AmericaTowne's Online Privacy Statement
AmericaTowne Inc. (AmericaTowne) is committed to protecting your privacy. Please read the AmericaTowne Online Privacy Statement below and also any supplemental information listed to the right for additional details about particular AmericaTowne sites and services that you may use.
This AmericaTowne's Online Privacy Statement applies to data collected by AmericaTowne through the majority of its websites and services, as well as its offline product support services. It does not apply to those AmericaTowne sites, services and products that do not display or link to this statement or that have their own privacy statements.
Collection of Your Personal Information
In order to access some AmericaTowne services, you will be asked to sign in with an e-mail address and password, which we refer to as your credentials. By signing in on one AmericaTowne site or service, you may be automatically signed into other AmericaTowne's sites and services.
At some AmericaTowne's sites, we ask you to provide personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. We may also collect demographic information, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. If you choose to make a purchase or sign up for a paid subscription service, we will ask for additional information, such as your credit card number and billing address that is used to create a AmericaTowne billing account.
We may collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with AmericaTowne's sites and services. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring website addresses.
When you receive newsletters or promotional e-mail from AmericaTowne, we may use web beacons, customized links or similar technologies to determine whether the e-mail has been opened and which links you click in order to provide you more focused e-mail communications or other information.
In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with AmericaTowne, information collected through one AmericaTowne service may be combined with information obtained through other AmericaTowne services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies that enable us to derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.
Use of Your Personal Information
AmericaTowne collects and uses your personal information to operate and improve its sites and deliver the services or carry out the transactions you have requested. These uses may include providing you with more effective customer service; making the sites or services easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information; performing research and analysis aimed at improving our products, services and technologies; and displaying content and advertising that are customized to your interests and preferences.
We also use your personal information to communicate with you. We may send certain mandatory service communications such as welcome letters, billing reminders, information on technical service issues, and security announcements. Some AmericaTowne's services may send periodic member letters that are considered part of the service. We may also occasionally send you product surveys or promotional mailings to inform you of other products or services available from AmericaTowne and its affiliates.
Personal information collected on AmericaTowne's sites and services may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which AmericaTowne or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using a AmericaTowne site or service, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. AmericaTowne abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.
Sharing of Your Personal Information
Except as described in this statement, we will not disclose your personal information outside of AmericaTowne and its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates without your consent. AmericaTowne sites do not share your contact information with third parties for marketing purposes, but instead may give you a choice as to whether you wish to receive communications from AmericaTowne on behalf of external business partners about a partner's particular offering (without transferring your personal information to the third party). See the Communication Preferences section below for more information.
Some AmericaTowne services may be co-branded and offered in conjunction with another company. If you register for or use such services, both AmericaTowne and the other company may receive information collected in conjunction with the co-branded services.
We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of mailings, providing customer support, hosting websites, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.
We may access and/or disclose your personal information if we believe such action is necessary to: (a) comply with the law or legal process served on AmericaTowne; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of AmericaTowne (including the enforcement of our agreements); or (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of AmericaTowne services or members of the public.
Accessing Your Personal Information
You may have the ability to view or edit your personal information online. In order to help prevent your personal information from being viewed by others, you will be required to sign in with your credentials (e-mail address and password). The appropriate method(s) for accessing your personal information will depend on which sites or services you have used.
Visit the website - You can access and update your profile on the site by visiting the Registration/log in area.
You can stop the delivery of future promotional e-mail from AmericaTowne sites and services by following the specific instructions in the e-mail you receive.
These communication choices do not apply to mandatory service communications that are considered part of certain AmericaTowne services, which you may receive periodically unless you cancel the service.
Security of Your Personal Information
AmericaTowne is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card number or password) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always choose to log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.
Collection and Use of Children's Personal Information
Many AmericaTowne sites and services are intended for general audiences and do not knowingly collect any personal information from children. When a AmericaTowne site does collect age information, and users identify themselves as under 13, the site will either block such users from providing personal information, or will seek to obtain consent from parents for the collection, use and sharing of their children's personal information. We will not knowingly ask children under the age of 13 to provide more information than is reasonably necessary to provide our services.
Please note that if you grant consent for your child to use AmericaTowne services, this will include such general audience communication services as e-mail, instant messaging, and online groups, and your child will be able to communicate with, and disclose personal information to, other users of all ages. Parents can change or revoke the consent choices previously made, and review, edit or request the deletion of their children's personal information.
We encourage you to talk with your children about communicating with strangers and disclosing personal information online. You and your child can visit our online safety resources for additional information about using the Internet safely.
AmericaTowne's websites use "cookies" to enable you to sign in to our services and to help personalize your online experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of AmericaTowne's sites and services that depend on cookies.
Use of Web Beacons
AmericaTowne's Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons - sometimes called single-pixel gifs - that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
AmericaTowne may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.
Finally, we may work with other companies that advertise on AmericaTowne sites to place Web beacons on their sites in order to allow us to develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a AmericaTowne site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser's site.
Use of Third Party Ad Networks
The majority of the online banner advertisements you see on AmericaTowne Web pages are displayed by AmericaTowne. However, we allow other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to display advertisements on AmericaTowne's Web pages. Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer in order to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. AmericaTowne does not have access to the cookies that may be placed by the third-party ad servers or ad networks.
AmericaTowne maintains relationships with a number of the third-party ad networks. Those ad networks that use persistent cookies may offer you a way to opt out of ad targeting.
Controlling "Spam" or Unsolicited E-mail
AmericaTowne is concerned about controlling unsolicited commercial e-mail, or "spam." AmericaTowne has a strict Anti-Spam Policy prohibiting the use of e-mail accounts to send spam. AmericaTowne will not sell, lease or rent its e-mail subscriber lists to third parties. While AmericaTowne continues to actively review and implement new technology, such as expanded filtering features, there is no currently available technology that will totally prevent the sending and receiving of unsolicited e-mail. Using tools such as the Inbox Protector and being cautious about the sharing of your e-mail address while online will help reduce the amount of unsolicited e-mail you receive.
Changes to This Privacy Statement
We will occasionally update this privacy statement to reflect changes in our services and customer feedback. When we post changes to this Statement, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of this statement. If there are material changes to this statement or in how AmericaTowne will use your personal information, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how AmericaTowne is protecting your information.
AmericaTowne welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you have questions about this statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us by using our Contact us.