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Associated Desert Shoppers Online Privacy Policy


Online Privacy Policy

Associated Desert Shoppers (ADS) is committed to user privacy in our products and services. This policy outlines our personal information handling practices. If you give us personal information, we will treat it according to this policy. This policy covers only ADS's Web site. Some of our sister-companies, advertisers, or corporate programs have their own, possibly different, policies. ADS encourages you to read this privacy policy and those of all Web sites you visit.

Information Collection & Use

REGISTRATION: In order to use some pages inside Associated Desert Shopper's (ADS) Web site, you may have to complete a registration form and/or create a user name and password. During registration you are required to give contact information (such as name and email address). We use this information to count our visitors that download current issues or browse our publications online as being included in our total number of readers.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us, we may send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email or telephone, in accordance with your wishes.

ADS is the sole owner of the information collected on greenandwhitesheet.com. ADS collects personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on our Web site.

ORDERS: If you purchase a product or service from us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. You must provide contact information (such as name, email, and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date).

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

APPLICATION FORMS: If you apply for a loan (credit account) on our site, we require that you provide certain personally identifiable information, including your name, address, phone number, credit card number and Social Security number. This information is necessary to process your application and to contact you.

If you apply for a position (employment) on our site, we require that you provide certain personally identifiable information, including your name, address, phone number, work history, salary history, education, Social Security number, and other information that is deemed necessary for pre-employment checks. ADS is a "Drug-Free Work Environment" and all applicants are also required to submit to a drug screening test prior to employment.

SOCIAL SECURIY NUMBERS: Social Security numbers are collected only for employment records and/or for financial credit checks and are used only for those purposes.

SURVEYS OR CONTESTS: From time-to-time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our site. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name, address and telephone number), and demographic information (such as zip code).

We use this information to notify contest winners and award prizes, to monitor site traffic or personalize the site and in the case of anonymous information collected in surveys, to send participants an email, newsletter or results of the survey.

We may use a third party service provider to conduct these surveys or contests; that company will be prohibited from using our users' personally identifiable information for any other purpose. We will not share the personally identifiable information you provide through a contest or survey with other third parties unless we give you prior notice and choice.

Uses of Information

SUPPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATION: In order to provide certain services to you, we may on occasion supplement the personal information you submitted to us with information from third party sources.

CREDIT CHECK: To determine if you qualify for a credit account, we use your name and social security number to request a credit report.

AGENTS: We may use an outside shipping company to fulfill orders or to send requested information to you, and a credit card processing company to bill you for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site. We use both session ID cookies and/or persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as contests or surveys, will be limited. Some of our business partners (e.g., advertisers) use cookies on their sites. We have no access to or control over these cookies. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by greenandwhitesheet.com only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Links to other sites

This Web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by ADS. Please be aware that we, ADS, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Business transactions

In the event ADS, Inc. goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via phone, mail, email or prominent notice on our Web site for 30 days, of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.

Changes in this Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Associated Desert Shoppers
73-400 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 779-8687
E-Mail: Customer Service
www.greenandwhitesheet.com