What information do we collect?
Visitors to this website have the option of becoming a subscriber to the Service by completing and submitting an online registration form. To complete a registration form, you will be required to select a user name and password, and to provide certain personally identifiable information, including without limitation your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number and other relevant information (all such information, “User Information”). Submitting a registration form is strictly voluntary but is required in order for you to subscribe to the Service. When you submit this information, you are sharing this information with us and our affiliates.
You acknowledge that we may utilize, your billing information may be collected on our behalf by, third parties in connection with the processing of your account fees. We may give you the opportunity to participate in sweepstakes or contests from time to time. Information we collect in connection with these sweepstakes and contests may include contact information and survey questions. Contact information provided in connection with a sweepstakes or contest may be used to notify winners, and we may use survey information to develop future promotions, service improvements, and/or new services. We maintain a log of posts to newsgroups through the Service by each Service user. Usenet Services LLC, does not track or log the newsgroups you visit or the articles your access.
How do we use information we collect?
We do not share your User Information with other companies (except with companies providing any portion of the Service on our behalf and then only as necessary for those companies to provide their services). We may use your information to answer a customer service or billing question or other inquiry from you regarding the Service or your account subscription, and for its own internal business purposes. We may use logged information (whether anonymous or linked to you) for its own internal business purposes only, including without limitation to help diagnose problems with our servers and for system administration. We may disclose your personally identifiable information in any of the following circumstances:
1. in response to a subpoena, search warrant, court order, or other legal process, or as may otherwise be required by applicable law or regulation;
2. to protect and defend our rights or property or those of our affiliates or others; or
3. as we, in its sole discretion, believe is appropriate under exigent circumstances in response to a perceived significant threat to the personal safety or property of any subscriber to the Service or any other person. In addition, as our subscriber database is our business asset, in the event we are reorganized or is sold to or merged with another company, you consent to the sale, assignment, or transfer of your personally identifiable information to a purchaser of all or substantially all of our business assets, or to our subsidiary or affiliate, as appropriate. Except as described above, we will not disclose, sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to any third party without your consent.
How do we protect the security of the information you provide?
We take what we believe to be reasonable precautions and have implemented managerial and technical procedures to try to protect the security of your User Information. We strive to maintain the reliability, accuracy, completeness and currency of User Information provided by Service subscribers and to protect their privacy and security. Although we cannot guarantee against any loss, misuse, unauthorized disclosure, alteration or destruction of data, we try to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.
What’s our relationship with other websites you can access through the Service?
What other information should you know about your privacy?
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) prohibits certain commercial practices related to gathering, storing, and disclosing personal information about children under the age of 13 who use the Internet. We will not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information about children under the age of 13 without prior parental consent.
We cannot prohibit minors from using the Service if they supply a valid username and password issued to another person (e.g., a parent or friend). We must rely on parents, guardians and those responsible for supervision of children to monitor the Internet activities of children under the age of 13. Each time you submit personally identifiable information about yourself or your family through the Service, you are representing to us that your are 18 years of age or older.
All electronic communication services such as ours are required to comply with the “mandatory reporting” requirements of 42 U.S.C. § 13032(b), which requires such services to report any apparent child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In the event we are required to make a report, it will include all information regarding the apparent child pornography it believes may be of importance. We will strictly comply with this reporting requirement.