Customized experience. Blockdot gathers user information to provide you with a customized experience on our sites. Your user information helps us tailor the content, services, goods and advertising to your current and future needs. For this reason, we may ask you to register or to provide personal information when you post high scores, write reviews, download free software, enter a contest, order products, subscribe to a newsletter and/or visit certain areas of an Blockdot site. If you choose not to register you may not have access to areas that require personal identification.
E-mail. If you register with our site or purchase products from us, from time to time we may e-mail you with messages about our services or third party products and services we believe may be of interest to you, such as new products, features, services, special offers and updated information. The newsletters may contain code that enables our database to track your usage of the newsletters, including whether the e-mail was opened and/or what links (if any) were clicked. We will combine that information with other information we have about you and may use that information to improve your site experience and/or provide customized e-mail communications to you. In addition, if you register with a Blockdot site or purchase products you may automatically receive emails confirming your registration and/or purchase and providing you with necessary information relating to the access or use of your registration and/or purchase. With the exception of the emails described in the preceding sentence which are necessary to provide customer support and deliver products and services to you, you may opt-out of receiving e-mail from us as described below under "What are my options to control the use of my personally identifiable information?".
Registration. When you register, Blockdot asks for your e-mail address, a user selected user name, and other information. Once you are a registered user you can update your profile and may be able to provide additional preferential information (e.g. a member name, a nickname, and certain user preferences). (Blockdot's policy with respect to children under 13 is below)
Order Forms and Products Store. Blockdot also uses an order form for users to request information, products and services. For that order form, we collect a user's contact information (e-mail address) and necessary financial information to process the order (i.e. credit card number). Contact information from the order (including e-mail) is used to deliver digital products and information from Blockdot. Blockdot may use third parties to accept and process orders and credit card purchases for merchandise and products, including software.
Special Contests or Promotions. Blockdot may occasionally present a special contest or promotion that is sponsored by another company. To qualify for entry in that contest or promotion, we may ask you to provide personal information. If we plan to share that information with the sponsor(s) or with others, we will provide a statement to that effect in the contest or promotion terms.
IP Address. All communication on the internet takes place between pairs of IP Addresses. Our Web servers will log the IP address that any connection is made from. We may use these IP addresses to help diagnose technical problems or prevent abuse of our systems or other site users. Your IP address may also be used to gather aggregate demographic data and target advertisements accordingly.
Banner Advertisements. We use various outside companies to serve advertisements on our site. In the process of serving advertisements, the ad serving companies place a cookie in your browser's cookie file and may use information (excluding your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other Web sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. By delivering ads on the Blockdot Sites, the ad server is able to record what ads a user -- identified by the unique cookie -- has seen, and what Blockdot site pages the user was viewing when the ads were delivered. This Web usage information is combined with other ad delivery information the ad server has collected from your visits to Blockdot Sites and other sites not affiliated with Blockdot. This non-personally identifiable information is used as part of the ad serving process for reporting and to select and direct the ads you see online at Blockdot Sites and other sites not affiliated with Blockdot. Unlike the cookies Blockdot uses in other parts of our site, cookies received with banner ads are collected by Falk NA and we do not have access to this information. Additionally, some ads served by Blockdot ad system are generated by third party ad serving systems that also may place a cookie on your browser to provide web usage information to those third parties. To find out more about those specific third party ad serving systems, please click to their sites below:
Digital Rights Management. Applications you use or download from the Blockdot Sites may contain digital rights management systems ("DRMS") which may allow for communication between your software and the third party and utilize security features (e.g., preventing distribution of or access to the applications in the event of unauthorized use). These DRMS are subject to their own license agreements and you agree that Blockdot shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to the use of the DRMS or your dealings with such third parties. The applications may also contain DRMS produced by Blockdot which allow for communication between the applications you use or download and our systems and which collect information describing your computer system in order to prevent illegal or unauthorized use of the applications. More specifically, the DRMS for applications licensed from the Blockdot Sites and may transmit the following pieces of information, along with other information, when you either enter a purchase key or sign in with your subscription service user name and password: Operating System, CPU Version Information (including serial number from a serial-number-enabled Pentium III), BIOS Version Information, NetBIOS Computer Name, DOS HD Serial Number, Hard Drive Size / Geometry, S.M.A.R.T. IDE HD Serial Number, Network Card MAC Address, IP Address and Size of Physical Memory.
Information from Other Sources. For reasons such as improving member experience and providing customized communications to our users, we may receive information about you from third party sources and our web logs (see the "Web Logs" section below) and add it to the information that we have received from you.
Web Logs. Web logs automatically record anything a web server sees, which may include e-mail addresses you enter into a form or pages viewed by a user at a particular IP address. If you are not a registered user of a Blockdot Site or if you have elected to Opt-Out of receiving e-mail from us, we will not use the information from web logs to market to you. If you are a registered user of a Blockdot Site and have not elected to Opt-Out of receiving e-mail from Blockdot, we may use web log information about your use of the Blockdot Sites in order to inform you about content, products, or services in accordance with your e-mail options.
However, Blockdot may disclose information you provide if required to do so by law or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process served on Blockdot; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of Blockdot; or (3) act in an emergency to protect someone's safety.
We may request demographic information from you (for example, your age, education level or household income) from time to time. We will not share that information in a manner that identifies you as an individual with any other entity, unless we let you know that at the time of collection or we have your permission. When we share demographic information with third parties, we will give them aggregate information only.
In the event that Blockdot is acquired by another company, your personal information may be part of the assets transferred to the acquiring party.
If you provide us with your e-mail address, and do not opt-out of receiving e-mail from us, we may e-mail you with information from Blockdot, including information about selected third parties. If you do not want to receive information from Blockdot, you may decline to receive it (or "Opt-Out") either when you provide personal information to Blockdot or you may sign in and update your profile (or complete our E-mail form at http://www.kewlbox.com/help/contact.aspx) You may also choose to Opt-Out from certain types of e-mail by following the unsubscribe instructions that appear on each newsletter. You may also contact Blockdot by postal mail at the address below. Note that you might be signed up for multiple e-mail preferences (e.g., www.Kewlbox.com and IGottaPlay.com, etc.), and you should be sure that you unsubscribe only from the ones you no longer want to receive. Please note that there might be a brief delay between when you submit your request to Opt-Out and when it is processed and reflected in our systems; accordingly you might continue to receive emails from us for a few days after you unsubscribe. We maintain records of those users who Opt-Out of specific e-mail options so that we do not e-mail them with respect to those types of emails and we may share this information with third parties who send emails on our behalf so that they do not e-mail you; this information may also be contained in web logs (see above).
The Blockdot Sites are general audience sites and are not directed to children under the age of 13. Blockdot assumes products purchased through credit card means are purchased by adults. Blockdot respects the privacy of parents and children and is committed to complying with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). On those areas of the Sites that ask for age, Blockdot does not collect personal information from individuals who identify themselves as under the age of 13 except in those limited circumstances where Blockdot believes that such collection is permitted under COPPA.
If a parent believes that his or her child has submitted personal information to Blockdot, he or she can contact us via e-mail or postal mail as listed below. Blockdot will promptly delete the information upon learning that it relates to a child under the age of 13. Please note that it is possible some of this information may remain archived in web logs and back-up archives after Blockdot deletes the information from its active database (see the Web Logs paragraph above, and the Archived Information paragraph below).
Blockdot believes that parents should supervise their children's online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a kid-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from otherwise disclosing online their name, address and other personal information without parental permission.
Security. Blockdot has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. These include a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to our systems and maintenance of registration information in a separate database. Although we will exercise reasonable care in providing secure transmission of information between your computer and our servers, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us over the Internet and we accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure. We will protect the transmission of credit card information through industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
Chat Rooms and Other Public Areas. Blockdot may offer chat, user reviews, multi-player games, bulletin board, or other public functions and any posting by you is considered public information available to other users. Any posting is governed by Blockdot's Terms of Service. You should take care to not use personal information in your screen name or other information that might be publicly available to other users.
Tell a Friend. If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site or particular features or content, we ask them for the friend's name and e-mail address. Blockdot will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit an Blockdot Site. Blockdot stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.
Your personal information is password-protected, and you should take appropriate measures to protect the secrecy of your password. If you use a computer in a public place or share a computer with others, remember to sign out and close your browser window when you finish a session with Blockdot in order to prevent others from accessing your personal information.
Archived Information. Blockdot maintains archives of its web logs, database, and other systems and information. Please note that it is possible some of this information may remain archived after Blockdot deletes the information from its active database (see the Web Logs paragraph above). Blockdot maintains archives for disaster recovery, legal and other non-marketing purposes.
How can I update my account information? You can help Blockdot maintain the accuracy of your profile by notifying us when you change your e-mail address or related information. If at any time you wish to update your information or stop receiving communication from Blockdot, sign in and then select 'update your profile' to change your newsletter preferences.
Blockdot would like to receive your comments and questions about this Privacy Statement. Please address comments or questions regarding Blockdot's Privacy Statement to us via e-mail or postal mail. Our e-mail and postal address can found on our contact page.
Your use of the Blockdot Sites, including any dispute concerning privacy, is subject to this Privacy Statement and Blockdot's Terms and Conditions of Use. By using the Blockdot Sites, you are accepting the practices set out in this Privacy Statement and those Terms and Conditions of Use. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time by posting the changes on this page. Please check the revision date at the bottom of this page to determine if the statement has been modified since you last reviewed it. Your continued use of any portion of the Blockdot Sites following posting of the updated Privacy Statement will constitute your acceptance of the changes.
Last updated on September 22, 2006.