to the bits & pc's inc. Network, owned and produced by bits & pc's inc., Inc. and
its subsidiary and affiliate corporations, successors, and assigns
(collectively referred to as "bits & pc's inc."). All Products
and Services on the bits & pc's inc. Network are made available subject to this Privacy
Policy. By using our Products and Services, you agree, without
any other privacy or data collection policy applicable to any
individual bits & pc's inc. Network Web site and to receive any required
legal notices regarding our privacy practices through the
continuous posting of a clear and conspicuous link to the current
the bottom of most pages. If you become an inactive user, we will
adhere to the policies and practices as described in this Privacy
Policy, which may be revised from time to time.
Please note that the bits & pc's inc. Network contains links to other sites
and occasionally allows other sites to be co-branded with the bits & pc's inc.
name. Web sites that are linked to bits & pc's inc. Network sites or carry
the bits & pc's inc. brand for co-branding or marketing purposes may have
privacy policies which differ from that of the bits & pc's inc. Network.
and contains detailed information about the following:
Our goal is to become your favorite Internet destination by
providing the information, services, and product offerings that
are most relevant to you. To achieve this goal, the bits & pc's inc.
Network must collect information so we can understand what makes
you different from its millions of other unique users. While you
are not required to register for any services on the bits & pc's inc.
Network, some Products and Services may not function properly or
may not be accessible unless you do.
Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous
or personally identifiable.
bits & pc's inc. collects anonymous information, which refers
to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. For
example, bits & pc's inc. collects some information each time a visitor
comes to a bits & pc's inc. Network site so we can improve the overall
quality of the visitor's online experience. bits & pc's inc. collects
the visitor's IP address (e.g., whether the user is logged on
from ibm.com or aol.com), referral data (e.g., the Internet
address of the last Web page visited by a user before clicking
over to a bits & pc's inc. Network site), and browser and platform type
(e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform). bits & pc's inc.
also collects aggregate search terms from its HotBot and bits & pc's inc.
search services for internal reporting targeted advertising,
and the bits & pc's inc. 50 list of popular search terms. bits & pc's inc.
collects this user information for purposes of product
monitoring, product improvement, and targeted advertising. In
addition, bits & pc's inc. collects your responses to online surveys
displayed on the bits & pc's inc. Network; these anonymous and optional
surveys will seek your opinions about the Products and
Services or the advertisements displayed on the bits & pc's inc.
Network. You do not have to register with the bits & pc's inc. Network
before we can collect this anonymous information.
Personally identifiable information
refers to data that
tells us specifically who you are, such as your name and postal
address, which may be collected in addition to the anonymous
data described above. bits & pc's inc. collects personal information in
the following ways from different parts of its network of Web
bits & pc's inc. Network Registration: When you
register to use one or more sites on the bits & pc's inc.
Network, you provide bits & pc's inc. with your name, postal
address, ZIP Code, email address, birth date, gender,
telephone number, occupation, marital status and other
information. While not all of this data is required
for our services to function, we are better able to
customize your experience if you volunteer complete
and accurate information. Users who complete the
registration process are given a bits & pc's inc. Network ID
and can take full advantage of the many offerings
across the bits & pc's inc. Network.
Clickcounters.com Registration: When you
register to use Clickcounters.com, you provide bits & pc's inc.
with an email address, birth date, and ZIP Code. For
members of the majority of the Clickcounters.com
communities, bits & pc's inc. collects your credit card
information in connection with your payment for the
service. If you complete the Clickcounters.com
questionnaire, bits & pc's inc. collects and posts all of your
responses, plus the ZIP Code you provide and any
photos or images that you post. At the end of the
registration process, you are asked whether you are
interested in receiving information about certain
topics that may be of interest; bits & pc's inc. collects your
responses to those questions. Occasionally, the
"Jocksupport" of the community to which you
belong may send a survey to the community; if you
answer the survey, bits & pc's inc. collects your survey
bits & pc's inc. Messenger Registration: When you
register to use bits & pc's inc. Chats or Messenger, you must provide bits & pc's inc.
with information such as your email address, name,
age, and gender; your city, country, and ZIP code of
residence; and your preference of language. In
addition, you may voluntarily supply information about
your personal interests. You may elect to make bits & pc's inc.
