BetaDesigns.com (“BetaDesigns”) is strongly committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following policy to understand how your personally identifiable information will be treated as you make use of our many offerings. This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically. Please note that this policy applies only to
BetaDesigns, and not to other companies’ or organizations’ Web sites linked to our site.
This policy will let you know:
1. INFORMATION THAT BetaDesigns COLLECTS FROM YOU
BetaDesigns collects information from all users of this Web Site (our “Web
Site”), including both users who register for purposes of purchasing BetaDesigns’ products (the
“Products”) and services (the "Services") that are available in and through our Web Site (the
“Members”) and others who access our Web Site but do not have accounts
(“Visitors”). Please read this policy carefully and refer to it as often as necessary. BetaDesigns collects information in different ways from Visitors and Members who access the Web Site.
In general, our site automatically gathers certain usage information like the numbers and frequency of visitors to
BetaDesigns.com and its areas. We automatically gather certain information about you based upon your activity on our Web Site.
We also collect machine data such as processor type, processor speed, operating system type, browser type, audio devices, modem devices and video cards. This information may include the Web site's Uniform Resource Locator
("URL") that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, your Internet Protocol
("IP") address and the pages of our Web Site that you viewed during your visit. An IP address is an identifier for a computer or device.
Members are asked to provide certain personally identifiable information when they register for an account to use our Services or to purchase our Products, including name, address, email address, user identification name
(“User ID”), billing information (such as a credit or debit card number), and the type of personal computer being used to access the Services. We may also keep information on your communications with our Customer Service or other departments, and general account history, such as written comments or complaints relating to your account. We may collect and store certain information regarding your usage of the Services and purchases of the Products, such as data on the choices that you make among the range of available Products and Services and the times and types of Products and Services that you purchase or use.
We may periodically conduct surveys among our Members. We encourage our Members to participate in these surveys because they provide us with important information that helps us to improve the types of products and services that we offer and the manner in which we provide them to you. Your personally identifiable information and responses will remain strictly confidential, even if the survey is conducted by a third party. Participation in our surveys is voluntary.
BetaDesigns may also generate non-identifying and aggregate profiles from personally identifiable information that Members provide during registration (such as the total number, but not the names, of Members).
2. COOKIES AND HOW BetaDesigns USES THEM
BetaDesigns.com requires that you accept cookies. (See “Your Choices Regarding Collection, Use And Distribution Of Your Information” for more information on cookies.)
BetaDesigns Partners that display ads at BetaDesigns.com may also use their own cookies.
| ||·|| ||Remind us of who you are and to access your account information (stored on our computers) in order to deliver to you a better and more personalized service. This cookie is set when you register or “Login” and is modified when you “Logout” of the area of our Web Site reserved for Members.|
|·||Estimate our audience size. Each browser accessing BetaDesigns.com is given a unique cookie which is then used to determine the extent of repeat usage, usage by a Member versus by a Visitor, and to help target advertisements based on user interests and behavior.|
|·||Assist BetaDesigns’ business partners (“BetaDesigns Partners”) who are linked to BetaDesigns.com to track visits to and business at their sites. This information collected by cookies is sometimes called “clickstream” or “click trail” and may also describe which pages you have seen in each BetaDesigns Partner’s site.|
|·||Measure certain traffic patterns, and your visiting patterns in the aggregate. We use this research to understand how our users’ habits are similar to or different from one another so that we can make each new experience on BetaDesigns.com a better one. We may use this information to better personalize the content, services, banners, and promotions that you and other users will see or use on or through our site.|
3. HOW BetaDesigns USES YOUR INFORMATION
How BetaDesigns uses your information depends upon what type of information is being used.
Personally Identifiable Information
We use the personally identifiable information that we gather primarily to provide a customized experience as you use our Services and purchase our Products and, generally, we do not share this information with third parties. However, we may disclose such information if we have received your permission beforehand or in very special circumstances, such as when we believe that such disclosure is required by law or other special cases described below.
BetaDesigns uses the personally identifiable information that it collects from Members during the registration process, including personal preferences (the “Personal Profile”), to manage each Member’s account (such as for credit and debit purposes). BetaDesigns does not share this information with third parties, unless we specifically state otherwise or in special cases. We will share your credit or debit card information with our third party credit and debit card processor for purposes of making credit or debit charges to your credit or debit card for your purchases of our Products and Services.
However, in instances where BetaDesigns and a BetaDesigns Partner jointly promote the Products or Services for which a Member is registering, BetaDesigns may provide the BetaDesigns Partner certain personally identifiable information, such as the names, addresses, and User IDs of persons who subscribed to the Services or purchased the Products as a result of the joint promotion, for the sole purpose of allowing us and the BetaDesigns Partner to assess the results of the promotion. In this instance, BetaDesigns will require the BetaDesigns Partner to agree not to use the personally identifiable information for any other purpose. We use return email addresses to answer the email that we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.
We use information regarding the referring URL, your IP address, the browser you use and the pages of our site that you view during your visit to better understand the habits and methods used to reach our site and how we may better serve the needs of our Members and Visitors.
Non-identifying and Aggregate Information
BetaDesigns may also generate non-identifying and aggregate profiles from personally identifiable information that we obtain from Members and Visitors. We do research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, during a promotion, from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to understand and serve our users better. We take the information that we receive and combine (or aggregate) it with the responses of other
BetaDesigns Members and Visitors to create broader, generic classifications (such as gender, age, residence, hobbies, education, employment, industry sector, or other demographic information). We then use the aggregated information to improve the quality of our services to you, and to develop new services and products.
We also may provide statistical "ratings" information, never information about you personally, to BetaDesigns Partners about how our Members and/or Visitors, collectively, use the Services and this Web site. We do this so that they too can understand how much people use their areas and our site in order for them to provide you with the best possible Web experience as well.
