IM Interactive Corp – www.iminstandads.com (the "Site")
Revised January 2006
Purpose. Our purpose in establishing this Policy is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using Information with Our Customers' reasonable expectations of privacy. Our intent is to bring Our Customers products and services that We believe are relevant to Our Customers’ interests. We believe that our Customers benefit from promotional activity based on Customer Information employed to market goods and services.
What is Individual Specific Information? Individual-specific or personally identifiable information is any information or data about a Customer that in itself, or as part of a unique combination of information, specifically recognizes the Customer by a unique identifier or descriptor. Examples of individual-specific include name, address, telephone number, email address, employment status, credit card type and number, and other financial information.
What We Won't Do With Customer Information. IM will not:
1. Sell or rent Information to parties outside IM or our network or product and services partners who provide services and products within the Site, such as Microsoft's MSN Messenger Network, Akonix and other parties listed on the site;
2. Use the Customer Information We collect and store to make decisions about granting or extending consumer credit unless the Customer submits a separate credit application and authorizes Us to use or disclose this information; and
3. Act as a consumer reporting agency, or furnish information about any Customer's credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics or mode of living to any consumer reporting agency.
What We May Do With Customer Information: IM may:
1. Use Customer Information to offer Our Instant Messaging products and services and other related oher goods and services We believe may be of interest to Customers on behalf of ourselves or Our business partners;
2. Include information about Customers gathered from other sources We believe to be reliable to identify Our Customers more thoroughly and update Information We store and provide to third parties when the information changes, such as changes of address or new credit card expiration dates;
3. Create and use aggregate Customer data that is not personally identifiable to understand more about the common traits and interests of Our Customers;
5. Provide information on corporate credit card usage to the corporate card holder Customer directly or through third parties;
6. Transfer Customer Information to the party that acquires the business or assets to which the information relates.
7. Provide information in response to bona-fide requests for information in response to claims of patent or allege patent or intellectual property infringement, or in response to governmental subpoenas or court orders.
The Internet and Information Collected. When a Customer contacts Us via the Internet, fax or other means about one of Our customizable Instant Messaging business or consumer applications, We need certain information such as name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card number and other information to respond to the inquiry. If a Customer completes a transaction with Us for one of Our products, a confirmation will be sent to the Customer. The confirmation may contain additional offers from Us and/or Our business partners that We believe may be of interest based on the information provided to Us. If a Customer has asked to be put on Our mailing lists, We may contact the Customer via e-mail from time to time. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the Customer will always be provided with a way to opt-out of future e-mailings.
Like many other Internet sites, We automatically collect certain non-personal information regarding our Customers, such as software client information (for example, IP addresses, browser versions and operating systems) and aggregate information (for example, number of pages accessed) in order to analyze Web traffic and usage trends, and to enable Us to tailor content and services to provide a better fit to Our Customers’ needs. Information of this nature does not pertain to a Customer's specific identity and is not associated with a Customer's personal information.
Security. IM collects Information only in a manner deemed reasonably necessary to serve Our legitimate business purposes and comply with Our legal obligations. We safeguard our Customers’ personally identifiable information by using industry standard practices. Although “guaranteed security” does not exist either on or off the Internet, We make commercially reasonable efforts to make Our collection of such Information consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.
Currently, Our web site utilizes a variety of different security measures designed to protect personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users both inside and outside IM, including the use of 128-bit encryption based on a Class 3 Digital Certificate issued by Verisign Inc. This allows for utilization of Secure Sockets Layer, which is a method for encrypting data. This protects confidential information - such as credit card numbers, online forms, and financial data - from loss, misuse, interception and hacking. We take commercially reasonable efforts to create and maintain "fire walls" and other appropriate safeguards to ensure that to the extent IM controls the Information, the Information is used only as authorized by IM and consistent with this Policy, and that the Information is not improperly altered or destroyed. Our privacy protection practices help us to maintain accurate, timely, complete and relevant information for our business purposes. Our communication system, software and database practices have been designed to aid Us in supporting authenticity, integrity and confidentiality. Although We use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain data security when data is transmitted through third party communication service providers, We do not warrant the security of data during such transmission.
A Customer's browser may be set to allow him/her to be notified when a cookie is to be placed on the browser, decline the cookie or delete cookies that have been placed on the browser. Some functions of Our web site may not work or may work slowly if a cookie is refused. Our web site uses third party service providers to serve and host our advertisements. These third parties may place cookies on a Customer's computer if a Customer clicks on or accesses the advertising.
The third party cookies are used to track whether the site was accessed from the advertisement. The cookies generated from the advertisements do not contain personally identifiable information. We do not control these cookies and they may not follow the rules We have set for Our own cookies. We and Our third party ad server also use invisible pixels, sometimes called web beacons, on Our web site to count how many people visit certain web pages. Information collected from invisible pixels is used and reported in the aggregate without the use of a Customer's personally identifiable information. This information may be used to improve marketing programs and content and to target our Internet advertisements on Our site and other web sites.
Email. The primary purpose of capturing email addresses is to send transaction confirmations to Our Customers. Our confirmations may contain additional offers from Our affiliates and business partners based on information a Customer has provided. In addition, We may collect Customer email addresses and share them with Our third party service providers for purposes of conducting consumer research and surveys. Customers will always have the ability to opt-out of future email communications; however, We will continue to send e-mails to confirm transactions. In the event We use a third party email service provider to send emails, this service provider shall be prohibited from using Our Customers’ email addresses for any other purpose.
Other Disclosures. Regardless of whether a Customer opted out from having his/her Information shared, We may be obligated to disclose Information about a Customer to a law enforcement agency or by a court order, or under the discovery process in litigation, investigations, and prosecutions. Unless otherwise prohibited by law or Our contractual obligations, We may disclose personal information if required to do so by law, court order, or as requested by a governmental or law enforcement authority, or in good faith believe that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable. Situations may include: to perform, maintain or enforce contracts with Our Customers, to protect the rights or properties of Our business partners, Our Customers or others, or when We have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing or who may be threatening to cause interference with or damage to Our rights, properties, or the hotels, whether intentionally or otherwise, or when anyone else could be harmed by such activities.
Acceptance. By using Our web site, Customer signifies his/her agreement with IM's Policy. If Customer does not agree with this Policy, please do not use Our web site. IM, reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, alter or otherwise update this Policy (“Revised Policy”) at any time without prior notice. Such Revised Policy shall be effective immediately upon posting and shall govern Customer's rights and Our obligations with respect to the use, disclosure and protection of Customer's Information as of such posting. Customer should check this Policy periodically for, and read carefully, any such Revised Policy if Customer is concerned about how his/her Information will be used and before continuing on with the use of this web site. Customer's continued use of this web site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean Customer accepts those changes.