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Privacy Policy

Purpose of this Privacy Policy
This privacy policy describes how HomeGear.com treats the personally identifiable information that is collected about you by HomeGear.com when you visit the web sites to which this policy is linked and the information collected on HomeGear.com's behalf to the extent HomeGear.com uses third- party service providers to collect information about site users.

What is Personally Identifiable Information
"Personally identifiable information" is information that we can use to identify you as an individual. Personally identifiable information includes your name, address, telephone number and any other information that is connected with you personally.

Information This Privacy Policy Does Not Apply To
This privacy policy does not apply to information collected about you by anyone except HomeGear.com (and its third party service providers acting on its behalf) and the subpages of the site bearing the high level domain "HomeGear.com"). Any information you provide when you visit web sites other than those covered by this policy (including other web sites affiliated with HomeGear.com to which you will be linked) or when you purchase any products or services that may be offered or advertised on our web site by companies other than HomeGear.com is subject to the privacy policies of the third party organizations who run and/or own these web sites. This Policy does not apply to information you may provide to us offline.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
HomeGear.com generally collects personally identifiable information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you complete a survey, subscribe to our newsletter, or send us e-mail, you will be asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name, phone number, and sometimes shipping address. Optional information such as your age or gender may also be requested. This information may be collected by third party service providers with whom HomeGear.com contracts to host the web site or to fulfill requests for services; in that event, HomeGear.com asks such service providers to make the personal information available only to HomeGear.com for HomeGear.com to use in accordance with the terms of this policy and not to use the information for any other purpose.

HomeGear.com uses this information to provide you with the service you have requested. If you elect to receive our newsletter, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice and your mailing address to send you your magazine. Similarly, if you enter online sweepstakes, we will use this information to notify you if you are a winner.

In addition, HomeGear.com may use information you provide us through emails and in response to polls for editorial purposes. Please be advised that any such submissions become the property of HomeGear.com, and may be used by HomeGear.com for any lawful purpose.

HomeGear.com may share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to other companies or individuals, including our advertisers, when:

• we have your consent to share the information (you can refuse consent by declining to select the appropriate box that authorizes sharing or by notifying HomeGear.com at the email address contact@HomeGear.com.
• we utilize third party service providers to provide products, services or functions on our behalf (such as sending emails or processing credit cards or fulfilling subscriptions), and ask these service providers to agree to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information and not to use your personally identifiable information for any reason except to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them;
• the entity to whom the information is disclosed is one under control of, or under common control with HomeGear.com (for these purposes, a company controlling 20% or more of the voting stock of another entity shall be deemed to control such entity);
• the entity to whom the information is disclosed is hosting web sites associated with our magazines or magazines we publish in conjunction with a third party, other than those web sites covered by this policy;
• we need to protect our legal rights (for example, if we are trying to collect money you owe us);
• we must comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal or regulatory process; or
• in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange, or other disposition (whether of assets, stock, or otherwise) of all or a portion of the business conducted by the web sites to which this policy applies.

HomeGear.com also shares web site usage information about visitors to our web sites who have received a targeted promotional campaign with a reputable third party advertising company for the purpose of targeting future campaigns and upgrading visitor information used in reporting statistics. For this purpose, we and our third-party advertising company note some of the pages you visit on our web site through the use of pixel tags (also called clear gifs).

HomeGear.com (or third party service providers on our behalf) may from time to time set and access cookies on your computer. A cookie is a small amount of data (often including a unique identifier), that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. HomeGear.com may use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our site.

We may use cookies to control the display of ads, to track usage patterns on the sites, to deliver editorial content, to record requests for subscriptions and to personalize information.

Our cookies may contain personally identifiable information and such cookies may be shared with others to the same extent indicated above.

HomeGear.com (or third party service providers on our behalf) may also use cookies to collect aggregate information about web site users on an anonymous basis. We may share aggregate demographic and usage information with our prospective and actual business partners, advertisers and other third parties for any business purpose.

Some of our advertisers may serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.

If you don't want cookies, most Web browsers include an option that allows you to not accept them. However, if you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of our sites may not function efficiently.

IP Address
Your Internet Protocol ("IP") address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers, gather broad demographic information, and administer our website.

Kids And Parents
The sites covered by this policy are not intended for use by children, especially those under age 13. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information or use our public discussion areas, forums and chats. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before submitting their email address for any purpose in connection with our sites.

If your children disclose information about themselves in our public discussion areas, they may get unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should tell them not to do so.

If you are worried about your children's activities or their privacy on our site, we encourage you to e-mail HomeGear.com at contact@HomeGear.com.

Non-U.S. Users
If you are located outside of the United States, please note that the information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using this web site, you consent to this transfer.

Changes to Privacy Policy and Notice
HomeGear.com may change this policy from time to time in its discretion. Your continued use of our sites indicates your consent to this privacy policy and any amended versions of it.

Third Party Cookies
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser.

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