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This privacy statement applies to garsinfotech.com and Gars Infotech websites, services and products that collect data and display these terms, as well as their offline product support services. It does not apply to Gars sites, services and products that do not display or link to this statement or that have their own privacy statements.

Cookies

Most Gars sites use \"cookies,\" small text files that can be read by a web server in the domain that put the cookie on your hard drive. We may use cookies to store your preferences and settings; help with sign-in; provide targeted ads; and analyze site operations. We also use web beacons to help deliver cookies and compile analytics. These may include third-party web beacons, which are prohibited from collecting your personal information.

You have a variety of tools to control cookies and similar technologies, including:

  • Browser controls to block and delete cookies;
  • Advertising controls
  • Controls from some analytics providers to opt out of data collection in web beacons.

Our Use of Cookies

Most Gars web sites use "cookies," which are small text files placed on your hard disk by a web server. Cookies contain text that can be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. That text often consists of a string of numbers and letters that uniquely identifies your computer, but may contain other information as well. Here is an example of the text stored in a cookie that Gars might place on your hard disk when you visit one of our web sites: G373GCA7S319442F97E8A170C99801

We may use cookies for:

Storing your Preferences and Settings

 If you enter your city or postal code to get local news or weather information on a Gars site, we may store that city or postal code in a cookie so that you will see the relevant local information when you return to the site. This can save you time by eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information every time you visit the site.

Sign-in and Authentication

When you sign in to a site or service using your Gars account, we store your unique ID number, and the time you signed in, in an encrypted cookie on your hard disk. This cookie allows you to move from page to page at the site without having to sign in again on each page. When you sign out, these cookies are deleted from your computer. We also use cookies to improve the sign-in experience. For example, your e-mail address may be stored in a cookie that will remain on your computer after you sign out. This cookie allows your e-mail address to be pre-populated, so that you will only need to type your password the next time you sign in. If you are using a public computer or do not want this information to be stored, you can select the appropriate radio button on the sign-in page, and this cookie will not be used.

Targeted Advertising 

When we display online advertisements to you, we will place one or more persistent cookies on your device in order to recognize your device each time we display an ad to you. Because we serve advertisements on our own web sites as well as those of our advertising and publisher partners, we are able to compile information over time about the types of pages, content and ads you, or others who are using your computer, visited or viewed. This information is used for many purposes, for example, it helps us try to ensure that you do not see the same advertisements over and over again. We also use this information to help select and display targeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you.

Site Analytics

We may use cookies to count the number of unique visitors to a web page or service or to develop other aggregate statistics about the operations of our sites and services. These analytics help us operate and improve the performance of these sites and services.

How to Control Cookies

Browser Controls to Block Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to block cookies.

For example, in Internet Explorer 9, you may block cookies by taking the following steps:
Click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options"
Click the "Privacy" tab at the top of the window
Move the slider up or down to select the types of cookies you wish to block

Instructions for blocking cookies in other browsers are available at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Please be aware that if you choose to block cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of Gars sites and services that depend on cookies, and some advertising preferences that are dependent on cookies may not be able to be respected.

Browser Controls to Delete Cookies. If you accept cookies, you can delete them later.

For example, in Internet Explorer 9, you may delete cookies by taking the following steps:
Click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options"
On the "General" tab, under "Browsing History," click the "Delete" button
On the pop-up, select the box next to “Cookies”
Click the "Delete" button

Instructions for deleting cookies in other browsers are available at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Please be aware that if you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated.

Browser Controls for “Do Not Track” and Tracking Protection. Some newer browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the web sites you visit indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. Those sites may continue to engage in activities you might view as tracking even though you have expressed this preference, depending on the sites’ privacy practices.

Internet Explorer 9 has a feature called Tracking Protection that helps prevent the web sites you go to from automatically sending details about your visit to third-party content providers. When you add a Tracking Protection List, Internet Explorer will block third-party content, including cookies, from any site that is listed as a site to be blocked. By limiting calls to these sites, Internet Explorer will limit the information these third-party sites can collect about you. And when you have a Tracking Protection List enabled, Internet Explorer will send a Do Not Track signal or preference to the web sites you visit.


