www.thesteampicks.com collects information from our subscribers during the free membership registration process, paid subscription process and, occasionally, at other times. This information, which ranges from limited personal data such as age and address to facts about subscribers’ computers, professions, and leisure habits, is then securely stored on separate servers.
Uses of Registration Information
Registration information may be used in several ways:
1.) To enable us to process, validate and verify subscriptions.
2.) To provide advertisers with aggregate —never individual—information about our subscriber base and usage patterns.
3.) To give www.thesteampicks.com’s marketing and development staff information that is useful for developing new features and services that meet subscriber needs.
We do not release subscriber names to any outside organization, which means www.thesteampicks.com does not sell our subscriber list. We may, however, send subscribers e-mail notifications of new site features and topic-based news alerts. Only those subscribers who sign up for these announcements will receive them. Subscribers may edit registration information or cancel a subscription at any time. We reserve the right to contact subscribers at any time regarding subscription renewals, other subscription-related problems or questions, as well as changes the Terms & Conditions.
We may contract with a market-research firm to conduct occasional online surveys. When you’re within www.thesteampicks.com, you may see a pop-up window offering you the optional opportunity of participating in a survey. If you do not wish to participate, simply click the “No, Thank You” link and you will not see this window again. If you choose to participate, you’ll be prompted to answer a series of online questions. Your responses are confidential and will be used for statistical analysis and product development purposes only; no information on an individual’s preferences will be shared with any outside organization. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address for validation purposes but no other personal information (name, address, etc.) will be collected as part of the survey. In some cases, however, you may be offered a free gift for your participation. We will need your name and address, which will be used exclusively to fulfill your gift request.
We also employ cookie technology to help subscribers move faster through our site. When a subscriber signs on to www.thesteampicks.com, we pass several cookies to that user’s computer. A cookie is a string of information that’s sent by a website and stored on your hard drive or temporarily in your computer’s memory. This avoids the potentially time-consuming task of checking our registration database each time a page is requested. The cookie is deleted when a user chooses the log out feature to terminate their session. We also employ cookie technology to store subscribers’ User Names and Passwords.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.