Springfield Net Privacy Statement
When does the Springfield Net collect my personally identifiable information?
you register at one of the Springfield Net sites or services, we
collect personally identifying information from you. The more
information you provide, the better we are able to customize our
services and your experience to suit your needs and preferences. For
example, if you utilize the "Passport" registration feature offered at
many of the Springfield Net sites, we will ask you for a username,
password, e-mail address and zip code. Other sites and specific
services (e.g. free e-mail) will have different registration processes,
and may require you to provide additional personally identifying
information such as your address, phone number and gender. In addition
to registration, we may collect personally identifiable information
from you when you enter contests, and sweepstakes, participate in
promotions and special programs, register for premium or customized
services, make a purchase at one of our merchants or partners,
subscribe to one our print papers or magazines, or download a software
product or plug-in. If you are making a purchase or enrolling in a
premium service for which there is a fee, we will collect your credit
card, billing address, and other verifying information. In addition, we
may collect personally identifiable information from you when you
provide content to us for display or use on one or more of the sites in
the Springfield Net, including but limited to, when you participate in
user surveys, post messages to bulletin boards or chat areas, submit
personals or other classified listings, build a home page, report a
problem with one of our sites or services, or submit a letter to the
How is my personally identifiable information used?
main goal is to provide you with a customized and targeted user
experience within the Springfield Net. For instance, your personally
identifiable information enables us to greet you when you return to a
Springfield Net site or service, and provide you with news and services
we think will be of interest to you. We review our users' preferences,
demographics, traffic patterns, and other information in the aggregate
so that we can better understand who our audience is and what it is you
want. Tracking user preferences also helps us serve you targeted
advertising. Targeted advertisements are probably more interesting for
you, and are definitely more productive for our advertisers. If a local
grocery market wants to advertise an upcoming sale, we can target the
ad to registered users who live near that grocery market. Please note
that we do not share your personally identifying information with the
advertiser. We or third party ad servers acting on our behalf act as
the middleman between you and the advertisers that want to reach
you.(Third party ad servers are not entitled to collect or use your
personally identifying information). We use the information we collect
in non-intrusive common sense ways, like using your credit card number
to provide you with products and/or services that you request. All
credit card information is transmitted in an encrypted form, using SSL
(secure socket layer) encryption, the industry-standard. Although, we
will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the privacy of your
personal information, transmissions made by means of the Internet
cannot be made absolutely secure. The Springfield Net assumes no
liability for disclosure of data due to errors in transmission or
unauthorized third parties.
if you register for one or more of our sites or services, from time to
time, we will send information to you via e-mail about our products and
services, or third party products and services we believe may be of
interest to you. If you do not wish to receive these mailings, you can
simply check off the appropriate box when you register, or update your
profile at any time after registration so you no longer receive such
offers and mailings. Please check the registration screens applicable
to the service, promotion, or product offering for which you are
signing-up for specific instructions on how to update your user profile
and/or opt out of receiving offers and mailings. Also, please remember
that third party vendors also sell products and services on the
Springfield Net, and their policies may differ from ours.
What other information does Springfield Net collect and how is it used?
provide you with a more personalized user experience. A cookie is a
message that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on
set your browser preferences to reject all cookies (see below) but then
you will not be able to participate in most customized services, and
you may be required to repeatedly type in your personally identifying
information in order to participate in various services, promotions, or
product offerings. Cookies make your experience easier by saving your
preferences, purchases, and passwords. For example if you choose
"Automatic Login" during registration, the Springfield Net will store a
scrambled version of your username in a permanent "cookie" file on your
hard drive so that we can track your personalized services and
contain no personal information at all. These cookies, help us estimate
our audience size, determine which areas of the Springfield Net are the
most popular, and serve targeted advertising.
