Effective date: December 2004
Farlex is a privately owned corporation operating in Pennsylvania, USA. Farlex is committed to providing you with excellent service for all of our products. We respect your right to privacy, and have developed this Privacy Statement to inform you about our privacy practices for the entire Farlex Web site and all its entities (which includes the farlex.com, thefreedictionary.com, thefreelibrary.com, tfd.com, and spellingcenter.com domains).
Privacy is of great concern to most users of the Internet, and is a critical part of an enjoyable and satisfactory user experience. We at Farlex are sensitive to the privacy concerns of our subscribers and other visitors to our Web sites. Whether you are a subscriber or a visitor to our site, we assure you that we do not collect personal information from you unless you provide it to us. If you are subscribing to our premium products, you may be asked to provide certain personal and credit card information. Please note, however, that we are asking for this information for the limited purposes of managing your subscription. You should also be assured that we do not provide or sell information about our customers or site visitors to anyone except our payment gateway provider for the sole purpose of credit card processing.
Please note that our sites contain links to other sites. Farlex is not responsible for the privacy practices, privacy statements, or content regarding these other sites.
Information We Gather from You
We do not collect any personal information from a visitor to our sites unless that visitor explicitly and intentionally provides it. Under no circumstances do we collect any personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, or sex life. If you are simply browsing our sites, we do not gather any personal information about you.
If you choose to register for an account or subscribe to our premium products or services, we will request certain information from you such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card information.
When you visit our sites, our computers may automatically collect statistics about your visit. This information does not identify you personally, but rather pertains to your visit to our sites. We may monitor statistics such as how many people visit our sites, the user's IP address, which pages people visit on our sites, from which domains our visitors reach our sites, and which browsers people use. We use these statistics about your visit for aggregation purposes only. These statistics are used to help us improve the performance of our Web sites.
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
To find more information about how to manage or delete cookies, consult the support page for your browser, such as:
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We may use third-party advertising companies, such as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft) to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information about your interests in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Digital Advertising Alliance’s or Network Advertising Initiative’s website.
If we are required by law to disclose certain information to local, state, federal, national or international law enforcement authorities, we will do so. We will also disclose information to third parties as necessary in order to comply with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, Farlex may share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities or suspected fraud, or enforce or apply our agreements.
We consider the protection of all personally identifiable information we receive from our Web site visitors and subscribers as critical to our corporate mission. Please be assured that we have security measures in place to protect against the loss and misuse of any information we receive from you. As with any transmission over the Internet, however, there is always some element of risk involved in sending personal information. In order to try to minimize this risk, we encrypt all information that you submit in ordering of our premium products using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. We also have partnered with Authorize.net, one of the most reputable and experienced credit card payment companies in the World to handle our users' online transactions.
We may use the information you submit to contact you to discuss the support, renewal, and purchase of our premium products and services. You may receive a communication directly from one of our customer care representatives. Please be assured that we will keep the communications to a minimum and you will have an option to block any communication from us if your subscriptions are cancelled.
Please be aware that we reserve the right to notify our subscribers of any information that affects the status of current subscriptions. You may not opt out of receiving information regarding the expiration and renewal of the subscriptions, account balances or the payment history and status.
If a material change is made to this Privacy Statement and/or the way we use our customers' personally identifiable information, a prominent notice of the nature of the change will be posted on this Privacy Statement and the current subscribers will be notified as soon as possible.
Our contact information is available at the Farlex home page.