We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm and continuing commitment to the privacy of personal data and dog data provided to MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG by anyone visiting and interacting with our website. We hold the privacy of your personal data and dog data in the highest regard. No data here can ever be associated with an individual person or dog.
The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website:
We recognize the importance of protecting your privacy, and our policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect, use and safeguard the personal data and dog data that you may provide to us, and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our website. This policy will continuously be assessed against new technologies, business practices and our website users' needs. Updates will be made when necessary, and any updates will always be in your favor only.
In this regard note that MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG is a secured site: All data exchange between your browser and our server is encrypted via SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can see this from the padlock shown in your browser's address line, and the page address starting with https, not just http. We have documented our story to move to SSL protection here.
What Information Do We Collect?
When you visit this website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and website usage information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our website.
1. Personal Information You Choose to Provide
When you register on our website (for our products and services, for the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL, for comment notifications, or for anything else), you provide certain personal data and certain dog data.
If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protection for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of our own data.
2. Website Use Information
Like other websites, we too utilize the standard technology called "cookies" (see explanation below: "What Are Cookies?") and web server log files to collect information about how our website 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 website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
We use your personal data and dog data for purposes of administering our website activities, providing the products and services you need or requested, processing your purchases and in some cases your payment, monitoring the use of our services, marketing and promotional efforts, improving our content and service offerings, and customizing our site's content, layout, and services to better serve your needs.
Furthermore, such information may be shared with others on an aggregate basis only. Personally identifiable information or business information will never be shared with third parties, except as required by law.
Occasionally, we may also use the data we collect to notify you about important changes to our website, new services, or special offers that we feel you may find valuable.
You may UNsubscribe from any and all our communication at any time, simply by clicking on the "INSTANTLY UNsubscribe" link in any email you receive from us!
What Are Cookies?
How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as traffic data so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to you.
Sharing and Selling Information
We do NOT share, sell, lend or lease any of the information that uniquely identify a subscriber (such as email addresses or personal details) with anyone, except to the extent it is necessary to process your transactions or to provide the services that you have requested.
How Can You Access and Correct Your Information?
In every email from MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG you not only find the UNsubscribe link, but also the "Update Your Details" link. Make use of that anytime your details or your dog's details have changed.
What About Legally Compelled Disclosure of Information?
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights. We may also disclose account information 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 our Terms of Service or to protect the safety of our users and the Public.
What About Other Websites Linked to Our website?
We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our website or the information or content contained therein. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our website.
Our Commitment To Data Security
Please note that your information will be stored and processed on our servers in the United States. The laws on holding personal data in the United States may be less stringent than the laws of your country of residence or citizenship. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
This site allows visitors to unsubscribe so that they will not receive future messages. After unsubscribing we will discontinue sending the particular messages as soon as technically feasible.
Surveys & Contests
From time to time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.
A Special Note About Children
Children are not eligible to use our services unsupervised and we ask that children (under the age of 14) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this service only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
Acquisition or Changes in Ownership
In the event that the website (or a substantial portion of its assets) is acquired, your information would be considered part of those assets, and may be part of those assets that are transferred.