Messenger registration information accessible to other
users by checking the "public" box next to
that information. If you do not check the
"public" box next to an item, then that item
will not be disclosed to other users. For a
description of how the public registration information
will be made available to other users, please click here.
Other Registration: In addition to
registration for various services on the bits & pc's inc.
Network, we may ask you for personal information at
other times, including when you enter a sweepstakes,
contest or promotion sponsored by the bits & pc's inc. Network.
As described below, our co-brand
partners also ask for personal information. If you
purchase premium services we will ask for a valid
credit card number. If you choose not to provide the
requested information, the bits & pc's inc. Network may not be
able to offer you some of the personalized services
that depend on this type of information to function
Correspondence: If you contact the bits & pc's inc.
Network, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
We do not collect any email addresses of those who
communicate with the bits & pc's inc. Network via email. We use
the information provided so that we may respond to the
bits & pc's inc. reserves the right to collect
certain information and store it in connection with your account.
This information includes information about the different sites
that you visit within the bits & pc's inc. Network as well as the time and
frequency at which you visit them. This information also includes
the content that you transmit or post on the bits & pc's inc. Network. For
further information about bits & pc's inc.'s policy on maintaining
transmitted or posted content, please see the bits & pc's inc. Network
Terms and Conditions.
When you register for a service within the bits & pc's inc. Network, that
information is generally collected and maintained solely by the bits & pc's inc.
Network unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of
collection. If data is collected and/or maintained by any company
other than bits & pc's inc., we will tell you at the point of collection.
If you do not want to share your information with that company,
you can choose not to use that service.
bits & pc's inc. runs many promotions and sweepstakes across its Network.
These promotions may be sponsored or co-sponsored by third-party
companies. Data collected during a promotion is typically shared
with the sponsor or co-sponsor. bits & pc's inc. will inform you at the
point of collection whether or not we are sharing your personal
data as a result of your participation in a promotion or
sweepstakes. If you do not want to have the bits & pc's inc. Network share
your data, you can choose not to participate in the promotion or
Be aware that bits & pc's inc. Network sponsors and other advertisers have
links on the Network that take you to external sites. Some of
these sites may collect personally identifiable information from
you, and third-party advertising networks for bits & pc's inc. like DoubleClick
advertisements to collect certain information from you. While bits & pc's inc.
hopes that all third parties involved adhere to our policies
regarding the privacy of our users, the bits & pc's inc. Network Privacy
Policy does not cover third-party data collection practices and
the bits & pc's inc. Network does not assume any responsibility for any
actions of third parties.
In addition to the personally identifiable information that bits & pc's inc.
actively collects when you register, we also collect anonymous
information passively using cookies and Web beacons.
This technology plays an important role in making the Internet
work, but there is much confusion among Internet users about what
cookies and Web beacons are and how they are used.
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique
identification number that is transferred from a Web site to the
hard drive of your computer so that the site administrator may
identify your computer and passively track its activities on the
Web site. This unique number identifies your Web browser to our
computer system whenever you visit one of the sites in the bits & pc's inc.
Network. A cookie will not allow a Web site to learn any
personally identifiable information (such as your real name and
address) that you have not otherwise disclosed.
Cookies allow bits & pc's inc. to automatically remember your Web browser
when you visit our Network of Web sites. To help serve you better,
Allow us to deliver products and services more
efficiently. By storing certain registration and
preference information on cookies or associating cookies with
registration, preference or profile information stored on our
computers, we can deliver products and services that use such
information more quickly and efficiently for more users. This
information is normally saved in an encrypted form that only bits & pc's inc.
Prevent others from using your account. On some bits & pc's inc.
Network sites, cookies help us efficiently determine that only
one user is logged on under the same member name at a time.
