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APUG.ORG Terms of Service

APUG.ORG Terms of Use Agreement

July 10th, 2006

APUG.ORG is an international forum community. The services offered by APUG.ORG ("APUG.ORG" or "we") include the APUG.ORG website (the "Analog Photography Users Group" or "APUG"), and any other features, content, applications and spin-off websites offered by APUG.ORG in connection with the APUG Website (collectively, the "APUG Services"). The APUG Services are hosted in the U.S.

This Terms of Use Agreement ("Agreement") sets forth the legally binding terms for your use of the APUG Services. By using the APUG Services, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, whether you are a "Visitor" (which means that you simply browse the APUG Website) or you are a "Member" (which means that you have registered with APUG.ORG) or you are a "Subscriber" (which means that you are a registered and paying member). The term "User" refers to a Visitor, Member, or a Subscriber. You are only authorized to use the APUG Services (regardless of whether your access or use is intended) if you agree to abide by all applicable laws and to this Agreement. Please read this Agreement carefully and save it. If you do not agree with it, you should leave the APUG Website and discontinue use of the APUG Services immediately. If you wish to become a Member, communicate with other Members and make use of the APUG Services, you must read this Agreement and indicate your acceptance during the Registration process.

This Agreement includes APUG.ORG's policy for acceptable use of the APUG Services and Content posted on the APUG Website, your rights, obligations and restrictions regarding your use of the APUG Services and APUG.ORG's Privacy Policy. In order to participate in certain APUG Services, you may be notified that you are required to download software or content and/or agree to additional terms and conditions. Unless otherwise provided by the additional terms and conditions applicable to the APUG Services in which you choose to participate, those additional terms are hereby incorporated into this Agreement. You may receive a copy of this Agreement by emailing us at: admin@apug.org, Subject: Terms of Use Agreement.

APUG.ORG may modify this Agreement from time to time and such modification shall be effective upon posting by APUG.ORG on the APUG Website. You agree to be bound to any changes to this Agreement when you use the APUG Services after any such modification is posted. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes.

Please choose carefully the information you post on APUG.ORG and that you provide to other Users. Your APUG.ORG profile may not include the following items: telephone numbers, street addresses, and any photographs containing obscene, lewd, excessively violent, harassing, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable subject matter. Despite this prohibition, information provided by other APUG.ORG Members (for instance, in their Profile) may contain inaccurate, inappropriate, offensive or sexually explicit material, products or services, and APUG.ORG assumes no responsibility or liability for this material. If you become aware of misuse of the APUG Services by any person, please click on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any APUG.ORG page to notify us.

APUG.ORG reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post or remove any posting (including private messages) by you, or to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the APUG Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice, and without liability.

1. Eligibility. Use of and Membership in the APUG Services is void where prohibited. By using the APUG Services, you represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (c) you are 13 years of age or older; and (d) your use of the APUG Services does not violate any applicable law or regulation. Your profile may be deleted and your Membership may be terminated without warning, if we believe that you are under 13 years of age. 2. Term. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect while you use the APUG Services or are a Member. You may terminate your Membership at any time, for any reason, by no longer using APUG. APUG.ORG may terminate your Membership at any time, without warning. Even after Membership is terminated, this Agreement will remain in effect, including sections 5-17. 3. Fees. You acknowledge that APUG.ORG reserves the right to charge for the APUG Services and to change its fees from time to time in its discretion. If APUG.ORG terminates your Membership because you have breached the Agreement, you shall not be entitled to the refund of any unused portion of subscription fees. 4. Password. When you sign up to become a Member, you will also be asked to choose a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree not to use the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or to disclose your password to any third party. You agree to notify APUG.ORG immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password. You are solely responsible for any and all use of your account. Also, APUG will not log you out of the website automatically, it is your responsibility to click the "Log Out" link on the menu bar to to log out of APUG. 5. Non-commercial Use by Members. The APUG Services are for the personal use of Members only and may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors except those that are specifically endorsed or approved by APUG.ORG. Illegal and/or unauthorized use of the APUG Services, including collecting usernames and/or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email or unauthorized framing of or linking to the APUG Website is prohibited. Commercial advertisements, affiliate links, and other forms of solicitation may be removed from Member profiles without notice and may result in termination of Membership privileges. Appropriate legal action will be taken for any illegal or unauthorized use of the APUG Services. 6. Proprietary Rights in Content on APUG.ORG. 1. APUG.ORG does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you post to the APUG Services. After posting your Content to the APUG Services, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the APUG Services, you hereby grant to APUG.ORG a permanent license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on and through the APUG Services. We will not delete your account or posts should you choose to no longer participate using APUG Services, however you may request your real name be changed to an anonymous name if needed. To end your use of APUG Services simply refrain from visiting APUG.ORG.

