ALT-WEBRING PRIVACY POLICY

INTRODUCTION
alt-webring is concerned about privacy. About all our privacy, in our opinion there's not enough respect for it these days.

This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of personal information that is collected when you use this site and our services. This Policy does not apply to the practices of third-party companies that alt-webring does not own or control, or to people that we do not employ or manage.


INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE
When creating a webrings, or joining an existing webrings on the alt-webring system you are in effect asking to become a member of the alt-webring site and will be required to provide a name, a valid email address and the year in which you were born.

The name may be an alias, nickname, or pseudonym. The email address is required and without a proper, functional email address you will not be able to access some features of this site.

We do not collect or harvest the email addresses of people who contact alt-webring directly. We will only use them to respond to your queries, they will NOT be passed on to spammers! Note that alt-webring does not have control over the email address that member sites disclose to their Ringmaster.

We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from when you browse this site. We use this information to allow us to determine statistical usage of this site and its webrings and we may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and/or to administer the alt-webring site. No statistics reported include personal information about any users.

The referring URL is logged whenever you view a page on the alt-webring site. This allows us to see which areas are more popular than others on the website, the paths taken to reach each page, and it also allows us to gauge the effectiveness of any of our promotional programs.


INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE
alt-webring will not sell, lease, rent or give away your personal information to anyone.

We may send personal information about you to other companies or people;

- If we have your consent to share the information,

- If we need to send the information to third-party companies who work on behalf of alt-webring to provide a product or service to you. These companies do not have any right to use the personal information we provide beyond what is necessary to assist us,

- Personal information MAY be disclosed in the case of cooperating with law enforcement agencies to aid in identifying those persons using our services for illegal activities. This information may be given without the need of a subpoena or court order.

- If we respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process, or finally,

- If we find that your actions on our web site violates the alt-webring Terms of Service, or any of our usage guidelines for specific products or services.


EXTERNAL LINKS
This site contains links to other sites. alt-webring can not be held liable for the privacy practices, actions, or the content of any such external web sites.


COOKIES
The alt-webring system does not use any persistent cookies. A session-only cookie is used to enable the forms to work properly, this cookie will expire at the end of each session. Cookies received by you while browsing member sites of the webrings hosted on this system are beyond the control of alt-webring.


SECURITY
Your alt-webring information is password-protected for your privacy and security. We won't tell anyone your password and in return we can not be held responsible for any mis-use of your password if you disclose it to a third-party.


EDITING OR DELETING YOUR INFORMATION AND PREFERENCES
You can edit your information and preferences at any time by the use of the Ringmaster and Ring Member log-in forms which are found in the top right corner of every page in this site.


CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
This is a living document, as circumstances change so it will too. Any changes will be advised on the alt-webring home page and via the newsletter so you can come here to review them.