Please note that the Priceblocks.com contains links to other sites and occasionally allows other sites to be co-branded with the Priceblocks.com name. Web sites that are linked to Priceblocks.com sites or carry the Priceblocks.com brand for co-branding or marketing purposes may have privacy policies which differ from that of the Priceblocks.com.
Our goal is to become your favorite Internet destination by providing the information, services, and product offerings that are most relevant to you. To achieve this goal, the Priceblocks.com must collect information so we can understand what makes you different from its millions of other unique users. While you are not required to register for any services on the Priceblocks.com, some Products and Services may not function properly or may not be accessible unless you do.
Information collected online is usually defined as being either or .
1. , which refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. For example, Priceblocks.com collects some information each time a visitor comes to a Priceblocks.com site so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor’s online experience. Priceblocks.com collects the visitor’s IP address, referral data (e.g., the Internet address of the last Web page visited by a user before clicking over to a Priceblocks.com site), and browser and platform type (e.g., an Explorer browser on a Microsoft platform). Priceblocks.com collects your responses to online surveys displayed on the Priceblocks.com; these anonymous and optional surveys will seek your opinions about the Products and Services or the advertisements displayed on the Priceblocks.com. You do not have to register with the Priceblocks.com before we can collect this anonymous information.
2. refers to data that tells us specifically who you are, such as your name and postal address. Priceblocks.com collects personally identifiable information in the following ways from different parts of its network of Web sites:
1. When you register to use one or more Products or Services on the Priceblocks.com, you may provide Priceblocks.com with such information as your name, postal address, ZIP Code, email address, birth date, gender, telephone number, occupation, marital status or other information. While not all of this data is required for our services to function, we are better able to customize your experience if you volunteer complete and accurate information. Users who complete the registration process are given a Priceblocks.com ID and can take full advantage of the many offerings across the Priceblocks.com.
2. In addition to registration for various Products or Services on the Priceblocks.com, we may ask you for personally identifiable information at other times, including when you enter a sweepstakes, contest or promotion sponsored by the Priceblocks.com. As described below, our co-brand partners also may ask for personally identifiable information. If you register for premium or subscription services, we will ask for a valid credit card number. If you choose not to provide the requested information, the Priceblocks.com may not be able to offer you some of the personalized services that depend on this type of information to function.
3. If you contact the Priceblocks.com, we may keep a record of that correspondence. We do not collect any email addresses of those who communicate with the Priceblocks.com via email. We use the information provided so that we may respond to the email.
Priceblocks.com reserves the right to collect certain information and store it in connection with your account. This information includes information about the different sites that you visit within the Priceblocks.com as well as the time and frequency at which you visit them. This information also includes the content that you transmit or post on the Priceblocks.com. For further information about Priceblocks.com’s policy on maintaining transmitted or posted content, please see the Priceblocks.com Terms and Conditions.
When you register for a service within the Priceblocks.com, that information is generally collected and maintained solely by Priceblocks.com unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. If data is collected and/or maintained by any company other than Priceblocks.com, we will tell you at the point of collection. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service.
Priceblocks.com runs many promotions and sweepstakes across its Network. These promotions may be sponsored or co-sponsored by third-party companies. Data collected during a promotion is typically shared with the sponsor or co-sponsor. Priceblocks.com will inform you at the point of collection whether or not we are sharing your personal data as a result of your participation in a promotion or sweepstakes. If you do not want to have the Priceblocks.com share your data, you can choose not to participate in the promotion or sweepstakes.
In addition to the personally identifiable information that Priceblocks.com actively collects when you register, we also collect anonymous information passively using and . This technology plays an important role in making the Internet work, but there is much confusion among Internet users about what cookies and Web beacons are and how they are used.
A is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a Web site to the hard drive of your computer so that the site administrator may identify your computer and passively track its activities on the Web site. This unique number identifies your Web browser to our computer system whenever you visit one of the sites in the Priceblocks.com. A cookie will not allow a Web site to learn any personally identifiable information (such as your real name and address) that you have not otherwise disclosed.
0. By storing certain registration and preference information on cookies or associating cookies with registration, preference or profile information stored on our computers, we can deliver products and services that use such information more quickly and efficiently for more users. This information is normally saved in an encrypted form that only Priceblocks.com can interpret.
1. On some Priceblocks.com sites, cookies help us efficiently determine that only one user is logged on under the same member name at a time.
2. such as audience size and traffic patterns. This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your personally identifiable information.
, also known as clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs, are small image files that Priceblocks.com may place on Web pages and within Web-based email newsletters that we send. Working in conjunction with cookies, Web beacons allow Priceblocks.com to accurately count the number of unique users who have visited a specific page on the Priceblocks.com and the number of times those pages are displayed. We can also use Web beacons to let us know how many people opened a Web-based email newsletter. This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your personally identifiable information.
Without cookies and Web beacons, it would be difficult for Priceblocks.com to know which services have a larger audience than others. Tracking audience size helps us to better understand when to launch new services and enhance the current offerings. Keep in mind that any image file on a Web page can act as a Web beacon. Third-party advertising networks for Priceblocks.com may use Web beacons in their advertisements.
Because Web beacons work in conjunction with cookies, you can prevent our Web beacon from collecting anonymous information by setting your Web browser to refuse all cookies or the Priceblocks.com cookie in particular. Web beacons are built into our Web pages, so non-functional Web beacons will continue to appear even if you refuse the Priceblocks.com cookie.
Third parties use flash cookies, also known as “local shared objects,” on our sites that employ Flash technology. Flash cookies are small files similar to browser cookies and are used to remember the site’s settings to personalize the look and feel of the site. Like normal cookies, Flash cookies are represented as small files on your computer. One method of preventing Flash cookies from being placed is to adjust your preferences in the Macromedia Website Privacy Settings Panel at macromedia.com.
