A. INTRODUCTIONThis privacy statement was last updated on October 20, 2010. Games Banner Network, Inc., a Virginia corporation, its affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively, "GBN") has created this privacy statement in order to disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices for our Internet websites (collectively, the "Website"). While GBN's Website is deemed to be a U.S. website, GBN abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union. Upon reading this privacy statement, you will know:
- What personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identifiable information is collected from you through the Website.
- The organization collecting the information.
- How the information is used.
- With whom the information may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.
- Information relating to the use of this Website by children, and how parents can access their children's information.
- The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under GBN's control.
- How you can access and correct any inaccuracies in the information collected about you. Any questions, concerns or complaints regarding this statement should be directed to GBN by emailing
- or writing to us at the following address: Games Banner Network, Inc 901 N. Pitt Street Suite 325 Alexandria, VA
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Third Party Websites
GBN does not control the information collection and distribution policies on Internet domains other than those Internet domains that are under the control of GBN itself. When you are on the GBN Website, you may be directed to other sites that are beyond our control. These other sites may independently collect data, solicit personal information, or send their own cookies to you. GBN is not responsible for any use of the information including click-stream data created when using such third party sites.
Website may be subject to the laws of various jurisdictions, including the laws of the United States of America, European Union and Russian Federation and other jurisdictions because the access to this Website may use Internet traffic of different jurisdictions, including the aforementioned. GBN will disclose personally identifiable information without your permission when required by law, or in good faith belief that such action is necessary to investigate or protect against harmful activities to GBN guests, visitors, associates, or property (including this Website), or to others. As mentioned above, laws related to personal identifiable information vary by country.
GBN may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide personally identifiable information to appropriate governmental authorities. If requested by law enforcement or judicial authorities, we will provide this information upon receipt of the appropriate documentation. GBN may also provide information to law enforcement to protect its property and the health and safety of individuals as permitted by statute.
B. COLLECTED INFORMATION
Information We Collect
As a visitor to this Website, you can engage in many activities without providing any personal information as described above in Section Browsing. In connection with other activities, such as subscribing to the services offered on the Website, subscribing to periodic newsletters sent by GBN, downloading trial versions of software, communications with other users, taking part in user ratings or utilizing online software applications GBN may ask you to voluntarily supply us with certain information about yourself by filling out and submitting an online form. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities. If you elect to engage in these activities, however, GBN may ask that you provide us personal information, defined as any information that identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate the person to whom such information pertains, including your first and last name, country, sex, date of birth, email address and other personal information.
You never have to answer any questions, and you can decline this exchange of information at any time. However, if you should choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with some of the services dependent upon the collection of this information. Depending upon the activity, some of the information that we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.
GBN will only share your information with outside parties in ways that are described in this privacy statement or if we are required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law, cooperate with law enforcement agencies, or comply with a legal process served on our Website.
You are provided an opportunity on the GBN Website to subscribe to a periodic newsletter. This newsletter is a marketing tool that allows GBN to inform you of new Products and Services, as well as other news relevant to the company. The subscription service requires you to provide your first and last name, country, date of birth, sex, as well as your email address.
While the subscription list is maintained by a trusted third party affiliate, the list remains the sole exclusive property of GBN. Your name, date of birth, photographs if any and email address is not shared with any third party and will not be used to send you unsolicited communications. You can change your subscription preferences, including cancellation of your subscription by editing your account (profile) in the Website.
When you submit personal information to GBN through this Website, you understand and agree that this information may be transferred across national boundaries and may be stored and processed in any of the countries in which GBN and its affiliates and subsidiaries maintain offices. You also acknowledge that in certain countries or with respect to certain activities, the collection, transferring, storage, and processing of your information may be undertaken by trusted vendors, partners of GBN. Such vendors, partners are bound by contract not to use your personal information for their own purposes or provide it to any third parties.
Information Relating to Children
We recognize that children under the age of 13 may access this Website and subscribe to the newsletter, communicate with other users, take part in user ratings, utilize online software applications or download trial versions of software programs. The collection of information is covered above and shall comply with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). Parents are required to participate and control their children’s online activities.
When the child registries at the Website, he/she has to provide his/her age. Therefore if a child indicates that he/she is under 13, it will be required to add the email address of the Parents or Legal Guardians. GBN will notify them about their child registration on the Website.
Parents and Legal Guardians may request from us to review, delete or stop the collection of the personally identifiable information of their child. You may do so in one of two ways. If you know the user name and password or email address, follow the instructions below regarding Choices Available to You or you may contact us by letter, or email using the address information provided above in this statement.
GBN operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary, and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our users. Even your registration account password is encrypted before it is sent to our computers.
C. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
How your personal information is used
GBN collects your information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you select. We will use your email address to send an activation code to your account (profile) in the Website, notices about new messages, friends, congratulations with birthday and, if necessary, might use the other information to contact you for help to process the service you have selected. If you subscribe to a service, for example, the information is used to register your rights, if any, to technical support or other benefits that may be made available to registered users. Your personal information is also used to keep you informed about product upgrades, patches, special offers, and other products and services of GBN and selected third parties if you have so opted to receive such communications.
GBN may collect information about the use of the Website, such as the types of services used, general age related, geographical, sexual structure of the traffic, and how many users we receive daily. This information is collected in aggregate form, without identifying any user individually. GBN may use this aggregate, non-identifying statistical data for statistical analysis, marketing, or similar promotional purposes.
Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
GBN does use the services of third parties, such as email service providers, content providers, purchase and order processing merchants and marketing companies that act as independent contractors on behalf of GBN (the “Partners”). These parties are contractually prohibited from using personally identifiable information for any purpose other than for the purpose GBN specifies. We do provide non-personally identifiable information to certain Partners for their use on an aggregated basis for the purpose of performing their contractual obligations to us. We prohibit the sale or transfer of personal information to entities outside of GBN for their use without your approval.
In the event that all or substantially all of GBN's stock and/or assets are transferred or sold to another entity, GBN may transfer personally identifiable information to the acquiring entity. If, as a result of such a business transition, your personally identifiable information will be used in a materially different manner, you will be given choice consistent with our policy regarding notification of changes.
Choices available to you
You can always choose whether or not to disclose personally identifiable information and that choice will not prevent you from using the GBN Website. Please note, however, if you should choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with some of the services dependent upon the collection of this information.
You can choose at anytime to opt out of receiving emails from GBN or from having your personally identifiable information shared with selected companies. If you want to opt out, you can do so by editing your preferences in your account (profile) in the Website or by writing to us at the addresses mentioned above. If you elect to "opt out" we will not, as applicable, share your personal information with third parties or send you emails. However, we may continue to use your personal information for internal purposes, to enhance your user experience or as necessary to administer the site or comply with applicable law.
Our Website uses "cookie" technology. "Cookies" are short pieces of data generated by a web server that a website stores on a user's computer. Certain pages on our Website may require the use of a cookie for purposes of keeping information you enter on multiple pages together. Cookies also enable us to customize our Website and offerings to your needs and provide you with a better online experience with us. In addition, cookies are used to (i) allow registered users to sign in without typing their sign in name each time; (ii) measure usage of various pages on our Website to help us make our information; more pertinent to your needs and easy for you to access; and (iii) provide functionality such as online orders, GBN's services and other functionality that we believe would be of interest and value to you.
You may set your browser to block cookies (consult the instructions for your particular browser on how to do this), although doing so may adversely affect your ability to perform certain transactions, use certain functionality and access certain content on our Website.