Punchbowl, Inc. is committed to protecting your privacy and providing you the most powerful and safe online experience. This publication intends to help you understand how personal information you provide to Punchbowl, Inc. is collected and used, so you can make informed decisions when using the website located at http://www.punchbowl.com ("Punchbowl").
Collection of your Personal Information
In order to become a Punchbowl member you must first register for our service. During this registration process you are required to provide personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address and name. Once you are a member you may provide additional information for your member profile such as home address, zip code, date of birth, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is optional, but will allow you to better identify yourself and find services at Punchbowl.
Punchbowl, Inc. does not solicit, or knowingly collect and store personal information from anyone under the age of 13. Punchbowl, Inc. will immediately remove and delete any and all information from anyone under 13 if notification is provided that a person under 13 registered at Punchbowl. If you have a reason to believe information was collected about a child under 13, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Punchbowl, Inc.. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, pages visited, features used and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Punchbowl, Inc. for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of Punchbowl.
If you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Punchbowl public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Punchbowl, Inc. does not read any of your private online communications.
Punchbowl, Inc. encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Punchbowl so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Punchbowl, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Punchbowl and Punchbowl, Inc. family of Web sites.
Use of your Personal Information
Punchbowl, Inc. collects and uses your personal information to operate Punchbowl and deliver the services you have requested. When you register with Punchbowl, you are automatically enrolled in our monthly newsletter. This newsletter has information about upcoming holidays, new features, and useful tips about using the website. If you do not wish to receive the monthly newsletter, simply unsubscribe the first time you receive the newsletter. You can quickly and easily unsubscribe by clicking the "Unsubscribe" links in the newsletter. When you unsubscribe, you will no longer receive the monthly newsletter. However, you will continue to receive emails that are related to your usage of the Punchbowl website. Punchbowl, Inc. also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Punchbowl, Inc. and its affiliates. Punchbowl, Inc. may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. Punchbowl, Inc. will communicate with you through emails and messages posted on Punchbowl.
Punchbowl, Inc. may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of carefully selected business partners about a particular offering that we believe may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, zip code) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Punchbowl, Inc. may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Punchbowl, Inc., and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
Punchbowl, Inc. keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Punchbowl, in order to determine what Punchbowl, Inc. services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Punchbowl to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
Punchbowl, Inc. will disclose your personal information, without notice, only 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 Punchbowl, Inc. or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Punchbowl, Inc.; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Punchbowl, Inc., or the public.
Like most websites, Punchbowl, Inc. uses "cookies" to allow you to bypass the login screen ("Remember Me" functionality). A cookie is a tiny data file, which resides on your computer and allows Punchbowl, Inc. to recognize you as a member when you return to Punchbowl from the same computer and browser. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, when you register with Punchbowl, a cookie helps Punchbowl, Inc. to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to Punchbowl, the information you previously provided can be retrieved. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Punchbowl services.
Security of your Personal Information
Punchbowl, Inc. secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Punchbowl, Inc. secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.