Advertising Opt-Out Controls. Because cookies may be used for many purposes, users who object to behaviorally targeted advertising may choose to accept cookies but opt out from that particular use. Companies in the online advertising industry have developed guidelines and programs to help protect users’ privacy, and these industry programs include web pages you can visit to opt out from receiving behaviorally targeted advertisements from all participating companies (including Gars). These pages include:

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Consumer Choice Page: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) Opt-Out Page: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
In Europe, you may also visit Your Online Choices: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/

Individual advertising companies may also offer their own opt-out capabilities plus more advanced advertising choices. For instance, Gars’s advertising preference and opt-out controls are available at http://choice.live.com/advertisementchoice/. Please note that opting out does not mean that you will stop getting ads or see fewer ads; however, if you do opt out, the ads that you receive will no longer be behaviorally targeted. In addition, opting out does not stop information from being collected.

Our Use of Web Beacons

Gars web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons - sometimes called single-pixel gifs - that may be used to help deliver cookies on our sites, let us count users who have visited those pages and deliver co-branded services. We may include web beacons in our promotional e-mail messages or newsletters to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.

We may also work with other companies that advertise on Gars sites to place web beacons on their sites or in their advertisements to let us develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a Gars site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser\'s site.

Finally, Gars sites may contain web beacons from third parties to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other web site operations. These web beacons may allow the third parties to set or read a cookie on your computer. We prohibit third parties from using web beacons on our sites to collect or access your personal information. Nevertheless, you may be able to opt out from data collection or use by these third-party analytics companies by clicking the links for each of the following analytics providers:

Omniture (Adobe): http://www.d1.sc.omtrdc.net/optout.html
Nielsen: http://www.nielsen-online.com/corp.jsp?section=leg_prs&nav=1#Optoutchoices
Coremetrics: http://www.coremetrics.com/company/privacy.php#optout
Visible Measures: http://corp.visiblemeasures.com/viewer-settings
Google Analytics: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (requires you to install a browser add-on)

Other Similar Technologies

In addition to standard cookies and web beacons, web sites can use other technologies to store and read data files on your computer. This may be done to maintain your preferences or to improve speed and performance by storing certain files locally. But, like standard cookies, it can also be used to store a unique identifier for your computer, which can then be used to track behavior. These technologies include Local Shared Objects (or \"Flash cookies\") and Silverlight Application Storage.

Local Shared Objects or "Flash cookies." Web sites that use Adobe Flash technologies may use Local Shared Objects or "Flash cookies" to store data on your computer. Note that the ability to clear Flash cookies may or may not be controlled by your browser setting for standard cookies as that may vary by browser. To manage or block Flash cookies, go to http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.

Silverlight Application Storage. Web sites or applications that use Gars Silverlight technology also have the ability to store data by using Silverlight Application Storage. To learn how to manage or block such storage, visit Silverlight.

Information We Collect

Gars collects many kinds of information in order to operate effectively and provide you the best products, services and experiences we can. We collect information when you register, sign in and use our sites and services. We also may get information from other companies. We collect this information in a variety of ways, including from web forms, technologies like cookies, web logging and software on your computer or other device.

Gars collects many kinds of information in order to operate effectively and provide you the best products, services and experiences we can. Some of this information you provide directly to us. Some of it we get by observing how you interact with our products and services. Some of it is available from other sources that we may combine with the data we collect directly. Regardless of the source, we believe it's important to treat that information with care and to help you maintain your privacy.

What we collect:

  • Registration - When you sign up to use our sites or services you may be required to provide information about yourself, such as your name, birthdate and postal code.
  • Signing in - To access some Gars services, you will need to sign in with an e-mail address and password, which we refer to as your Gars account. If you access our services via a mobile phone, you may also use your telephone number and a PIN as an alternative credential to your username and password. By signing in on one Gars site or service, you may be automatically signed into other Gars sites and services that use Gars account. Click here for more Gars account privacy information.
  • Using our sites and services - We collect information that tells us how you interact with our services, including the browser you're using, your IP address, location, cookies or other unique IDs, the pages you visit and features you use.
  • Data from other sources - We may get additional information about you, such as demographic data we purchase from other companies.

How we collect:

We use a number of methods and technologies to gather information about how you use our sites and services, such as:

  • Web forms, such as when you type information into a registration form or type a search query into a search box.
  • Technologies like cookies and web beacons (Please visit this web page to learn more about these technologies).
  • Web logging, which enables us to collect the standard information your browser sends to every web site you visit - such as your IP address, browser type and language, and the site you came from - as well as the pages you visit and the links you click while using our sites and services.
  • Software installed on your computer or other device, which may send back information needed to operate, update or improve that software.

