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Privacy Statement

PRIVACY POLICY - COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY

This site is owned and operated by PEN & PAPER GAMES. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. At PEN & PAPER GAMES, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

INFORMATION PEN & PAPER GAMES GATHERS AND TRACKS

PEN & PAPER GAMES gathers two types of information about users:
* Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend, and from participation in polls and surveys:
* Information PEN & PAPER GAMES gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and to help our advertisers and sponsors better understand the demographics of our audience. Because PEN & PAPER GAMES derives its revenue mainly from sponsorships and advertising, providing such aggregated demographic data is essential to keeping our service free to users. Under no circumstances does PEN & PAPER GAMES divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

PEN & PAPER GAMES Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information

We offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

1. Forums / Player Registry policy
Users of the site's Message Boards and Forums must register separately for these services in order to post messages, although they needn't register to visit the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, birth date, and email address. Userís email addresses will not be shared with other members unless the user specifically consents. As PEN & PAPER GAMES offers a Private Messaging service, users neednít divulge your email address to communicate privately with other members.

During the registration process, users may also provide optional information for use on the Player Registry. Optional information is generally publicly viewable by any visitor to the site to view on your player profile. Although your street address is not shared, the Google Map may provide enough detail for a userís address to be evident if a specific address is given. For this reason, PEN & PAPER GAMES recommends providing the nearest crossroads to your location instead of your physical address.

3. "E-mail this to a friend" policy
Our site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page, or documents to someone else by clicking "e-mail this to a friend". The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.

Children

Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking

PEN & PAPER GAMES tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. PEN & PAPER GAMES does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).
PEN & PAPER GAMES sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.

Cookies

We may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. PEN & PAPER GAMES uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). Our advertising system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad impressions and click rates.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys.

Privacy Policy Use

USE OF INFORMATION
PEN & PAPER GAMES uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. PEN & PAPER GAMES never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.

When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.

PEN & PAPER GAMES creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don't track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SHARING OF THE INFORMATION
PEN & PAPER GAMES uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share personally identifying or contact information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public. PEN & PAPER GAMES may share profile information with partnering websites solely for the purpose of enhancing our player matching services. You may, however, opt-out of sharing your profile information with third-party websites.

OPT-OUT POLICY
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
* Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters and email notifications.
* Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users
* Opting not to participate in sharing member profile information with partnering websites.
YOUR CONSENT
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by PEN & PAPER GAMES. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

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