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GENI Privacy Statement

  This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for http://www.geni.org

Because this web site wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to notify you of:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identification is collected from you through the web site

  2. The organization collecting the information

  3. How the information is used

  4. With whom the information may be shared

  5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information

  6. The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under GENI control

  7. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

If you feel that this company is not abiding by its posted privacy policy, you should first contact Peter Meisen (GENI's President) directly by EMAIL, PHONE, or POSTAL MAIL.

[ EDITOR'S NOTE: If you or someone you know wishes to contribute to a Secure Server certificate for GENI, please contact GENI. We feel that having a Secure Server certificate and displaying the appropriate logo improves the amount of donations/pledges GENI receives, and the number of online orders that GENI receives. ]

Information Collection and Use

GENI is the sole owner of the information collected on this site.  We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.  GENI collects information from our users at several different points on our website (and via our shopping cart account at http://www.mcssl.com/). 

We request information from you on our order form.  Here you must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date).  This information is used for billing purposes and to fill customerís orders.  If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with you.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track userís movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.  IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

We will share aggregated demographic information with our sponsors, partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We partner with another party to provide specific services (eg. our shopping cart and newsletter services). When you sign up for or use these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services.

These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that GENI is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.  This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the GENI Web site.

Material Connection Disclosure: Since our site's pages often include affiliate links to other sites, you should assume that ALL of the links are affiliate links, and that GENI will be earning a commission if you buy products or services after visiting a web site you were linked to via one of these links.

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name, email address, telephone number (in case your email address doesn't work any more), and mailing address (in case we want to send you a hard copy version).

Material Connection Disclosure: Since our email newsletters often include affiliate links, you should assume that ALL of the links in these emails are affiliate links, and that GENI will be earning sales commission if you buy products or services after visiting a web site you were linked to in one of these emails.

Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site may request information from you via surveys or contests.  Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information.  Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level).  Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.  Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Tell-A-Friend / Refer-This-Page
If you elect to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask you for your name and email address, as well as your friendsí name and email addresses.  GENI will automatically send the friend an email inviting them to visit the site, and a confirmation email to the originator of the message.  GENI stores this information for the purpose of sending this email, and regular promotional emails from GENI about GENI products, services and events.  You and your friend may contact GENI at info@geni.org to request the removal of this information from the GENI database.

This website takes every precaution to protect your information.  When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. 

When our registration/order form asks you to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL.  While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just Ďsurfingí. 

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line.  All of our usersí information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices.  Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information.  ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.  Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our customersí information is protected. 

If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to info@geni.org.

Supplementation of Information
In order for this website to enhance its ability to tailor the site to an individualís preference, we combine information about the purchasing habits of users to create a personalized user profile.  When a user makes a purchase from these other companies, we collect and share that purchase information so we can tailor the GENI site to our usersí preferences.

Special Offers
We send all new members a welcoming email to verify email and contact information. Established members will occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see our choice and opt-out below.

Site and Service Updates
We send user site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about GENI. We communicate with the user to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account via email, fax, or phone.

Correction/Updating Personal Information:
If a userís personally identifiable information changes (such as your address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will provide a way to correct, update or remove that userís personal data provided to us.  This can done by clicking on provided links or by emailing our Customer Support department at info@geni.org.

Our users are given the opportunity to Ďopt-outí of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information. 

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials from GENI or our partners may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking on the Opt-out links provided or by replying with "unsubscribe" in the subject line in the email and send it to info@geni.org.

Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties.  We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with services that require an outside party, or not.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page or our Homepage so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.  If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email.  Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.