What personal information is collected at our Web site and how is it used?
Information You Directly Provide through this Site
We collect personal information directly from you to do all the things typically associated with Web sites. Examples of the information we collect include name, address, telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, personal preferences,demographical information, responses to contact questions.
This information is collected at various places: for instance, when you subscribe to a newsletter, contact form.
We Observe or Collect through Technology
a. Navigational Information
When you visit this Web site, we collect navigational information, such as browser type and version, service-provider identification, IP address, the site from which you came, and the site to which you navigate. Navigational information is largely anonymous in the sense that it doesn’t contain your name, address, email address or other information that directly identifies you. However, we may associate this navigational information with your personal information if you provide it.
b. Cookies and Clear gifs
To better understand what you do while on our site, we use a browser feature known as a cookie. A cookie is a small data file that’s stored by your Web browser on your computer. It’s used to do things like see how you navigate our Web site.
We also use clear-gifs (also known as a Web beacon or Web bug) on our Web site and in our emails. A clear gif is a nearly invisible pixel-sized graphic image on a Web page, Web-based document or e-mail message. It helps us do things like view the URL of the page on which the clear gif appears and the time our Web site or email in question is viewed. Clear gifs in e-mails help us confirm the receipt of, and response to, our emails, including those that you forward to friends and family; and they help deliver a more personalized online experience.
These technologies may be used to help us see which of our interactive experiences online users like most–for example, by keeping track of the number of times a video, widget or other media is accessed or embedded on social networking sites; and on which social networking sites it is embedded, based on inquiries that are sent to our Web site. Cookies and clear gifs also allow us to associate your online navigational information, or purchases and interactions (both online and offline), with any personal information you provide (such as name and email address).
We’ll associate this information to deliver services to you; to improve our business; to transact business; and to market our products and services on this and other Web sites and through a variety of media like email, mobile advertising, and direct mail. The end result is a more personalized experience that’s tailored to your needs and tastes.
3. Information Others Observe or Collect through Technology
Third-party service providers help us provide certain features on our site and analyze our visitor’s site.
We use third-party services to provide certain features on our Web site. These third parties use some or all of the technologies described in Information We Observe or Collect Through Technology to provide these features.
We contract with analytics companies to better understand your use of our Web sites, and Web capabilities like embeddable widgets. These third parties may serve surveys to determine satisfaction with the Web site and then tie the responses to actual behavior on the Web site, which will allow us to improve our Web sites and Web capabilities. They accomplish this by using some or all of the technologies described in Information We Observe or Collect Through Technology.
Here’s a partial list of the sites or content of these third parties:
1. Interactive Maps
We may facilitate easy access to the online maps of content providers like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! There you can get quick location, driving, and contact information for our stores.
2. Sweepstakes, Contests, and Survey Sites
What information do we share with third parties.
We use third-party “back-office” contractors to help handle parts of our business because of their expertise, resources, or scale. They help us do things like monitor site activity, provide analysis combined with website use, maintain databases, administer and provide consulting services. Contractors may also assist us in hosting mobile Web sites where you may provide personal information about you and others you know; and where they may observe information about you in the same way as described above.
When you use a location-enabled Google service, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.
When was this policy last updated?
This Privacy Statement is effective September 9, 2013.