TheUpDown collects information from different parts of our web site so that we can provide a more interesting and useful service, as well as more appropriate advertising. We ask for personal information including (but not limited to) your name, email address, and other personal information when you register to our Web site, or if you sign up for special or personalized services such as contests, surveys and promotions. The more information you provide, the better we are able to customize our service to you. However, unless we get your approval, we will not display your name and address.
If you use our "Email page to a friend" service, you will need to provide us with your friend's name and email address and your email address as a return address. We will automatically send this person a one-time email as well as an invitation to visit and register with our site. We will not use these email addresses for any other purpose.
Our objective in collecting personal information is to provide you with the best and most personalized experience possible, and to provide our advertisers with an efficient way to reach the right audience.
In addition to the use of personal information to operate the site, The UpDown also gathers anonymous information, which may be used by The UpDown or shared with its partners. This information does not personally identify you, but may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer. Generally, this information is collected through "traffic data" and may entail the use of "cookies" "IP addresses" or other numeric codes used to identify a computer.
We conduct research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior based upon the information you provide us when you register or participate in contests or other promotions on our site, or based upon the information on our server log files. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. We may also notify you of products, services, or areas of our site that we think may interest you based on the information we've received. If you would prefer us not to contact you for these purposes, simply go to our opt-out page and let us know.
When we show rankings of our members and their portfolios, we will use your unique member login name as a screen name. Please ensure that all information included in login names is acceptable to you for public display.
Sometimes we ask for personal information when providing special features and services. You do not have to give us that information, but without it, you may not be able to take advantage of those products or services. For example, you will be unable to track your personal stock portfolio on our site unless you input the stocks you own, and you may not be able to gain access to certain areas of our site unless you register and/or subscribe.
The UpDown will not disclose any personally identifiable information about individual users, except as described in this Privacy Statement. With the few exceptions that we explain here, we do not give, rent, lend, or sell individual information to our advertisers, although we do provide aggregate information. We may also use this aggregated information to help the advertisers reach the kind of audience they want. We may also disclose aggregate information in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
The UpDown is committed to protecting your personal information. We store information you provide us on our secure servers. Personalized areas of our sites, such as My UpDown, are password-protected. Only you have access to these password-protected areas. Do not share your passwords with anyone. The UpDown will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email. If you are using a computer to which others have access, such as one in a computer lab, Internet cafe, or public library, always remember to log out and close your browser window when leaving our site.
If you want to correct or change information in your Personal Profile, you can do so in the My UpDown section.
Our sites are not directed at children under the age of 13. We operate our sites in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and will not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 13.
Your Web browser or email application automatically provides your Internet Protocol address ("IP address") to other computers with which you communicate over the Internet, so that they know where to send you information.
We receive an IP address each time you view one of our Web pages, because the browser automatically reports it to us. We also may store the IP address when you register with The UpDown.
We may use IP addresses for various purposes, including:
Cookies are used on our sites in the following ways:
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