Privacy Policy of Chris-Estes.com

June 5th, 2009

Your privacy is critically important to me. As Chris Estes I have a few fundamental principles:

  • I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it. (I can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop products, or protect our rights.
  • I don’t store personal information on my servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of my services.

Below is my privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

Creative Commons License (Note, I have decided to make this privacy policy available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and re purpose it for your own use, just make sure to replace references to me with ones to you, and if you want we’d appreciate a link to Chris-Estes.com and WordPress.com (as they provided it to me) somewhere on your site. They and I spent a lot of money and time on the below, and other people shouldn’t need to do the same.)

I operate several websites including Chris-Estes.com, BHMSEO.com, SEOCHRIS.com. It is my policy to respect your privacy regarding any information I may collect while operating my websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, I collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. My purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use the website. From time to time, I may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

I also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. I do not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to my websites choose to interact with me in ways that require me to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that I gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.  I do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain activities and privileges.

Aggregated Statistics

I may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to my websites. For instance, I may monitor the most popular blogs entries on the site or use spam screened to help identify spam.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

I discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on my behalf or to provide services  (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using my websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. I will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, I disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when I believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of myself, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user and have supplied your email address, I may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Me. I primarily use my blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum if ever. If you send me a request, I reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help me support other users. I take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. I uses cookies to help  identify and track visitors, their usage of my website, and their website access preferences.  Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using my websites, with the drawback that certain features of my websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of my websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Chris-Estes.com and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

The largest third party ad-service we us is Google which their privacy information can be found here.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, I may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in my sole discretion. I encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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