Updated November, 09, 2012
2. Overview of the information we collect.
A. Personally Identifying Information
BleepingComputer will collect personally identifying information (e.g., name, e-mail address, postal address), from you when you voluntarily provide such information. For example, you may submit personally identifiable information (i) to register with the Site or use interactive parts of our Site where users can provide content and suggestions or participate in interactive discussions and/or (ii) to participate in optional events, sweepstakes, contests or promotion registrations.
B. Aggregate Information
Aggregate information is non-personally identifiable/anonymous information, such as type of web browser used, type of operating system, the domain name of your Internet Service Provider, and IP addresses. Each time a visitor (whether they are registered or not) connects to a page on the Site, we may log that visitor's IP address. This is a common practice used by many sites and is used to track which pages visitors access and how long they spend there.
You may disable cookies at any time. But, if you do not allow cookies from BleepingComputer, then you may not be able to use certain features of the Site.
Certain web pages may contain invisible images, sometimes called web beacons that allow a web site to count users who have visited that page. BleepingComputer will only use web beacons within its Site for statistical purposes. Third parties may use web beacons as described in Section 4 below.
3. Use and Disclosure of information collected by BleepingComputer
A. Personally Identifiable Information
We may use personally identifiable information for the following purposes: (i) validation of a user's registration, (ii) topic and forum subscription notifications, (iii) for the Site administrator to contact the particular user, (iv) to notify a user that he or she won a contest, (iv) performing customer service activities, (v) making available services to you or notifying you about new services or offers you may find valuable. If you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing materials from us, please follow the instructions at the bottom of each email for opting out. Personally identifiable information will not be disclosed to any third parties, except as follows:
B. Aggregate Information
BleepingComputer uses aggregate information for the purpose of operating and improving the Site, fostering a positive user experience and delivering the products and services that we offer. We may sell, share or trade compiled aggregate information with third parties. As stated earlier, no single person can be identified by such aggregate information.
4. Do any third parties collect information about me on the Site?
BleepingComputer uses Crowd Science to deliver surveys where we ask generic questions to our users. These surveys will be randomly shown to unregistered members as a small prompt at the bottom of the site. If you do not wish to take part in the survey you can either decline it, or ignore the message and it will go away shortly. If you participate in a survey, you will be issued a cookie from Crowd Science so that you do not get prompted to participate in another survey for 3 months. This cookie will not be used for any other reason. These surveys allow us to collect non-personally identifying information about our visitors in order to create interesting and quality content and advertising campaigns. Under no circumstances will any personally identifying information be asked during these surveys.
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5. How does BleepingComputer protect and secure my information?
BleepingComputer follows generally accepted industry standards to protect your sensitive information from unauthorized access. Any data that is stored on our servers is treated as confidential and is not made generally available to the public. Our servers are protected by firewalls and are located in secure data facilities to further increase security. Please keep in mind, however, that despite these reasonable efforts to protect data on our servers, no method of transmission over the Internet is guaranteed to be secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal data at all times, we cannot guarantee its absolute security and shall not be liable for any breach of security by an outside party.
6. How can I update or change my personal information?
You can update almost all information about your account by logging in and clicking on My Control Panel. From the control panel you can Edit your profile. If there is information that you can not change with this method, please send an e-mail to us using this feedback form with all relevant information.
7. Policies for individuals under 13 (COPPA)
8. How to Unsubscribe from BleepingComputer
If you are a member of this site, and would like to unsubscribe, you can contact us and provide your login name and E-mail address. We will then verify via e-mail that you are indeed the owner of the account and remove or deactivate it as per your wish.
If at any time you would like to communicate with us about your privacy concerns, please e-mail us using this feedback form.
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