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Market Hardware Privacy Policy  

MarketHardware.com, Market Hardware's products and services, and all Market Hardware accounts are part of the Market Hardware network ("MarketHardware.com"), which is owned and operated by Market Hardware, Inc. ("Market Hardware"). This privacy policy statement has been created in order to publish our firm commitment to the privacy of our customers and our partners. This statement discloses the information-gathering and dissemination practices on MarketHardware.com and in the servicing of customer requests from our operations center, and across the connections of which these two services are a part.

MarketHardware.com collects information in order to better serve our customers. This information allows us to provide specialized information and services, including discounts and commerce opportunities, and to create a valuable community in which to discuss thoughts, issues and experiences. MarketHardware.com, Market Hardware, Inc. and its affiliates will use the information we collect to provide you with these valuable services, and we will NOT sell your information to other companies without your consent.

1. The Information We Gather.

Registration Information -- To process your application for a Market Hardware account, or to register your Market Hardware account online, we require users to give us contact information (like their name, street address and e-mail address), demographic information (like their state, zip code, birth date, gender, professional affiliation and status), and payment information (a credit card). We may share certain of your information with third parties who issue or manufacture the Market Hardware merhcant accounts. We also use your information to send you information about our company and promotional material on behalf of our partners, to notify winners of sweepstakes or contests, and to contact you when necessary. You may opt out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

Transaction Information - We may continually gather data concerning your transactions with us, our partners or others. This information may include your Market Hardware account usage and other information. We use this data to provide you with better information, discounts and other offerings across our sites and from third parties.

Surveys -- Surveys on our site ask visitors for contact information (like their e-mail address). We use contact data from our surveys to send users confirmation of having successfully submitted the survey, information about our company and promotional material on behalf of our partners. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

Contests/Promotions -- We run contests on our site in which we ask visitors for contact information (like their e-mail address). We use contact data from our contests to send users confirmation of having successfully entered the contest, to notify the winners of contests, information about our company and promotional material on behalf of our partners. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

Co-branded account Applications and Offers -- In order to receive special offers from certain of our partners that are identified by name ("Co-Branded Partners"), you may be asked to provide additional personally identifiable information. Information submitted in conjunction with an offer made by a Co-Branded Partner may be shared with the Co-Branded Partner, in which case the Co-Branded Partners' use of such information will be governed by the privacy policy of that particular Co-Branded Partner. Check the Co-Branded Partner's site for specifics.

Prospect Information -- Our also collects prospect information from our users. Our users may provide another person's information, such as their friend's e-mail address, in order to send them content or offerings from our site. The prospect's information is only used for the purpose for which it was submitted. This prospect information will never be shared with third party advertisers. We will never sell or release the prospect information to anyone, except when required by law. Prospects may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

IP Address - Sites on our may track your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Web site. Your IP address is used to help identify you and your shopping cart and to gather broad demographic information.

Cookies -- MarketHardware uses "cookies" (a small data file that's stored on your hard drive) to save your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit. We do not use cookies to retrieve personal information from your computer. The cookie we give you stores your user id and tells us whether you've logged in or not. We need to know who you are so we can do things like show you your personal e-mail instead of showing you somebody else's. If you have your browser set to not accept cookies, then you won't be able to log into parts of the site or access most of our products. We may also use cookies to track the performance of promotions and offerings on websites on our .

At times, some of the advertisers on our site set cookies when you select their advertising banner or other forms of advertising. While we use cookies in other parts of our (as noted above), any information collected by cookies received with banner ads are collected by those advertisers (or their third-party ad serving company or other agents), and we do not always have access to that information. The advertiser's (and/or its third-party ad serving company's or other agent's) privacy policy will govern the use of this information, and Market Hardware is not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties.

'Powered By' Content - In certain cicumstances we may provide content that is 'powered by', 'provided by' and co-branded with other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. As a general rule you should always look for and review a site's privacy policy before giving out any personal information.

External Links --MarketHardware.com contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. As a general rule you should always look for and review a site's privacy policy before giving out any personal information.

2. How We Use and Disclose Your Information

We use your information to deliver personalized services, content, discounts and advertisements to enhance your experience with us. For example, we may send you an e-mail with a special offer or discount from one of our affiliates, divisions or participating sponsors on 'Holiday Cards' because you selected "word of mouth marketing" as an area of interest under your personal profile when you registered to use MarketHardware.com .

We do not sell your personally identifiable information to third parties or mass marketers without your consent. For example, we will not sell another company your name or e-mail address without your consent. Unless you consent to the disclosure of your personally identifiable information, only we and our affiliates, our technical consultants, third party auditors and other third parties who make our site available, enhance its functionality, or provide associated services and/or who deal with you in delivering content, samples, products, and gifts and prizes, have access to this information, and we require them to agree that they are covered by this policy. Please note that we do reserve the right to transfer your personally identifiable information and other information to our successors in business and purchasers of site assets.

