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COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
This site is owned and operated by britishcolumbia.name.
Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. At Bc Top 100
Inc, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you
should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use
of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather
and how we use it.Definition of the Information britishcolumbia.name. gathers and keeps track of.britishcolumbia.name gathers two types of information about users:· Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions.
These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newsletters, to
participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend, and from
participation in polls and surveys:· Information britishcolumbia.name gathers through aggregated tracking
information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This
information allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and to help
our advertisers and sponsors better understand the demographics of our audience.
Because britishcolumbia.name derives its revenue mainly from sponsorships and
advertising, providing such aggregated demographic data is essential to keeping
our service free to users. Under no circumstances does britishcolumbia.name divulge
any information about an individual user to a third party. britishcolumbia.name Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:Optional Voluntary InformationWe offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary
submission of personal information by users:1. Electronic newsletters (Dispatches)We will offer a free electronic newsletter to users. britishcolumbia.name gathers the
email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves
from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that
points users to the subscription management page. Users can also subscribe to
the newsletters at the time of registration.2. Message boards/forumsUsers of the site's Message Boards and Forums must register separately for these
services (both are free of charge) in order to post messages, although they
needn't register to visit the site. During registration the user is required to
supply a username, password, and email address.3. "E-mail this to a friend" ServiceOur site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page, or documents
to someone else by clicking "e-mail this to a friend". The user must provide
their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used
only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient
know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.4. PollingWe may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions
with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues.
Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to
any particular user. britishcolumbia.name may use a system to "tag" users after they
have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not
correlated with information about individual users.5. Surveysbritishcolumbia.name may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our
content to our audience. We sometimes share the aggregated demographic
information in these surveys with our sponsors, advertisers and partners. We
never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third
party.CHILDRENConsistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
(COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information
from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.USAGE TRACKINGbritishcolumbia.name tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites.
However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users.
britishcolumbia.name does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's
domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the
browser string (information contained in every user's browser).britishcolumbia.name sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter
in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual
users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users
like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what
individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This
helps us continue to build a better service for you.COOKIESWe may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your
computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it
will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have
specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie
can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off
your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. britishcolumbia.name uses
cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). Our advertising
system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad impressions and click
rates.You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your
browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning
message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this
site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards,
forums, polling and surveys. USE OF INFORMATIONbritishcolumbia.name uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance
their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or
personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on
the interests of our users.As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to
send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls,
surveys, message boards, and forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a
regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send out
special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in
something we are doing. britishcolumbia.name never shares newsletter mailing lists
with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users
like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what
individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This
helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms
entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users.
But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.britishcolumbia.name creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic
patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to
advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that
are pertinent to their needs. Because we don't track the usage patterns of
individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user
clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user
except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the
personal safety of our users or the public.SHARING OF THE INFORMATIONbritishcolumbia.name uses the above-described information to tailor our content to
suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience's
demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share
information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with
applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our
users or the public.SECURITYbritishcolumbia.name operates secure data networks protected by industry standard
firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are
periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals
have access to the information provided by our customers.OPT-OUT POLICYWe give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:· Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters. ·
Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely
alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our
users YOUR CONSENTBy using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by
britishcolumbia.name. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those
changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we
collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.
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