Measure statistics such as audience size and traffic
patterns. This information is only collected in aggregate form
and will not be linked to your personally identifiable
Display advertisements. Cookies let us know whether a
Web browser has seen a particular advertisement (so we can
show you a variety of material) and count the number of
advertisements displayed to a particular browser. We also use
cookies to customize the advertising you see based on
non-personally identifiable demographic information that you
provide when you register. Third-party advertising networks
for bits & pc's inc. (like DoubleClick) may issue cookies on the bits & pc's inc.
Network and other sites when serving advertisements.
used on most major Web sites. It is possible to adjust your Web
browser preferences to alert you when a cookie is sent to your
and services will not function properly if you set your browser to
refuse all cookies.
Web beacons, also known as clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs,
are small image files that bits & pc's inc. may place on Web pages and
within Web-based email newsletters that we send. Working in
conjunction with cookies, Web beacons allow bits & pc's inc. to accurately
count the number of unique users who have visited a specific page
on the bits & pc's inc. Network and the number of times those pages are
displayed. We can also use Web beacons to let us know how many
people opened a Web-based email newsletter. This information is
only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your
personally identifiable information.
Without cookies and Web beacons, it would be difficult for bits & pc's inc.
to know which services have a larger audience than others.
Tracking audience size helps us to better understand when to
launch new services and enhance the current offerings. Keep in
mind that any image file on a Web page can act as a Web beacon.
Third-party advertising networks for bits & pc's inc. like DoubleClick
may use Web beacons in their advertisements.
Because Web beacons work in conjunction with cookies, you can
prevent our Web beacon from collecting anonymous information by
setting your Web browser to refuse all cookies or the bits & pc's inc.
Network cookie in particular. Web beacons are built into our Web
pages, so non-functional Web beacons will continue to appear even
if you refuse the bits & pc's inc. Network cookie.
Any personally identifiable information you share with bits & pc's inc.
when registering for Products and Services at any of our Network
sites is maintained and accessible only by bits & pc's inc. unless
specifically stated otherwise. bits & pc's inc. requests information from
its users so that users can enjoy customized experiences across
the bits & pc's inc. Network, including personalization services,
interactive communications, online games and much more. Most of
these Products and Services are available to you at no cost, and bits & pc's inc.
displays advertisements so we can continue to provide great
content and services free of charge. We can also better prepare
future content based on your interests.
The following are examples of how the bits & pc's inc. Network may use the
information it collects:
bits & pc's inc. uses the information collected (both anonymous and
personal) to personalize and enhance the content you see on
the bits & pc's inc. Network, such as news, stock portfolios, weather
reports, sports scores, horoscopes, advertisements and more.
In some cases, our Products and Services cannot work unless
you have volunteered accurate information (for example, we
need your valid ZIP Code to display weather conditions in your
bits & pc's inc. collects anonymous data and shares it with
third-party advertisers in an aggregate form. We will disclose
to those advertisers the numbers of bits & pc's inc. users who have
certain demographic characteristics and the number of those
people who have seen and "clicked" on a particular
display. We will also disclose to those advertisers the
overall demographics available regarding who saw and
"clicked" on their advertisement. In addition, we
may disclose anonymous results from online surveys to
third-party advertisers or to bits & pc's inc.'s product and service
providers. No personally identifiable information will be
disclosed as part of this process.
bits & pc's inc. also uses the aggregate data to perform statistical
analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our
registered users and visitors, to measure user demographics
and interests regarding specific areas of the bits & pc's inc. Network,
and to analyze how and where best to use our resources.
Without such data, we would not know which parts of the bits & pc's inc.
Network are the most popular, and we would not be able to
change and update the content and services appropriately.
Please note that we may share this aggregate information with
bits & pc's inc. collects an aggregate list of search terms from its
HotBot and bits & pc's inc. search services. This information is
collected anonymously and used primarily for the purposes of
product development, monitoring, and improvement, as well as
targeted advertising. Please note, however, that we may share
this anonymous information with third-party companies.
bits & pc's inc. sometimes uses an individual registered user's data
to "pre-populate" online forms that are displayed
for the purpose of collecting additional individual data by
the bits & pc's inc. Network, selected third-party sites, and/or
sponsors and advertisers.
bits & pc's inc. may, from time to time, use your information to
contact you about changes or enhancements to Products and
Services on the bits & pc's inc. Network, issues regarding your
account, or bits & pc's inc. Network Terms and Conditions violations or
If you enter a sweepstakes or a contest on the bits & pc's inc.
