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Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC]: Privacy Statement

Overview

ADVANCED FORECASTING CORPORATION (“AFC”) recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of all information provided by users of AFC products and services and our related websites. In Advanced Forecasting Corporation’s compliance with Congress passing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which contains certain privacy provisions, AFC is required to notify you of our Privacy Statement. AFC is committed to providing you with excellent service for all of our products. Because we respect your right to privacy, we have developed this Privacy Statement to inform you about our privacy practices for the entire AFC site. This Privacy Statement applies to AFC’s site (www.advancedforecasting.com). Each of our subsidiaries and divisions adheres to the same privacy policy. We created the following policy guidelines with a fundamental respect for our users’ right to privacy to guide our relationships with our users.

Advanced Forecasting Corporation (“AFC” or “we”) is committed to protecting the privacy of the personally-identifiable information that we collect from you as you use this Web site (the “Site”). The scope of AFC’s commitment is detailed in this Privacy Policy. By submitting information, you agree to AFC’s use of such information as described herein. Please see our ‘Terms Of Use’ for more information about our on-line policies in

General

Copyright Information
All symbols, logos, mottos and words holding a ® or TM or SM mark are federally registered or pending trademarks of Advanced Forecasting Corporation (AFC). No images, descriptions, forecasts, or other information pertaining to any website or its contents owned by Advanced Forecasting Corporation may be used for any purposes, and any copying, distribution or other form of transfer is strictly prohibited, unless expressly authorized in writing or by contract by Advanced Forecasting Corporation. Advanced Forecasting Corporation is protected by, and will strictly enforce, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Section 17 U.S.C., and the Economic Esponiage Act (“EEA”), Section 18 U.S.C. § 1831-1839 et. seq. To inquire about access to AFC Web products, or to request permission to use any product for which you do not have authorization, please contact the AFC Webmaster. Authorization and/or permission is granted on an individual basis.

Copyright © 1993-20012 Advanced Forecasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Information Collected by AFC
Privacy is of great concern to most users of the Internet, and is a critical part of an enjoyable and satisfactory user experience. We at AFC are acutely aware of and sensitive to the privacy concerns of our subscribers and other visitors to our Web site. Whether you are a customer of our various products and services or a visitor to our site, we assure you that we do not collect personal information from you unless you provide it to us. AFC collects information about users during their registration for some of our services and websites, their participation in certain activities on our websites, including contests and polls, and, through the use of cookies for example when users request pages from our server which our Web server then automatically collects some information about the users, including their IP addresses. These addresses are used by computers on the network to send the requested pages to users. In order to access certain portions of our websites, users must register and provide certain voluntary information about themselves.

Personal Information
We do not collect any personal information from a visitor to our site unless that visitor explicitly and intentionally provides it. Under no circumstances do we collect any personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, or sex life. If you are simply browsing our site, we do not gather any personal information about you.
There are two ways in which you may explicitly and intentionally provide us with and consent to our collection of certain personal information:

  • E-mail Request for Information – We use links throughout our site to provide you with the opportunity to contact us via e-mail to ask questions, request information and materials, or provide comments and suggestions. You may also be offered the opportunity to have one of our representatives contact you personally to provide additional information about our products or services. To do so, we may request additional personal information from you, such as your name and telephone number, to help us satisfy your request.
  • Enrollment – If you choose to enroll or sign-up for one of our products or services, we will request certain information from you. Depending on the type of product or service that you request, you may be asked to provide different personal information. For certain products and services, we may require your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number, and bank account information. Other products and services may require different or supplemental information from you in order to apply.

What personally-identifiable information is collected?
AFC collects personally-identifiable information on certain areas of the Site when users register, donate, and participate in posting areas, such as bulletin boards, discussion forums, guest books and of the like. The personally-identifiable information collected may consist of information that you provide, such as names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone number. In addition, AFC collects certain information that you do not visibly enter, such as your IP address, browsing pattern on the Site, click stream, and the status of cookies placed on your computer by AFC, as described below:

How may AFC use my personally-identifiable information?
AFC uses your personally-identifiable information to fulfill your requests for information, to process your requests or any other inquiries that you may submit, or for such other business purposes as you may initiate or request. We may keep any of your personally-identifiable information on file and use it to contact you for recruiting purposes. AFC also uses personally-identifiable information to perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in specific areas and information posted on our Site. AFC uses personally-identifiable information collected from cookies and IP addresses as described below. AFC may provide your personally-identifiable information to any of its affiliates worldwide for such purposes.

Information We Gather from You

Use of Information
AFC will not reveal any personal information that users provide to us to any third party without their permission.

AFC uses users’ IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. We also use it to gather broad demographic information about our users in general. This information does not contain anything that can identify users personally. We may combine demographic information supplied by a subscriber at registration with site usage data to provide profiles, in aggregate form, about our users and their preferences in the content of the site and advertising. AFC does not give advertisers information about individual users.

