DCRanch.com is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. The following policy outlines how your personal information will be treated as you use DCRanch.com. This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically.
This policy will let you know:
1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you;
2. What cookies are and how they are used;
3. How your information is used;
4. Who is collecting your information;
5. With whom your information may be shared;
6. How you can access, update or delete your information;
7. The kind of security precautions that are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of your information;
8. How DCRanch.com protects children’s privacy; and
9. What else you should know about your online privacy.
What personally identifiable information is collected from me?
DCRanch.com collects information in several ways from different parts of our network of web sites.
Some personal information is gathered when you register. During registration, DCRanch.com collects your name, street address, phone number and email address.
In addition to registration we may ask you for personal information at other times, including (but not limited to) when you respond to a survey or become a DCRanch.com publisher, or when you report a problem with one of our sites. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
What are cookies and how does DCRanch.com use them?
(1) Remind us of who you are and to access your account information (stored on our computers) in order to deliver to you a better and more personalized service. This cookie is set when you register or “Sign In” and is modified when you “Sign Out” of our services.
(2) Measure certain traffic patterns of sites you have visited and your visiting patterns in aggregate.
DCRanch.com may collect IP addresses for system administration and to report aggregate information to our sponsors.
How does DCRanch.com use my information?
DCRanch.com’s primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide each user with a customized experience on our sites. Only DCRanch.com has access to individuals’ accounts.
DCRanch.com does research our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, from our server log files, or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. DCRanch.com may share this aggregated data with sponsors.
Who is collecting information?
When you are on DCRanch.com and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with DCRanch.com alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. For example, some DCRanch.com services are offered in conjunction with a partner company. In order to provide this co-branded service to you, it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our partner company. If data is being collected and/or maintained by any company other than DCRanch.com, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service.
Please be aware that DCRanch.com sponsors or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you when you visit their sites. The information practices of those web sites linked to DCRanch.com are not covered by this privacy statement. You should refer to the privacy policies of other web sites, or contact the respective webmaster of those sites to obtain information regarding their data collection and use policies.
With whom does DCRanch.com share my information?
As a general rule, DCRanch.com will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below.
Sponsors: DCRanch.com may disclose your personal information to sponsors, but this is specifically described to you prior to data collection or prior to transferring the data.
From time to time, you may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. By opting to receive information from these third parties, you grant DCRanch.com permission to share your name and email address with them.
Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Under confidentiality agreements, DCRanch.com may match user information with data collected by third parties. Also, DCRanch.com may disclose aggregated user statistics (for example, 45% of our users are female) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Other: DCRanch.com may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating DCRanch.com’s User Agreement or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) DCRanch.com’s rights or property, other DCRanch.com users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. DCRanch.com may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.
DCRanch.com does not sell or rent user information to anyone. We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service or not to participate in certain promotions or contests.
What is DCRanch.com’s policy on allowing me to update, correct, or delete my personally identifiable information?
You can request to have your account deleted or deactivated, but doing so will result in not being able to access the DCRanch.com network, including your DCRanch.com E-mail account. Please contact our Communications Team for further instructions about deleting or deactivating your account.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
Your DCRanch.com Account Information is password-protected so that only you and DCRanch.com have access to this information. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. DCRanch.com will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited e-mail. Also remember to sign out of your DCRanch.com account and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, DCRanch.com cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online site, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we will attempt to ensure its security on our systems.
What about children’s privacy?
Naturally, the safety of children is very important to us. DCRanch.com is a general audience web site. When children under age 18 are given access to DCRanch.com, we require their parent or guardian to provide any personal information and accept the User Agreement on their behalf.
Children should always ask a parent for permission before sending personal information to anyone online.
What else should I know about my privacy?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat areas – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
Please contact the Communications Team for information regarding this statement.