Privacy Policy

Gale C. Steves (“we” or “us”) operates this Website as an interactive online service to provide information about design, products, services and opportunities, including but not limited to advice and user forums.

We respect your privacy and we have adopted this Privacy Policy to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties.  This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through our Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

BY ACCESSING AND USING THIS WEBSITE AND ANY OF THE SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

1.    INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Generally, the information we gather on our Website falls into two categories: (i) information you supply when you register, sign up for our product offerings, participate in sweepstakes, contests, surveys and promotions, or send us correspondence, and (ii) tracking information collected as you navigate through our site.  Third party providers featured on or linked to our Website, such as vendors of products and services offered through our site, may gather the same kinds of information about you.

Personally Identifiable Information
To use certain features on our Website, we ask you to register.  When you register, we collect personally identifiable information about you including your name, email address, user name and password.  We may also ask for some additional information, such as your birth date, gender, home location, content interests and the like, but you’re free to register without providing this information if you prefer.  In addition, we may ask you for personal information when you sign up for products and/or services, complete a survey or report a problem with our Website.  Generally, we use this information to communicate with you and to help improve our Website.

From time to time, we also may offer contests or other promotions involving marketing or advertising partners.  If you choose to participate in one of these contests or promotions, you’ll have to provide some information about yourself (such as name, address and email address).  Generally, we use this information to verify eligibility and to notify winners.  We may also share this information with sponsors and co-sponsors of the contest and other promotional partners.  We don’t control the privacy practices of these third parties, and our Privacy Policy does not apply to their collection and use of your personal information.  We urge you to review their privacy policies and learn how they will use the information before participating.  If you don’t want us to collect the information requested in the promotion, or to provide it to our co-sponsors or partners, please do not participate in the contest or promotion.

Aggregate Information
To help us serve your needs better, we use “cookies” to store and sometimes track user information.  A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.  The help function on most browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting cookies or to disable cookies entirely.  However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to take full advantage of various features on our Website that are available to other visitors.  In addition, we may use a third party advertising company, to serve ads when you visit our Website.  Occasionally, in the course of serving advertisements to our Website, advertisers or our third party advertising company may place or recognize cookies on your browser.  We do not control and we are not responsible for these cookies.  Information about your visits to our Website, such as the number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your name, address or other personal information), is used to serve ads to you.

When you use our Website, we may also collect your browser type, access time and/or IP address, and keep records of this information.  Your IP address is a number that is used by computers connected to the internet to identify your computer so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to you.  Your IP address does not tell us who you are, nor does this other information identify you personally.  We collect this information for aggregate reporting on Website activity that we, and our advertisers, may use.  For example, we may want to know how long the average user spends on our Website, which pages or features get the most attention, and the like.  This aggregate information helps to understand our audience and confirm the value of the advertising on our Website.

2.    HOW YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE USED
Among our primary goals in collecting information is to provide you with a customized experience when visiting our Website and to make our Website more valuable to you.  We try to ensure that any advertisements we deliver to you are consistent with your interests.  We may also email you with messages and advertising that we think may be of interest to you.

To make your online experience more useful and enjoyable, our Website includes links to other Websites, and provides access to products and services offered by third parties.  We share with these third parties such information as is necessary to provide products or services.  We will not provide your email address to such third parties unless it’s necessary to provide services you have requested, or to allow you to participate in a co-sponsored promotion.  We may also provide links to other Websites, and provide access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control.  When you access another Website or purchase products or services or conduct other transactions through our Website, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy and practices of the operator of the Website you are visiting or the provider of such products or services.  When you provide information in the course of obtaining products or services through our Website, use of any information you provide may be governed by the privacy policy and practices of the provider of those products or services, even if it appears that you are on our Website throughout the transaction and that provider’s privacy policy and practices may differ from ours.  If you can’t find the privacy policy of any of our provider partners via a link either from the Website’s homepage or from the pages on which the products or services are offered, you should contact the provider directly for more information.

3.    DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
You acknowledge, consent and agree that we may access, preserve and disclose your account information, your personal information and any Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Services if we are required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce these Terms of Service; (iii) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; and/or (v) protect the rights, property or personal safety of us, our users and the public.  We may also disclose aggregate information to advertisers and any person or entity that provides us with financing, technology and corporate, financial and legal advice, as well as to our partners and visitors.

4.    CHILDREN UNDER 13
Since our content and services are not directed towards younger children, those children under 13 are not permitted to register with our Website or to participate in public posting areas on our site.  As a reminder, children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else.

5.    SECURITY AND PASSWORDS
The personally identifiable information we collect is securely stored within our database, and we use standard, industry-wide procedures to protect your information.  However, no security system is impenetrable.  We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet.  And, of course, any information you include in a message you post to any message board, discussion group or other public posting area on our Website is available to anyone with internet access.  If you don’t want people to know your name or email address, for example, make sure not to include it in any message you post publicly.  Please see our Terms of Service for more information related to posting materials on our Website, including our use of such materials.  We recommend that you not disclose your password to anyone.

6.    UNAUTHORIZED USE/HACKING
Our Website and system are made available for lawful activities by authorized users only.  Any person using our Website without authority or for any unlawful activity is subject to having his or her activities monitored, recorded, investigated, examined and/or disclosed by or to us and our agents and/or law enforcement officials.  We may also monitor and record the activities of authorized users.  Any information so recorded may be disclosed in accordance with the provisions of this Privacy Policy.

7.    CHANGES TO PRIVACY POLICY
The Internet is an evolving medium. Accordingly, we reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy.  If we need to change our Privacy Policy at some point in the future, we will post the changes or an amended Privacy Policy on our Website.  YOUR CONTINUED USE OF OUR WEBSITE OR ANY OF THE SERVICES OFFERED THEREIN FOLLOWING ANY SUCH POSTING WILL CONSTITUTE YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF ALL SUCH CHANGES.