Privacy Statement Information
Tucows.com Co. owns and operates Tucows Downloads and butterscotch.com and various derivative sites. Because we gather information about the customers of butterscotch.com and Tucows Downloads, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information.
Information butterscotch.com and Tucows Downloads gathers and tracks
Tucows.com Co. gather two types of information about users: 1) Data that users provide through optional, voluntary registration on several of our sites, and 2) aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. Such information enables us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and help our advertisers better understand the demographics of our audience. Because our sites derive a portion of their revenue from advertising, providing such aggregated demographic data is essential in order to keep some of our services free to users.
Tucows Downloads and butterscotch.com offer free electronic newsletters to users. Tucows.com Co. gathers the e-mail addresses, names and other voluntary information from users who subscribe. Customers may remove themselves from any mailing list by following the instructions contained at the bottom of every newsletter. They can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration on the sites.
We occasionally conduct customer surveys to better target our content and product inventory to our audience. We sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with our advertisers and partners. We never share any information about specific individuals with any third party, except as noted previously.
Contests and sweepstakes
From time to time, we offer contests and sweepstakes in which we request certain personal information. These contests and sweepstakes are conducted in full accordance with United States and Canadian federal, state and provincial laws. The full rules and all information about such contests are clearly posted during such events. Information gathered is used only to verify user identity and to contact winners and/or prize recipients, except when specifically noted otherwise. Again, we do not share information about specific individuals with any third party, except as noted previously.
Tucows Downloads and butterscotch.com track user traffic patterns throughout the sites and this information is correlated with data about individual users. Overall usage statistics, according to a user's domain name, browser type and MIME type gotten by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser), are also broken down.
We also track and catalog the search terms that customers enter into our search tools, but this tracking is never associated with individual users.
A cookie is a small data file that certain Web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain information such including a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you've visited. 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.
If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie.
Use of the information
We use any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.
As stated above, Tucows.com Co. uses information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and enable users to participate in polls and message boards. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. Tucows.com Co. never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers or partners.
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 our search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.
Tucows.com Co. creates aggregrate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. We never shares individual personal information with anyone, so an advertiser will never know that a specific user clicked their ad.
We use the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience demographics. We do not share information about individual users with any third party, with the exceptions noted previously.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical, such choices include:
- Opting not to receive our electronic newsletters when registering for a site
- Opting not to provide certain personal information when registering for a site or service
- Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need for any information from our users
Users may unsubscribe to any of our electronic newsletters at any time by following the instructions contained at the end of each newsletter.
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