Without this license, APUG.ORG would be unable to provide the APUG Services. The license you grant to APUG.ORG is non-exclusive (meaning you are free to license your Content to anyone else in addition to APUG.ORG), fully-paid and royalty-free (meaning that APUG.ORG is not required to pay you for the use on the APUG Services of the Content that you post), sublicensable (so that APUG.ORG is able to use its affiliates and subcontractors such as Internet content delivery networks to provide the APUG Services), and worldwide (because the Internet and the APUG Services are global in reach). This license will remain in effect even if you decide to stop using APUG Services. The license does not grant APUG.ORG the right to sell your Content, nor does the license grant APUG.ORG the right to distribute your Content outside of the APUG Services. 2. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the APUG Services or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the posting of your Content on or through the APUG Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of any Content posted by you to or through the APUG Services. 3. The APUG Services contain Content of APUG.ORG ("APUG.ORG Content"). APUG.ORG Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and APUG.ORG owns and retains all rights in the APUG.ORG Content and the APUG Services. APUG.ORG hereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable license to reproduce and display the APUG.ORG Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the APUG Website and using the APUG Services. 4. The APUG Services contain Content of Users and other APUG.ORG licensors. Except for Content posted by you, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through the APUG Services. 7. Content Posted. 1. APUG.ORG may delete any Content that in the sole judgment of APUG.ORG violates this Agreement or which may be offensive, illegal or violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of any person. APUG.ORG assumes no responsibility for monitoring the APUG Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time APUG.ORG chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor the APUG Services, APUG.ORG nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the Content, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of the User submitting any such Content. 2. You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on or through any of the APUG Services, and any material or information that you transmit to other Members and for your interactions with other Users. APUG.ORG does not endorse and has no control over the Content. Content is not necessarily reviewed by APUG.ORG prior to posting and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of APUG.ORG. APUG.ORG makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the Content or to the accuracy and reliability of the Content or any material or information that you transmit to other Members. 8. Content/Activity Prohibited. The following is a partial list of the kind of Content that is illegal or prohibited to post on or through the APUG Services. APUG.ORG reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in APUG.ORG's sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, removing the offending communication from the APUG Services and terminating the Membership of such violators. Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to Content that, in the sole discretion of APUG.ORG: 1. is patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; 2. harasses or advocates harassment of another person; 3. exploits people in a sexual or violent manner; 4. contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website; 5. solicits personal information from anyone under 18; 6. provides any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, URLs or email addresses; 7. promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory, volatile, or libelous; 8. promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files; 9. involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming"; 10. contains restricted or password only access pages or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page); 11. furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses; 12. solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other Users; 13. involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, workshops, advertising, or pyramid schemes; 14. includes a photograph of another person that you have posted without that person's consent; or 15. for profiles, uses sexually suggestive imagery or any other unfair, misleading or deceptive Content intended to draw traffic to the profile.

