Personally Identifiable Information That We Collect
SPE respects your privacy and is committed to protecting personally identifiable information that you provide in connection with your use of its Web sites.
In order to use some Services or download materials from this site, you may need to register and create a user account ("User Account"). There is no cost to create a User Account, but you may be asked to choose a user or member name ("User Name") and password. Please do not use your real name or the real name of another person when selecting a User Name. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, whether you choose it for yourself or it is assigned to you by SPE. You will also be asked to provide certain personally identifiable information, such as your real name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. As part of your User Account, you may receive email newsletters. You are also responsible for maintaining and updating your registration information with current and complete information. You may update your information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Promotions and Purchases
To participate in some services such as games, sweepstakes, contests and surveys ("Special Promotions"), or to make online purchases ("Purchases"), you will need to provide personally identifiable information as indicated on the applicable Web form. This information may be collected directly by SPE or indirectly by a third party, such as a co-sponsor or a vendor involved in or providing services in connection with a Special Promotion, or an e-commerce partner in the case of a Purchase.
If you make a Purchase or enter a sweepstakes or other Special Promotion on one of our sites or through our Services, SPE will collect your personally identifiable information, and you are deemed to consent to us providing your information to third parties who provide certain services such as processing of credit card transactions, customer service, promotion or sweepstakes administration, order fulfillment and/or prize delivery, as applicable. (As more fully described below in Use, Disclosure, and Sharing of Information - Personally Identifiable Information, these third parties are prohibited from using this information for their own marketing purposes and/or from sharing, selling, or otherwise distributing any personal data of our customers, unless you choose to opt in for such additional uses and/or disclosure by the third parties, under their respective privacy policies.).
If you make a purchase or enter a promotion (such as a sweepstakes) in which SPE is participating on a third party's Web site (or through some other means or medium), we will collect your information from the third party only if you opt-in to receive additional communications from us, or we are required to fulfill some function in relation to your activity (e.g., to send your order or deliver a prize).
Information Collected by Other Means or Media
In some situations, we may also collect personally identifiable information and other information about you through other means, directly or indirectly. For example, if you access any SPE content, or purchase such content via your wireless carrier or through another third party, SPE may collect information directly from you or through the third party. Likewise, if you use our software, or provide information to other companies who share information about their customers, we may collect additional information about you. In each of these cases, SPE will apply this policy to any personally identifiable information.
Information About Other People
Some SPE sites and Services may ask you to submit personally identifiable information about other people. For example, you might submit another person's name and other personally identifiable information if you want an order sent directly to that person. A record of that transaction will be maintained as allowed and/or required by law.
Customer Service Some Services may offer support and technical assistance through customer service centers via telephone, online chat, or e-mail. Whenever you communicate with customer service, you do so with the understanding that an operator may view and make changes to the information in your User Account in order to provide the assistance that you need.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information That We Collect
As part of the registration process, you may be asked to provide information that does not personally identify you. This information is generally optional but may be included in your User Account profile. SPE requests this information to understand you better and to also bring to your attention new services, programs, or offers that may be of interest to you.
Cookies and Related Technology
SPE Web sites, and some Services and advertisements may contain "cookies," clear gifs (also known as web beacons or web bugs), or similar technology. A cookie is a piece of data that is sent to your browser, which will store the cookie on your computer if your browser is enabled to accept cookies. Clear gifs assist in the delivery of cookies and the collection of non-personally identifiable information, such as "click path" and other data as described above.
Most Internet browsers will allow you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block acceptance of cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You should refer to your browser instructions or "Help" screen to learn more about how to manage cookies. Please note, however, that if you block cookies, some portions of the SPE Web sites and services may not function properly.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
From time to time, SPE may share with third parties aggregate, non-personally identifiable user information to show general demographic and preference information among users of the SPE Web sites.
Personally Identifiable Information
SPE uses information about you to deliver the services that you request, to inform you of other services or offers in which you might be interested, and to improve and enhance our sites and services. If you provide SPE with personally identifiable information, we will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to protect it from unauthorized disclosure.
If you opt in to receive e-mail from us, you can always opt out of future marketing messages by following the directions in each message to "unsubscribe." However, if you choose to opt out of marketing messages, we reserve the right to contact you regarding your account status, technical support, product information, changes to account terms, and any other matter that might affect our service to you and/or any products you purchased from us or registered with us, as applicable.
As stated above in the section on Special Promotions and Purchases, SPE may also work with third parties to provide portions of its sites and Services. By participating in such Services, you are deemed to consent to us sharing your information with third parties who provide services such as processing of credit card transactions, customer service, promotion administration, order fulfillment and/or prize delivery, as applicable. Third parties who provide, or participate in, Services on SPE sites are prohibited from using our customers' personally identifiable information for marketing purposes and/or from sharing, selling, or otherwise using such information, unless you choose to opt in to marketing, sharing, or other uses by the third parties. If you do not want your information to be used for marketing (or other purposes unrelated to the provision of SPE Services) by a third party who participates in a Service on one of our sites, do not opt in to such use by that third party when you register to participate in the Service.
Our Commitment to Data Security
While SPE takes reasonable and appropriate precautions to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized disclosure and to prevent possible security breaches in our Web sites, Services, and customer databases, no Web site, Internet transmission, computer system or wireless connection is completely secure. Consequently, SPE cannot guarantee that unauthorized access, hacking, data loss, or other breaches will never occur. Your use of the SPE sites and Services is at your own risk. SPE urges you to take steps to keep your information safe by memorizing your password or keeping it in a safe place (separate from your account information), logging out of your User Account, and closing your Web browser.
Whenever you give SPE sensitive or confidential information (for example, credit card numbers for Purchases), SPE will take commercially reasonable steps to protect the information by establishing a secure connection with your Web browser. SPE employs a security technology known as a secure-socket-layer ("SSL") to protect the transmission of payment information to the site. Unless otherwise specified herein or on the site where you make a Purchase, credit card numbers are used only for payment processing and are not retained for marketing purposes.
Hyperlinks To and From Other Sites
SPE sites may frame, and/or contain links to, or advertisements about, non-SPE Web sites. Other sites may also reference, advertise, or link to SPE sites. SPE does not endorse or sponsor other Web sites, is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of non-SPE sites, expressly disclaims any statements or assertions made on such Web sites, and denies all liability associated with your use of, and the content on, such other sites and advertisements.
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Effective Date: June 1, 2005