Privacy policies are like parachute guarantees. They’re useless until you need them, and then, if they don’t work, you’re out of luck. In fact, most privacy policies are little more than double standards that are rarely observed, and even less frequently enforced. Our Brave New World has little need of them, it seems.
Because of that, we’ve decided not to collect any information at all from site visitors. Instead, we created a website where you can view content, and supported it with a variety of social media. This way your privacy is never at risk, because you aren’t required to share anything with us. In other words, since you’re never in the airplane, you won’t need a parachute – or a guarantee.
That said, we do use third party tools to enhance your visits, see which posts are being clicked on the most, or just improve the overall site experience. Some of the services and tools we use are Amazon Affiliate Links, Bing and Yahoo! Ads, Bing Webmaster Tools, Disqus, Google Adsense, Google Analytics, and Google Webmaster Tools. Since we’re not programmers or lawyers, we can’t really tell you exactly how any of them work, or what data they collect, but your use of this site is subject to the best practices of these companies.
In other words, even though we use these services ourselves, we can’t vouch for these companies outside of our own experiences with them. We encourage you to review their respective privacy policies if you have any concerns. We’re pretty sure most of them collect user information, and just like no one hands out parachutes on commercial airliners, that’s just the way the internet works.
When you order books from H. J. Buell, or other products or items on our websites, you may be asked for personally identifiable information such as your name, address, date of birth, email address, or telephone number. By providing this information you consent to it being used in the manner described in this policy, or the governing policy of the site you provide that information to. In most cases you may withdraw this consent at any time by emailing or sending a letter to the sites in question at the information listed in their privacy policies. Cookie information, pages you have visited, and your IP address may also be recorded by third parties from your browser as set out in this policy.
H. J. Buell may use site performance data provided to us by third parties, including performance statistics. We may use such performance data in any way, including, but not limited to, using, editing, altering, reproducing, publishing and/or distributing the performance data for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, provided that such performance data is stripped of all personally identifiable information.
In some cases, we may use your personal information to allow us to process your book orders that require personalized details, autographs, notes, or other specific requests you may make and we may agree to. In addition to this, we also may occasionally send you details or updates on our future publications, holiday cards, or other offers that we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such information, please let us know, and we’ll make sure you don’t receive any further correspondence from us.
Additionally, there are times where we may post a reference, comment, or other post to a service or other item we have used or found to be useful. In such cases these items will have an affiliate link, and detail the service offering, what we liked about it, and why we have posted that information. This is solely intended to be a value added service, with the affiliate link listed as a small compensation in return for the time and effort we put into testing and reviewing a particular product or service.
Your use of such links may require you to provide information to a merchant or vendor, subject to their policies. While we don’t list links to affiliates that are known to be untrustworthy, we do encourage you to be aware of third party privacy policies.
All security on our websites is treated seriously. Where applicable, we undertake security steps, including use of SSL technology on our back-end systems, for any customer account information and to protect data transmissions. However, this is not a guarantee that such data transmissions cannot be accessed, altered, or deleted due to firewall or other security software failures. If you have concerns about security, please email us using the contact form on our main page. Keep in mind that because we don’t collect your information, the only thing we are likely to have is your email address – and only then because you contacted us.
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