The following is a partial list of the kind of activity that is illegal or prohibited on the APUG Website and through your use of the APUG Services. APUG.ORG reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in APUG.ORG's sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, reporting you to law enforcement authorities. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to: 1. criminal or tortious activity, including child pornography, fraud, trafficking in obscene material, drug dealing, gambling, harassment, stalking, spamming, spimming, sending of viruses or other harmful files, copyright infringement, patent infringement, or theft of trade secrets; 2. advertising to, or solicitation of, any Member to buy or sell any products or services through the APUG Services. You may not transmit any chain letters or junk email to other Members. It is also a violation of these rules to use any information obtained from the APUG Services in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any Member without their prior explicit consent. In order to protect our Members from such advertising or solicitation, APUG.ORG reserves the right to restrict the number of emails which a Member may send to other Members in any 24-hour period to a number which APUG.ORG deems appropriate in its sole discretion. If you breach this Agreement and send unsolicited bulk email, instant messages or other unsolicited communications of any kind through the APUG Services, you acknowledge that you will have caused substantial harm to APUG.ORG, but that the amount of such harm would be extremely difficult to ascertain. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, you agree to pay APUG.ORG $50 for each such unsolicited email or other unsolicited communication you send through the APUG Services; 3. covering or obscuring the banner advertisements on APUG.ORG, or any APUG.ORG page via HTML/CSS or any other means is discouraged; 4. any automated use of the system, such as using scripts to send comments or messages; 5. interfering with, disrupting, or creating an undue burden on the APUG Services or the networks or services connected to the APUG Services; 6. attempting to impersonate another Member or person; 7. for profiles, copying the code for your APUG profile and embedding it into other profiles or asking other Members to embed it into their profiles; 8. using the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or disclosing your password to any third party or permitting any third party to access your account; 9. selling or otherwise transferring your profile; 10. using any information obtained from the APUG Services in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person; 11. displaying an advertisement on your profile (contact us if you are unsure), or accepting payment or anything of value from a third person in exchange for your performing any commercial activity on or through the APUG Services on behalf of that person, such as placing commercial content on your profile, posting blogs or bulletins with a commercial purpose, selecting a profile with a commercial purpose as one of your friends, or sending private messages with a commercial purpose; or 12. using the APUG Services in a manner inconsistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations. 9. Copyright Policy. You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. It is the policy of APUG.ORG to terminate Membership privileges of any Member who repeatedly infringes the copyright rights of others upon receipt of prompt notification to APUG.ORG by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent. Without limiting the foregoing, if you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the APUG Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information: (i) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (ii) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (iii) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the APUG Services; (iv) your address, telephone number, and email address; (v) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf. APUG.ORG's Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows: Clicking the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every APUG.ORG page 10. Member Disputes. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other APUG.ORG Members. APUG.ORG reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members and intervene as we see fit. 11. Privacy. Use of the APUG Services is also governed by our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference. 12. Disclaimers. APUG.ORG is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate Content posted on the APUG Website or in connection with the APUG Services, whether caused by Users of the APUG Services or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the APUG Services. Profiles created and posted by Members on the APUG Website may contain links to other websites. APUG.ORG is not responsible for the Content, accuracy or opinions expressed on such websites, and such websites are in no way investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by APUG.ORG. Inclusion of any linked website on the APUG Services does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked website by APUG.ORG. When you access these third-party sites, you do so at your own risk. APUG.ORG takes no responsibility for third party advertisements which are posted on this APUG Website or through the APUG Services, nor does it take any responsibility for the goods or services provided by its advertisers. APUG.ORG is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any User of the APUG Services. APUG.ORG assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any User or Member communication. APUG.ORG is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or private messages due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any of the APUG Services or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Users or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials in connection with the APUG Services. Under no circumstances shall APUG.ORG be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the APUG Services, attendance at a APUG.ORG event, from any Content posted on or through the APUG Services, or from the conduct of any Users of the APUG Services, whether online or offline. The APUG Services are provided "AS-IS" and as available and APUG.ORG expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. APUG.ORG cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the APUG Services. 13. Limitation on Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL APUG.ORG BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, EVEN IF APUG.ORG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, APUG.ORG'S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO APUG.ORG FOR THE APUG SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP. 14. U.S. Export Controls. Software available in connection with the APUG Services (the "Software") is further subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from the APUG Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk. 15. Disputes. If there is any dispute about or involving the APUG Services, you agree that the dispute shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA, without regard to conflict of law provisions and you agree to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts of the United States located in the State of California, City of Los Angeles. Either APUG.ORG or you may demand that any dispute between APUG.ORG and you about or involving the APUG Services must be settled by arbitration utilizing the dispute resolution procedures of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in Los Angeles, California, USA, provided that the foregoing shall not prevent APUG.ORG from seeking injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction. 16. Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold APUG.ORG, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the APUG Services in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or if any Content that you post on the APUG Website or through the APUG Services causes APUG.ORG to be liable to another. 17. Other. This Agreement is accepted upon your use of the APUG Website or any of the APUG Services and is further affirmed by you becoming a Member. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and APUG.ORG regarding the use of the APUG Services. The failure of APUG.ORG to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Please contact us at: Use the "Contact Us" link on the bottom of every APUG.ORG page with any questions regarding this Agreement.




