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TotSites Privacy Policy

Your online privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices of the www.totsites.com website.

TotSites provides links to many other websites that are beyond our control. websites that we link to may have privacy and security policies that differ from TotSites. Please understand that we are not responsible, in any manner, for the privacy, security practices, or content of such websites

Please read this statement to understand how we will treat the personal information that you give to us. Our privacy procedures include the following:

We disclose our privacy practices and procedures in this document.

We do not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes.

We allow users to opt out at any time from receiving e-mail messages from us or from selected sponsors or business partners (which will always originate directly from us).

We allow you to access your user profiles and change information as you deem necessary.

Since this policy may change over time as we modify or expand our service, we suggest that you check back from time to time in order to understand how we treat your information. Your use of the TotSites website constitutes your agreement to the terms of this privacy policy. If we decide to materially change our privacy policy, we will prominently post those changes on this page prior to the change and provide you an opportunity to opt-out, so that you are always aware of what personal information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it. Your continued use of the TotSites website constitutes your agreement to any such changes.

What Personally Identifiable Information is collected

Information collected online is often defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable:

1. "Anonymous Information" refers to information that cannot be tied back to a specific individual.

2. "Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that tells us specifically who you are, such as your name, phone number, or postal address.

The amount of Personally Identifiable Information that you choose to disclose to us is completely up to you. It includes:

Information you provide when filling out a user survey.

Information you provide if you contact customer service.

Data related to the areas of TotSites that you visit and how often you visit those areas. This includes co-branded sections of TotSites that are part of our overall service.

You never have to answer any questions, and you can decline this exchange of information at any time. However, if you should choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with some of the services dependent upon the collection of this information, such as a personalized start page.

When you surf the Internet, your Internet browser (such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) automatically transmits some information to TotSites every time you access content on one of our sites. Examples of such information include the URL of the Web page you were just on (known as the "Refer"), the IP (or Internet Protocol) address of the computer you are using, or the browser version you are using to access our site. All of this information may be collected by TotSites and used to help improve our offerings to you.

We may use third-party advertising cookies to serve some of the ads that appear when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites to provide advertisements about goods or services that may be of interest to you.

Children Under the Age of 13

As a matter of strict policy, TotSites does not knowingly collect Personally Identifiable Information from anyone under the age of 13 or allow such persons to use TotSites.

How the information is used

We use the personal information you supply us, including your registration data, to enhance our services, fulfill your requests for products, programs, or services, personalize your experience and provide you or permit others to provide you with special offers we think you will find valuable. We also use other information obtained from user site traffic patterns to better provide you with a personalized experience and special advertising offers and promotions. We view personalized advertising as beneficial to our users.

TotSites uses the information described above to do, among other things, the following:

Personalize and enhance the TotSites site and service in a manner we believe will be of interest to you.

Send you advertising from third parties including selected and trusted TotSites Online partners, unless you have opted out of receiving these types of communications.

Provide you with advertising and other promotional offers that we believe will be of interest to you.

Contact users for feedback regarding TotSites and our partners via email surveys.

TotSites may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide Personally Identifiable Information to appropriate governmental authorities. If requested by law enforcement or judicial authorities, we will provide this information upon receipt of the appropriate documentation. TotSites may also provide information to law enforcement to protect its property and the health and safety of individual as permitted by statute.

Other companies that place advertising on our site may collect information about you when you view or click on their advertising or content through the use of cookies (using the same techniques as described above). Due to the way the Internet technically operates, we cannot control this collection of information. As the consumer you should contact these advertisers or content providers that place information on the TotSites website directly if you have any questions about their use of the information they potentially collect.

Information that you provide while using products such as TotSites Message Boards is available for all to see. Discretion should be used in entering Personally Identifiable Information within such forums, as it may be collected by third parties. TotSites does not actively associate the message content entered by our users in TotSites Message Boards with those users' registration information. Our server computers will retain this information, however; and it is potentially available for distribution to third parties - most obviously law-enforcement agencies acting under subpoena power, per the terms of this section of our Privacy Policy. We do not use this information to target any advertising to our users, nor is it ever willingly distributed to any third party, such as an advertiser, except if subpoenaed.

With whom the information may be shared

In general, TotSites does not disclose your personally identifiable information to any third party entity. In the event that all or substantially all of TotSites stock and/or assets are transferred or sold to another entity, TotSites may transfer personally identifiable information to the acquiring entity. If, as a result of such a business transition, your personally identifiable information will be used in a materially different manner, you will be given choice consistent with our policy regarding notification of changes.

TotSites may disclose your personally identifiable information if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, a subpoena, or other legal process. TotSites may also disclose personally identifiable information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Service or to protect the safety of our users and the public or under confidentiality agreements with certain third parties which assist us in developing, operating and maintaining our site.

What happens when you leave TotSites to go to other sites

TotSites does not control the information collection and distribution policies on Internet domains other than those internet domains that are under the control of TotSites itself. When you are on the TotSites website., you may be directed to other sites that are beyond our control. For example, if you "click" on a banner advertisement, the "click" may take you off the TotSites website. These other sites may independently collect data, solicit personal information, or send their own cookies to you. TotSites is not responsible for any use of the information including click-stream data, that you may create when using such third party sites.

We may also offer you access to software products which are installed on an individual user's computer. TotSites software applications automatically communicate over the Internet with our servers and, in order to provide you with TotSites website services, may convey to TotSites certain information regarding your activities at destinations other than the TotSites website., such as the URL of sites you visit. TotSites software applications may also upgrade their functionalities from time to time, and some of these functionalities may expand the scope of the information that is communicated to TotSites website's servers.

What choices are available to you regarding collection, use, and distribution of personal information

You can always choose whether or not to disclose Personally Identifiable Information and that choice will not prevent you from using the TotSites website. Please note, however, if you should choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with some of the services dependent upon the collection of this information, such as a personalized start page, a sweepstakes entry, or the purchase and shipment of products and prizes.

You can choose at anytime to opt out of receiving emails from TotSites or from having your Personally Identifiable Information shared with selected companies. If you want to opt out, you can do so. If you elect to "opt out" we will not, as applicable, share your personal information with third parties or send you emails. However, we may continue to use your personal information for internal purposes, to conduct sweepstakes and promotions, to enhance your user experience or as necessary to administer the site or comply with applicable law.

We reserve the right to send a one-time registration confirmation email, and infrequent Service Alert messages to users to inform them of specific changes that may impact their ability to use a service they have previously signed up for, regardless of email contact opt-in status. An example of a Service Alert message would be notification of the impending closing of an account that is believed to be abandoned. And finally, we also reserve the right to contact you if compelled to do so as part of a legal proceeding or if there has been a violation of our Terms of Service. TotSites is retaining these rights because in limited cases we feel that we may need the right to contact you as a matter of law or regarding matters which will be important to you. These rights do not allow us to contact you to market a new or existing service if you have asked us not to do so, and issuance of these types of communications are rare.

What kind of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under the company's control

TotSites operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary, and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our users. Even your registration account password is encrypted before it is sent to our computers. Any other particularly sensitive information, such as a customer's credit card number collected for a commerce transaction, is also encrypted prior to transmission.

TotSites takes steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with our Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you use these services at your own risk. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. TotSites will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. You the consumer are ultimately responsible for the security of your Personally Identifiable Information.

Last Updated on 12-11-2007