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I. Information Collection
Madgenius.com is the sole owner of the information collected on the madgenius.com web sites. Madgenius.com may collect information from visitors to the web sites (“users”) at different places on the madgenius.com web sites in order to provide services to the users and to improve such services.
During registration a User is required to provide contact information (such as name, mailing address, telephone numbers, and email address). Madgenius.com uses this information to maintain contact with the User as is necessary pursuant to the subscription agreement. Users must also provide financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date) when subscribing to the madgenius.com service. This information is used for billing and payment purposes. In the event madgenius.com has trouble processing an order, that information is used to contact the User.
II. Information Use
Madgenius.com may collect and store information from cookies, log files, clear gifs, and/or third parties to create a user’s profile. A “Profile” is stored information that madgenius.com maintains on individual users that details their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information may be tied to the user’s personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the content of the site for the user. This profile is used to tailor a user’s visit to the web sites, and to direct pertinent marketing promotions to them.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user’s computer tied to information about the user. Madgenius.com may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions.
By setting a cookie on a user’s computer, users do not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while at the web sites. If a user rejects the cookie, the user will still be able to use the site. The only drawback to this is that the user may need to enter his or her password every time he or she accesses the site. Log Files Like most standard web site servers madgenius.com’s web sites use log files. This may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. IP addresses may be tied to personally identifiable information to enable web-based services. To manage user accounts and for other purposes, we may use tracking tools and utilities such as grep, traceroute, host, nslookup, or others. III. Communications from madgenius.com
Special Offers and Updates Madgenius.com may send new Users a welcoming email to verify password, username, and acceptance of the Subscription/User Agreement. Users may occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and the like offered by madgenius.com. Service Announcements On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance madgenius.com may send an email notifying Users of the outage. Generally, Users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. These communications are not promotional in nature. madgenius.com Service Madgenius.com communicates with Users via email, regular mail and telephone on a regular basis to provide requested services and regarding issues related to User’s services. IV. Sharing
Legal Disclaimer Madgenius.com DOES NOT Share Personal Information about users with any Third Parties except to provide services requested by our Users.
Though madgenius.com makes every effort to preserve user privacy, madgenius.com may need to disclose personal information when required by law when it has a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on madgenius.com. Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable) Madgenius.com may share aggregated demographic information with partners or advertisers. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information. Service Providers Madgenius.com may partner with third parties to provide specific services used by our Users. In such event, madgenius.com may share names or other contact information with such parties so that they may provide services such as technical support to users. Third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services. Business Transitions In the event madgenius.com goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, the personal information of madgenius.com’s users will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified prior to a change of use of their personal information. If as a result of the business transition, a user’s personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection the user will be given the following choice consistent with our notification of changes section. Choice Users are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party. Links Madgenius.com’s web sites may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that madgenius.com is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by madgenius.com’s web sites. Security Madgenius.com takes every precaution to protect all users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via madgenius.com’s web sites, their information is protected both online and off-line.
When the User End User Agreement or other online forms ask users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as the User End User Agreement and online order forms, the lock icon either on the bottom or top of web browsers such as Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when users are just ‘surfing’.
While madgenius.com uses SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, the Company also does everything in our power to protect user information off-line. All user information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in madgenius.com’s offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. ALL employees are kept up-to-date on Company security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment.