Privacy Policy

Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy
Updat­ed 01/06/2009

Our Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy is designed to assist you in under­stand­ing how we col­lect and use the per­son­al infor­ma­tion you pro­vide to us on and to assist you in mak­ing informed deci­sions when using our Web site, prod­ucts and ser­vices.

If you have ques­tions or con­cerns regard­ing this notice, you should first con­tact Cus­tomer Ser­vice.

What Infor­ma­tion Do We Col­lect?

When you vis­it our Web site, you may pro­vide us with two types of infor­ma­tion: per­son­al infor­ma­tion that you know­ing­ly choose to dis­close that is col­lect­ed on an indi­vid­ual basis; and Web site use infor­ma­tion that is col­lect­ed on an aggre­gate basis as you and oth­ers browse our Web site.

1. Per­son­al Infor­ma­tion You Choose to Pro­vide

Reg­is­tra­tion & Pur­chase Infor­ma­tion

You will pro­vide us infor­ma­tion about your­self, your firm or com­pa­ny, and your prac­tices when you reg­is­ter to be a mem­ber of theAkka­di­an, reg­is­ter for cer­tain ser­vices, reg­is­ter for e-mail newslet­ters and alerts. This data col­lec­tion can include such per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion as name, com­pa­ny name, address, phone num­ber, e-mail address, etc. You may also pro­vide addi­tion­al com­ments on how you see theAkka­di­an ser­vic­ing your needs and inter­ests.

If you choose to cor­re­spond with us through e-mail, we may retain the con­tent of your e-mail mes­sages togeth­er with your e-mail address and our respons­es.

2. Web site Use Infor­ma­tion

Sim­i­lar to oth­er com­mer­cial Web sites, our Web site uti­lizes a stan­dard tech­nol­o­gy called “cook­ies” (see “What Are Cook­ies?” expla­na­tion below) and Web serv­er logs (“log files”) to col­lect infor­ma­tion about how our Web site is used. Infor­ma­tion gath­ered through cook­ies and Web serv­er logs may include the date and time of vis­its, the pages viewed, time spent on our Web site, and the Web sites vis­it­ed just before and just after our Web site. We, our adver­tis­ers and ad serv­ing com­pa­nies may also use small pieces of code called “web bea­cons” or “clear GIF’s” to deter­mine which adver­tise­ments and pro­mo­tions users have seen and how users respond­ed to them. Per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion is not stored in these cook­ies, web bea­cons or clear GIF’s. We use a third-par­ty track­ing ser­vice that uses cook­ies and log files to track non-per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion about vis­i­tors to our site in the aggre­gate, for usage and vol­ume pur­pos­es, to help us bet­ter under­stand the needs of our vis­i­tors.

How Do We Use the Infor­ma­tion You Pro­vide to Us?

Broad­ly speak­ing, we use per­son­al infor­ma­tion for pur­pos­es of admin­is­ter­ing and expand­ing our busi­ness activ­i­ties, pro­vid­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, and mak­ing avail­able oth­er prod­ucts and ser­vices to our cus­tomers and prospec­tive cus­tomers. We occa­sion­al­ly also use the infor­ma­tion we col­lect to noti­fy you about impor­tant changes to our Web site, new ser­vices and spe­cial offers we think you will find valu­able. We may retain your per­son­al infor­ma­tion for admin­is­tra­tive, report­ing and ana­lyt­ic pur­pos­es. We will not share or sell your infor­ma­tion. You have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to opt in or opt out of these spe­cif­ic types of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in our Mem­ber Cen­ter. You have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to opt out any time you receive an e-mail from us by using the link pro­vid­ed at the bot­tom of the e-mail com­mu­ni­ca­tion. You may also noti­fy us at any time if you do not wish to receive these offers by con­tact­ing us.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Our Site & Opt-out Options

If you reg­is­ter with our Web site, you can expect to receive a wel­come e-mail and/or an order con­fir­ma­tion e-mail. If you have reg­is­tered with our Web site, you will receive any of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions (newslet­ters, updates, prod­uct infor­ma­tion, alerts) that you have opt­ed in to receive. From time to time, we may need to send crit­i­cal ser­vice updates from the Web site. You may not opt out of receiv­ing these crit­i­cal ser­vice updates. If you wish to change your pref­er­ences for receiv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions from our Web site, please vis­it our Mem­ber Cen­ter to change your pref­er­ences or con­tact us.


If you use our blogs, you should be aware that any per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion you sub­mit may be read, col­lect­ed or used by oth­er users in this forum. We are not respon­si­ble for the per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion you choose to sub­mit in the blogs. Vio­la­tion of our Terms of Use Agree­ment may result in removal of your post and/or ter­mi­na­tion of your mem­ber­ship, and or dele­tion of your post or com­ment.

What Are Cook­ies?

