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WebRing and the Privacy of our Visitors and Members

At The Wired Ring, we respect your privacy whether you're a first-time Visitor or a dedicated Member. We do collect information from you, but our policy is to ensure that all personal information remains private to the extent that Members and Visitors wish it to remain private. To earn your trust and confidence in the Internet The Wired Ring, and WebRing, we are disclosing our privacy practices and the uses of the information we gather.

To protect your privacy, WebRing:

  • Provides a notice and a link to this Privacy Notice on all pages where we collect personal identifying information.


  • Will use personal identifying information about you in a manner consistent with this Privacy Notice.


  • Will not knowingly collect personal identifying information from children under 13 or knowingly use such information without express parental consent.

As you may know, WebRing serves as an Internet navigation and linking service, allowing people to find out information about topics of interest and to link with others having interest in similar topics. WebRing does not operate or control the individual Web sites which are part of WebRings. RingMasters and Ring Members may be Members of or subscribers to other Internet services which have their own privacy and content guidelines or restrictions. WebRing does not control what appears on the Web sites contained in Rings.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice, please contact us at:privacy@webring.org

 

A. WEBRING'S COLLECTION AND USE OF GENERAL INFORMATION FROM MEMBERS AND VISITORS

WebRing collects information from all Visitors to our site, including IP address, operating system, and browser software. Using your IP address, we can determine your Internet Service Provider and your geographic location. This information reflects the population as a whole rather than focusing on individuals, and we use it to identify the most popular Rings, portals and other areas on our Web site and evaluate the effectiveness of our promotional activities.

We also use this information to perform statistical analyses of collective characteristics and behavior, so we can measure overall Visitor demographics and interests regarding the Site. For example, we disclose the aggregate data to advertisers to inform them of the number (and characteristics) of people who have seen and clicked on their advertisements.

WebRing does not collect the e-mail addresses of people who communicate with us via e-mail; we use the addresses only to respond to them.

 

B. WEBRING'S COLLECTION AND USE OF PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FROM ITS MEMBERS AND VISITORS

Personal identifying information includes:

  • Home or other physical address


  • Phone number


  • Any other information that identifies a specific individual


  • Any information which, when tied to the above listed specific information, can identify a specific individual.

The only personal identifying information we currently collect is the first and last name and e-mail address of RingMasters and Ring Members. We collect this information at various locations throughout the site, including Create a New Ring and Join an Existing Ring processes. We give notice at each location that asks for personal identifying information, and such information will be used only for the purposes stated at the location of the collection, and/or within this Privacy Statement. When we collect personal identifying information, you will always have the choice of whether or not to provide it. However, you may not be able to receive certain of WebRing?s services without providing the information requested.

We use this information for administrative and other purposes that we believe are necessary to maintain, improve and enhance our services. Such uses include data transmission, surveys of our Members conducted by third parties, sending e-mail messages to all of our Members. We may use third parties to provide these services.

WebRing fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those persons who use our services for illegal activities, and we reserve the right to release personal identifying information about Members when we believe our services are being used unlawfully even without a subpoena, warrant or court order.

We do not control the actions of our Members or Visitors. If you disclose personal information on your Ring or to others, it may be collected and used by others. WebRing does not assume any responsibility for actions of those other parties.

When you join a Ring, personal identifying information is also collected by the RingMaster. RingMasters are independent of WebRing, and are only permitted to use the information collected in order to administer the Ring, and to send messages to Ring Members. If you believe that any RingMaster is misusing personal identifying information please contact us at: privacy@webring.org.

 

C. WEBRING DOES NOT KNOWINGLY COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN

We believe that it is especially important to protect children's privacy online.

Note: WebRing defines children as minors under the age of 13 years.

We do not knowingly collect any personal identifying information from children. For this reason, children are not knowingly permitted to be RingMasters.

 

D. MEMBERS? ABILITY TO CHANGE/REMOVE INFORMATION

If, at any time you would like to find out the information WebRing maintains about you, or change or delete any information within WebRing's active database please direct your browser to Ring Management

If you leave WebRing, we may delete your information from our active database. Residual information will remain within our archived database and records.

WebRing does not control the acts of its RingMasters or Members. All RingMasters, Members and Visitors should be aware that, when they disclose personal identifying information to others, the information may be collected and used by others to send that person unsolicited e-mail from other parties, outside WebRing. If you encounter any WebRing Member or RingMaster who is improperly collecting or using information about users, please contact: privacy@webring.org

 

E. SECURITY OF INFORMATION COLLECTED BY WEBRING

Information collected by WebRing is stored on secure servers and access is limited to authorized personnel only.

 

F. OUTSIDE PARTY COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION

Please be aware that WebRing does not control the acts of its Members or Visitors. All Members and Visitors should be aware that, when they disclose personal information, on their Web site or elsewhere on the site, the information might be collected and used by others. Additionally, Members should be aware that when they link, or click on ad banners, they might go to other sites not operated by WebRing. These outside parties may have different privacy policies from those of WebRing. If you are asked to divulge personal identifying information at any point outside WebRing, please be aware that privacy policies other than WebRing may apply to the collection and use of that information. WebRing does not control and does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.

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If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice please contact us at: privacy@webring.org

Thank you for your interest in WebRing!

 


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