Any personally identifiable information you share with Priceblocks.com when registering for Products and Services at any of our Network sites is maintained and accessible only by Priceblocks.com unless specifically stated otherwise. Priceblocks.com requests information from its users so that users can enjoy customized experiences across the Priceblocks.com, including personalization services, interactive communications, online games and much more. Most of these Products and Services are available to you at no cost, and Priceblocks.com displays advertisements so we can continue to provide great content and services free of charge. We can also better prepare future content based on your interests.
The following are examples of how the Priceblocks.com may use the information it collects:
0. Priceblocks.com uses the information collected (both anonymous and personal) to personalize and enhance the content you see on the Priceblocks.com, such as news, stock portfolios, weather reports, sports scores, horoscopes, advertisements and more. In some cases, our Products and Services cannot work unless you have volunteered accurate information (for example, we need your valid ZIP Code to display weather conditions in your local area).
1. Priceblocks.com collects anonymous data and shares it with third-party advertisers in an aggregate form. We will disclose to those advertisers the numbers of Priceblocks.com users who have certain demographic characteristics and the number of those people who have seen and “clicked” on a particular display. We will also disclose to those advertisers the overall demographics available regarding who saw and “clicked” on their advertisement. In addition, we may disclose anonymous results from online surveys to third-party advertisers or to Priceblocks.com’s product and service providers. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed as part of this process.
2. Priceblocks.com also uses the aggregate data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our registered users and visitors, to measure user demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the Priceblocks.com, and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of the Priceblocks.com are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately. Please note that we may share this aggregate information with third-party companies.
3. Priceblocks.com sometimes uses an individual registered user’s data to “pre-populate” online forms that are displayed for the purpose of collecting additional individual data by the Priceblocks.com, selected third-party sites, and/or sponsors and advertisers.
4. Priceblocks.com may, from time to time, use your information to contact you about changes or enhancements to Products and Services on the Priceblocks.com, issues regarding your account, or Priceblocks.com Terms and Conditions violations or suspensions.
5. If you enter a sweepstakes or a contest on the Priceblocks.com, we will use the information you provided to contact you in the event you win.
6. If you told Priceblocks.com that you were interested in receiving special offers from select Priceblocks.com clients, Priceblocks.com or third parties on Priceblocks.com’s behalf (i) will send you email and postal mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you, and (ii) may combine information we have about you with information we obtain about you from third parties for the purpose of providing you with more appropriate products, services, and offerings. If you do not wish to participate in this program, please follow the opt-out instructions set forth in Section 8 of this policy.
7. Your credit card information is used to collect your recurrent subscription fees for subscription services.
When you find goods or services through Priceblocks.com Shopping, you submit data directly to the individual merchants from whom you order goods or services. Please review carefully the privacy policies of particular merchants that you access through Priceblocks.com Shopping.
Priceblocks.com may share non-personally identifiable information about individual users with its parent company, Optica Ventures, LLC., for purposes of providing targeted advertising both within and outside the Priceblocks.com.
If a third party acquires, or otherwise receives in a transaction with Priceblocks.com, one or more of the Priceblocks.com Products and Services, then Priceblocks.com will transfer personally-identifiable information about users of those Products and Services to the third party. The third party will handle the Products and Services in accordance with its own policies and procedures and not in accordance with Priceblocks.com policies and procedures. You will be notified if your personally-identifiable information is transferred under these circumstances by an email sent to the email address you provided or by a posting on the site that offers the relevant Products or Services.
Priceblocks.com Domains Customers: Users of Priceblocks.com Domains will be required to designate an administrative contact and, in some instances, a technical contact for the domain names they register. Priceblocks.com will assume that the Priceblocks.com member who registers for the Priceblocks.com Domains service will serve as these contacts, although users will have the ability to designate other contacts. Priceblocks.com will disclose the name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address of the administrative and technical contacts to Priceblocks.com’s domain name provider, which in turn will make such information publicly available through an online WHOIS database.
The Priceblocks.com provides its registered users the ability to access and edit or delete the personal information in their user profiles. You can access your user profile by following these steps:
0. Go directly to your profile page. You will receive a prompt to log in to the Network with your Priceblocks.com Member Name and password.
1. After you log in, you will be taken to the Membership Information page, which contains your user profile. If you see a field that needs to be updated, click the appropriate Edit button.
2. Make the necessary changes and click the Update button to save your changes.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Priceblocks.com works with third-party ad serving companies.
Priceblocks.com may make certain software available for download. This software may be created by Priceblocks.com or by third party licensors. The software may be programmed to access our servers and/or third party servers in order for the software to operate and in order to check for program upgrades or enhancements. From time to time, new files may be added to your computer in order to upgrade the software or add new functionality to it. These changes may occur without notice to you. If at any time you wish to uninstall the software program, you may do so by following the instructions that accompany the software. Use of the software will be governed by a separate license agreement.
Personal information collected by Priceblocks.com may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Priceblocks.com or its agents maintain facilities. By using the Priceblocks.com, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.
Meeting new people in an online community (chat room, forum, newsgroup, message board, Web page, etc.) is one of the best things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about disclosing personal information such as an actual name, member name, email address, and so on. This information may be collected and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited email messages from other parties, outside the Priceblocks.com. Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some may not. In an effort to curtail unsolicited email, Priceblocks.com blocks certain email addresses and domains from sending messages to email addresses at our domains. To request removal of your personal information from our online community, contact us at . In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to:
Priceblocks.com Privacy Site Coordinator Priceblocks.com, Inc. 18 Shipyard Drive Hingham, MA 02043 617-398-7748