- How Empowered Mommies.com Collects Information
- A. Data you provide
- B. Information Empowered Mommies.com collects
- C. Our Use of Your Information
- Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to Third Parties
- Empowered Mommies.com Opt-in/Opt-out Policy
- Third Party Advertising and Links to other Sites.
- Access and Correction
- Guidelines regarding children
- Public forums/chat rooms/message boards/bulletin boards/social networking
- How we protect and secure your information
- Applicable Law
- Contact Information
1. How Empowered Mommies.com Collects Information
A. Personal Data you provide to Empowered Mommies.com
Personally Identifiable Information is any information that can be used to identify a specific individual such as your name, email address, home address, and phone number. Empowered Mommies.com asks you to provide Personally Identifiable Information in various places throughout the Empowered Mommies.com Network. Some of these areas where the collection of such information takes place are listed below:
In order to use many of Empowered Mommies.com's features, tools and services, we ask you to register to become a member. During this member registration process, we will ask you for Personally Identifiable Information. In addition, you may choose to provide Empowered Mommies.com with additional information including marital status, household income, education and employment status.
Empowered Mommies.com offers electronic newsletters on a variety of topics. If you subscribe to any of these newsletters, you will be required to provide a valid email address as well as any other information that is relevant to the delivery of the newsletter.
Surveys and Polls
Empowered Mommies.com offers online surveys and questionnaires that ask users for opinions on various issues and/or other information. Occasionally, we may request demographic information (like zip code, age or gender) when you answer a survey. Such surveys are completely voluntary.
Sweepstakes and Contests
We regularly operate sweepstakes, contests and giveaways throughout the Empowered Mommies.com Network. We typically ask you for your email address and/or phone number (to notify you if you've won, or not). We also ask for first and last names, and sometimes post office addresses in order to verify the entrant's identity. In some situations, we need additional information as part of the entry process, such as a prize selection choice.
When you engage in an ecommerce transaction on the Empowered Mommies.com Network you may be asked to provide credit card information and other Personally Identifiable Information in order to complete the transaction.
In order to use some of the tools and services on the Empowered Mommies.com Total Health pages you may be asked to provide information about your health. When you provide this information, in certain circumstances Empowered Mommies.com will associate it with Personally Identifiable Information.
B. Information gathered by Empowered Mommies.com and its third party service providers
When you visit the Empowered Mommies.com Network and interact with the services and tools that reside there, Empowered Mommies.com and third parties with whom Empowered Mommies.com has contracted to provide services to Empowered Mommies.com may collect information on your actions. This type of information is generally collected from two sources. One is from the server log files and the other is from cookies.
Your IP address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer to identify its location. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. We also sometimes use IP addresses to communicate with members and subscribers and possibly even ban those members who are not complying with our Terms of Service.
You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies you may be unable to use those Empowered Mommies.com services that require registration in order to participate or will have to sign in each time you visit the Empowered Mommies.com Network.
Our advertising is currently served by third party advertising companies which deliver a cookie to you so the ads you see can be tracked and ensure that you are not shown the same ad too many times. Since the third party advertising company only tags your computer with a number, they know nothing about who you are. Empowered Mommies.com does not provide these third party advertising companies with any personally identifiable information. However, these companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to the Empowered Mommies.com Network and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you
2. How Empowered Mommies.com uses Information it collects
Empowered Mommies.com uses the information you provide for several purposes, such as to communicate with you and to give you a better experience when visiting the Empowered Mommies.com Network by personalizing tools, content, services and email messages. Empowered Mommies.com also uses this information to build new services and develop offers that Empowered Mommies.com believes are more relevant and valuable to you.
The information collected by Empowered Mommies.com is also used to create aggregated portraits of the Empowered Mommies.com audience, portraits which present anonymous statistical demographic information but no personally identifiable information. This aggregated information is used, among other things, to determine trends and needs, and also to supply market research to potential advertisers and partners to help them understand who the Empowered Mommies.com audience is. For example, we may create a report that tells advertisers that 60 percent of our members are females in a certain age range, so that they can determine which of their products or services are most appropriate for our members.
Empowered Mommies.com offers the ability to forward an article to another person via email. If you use this service, we will use the recipient's email address in order to send the article or postcard and we will also ask for your email address. We do not use the recipient's email address for any other purpose unless such recipient gives us permission to do so.
3. Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to Third Parties
Oftentimes, sweepstakes and contests offered on the Empowered Mommies.com Network are sponsored by unaffiliated third parties. Information that you provide as part of an entry into a sponsored sweepstakes or contest will be shared with the sponsor if we advise you of such in the sweepstakes rules. Most sweepstakes and contests will also ask you to consent to the release of information contained within the entry form for tax purposes if you become a winner. You should carefully review the rules of each sweepstakes, contest and giveaway which you enter as they may contain additional important information about Empowered Mommies.com's or a sponsor's use of your personally identifiable information. The information you provide on pages of the Empowered Mommies.com Network that are co-branded with a third party (including tools that are hosted by a third party) may be shared with advertisers and partners on an aggregated basis and in these instances your permission will not be requested since no Personally Identifiable Information will be shared or provided to these third party sponsors or advertisers. Empowered Mommies.com will, however, use commercially reasonable efforts to contractually require all such third party advertisers and partners to agree not to use any non-personally identifiable information about you, in conjunction with other sources of information, or otherwise, to identify you.
4. The Empowered Mommies.com Opt-in/Opt-out Policy
Upon registration or from time-to-time, you may be asked to indicate whether you are interested in receiving information from us about special offers or news about our sites and advertisers. If you do choose to receive these communications by means of an opt-in, we will occasionally send you an email message that matches your request(s). We currently provide the following opt-out opportunities:
- 1. At any time, you can follow a link provided in every newsletter or email message (except for e-commerce confirmation or service notice emails) to unsubscribe from that mailing list or email service.
- 2. At any time, you can contact us through email at email@example.com to have your contact preference changed to "Do Not Contact Me."
- 4. At any time, you can opt out of having your Personally Identifiable Information shared with our Affiliates for their direct marketing purposes.
5. Third Party Advertising and Links to other Sites.
The Empowered Mommies.com Network contains links to advertiser and partner websites that are not co-branded or affiliated with Empowered Mommies.com in any way. We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such non-Empowered Mommies.com websites, and we do not control the practices of any of our advertisers or partners to whose sites we link.
6. Access and Correction
Empowered Mommies.com provides you with the ability to access, correct or change the Personally Identifiable Information in your member portrait at any time, including contact information or other information you've provided to us. However, you cannot currently change your member name although you may re-register and choose a new name. To review, modify or delete your member information, please click here. Please be advised that Empowered Mommies.com currently archives information it collects on its members and visitors.
7. Guidelines regarding children
Personal information about children is a concern for all of us. At Empowered Mommies.com, we take the protection of children's privacy very seriously. Empowered Mommies.com does not encourage participation or visitation by children. Visitors who are known to be under the age of 13 are prohibited from becoming a member. Anyone under the age of eighteen is discouraged from participating in any sex related chats or message boards and we ask that no one less than eighteen years of age become a community volunteer.
8. Public forums/chat rooms/message boards/bulletin boards/social networking
Throughout the Empowered Mommies.com Network various public forums such as chat rooms, message boards, "ask the expert" areas and various question and answer areas are available to you as a registered Empowered Mommies.com member.
Please remember that any information you disclose in these public forum areas becomes public information and is immediately accessible on the Empowered Mommies.com Network, so it is important for you to exercise discretion and appropriate caution when deciding to reveal personal information in these areas. Empowered Mommies.com may decide to utilize the content of Q&A's, interactions with experts, and/or chat room and message board content throughout the Empowered Mommies.com Network and in promotions in order to enhance Empowered Mommies.com's editorial, advertising, promotional and similar activities. In those cases, we often provide authorship credit by listing the author's member name. We therefore encourage you to use care in protecting your identity when you choose a member name and to keep your member name confidential.
9. How we protect and secure your information
Empowered Mommies.com has numerous security measures in place to protect you from the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control, including your credit card information if you choose to conduct an e-commerce transaction on the Empowered Mommies.com Network. All of your member information require use of your password. We recommend that you do not share your password with anyone. Empowered Mommies.com uses industry-standard tools, such as firewalls, to ensure that your information is secure and confidential.
10. Applicable Law
We control and operate the Empowered Mommies.com Network from the United States. The Empowered Mommies.com Network is not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. Please note that we do not represent or warrant that the Empowered Mommies.com Network is appropriate for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Empowered Mommies.com Network do so at their own initiative and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.
12. Contact information