Zebulon Quest Privacy Notice
Most recently updated October 9, 2008
The following policy applies to ZEBULONQUEST.COM a site owned and operated by writer Tim Northburg. We recognize that your privacy is important. This policy statement outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use ZebulonQuest.com and the steps we take to safeguard that information.
ZebulonQuest.com strives to maintain the highest standards and is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. This policy statement provides our visitors (e.g., parents, teachers, librarians and children) with an overview of the measures we have taken to provide a safe online environment. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.
PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
ZebulonQuest.com collects personally identifiable information (PII) from the visitors to our website on a voluntary basis only. We consider the following PII collected on a voluntary basis to include: first and last name, street address, email address, and telephone number.
We may collect online and use PII if you: (1) sign our guestbook; (2) participate in a contest, sweepstake, game, survey or forum; (3) request information from us. In order to create or enhance our relationship with you, the information collected is internally reviewed. It is then used to customize and improve the content of the site, notify our visitors of updates and respond to visitor inquiries. In addition, this PII may be used to provide our visitors, via e-mail or other means, information about materials and activities that may be of interest to them.
Once PII is reviewed it is discarded or stored in our files. Personal information received from any visitor will be used for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.
NON-PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS
Cookies are identifiers that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable our system to recognize your browser. Cookie technology tells our web server that you have returned to a specific page.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying your web browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.
A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a particular site. Web beacons are also referred to as web bugs and are commonly used by third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to help us know how many people visit us and where they go on our site and how they interact with site content. This allows us to know which areas are favorites or which areas need improvement so that we may continually improve our visitors’ online experiences.
We at ZebulonQuest.com understand that the Internet is a useful way for us to reach the public with information as well as providing guestbooks, bulletin boards and requests for suggestions as well as the possibility of providing chats, forums, surveys and games online. This site and some of the activities are directed towards children under 13. There are many pages on the Zebulon Quest website that children can participate in and enjoy without having to share PII.
ZebulonQuest.com recognizes the privacy concerns for parents, and the importance of keeping children and their PII safe. In those instances, we provide additional protections for children’s PII, in compliance with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.) ZebulonQuest.com will not condition a child’s participation in any activity on that child disclosing more personally identifiable information that is reasonably necessary to administer the activity.
Different types of PII submitted to this site by children under 13 is used in various ways and described as follows. 1. We collect a child’s PII (including name, email address, mailing address and phone number) for such activities as chats, forums, surveys, games, guestbooks, bulletin boards, requests for suggestions and requests for additional information. 2. We collect a child’s PII for activities such as contests and sweepstakes for the sole purpose of communicating with the child on a one-time basis (for example, contacting a contest or sweepstakes winner.) 3. We will respond directly on a one-time basis to a child’s specific request or suggestion regarding this site and will obtain parental or guardian consent to respond more than once to a child’s specific request.
Children, remember to be smart online. Do not give out your full name, e-mail address, home address, telephone number or any other personal information that would enable someone to contact you online or offline with out first asking your parent or guardian for permission.
For Parents and Guardians
ZebulonQuest.com urges parents and guardians to participate with and supervise their children’s online activities whenever possible. We do understand that it is not always possible for parents and guardians to supervise children’s activities on the internet.
Unless we indicate otherwise and obtain prior consent, PII collected from children under the age of 13 will be used solely by ZebulonQuest.com for internal purposes (Such as sweepstakes administration and services related to the operation of this site) and will not be sold or otherwise transferred to third parties.
When we provide parents and guardians with notice and/or seek consent, we give them the opportunity to communicate their wish to review their child’s PII. We also give parents and guardians the option to change or delete the PII we have collected form their child. If parent or guardian requests for us to delete their child’s PII then ZebulonQuest.com will delete all the child’s and partents PII from its records. Parents or guardians please read our opt-out portion of this policy.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
ZebulonQuest.com contains links to other sites whose content we have found of possible interest to our visitors. Please be aware the ZebulonQuest.com is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. While we initially visit these sites to which we directly link, please note that we do not monitor or control the content that appears on these sites and such content may be constantly changing. We recommend that children check with their parents or teachers before clicking off to any new site. 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 ZebulonQuest.com.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
If ZebulonQuest.com is sold or transfers ownership, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable effort to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make of us.
If you, or your child, have submitted personal identifiable information through our site and wish to have that information updated/corrected or if you wish to stop all future communications with ZebulonQuest.com and wish your information deleted please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your correspondence please state clearly your request to change or permanently deleted your or your child’s PII from ZebulonQuest.com’s database. We will e-mail you with written confirmation of such removal with notification of final e-correspondence. Unless your PII is voluntarily submitted again no further correspondence from ZebulonQuest.com will occur.
However, there may be residual information that will remain with our database that may or may not contain PII. This residual information will not be given to any third party or used for any commercial purpose.
AGREEMENT TO TERMS
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