By using APUG Services, you agree that:

Staff (includes owners and moderators)

-staff here will not be held responsible for anyone else’s actions.
-staff reserves the right to edit or delete posts without explanation, if they are in violation of these rules or any law. We make every effort to give an explanation, but depending on the nature of the thread one may not be needed.
-staff reserves the right to take any system action deemed necessary against those that do not follow the rules below.
-staff reserves the right to move or delete threads that are not posted in the appropriate forum.
-Although staff do not and cannot review every single message posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever.
-any hostility or combative behavior towards our staff (online or offline) for a moderation decision they have made will not be tolerated. All concerns regarding a moderators decision should be directed to the site admin/owner via the apug "contact us" link.

Members (includes standard members and subscribers)

-Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of these rules.
-You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless APUG.ORG owners & staff with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s) or forum behavior. We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
-You agree to post only materials to which you have copyright, permission or references to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarize, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, and publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
-When posting comments regarding organizations or individuals inside or outside of APUG, should those organizations or individuals ask for removal of that material we may accommodate them in some cases.
-you will not post any messages or links that lead to obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, or threatening material, or material that violates any laws.
-APUG does not tolerate personal attacks and will delete such posts and ban users if necessary.
-If a staff member contacts you asking for changes in your posting style or habits, abide by them or face the consequences.
-If you vehemently disagree with a moderators decision contact the site admin/owner via the "contact us" link -DO NOT TAKE IT OUT ON THE MODERATOR. Do not post a thread to discuss your disagreement, and do not send hostile messages to staff. We are very protective of our moderation staff and will swiftly remove accounts that show hostility towards them.
-Cursing/swearing is tolerated but not encouraged. Keep in mind that there may be younger members visiting this site. Excessive swearing or swearing in topic titles could result in being banned.
-You may not start fights or induce fights in the forums. Use private means to resolve a dispute. Open flaming will result in removed posts, possible warnings and/or bans.
-Do not cross post a message in the forums (posting the same thread in multiple forums for more help/attention). Pick a forum, post the message, and let it be.
-no general politics (if the thread involves photography it may be allowed until it becomes unproductive, then it will be moved to the "Soap Box Forum")
-no religious discussions
-no digital vs. traditional threads
-Spamming is not tolerated. If it becomes blatant that your signature and user account are nothing more than a ploy for self promoting your products you may be warned or banned. Active members who contribute to the community are allowed signature links to their business or websites.
-If you are engaged in a constructive argument, make sure your posts are clear and that you aren't inadvertently starting a flame war.
-In some extreme cases we may place you on a "watchlist", which means you can post messages but we must approve them first. We will let you know if you have been placed on the watchlist and explain why. Do not try to argue a case against being placed on the watchlist, or how long you will be on the watchlist. Post approvals for watchlist users happen several times a day, please do not ask when your post will be approved. We will not waste time explaining why certain posts will not be approved.
-Use common sense when posting.
-Questions regarding digital techniques connected with traditional processes should be posted in the Alt. Process "hybrid" subforum.

APUG.ORG Privacy Policy

Privacy policy

Overall privacy statement We take your privacy seriously. Because we gather certain types of information about our users we want to help you understand the terms and conditions surrounding the collection and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses the types of information we gather, how we use it, and how to correct or change it. These privacy practices apply to the Web site that you were viewing when you clicked through to this policy, which is operated by us directly, our partner, or our affiliate.

1. What information does APUG.ORG collect? Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with the best and most useful content and services.

