At Velvet Aroma (www.velvetaroma.com), we recognize the importance of your privacy. It's understandable that you may be concerned with the information you provide to us or that is collected by us and how we use and disclose it.
Our servers may also automatically collect information about you, your online behavior and your computer, mobile or other device. The information collected may include, without limitation, the make, model, settings, specifications (e.g., CPU speed, connection speed, browser type, operating system, device identifier) and geographic location of you and/or your computer, mobile or other device, as well as date/time stamp, IP address, pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, the site(s), application(s), destination(s), and/or service(s) you arrived from, and other clickstream data.
As a Velvet Aroma member, you will receive our transactional business communications (e.g. e-mail address confirmation, administrative messages, etc.) at your e-mail address or street address. In addition you might be automatically enrolled in one or more of our e-mail subscription programs. While we reserve the right to send you our transactional business communications without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them, we do provide you with the opportunity to select whether or not you wish to continue to receive our subscription-based e-mails. You will also be given the opportunity to select whether to receive promotional offerings, such as renewal notifications and new product offerings.
When you create an account/profile, we ask for personal information such as your name and e-mail address. This personal information is used by us to provide you with our newsletter and other materials that we may periodically provide you to complement your use of the Web Site. You may opt-out of our provision of such materials by following the instructions in the newsletter or other materials.
When you elect to use our referral service for e-mailing a recipe or other content to a friend, we ask you for your friend's name and e-mail address. Velvet Aroma will automatically send your friend a one-time e-mail on your behalf which contains the recipe or other content, and which invites your friend to visit the Web Site. Velvet Aroma uses your friend's name and e-mail address only to send this one-time e-mail, and does not store this information. If your friend does not wish to receive "e-mail-a-friend" messages to be sent on your behalf, he or she must contact you directly. Velvet Aroma users may not use our referral service to send unwanted spam to others.
If you elect to use any of our referral services for informing a friend about our Site or any portion thereof, you will be asked to provide your friend's name and e-mail address. We will then automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail (usually including your name and email address) inviting them to visit the Site. We ask for this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail and tracking the success of our referral program.
From time to time our Web Site requests personal information from users via contests, promotions, offers and surveys. Participation in these contests, promotions, offers, and surveys is completely voluntary and you therefore may choose whether to disclose personal information in connection with these activities. Personal Information requested in these activities might include contact information (e.g., your name and shipping address) and demographic information (e.g., your zip code or age level). We use this information to notify you if you've won and to award prizes. We use information we collect in surveys for internal purposes, such as to ascertain the use of this Web Site and improve its usefulness to you. We might also provide third parties with this information, and might combine it with some or all of your registration information. Third parties might use the information we provide them to contact you regarding products or services of interest to you. These disclosures are discussed in greater detail below in the "Disclosure of Personal Information" section. When we provide information collected during a contest, promotion, offer, or survey on the Web Site to third parties, we always disclose this to you at the time of collection.
We collect personal information when you submit comments, questions or suggestions to our customer service department. We use the information you provide to respond to your submission and use the ideas to make site improvements.
From time to time we may allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance, market research, community and forums management and other services, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide those services. If you choose to purchase merchandise, products and/or services, including, without limitation, Content, on or through features on the Web Site, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card or other payment processing, order fulfillment, credit pre-authorization and address verification. There are also times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the Web Site that may be managed or participated in by third parties. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third party(ies), each pursuant to its own policies. We may also provide your information to our advertisers, so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While we may seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, we do not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties. Velvet Aroma also allows access to publicly viewed site information by third-party search engine "crawlers" (such as Google). Velvet Aroma blocks access by these engines to personal information beyond the publicly viewed information you agreed to upon registering for the site, and as indicated in this Agreement.
We may also provide access to our database in order to cooperate with official investigations or legal proceedings initiated by governmental and/or law enforcement officials, as well as private parties, including, for example, in response to subpoenas, search warrants, court orders or other legal process.
Information about our users, including personal information, might be disclosed and/or transferred as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which personally identifiable information could be transferred to third parties as one of the business assets of the company.
Web Beacons: We use, and permit third parties to use, "Web beacons" (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, invisible GIFs, 1-by-1 GIFs, and Web bugs) (collectively with cookies, "Tracking Technologies") on our Web Site and in our e-mail newsletters, to monitor the effectiveness of advertising and for other lawful purposes. These Web beacons do not collect personally identifying information about you on our Web Site.
We track log files on the Web Site (i.e., we log your computer's IP address into our log files when you visit a page on the Web Site) and use them to analyze trends, administer the Web Site, track your movements on the Web Site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We might link some or all of this information to personally identifiable information that is stored on a cookie in your computer. We only use information gathered from these activities for our internal marketing and operational purposes.
We do not intend, and the Web Site is not designed, to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old, you should not register for our services or otherwise provide information on our Web Site and should ask your parent to do so for you.
We use reasonable measures to maintain the security of your Registration Information. However, because no data transmission is completely secure, and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of the information you send to us or the security of our servers, networks or databases, and by using the Web Site you agree to assume all risk in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when you access, visit and/or use the Web Site, including, without limitation, your personally identifiable information or other Registration Information, and we are not responsible for any loss of such information or the consequences thereof.
Any information that is not personally identifiable information but is publicly displayed on the Web Site (such as user name and photos) might appear in the results of searches conducted on Internet search engines depending upon the search engine's indexing practices.
Moreover, if you elect to store information, such as your personally identifiable information or other Registration Information, where others may access it, we are not responsible for any loss of such information or the consequences thereof. If you lose a computer, mobile or other device, or it is stolen, that contains your personally identifiable information or other Registration Information, it is up to you to take all the steps necessary to protect yourself.
We use reasonable security measures to store and maintain personally identifying information so as to protect it from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction by unauthorized parties while it is under our control. We use secure socket layer ("SSL") encryption when transmitting certain kinds of information, such as payment information, over the Internet. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you. If notification is appropriate, we may notify you via your computer, mobile or other device.
We give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving commercial e-mail from us by following the opt-out instructions provided in the message. Even if you opt-out in this manner, however, you will still receive account-related messages from us. To get placed on our "DO NOT E-MAIL" list, send a request to email@example.com. If your e-mail address is added to the "DO NOT E-MAIL" list, you will not receive any newsletters or other opt-in e-mail messages. Please note, however, that your e-mail address being placed on the "DO NOT E-MAIL" list does not prevent you from receiving "send-to-a-friend" e-mail messages, or email messages from third parties from which you requested information, products, or services from during or immediately after registration. To opt-out from messages from these third parties, or from any other communications that you receive directly from third parties, you must contact them directly in order to opt-out.