On occasion, we may ask for your consent to share particular data with a third party. In addition, we reserve the right, without disclosing your personally identifiable information to third parties, to use the information you provide to offer you additional Market Hardware products or third party products and services that we think will be of interest to you. If you respond to such an offer and contact a third party, that third party's privacy policy will apply to any information you provide and/or that is collected by such third party. Similarly, as noted above, information submitted in conjunction with an offer made by a Co-Branded Partner may be shared with the Co-Branded Partner, in which case the Co-Branded Partners' use of such information will be governed by the privacy policy of that particular Co-Branded Partner.

We also do disclose aggregated data to our advertisers and Co-Branded Partners and other third parties to generate reports, marketing and technical research and for related business purposes. For example, we tell advertisers how many people saw or clicked on an ad and additionally, how many people saw or clicked on ads in different portions of our service. Where available, we may offer additional information about viewer characteristics. However, this does not include personally identifiable information about you or your online usage patterns. Our advertisers allow us to provide our service to you. In return, they need to know how to effectively place their ads to potential customers.

You have the option to subscribe to receive various e-mail mail and/or mobile phone updates when you register on certain sites on our . We will use these updates to provide you with additional discounts, special offers, site upgrades, new features, events, promotions, and much more. You have the option to e-mail us to opt out of receiving the e-mails. You also have the option to opt out of receiving mobile phone communications by emailing Member Services or changing the preferences on your account.

On occasion, Market Hardware may use content you post in chat rooms and discussions or any other public section of the site for promotional purposes, in e-mail newsletters, in promotional collateral, or elsewhere, both on its own and aggregated with any other information you provide through the , and by using any site in our you agree that we may do so. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in these areas, since anyone - not just Market Hardware - may use publicly posted information. (You may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.)

We participate in programs where certain companies ("Participating Companies") direct users to our site or provide certain incentives or benefits to our users. If you are directed to a service in our site by such a program (a "Participating Company Program") and you provide or we collect personally identifiable information or non-personally identifiable information in connection with the Participating Company Program, we may share this information with other parties that are participants in the Participating Company Program or that administer the Participating Company Program. For example, if you come to MarketHardware.com as a referral from an online affiliate program, we may have a contractual obligation to make payments to and send certain corresponding information to the affiliate site that linked you to us and to a separate entity, if any, that administers the affiliate program.

Information obtained in connection with any service on the may be intermingled with and used by us in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than that service, including both offline and online sources, both on and off the .

Opt-out Policy

While using our services , you have the option to sign up for account information, e-mail updates and other messages when you sign up for a Market Hardware account or register to use certain services on MarketHardware.com. You will also have the option to opt out of receiving the updates. The email opt-out messaging will appear at the bottom of every e-mail that is sent out to your account. You can also opt-out of email communications by changing your account preferences online.

Improper Conduct

The above opt out restrictions will not apply in the event that you engage in certain improper conduct. Specifically, Market Hardware shall have the right to itself use or release to third parties personally identifiable information regarding users who are suspected of having used MarketHardware.com or any other service we provide for fraudulent purposes or in the event that a user has otherwise violated any law, rule or regulation or the rights of third parties -- including licensing violations regarding works of art created on MarketHardware.com -- or having engaged in any conduct which Market Hardware deems improper. By using any service on MarketHardware.com, you are agreeing to our use or release of the information you provide in any manner we deem appropriate or necessary if you are suspected of having engaged in any conduct which Market Hardware deems improper or damaging.

Data and Security

MarketHardware.com has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We have made the effort to ensure that our secure server software (SSL) is the industry standard for secure commerce transactions. Our SSL technology encrypts your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, to protect the information as it travels over the Internet. We also take contractual and administrative steps to protect against unauthorized access to and disclosure of individually identifiable information. If, in the course of their employment, Market Hardware employees acquire confidential or proprietary information belonging to Market Hardware or its users, such information will be handled in confidence and may not be disclosed to unauthorized third parties. Please note, however, that no data transmission over the Internet is ever 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that you transmit through our services.

Protection for Minors

We are parents too! We have no intention of collecting personally identifiable information from children or anyone under the age of 18. Where appropriate, we take reasonable measures to inform children not to submit such information to our site. If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, that child's parent or guardian should contact Customer Service at privacy@MarketHardware.com, if they would like the information submitted by the child deleted from our database. We will use all reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database.

Your Consent

By using MarketHardware.com, you consent to the collection, use, and storage of your personal and non-personal information as indicated above. You also authorize the export of personal information and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us. Our offices are located in the USA in Bethesda, Maryland. However, this policy and our legal obligations are subject to the laws of Delaware and the USA, regardless of the location of any user. Any claim or complaint must be filed in the USA in the State of Delaware.

We may amend our Privacy Policy, however if we change our Privacy Policy, we will always post those changes on this page, so you can be aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it. Any changes will only apply to information collected after the change is posted to this site.

Questions

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the practices of MarketHardware.com, or your dealings with MarketHardware.com, you can e-mail us at legal@MarketHardware.com, or send mail to us at MarketHardware.com, 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 312, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

If you have any questions about the Market Hardware site or Market Hardware's products please e-mail us at info@MarketHardware.com, or send us mail at 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 312, Bethesda, Maryland 20814



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