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Privacy Policy

This privacy notice describes theGeoZone.com's information practices for this website. It is directed to residents of the U.S.A., nevertheless this Privacy Policy is generally applicable worldwide. It is your assurance of our intent to guard your Privacy! Please also see our Terms of Use.



THEGEOZONE.COM PRIVACY NOTICE
EFFECTIVE: November 1, 2007

Our principal policy -- WE NEVER SELL OR SHARE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH ANY THIRD PARTY.

SUMMARY: We do not reveal any individually identifiable information collected online (such as and including your email address) with third parties, corporate affiliates, or business partners. Any information collected by theGeoZone.com is used (a) to allow you to logon and gain access to "Member's-only" features of this website, and (b) to establish the total number of members of theGeoZone.com as an aggregate statistic for our sponsors. We do not direct any part of this website specifically to children under the age of 14, or collect passive information (including cookie information) that is linked to a name or similarly specific identifier in the ordinary course of business. You may make an active choice to receive a periodic email newsletter from theGeoZone.com when and if such service is initiated by theGeoZone.com; such newsletter may contain advertising messages from our sponsors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Our Commitment To Privacy
The Information We Collect
How We Use Information
Caution! - Phishing

Our Commitment To Data Security
Our Commitment To Children's Privacy
How To Access Or Correct Your Information
How To Contact Us

OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY:

Your privacy is as important to us at theGeoZone as our own! To inform you of how we protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make a hyperlink to this page available in the footer of every page, and and at every point where personally identifiable information may be collected. We take your privacy seriously!

THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on theGeoZone.com and the (identical) GeologyPark.com website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive our newsletter. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

Membership:

The only information we collect for Basic Membership in theGeoZone is your email address, a password that you choose, and if you elect to enter it, your name. It is never shared with any third party. We will ask you to decide if you would like to receive our newsletter when and if this service is initiated. It is typically sent twice per month, but we will never contact you by email more than once a week even when significant updates or new features which may be of interest to you have been made to this website.

We will never ask for or contact you by telephone for any personal information. Cautiously consider any such request as originating from someone other than theGeoZone.com!

Links to our business Partners:

There are a number of places on this website where we provide "off site" hyperlinks to various business partners, sponsors, and advertisers from which you can order products, "Further Reading" materials, supplies, and services. It is important that you review their Privacy Policy when visiting other such websites.

In particular, theGeoZone.com provides a number of links to Amazon.com for Further Reading and other purposes which may be of interest to you. You can read Amazon's privacy policy here.

Google AdSense advertising is also displayed in theGeoZone; you can read Google's advertising privacy polict here.

Web Beacons

theGeoZone.com may use Web Beacons—also known as single pixel or clear GIFs—on our web site from time-to-time to analyze traffic patterns such as the frequency of use of particular parts of the site. This is particularly, and as of this date, only, related to determining if our visitors decide to visit Amazon.com through links on various pages. Your privacy is completely protected -- we do not collect any personal information, we simply need to understand if our visitors find it helpful to visit Amazon.com to obtain Further Reading materials. The data collected also helps us learn what information is of most interest to our visitors, and what other referrals our customers might most like to see.

Website Traffic Analysis

Through theGeoZone's various automated webserver tracking features (for the tech-saavy of you, Apache's log), we may summarize domain names, IP addresses, and browser types of people who visit our site. We use this information to track aggregate traffic patterns throughout theGeoZone's Web site. Such information is not correlated with any of your personal information, it simply assists us in bringing you the most wanted parts of this unique website, and optimizing the appearance of web pages for the browsers that you use to visit our site.

CAUTION -- PHISHING!

The Wickipedia defines phishing quite eloquently -- and our equal viewpoint is that phising is no more than blatently trying to wrongfully obtain your personal information and credit information! Be especially cautious of anyone who requests personal information from you in an email! theGeoZone.com will NEVER request personal information from you by email! Please forward any such request to us, including message headers, to abuse@theGeoZone.com!

THE WAY WE USE INFORMATION:

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with ANY outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use the information you provide about someone else (i.e. a "Ship To") when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with ANY outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our newsletter, when and if this service is made available, as well as updates on our business partners' new products and services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you indicate you would like to receive such newsletter when you fill out the registration form.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that 'nnn' number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, but we do not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals -- i.e. you!

Finally, we will never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without first providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY:

To prevent unauthorized access to your information, theGeoZone maintains data security, network security, and ensures the intended use of your information. We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

OUR COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN'S PRIVACY:

Protecting the privacy of the young is especially important to us as parents. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 14, and no part of our website is intentionally structured to attract anyone under 14. That being said, the educational content of our website may be independantly promoted to minors by school systems, educators, colleges, universities, and other individuals and organizations.

HOW YOU CAN ACCESS OR CORRECT YOUR INFORMATION:

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by contacting members@thegeozone.com. We use this procedure to further safeguard your information.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

HOW TO CONTACT US:

Should you have other questions or concerns about our privacy policies, please send us an email at contact@theGeoZone.com.