Like most website operators, Home Theater Gear collects 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. Home Theater Gear’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Home Theater Gear’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Home Theater Gear may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Home Theater Gear also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Home Theater Gear only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Home Theater Gear’s websites choose to interact with Home Theater Gear in ways that require Home Theater Gear to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Home Theater Gear gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at WordPress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Home Theater Gear – by purchasing access to the Akismet comment spam prevention service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions.
In each case, Home Theater Gear collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Home Theater Gear. Home Theater Gear does 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 website-related activities.
Home Theater Gear may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Home Theater Gear may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Home Theater Gear may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Home Theater Gear does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Home Theater Gear 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 Home Theater Gear’s behalf or to provide services available at Home Theater Gear’s websites, and (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 Home Theater Gear’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
Home Theater Gear 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, Home Theater Gear discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Home Theater Gear believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Home Theater Gear, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered user of an Home Theater Gear website and have supplied your email address, Home Theater Gear 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 Home Theater Gear, home theater oriented gadgets, and the industry in general.
We primarily use our various blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Home Theater Gear takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
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