This Privacy Statement answers the following questions:
-What information does Inbox Alias gather about you?
-How does Inbox Alias use your personal information?
-How do we use "IP addresses" and "cookies"?
-Will Inbox Alias disclose any of your personal information?
-What kind of security measures do we take to protect your information from accidental loss or disclosure?
-Will Inbox Alias use your information for direct mailings?
-How can you deactivate your account or correct or revise information that we have about you?
-How do we respect children's privacy?
-What else should you know about your privacy?
What Information Does Inbox Alias Gather About You?
Inbox Alias collects information about our readers so that we can provide a more interesting and useful service, as well as more appropriate advertising. We ask for your name, email address, and other personal information when you register to use certain features of our Web site, or if you sign up for special or personalized services, such as our discussion boards or email newsletters. We also may ask for this information at other times, such as when you enter contests or other promotions sponsored by Inbox Alias and/or our partners. We sometimes conduct surveys as well, although you do not have to respond to them.
If you use our recommendation service to email one of our articles to a friend, you will need to provide us with your friend's email address and your email address as a return address. We will automatically send this person a one-time email, with the recommended article attached, as well as invite your friend to visit and register with our site. We will not use these email addresses for any other purpose.
We collect IP addresses for site security and to help us understand how people use our sites so that we can improve our sites and our users' respective experiences. For similar quality reasons, we use a feature known as a "cookie." Cookies contain bits of information that websites transfer to your computer's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more convenient by storing information about your preferences on a site. Although we may assign your browser a cookie, the cookie does not tell us who you are. Only you can tell us that. We discuss cookies later in this Privacy Statement.
We may also collect your email address when you submit content to our sites (for example, a contest entry, or a review of a product). Unless we get your approval, we will not display your address with your submission.
Besides cookies, we may also use tiny electronic images (called "single-pixel GIFs" or "Web beacons"), which allow us to count users who have visited specific pages or access certain cookies. We may use single-pixel GIFs in the following ways:
To count and recognize users.
To conduct research on behalf of some partners on their websites, and for auditing purposes.
To determine aggregate information about users, including demographic and usage information.
To determine which email messages were opened and/or acted upon when we send HTML-formatted email messages (messages resembling Web pages that include graphics).
Advertising networks that serve ads on our site may also use single-pixel GIFs in their advertisements. In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a Web page, including an ad banner, can act as a Web beacon.
How Does Inbox Alias Use Your Personal Information?
Inbox Alias collects personal information to provide you, the user, with the best and most personalized experience possible, and to provide our advertisers with an efficient way to reach the right audience. In short, by knowing a little about you, Inbox Alias can deliver more relevant content and advertisements to you.
We conduct research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior based upon the information you provide us when you register or participate in contests or other promotions on our site, or based upon the information on our server log files. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. We may also notify you of products, services, or areas of our site that we think may interest you based on the information we've received. If you would prefer us not to contact you for these purposes, simply email us and let us know.
In addition to helping us process your order, we use the information we collect from you when you buy a product or service from us so that we can provide you with an enhanced, more personalized shopping experience. We will also send you occasional discount alerts and notices about products and services that we think may interest you.
Sometimes we ask for personal information when providing special features and services. You do not have to give us that information, but without it, you may not be able to take advantage of those products or services. For example, you will be unable to view our focus reports on our site unless you sign up, and you may not be able to gain access to certain areas of our site unless you register and/or subscribe.
How Do We Use "IP Addresses" and "Cookies"?
Your Web browser or email application automatically provides your Internet Protocol address ("IP address") to other computers with which you communicate over the Internet, so that they know where to send you information.
We receive an IP address each time you view one of our Web pages, because the browser automatically reports it to us. We also may store the IP address when you register with Inbox Alias, post a message, or buy something from us.
We may use IP addresses for various purposes, including:
Diagnosing service or technology problems.
Assessing and maintaining system security.
Displaying the most appropriate advertising or content.
Studying how people use our site and how we can improve it.
Reporting to advertisers about aggregate, but not individual, information derived from IP addresses.
Cookies are used on our sites in the following ways:
Will Inbox Alias Disclose Any of Your Personal Information?