We collect personally identifiable information when you provide it to us, such as when you register on one of our sites, when you subscribe to APUG.ORG or an e-mail newsletter or when you register to use certain services. Several of the services that we offer on our sites, such as message boards, may require registration as a condition of use. Once you register with one of our APUG.ORG sites you are no longer anonymous to us.

2. What is APUG.ORG’s practice regarding cookies? Your Internet browser has a feature called "cookies" which stores small amounts of data on your computer about your visit to any of our sites. You do not need to have cookies turned on to visit most of our sites, although active participation in certain areas of our sites may require cookies. Cookies alone tell us nothing about who you are unless you specifically give us personally identifiable information when, in which case we use the information to enhance your services in the ways described below. You may elect not to allow cookies to be collected by adjusting your settings on your browser.

We also automatically receive and record information from our servers and from your browser, including your IP address, the time of your visit to pages on our site, and information about pages you visited. Unless you have registered for one of our products or services, the information we gather through the use of tracking technologies cannot be matched with any personally identifiable information about you unless you have specifically given us personally identifiable information, in which case we use the information to enhance your services in the ways described below.

We use cookies and tracking technologies in a variety of ways, including:

Keeping count of return visits to our site or our advertisers' or partners' sites Accumulating and reporting anonymous, aggregate (data collected in mass), statistical information on Web site and advertisement usage Determining which features our overall user population likes best Saving your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our sites Display the most appropriate advertising based on your interests We do not give any personally identifiable information to our partners or advertisers Unless you visit the website of these companies and provide them with personally identifiable information about yourself, these tracking technologies tell those advertisers nothing about who you are. Our advertisers' use of tracking technology is subject to their own privacy policies.

3. How does APUG.ORG use the information?
To customize the advertising and content you see To enhance the user experience on our site. We use tracking information to determine how well each page performs overall based on aggregate user demographics and traffic patterns to those pages. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. To fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling users to participate in paid services, polls, contests, and message boards To send you information you agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to you

4. How does APUG.ORG share the information
Personally identifiable information We will make your personally identifiable information available to other companies or people when: We have your consent to share the information We have engaged companies to work with us or on our behalf to provide a product or service that you have requested, such as opt-in e-mail announcements You use co-branded services. When you use a co-branded service within sites you grant us permission to pass your registration information back to that service partner. Their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies. We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process; or we believe that your actions violate applicable laws, APUG.ORG's Terms of Use or any usage guidelines for specific products or services, or threaten the rights, property, or safety of our organization, our users, or others Aggregate information We aggregate personally identifiable information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for marketing, promotional, and other purposes. We do not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to identify you personally.

5. What are my options?
Users who would rather not provide any of the user data requested by our registration process do not need to register with us. You can still view much of the content and use many of the services offered by our sites without registering. We also give users the following options:

Opting not to receive our electronic newsletters or those of third parties when registering. Users who opt-in may remove themselves from mailing lists at any time through the user option pages or by following the instructions at the end of the e-mail they received from us;
Opting not to provide certain personal information when registering for a site, provided, however that you may not be able to utilize certain of our products or services without providing us with certain information.

6. How can I update my personally identifiable information? You can correct or change the information collected during registration for any of our sites. The instructions for doing this can be found in our FAQ. Users may change information at any time and as often as necessary. Users who are experiencing problems with our services or who have questions about how our services work can contact us using the “contact us” link at the bottom of this page.

7. How will I know if the privacy policy is changed?
Any modifications to our privacy practices will be reflected first within this area of our sites. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our sites that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the new privacy statement. If we are going to be using the information collected from users in a manner materially different from that stated at the time of collection we will send affected users written notice by email of the change.

8. Privacy of children
Our network of sites is not directed to children under the age of 13. We operate our network of sites in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and do not permit registration by, and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from, anyone under 13 years of age. This requirement is clearly posted during the registration process. Questions, comments Questions regarding this privacy statement, or regarding any other aspects of our sites, should be sent via e-mail to admin@apug.org We read every message submitted and try to reply promptly to every one. We may also file your comments to improve the site, or review and discard the information Updated April 28 2004

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