A cook­ie is a very small text doc­u­ment that often includes an anony­mous unique iden­ti­fi­er. When you vis­it a Web site, that site’s com­put­er asks your com­put­er for per­mis­sion to store this file in a part of your hard dri­ve specif­i­cal­ly des­ig­nat­ed for cook­ies. Each Web site can send its own cook­ie to your brows­er if your browser’s pref­er­ences allow it. In order to pro­tect your pri­va­cy, your brows­er only per­mits a Web site to access the cook­ies it has already sent to you and not the cook­ies sent to you by oth­er sites. Some of our busi­ness part­ners (e.g. adver­tis­ers) use cook­ies that orig­i­nate from their Web sites. We have no access to, or con­trol over, these cook­ies. For more infor­ma­tion, see “Third Par­ty Adver­tis­ers.”

Third Par­ty Adver­tis­ers

The ads appear­ing on this Web site are deliv­ered to users by our adver­tis­ing part­ners. We share aggre­gate Web site usage infor­ma­tion about users with poten­tial adver­tis­ers for the pur­pose of tar­get­ing our Inter­net adver­tise­ments on this site.

We use cook­ies and clear GIF’s on this Web site, which allow it to rec­og­nize a user’s cook­ie when a user vis­its the site. The infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed and shared through this tech­nol­o­gy is not per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able.

For more infor­ma­tion about our third-par­ty adver­tis­ers or to learn more about the choic­es avail­able to you regard­ing this anony­mous infor­ma­tion, please click here.

Notice of New Ser­vices and Changes

Occa­sion­al­ly, we may also use the infor­ma­tion we col­lect to noti­fy you about impor­tant changes to our Web site, new ser­vices and spe­cial offers we think you will find valu­able. You have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to opt in for these noti­fi­ca­tions at reg­is­tra­tion and you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to noti­fy us of your desire not to receive these offers by con­tact­ing us at a lat­er date.

How Do We Secure Infor­ma­tion Trans­mis­sions?

The secu­ri­ty of your per­son­al infor­ma­tion is impor­tant to us. At present, there is no rea­son to join our site, how­ev­er the option exists. We do not pro­tect your per­son­al infor­ma­tion in tran­sit, but we also do not ver­i­fy it as authen­tic. It is still impor­tant to pro­tect your pass­word.

We fol­low gen­er­al­ly accept­ed indus­try stan­dards to pro­tect the per­son­al infor­ma­tion sub­mit­ted to us, both dur­ing trans­mis­sion and once we receive it. How­ev­er, no method of trans­mis­sion over the Inter­net and no method of elec­tron­ic stor­age is 100% secure. There­fore, while we strive to use com­mer­cial­ly accept­able means to pro­tect your per­son­al infor­ma­tion, we can­not guar­an­tee its absolute secu­ri­ty.

E-mail is not rec­og­nized as a secure medi­um of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. For this rea­son, we request that you do not send pri­vate or sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion to us by e-mail. If you have any ques­tions about secu­ri­ty on our Web site, please con­tact us.

How Can You Access and Cor­rect Your Infor­ma­tion?

You can view and update your reg­is­tra­tion infor­ma­tion online on our Mem­ber Cen­ter page. You may also request access to all of your per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion that we col­lect and main­tain in our data­base by con­tact­ing us.

Cer­tain Dis­clo­sures

We may dis­close your per­son­al infor­ma­tion if required to do so by law or sub­poe­na, or if we believe that such action is nec­es­sary to (a) con­form to the law or com­ply with legal process served on us or our Affil­i­at­ed Par­ties (as defined in our Terms of Use Agree­ment); (b) pro­tect and defend our rights and prop­er­ty, our site, the users of our site and/or our Affil­i­at­ed Par­ties; or © act under cir­cum­stances to pro­tect the safe­ty of users of our site, our­selves or third par­ties.

What About Oth­er Web sites Linked to Our Web site?

We are not respon­si­ble for the prac­tices employed by Web sites linked to or from our Web site, nor are we respon­si­ble for the infor­ma­tion or con­tent con­tained there­in. Links to oth­er Web sites are pro­vid­ed sole­ly as point­ers to infor­ma­tion on top­ics that may be use­ful to the users of our Web site.

Please remem­ber that, when you use a link to go from our Web site to anoth­er Web site, our Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy is no longer in effect. Your activ­i­ties and inter­ac­tion on any oth­er Web site, includ­ing Web sites that have a link on our Web site, is sub­ject to that Web site’s own rules and poli­cies. Please review those pri­va­cy rules and poli­cies before pro­ceed­ing.

Your Con­sent

By using our Web site, you con­sent to our col­lec­tion, use and reten­tion of your per­son­al infor­ma­tion as described in this Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy. If we make mate­r­i­al changes to our pri­va­cy prac­tices, we will post those changes on our Web site to keep you informed of what infor­ma­tion we col­lect, how we use it and under what cir­cum­stances we may dis­close it.
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