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Information for PortalLINKSM
NTC, operator of this Portal (the "Portal") or any of the applications provided here (the "Apps"), recognizes the confidentiality of information that may be disclosed by members in registering or making purchases from our Portal and we are committed to protecting your privacy. The following discloses our information-gathering and dissemination practices for this Portal.
The personal, private information that is provided to us by individual members is not provided to unrelated third parties except in rare cases set forth below or involving possible violations of our Terms and Conditions or as may be required by law. We do collect some data, always with your knowledge, that is used to fulfill orders and otherwise enhance content to better meet the needs of our users.
The specifics of our use of personal information are best described in the answers to the following Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you ask for personal information
from your members?
Yes. We ask for your name, e-mail address, and other limited personal information when you sign up as a member, when you use features such as e-mail, and when you make purchases from us. Much of this information may be entered at your discretion. We may ask for similar information at other times, such as when you enter sweepstakes or other promotions sponsored by us and/or one of our partners.
To facilitate payment and fulfillment in connection with membership and other purchases from us, we will request personal credit card, debit card or other payment information.
How do you use my personal information?
The primary use of your personal information, other than directly in connection with a purchase, is to efficiently provide you with personalized, relevant information.
We will also use registration information to let you know about new features or other offers of interest from us and to address customer service needs and requests.
In distributing advertiser or sponsor messages, the advertiser is not given access to individual account information. We do not sell, rent or otherwise distribute the personal information you provide us to these advertisers for their use. Advertisers simply provide the advertising message and we then display the ad to appropriate users.
Will you disclose any of my personal information to third parties?
We will not disclose your personal information provided in connection with membership registration or purchases, except as described in this Privacy Statement or as may be required by law, or to protect our rights or property.
Information submitted by you online (such as information about products or services you purchase from us, your name, address, e-mail address) may be shared with companies with which we have a commercial relationship and through which you reached the Portal, for marketing purposes. For example, if you make a purchase with us because of a special offer made through another Portal or website acting as a distributor of our products, in that circumstance you will be considered their customer as well. We will not, except as may be required by law, share with any other party your password or payment information.
Other circumstances where limited personal information may be disclosed are specifically described when the data is collected, or in the rules of sweepstakes or other promotions.
We do reserve the right to disclose aggregated user statistics, such as "45 percent of our users are female" or "10,000 members indicate an interest in gardening" in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties.
Under protection of confidentiality agreements, we use third party processors in some cases to help us provide services and manage our Websites, this Portal, the Apps and our relationship with you. These may include purchase and order fulfillment, credit card processing, removing duplicate information from lists, providing marketing assistance and providing other customer services. Third-party processors and providers will be given access only to that information needed to perform their support functions, and are prohibited from using it for other purposes.
As our business continues to grow, we might buy or sell subsidiaries or business units. In these transactions, customer information is often one of the transferred assets, remaining subject to promises made in existing privacy statements. Also, in the event that NTC, or substantially all of its assets are acquired, customer information will, as a matter of course, be one of the transferred assets.
What about purchases from advertisers or other linked Websites?
If you click away from this Portal or any App to visit the Website of any third party advertiser or sponsor, you may be asked for your credit card or other personal information in order to purchase or use products and services offered there. These companies have their own privacy and data collection practices. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. You should therefore review their privacy policies carefully if you have concerns about how your information may be used.
Will you use my information for direct mailings?
We will send electronic mail or other mail to you, for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to this Portal, the Apps or NTC related products and services. If you do not want to receive such mailings, you may opt out at any time by using the unsubscribe link listed in the e-mail or at your preferences page.
May I refuse to provide personal information to you or to accept advertising?
Visitors may access this Portal's free services by providing a first name, last name, and e-mail address or other information that we may deem appropriate to that purpose. To gain full access to the members-only areas, a username, e-mail address and appropriate billing information are required. Because this Portal and the Apps may be partially advertiser supported, you may not "turn off" the advertising that appears on the Portal or in the Apps, but you may opt to be excluded from any e-mail advertising.
Do you use "IP Addresses" and cookies?
We do use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Portal and the Apps. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information such as geographic distribution of our members and may be used to “geolocate” our members to allow us to provide services appropriate to your place of residence.
When do you distribute or publish information on the living on your Websites?
Posts contributed by our members to message boards and other community areas may include information on the living. While we advise our members to be sensitive to privacy issues, we have no control over the content of these posts. If such a post violates our Terms and Conditions, you may notify us at "NTCSupport@nwtc.com" and we will work to resolve the issue.
We do republish databases that contain published information on the living, such as white pages, people finder directories and some birth, death and marriage records. The information in these databases has been gathered from public records released by governmental and other agencies, and is available elsewhere, often on the Internet.
What else should I know about privacy?
The following details a few key issues mentioned in context above:
You may provide information about yourself to the community and other areas of our Websites, but only at your option. If provided in a public community area, the data is, of course, public. Participation in public areas and community services is at your discretion.
If you purchase additional services or products from us, additional policies may apply regarding how we maintain and use that information and your rights to control that information.
Contests & Promotions
We may occasionally run contests or other special promotions on our Portal or the Apps in which we ask members or visitors for contact information (like an e-mail address) or demographic information (like a zip code, age, or income level). We use this data to send users promotional material about our company or our partners. The participant’s contact information is also used to contact him or her when necessary and may be shared with other companies for promotional purposes, but only with your prior permission and under the terms and conditions specified when you take part in the promotion. At any time, you may opt-out of receiving future mailings of this kind, or simply decline to take part in the promotions.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of or your dealings with this Portal or the Apps, you may contact us at the following address: PortalLINK Team, Attn: Customer Service, 2100 Palm Harbor Blvd., Palm Harbor FL, 34683.