By using or registering for the services offered on the AfroMontreal Site (collectively, the “AfroMontreal Service”), users and the entities or persons that they represent (the “Users”) agree to be legally bound and abide by the terms, conditions, and notices of this privacy statement (the “Privacy Statement”). These privacy practices include the following: (a) an explanation of the personally identifiable information that is collected from each User; (b) the organization collecting the information; (c) how the information is used; (d) with whom the information may be shared; (e) which choices are available to the User regarding the collection, use and distribution of the information; (f) the kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information; and (g) how the User can correct any inaccuracies in the information. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to AfroMontreal Media through one of the feedback forms the User will find on the website, or by sending a notice by Mail to AfroMontreal Media 246 Brookfield, Mont-Royal, QC, H3P-2A4, Canada, Attention: Director of Online Content.
AfroMontreal.com does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13). Federal and Provincial laws require website operators who collect personal information to acquire parental consent first. Moreover, children should always obtain permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves, such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers, over the Internet, to AfroMontreal.com or to anyone else.
The information gathered by AfroMontreal Media falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by its Users to the website and (2) tracking information gathered as the Users navigate through the site. To make use of certain features on the AfroMontreal.com Web site, Users need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration process. For example, AfroMontreal.com may ask for the User’s name, email address, sex, age, and zip code, and AfroMontreal.com also might request information on the User’s interest in sports, personal finance, the performing arts, and so on. The information that a User supplies will help AfroMontreal.com to offer the User more personalized features, to tailor the site to the User’s interests, and to make the Web site more useful to the User.
User information is highly valuable to AfroMontreal.com because it allows AfroMontreal.com to tailor the Web site to fit the needs of its Users. However, this information is provided to the Website by the User on an entirely voluntary basis. If the User chooses not to supply the information, AfroMontreal.com may be unable to provide the User with services that it makes available to the other Users of the Web site. Notwithstanding the above, a User, who wants to remain completely anonymous, is still able to take advantage of the wealth of content available on the AfroMontreal.com site without registration.
To help make the AfroMontreal.com Web site more responsive to the needs of its Users, AfroMontreal.com invokes a standard feature of browser software, known as a "cookie," to assign each User a unique, random number, similar to a user ID, that resides on the User’s computer. The cookie does not identify the User in any manner, only the computer that the User uses to access the Web site. Unless the User voluntarily identifies himself or herself, AfroMontreal.com will not know the identity of the User, even if a cookie is assigned to the User’s computer. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information that the User voluntarily supplies. Moreover, a cookie does not have the ability to read data directly from a User’s hard drive.
AfroMontreal.com’s web servers automatically collect limited information about the connection of the User’s computer to the Internet, including its IP address and the dates and times that the User visits the Web site. The IP address is a number that informs the computers that are attached to the Internet know where to send the User data, but it does not identify the User personally. AfroMontreal.com uses this information to deliver its web pages to the User upon request, to tailor its site to the interests of its users, and to measure traffic within the Web site.
When AfroMontreal.com presents information to its advertisers to help them evaluate the AfroMontreal.com audience and confirm the value of advertising on the Web site, this information is usually in the form of aggregated statistics on traffic to various pages within the AfroMontreal.com site. From time to time, AfroMontreal.com may share information about visitors to its site with those marketing products and services that AfroMontreal.com has reason to believe may be of interest to its Users.
All information gathered on any AfroMontreal.com Web site is stored within a AfroMontreal.com-controlled database accessible only to AfroMontreal.com and its agents. However, despite the use of reasonable security measures, no security system is impenetrable. AfroMontreal.com cannot guarantee absolutely the security of its database and cannot guarantee that information the User supplies will not be intercepted while being transmitted to AfroMontreal.com over the Internet. Additionally, any information that the User includes in a message posted to any chat room, forum or other public posting area is available to anyone with Internet access. Thus, if the User does not want anyone to know his or her email address, for example, the User should not include this information in any message that the User posts publicly.