Howzit Privacy Statement

Howzit Industries Statement of Privacy

Howzit Industries is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Howzit Industries Statement of Privacy applies to Howzit Industries's Howzit Industries family of Web sites and governs data collection and usage at all Howzit Industries sites and services. Please read the complete Howzit Industries Statement of Privacy below

Collection of your Personal Information

At some sites, Howzit Industries collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. At other sites, Howzit Industries collects anonymous demographic information, that is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. Some sites collect a combination of the two types of information. Information collected at one Howzit Industries Web site may be shared within the Howzit Industries family of Web sites.

Howzit Industries does not associate sensitive data, such as your race, religion, or political affiliations, with personally identifiable information. Howzit Industries takes precautions to segregate any sensitive data you may provide on Howzit Industries sites and services that reference your race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or political affiliations.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Howzit Industries Chats, Howzit Industries Communities, or other public online forums, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Howzit Industries does not read any of your private online communications. Your Howzit Industries Chat conversations, Howzit Industries Messenger messages, Hotmail e-mails, and Howzit Industries Internet Access e-mails are completely confidential.

Howzit Industries encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Howzit Industries so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Howzit Industries is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Howzit Industries and Howzit Industries family of Web sites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Howzit Industries and may be shared with other Web sites within the Howzit Industries family of web sites. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Howzit Industries for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Howzit Industries Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Howzit Industries Web sites and their operational service partners collect and use your personal information to operate Howzit Industries Web sites and deliver the services you have requested. Howzit Industries sites also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Howzit Industries and its affiliates. Howzit Industries may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Howzit Industries does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Howzit Industries may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Howzit Industries may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Howzit Industries, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Howzit Industries keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Howzit Industries, in order to determine what Howzit Industries sites and services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Howzit Industries to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Howzit Industries Web sites 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 Howzit Industries or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Howzit Industries, an Howzit Industries Web site; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Howzit Industries, its web sites, or the public.

Use of Cookies

Many of the Howzit Industries Web sites use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. 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, if you personalize Howzit Industries's pages, or register with Howzit Industries sites or services, a cookie helps Howzit Industries 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 the same Howzit Industries Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Howzit Industries features that you customized.

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 interactive features of the Howzit Industries services or Web sites you visit.

Use of Web Beacons

Howzit Industries Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons - sometimes called single-pixel gifs - that allow Howzit Industries to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Howzit Industries may include web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or Howzit Industries Newsletters in order to count how many messages have been opened and acted upon. Web beacons are not used to access your personally identifiable information on the Howzit Industries network of sites and services; they are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about Howzit Industries Web site usage.

Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides. Howzit Industries Web pages may also contain Web beacons placed there by our advertising partner, Avenue A, to help Howzit Industries determine the effectiveness of our Internet advertising campaigns.

Use of Third Party Ad Networks

The majority of the online banner advertisements you see on Howzit Industries Web sites are displayed by Howzit Industries.

In addition, Howzit Industries also allows other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to display advertisements on Howzit Industries Web sites. To do this, ad networks place a persistent cookie on your computer. Doing this allows the ad network to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. Howzit Industries does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third-party ad servers or ad networks.

Security of your Personal Information

Howzit Industries secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Howzit Industries secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites through the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encrypted protection.

Changes to this Statement

Howzit Industries will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. When Howzit Industries posts changes to this Statement, you will see the word "updated" next to the Privacy Statement link on the front page of Howzit Industries. If there are material changes to this Statement or in how Howzit Industries will use your personally identifiable information, Howzit Industries will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. Howzit Industries encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Howzit Industries is protecting your information.

Enforcement of this Statement of Privacy

If you have questions regarding this statement, you should first contact Howzit Industries via e-mail.

Howzit Industries welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Howzit Industries has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Howzit Industries by telephone, e-mail, or postal mail.

Howzit Industries Privacy
Howzit Industries
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Kamuela, HI 96743

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Updated June 2001