Following is a complete description of our privacy practices.
The information we collect is broken down into three major categories.
Anonymous data is information that is not linked to you personally and is not used to track you individually in any way. It includes such things as:
For example, we might know that someone using Internet Explorer 7.0 with an IP address of 207.422.281.51 came to us at 10:00 p.m. on March 19th from a Google search, stayed for 5 minutes and viewed our Home Page and Message Boards. This information does not identify you personally and it is not linked to any of your personal information such as your name or address.
Personal data is anything that identifies you personally, such as your:
Aggregate data. Sometimes we combine personal data about our customers so we can learn more about them. For example, we might prepare a report analyzing how many of our customers live in the U.S. or how many have played more than 5 seasons. When we aggregate data, we never identify individual users Ė so we would report on how many people live in the U.S., but not who those individuals are.
There are a number of different ways that a web site can collect information. This section briefly describes these collection methods and how Sim Dynasty uses them.
Log Files are records that we create automatically when somebody visits our web site. Our log files only collect anonymous data; nothing in our log files identifies you personally. Although some web sites combine the information from their log files with personal data they collect about you, Sim Dynasty does not do this. We do not link any of the anonymous data from our log files with any personal data you provide to us.
By themselves, cookies generally donít do much of anything. However, a web site can link the cookie on your machine to other information it has about you. Cookies can be very helpful, doing things like remembering your login ID and password, customizing the information you see on the site or remembering the address where you want orders delivered.
There are two types of cookies: first-party cookies and third-party cookies. When the site you visit places a cookie on your machine, it is a first-party cookie. Sometimes a web site hires another company to serve advertisements, count site visitors or operate a message board. If those other companies place cookies on your machine, they are third-party cookies.
In order to keep down the cost of owning a team, we may use outside companies to place banner ads on the Sim Dynasty site. These companies often use third-party cookies to help track and measure these advertisements. Sim Dynasty also uses first-party cookies to remember your ID and password; see below for more details on what we use first and third party cookies for.
Beacon GIFs are also known as 1x1 pixels, clear GIFs, web bugs and web beacons. Beacon GIFs are images on a web site that are downloaded from somewhere other than the site youíre visiting. While you retrieve the image from this third-party web site, that site can record:
The companies that serve our advertisements may uses beacon GIFs to help track and measure the ads they place; see below for more details on what they use beacon GIFs for.
Registration form. You must register to play Sim Dynasty. The form to do so asks for some mandatory information and other information that is optional. We require you to provide your name, e-mail address and Zip code. You must also select a user name and password. If you are joining a multi-season league that requires payment, we require the necessary information for your credit card or PayPal account. We also ask you for your address and telephone number, but this information is optional.
When you register, you can indicate whether or not you want to receive special offers or be contacted about league news. You also have the option to allow other members to see your e-mail address. Owners are only permitted to use these e-mail addresses for offering trades and other Sim Dynasty business. Any use of these addresses for anything other than Sim Dynasty business is strictly prohibited. Violators will receive one warning and then be expelled from the league. Please note that if you choose to reveal your information to other owners, Sim Dynasty is not responsible for violations of this policy. You can always update your contact preferences by visiting the Owner Profile page.
Anonymous data is used to analyze traffic patterns and improve the site. We use it to learn what parts of the site are popular and which are not used often. We also study how many visitors we get so we can make sure we have enough bandwidth available to keep the site running quickly.
Aggregate data is used to understand the characteristics of our customer base so we can attract potential advertisers. We only tell the advertisers general information about our customers as a whole; your personal information is not shared with them. See below for more details.
First-party cookies are used by Sim Dynasty to remember your User ID while you move from page to page on the site; this allows us to identify which team you control. When you log in, Sim Dynasty offers to remember your login name and password so you donít have to retype that information every time you visit the site. If you allow Sim Dynasty to remember your login name and password, the cookie will stay on your computer; otherwise the cookie is deleted when you close your browser. We do not use our first-party cookies to track your activities on the Internet; we use them solely to make using our site more convenient.
Third-party cookies. The companies we use to place ads on our site may use a third-party cookie to track how many ads we present and how many people click on those ads. These cookies do not contain (or link to) any of your personal information and cannot be used to identify you individually.
Beacon GIFs . The companies we use to place ads on our site may use beacon GIFs in conjunction with their third-party cookie to track how many ads we present and how many people click on those ads. These beacon GIFs do not contain or link to any of your personal information and cannot be used to identify you individually.
Registration form . We use the information collected on our registration forms to set up and administer your account. If you sign up for a dynasty league, we will use the credit card or PayPal information you provide to bill you. We will use your e-mail address to send you updates about changes to our policies, to contact you if there is a problem with your account, or to respond to an e-mail you send to us.
Game play. We use your e-mail address to notify you if a player is injured or if you receive a trade offer. When you register you can indicate whether or not you want to receive these notices. You can always change your mind later by visiting the Owner Profile page.
Marketing offers. We reserve the right to occasionally use your e-mail address to send you information on other products you might find interesting. If you prefer, when you register you can opt not to receive such e-mails by unchecking the box on the registration page. You can also opt-out of these e-mails at any time by visiting the Edit Profile page.
Service providers are companies we hire to help us administer the Sim Dynasty web site. We may share your personal information with these companies, but they are only permitted to use your information for the service they provide. We may use service providers to host the Sim Dynasty web site, deliver e-mails to our customers, process credit card payments or serve ads on our web site.
Advertisers. In order to attract advertisers, we provide them with aggregate data about our web site visitors and customers. We never give an outside advertising company any of your personal information.
Other owners. During registration or by visiting the Owner Profile page, you can allow other owners to see your name and e-mail address. Owners are only allowed to use your e-mail address to make trades offers and conduct similar league business. This policy also applies to any personal information you post on the message board. Violators are not tolerated and will only receive one warning before being expelled from the league. Please note that if you choose to reveal your information to other owners, Sim Dynasty is not responsible for violations of this policy.
Exceptional circumstances. Following are a few special situations that may require us to release your personal information to a third party.
The Edit Profile page. Our customers are very important to us, and we give you full control over how we contact you. The Owner Profile page allows you to indicate whether you want other owners to see your e-mail address, if you want e-mail updates on player injuries and trade offers, and if you would like to receive occasional offers for other products you might find interesting.
Sim Dynasty updates. We use your e-mail address to send you updates about changes to our policies or to contact you if there is a problem with your account. You can opt-out of these important announcements by followng the link at the bottom of one of these messages.
You can see and change the information we have about you by visiting the Owner Profile page. Please note that certain information is required in order for you to participate in the game and for auditing and compliance purposes.
When you enter your credit card information to pay for a dynasty league, we protect that information using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, which is recognized as an industry standard in encryption technology. After billing you, we delete your credit card number from our records so that it is not accidentally exposed or we store it in an off-line database that is not accessible through the Internet. Since the other data we collect is not particularly sensitive, we only use encryption when we are collecting payment.
No children under 13 are permitted to participate in Sim Dynasty.
Limits of responsibility. Please note that if you reveal your e-mail address to other members or reveal personal information about yourself on our message board, Sim Dynasty is not responsible for any inappropriate use of this information by other members. The Sim Dynasty site may contain links to other sites; please note we are not responsible for the privacy practices of any other sites.