INFORMATION RICKSTRASSMAN.COM GATHERS AND TRACKS
RickStrassman.com gathers two types of information about users:
Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions like registration, to receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend, and from participation in polls and surveys.
Information RickStrassman.com gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our site. Our web server(s) log IP address and visitor’s domain name. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about the visitor. This information maybe be used for purposes such as examining traffic and to investigate misuse or abuse of any aspect of this site. This information is stored in a protected area of the site’s logs and may be shared at the discretion of Doric Systems, Inc. with appropriate law-enforcement bodies or in good faith with other third parties. We do not collect nor evaluate this information for specific individuals. Our Web servers do not automatically record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
RickStrassman.com gathers user information in the following processes:
Optional Voluntary Information
We offer the following services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:
We will send out notifications about payments and other activity related to your account. You might also receive periodic notifications about the changes in features for as long as you a registered member of RickStrassman.com.
Electronic newsletters (Dispatches)
We will offer a electronic newsletter to users. RickStrassman.com gathers the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. Users can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration.
RickStrassman.com may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience. We sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with our sponsors, advertisers and partners.
Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.
RickStrassman.com tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. RickStrassman.com does break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type of content provided by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser which is transmitted automatically in the course of any HTTP connection).
RickStrassman.com sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.
USE OF INFORMATION
RickStrassman.com uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.
As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas, we do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users, but we don’t track which terms any particular user enters.
RickStrassman.com creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
SHARING OF THE INFORMATION
RickStrassman.com uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience’s demographics.
We give users options to opt-out wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely obviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users
Some elements of our site may send your computer a Cookie. A Cookie is a very small file which computers use to store information about websites and vice-versa.
Third party Cookies motioned above are not personally identifiable – that is to say, they do not allow third party advertisers to gain significant personal information about who you are.
Cookies may be used to identify trends in a user’s browsing pattern. Information gathered from visitors’ visits to this and/or other sites may be used to determine which advertisements are served on this and/or other sites.
Visitors may choose not to allow Cookies to be served to their computers as a way of opting-out from such anonymous identification. Visitors should investigate the functionality of their Internet browser which may provide a means to disallow Cookies. We do not provide technical support for such activities.
Optional registration for site promotions, newsletters, member access areas and the Forums may request additional personal information about a user. This information is stored in a protected area of the site’s database and may be shared at the discretion of Doric Systems, Inc. with appropriate law-enforcement bodies or in good faith with other third parties.
This site has stringent security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.