Polorg.com is dedicated to providing visitors to this site
with a personalized experience, while at the same time protecting users from any
unexpected use of personally identifiable information (your name, e-mail address, street
address, telephone number). Like other website operators, we collect information from
users in order to deliver more individualized content, and were we to consider accepting
advertising or promotional materials, we would desire the ability to permit our
advertising and promotional partners to call to your attention products, special offers
and unique content we believe might be of interest to you. In each case, we do so only
within the guidelines in this policy. Your use of our site tells us you have read and
accept the practices outlined in this policy. Please note that information collected prior
to the time this policy was posted will be used according to the rules and laws that
applied at the time the information was collected.
How we gather information from users.
Polorg.com gathers information you provide to us when you
register for access to certain portions of our site or request certain features, such as
event listings or press releases posted for a specific geographic region or the language
you prefer for viewing our site. We also gather information you provide when you
participate in interactive areas of our site, including surveys and message boards. Also,
in connection with our planned on-line fundraising services for non-profit organizations,
you may be asked to provide information, including credit card information, necessary to
complete a financial transaction you have initiated.
Polorg.com may also employ "cookies" and other
technology to improve your navigation through the site and to allow customization of the
site according to your individual preferences. Cookie technology involves a string of
information (the cookie) that is passed to your web browser and stored on your computer.
This cookie then identifies you as a unique user and holds your preferences, as you have
identified them, and other information from your visit. For example, the cookie may store
your geographic regional preference for event listings, and initially present to you event
listings for that region each time you visit.
Cookies may also be used to control the number of times you
encounter particular material while visiting our site. For example, if you participate in
one of our surveys, you may be prevented from voting multiple times on the same issue (to
maintain the integrity of the survey results). You can set your browser to refuse to
accept cookies, but if you do you may be unable to access certain portions of the site,
and we will not be able to customize the site's features according to your preferences.
Like most website operators, polorg.com also logs IP
addresses, or the electronic location of your computer on the Internet.
What we do with the information we collect.
The information you share with us may be used in several
ways. Typically, during your visit to our sites, we will use your information to deliver
targeted editorial or advertising content we think might interest you.
We may also combine information about you, your computer,
and your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to create
aggregate information about polorg.com users as a whole and to identify their preferences
in content and advertising. This aggregated information does not include any personally
identifiable information about you. Aggregated information might potentially be shared
with our sponsors, business partners or affiliates.
We may also use personally identifiable information to
communicate with you about your customization preferences; our Terms
of Service and privacy policies; services and products offered by PolOrg and
affiliates and partners; and other topics we think you might find to be of interest. For
example, we may communicate with you from time to time about changes and improvements to
polorg.com. In addition, from time to time as we continue to develop our website and
services, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such
transactions, user information may be among the transferred assets.
If we decide to accept advertising or promotional
materials, we may agree to allow our advertising and promotional partners to use your
information from time to time to call to your attention products and offers they believe
might interest you. If you prefer not to receive direct communications sent by our
advertisers or promotional partners, you will be given an opportunity to decline before
you provide us any information we might use for this purpose. If you decline at the time
you provide us with information, you will not receive e-mail or other communications sent
directly by our advertisers utilizing information collected from our site, though we may
on occasion send you information on their behalf.
Personal information collected by polorg.com may also be
used for other purposes, including but not limited to site administration,
troubleshooting, processing of e-commerce transactions, administration of surveys, and
other communications with you. Certain third parties who provide technical support for the
operation of polorg.com (our web hosting service, for example) may also have access to
such information. In all cases, however, we will use your information only as permitted by
law. We will also disclose your information in response to a court order and/or when we
believe we are reasonably required to do so by law. Please note that we may not provide
you with notice prior to disclosure in such cases.
Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements.
Polorg.com expects its partners, advertisers and affiliates
to respect the privacy of our users. Be aware, however, that third parties, including our
partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our site,
may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. Polorg.com is not
responsible for any actions or policies of such third parties.
For example, during your visit to our site you may link to,
or view as part of a frame that includes polorg.com content, certain content that is
actually created or hosted by a third party. Through polorg.com, you may also be
introduced to, or be able to access, information, Web sites, features, contests or
sweepstakes offered by other parties. Users should check the applicable privacy policies
of those third parties when providing personally identifiable information on a co-branded,
affiliated, framed or linked site, or on a site hosted by a third party.
While on our site, our prospective advertisers, promotional
other technology by third-party servers is common on the Internet. Polorg.com does not
control the use of this technology by third parties or the resulting information;
Finally, you should be aware that if you voluntarily
disclose personally identifiable information (e.g., user name, e-mail address, or other
messages) on message boards of polorg.com, that information can be viewed publicly and can
be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited
messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control
Polorg.com does not knowingly collect or solicit
personally-identifiable information from or about children under 13 except as permitted by
law. If we discover that we have received any information from a child under 13 in
violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe
PolOrg.com has any information from or about anyone under 13, please contact us at the
address listed below.
PO Box 06316
Wacker Drive Post Office
Chicago, IL 60606-6316
Changes to this Policy.
Polorg.com reserves the right to change this policy at any
time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our site
following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes,
however information collected prior to the time any change is posted will be used
according to the rules and laws that applied at the time the information was collected.
This policy and the use of this Site are governed by
Illinois law. Any claim related to the Site or this policy shall be brought in a federal
or state court in Chicago, Illinois, within one year after the claim arises. Users of
polorg.com consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court as the most convenient and
appropriate for the resolution of disputes concerning this policy. Polorg.com is
controlled, operated and administered entirely within the United States. This statement
and the policies outlined herein are not intended to and do not create any contractual or
other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.
Last Updated: June 17, 2001