Network, we will use the information you provided to contact
you in the event you win.
If you told bits & pc's inc. that you were interested in receiving
special offers from select bits & pc's inc. clients, bits & pc's inc. or third
parties on bits & pc's inc.'s behalf (i) will send you email and postal
mail about products and services that we feel may be of
interest to you, and (ii) may combine information we have
about you with information we obtain about you from third
parties for the purpose of providing you with more appropriate
products, services, and offerings. If you do not wish to
participate in this program, please follow the opt-out
instructions set forth in Section 7 of this policy.
Subscription Customers: Your credit card information
is used to collect your recurrent subscription fees for
Sharecounter.com, Clickcounters.com, or other pay services.
bits & pc's inc. Family Membership Customers: Your credit card
information is used to verify the age of a parent or guardian.
The credit card will not be charged during the bits & pc's inc. Family
Membership registration process, and only the last 4 digits
and a transaction number will be stored as proof of
By providing bits & pc's inc. with your personally identifiable
information, you authorize bits & pc's inc. to internally share that
information with other companies in the bits & pc's inc. group, including
companies that become part of the bits & pc's inc. group in the
Any company in the bits & pc's inc. group (including bits & pc's inc.) is
authorized to share your personally identifiable information with
any other company of the bits & pc's inc. group for the following
purposes: to manage, administer, provide, expand and improve the
existing bits & pc's inc. group products and services, and to offer
new products and services; to adapt such products and services to
your tastes and preferences; to send service updates to bits & pc's inc.
users; to send, by traditional and/or electronic means, technical,
operational and commercial information relating to the products
and services offered by the bits & pc's inc. group or through any of
the sites operated by the bits & pc's inc. group, currently and in
the future; and to send you survey forms, which you are not
required to fill in. Of course, bits & pc's inc. and the bits & pc's inc.
group companies will always give you the option to opt out of
receiving any information or notices as described above, other
than legal notices and other notices that are necessary to the
functioning of the Products and Services, during the time that you
are using the Products and Services or maintain an active
registration with the bits & pc's inc. Network. Companies in the bits & pc's inc.
group may have a physical address in a foreign country. In any
event, bits & pc's inc. will take precautions to maintain the
confidentiality and security of all user information sent abroad.
The bits & pc's inc. Network will sometimes share personally identifiable
information with third-party companies and organizations. In most
cases, you agree to share your information when you choose to
register at a co-branded Web site. Co-branded sites are
operated by third-party companies and offer a particular service
or product to bits & pc's inc. Network members. We may also maintain private
label relationships where a third-party company provides bits & pc's inc.
with technology, services and/or content under bits & pc's inc. Network
Whenever you provide registration information on co-branded or
private label sites, that data may be shared with the third-party
company providing the service. You should make every effort to
read the individual privacy policies of such third parties and
make an informed decision on your own whether to continue based
upon these sites' privacy practices and your own discretion. You
may opt-out of sharing your information with such providers by
choosing not to use that service or content.
When you find goods or services through bits & pc's inc. Shopping, you
submit data directly to the individual merchants from whom you
order goods or services. Please review carefully the privacy
policies of particular merchants that you access through bits & pc's inc.
In addition to finding co-branded and private label sites, you
will find direct links on our site to sites offered by third
parties. Some of these sites are authorized to use the bits & pc's inc.
Network brands and/or logos. No third-party sites are covered by
Network brand and/or logo does not follow an acceptable privacy
policy, please contact the bits & pc's inc. Privacy Site Coordinator by
email at privacy@bits & pc's inc..com.
bits & pc's inc. may disclose information about individual users to third
parties who agree to provide services to bits & pc's inc. and who agree to
maintain the confidentiality of such information in accordance
variety of services to bits & pc's inc., including, without limitation,
processing and storing user information, helping to create new
content and promotions for the bits & pc's inc. Network, and sending or
coordinating the sending of marketing communications that users
have consented to receive. bits & pc's inc. will disclose information about
individual users to governmental or judicial authorities or law
enforcement agencies, or to other individuals or entities in
response to subpoena, court order, or other legal process. In
matters involving a danger to personal or public safety, bits & pc's inc.
may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental
If you elect to receive bits & pc's inc. Registration Offers during
registration for the bits & pc's inc. Network, bits & pc's inc. will release
personally identifiable information to the applicable sponsor or
advertiser. Information released may include name, email address,
postal address and other information supplied in the bits & pc's inc.