Using e-mail addresses provided at registration or otherwise, AFC periodically sends out “opt-in” e-mail newsletters and promotional e-mail to our users about services and products offered by AFC. Users can indicate that they do not wish to receive e-mail information from AFC. Third parties will not contact our users through the use of our e-mail newsletter lists.
Some of our site pages use cookies to deliver content specific to users’ interests and to honor their preferences. This information is used to assist us in creating a site that will serve the needs of our users.

Upon request, AFC will remove users (and their information) from our database or permit them to “opt-out” of any further e-mail newsletters or contact.

Statistical Information About Your Visit
When you visit our site, our computers may automatically collect statistics about your visit. This information does not identify you personally, but rather about a visit to our site. We may monitor statistics such as how many people visit our site, the user’s IP address, which pages people visit, from which domains our visitors come and which browsers people use. We use these statistics about your visit for aggregation purposes only. These statistics are used to help us improve the performance of our Web site.

Are Cookies And IP Addresses Used?
The Site uses cookies to identify you and your interests and to track usage of the Site. Cookies are small pieces of text stored on your computer that help us know which browser you are using and where you have been on the Site and on Web sites to which you may link in order to use some of our features. By accepting our cookie, you will be permitted access to certain pages of the Site without having to log in each time you visit. A user who does not accept the cookie from the Site may not be able to access certain areas of the Site. AFC also logs IP addresses, or the location of computers on the Internet, to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Site. If you prefer not to accept a cookie, you can set your web browser to warn you before accepting cookies, or you can refuse all cookies by turning them off in your web browser.

Use Of Cookies
We only use “cookies” as described above. A “cookie” is a piece of information that our Web site sends to your browser, which then stores this information on your system. If a cookie is used, our Web site will be able to “remember” information about you and your preferences either until you exit your current browser window (if the cookie is temporary) or until you disable or delete the cookie. Many users prefer to use cookies in order to help them navigate a Web site as seamlessly as possible. You should be aware that cookies contain no more information than you volunteer, and they are not able to “invade” your hard drive and return to the sender with personal or other information from your computer. If you choose not to accept a cookie, you will still be able to use our Web site.

Our uses of “cookies” are limited to the following specific situations. The first situation is with respect to temporary cookies. If you are accessing our services through one of our password sites, our Web server may automatically send your browser a temporary cookie, which is used to help your browser navigate our site. The only information contained in these temporary cookies is a direction value that lets our software determine which page to show when you hit the back button in your browser. This bit of information is erased when you close your current browser window. If you come to our site from one of our other sites, our Web server may also send your browser a temporary cookie that reflects an “origination code” for that other site. We use this information for statistical and marketing purposes.

The second situation in which we may use cookies is when you visit our Web site and request documentation or a response from us. When you are filling out a form you may be given the option of having our Web site deliver a cookie to your local hard drive. This type of cookie is not temporary, although you can always delete or disable it through your browser preferences. You might choose to receive this type of cookie in order to save time in filling out forms and/or revisiting our Web site. We only send this type of cookie to your browser when you have clicked on a box labeled something like “Please remember my profile information” when submitting information or communicating with us. Even if you choose to receive this type of cookie, you can always set your browser to notify you when you receive any cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it in each situation in which one is sent.

Is Personally-Identifiable Information Disclosed To Third Parties?
AFC will not intentionally disclose or transfer (and shall take reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality and security, and to prevent the unauthorized or accidental disclosure of) your personally-identifiable information to third parties (i.e., persons or entities that are not affiliates of AFC), whether for such third parties’ marketing purposes or otherwise, subject only to the following four exceptions: AFC may disclose your personally-identifiable information to third parties in the event that such disclosure is required by the laws, rules, or regulations of any nation, state, or other applicable jurisdiction; AFC may disclose your contact information to third parties as appropriate for AFC to make transmissions or deliveries to you; AFC may disclose your personally-identifiable information if, in connection with submitting the information, you consent to such disclosure; and AFC may disclose contact information for you in response to inquiries by bona-fide rights owners in connection with allegations of infringement of copyright or other proprietary rights arising from information you have posted on the Site or otherwise provided to AFC.

Links To Third-Party Sites
AFC is not responsible for the content or the privacy polices of websites to which it may provide links.
We may provide links to third-party Web sites as a service to our users. In addition, some of the content appearing to be on this Site is in fact supplied by third parties, for example, in instances of framing of third- party Web sites or incorporation through framesets of content supplied by third-party servers. Please be aware that we cannot control and are not responsible for the information collection practices of such third-party Web sites, which may differ from those of this Site. We encourage you to review and understand the privacy policies on these Web sites before providing any information to them. AFC uses most reasonable precautions to keep the personal information disclosed to us secure and to disclose such information only to third parties such as legal authorities after permission from the user. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site or your dealings with AFC, you can contact us at our Contact Us page.

