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THE DOWN TO EARTH NETWORK PRIVACY STATEMENT


Because your privacy is important to us, dte.net sites displaying this privacy statement will operate under strict adherence to the following policies shown below. Users should additionally consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section accompanying this Privacy Statement for more information regarding these principles.

1)  dte.net sites will explicitly ask when they need information that personally identifies you or allows them to contact you ("Personal Information"). Generally this information is requested when registering for a site, when requesting a particular service, or when entering a sweepstakes or contest. When possible, dte.net sites will provide you with the means to make sure that your Personal Information is correct and current.

2)  dte.net sites and their necessary service partners use your Personal Information to operate the sites and services and to inform you of new features, services, and products from The Down To Earth Network and its affiliates. Some dte.net sites may also carefully select other companies to send you information about their products or services which are related to the site's service but are not necessary to its operation (a "Secondary Use").

3)  If a dte.net site intends to use Personal Information for a Secondary Use, the dte.net site will provide you with instructions on how to decline this service.

4)  dte.net sites that are primarily directed at children will not use Personal Information for a Secondary Use without obtaining the consent of a parent or guardian. When possible, these dte.net sites will provide e-mail notice to parents that children have provided Personal Information to the site.

5)  dte.net sites may disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Down To Earth Network or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Down To Earth Network, the site or the users of dte.net, and (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of dte.net, the site or the public.

6)  If at any time you believe that a dte.net site has not adhered to these principles, please notify The Down To Earth Network by e-mail at sysadmin@dte.net and we will use all commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and correct the problem.

dte.net is committed to maintaining its position as a site that places the highest priority on customer privacy. As our site continues to develop, we may add new services and features to our website. In the event that these additions affect our Privacy Statement, this document will be updated appropriately.

For more information about our Privacy Statement, see the following Frequently Asked Questions below:

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do all sites on The Down To Earth Network follow these privacy policies?

How will users know which privacy statement applies to their personal information?

Do all sites on The Down To Earth Network need Personal Information?

How do dte.net sites collect the Personal Information?

What about "Cookies"?

How do The Down To Earth Network sites use Personal Information?

Does The Down To Earth Network sell my Personal Information to other companies?

What if I do not want my Personal Information shared with another company?

What about companies that partner with dte.net sites to provide the products or services on a site?

What about the privacy of children?

Do dte.net sites collect other forms of information about its users?

How do I correct or change Personal Information that I have given to a dte.net site?

Is my Personal Information secure from others using the dte.net site?

How else might someone learn of my Personal Information while visiting a dte.net site?

 

Do all sites on The Down To Earth Network follow these privacy policies?

The Down To Earth Network is made up of many sites, and new ones are added all the time. At this time, the dte.net privacy statement applies to those sites which display this statement in conjunction with the privacy notice on the site's Web pages. While dte.net encourages other site operators on our network to comply with these principles, users should carefully examine the privacy statements of sites appearing on or linking to or from dte.net which do not display this statement. Personal Information that you choose to provide to other sites will be subject to the privacy policies of that particular Web site.

How will users know which privacy statement applies to their Personal Information?

Pages throughout dte.net display a "Privacy Statement" link which identifies the privacy statement applying to the site. Users may click on the link at any time to read the applicable privacy statement. dte.net Websites can be identified by the dte.net circle logo appearing in most cases at the top of the screen. dte.net Websites also incorporate the same "watermark" background that this policy statement is displayed on.

Do all sites on The Down To Earth Network need Personal Information?

No, for most dte.net sites it is not necessary for you to provide any information in order for them to provide their services. In other instances, the dte.net site may request minimal information, such as your ZIP code, in order to personalize the site. ZIP codes allow the site to provide targeted services, such as the local news or weather, but do not provide the site with any information regarding who you are or how to contact you. Other dte.net sites need more information about you in order to operate their service.

How do The Down To Earth Network sites collect Personal Information?