Network registration process. Please note that the sponsor or
advertiser will not be bound by this bits & pc's inc. Network Privacy
If bits & pc's inc. is acquired by or merged with another company, bits & pc's inc.
may transfer personally-identifiable information about you to that
company. bits & pc's inc. will notify you in the event that your
personally-identifiable information is transferred under these
Clickcounters.com Customers: bits & pc's inc. creates your public profile by
using your answers to the Clickcounters.com questionnaire and your
ZIP Code, along with any photos or images you post. Users will
have the ability to search and view the public profiles.
bits & pc's inc. Messenger Customers: bits & pc's inc. creates a public profile for
you by using the information that you submitted as part of the bits & pc's inc.
Messenger registration and that you indicated should be made
public. Users will have the ability to search and view the public
profiles for the purpose of finding others for their
bits & pc's inc. Domains Customers: Users of bits & pc's inc. Domains will be
required to designate an administrative contact and, in some
instances, a technical contact for the domain names they register.
bits & pc's inc. will assume that the bits & pc's inc. member who registers for the bits & pc's inc.
Domains service will serve as these contacts, although users will
have the ability to designate other contacts. bits & pc's inc. will
disclose the name, address, phone number, fax number, and email
address of the administrative and technical contacts to bits & pc's inc.'s
domain name provider, which in turn will make such information
publicly available through an online WHOIS database.
The bits & pc's inc. Network provides its registered users the ability to
access and edit the personal information in their user profiles.
For most membership sites on the bits & pc's inc. Network you can access your user profile by following these
Go directly to Regsitration. You will receive a prompt to log in to the Network
with your bits & pc's inc. Network Member Name and password.
After you log in, you will be taken to the Membership
Information page, which contains your user profile. If you see
a field that needs to be updated, click the appropriate Edit
Make the necessary changes and click the Update
button to save your changes.
For some other sites on the bits & pc's inc. Network, you will have to
follow different steps to update the personal information in your
Clickcounters.com at http://www.Clickcounters.com:
After you log in, click on the "Member Tools" link
at the bottom of any community page, select "Edit
Page", and select the information you would like to
update or revise. Edit your responses to any community survey
by clicking on the "Member Tools" link, selecting
"Edit Page", and selecting "Review/edit the
Survey Question/s." To make an adjustment to your
username, or your selection for gender or sexual preference,
click on the "Feedback" button and complete the
You can opt out of sharing your personally identifiable
information with any third-party service or content providers in
any areas of the bits & pc's inc. Network by choosing not to use such
In addition, you may opt-opt of sharing your personally
identifiable information with third-party service providers and
sponsors by clearing the appropriate checkboxes at the point of
initial collection. You will see these checkboxes near the bottom
of the registration page.
After the point of initial collection, we offer you the ability
to opt-out of receiving updates and information about new bits & pc's inc.
products and services, as well as direct mail offers from selected
service providers and sponsors. The instructions to opt out of
most bits & pc's inc. Network email newsletters and direct mail
communications are the same as the instructions for editing user
information profiles. Simply follow these steps:
In addition, all bits & pc's inc. Network newsletters and direct email
communications have easy-to-follow unsubscribe instructions at the
bottom of each email.
If you are receiving email newsletters from Clickcounters.com, follow
the unsubscribe instructions found at the bottom of each email
communication. If you are receiving email newsletters, bits & pc's inc. Computers
unsubscribe instructions found at the bottom of each email
communication or go directly to this Web page: http://emailerz.com/remove.asp
If you have a question about the bits & pc's inc. opt-out process that is
not answered here, please send an email to privacy@bits & pc's inc..com.
