The PLAZA respects your right to privacy. We adhere to a set of privacy principles which
• Anonymous statistics collected as you browse the PLAZA’s sites, and
• Personal information you knowingly give to the PLAZA.
We want you to be aware of what information we collect, and how we handle this information.
What information does the Web site gather?
Please be assured that we do not collect personal information from you unless you provide
it to us. This means that you can visit our Web sites without telling us who you are or revealing
any information about yourself (such as your e-mail address, or any information about yourself).
As you browse the site, our web servers collect information about your visit, not about you personally.
Via web server logs, we monitor statistics such as:
• How many people visit our site
• Which pages people visit on our site
• From which domains our visitors come (e.g., aol.com, Comcast.net, Verizon.net, etc.)
• Which browsers people use to visit our site
None of this information is associated with you as an individual. We use these statistics to
improve our Web site, to monitor its performance, and to make the Web site easier for you
and other visitors to use.
• What about pages that asks for personal information?
• When visitors supply information about themselves for a specific purpose, we use the information
for that purpose (such as to provide the service or information the visitor has requested).
For example, you may be asked to give us individual information to receive information,
manage online account registration, or apply for a job. The information may range from
your zip code, to your phone number, account number, a credit card number, age, gender,
mother's maiden name, social security number, e-mail address, organization URL, resume,
or mailing address.
When visitors use our Web site to order services, we may use this individually identifiable
information as we would use the same information obtained in a traditional non-electronic manner.
For example, to publish your name, address, and phone number in our directories (unless you have
requested a non-published number), or to evaluate your service needs and contact you regarding
additional services you may find useful.
Should any changes be made in the way we use personally identifiable information, the PLAZA will
contact you via email notifying you of this change and to give you the opportunity to choose to
opt-out of such use.
What happens to information when I fill out registration forms?
Registration is only required for certain transaction-related areas. The registration forms request
accurate contact information (like name and e-mail address) and preferences. Your name and e-mail
address are used to send you information about the PLAZA, updates, events, special offers, and
newsletters. You may change your email, or you can choose to remove your name from our user list
by going to contact us and emailing us a request to remove your name from the distribution.
We strive to ensure that the information we obtain and use about visitors is accurate. Please contact
us to review or modify any personal information we have previously collected from you online. To improve
the services we can offer you, we may decide to expand the site's capabilities for obtaining information
about users in the future. We will update this privacy statement continually to ensure that you are aware
of developments in this area.
Do you sell or give my information to companies, other third parties, individuals or governmental entities?
The PLAZA does not sell or disclose individually-identifiable information obtained online, or information about you or
your account, to anyone, unless you specifically authorize it, disclosure is required by law, or deemed necessary by
the PLAZA in its sole discretion to protect the safety, rights or property of the PLAZA or any other person or entity. If
you provide individually identifiable information to us in the context of an event the PLAZA sponsors with another entity,
such as a contest, or if you register on a co-sponsored site or feature, you may also be providing the individually
identifiable information to the co-sponsor. For example, on PLAZA co-branded sites, our partner will generally co-own
the visitor information received through the site. How the partner uses this information will be explained in the privacy
statement at the co-branded site, which will govern the use of data gathered through the co-branded site.
The PLAZA may share non-personally identifiable information with non-PLAZA companies in order to assess the results
of a promotion or event. This information is used in aggregate only, and does not contain any information that would
personally identify you.
Does this site send e-mail to site visitors?
At times, online surveys are conducted in which you can choose to participate. In addition, we may use e-mail to
communicate with our visitors, to respond to visitors' e-mail, and to send information that a visitor has requested.
Occasionally, we may use opt-in e-mail lists. If you receive an unwanted e-mail from us, you can use the Reply
feature on your browser and simply ask us to remove you from our list.
What are cookies and why do you use them?
A cookie is a small, encrypted data string our server writes to your hard drive that contains your unique User ID for
content. A cookie cannot be used to access or otherwise compromise the data on your hard drive. You can choose
to change your browser settings to disable cookies. Please be aware that cookies may be required to complete
certain functions on this Web site.
Do you accommodate links to other sites?
