This Privacy Statement answers the following questions:
- What information does Kanji-A-Day.com gather about you?
- How does Kanji-A-Day.com use your personal information?
- How do we use "IP addresses" and "cookies"?
- Will Kanji-A-Day.com disclose any of your personal information?
- What kind of security measures do we take to protect your information from accidental loss or disclosure?
- How can you deactivate your account or correct or revise information that we have about you?
- How do we respect children's privacy?
- What else should you know about your privacy?
What Information Does Kanji-A-Day.com Gather About You?
Kanji-A-Day.com collects information about our readers so that we can provide a more interesting and useful service, as well as more appropriate advertising. We ask for your name, email address, and other personal information when you register to use certain features of our Web site, or if you sign up for special or personalized services, such as our discussion boards or email newsletters. We also may ask for this information at other times, such as when you enter contests or other promotions sponsored by Kanji-A-Day.com and/or our partners. We sometimes conduct surveys as well, although you do not have to respond to them.
We collect IP addresses for site security and to help us understand how people use our site so that we can improve our site and our users' respective experiences. For similar quality reasons, we use a feature known as a "cookie." Cookies contain bits of information that websites transfer to your computer's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more convenient by storing information about your preferences on a site. Although we may assign your browser a cookie, the cookie does not tell us who you are. Only you can tell us that. We discuss cookies later in this Privacy Statement.
Besides cookies, we may also use tiny electronic images (called "single-pixel GIFs" or "Web beacons"), which allow us to count users who have visited specific pages or access certain cookies. We may use single-pixel GIFs in the following ways:
- To count and recognize users.
- To conduct research on behalf of some partners on their websites, and for auditing purposes.
- To determine aggregate information about users, including demographic and usage information.
- To determine which email messages were opened and/or acted upon when we send HTML-formatted email messages (messages resembling Web pages that include graphics).
- Advertising networks that serve ads on our site may also use single-pixel GIFs in their advertisements. In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a Web page, including an ad banner, can act as a Web beacon.
How Does Kanji-A-Day.com Use Your Personal Information?
Kanji-A-Day.com collects personal information to provide you, the user, with the best and most personalized experience possible, and to provide our advertisers with an efficient way to reach the right audience. In short, by knowing a little about you, Kanji-A-Day.com can deliver more relevant content and advertisements to you.
Sometimes we ask for personal information when providing special features and services. You do not have to give us that information, but without it, you may not be able to take advantage of those products or services. For example, you will be unable to track your personal kanji study list on our site unless you add them to your list, and you may not be able to gain access to certain areas of our site unless you register and/or subscribe.
How Do We Use "IP Addresses" and "Cookies"?
Your Web browser or email application automatically provides your Internet Protocol address ("IP address") to other computers with which you communicate over the Internet, so that they know where to send you information.
We receive an IP address each time you view one of our Web pages, because the browser automatically reports it to us. We also may store the IP address when you register with Kanji-A-Day.com.
We may use IP addresses for various purposes, including:
- Diagnosing service or technology problems.
- Assessing and maintaining system security.
- Displaying the most appropriate advertising or content.
- Studying how people use our site and how we can improve it.
- Reporting to advertisers about aggregate, but not individual, information derived from IP addresses.
Cookies are used on our sites in the following ways:
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our Web advertising partners may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser.
Some of our advertisers use third-party networks to serve their advertisements on this site.
If you reject cookies on our sites, though, you will not be able to access all areas of them or use many of our features. When you accept our cookies, we cannot use them to find out who you really are, unless you tell us. And even then, they won't tell us what you are thinking, your favorite pets name, or that you secretly have a crush on William Shatner.
For more information about cookies, read the unofficial Cookie FAQ from CookieCentral.com.
Will Kanji-A-Day.com Disclose Any of Your Personal Information?
Kanji-A-Day.com will not disclose any personally identifiable information about individual users, except as described in this Privacy Statement. With the few exceptions that we explain here, we do not give, rent, lend, or sell individual information to our advertisers, although we do provide aggregate information. For example, we might tell an advertiser that there are 10,000 Registered Kanji-A-Day members in Washington D.C., but we will not tell them that George Bush is one of them, nor will we tell them that his email address is GW@whitehouse.gov. We may also use this aggregated information to help the advertisers reach the kind of audience they want. We may also disclose aggregate information (for example, information showing that 1,000 of our readers clicked on a particular Web advertising banner last month) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
As for individually identifiable information, we may disclose it only under the following circumstances:
- We may disclose information to others when we have your consent.
- If you buy something from us, we will disclose your personal information to the extent necessary to fulfill your order and charge your credit card (if applicable). We may use a fulfillment company to fill and ship your order (excluding products you download directly from our site) and a credit card processing company to verify your card number and process the transaction. For example, if you order a "Kanji-A-Day" shirt with your credit card, we need to give your address to the fulfillment house (so that it can ship the cap to you) and your credit card information to the processing company (to confirm payment). We may also give your information to a delivery or postal service so that it can get your order to you.
- We may disclose your personal information as required by applicable law, or in response to legal process, to protect the rights or property of Kanji-A-Day.com, or to protect the safety of Kanji-A-Day.com, our users, or others.
- We may disclose personal information in some other limited circumstances, but we will specifically describe them to you when we collect the information, such as in the rules of a contest or a new service. For example, if we are going to give personal information to a contest's sponsor, we will disclose it when you sign up for the contest, so that you can decide whether to enter.
- We may employ contractors or other third parties to help with our operations. We may give them access to databases of user information, so that they can perform their services for us, including performing system maintenance, displaying personalized content (such as kanji lists), performing list analysis or management. These parties are all subject to confidentiality agreements that restrict their use and disclosure of information they obtain through their relationship with Kanji-A-Day.com.
- We may disclose your personal information to any successor-in-interest of ours, such as a company that acquires us. In the event Kanji-A-Day.com goes through a business transition, such as a merger or acquisition by or with another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets, your personal information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via email or by a notice on our Website of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.
What Kind of Security Measures Do We Take to Protect Your Information From Accidental Loss or Disclosure?
Personalized areas of our sites, such as your personal kanji lists are password-protected. Only you have access to these password-protected areas. Do not share your passwords with anyone. The Kanji-A-Day.com will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email. If you are using a computer to which others have access, such as one in a computer lab, Internet cafe, or public library, always remember to log out and close your browser window when leaving our site.
How Can You Deactivate Your Account or Edit the Information We Have About You?
If you want to correct or change information in your Personal Profile, or any other information we have about you, please login and click on User Options.
How Do We Respect Children's Privacy?
This site is not directed at children under the age of 13. We operate this site in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 13.
What Else Should You Know About Your Privacy?
Please remember that whenever you disclose personal information publicly that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online where people can see it, people will know that information and you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. If you do not want strangers to have your email address, you should not post your email address on a discussion board. Similarly, if you do not want people to know that you are President George W. Bush and discussion board to help work on international diplomacy, then you should not post that information, Mister President. While we do our best to protect your personal information, Kanji-A-Day.com cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.
What does all of this mean?
Just as in the real world, you must protect yourself. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any password and/or account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online, especially when using a computer that other people can use also.
We may change this Privacy Statement at any time, but we will give notice of any material change (or any notices that we are required to give you) this website and/or in email messages.
Last Updated: September 17th, 2006.