How Can I Access, Change, And/Or Delete Information?
You may access, correct, update, and/or delete any personally-identifiable information that you submit to the Site. You may also unsubscribe from mailing lists or any registrations on the Site. To do so, please either follow instructions on the page of the Site on which you have provided such information or subscribed or registered or contact us at Advanced Forecasting Corporation, 2711 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.

How We Use and With Whom We Share the Information We Gather
We assure you that the information we gather from you is used by us only as explained below.

Sending You Responses And Updates
We generally respond to any e-mail questions, requests for product or service information, and other inquiries that we receive. We may also retain this correspondence to improve our products, services, and Web site, and for other disclosed purposes. Frequently we retain contact information so that we can send individuals updates or other important information about our services and products.

Facilitating The Support, Renewal, And Purchase Of Our Products And Services.

We may use the information you submit to contact you to discuss the support, renewal, and purchase of our products and services. We may also provide the information you have submitted to us to an AFC subsidiary, business partner, representative or Affiliate (either within or outside the United States) so that the subsidiary, business partner, representative or Affiliate can contact you and facilitate the support, renewal, and purchase of AFC products and services. You may receive a communication directly from one of our subsidiaries, business partners, representatives or Affiliates. Please be assured that any subsidiary, business partner, representative or Affiliate who contacts you for one of these purposes has agreed to use the information we supply only in accordance with a confidentiality agreement.

Processing Payments (If You Are Using Our Payment Services Including With PayPal)
If you use the AFC Payment Services payment gateway for online transactions, including to PayPal, we may provide your personal information to appropriate financial institutions, processors, and third parties under contract with AFC or our Affiliates for providing a subset of the payment services (for example, tax calculation and fraud screening). In each case, the use and distribution of your personal information will be used by such entity for its internal use related to fulfilling the transaction services for AFC, will be treated as confidential by this entity, and will be transferred between AFC and this entity only via encrypted means.

If We Are Required To Disclose By Law
If we are required by law to disclose certain information to local, state, federal, national or international government or law enforcement authorities, we will do so (for example, we may disclose the identity of purchasers of certain software products to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration, as required under the terms of our export licenses).

Surveys
From time-to-time we may request information from customers via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction with this Web site.
Your Ability to Opt-Out of Further Notifications
From time-to-time, we notify our subscribers of new products, announcements, upgrades and updates. If you would like to opt-out of being notified, please contact us at our main mailing address listed under “Contact Us”.

Our Security Procedures
We consider the protection of all personally identifiable information we receive from our Web site visitors and subscribers as critical to our corporate mission. Please be assured that we have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of any information we receive from you. As with any transmission over the Internet, however, there is always some element of risk involved in sending personal information. In order to try to minimize this risk, we encrypt all information that you submit in ordering one of our products or services using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

Security
AFC has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally-identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized AFC personnel are provided access to personally-identifiable information, and these employees are required to treat this information as confidential. Despite these precautions, AFC cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personally-identifiable information.

Trans-Border Hosting And Transfer Of Information
Personally-identifiable information collected on the Site may be transferred from time to time to AFC offices or personnel, or to third parties, located throughout the world, including offices located outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and the Site may be viewed and hosted anywhere in the world, including countries (such as the United States) that may not have laws of general applicability regulating the use and transfer of such data. By using the Site and submitting such information on it, you voluntarily consent to such transborder transfer and hosting of such information.

Changes To This Privacy Statement
If a material change is made to this Privacy Statement and/or the way we use our customers’ personally identifiable information then, we will post prominent notice of the nature of such change on the first page of this Privacy Statement.

Children’s On-Line Privacy Protection
AFC understands the importance of protecting children’s privacy, especially in an on-line environment. The Site is not intentionally designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger, and AFC will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 13.

Consent; Changes To Privacy Policy
By using the Site, you consent to the collection, use, and storage of your information by us in the manner described in this Privacy Policy and elsewhere on the Site. We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will alert you to any such changes by updating this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy was last updated on November 3, 2007.

Contact Our Privacy Department
If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: Advanced Forecasting Corporation, 2711 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.

Legal & User Information
Advanced Forecasting Corporation (“AFC” or “we”) provide the content on this Web site (the “Site”) subject to the following terms and conditions (the “Terms”). We may periodically change the Terms, so please check back from time to time. These Terms were last updated on November 3, 2007. By accessing and using this Site, you agree to these Terms. For an explanation of AFC’s practices and policies related to the collection, use, and storage of our users’ information, please read our Privacy Policy below.

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