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Hello there,

We, the people at SeachBeat.com, are very concerned about privacy issues, and make every effort to minimize invasive collection of personally-identifiable information. We also believe in being absolutely honest and clear about the use of your personal information.

Our privacy policy contains two important elements:

1) We do not collect personally identifiable data about you (such as your email address) without your explicit permission. For example, if you choose to sign up for our mailing list, we will only use your email address for the stated purpose of providing SearchBeat related news. In particular, we will never disclose your email address to third parties. See statement (1) below for details.

2) SearchBeat serves banner ads in affiliation with FastClick.com, which has its own privacy policy. Please read statement (2) below for details.

We are happy to answer any specific questions about our privacy policy. Feel free to drop us a line!

Sincerely,

The Search Beat Team


Ps. Check out these helpful sites for general privacy related information and tools:
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
    (Public interest research center that covers emerging civil liberties issues and works to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.)
  • WebVeil ("The pragmatic Web surfer's guide to Internet privacy.")
  • The Privacy Page (Includes the Internet Privacy Coalition and Privacy International)
  • Anonymizer (Service that allows anonymous web browsing)

Statement (1) -- Search Beat Privacy Statement, in accordance with TRUSTe
This confirms that SearchBeat.com is a licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Program. This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for http://www.searchbeat.com/. TRUSTe is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to build users’ trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting the use of fair information practices. Because this web site wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices and have its privacy practices reviewed for compliance by TRUSTe. By displaying the TRUSTe trustmark, this web site has agreed to notify you of:
  1. What personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identification is collected from you through the web site.
  2. The organization collecting the information.
  3. How the information is used.
  4. With whom the information may be shared
  5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.
  6. The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under SearchBeat control
  7. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
If you feel that this company is not abiding by its posted privacy policy, you should first contact the Search Beat staff by email at information@search-beat.com. If you do not receive acknowledgment of your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should then contact TRUSTe at http://www.truste.org. TRUSTe will then serve as a liaison with the Web site to resolve your concerns.

Information Collection and Use
SearchBeat.com is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. SearchBeat.com collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. For example, the user will not be able to participate in any of our Sweepstakes, Contests or monthly Drawings that take place. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing
We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. We partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Links
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we SearchBeat.com are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Newsletter
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address.

Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Tell-A-Friend
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. SearchBeat.com will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. SearchBeat.com stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. The friend may contact SearchBeat.com at the SearchBeat webmaster to request the removal of this information from their database.

Security
This website takes every precaution to protect our user's information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just "surfing". To learn more about SSL, follow this link: How SSL works. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our Homepage so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.


Public Forums
This site makes forums available to you. Please be aware, that whenever you post personal information online, through chat rooms, message boards, or email that this information can be collected and used by others. We will take all reasonable precautions to protect your privacy, but always keep in mind that when you are in a public forum, you control the information you disclose.


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