Privacy Policy

General

This Web site does not collect personal data (name, addresses, or other personally identifying information) from users. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site.  Your IP address is used for technical purposes only.

Advertisers

We use outside ad companies to display ads on our Web site.  These ads may contain cookies which are used to track advertising sales.

This site also utilizes Quantcast, which collects Log Data from Web sites and other digital media assets that participate in Quantcast Measurement Program.  This Log Data includes information such as your computer’s IP address, referring HTTP location, current HTTP location, search string, time of access and other statistics.  This data is used to provide market research services and content and advertising delivery services to our customers.

Users may opt out of such use and placement of cookies and IP addresses through Quantcast at this link.  And users may opt out of other network advertising via this link.

Privacy Policy

This privacy statement (”Privacy Policy”) covers all the websites and services owned, affiliated or operated by iCandy Media. (collectively “iCandy Media”, “we”, “us”, “our”).  iCandy Media knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy. By visiting the iCandy Web Sites, submitting information or using any of our products or services, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy, and consent to having your data transferred to and processed in the United States.

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover? This Privacy Policy covers iCandy Media’s treatment of personal information that iCandy Media gathers when you are on the iCandy Media Web sites and when you use iCandy Media services. Also, this Privacy Policy covers iCandy Media’s treatment of any personal information that iCandy Media’s business partners share with iCandy Media. This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that iCandy Media does not own or control, or to individuals that iCandy Media does not employ or manage.

What Personal Information About Users Does iCandy Media Collect? Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to personalize and improve our service. We collect the following types of information from our users:

* Information You Provide to Us:

o We may receive and store any information you enter on our Web sites or provide to us in any other way, such as your name, email address, and other information you provide. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features, such as posting comments to our Web sites, creating a user profile or receiving e-mail alerts. The personal information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain products and services customizing the advertising content you see and communicating with you.
o Registration: In order for you to use certain parts of our network of sites, you may be required to complete a registration form and provide the requested information about you.
o You post information at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that information you post on the Web site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the website. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of your information may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your information.
o E-mail Alerts: In order to receive an email alert every time a new story is posted on one of our websites, you are required to submit your email address.

* Automatic Information:

o We may receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. iCandy Media may automatically receive and record certain “traffic data” on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, iCandy Media cookie information, the page you requested, and your communications and interaction with our other website registrants. iCandy Media uses this traffic data to, among other things, help diagnose problems with its server, analyze trends and administer our websites.
o Generally, our service may automatically collect usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to our Web sites and its components. This data is only used in the aggregate, that is, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of collective data enables us to figure out how often users use parts of our websites, so we can make our websites appealing to as many users as possible. In addition, we may provide statistical information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our websites. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use their areas and our websites, so that they, too, may provide you with an optimal Web experience. We also collect and use information for internal purposes. For example, if you are a registered user of the iCandy Media e-mail and/or subscription based services, we may keep records in your account history of your complaints about other registered users online behavior, and any reported violation of our Terms of Use that you or someone on your account may have committed.

* E-mail Communications:

o We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from iCandy Media if your computer supports this type of program, in order to help us make emails more interesting and helpful. We may also send out emails with news or promotions. If you do not want to receive e-mail or other mail from us, please notify us by e-mail at candy@candykirby.com and include sufficient information for us to identify your account.

What about Cookies?

* Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we may transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our website are visited and by how many people. iCandy Media cookies do not collect personal information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personal information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or email address is.
* The “help” portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies.
* Some of our business partners may use cookies on our websites (for example, advertisers). These cookies allow the server to recognize your computer, for example, each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows advertising networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements. However, we have no access to or control over these cookies and this Privacy Policy does not cover the use of cookies by our business partners or advertisers.
* Third-Party cookies: We use third-party advertising companies such as Google AdSense to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Will iCandy Media share any of the information it receives?

We neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone. We share your personal information only as provided herein or with your consent, to the entities that are controlled by iCandy Media.

Is information about me secure?

* If you choose to create one, your iCandy Media account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to work to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer by logging off once you have finished using a shared computer.

Conditions of Use If you decide to visit the iCandy Media Web sites, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of California state law.

Third-Party Web Sites iCandy Media services may permit you to link to other websites on the Internet, and other Web sites may contain links to the iCandy Media Web sites. These other websites are not under iCandy Media control, and such links do not constitute an endorsement by iCandy Media of those other Web sites or the services offered through them. The privacy and security practices of websites linked to or from the iCandy Media Web sites are not covered by this Privacy Policy, and iCandy Media is not responsible for the privacy or security practices or the content of such websites.

Changes to this Privacy Policy iCandy Media may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, at its sole discretion. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. If we make changes to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the iCandy Media Web sites or sending you an email so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, it is disclosed.

Questions or Concerns If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy at the iCandy Media Web sites, please send a detailed message to candy@thelaughingstork.com. Your privacy is important to us and we will make every effort to resolve your concerns.

Effective Date of This Privacy Policy:

This Privacy Policy is effective as of November 16, 2008.

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