The bits & pc's inc. Network has security measures in place to attempt to
protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data
under our control. bits & pc's inc. uses physical, electronic, and
procedural safeguards to protect any personally identifiable data
stored on its computers. Only authorized employees have access to
the information you provide us. Any particularly sensitive
information, such as a credit card number used to purchase premium
services from Clickcounters.com, is encrypted prior to
While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data
will not occur, we take many precautions to prevent such
You are ultimately responsible for the security of your bits & pc's inc.
Network ID and password. Please take care when using and storing
them. bits & pc's inc. recommends that you do not divulge your password to
anyone. You should log out of your browser at the end of each
computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal
information and correspondence, especially if several people have
access to your personal computer or you are using a computer in a
public place like a library or Internet cafe.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998
provides safeguards to protect children who use the Internet by
regulating the online collection of personal information from
children under the age of 13. Because of these safeguards,
children under 13 are not able to access or use all Products and
Services on the bits & pc's inc. Network. Parents of children under 13 can
authorize their children to use some of our services by signing up
for a bits & pc's inc. Family Membership.
bits & pc's inc. may make certain software available for download. This
software may be created by bits & pc's inc. or by third party licensors.
The software may be programmed to access our servers and/or third
party servers in order for the software to operate and in order to
check for program upgrades or enhancements. From time to time, new
files may be added to your computer in order to upgrade the
software or add new functionality to it. These changes may occur
without notice to you. If at any time you wish to uninstall the
software program, you may do so by following the instructions that
accompany the software. Use of the software will be governed by a
separate license agreement.
Get Relevant is a service offered by bits & pc's inc. to connect users with
advertisers that may be of interest to them. Here is how it works:
bits & pc's inc. receives advertisements from various advertisers and
distributes them to participating third-party Web sites. A user of
a participating Web site will see the advertisement during the
process of registering for that site. If the user opts in to
receive information from the advertiser, the registration
information that the user supplied to the participating Web site
will be conveyed to bits & pc's inc., which will in turn distribute it to
the relevant advertiser. Prior to disclosing the information to
the advertiser, bits & pc's inc. will send a confirming email to the user
and give the user an opportunity to opt out from receiving email
from the advertiser. The particpating Web site and the advertiser
will act in accordance with their own privacy policies and
practices and not those of the bits & pc's inc. Network. At any time, a
user may access and update the personal information on file with
GetRelevant by visiting the URL http://o3.getrelevant.com/pUpdate
and following the instructions found there.
Know the risks.
Meeting new people in an online community (chat room, forum,
newsgroup, message board, Web page, etc.) is one of the best
things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about
disclosing personal information such as an actual name, member
name, email address, and so on. This information may be collected
and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited
email messages from other parties, outside the bits & pc's inc. Network.
Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some
may not. In an effort to curtail unsolicited email, bits & pc's inc. blocks
certain email addresses and domains from sending messages to email
addresses at our domains.
Search the Web for as much information as you can about how to
you visit. A good place to start is TRUSTe
-- an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to build
trust and confidence in the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission
has a great Web site with useful information on being a Savvy
Internet Traveler along with other privacy
initiatives. Additional privacy resources can be found at by
clicking on any of the following links
Tell your children: "Never talk to strangers!"
While bits & pc's inc. works hard to protect children on the sites within
the bits & pc's inc. Network, we cannot protect their privacy once they
leave. Please teach children that they should not reveal their
names or other personal information to anyone they encounter on
the Internet. They should also be instructed not to fill out any
forms or register at any Web site without your knowledge and
consent. Parents can also prevent or limit a child's access to
inappropriate material on the Web by using commercially available
parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software,
or filtering services). Take advantage of the online resources for
parents available on the bits & pc's inc. Network, such as and GetNetWise.
If you do not receive acknowledgment of your inquiry or your
inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should then
who will serve as a liaison with the bits & pc's inc. Network to resolve
The bits & pc's inc. Network will update this policy from time to time so
please check back periodically. When such changes occur, you will
on the front page of each site on the bits & pc's inc. Network. If at any
point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a
manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we
will prominently post such changes prior to implementing them.