Address. The Springfield Net may also collect IP addresses for the
purposes of systems administration or to report information in
aggregate form to our advertisers (e.g. how many visitors logged in to
a Springfield Net site). An IP address is a number that is assigned to
your computer automatically when you use the Internet. When you visit a
particular web page in the Springfield Net, our servers log your IP
address. Your IP address is not linked to anything personally
Who does Springfield Net share information with?
information is shared by the Springfield Net sites in order to provide
you with a more integrated and customized user experience within the
Springfield Net. In general, we will not disclose your personally
identifiable information to third parties except to the extent
necessary to provide you with a requested product or service, or under
circumstances required by law. However, many of the services available
through the Springfield Net are offered in conjunction with third
parties (e.g. personalized stock quotes or online e-mail). We may
disclose some or your personal information (such as an email address)
to these third parties, but we will notify you of such disclosure prior
to transferring the data. If you make a purchase from a Springfield Net
merchant, the information you provide in connection with that purchase
is provided to that merchant in order to facilitate that transaction.
Any personally identifiable information you provide online as part of
an advertiser promotion (e.g. online coupons) may be provided directly
general we will only disclose your personally identifiable information
to the extent necessary to complete the transaction, administer the
promotion, or fulfill the request. However, specific uses of personal
information that vary from this Privacy Statement may be found the in
the Terms of Service or privacy policies applicable to that particular
service or offering. In addition, third party sponsors may administer
sweepstakes, contests, promotions, and other programs. To the extent
you are notified of uses of your personal information which are
different from those described in this Policy Statement during your
enrollment in any particular service, sweepstakes, contest or
promotion, the uses of which you are specifically notified will govern
that service, sweepstakes, contest or promotion. Please be on the
look-out for terms of service and privacy statements applicable to the
services for which you sign-up or participate in. In general, third
parties that receive information about you from the Springfield Net
will be obligated to notify you and provide you with an opt-out method
before sending you direct communications. Please note, however, that we
do not control the privacy policies of our advertisers and other third
party sites to which we provide banner ads and links. We assume no
responsibility or liability for these third party policies or the
actions of non-affiliated third parties.
will disclose your personal information when we believe in good faith
that any applicable law, regulation, or legal process requires it, or
where we believe disclosure is necessary to protect or enforce our
rights or the rights of another user.
disclose aggregated user statistics (for example, the percentage of our
users who access our Service from work) in order to describe our
services and reach to prospective partners, advertisers, and other
third parties. However aggregate data is not traceable to you
What are my options to control the use of my personal information?
browsers can be configured to reject cookies or alert you when cookies
that some portions of the Springfield Net, such as contests, shopping,
or personalized stock quotes may not work properly.
may cancel your registration to any Springfield Net service (e.g.
Passport") and/or request the removal of your personal information from
our user records by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will send an email to confirm your request. After you respond, we
will remove your information from our database. Residual information
may remain in our archives and records, but this information will not
be used for a commercial purpose (however we may notify you of major
changes to our service from time to time). We reserve the right to
maintain information on registered users who have violated our Terms of
Service or who have had their access to the Springfield Net blocked in
order to detect repeat offenders.
What else should I know about my privacy?
should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personal information
online in a public area, that information may be collected and used by
others. We do not control the actions of our visitors and registered
users. If you disclose personal information in a chat room, forum, on
your home page, or any other publicly accessible place in the
Springfield Net, you do so at your own risk and you understand that
your submitted information may be collected and used by others to send
you unsolicited messages, advertisements, or for other purposes.
remember that protection of your privacy begins with you. You are
solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any password you use
to register, and you should always be careful and responsible whenever
disclosing information online.
What about kids' personally identifiable information?
feel strongly about protecting the privacy of children. We encourage
kids to involve their parents in any interactive activity they
participate in online. Except where otherwise disclosed, we will not
collect or use any personal information from children we know to be
under the age of thirteen without obtaining express parental consent.
All general information collected from users under the age of thirteen
is used only for aggregate statistical analysis. Where users under the
age of 13 are permitted to participate in contests, they may be
required to provide the e-mail address of their parent or guardian so
that we can send notification and prices to the parent or guardian.
signify your acceptance of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree
or are not comfortable with any policy described in this Privacy
statement, your only remedy is to discontinue use of the Springfield
Net. We reserve the right, to modify this Privacy Statement at any
time. Your continued use of any portion of the Springfield Net
following notification or posting of such changes, will constitute your
accept of those changes. If you have questions or concerns about our
specific policies, please send e-mail to email@example.com.