Pretendville.com is committed to complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Our information collection practices are described below. We urge kids to check with their parents before entering information on any website and we urge parents to discuss with their kids restrictions regarding the online release of personal information to anyone they don't know.
What Information Is Collected?
At Pretendville.com, it's our policy to create website content that requires minimum collection of information from our visitors. Generally, Pretendville.com limits our collection of information from kids to what is known as nonpersonally identifiable information (e.g. screen name, birthday, gender, state, zip code and country of residence). This information is collected so kids can participate in activities (e.g. chat, post messages, play online games) without giving unnecessary personal information. From time to time, however, we may request limited personally identifiable information (e.g. kid's email address and/or email address of parent or third party), as explained below, in order to conduct online contests or sweepstakes or offer other online activities (e.g. electronic postcards). Pretendville.com does not condition a kid's participation in any of our online activities on the disclosure of more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity.
Use of Information
Pretendville.com uses or may use personally identifiable information that kids provide for sending requested electronic postcards and email messages on their behalf and conducting contests or sweepstakes. Pretendville.com currently does not disclose to third parties personally identifiable information that kids provide. From time to time however, we may transfer, disclose or share such information with third parties who may be engaged by us specifically to handle and deliver certain online activities (e.g. conducting contests and sweepstakes). Such third parties have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. Additionally, in the event that all or substantially all of the assets relating to Pretendville.com are transferred or sold to another entity, personally identifiable information submitted to us may be transferred to the acquiring entity. Finally, we may also disclose personally identifiable information to third parties when required by law or is pertinent to judicial or government investigations or proceedings, or otherwise necessary to protect our website or the safety of its users.
Cookies and Log Data
Cookies are information files that your web browser places on the hard drive of your computer when you visit a website. Cookies cannot damage user files, nor can they read information from a user's hard drive. Cookies allow websites to "remember" users activities on a website as well as users visits to a site. At Pretendville.com, cookies are used to determine the number of unique visitors to our website over a given period and to remember user screen names so that the need for multiple log ins is eliminated. We do not store any personal information into cookies nor do we link or combine information collected through cookies to any personal information that kids submit online when participating in our activities. You can, of course, disable cookies on your computer by indicating this in the preferences or options menus in your browser.
Log data collected on web servers both within Pretendville.com's control and under the control of Pretendville.com's third party ad service provider, who is required to maintain such data on a confidential basis, supplies Pretendville.com with aggregate information about the number of visits to different pages on our site. Pretendville.com uses such aggregate information to improve access to our content based on our visitors' browsers and operating system types to make our content available to as many kids as possible. We do not link the log data collected to the personal information that kids submit online when participating in our activities.
Pretendville.com has taken steps to ensure that personally identifiable information collected in the future is secure, including limiting the number of people who have physical access to our database servers as well as electronic security systems and password protections which guard against unauthorized access.
Pretendville.com provides links to other websites that may have their own information collection practice which may be substantially different from ours. We encourage visitors to other websites to review the privacy policies and information collection practices of those websites.
To parents: We offer you and your child an online safety guide which we encourage you to use as an entrée into discussing safety and privacy concerns with your child. It can be reached by clicking on the "Online Safety" link
The Pretendville.com website is intended for domestic viewers and is consequently directed towards residents of the United States.
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