COLLECTION AND TRACKING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
So that we can provide you with the most customized service available, we sometimes request personal information about you. We typically collect personally identifiable information such as name, email address and demographic information such as age, gender and zip code. We may collect your IP address, browser type, domain name, access times and referring Web site address. This information is collected either during registration on a site or in response to specific requests, for example: signing up for a newsletter, entering a sweepstakes or contest or answering a survey. Information collected at Crochet Mastery’s site will be available within the www.crochetmastery.com family of sites.
We use personal information so that we may display personalized content to you and send of-interest newsletters, emails, features, promotional material, surveys and other updates to our users. A user may, at any time, choose to opt out of receiving such information. We also use collected information to review and maintain our service, address any problems that may arise, and to evaluate user trends to ascertain what part of our services are most popular with users and when.
We may extend offers to users on behalf of our partners about specific products or services that may be of interest to them, but we will never give out your name or personal information at any time without your prior consent. As a result, although we may receive payment from our partners for this service, Crochet Mastery sends all the offers so that your personal information is never shared with any outside third party without your permission.
We may periodically produce reports for advertisers containing aggregate information about our users such as demographic, age and online usage data. This allows us to work in conjunction with advertisers to provide content and offers that are most applicable to our users. We will never include any personal information in these reports.
We allow site users to e-mail articles or links to other parties who may be interested in them. We do not retain any email addresses of either the sender or recipient of such articles or links after they are sent, unless one of the two is already a registered user.
We reserve the right to use or disclose any information without notice or consent as needed to comply with laws, regulations or legal requests; to conduct investigations of user complaints or possible breaches of law; to protect the integrity of our site and property; to protect the safety of our visitors or users; to fulfill requests; or to cooperate in any legal investigation.
You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose information online (whether through www.crochetmastery.com’s services or any other service available online), personal or otherwise, that information could be collected and used by others. For example, if you use chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards, or if you post personal information online, you may receive unsolicited messages from other visitors or users. Crochet Mastery has no control over this use (or misuse) of your personal information.
Your browser utilizes cookies, which, if you allow their use, store small amounts of data on your computer when you visit a Web site such as ours. Cookies do not contain any personally identifiable information and therefore cannot be used to identify you personally, and cannot be used to find your personal information. Cookies simply assist us in tracking which of our features you prefer. Cookies also enable us to customize our site content according to your preferences. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by changing your browser settings and our sites are viewable even if you disable the cookie function on your browser. However, if you disable cookies, some advanced and customized features of our site, as well as other third-party sites, will not be made fully available to you.
We may also place a cookie on your browser so that we will recognize you as a unique, anonymous user. This will enable us to make sure that you do not see the same ad over and over, to sequence ads in a series, and to gauge more accurately the number of unique visitors.
Some of our pages may contain electronic images known as beacons, which are also called single-pixel gifs. These images allow us to number users who have visited those pages and deliver co-branded services. We also may include beacons in promotional e-mail messages or newsletters in order to gauge how many messages have been opened and acted upon. These beacons are not used to attempt to locate your personally identifiable information but are a technique used to compile aggregated statistics about site usage. Beacons collect only a limited set of information including cookie number, time and date of page view, originating IP address, and a description of the page on which the beacon is located. Some of our pages may also contain beacons left by our advertising partners to help us determine the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns.
A user may, at any time, edit, update, modify or delete any personal information they may have provided to Crochet Mastery by visiting the Member Center located on the homepage. Users can also unsubscribe from any newsletters or opt out of various promotional e-mailings at any time by visiting the Newsletters section in the Member Center or clicking on “unsubscribe” links found in each of our newsletters or emails.
Crochet Mastery employees are made aware of our privacy practices through periodic communications and mandatory training. We limit access to private and confidential data only to those employees with a specific need to store this information and we retain data on multiple service systems, in controlled and secure environments. To maintain our level of security, we conduct both internal reviews and external audits of our security measures and procedures periodically.
Some portions of the Crochet Mastery site may be viewed by children under 13. We are strongly committed to protecting the safety and privacy of children who visit our site.
Our site and services may collect information about children under 13, including e-mail forum participation and chat room discussions. Use of such activities requires initial registration by the participant, but children under the age of 13 who ask to register are required to have a parent or legal guardian do so for them. The parent must provide a valid credit card number for verification purposes. Upon verification, the parent can choose which activities he or she would like the child to participate in. Parents can change these activities at any time.
Only after verifying age in accordance with Federal standards do we collect and maintain the name, date of birth, and email address of children who register. With proper proof of identification (including name and credit card verification), parents can view their child’s personal information, request to have it deleted, or refuse to allow any further collection (or use) of their child’s information.
Crochet Mastery includes many topical areas that all registered users may access. When a parent provides verifiable consent to allow his or her child to use chat and forums and to receive newsletters or other materials where a child may provide personally identifiable information, the child will also have access to those relevant services throughout the site, including areas that may not be suitable for children. If you allow your child to participate in chat or forums, he/she will have access to all chat and forum areas on our site. Many chat areas are not moderated and private chat is allowed. Chat areas may contain information or language inappropriate for children and visitors of all ages may elect to participate. If you allow your child to participate in these features, we encourage you to monitor their use very closely. We also allow guests to participate in chat and forum areas at our site but use techniques to prevent unregistered children under 13 from participating in areas unsuitable for them. However, parents can change these options at any time.
Except as authorized under COPPA, Crochet Mastery will NOT:
- Collect online contact information from a user under 13 without prior verifiable parental consent, which includes an opportunity for the parent to prevent use of the information and participation in the activity. When we do not obtain prior verifiable parental consent, online contact information will be used only to directly respond to the child’s request and will not be used to contact the child for other purposes.
- Collect personally identifiable offline contact information from users under 13 without prior verifiable parental consent.
- Distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information collected from children known to be under 13.
- Give the ability to children to participate in forums or chat rooms without prior verifiable parental consent.
- Entice a child under 13 by the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity, to divulge more information than is needed to participate in such activity.
We will also place prominent notice in areas where personally identifiable information is collected, thereby requesting the child to ask a parent for permission to proceed.
In developing our business, we may sell certain assets or the company, in whole or in part, may be sold, merged or otherwise transferred. In such transactions, user information, whether personally identifiable or otherwise, will often be one of the transferred assets.
Our site and the servers that make this site available internationally are located in the United States. All matters relating to these sites are governed by the laws of the State of Pennsylvania in the United States. Any information you provide will be transferred to the United States. By visiting our sites and submitting information, you authorize this transfer, and acknowledge that you understand your responsibility to comply with the laws in your jurisdiction.
10871 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116-3301
Updated September 1, 2008