This Web site contains links to other Web sites. We are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices
employed by other sites. We are committed to safeguarding visitor privacy on all our Web sites within our control.
We require our employees to protect the privacy of information about our visitors and expect our partners and
suppliers to do so as well.
What is the PLAZA’s position regarding online advertising and third party ad servers?
As part of the online advertising process, we use information supplied from third party companies in several ways
however, this is aggregated data and does not personally identify any individual online user.
This data is used to:
• gain a better understanding of the type of individuals viewing or visiting different web sites,
• evaluate and prioritize site selection when developing online media plans,
• geographically target advertising,
• deliver product and pricing advertising/information applicable to the visitors' state, and gauge the effectiveness
of our online advertising.
Personally identifiable information such as name, address, phone number or email address is not collected.
In addition, some PLAZA websites and/or sections may accept advertisements from third party advertisers.
These advertisers are carefully selected to provide information about products and services that may benefit
PLAZA visitors. These third party advertisers may collect non-personally identifiable information about users of
this website for the same reasons listed above, but personally identifiable information is not collected. The PLAZA
does not have control of nor access to any information contained in the cookies that are set by third party advertisers.
Non Personally Identifiable Information Collected Automatically
Cookies help the PLAZA to enhance the user's online experience and are used to:
• deliver the appropriate geographic message
• tailor an advertisement to better match your interests and preferences
However, visitors are free to delete website cookies. Most internet browsers enable you to erase cookies from your
computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.
However, you need to understand that some websites/adserving companies have the ability to reestablish your history
even after cookie deletion, if you reenter the same site on another occasion, or some other site tracked by the adserving company/network, and specifically provide personal data.
Deletion of cookies alone does not prevent adserving companies from reestablishing history on a visitor. The visitor
must either continue to decline cookies each time it reenters the site to keep the tracking severed, if desired, or opt-out.
When you opt-out, your unique user ID cookie is erased and you are reassigned an anonymous, non-id cookie.
This new cookie tells websites that you have opted out and they will then know not to attempt to assign other cookies
to you in the future. Opt-out cookies do not contain a unique user ID number therefore websites are not able to identify
your computer uniquely.
Visitors who choose to continually delete cookies and not opt out can have their browser advise them each time a web
site attempts to send a cookie to your system. At that time, you can choose to either Accept or Cancel a cookie.
Visitors who choose to "opt out" after deleting cookies will receive an anonymous/non personally identifiable cookie.
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally identifiable information voluntarily supplied by our visitors, i.) who receive or provide information on our website, or ii). who interact with our banners/advertising on outside websites, is not shared for use outside the PLAZA or its authorized vendors, contractors and agents. This information is PLAZA proprietary data and is not available to any outside company in this personalized form, except with a visitor's permission or where disclosure is otherwise required or permitted by law. No outside company is allowed access to this information.
Should any changes be made in the way we use personally identifiable information, the PLAZA will contact you via email, or by other means, notifying you of this change, and give you the opportunity to choose to opt-out of such use.
Does the PLAZA use the information provided online to profile its visitors?
The combination of offline and online information provided by the visitor has the ability to enhance the visitor experience, and make the visitor’s interaction with the PLAZA more meaningful and relevant.
We may disclose personal information when required by law or when necessary to protect the safety of our visitors,
employees or property.
How do I know when I am on a secured section of the site?
Every secure page on our Web sites has been secured with a digital certificate by Verisign. To view this certificate, click on image of the closed lock on the bottom bar of your browser window. This certificate will show that you are sending your personal information.
How does the PLAZA prevent unauthorized access to my information?
On secure sections of the website, your password is set at a minimum of six characters, which provides added protection for your personal information.
Information that you share about yourself in chat rooms, message boards, instant messaging communications and
similar forums becomes immediately available to others who have access to those. These areas are considered public spaces and the PLAZA cannot protect the privacy of information disclosed therein. Please exercise caution when disclosing personal information in these areas.
What information is stored by the site or in cookies?
Registration information, data and contact e-mail addresses are not stored by the PLAZA site. They are stored in the
separate databases, physically secure environments.
A cookie is a small, encrypted data string our server writes to your hard drive that contains your unique information for
Changes to this Policy
(Updated August, 2008)