provide any of the user data requested by our registration process do not need to register with us. You can still view much of the content and use many of the services offered by our sites without registering.

We also give users the following options:

  1. Opting not to receive our electronic newsletters or those of third parties when registering. Users who opt in may remove themselves from mailing lists at any time through the subscription-management pages or by following the instructions at the end of the e-mail they received from us;
  2. Opting not to provide certain personal information when registering for a site, provided, however, that you may not be able to use some of our products or services without providing us with certain information.

6. How can I review and update my personally identifiable information?

You can review, correct, or change the information collected during registration for any of our sites. This may be done by clicking on the My Account link shown while logged in and clicking on the various tabs showing this data. Users may change information at any time and as often as necessary. Users who are experiencing problems with our services or who have questions about how our services work can contact us using this form.

7. How will I know if the privacy policy is changed?

Any modifications to our privacy practices will be reflected first within this page, and the Announcement area of this site. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our sites that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the new privacy statement. If we are going to be using the information collected from users in a manner materially different from that stated at the time of collection, we will send affected users written notice of the change by e-mail.

8. Privacy of children

None of the sites within our network is directed to children under the age of 13. We operate our network of sites in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and do not permit registration by, and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from, anyone under 13 years of age. This requirement is clearly posted during the registration process.

Questions, Comments

Questions regarding this privacy statement or any other aspects of our network of Web sites should be sent to our offices at 1406 Dixon Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870, Attention: Legal Department. We read every message submitted and try to reply promptly to every one. We may also file your comments to improve the site, or review and discard the information.

Effective date: September 13, 2009