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Privacy Policy For GeekVillage.com

We respect your privacy. Your Email address and any other data you provide us will never be released to a third party. All our Email lists and Membership forms use the Opt-In model. These Emails always include a procedure and instructions to remove yourself from our lists. We do use "cookies" on this site. We use "cookies" to retain your user name and password for our geek/talk Bulletin Board and in our Contests, Polls, Quizzes, and Surveys.

Certain sections of this site log and display your IP number. This includes our geek/talk Forums For Webmasters. IP numbers are not secret and have been used for years. Every site you visit logs and often displays your IP number. We use this procedure for your protection as well as our own. It helps us protect our members from abuse, permits members of our Bulletin Board to "flush" impostors and "Abusers", provides us with the additional evidence to aggressively pursue "Abusers", and acts as a deterrent for "Abusers". If you use a Broadband connection to the Web such as Cable or DSL, you should install a firewall on your system to protect it from third party abuse. We have received good reports about ZoneAlarm, BlackICE, and the Linksys Router. Then check the integrity of your system using Shields UP. If our IP procedures still make you nervous or are inconsistent with your wishes, please leave our site and do not return.

This is how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site. If you visit our site we collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain); the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

Any data which we collect will only be used by ourselves. We reserve the right to transfer any data collected in the event we sell this site or any other site which we own.

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
Our Compliance Statement and Procedures

Although we have no knowledge of any children under the age of 13 using any service or subscribing to any service on this site which may fall under the purview of this law we have chosen to implement our full and absolute compliance with this law. We think this law is good and children under the age of 13 need protection.

If you are under 13 years of age please do not subscribe to any of our Email lists or register for our geek/talk Bulletin Board and or use any service on this site which requires your "personnel information". The next paragraph explains this in more detail.

If you are under the age of 13 and you see any service on this site which collects the following information, please do not use it or submit any data. This includes a service on this site which asks for your name, home address, e-mail address, telephone number, hobbies, interests, and a request for any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact a child under the age of 13. If you have any questions about our compliance procedures, please Email us.

Helpful Links:

How to Comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm

Federal Trade Commission Privacy Initiatives Site (includes link to the full text of the Final Rule)
http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/index.html

CNET article, "Building Websites for Kids; Do: Be Careful with Private Info" (includes link to a "quick fix" privacy policy) http://www.builder.com/Graphics/Kids/ss03.html

Online Privacy Alliance's Resources for Business http://www.privacyalliance.org/resources

Some sections of this page were adopted from the Privacy Policy of the Federal Trade Commision.

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