What personal information does The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society gather from me and how is this information used?
When browsing our site, you are not required to provide any personal information unless and until you choose to become a member, make a purchase or sign up for one of our other services as described below. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children (meaning those younger than thirteen years of age). A valid credit card is required to make a purchase on our site.
Making a Purchase
In order to purchase journals, books and related services through our site, you must provide us with certain personal information such as your name, your credit card number and expiration date, your credit card billing address, your telephone number and your e-mail address. We may also ask you for other personal information. We require this information so that we can process, fulfil and confirm your transactions and keep you informed of each transaction's status.
If you choose to become a member of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, you must provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and other personal information. This information is collected on the application form for several reasons including: (i) personal identification; (ii) to complete the membership application process; (iii) to allow us to contact you for customer service purposes, if necessary; (iv) to share this information with other The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society members; and (v) to confirm your new member application. As an International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society member you will also occasionally receive updates from us about new The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society services, and other noteworthy items. However, you may choose at any time to no longer receive these types of e-mail messages.
Automatic Logging of Session Data
We automatically log generic information about your computer's connection to the Internet, which we call "session data", that is anonymous and not linked to any personal information. Session data consists of things such as IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and the activities conducted by the user while on our site. An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of the site the user wishes to view. We collect session data because it helps us analyze such things as what items visitors are likely to click on most, the way visitors are clicking through the site, how many visitors are surfing to various pages on the site, how long visitors to the site are staying and how often they are visiting. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems. Although such information does not identify any visitor personally, it is possible to determine from an IP address a visitor's Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the approximate geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.
First and foremost, you can rest assured that no personal information about you is gathered or stored in the cookies placed by the snuffbottle.org web site and, as a result, none can be passed on to any third parties.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. Of course, by changing the options on your web browser or using certain software programs, you can control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society supports your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous websites. However, blocking The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society cookies may disable certain features on our site and may make it impossible to use certain services available on the site. Please note that it is possible to block cookie activity from certain web sites while permitting cookies from sites you trust, like The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.
From time to time we may add or enhance services available on the site. To the extent these services are provided and used by you, we will use the information you provide to facilitate the service requested. For example, if you email us with a question, we will use your email address, name, nature of the question, etc. to respond to your question. We may also store such information to assist us in making the site the better and easier to use.
How can I update or correct my personal information?
You can update your personal information at any time by contacting The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.
What other information should I know about my privacy?
In addition to the circumstances described above, The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society may disclose member information if required to do so by law, court order, as requested by other government or law enforcement authority, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable including, without limitation, to protect the rights or properties of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society or when we have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing interference with our rights or properties, whether intentionally or otherwise, or when anyone else could be harmed by such activities. In addition, if The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society or substantially all of its assets are acquired, our customer information will most likely also be transferred in connection with such acquisition.