The Softwire’s Rings of Orbis is a growing community and we will constantly be adding new and exciting features. In doing so we may modify our practices occasionally but we will still treat all personal information in accordance with the privacy notice in effect at the time the information was collected.
Below is a list or our information practices.
1. Collected personal Information
At ringsoforbis.com, the only personally identifiable information we collect from players’ 12-years-old and younger is a valid e-mail address. And, we only use this information to send these players one message allowing us to activate their ringsoforbis.com.com account. Once activated, the e-mail address is completely removed from our system. We also ask users 12-years-old and under for certain non-personally identifiable information, such as birth date, gender, state/province, zip/postal code, and country.
The ringsoforbis.com requires players 13-years and older to supply a first and last name, a valid e-mail address, birth date, gender, and their postal code. Although they have the option to voluntarily enter additional information such as home address, state and country, it's not required to activate their account. If our players choose to participate in our polls or surveys we may ask them to provide additional information that is not personally identifiable, such as city or state of residence or a player's favorite science fiction movie. Users can also amend their user information supplied upon registration (except for user name, original e-mail address and date of birth) on this page: http://www.ringsof orbis.com/userinfo.phtml. (You will have to be logged in to view this page.) When a child under 13 enters a contest, we will ask them for a parent's e-mail address so that we can notify the parent that we have received personal information from the child. We do not knowingly collect names and e-mail addresses from children under 13 without notifying the parent via e-mail and giving them the opportunity to remove their child's name from the list of entries. Winners of our contests are notified by e-mail, and are required to send us by fax or regular mail a form containing their street address. Winners who are minors must have the form signed by a parent in order to receive their prizes.
Also, when visitor come to our site, we automatically collect some non-personally identifiable "computer" information, such as the type of computer operating system (e.g., Windows 95 or Mac OS), the user's "IP Address", the web browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer) being used, and information regarding the Internet service provider to facilitate their game play.
2. Use of information
We use players’ personal information for our internal purposes of enabling visitors to enter one of our on-line contests or sweepstakes, to subscribe to our online newsletter, or to inform users of upcoming events and special announcements. We use the e-mail addresses of parents to notify them when we have received information from their children and to give them the opportunity to have their child's name removed from our lists. We do not keep any personal information we obtain through a contest or sweepstakes after the particular event is completed. We use the names and e-mail addresses of subscribers to our e-mail newsletter only to send them the newsletter. Each newsletter contains instructions on how to be removed from the subscription list by sending us a return e-mail. We also use visitor's personal information to track usage and to ensure user are following the site's Terms and Conditions. As this is a role-playing game, the site sends you upates about your knudniks status as well as other in-game play. You can manage all of these alerts inside your prefereces, turning them all off if you like. Sometimes we will use agents or contractors to help us provide services to our visitors, such as helping us conduct a sweepstakes and sending prizes to the winners. In these cases, we require the agent or contractor to keep the information confidential and to use it only for the specific services they are performing. In addition, please review the section on Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites and Sponsors for a description of the limited instance whereby personal information collected on the site may be supplied to third parties with the consent of the user.
We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site, to personalize our visitors' experience on ringsoforbis.com.com, and to offer products, programs, and services. We also may use this information collectively to analyze site usage, as well as to offer products, programs, or services.
We will disclose information we maintain when required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's or other public agency's (including schools or children services) request or if we feel that such disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime.
We will not use or transfer personally identifiable information in ways that are materially different from the ones described above without also providing parental notification of such practices and obtaining consent for any materially different uses.
3. Third-Party Sites and Sponsors and Information They collect
The ringsoforbis.com.com may use a software technology called "cookies." Cookies are small text files that we and certain third parties place in visitors' computer browsers to store their preferences. Cookies themselves do not contain any personally identifiable information. Although cookies could enable us to relate a visitor's use of this Web site to personal information that a visitor has provided, such as an e-mail address, we do not use them for this purpose. We do use "cookies" to determine how many visitors we have and how often they visit various sections of our site.
5. Security for Website
We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect on-line.
6. Necessary Parental Review
Parents, please send a letter or postcard to our Privacy Manager at the mailing address provided below if you would like to do any of the following:
- Access the personally identifiable information that the ringsoforbis.com.com site has collected on-line from your child,
- Correct factual errors in such information,
- Request to have this information deleted, or
- Request that we no longer collect or maintain such information.
Please be sure to include your e-mail address and a telephone number where we can reach you. To protect your child's privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting you access to the personal information that we collect and maintain about your child.
7. Contact Us
If you are unable to resolve your concerns with our Privacy Manager, we encourage you to contact The Direct Marketing Association at www.the-dma.org.
8. A Final Note to Parents
The Internet offers a world of opportunity for children. Your guidance and involvement are essential to help ensure that children have a safe and rewarding on-line experience. We encourage you to visit The Direct Marketing Association's Web site(www.the-dma.org) and explore the Get CyberSavvy! program. Get CyberSavvy! helps families learn how information flows on-line so they can use the Internet in ways that protect their privacy and well-being. It also contains a number of valuable resources to help parents and children be aware of and express their preferences about information that is collected on-line and how it is used. Your efforts to instill responsible information practices will help steer your children to age-appropriate sites and will go a long way toward ensuring that your children have enriching experiences on-line.
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