BetaDesigns may display online advertisements provided by third-party advertisers. We may share aggregated and non-identifying information about our Visitors and Members with these advertisers. Additionally, in some instances, we may use this aggregated and non-identifying information to deliver tailored advertisements. In our role of delivering targeted advertisements and special promotions,
BetaDesigns plays the middleman. BetaDesigns Partners give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience that they want to reach.
BetaDesigns takes the advertisement and displays it to users meeting those criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only
BetaDesigns has access to individuals’ accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads.
4. WHO COLLECTS INFORMATION
When you are using BetaDesigns.com and are asked for personally identifiable information, you are sharing that information with BetaDesigns and our credit and debit card processor alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise.
For example, some of the Products and Services are offered in conjunction with a BetaDesigns Partner (“Sponsored Services”). In order to provide these Sponsored Services to you, it is necessary for us to share your personally identifiable information with the participating BetaDesigns Partners. If data is being collected or maintained by any company other than BetaDesigns, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service.
Promotions that run on BetaDesigns.com may be sponsored by BetaDesigns Partners or may be cosponsored by BetaDesigns and a BetaDesigns Partner. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsors. If data will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection or transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don’t want your data to be shared.
Please be aware that BetaDesigns Partners or other third parties that operate Web sites having links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those Web sites linked to
5. BetaDesigns’S DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
In general, BetaDesigns will not disclose your personally identifiable information except with your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. The following describes some of the ways that we may disclose your information.
BetaDesigns may disclose your personally identifiable information to BetaDesigns Partners. BetaDesigns may share with a participating BetaDesigns Partner some or all data collected during a BetaDesigns promotion or in connection with Sponsored Services. If personally identifying data about you will be shared, we will tell you before we collect or transfer the data.
Many promotions or Sponsored Services offer you opportunities to request additional information from BetaDesigns Partners, by requesting more information, you give BetaDesigns permission to transfer your personally identifiable information to the BetaDesigns Partner so that it can fulfill your request. In many instances, only your email address will be shared. If more information will be shared with the BetaDesigns Partner, you will be notified prior to the transfer.
Other Providers of Products or Services
We may provide additional links to resources we find useful. If you make a purchase from a provider of products or services whose Web site is linked to
BetaDesigns.com, the information obtained during your visit to that provider’s site, and the information that you give, such as your credit card number and contact information, is supplied to the provider. This is to enable transactions with the provider to take place.
Providers linked to BetaDesigns.com have separate privacy and data collection practices.
BetaDesigns has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more information regarding each provider, its site, and its privacy policies, return to that provider’s home page and click on its information link.
From time to time, you may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. If you opt-in to receive information from these third parties, BetaDesigns will (with your permission) share your name and email address with them.
Third Party Data and Data in the Aggregate
Under confidentiality agreements, BetaDesigns may match user information with third party data. Also, BetaDesigns discloses aggregated user statistics (for example, 45% of our users are female) in order to describe the Services to prospective BetaDesigns Partners and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
BetaDesigns may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating BetaDesigns’s
Terms and Conditions of Use or may be causing injury to or interference (either intentionally or unintentionally) with BetaDesigns’s rights or property, other
BetaDesigns.com users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. BetaDesigns may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.
6. YOUR CHOICES REGARDING COLLECTION, USE, AND DISTRIBUTION OF YOUR INFORMATION
BetaDesigns may, from time to time, send you email regarding our products and services.
In addition, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. Only BetaDesigns (or agents working on behalf of BetaDesigns and under confidentiality agreements) will send you these direct mailings.
On some types of BetaDesigns promotions, we will ask for your email address in order to update you on your entries and status in prize drawings. When you participate in these types of promotions, you automatically receive promotion-related email, unless you choose the no-email option that some promotions offer. Occasionally these promotion-related email messages might include targeted advertisements.
You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is sent, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies you will be unable to use those BetaDesigns services that require registration in order to participate.
BetaDesigns does not sell or rent personally identifiable user information to anyone. We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service or not to participate in certain promotions or contests.
7. BetaDesigns’S PROTECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Keeping your personally identifiable information private is vitally important to us. We do not make personally identifiable information available to any third parties without your permission. Any user statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers
or BetaDesigns Partners regarding product or service usage on BetaDesigns.com are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information about any individual user.
Please note that there are places on BetaDesigns.com where you can transmit credit or debit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction. Any time we ask for a credit or debit card number we transmit that credit or debit card number in an encrypted format. We use industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
8. SECURITY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT
THE LOSS, MISUSE, OR ALTERATION
OF YOUR INFORMATION
We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. BetaDesigns will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. Also remember to logout of your Member account and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personally identifiable information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
Unfortunately, no data transmission through microwaves or over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, BetaDesigns cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us or through our Internet access services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort within our site to ensure its security on our systems.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
9. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
Naturally, the safety of children is very important to us. BetaDesigns.com is a general audience Web site. We do not knowingly permit persons under the age of eighteen to purchase the Products and Services, and they may purchase the Products or use the Services only by using an adult’s account. Children should always ask a parent for permission before sending personally identifiable information to anyone online. BetaDesigns does not share personally identifiable information about users under the age of 13 with third parties and we do not sell or rent personally identifiable information about any of our users, regardless of age. In addition, BetaDesigns will not send any direct email offers to users who indicate they are under the age of 13.
10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information online at any Web site, for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas, that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personally identifiable information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
11. CONTACTING BetaDesigns
If you have other questions, comments or concerns about these privacy policies, click here to contact us.
12. REVISIONS TO THIS POLICY
Revised May 3, 2003