We do not sell or share personal user information with anyone. Period.
1998 through today's date
COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We want to make your online experience both satisfying and safe. Above all, we believe that your information belongs to you, and you should have knowledge of, and control over, how and when it is used.
In order to provide optimum services, we gather minimum information about our users. We want you to understand the conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it. It is easy to understand, and is a useful reference document with which to compare other complex "privacy statements" which are often just a smoke screen to make you think your information is private.
INFORMATION WE GATHER AND TRACK
Our sites gather two types of minimal but standard user information:
1.) Information that you provide through optional, voluntary submissions in order to receive our electronic newsletter, become a Charter Member or paid subscriber, or make a credit card purchase.
2.) Information gathered through
automated, aggregated tracking of page views. This allows us to
better tailor content to readers' needs. It allows us to help
sponsors understand the needs and demographics of our audience.
Under no circumstances do we divulge any information about
any individual and our sources are fully protected.
3. Dog-e-Book, a free phone book / yellow pages service. Obviously we don't sell or share your information but we go a step further. You decide whether your phone number is visible and we automatically hide your email address so companies that harvest such information are blocked. Most sites don't bother. One major dog-related site even made non-listed phone numbers and other very private information visible until we notified their webmaster.
4. ThePollingPlace - interactive polls or surveys designed to allow users to share their opinions on important issues and/or participate in various Awards systems initiated on this site. Example: Judging Legends. Responses are aggregated, no voter is individually identifiable, the software "tags" users after they have voted so that they can vote only once on a particular question.
Children - 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.
Usage tracking - User traffic patterns are automatically tracked in
all of our sites through overall usage statistics according to the
user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this
information from the browser string (information contained in every
user's browser). This information is not correlated with any
Cookies - Like all sites, we may place a text file called a
"cookie" in your browser files. The cookie itself does not contain
Personal Information but will enable us to relate your use of this site
to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. A
cookie can not read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created
described above) and to keep your login open in CenCom or Dog-e-Store.
secure (SSL) credit card processing and we do NOT share mailing lists
with any third parties, including advertisers or affiliates.
We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall
and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are
periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary.