Purpose of this Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes how this website treats personally identifiable information that is collected about you when you visit the website to which this policy is linked.


What is Personally Identifiable Information
"Personally identifiable information" is information that we can use to identify you as an individual. Personally identifiable information includes your name, address, telephone number and any other information that is connected with you personally.
Information This Privacy Policy Does Not Apply To
This privacy policy does not apply to information collected about you by anyone except VERGO Marketing, Inc. and its affiliate website or affiliate partners and only applies to the web sites to which this policy is linked. Any information you provide when you visit websites other than those covered by this policy (including other web sites affiliated with VERGO Marketing, Inc.) or when you purchase any products or services, or enter contests, that may be linked to or advertised on our web site by companies other than VERGO Marketing, Inc. is subject to the privacy policies posted on those sites. However, please do be aware that from time to time we make our subscriber lists available to companies that sell goods and services that we believe would interest our readers.
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
VERGO Marketing, Inc. generally collects personally identifiable information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you enter a sweepstakes or contest, complete a survey, participate in a reader panel, request information from colleges and universities, register for those portions of our sites that may require registration, make a purchase, request back issues, subscribe to our magazines or subscribe to our newsletters and other electronic services you will be asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name, phone number and shipping address. Information such as your age, gender, hobbies or interests may also be requested. If you entered a contest on our website, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice and your mailing address to send you information. Similarly, if you enter online contests, we will use this information to notify you if you are a winner. We might also send out e-mails to users and contest entrants to announce special offers, services and announcements from our sites and/or our advertisers. If you provide personal information for use in any of our social networking channels or tools (which may include services such as text messaging and instant messaging and the like), we will use that information in the manner contemplated by the particular networking channel.
We may also use any personal information you send for marketing and promotional purposes and we may combine information we receive online with outside records to enhance our ability to market products or provide services that we believe may be of interest to you. Additionally, we may share your personal information with third parties who may choose to contact you to promote their own goods and services. If you want us to stop sharing your email address with third parties in this way, let us know at optout@vergomarketing.com, if you do not wish us to share information with companies who would otherwise contact you at your mailing address, you may notify us in writing by sending a notice to VERGO Marketing, Inc, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd, Ste 204, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or contacting us at optout@vergomarketing.com, you may elect to stop receiving email messages from VERGO Marketing, Inc., by notifying us at optout@vergomarketing.com.
In addition, we may use information you provide us through emails, Q & A and contest entry forms for future press releases. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your personal information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development. If a notification is appropriate, we would endeavor to do so as promptly as possible under the circumstances, and, to the extent we have your e-mail address, we may notify you by e-mail. In addition to the foregoing, VERGO Marketing, Inc. may share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to other companies or individuals when:
We utilize third party service providers to provide products, services or functions on our behalf, (such as sending emails or fulfilling subscriptions), and ask these service providers to agree to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information and not to use your personally identifiable information for any reason except to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them.
You have entered a contest or sweepstakes sponsored by a third party, in which case the information may be shared with that third party for their use in their discretion, including direct marketing (Some of our contests and sweeps will ask you at the time of entry whether you would like your personal information to be shared with the sponsor. Other contests will not give you that option and in that event, if you do not want your information to be shared, you should not enter the contest).
We must comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal or regulatory process.
We have reason to believe that someone may be causing injury to or interference with our rights or the rights of our users, or general public, or using our services in violation of a legal or personal right.
Cookies
VERGO Marketing, Inc. (or third party service providers on our behalf) may set and access cookies on your computer. A cookie is a small amount of data (often including a unique identifier), that is sent to your browser from a web site’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. VERGO Marketing, Inc. uses cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our site.
We may use cookies to control the display of ads, to track usage patterns on the sites, to deliver editorial content, to record requests for subscriptions and to personalize information. Our cookies may contain personally identifiable information and such cookies may be shared with others to the same extent indicated above.
VERGO Marketing, Inc. (or third party service providers on our behalf) may also use cookies to collect aggregate information about web site users on an anonymous basis. We may share aggregate demographic and usage information with our prospective and actual business partners, advertisers and other third parties for any business purpose. Some of our advertisers may serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers. If you don't want cookies, most Web browsers include an option that allows you to not accept them. However, if you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of our sites may not function efficiently.
IP Address
Your Internet Protocol ("IP") address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university. Our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (e.g., another Web site or a search engine); the pages you visit on the website, the Web site you visit after this Web Site; the ads you see; the ads you click on; other information about the type of Web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; any search terms you have entered on this Web Site or a referral site; and other Web usage activity and data logged by our Web servers. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers, gather broad demographic information and administer our website. We may also link this information with your personal information when we feel that it is necessary to enforce compliance with our rules and policies or terms of service or to protect our Sites, customers or others.
Wireless Addresses
If the email address you provide to us is a wireless email address, you agree to receive messages at such address from VERGO Marketing, Inc, entities affiliated with the Magazine. You understand that your wireless carrier's standard rates apply to these messages. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device on which messages will be received and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges.
Short Message Service and Wireless Internet
We may make available services through which you can receive messages on your phone or wireless device via short message service ("SMS Service") or via wireless internet ("WAP Services"). If you subscribe to one of our SMS or WAP Services, you thereby agree to receive SMS or WAP Service at the address you provide for such purposes. Such messages may come from VERGO Marketing, Inc., or from third parties who we believe may have goods or services of interest to you (unless you have elected not to receive such messages at the time you subscribe)
You understand that your wireless carrier's standard rates apply to these messages, and that you may opt-out of receiving them by notifying us at.optout@vergomarketing.com. You represent that you are the owner or authorized user of the wireless device you use to sign up for the SMS or WAP Service and that you are authorized to approve the applicable charges. To use the SMS or WAP Service, you must reside in the United States. You must register and provide all required Personal Information, which may include, for example, your name, SMS or WAP address, wireless carrier and, if fees are applicable to the SMS or WAP Service you subscribe to, billing information (either your credit card information or mobile service carrier information if applicable fees will be billed through your carrier). We may also obtain the date, time and content of your messages in the course of your use of the SMS or WAP Service. We will use the information we obtain in connection with our SMS or WAP Service in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If fees are charged to your wireless account invoice, we may provide your carrier with your applicable information in connection herewith. Your wireless carrier and other service providers may also collect data about your wireless device usage and their practices are governed by their own policies.
You acknowledge and agree that the SMS or WAP Services are provided via wireless systems which use radios (and other means) to transmit communications over complex networks. We do not guarantee that your use of the SMS or WAP Service will be private or secure and we are not liable to you for any lack of privacy or security you may experience. You are fully responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the SMS or WAP Service. We may also access the content of your account and wireless account with your carrier for the purpose of identifying and resolving technical problems and service-related complaints.
By signing up for the SMS or WAP Service, you consent to receiving, from time to time, further messages which may include news, promotions and offers from us, our affiliates and partners and unless and until you have opted-out of these activities by notifying us at optout@vergomarketing.com. Please follow the instructions provided for you by third parties to unsubscribe from their messages.
Advertising Disclosure
We use a third-party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our website and sites upon which we advertise. This technology uses information about your visits to this website and the sites upon which we advertise, to serve our ads to you. In the course of serving our advertisements to you, a unique third-party cookie may be placed or recognized on your browser. In addition, we may use Web beacons, provided by our third-party advertising company, to help manage our online advertising. These Web beacons enable our third-party ad serving company to recognize a browser's cookie when a browser visits this site and to learn which banner ads bring users to our website. To learn more about our third-party ad-serving company, cookies, and how to "opt-out" please click here.
Kids and Parents
The sites covered by this policy are not intended for use by children, especially those under age 13. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information or use our public discussion areas, forums and chats. To subscribe to newsletters and to participate in other activities where personal information is divulged on our teen oriented sites, you must be 13 or older. If your children disclose information about themselves in our public discussion areas, they may get unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should tell them not to do so. If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on our site, we encourage you to e-mail debbie@vergomarketing.com.
Blogs, Video and other user-generated Postings
If you elect to post material to any blogs, forums, or other community boards that may be offered on our sites, or if you elect to upload any photographs, audio or video, you will be solely responsible for all content, messages, text, files, images, graphics, photos, audio clips, sounds, video or other materials (the "Postings"). You agree and warrant that any Postings you post to the sites will be true and accurate, will not defame any person or invade any person’s privacy and will not infringe the proprietary rights of any person. You agree not to furnish any Postings to which you do not own the rights. By furnishing Postings, you give VERGO Marketing, Inc. the right to use such Postings in any manner and in any media now known or hereafter invented, including, without limitation, the right to combine your Postings with Postings of third parties in varied combinations. You also acknowledge that visitors to the sites may post comments about your Postings which may be derogatory and that VERGO Marketing, Inc. has no obligation to monitor or delete any such postings.
Please be aware that VERGO Marketing, Inc. does not and cannot monitor all of the Postings made to the sites and therefore VERGO Marketing, Inc. will not be responsible for the content of any Postings. However, VERGO Marketing, Inc. does reserve the right to delete or edit any material in any Posting that is offensive, obscene, harassing, offensive or otherwise objectionable and not in keeping with the community standards of VERGO Marketing, Inc. affiliated websites. If VERGO Marketing, Inc. elects to edit any Postings, it nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the content of the Postings. Under no circumstances will VERGO Marketing, Inc. be liable for any inaccuracy or defect in any Postings. We also expect our users to adhere to certain rules of the road. Therefore, you agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available Postings:
That are unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, or invasive of another's privacy, or harmful to minors in any way.
That harass, degrade, intimidate or are hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability.
That include personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent.
That are false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, mis-informative, constitute "bait and switch" or impersonation of any person or entity.
Contain your own or a third party's advertising, branding or promotional content.
That infringe any proprietary rights, including copyright or Postings that you do not have a right to make available.
Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the VERGO Marketing, Inc. affiliated sites.
Because VERGO Marketing, Inc. does not monitor the Postings, you agree to use and rely on them at your own risk. VERGO Marketing, Inc. cannot make any representation or warranty about the material contained in the Postings. VERGO Marketing, Inc. likewise assumes no responsibility for any contact you may have with other users of our sites, either online or offline. If you elect to meet in person with someone you may meet on our sites, you do so at your own risk and under no circumstances will VERGO Marketing, Inc. be liable for any activity or injury that may occur.
Copyright
Everything you see or read on the VERGO Marketing, Inc. site is owned by us or used with permission. You may not copy, use, or retransmit anything from or for our site without our permission. Any commercial or promotional distribution, publishing or exploitation of the site, or any content, code, data or materials on the site is strictly prohibited. You are not allowed to post or distribute any material you do not own or which you do not have permission to use. You are also prohibited from engaging in any conduct that interferes with the technological operation of the site or that tampers with any copyright protection mechanisms applicable to content on any sites. Ignoring this policy may result in copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights violations.
Disclaimers
VERGO Marketing, Inc. is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the sites. VERGO Marketing, Inc. takes reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of all personal information you provide to the sites; however, due to the inherent nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that information, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our system or otherwise in our care, will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others, such as hackers. VERGO Marketing, Inc. assumes no liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any user Posting. VERGO Marketing, Inc. is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or players due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any of the sites or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to users or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation in any activities on the sites or downloading materials. We make no warranties the services will be timely, secure, uninterrupted, or error-free. You understand that if you download any material, you do so at your sole risk. Under no circumstances shall VERGO Marketing, Inc. be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the sites, any content posted on or through the sites, or conduct of any users of the sites, whether online or offline. We can, whenever we want, edit or delete any content displayed on the sites. You use the sites at your own risk. Everything you see on our sites is provided to you "as is." The sites are provided "AS-IS" and as available and VERGO Marketing, Inc. expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. VERGO Marketing, Inc. cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the sites.
Limitation on Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL VERGO Marketing, Inc. BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN.
Indemnity
You agree to indemnify and hold VERGO Marketing, Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees harmless from any loss or liability arising out of your use of the sites or from any claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the sites in violation of these terms of service and/or any breach of your representations, warranties and obligations set forth above and/or if any content that you post in Postings on the sites or through the sites causes VERGO Marketing, Inc. to be liable to another.
Changes to Privacy Policy and Notice
VERGO Marketing, Inc. may change this policy from time to time in its discretion. Your continued use of our sites indicates your consent to this privacy policy and any amended versions of it.

This policy was last updated on 01-04-2009.