Inbox Alias will not disclose any personally identifiable information about individual users, except as described in this Privacy Statement. With the few exceptions that we explain here, we do not give, rent, lend, or sell individual information to our advertisers, although we do provide aggregate information. For example, we might tell an advertiser that there are 80,000 registered users in their area, but we will not tell them that John Smith is one of them, nor will we tell them his email address. We may also use this aggregated information to help the advertisers reach the kind of audience they want. They may give us an ad and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, males in the 00011 ZIP code). Inbox Alias (or people working on our behalf, under contracts and confidentiality agreements) would then take the ad and display it to users who have told us they meet those criteria. We may also disclose aggregate information (for example, information showing that 35 million of our readers clicked on a particular Web advertising banner last month) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
As for individually identifiable information, we may disclose it only under the following circumstances:
We may disclose information to others when we have your consent.
If you sign up for a special offer from an advertiser we will provide your individual contact information (for example, name, mailing address, email address, and/or telephone number), so that the advertiser or its agent can fulfill the special offer. Once the advertiser receives the information, it will handle the information under its own privacy policies. Obviously, if you do not want a particular advertiser to have your personal information, then you should not sign up for that advertiser's offer.
If you buy something from us, we will disclose your personal information to the extent necessary to fulfill your order and charge your credit card (if applicable). We may use a fulfillment company to fill and ship your order (excluding products you download directly from our site) and a credit card processing company to verify your card number and process the transaction. We may also give your information to a delivery or postal service so that it can get your order to you.
If you use our recommendation service to email a friend, Inbox Alias will automatically send this person a one-time email. The email address you give us will appear on the "From" line of the email, thereby disclosing this information to whoever opens and reads the email.
We may disclose your personal information as required by applicable law, or in response to legal process, to protect the rights or property of Inbox Alias, or to protect the safety of Inbox Alias, our users, or others.
We may disclose personal information in some other limited circumstances, but we will specifically describe them to you when we collect the information, such as in the rules of a contest or a new service. For example, if we are going to give personal information to a contest's sponsor, we will disclose it when you sign up for the contest, so that you can decide whether to enter.
Inbox Alias and its subsidiaries may share information for site administration or order fulfillment, and to notify you of products and services that may interest you.
What Kind of Security Measures Do We Take to Protect Your Information From Accidental Loss or Disclosure?
Inbox Alias is committed to protecting your personal information. We store information you provide us on our secure servers.
Personalized areas of our sites are password-protected. Only you have access to these password-protected areas. Do not share your passwords with anyone. Inbox Alias will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email. If you are using a computer to which others have access, such as one in a computer lab, Internet cafe, or public library, always remember to log out and close your browser window when leaving our site.
Will Inbox Alias Use Your Information for Direct Mailings?
If you register with Inbox Alias or sign up for or buy any of our products or services, we will send you information about our various products and services, or other products and services that we believe may interest you.
If you do not want to receive such offers and mailings, you can let us know through email. Please note: If you purchase products or services from us, or if you register for an account with us, we may contact you to confirm your purchase, subscription, or registration, or to provide you with information about its terms or features. You may wish to keep these transactional or relationship emails, to help you use our products and services.
To cancel any of your free email subscriptions, do so also by sending us an email.
How Do We Respect Children's Privacy?
Our sites are not directed at children under the age of 13. We operate our sites in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 13.
What Else Should You Know About Your Privacy?
When you post information on discussion boards, in chat rooms, that information, along with your screen name, is visible to the public. Please remember that whenever you disclose personal information publicly that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online where people can see it, people will know that information and you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. If you do not want strangers to have your email address, you should not post your email address on a discussion board.
While we do our best to protect your personal information, Inbox Alias cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. What does all of this mean? You must protect yourself. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any password and/or account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online, especially when using a computer that other people can use also.
Many of our advertisers or partners link from our site to areas on their own sites where they sell their own products and services. If you follow links from our site to others, you should be aware that you are doing business with those other sites, which have their own privacy and data collection practices. Inbox Alias has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies (and we may not even know what they are). For more information regarding a site and its privacy policies, check that site.
We may change this Privacy Statement at any time, but we will give notice of any material change (or any notices that we are required to give you) on our websites and/or in email messages.
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012