Personal Information is collected by specifically requesting it from you. Generally this occurs when you register at a site, request a service, or enter an online contest or sweepstakes.

What about "Cookies"?

"Cookies" are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. "Cookies" can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences on a particular site. The use of "Cookies" is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. "Cookies" in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set to accept "Cookies". If you'd prefer, you can set yours to refuse "Cookies". However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a Web site if you do so.

How do The Down To Earth Network sites use Personal Information?

Usually, dte.net sites and their necessary service partners use your Personal Information to operate the site and to deliver their services. dte.net sites also use your Personal Information to inform you of other products or services available from The Down To Earth Network and its affiliates. Some dte.net sites also use Personal Information to allow other companies to contact you regarding products and services that may be of interest to you (Secondary Uses). If a dte.net site proposes to use Personal Information for Secondary Uses, you will be provided an opportunity to instruct the dte.net site to not allow such contact.

Does The Down To Earth Network sell my Personal Information to other companies?

Absolutely not. No site which is specifically operated by The Down To Earth Network will sell or otherwise distribute Personal Information without your direct and written consent. However, we have no control over websites that are hosted by The Down To Earth Network which are not operated by The Down To Earth Network. Such websites are regulated by the policies of their respective owners and are beyond the control of The Down To Earth Network. Websites specifically operated by The Down To Earth Network will display the Down To Earth circle logo and furthermore the pages will bear our "watermark" background that you see on this page.

What if I do not want my Personal Information shared with another company?

If a dte.net site proposes to make a Secondary Use of your Personal Information you will be given an opportunity to instruct the dte.net site not to allow such contact.

What about companies that partner with dte.net sites to provide the site's products or services?

A dte.net site may have several necessary service partners who assist in providing the service or product associated with the site. As part of the operations of the site, these companies may have access to your Personal Information. These companies may provide routine services, such as credit card processing, or may provide essential elements of the site.

What about the Privacy of children?

Safeguarding the Personal Information of children is extremely important. For those dte.net sites specifically directed at children, and where users have indicated they are younger than 18, dte.net sites will collect the minimum amount of Personal Information necessary to the operation of the service. These dte.net sites will also send follow up mail to the user's e-mail address instructing them to seek parental permission for their use of the site. A child's Personal Information will be used for the operation of the service but it will not be used for "Secondary Uses" without a parent's permission.

Do dte.net sites collect other forms of information about its users?

In addition to the use of Personal Information to operate dte.net sites, a dte.net site may also gather anonymous information, which may be used by The Down To Earth Network or shared with third parties. This is information which does not personally identify you, but which may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer. For example, dte.net might tell its advertisers how many users visited a particular advertisement, and for how long, so they can measure whether the advertisement was effective. This information is also used to generate advertising rates. Generally this information is collected through "traffic data" and may entail the use of "Cookies," "IP addresses," or other numeric codes used to identify a computer.

How do I correct or change Personal Information that I have given to a dte.net site?

Some dte.net sites operate registration pages that allow you to review and update the Personal Information you have submitted. Elsewhere, you are simply given the option of unsubscribing to the service for which you signed up. In all other cases where you need to correct Personal Information you have submitted to a dte.net site, please contact the service address displayed by the particular dte.net site.

Is my Personal Information secure from others using the dte.net site?

Personal Information collected by dte.net sites is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. In many instances, such as in the case of credit card numbers, the Personal Information is encrypted before you conduct your transaction.

How else might someone learn of my Personal Information while visiting a dte.net site?

In addition to directly providing information to a dte.net site, you might also provide Personal Information through chat sessions, e-mail exchanges or newsgroups made available to you on The Down To Earth Network. The Statement of Privacy does not cover this type of transfer of your Personal Information. You should always be careful when distributing your Personal Information in this manner. And remember that online chat sessions and newsgroup use is considered public and you are responsible for your actions in these areas.

 


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