Christopher Webster Investigations (C.W.I.) Community,
created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to
protecting your privacy. Questions regarding this statement should be directed
to C.W.I. by email to email@example.com
or by mail to:
Attn: Legal Department
P.O. Box 1712,
Burlingame, California 94010
to this policy will be posted in this space. We welcome any questions or comments
you have; please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following discloses
our information gathering and dissemination practices for our website:
does C.W.I. gather and how?
We strive to provide
our members with a superior, personalized and customized Internet experience.
To do so, C.W.I. gathers information through optional, voluntary registration
about each of our members' geographic location, personal interests, and preferences,
all the while ensuring the privacy protection of that information. We also collect
navigational information, by using a feature of your browser called "cookies".
Through our site's
registration form, periodic online surveys and contests we ask you to voluntarily
give us contact information such as your name and e-mail address, as well as
demographic information (e.g. age, gender, income) and might also ask for financial
information like account or credit card numbers, when necessary. Additional
personalization features might in certain areas of the site enable you to further
customize content areas or topics of specific interest to you.
Our servers automatically
collect information about which sites users visit and which pages are viewed
within our sites, by using a feature of your browser called "cookie"
which assigns a random number, or "User ID," to your browser. The
cookie automatically identifies your computer, when you visit the site. We also
to you. This practice is common in Internet advertising. We only identify the
computer that is used to access the site. Unless you specifically tell us, we
will never know who you are, even though we assign your computer a cookie. Internet
browsers offer you the option to generally refuse to accept cookies. You should
understand that this site will not function properly if you
We also collect
"Log Files" to analyze the traffic on our advertisements, develop
member patterns and derive basic statistics. The "Log Files" are collected
solely for internal use and will not be passed on to Third Parties" unless
it is collected for a promotion or event.
Please note that
personal information that you voluntarily disclose is displayed in your control
panel. You can modify or update your user profile by clicking on "Update
Profile" after login. Use of information in general
the information voluntarily given to us as a means to tailor parts of our service
to your needs. Some of these personalized services are made available directly
by us, while others are offered by our content partners. We also use the information
in order to analyze and evaluate member preferences, comments, and suggestions
of C.W.I.'s offerings in order to improve the present and future versions
of our website.
never willfully disclose individually identifiable information about our members
to any third party without first receiving that member's permission unless we
believe in good faith that the law requires it, to protect the rights or property
of C.W.I. Notwithstanding the above, however, C.W.I. may disclose individually
identifiable information about it's members to any third party in connection
with the transfer of substantially all of the business operations of C.W.I.
(whether of asset sale, stock sale, merger or otherwise). Therefore we cannot
guarantee, that your personal information or communications will remain private.
To help our advertisers
better understand our member's preferences and interests, C.W.I. creates
summary or aggregate - but not individual - reports on a regular basis. (An
example of the type of information provided in a summary report might be, "32,000
people clicked on Business 'X' in our business directory today and of those people, 85% of responses
indicated that they are interested in the service offered by that business").
C.W.I.'s advertisers use this information to determine the effectiveness
of their efforts. We never provide our advertisers with individually identifiable
information about our members unless the member has given explicit permission
for us to do so. Use of individual Information.
information provided to C.W.I. is used throughout the service to provide
an experience that is tailored to the needs of our members.
In certain cases
this information will also be shared with C.W.I.'s content partners who
provide content or enhanced services, but only if you have given permission.
When information is given to a content partner to operate a service (i.e., chats
should read and understand before submitting any of your personally identifiable
information to be shared with that partner. C.W.I. retains no responsibility
or liability for privacy policies of those entities. Companies that purchase
advertising on C.W.I. may track your navigation to and from their sites
and collect aggregate information about you when an ad is displayed or when
you click on their ads. C.W.I. does not control this collection of information,
nor do we monitor the use of this information once our advertisers obtain it.
You should contact these advertisers directly if you have questions about their
use of this information. Additionally, C.W.I. does not control the information
collection and distribution policies on sites outside of C.W.I.
As part of our
community-building features, C.W.I. will allow members to participate in various
chat rooms and message boards. Please be aware that any information disclosed
in a chat room or news group, or on a message board, becomes public information.
Members should exercise serious caution when deciding to disclose individually
identifiable information in one of these areas. Your personal privacy is important
to us, however, C.W.I. cannot ensure the protection or security of information
disclosed within these areas.
If you choose to
make a purchase through an online affiliate program (i.e. barnesandnoble.com)
or service linked from C.W.I., be aware that the company operating the store
will receive any information given, such as a credit card number or home address.
These merchants have separate and distinct privacy and data collection practices.
C.W.I. retains no responsibility or liability for the privacy policies of
these online stores. To obtain more information about an individual vendor's
policy on privacy, please visit their homepage and review their privacy statement
before making a purchase decision. Opt-out policy
users options wherever necessary and practical. Our policy on communications
directed to our members is very clear:
You can opt not
to receive communication from C.W.I., such as our e-mail newsletters announcing
contests, new features, or offerings from our content partners, when you first
provide the information.
If you originally
opted in and would like to opt out, you will find instructions in each newsletter
on how to unsubscribe to future communications of this type.
If you have explicitly
authorized C.W.I. to provide personally identifiable information to a third
party, any request not to receive any communication from such third party should
be directed to the third party site. Correction and Update-policy.
We offer registered
users choices regarding our use of your personal information. You can edit certain
personal information you supplied to us by clicking on "Update Profile"
after login in using your email address and password. You can also send email to
or call 1-650-342-9495 to have your personal information edited. If you delete
personal information, it cannot be used by us or disclosed to third parties
in the future. Personal information previously disclosed by us to third parties
will be used according to such third parties' privacy policies. In addition,
even if you delete or change some personal information in our registration database,
it may remain in other databases (including those kept for archival purposes
and by third parties.
What are C.W.I.'s
Data Security Procedures?
We have taken industry-standard
measures to ensure that your private communications and personal information
is accessible only to select individuals with a "need to know" at
C.W.I. Any sensitive information that is collected through our online-shopping
form will be sent to us through encryption. All information is stored on a secured
database and is accessible only after a password has been entered. However,
please remember though that "absolute security" does not exist on
What is C.W.I.'s
Policy Towards Children?
no intention of collecting any personally identifiable information from individuals
under the age of eighteen years of age. Where appropriate, C.W.I. will specifically
instruct children not to submit such information on our websites or advertisements.
If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent
or gaurdian of that child may contact us at the email address or address listed
in this Privacy Statement if they would like this information deleted from our
records. We will use reasonable efforts to delete the child's information from
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