Lodestone Systems values your privacy and does not share your personal information.
last revised January 8, 2008
This site is owned and operated by Lodestone Systems. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.
We gather two types of information about users:
1. Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions and can include signing up as a user, receiving electronic newsletters, filling out response forms, participating in on-line polls, etc.
2. Information we gather through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs.
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.
We track user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. We do break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information passed to us by every user's browser).
We may track and catalog 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 site for you.
As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in the various parts of our site. We never share your e-mail address or any other individually identifying information with any third parties.
While 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 a particular user enters.
We create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for our internal use only. 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.
We will not sell, trade, rent or provide any information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
We use servers protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our users.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
Opting not to register as a user and receive our electronic newsletters.
Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information.
The accuracy of your individual identifying information is important to us. Registered users can review their individual identifying information by signing in and following the instructions.
We provide links to other sites. The privacy policies of these linked sites are the responsibility of the linked site and we have no control or influence over their policies. Please check the policies of each site you visit for specific information. We cannot be held liable for damage or misdoings of other sites linked or otherwise.