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Message.com Privacy Policy

Message.com takes your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy.

What This Privacy Policy Covers
 

  • This policy covers what Message.com does on this website, and does not apply to the practices of companies that Message.com does not own or control, or to people that Message.com does not employ or manage.

Information Collection and Use

     General
 

  • Message.com collects personal information when you register with on our website. We may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies.
  • We ask for information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, industry, and personal interests, and sometimes more. Once you register with Message.com and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.
  • We automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookie information, and the page you request.
  • Message.com uses information for the following general purposes: to customize the advertising and content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, contact you, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients.

      Children
 

  • When a child under age 13 attempts to register with Message.com, we ask that he or she have a parent or guardian provide parental permission.
  • Message.com will not contact children under age 13 about special offers or for marketing purposes without a parent's permission.
  • Message.com does not ask a child under age 13 for more personal information, as a condition of participation, than is reasonably necessary to participate in a given activity or promotion.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
 

  • Message.com does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
    • We provide the information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with Message.com under confidentiality agreements. These companies may use your personal information to help Message.com communicate with you about offers from Message.com and our marketing partners. However, these companies do not have any independent right to share this information.
    • We have a parent's permission to share the information if the user is a child under age 13. Parents have the option of allowing Message.com to collect and use their child's information without consenting to Message.com sharing of this information with people and companies who may use this information for their own purposes;
    • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims;
    • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Message.com's terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.
    • We transfer information about you if Message.com is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Message.com will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
  • Message.com displays targeted advertisements based on personal information. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) may assume that people who interact with, view, or click on targeted ads meet the targeting criteria - for example, women ages 18-24 from a particular geographic area.
    • Message.com does not provide any personal information to the advertiser when you interact with or view a targeted ad. However, by interacting with or viewing an ad you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad.
    • Message.com advertisers include financial service providers (such as banks, insurance agents, stock brokers and mortgage lenders) and non-financial companies (such as stores, airlines, and software companies).
  • Message.com works with vendors, partners, advertisers, and other service providers in different industries and categories of business.

Cookies
 

  • Message.com may set and access Message.com cookies on your computer.
  • Message.com lets other companies that show advertisements on some of our pages set and access their cookies on your computer. Other companies' use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. Advertisers or other companies do not have access to Message.com's cookies.
  • Message.com uses web beacons to access Message.com cookies inside and outside our network of web sites and in connection with Message.com products and services.

Your Ability to Edit and Delete Your Account Information and Preferences

     General
 

  • You can edit your Message.com Account Information, including your marketing preferences, at any time.
  • New categories of marketing communications may be added to the Marketing Preferences page from time to time. Users who visit this page can opt out of receiving future marketing communications from these new categories or they can unsubscribe by following instructions contained in the messages they receive.
  • We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Message.com service, such as service announcements, administrative messages and the Message.com Newsletter, that are considered part of your Message.com account, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.

Confidentiality and Security
 

  • We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.

Changes to this Privacy Policy
 

  • Message.com may update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your Message.com account or by placing a prominent notice on our site.

Effective Date: Dec. 1st, 2005

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