Yadkin Valley Craft Guild Privacy Policy

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY

This site is owned and operated by The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. At The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policies and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

INFORMATION YVCG GATHERS AND TRACKS

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild gathers two types of information about users:

  • Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our automatic updates, to email a friend, etc.

  • Information The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our site server. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and to help our members and funders better understand the demographics of our audience. Under no circumstances does The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information

We offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

1. "E-mail this to a friend" policy

Our site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page, or member gallery to someone else by clicking "e-mail this to a friend". The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.

2. Guest Account Signup

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild offers site visitors the ability to sign up for a "Guest Account" to allow you to save your favorite searches, favorite galleries, etc. If you sign up for this service, the information we collect is for creation of the account only. We won't share your information with any 3rd party.

Children

Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's browser type and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser). This in no way identifies you as an individual.

Cookies

We may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). Our advertising system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad impressions and click rates.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site.

USE OF INFORMATION

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

We may use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums.

When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don't track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SHARING OF THE INFORMATION

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

YOUR CONSENT

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.