Q2. What types of information are The Vladar Company sites collecting, and how are the sites collecting it?
The majority of great products and services on our sites are offered without our collecting any personally identifiable information from you. You can surf The Vladar Company Web sites and view much of our terrific content anonymously.
Information You Provide
There are a few activities on our sites where the collection of personally identifiable information is necessary. Those activities include things like entering a contest or sweepstakes, signing up for a free e-mail account, making a purchase, or contacting us. When personally identifiable information is collected, you will know because you will have to fill out a form. For most activities, we collect only your name, e-mail address, birth date, gender, and zip code. When you make a purchase, we also collect your street and billing addresses, your phone number, and credit card information. Depending on what you purchase, we may also need to collect other personal information, like your clothing size.
Information Collected from You with Technology. The Vladar Company sites collect some information about you using technology, so it may not be readily apparent to you that it is being collected. For instance, when you come to our site your IP address is collected so that we know where to send information you are requesting. An IP address is often associated with the place from which you enter the Internet like your ISP (Internet Service Provider), your company, or your university. This information is not personally identifiable. The Vladar Company sites use information collected through technology to make our sites more interesting and useful to you. This includes helping advertisers on our site design advertisements our Guests might like. We normally don’t combine this type of information with personally identifiable information. However, we will combine this information with personally identifiable information to identify a visitor in order to enforce compliance with our house rules or terms of service or to protect our service, site, Guests, or others.
What Are Cookies, and How Does The Vladar Company Use Them?
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many Vladar Company features that make your Web experience more efficient — like the features mentioned above — and some of our services will not function properly.
Q3. How does The Vladar Company use the personally identifiable information that has been collected?
The Vladar Company uses personally identifiable information in a limited number of ways. We use the information to complete transactions. For instance, if you contact us for help we will use the information to contact you. We use information collected to notify you if you’ve won a game or contest. Information we collect is used to send you e-mail updates and newsletters about our sites. We also use the information you provide to send you Vladar Company e-mail promotions and special offers from our third-party sponsors.
Q4. Does The Vladar Company share information with companies or other organizations that are not part of the Vladar Company family of sites?
One of the most valuable assets of our business is you. We aren’t in the business of selling information about our Guests. However, if there is a value for our Guests, we will share your information or send you messages on behalf of another company as described below. We will also share information for security reasons.
Companies That Are “Standing in the Shoes” of The Vladar Company
Sometimes we hire companies to help us deliver products or services, like a shipping company that delivers a package. In those instances, we need to share your information with them. These companies are basically “standing in the shoes” of The Vladar Company, and they are allowed to use the information only to deliver the product or service.
Companies Offering Promotions, Products, or Services
On occasion, we offer promotions — like sweepstakes or free subscriptions — in conjunction with a sponsor. We will share your information with the sponsors if they need it to send you a product, such as a magazine subscription. We may share your information with those sponsors so that they can send you other special promotions they offer, but only if you give us your permission to do so, and we will share it only with that specific sponsor. In addition, The Vladar Company occasionally sends e-mail promotions out to our Guests on behalf of third-party sponsors. In this instance, we don’t share your name with the third party — we do the mailing for them. Again, we only send these promotions to you if you’ve given your permission.
On some of our sites, we provide content that is created by a third-party partner Web site. In some instances the third-party sites will collect information in order to facilitate the transaction or to make the use of their content more productive and efficient. In these circumstances the information collected is shared between The Vladar Company and our third-party sponsors.
Third-Party Advertisers and Network Advertisers
In addition, many business advertisements are managed and placed on our site by third-party companies. These companies are called “network advertisers.” Network advertisers collect non-personally identifiable information when you click on or scan one of their banner advertisements. The information is collected using technology, so you may not realize it’s being collected. The network advertisers collect this information so that they can show you ads that are more relevant and interesting to you.
Purchase or Sale of Businesses
Online business is still in a very early stage and is changing and evolving rapidly. As The Vladar Company continually looks for ways to improve our business, we may buy or sell a company. If we buy or sell a business, the names collected will likely be transferred as a part of the sale. Information about registrants will be used in the aggregate. However, if we buy a business, we will honor the requests that customers made of that business regarding e-mail communications. In the event that we sell a business, we will do everything in our power to ensure that the e-mail communications requests you made of us are honored.
Organizations That Help Protect the Security and Safety of our Guests and our Sites.
We will give out personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena; to enforce our Terms of Service, or site or game rules; or to protect the safety and security of Guests and our sites.
Q5. What choices do I have about The Vladar Company collecting, using, and sharing my information?
It is possible for you to use much of our site without giving us any personally identifiable information. When you do register with us or give us personally identifiable information, you will have an opportunity — at the time we collect your information — to limit e-mail communications from The Vladar Company and from our third-party partners. You can request at any time that The Vladar Company not send future e-mail to you by unsubscribing from the communication. Also, as mentioned above, there are ways to limit the information collected through technology — though some of our features won’t work if you decide to do this.
Q6. What type of security does The Vladar Company provide?
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our Guests is of utmost concern to us. The Vladar Company takes technical, contractual, administrative, and physical security steps to protect all visitors’ information. When you provide credit card information, we use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect it. There are some things that you can do to help protect the security of your information as well. For instance, never give out your password, since this is what is used to access all of your account information. Also remember to sign out of your account and close your browser window when you finish surfing the Web, so that other people using the same computer won’t have access to your information.
If you need further assistance, please:
• Write us at:
The Vladar Company
330 W. 38th St. Suite 202 New York, NY 10018