Privacy Policy

 

At SocioDynamics.net we appreciate your readership and value your personal privacy. We respect the personal nature of the information you provide on our web site and acknowledge the importance of protecting this information. In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using your personal information with your reasonable expectations of privacy.

When does SocioDynamics.net collect my personal information?

You may provide personal information to SocioDynamics in several ways: (1) by sharing your e-mail address and subscribing to email newsletters or requesting site updates, (2) by signing up for advanced access as a commenter, author, editor, or administrator,  (3) by choosing to include personal information when you post comments or articles or (4) registering for or purchasing products including optional extended content. We may also ask for other information at other times but at no time will you be required to share any personal information to gain read-only access to our site.

In addition to personal information—such as name, street and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers—we may also collect information that is in no way personally identifiable. This may include the operating system you are working on, the internet browser you are using, the domain name of your internet service provider, and the web sites you visit directly before and after your visit.

How does SocioDynamics.net use my personal information?

The more we know about you, the better we are able to customize our web site to suit your personal preferences and interests. The e-mail address you provide may be used by SocioDynamics.net for any reason, such as contacting you for editorial purposes or to advise you of any changes to our site. We may also from time to time send you messages about our marketing partners’ products.

To maintain a site that is free of charge and does not require registration for basic browsing, we display advertisements on our web site. We also use the information you give us to help our advertisers target the audience they want to reach. At no time does any party other than SocioDynamics.net have access to your personally identifiable information, and you will never be contacted by any party other than SocioDynamics.net. The only exceptions to the foregoing are that we may disclose personally identifiable information (i) in response to legal process, for example, in response to a court order or subpoena, (ii) in response to a law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take actions regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of another person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law, or (iii) in the event we are acquired by or merged with another company.

When you sign up for our updates or receive e-mail messages from SocioDynamics.net, you will always be given the chance to opt-out of special offers and site updates. You may change your preferences at any time and will only be contacted in manners consistent with your stated preferences.

Non-personally identifiable information (such as stated above) may be shared in aggregate form with our advertisers or marketing partners but your personally identifiable information will never be disclosed to them.

Who else has access to my personal information?

The ads appearing on SocioDynamics.net may be delivered to you by DoubleClick, Google, or others. Information about your visit to this site, such as number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your name, address, or other personal information), is used to serve ads to you on this site. And, in the course of serving advertisements to this site, third party advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. For more information about DoubleClick, cookies, and how to “opt-out”, please go to http://www.doubleclick.net/us/corporate/privacy

Services such as eMail newsletters and RSS feeds may be delivered to you by third parties. Under no circumstances will we authorize these service providers to make any personal information about an individual user available to anyone else.

We have also contracted with a number of advertising network partners to monitor certain pages of our website and RSS feeds for the purpose of reporting website and RSS traffic, statistics, advertisement ‘click-throughs’, and/or other activities on our website. Where authorized by us, these advertising network partners may use cookies, web beacons, and/or other monitoring technologies to compile anonymous statistics about our website visitors. No personally identifiable information is collected by or transferred to these network partners. For more information about how the information is collected and used, please see the following:

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy. The cookies of other certified third-party vendors or ad networks may also be used to serve ads. You may may visit these websites to opt out of cookies (if the vendor or ad network offers this capability). Users can opt out of some, but not all, of these cookies in one location at the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out website at www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Third parties and web sites that have links on our site may also collect or use information about you. The information practices of other companies or people that SocioDynamics.net does not employ or manage are not covered by this privacy statement.

Is there anything else I should know about my privacy and SocioDynamics.net?

As mentioned above, any information you disclose voluntarily on our comments pages or in any forums we may develop in the future becomes public information. We cannot control the actions of our site users and advise you to use your discretion in sharing information about yourself on the Internet. All information sharing is optional and done so at your own discretion and risk. Privacy is a very personal matter and we encourage you to be careful and responsible when disclosing personal information online.

This policy may be revised or updated at any time and we encourage you to check back to ensure that you are familiar with the most recent version and the terms of our policy.

Revised October 20, 2009

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