Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This is the privacy policy for SPECTRUM Social Network and all of our subsidiaries. Our home page on the Web is located at http://spectrum.org/. The full text of our privacy policy (this document) is available on the Web at http://spectrum.org/w3c/PrivacyPolicy.html. Users may refer to this policy document for information on how to opt-out of use of their information.

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our website, place an order, subscribe to our services or publications, respond to a survey or fill out a form. When ordering or registering on our website, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number and/or payment details where applicable. You may elect to provide other information in your SPECTRUM member profile or blog, although this is strictly optional. You may also browse our site anonymously.

Some pages on our site may contain Google AdSense ads or other sponsored messages. Google and other advertisers may use cookies to serve ads on these pages. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads based on users' visits to this and many other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

How do we use your information?

The information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience -- Your information allows us to create and maintain a subset of your preferences and also allows you to navigate through premium areas of our website without having to log in repeatedly to view each page.
  • To improve our website -- We continually strive to improve our the services, features and content offerings on our website based on the information and feedback we receive from our users.
  • To improve customer service -- Your information helps us respond more effectively to your customer service requests and support needs.
  • To process transactions -- We use STRIPE for payment processing. STRIPE is a leading, reputable processor of credit card transactions on the Web. Any financial data that you provide to us is passed directly on to STRIPE's secure server. We do not see, print or store your credit card number on our server.
  • To administer contests, promotions, surveys and other site features
  • To send periodic emails -- These emails may include occasional newsletters, announcements, updates, special offers and details about how to use new and existing services and features on our website. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order.

All transactions are processed through a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database, where it can only be accessed by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and who are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction is complete, your credit card information will not be stored on our server.

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a website transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser, enabling the site to personalize your experience. This personalization includes features such as maintaining "state" so your browsing experience is seamless and does not require repetitive logins from one page to another. Cookies also allow us to remember your preferences as you navigate through our site and when you return to the site for future visits.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade or otherwise divulge your personally identifiable information to outside parties. This does not includes trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is necessary to comply with the law, enforce our site policies or protect our rights, property or safety or such rights of others. Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising or other uses.

Third party links

At our discretion, we may display third party products or services on our website. These offerings are made by third party websites that have separate and independent privacy policies, thus, we have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we strive to protect the integrity of our site and our members' privacy, and we welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy, we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their account on our site and clicking the "Preferences," "Settings" or equivalent link in the user control panel.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act). We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to users who are over the age of 18.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Terms and Conditions

Please also review our Terms of Use, disclaimers and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at http://spectrum.org/tos.html as well as our policies on Copyright Infringement at http://spectrum.org/tos-ip.html

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to this Privacy Policy as well as the terms and conditions referenced in the foregoing paragraph.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page and update the Privacy Policy modification date as follows: this policy was last modified on August 20, 2016. This policy is valid until December 31, 2040 or until modified and updated as set forth in this paragraph.

Opting Out

You may choose to opt-out of our procedures for collecting information at any time by taking the following actions:

    (a) close your account by submitting a signoff request at http://spectrum.org/signoff, and

    (b) configure your browser to reject server cookies and allow you to browse our website anonymously.

Please be aware that blocking cookies will render key features on our website unusable and will make premium content on our website unreachable. If you close your account, your Web Desk and preferences will be deleted from our database and you will no longer receive email from us, including announcements, newsletters and other information to which you may have subscribed. A deleted account cannot be restored if you later change your mind, and you will need to create a new account to regain access to features and services provided on our website.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us in any of the following ways:

Dispute Resolution and Privacy Seals

We have the following dispute resolution mechanisms in force. If you think we have not followed our privacy policy in some way, please let us know so that we can take corrective actions. Contact our Help Desk with questions, troubleshooting, complaints and unresolved issues using any of the three contact methods listed above.


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