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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy discloses the online privacy practices Vulcan Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, "Vulcan" or "we") and applies to the information we collect through, (the "Site"). By accessing and/or using the Site, you are consenting to the collection, storage, and disclosure of data as described in this Privacy Policy.

Your IP Address
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer every time you browse the Internet. When a user requests a page from the Site, our servers will log the user's current IP address. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer the Site.

The Site is developed using Active Server Pages (ASP), and we use per-session "cookies" (pieces of data your browser stores in your computer's memory at Vulcan's request) to establish user sessions on our server. We use the cookies to carry information about usage from page to page through the Site. Vulcan does not use cookies to retrieve personal information about you from your computer.

Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to refuse them. If you disable cookies, your browser may experience some erratic behavior on some portions of the Site.

Personal Information
When you sign up to receive updates from us via the Site, or register to participate in the forum, we will ask you to provide personal information about yourself, including, without limitation your name, address, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Any such personal information about you that you provide to us on the Site is referred to in this Privacy Policy as "Personal Information."

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
Except as provided in this Privacy Policy, we will not sell, trade or otherwise provide Personal Information to any third party other than to entities affiliated with Vulcan or agents that we engage to perform functions on our behalf with respect to the maintenance of the site. We may provide Personal Information to any person or company that acquires or merges with our organization. We will use Personal Information for the purposes of, sending you information regarding Vulcan, and providing requested information. We may compile and provide aggregate statistics about our Site visitors to third parties, but these statistics will not include any Personal Information. You will not have the right to review and/or request changes to your Personal Information.

Use of Submission Information
Any information that does not fall within the definition of Personal Information above that is provided by you or otherwise collected through the Site is referred to in this Privacy Policy as "Submission Information." Submission Information may include, without limitation, feedback you provide to us regarding the Site, information posted on the forum hosted on the Site, or any comments, ideas and suggestions you provide about the Site, or Vulcan.

As described in our Terms of Use, Vulcan does not accept or collect Submission Information on a confidential or proprietary basis. Consequently, we are free to use Submission Information for any purpose whatsoever.

"Opt-in" Emails
Users may "opt-in" to receive site notifications, newsletters, or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an "opt-in" list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.

Profile Display
In some cases, users' Personal Information may be publicly available through a user's profile display. In such cases, users have the option to opt out of publicly displaying their personal information, including e-mail addresses. Users may also enlist this technique when posing comments on certain forums. In cases where site profiles allow users to display optional information publicly, such entry and display is at the user's discretion and may be changed at any time by the user.

Email Display
In some cases, users may have the opportunity to use the Site to send electronic mail to another user or email list. In such cases, a user's valid email address and real name will be included with such messages. In order to prevent abuse, users may not opt-out of such a display, but may choose to refrain from using the Site to transmit an email message.

Disclosures for Legal Reasons
Vulcan will also disclose Submission Information and Personal Information when it believes, in its sole discretion, that the law requires such disclosure or that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law; protect and defend the rights or property of Vulcan or others; or act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of the public or the users of the Site.

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by Vulcan. Other Web sites (including those that we may link to) may have their own policies. Vulcan has no responsibility for or control over the information-collection practices of such third party Web sites.

Notification of Changes
If Vulcan is going to use Personal Information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection through the Site, Vulcan will notify you via email. You will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in this different manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already collected through the Site, we will post a prominent notice on the Site notifying users of the change.

While this Privacy Statement expresses Vulcan's standards for maintenance of private data, it is not in a position to guarantee that the standards will always be met. There may be factors beyond Vulcan's control (e.g., "script kiddies", "crackers and other malcontents") that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, Vulcan disclaims any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.

How to Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at through our contact form.

Last Updated: April 26, 2005