How We Use Your Personal Information

Gars uses the information we collect to operate, improve and personalize the products and services we offer. Information collected through one Gars service may be combined with information collected through other Gars services to give you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with us. We may also supplement this with information from other companies. For example, we may use services from other companies to help us derive a general geographic area based on your IP address in order to customize certain services to your geographic area.

We also may use the information to communicate with you, for example, informing you when a subscription is ending, letting you know when security updates are available or letting you know when you need to take action to keep your account active.

Gars provides many of our sites and services free of charge because they are supported by advertising. In order to make these services widely available, the information we collect may be used to help improve the advertisements you see by making them more relevant to you.

Reasons We Share Your Personal Information

Except as described in this privacy statement, we won’t disclose your personal information to a third party without your consent.

  • Within Gars affiliates and subsidiaries
  • As part of a merger or sale of a business
  • With vendors and agents of Gars
  • When required by law or to respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement or other government agencies
  • When required to combat fraud or protect our interests
  • To protect life and safety
Accessing Your Personal Information

Some Gars services give you the ability to view or edit your personal information online. To help prevent your personal information from being viewed by others, you first will be required to sign in. The method(s) for accessing your personal information will depend on which sites or services you have used.

Children

When a Gars site or service collects age information, it will either block users under 13 or will ask them to provide consent from a parent or guardian before they can use it. We will not knowingly ask children under 13 to provide more information than is necessary to provide the service.

When consent is granted, the child's account is treated much like any other account. The child may have access to communication services like e-mail, instant messaging and online message boards and may be able to communicate freely with other users of all ages.

Parents can change or revoke the consent choices previously made, and review, edit or request the deletion of their children's personal information.

Display of Advertising

Many of our web sites and online services are supported by advertising.

Most of the online advertisements on Gars sites and services are displayed by Gars Advertising. When we display online advertisements to you, we will place one or more persistent cookies on your computer in order to recognize your computer each time we display an ad to you. Because we serve advertisements on our own web sites as well as those of our advertising and publisher partners, we are able to compile information over time about the types of pages, content and ads you, or others who are using your computer, visited or viewed. This information is used for many purposes, for example, it helps us try to ensure that you do not see the same advertisements over and over again. We also use this information to help select and display targeted advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you.
You may opt out of receiving targeted ads from Gars Advertising by visiting our opt-out page.

Communication Preferences

If you receive promotional e-mails from us and would like to stop getting them in the future, you can do so by following the directions in that message.

Depending on the respective service, you may also have the option of proactively making choices about the receipt of promotional e-mail, telephone calls, and postal mail from particular Gars sites or services by visiting and signing into garsinfotech.com

Other Important Privacy Information

Below you will find additional privacy information you may (or may not) find important. Much of this describes common practices that we want you to know about but don't think it's necessary to highlight in every one of our privacy statements. And some of this is just stating the obvious (for example, we will disclose information when the law requires it), but our lawyers make us say it anyway. Please keep in mind that this information is not a complete description of our practices - this is all in addition to the other, more specific information contained in the privacy statements for each Gars product and service you use.

  • Sharing or Disclosing Personal Information
  • Protecting the Security of Personal Information
  • Where Information is Stored and Processed
  • Changes to Our Privacy Statements
  • TRUSTe Certification and Enforcement of Our Privacy Statements
  • How to Contact Us
Sharing or Disclosing Personal Information

In addition to any sharing described in the privacy statement for the product or service you are using, Gars may share or disclose personal information:

With other Gars controlled subsidiaries and affiliates.
As part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets.
With vendors or agents. Specifically, we may share it with companies we've hired to provide services on our behalf. When we share information with these other companies to provide services for us, they are not allowed to use it for any other purpose and must keep it confidential.

We also may share or disclose personal information, including the content of your communications:

  • To comply with the law or respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement and government agencies.
  • To protect the rights or property of Gars or our customers, including enforcing the terms governing your use of the services.
  • To act on a good faith belief that access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Gars employees, customers or the public.
Please note that our sites may include links to third-party sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of Gars. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by the privacy statements on those sites. We encourage you to review the privacy statement of any site you visit.

Protecting the Security of Personal Information

Gars is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card number or password) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share it. If you are sharing a computer, you should always log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.

Changes to Our Privacy Statements

We will occasionally update our privacy statements to reflect customer feedback and changes in our services. When we post changes to a statement, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the statement. If there are material changes to the statement or in how Gars will use your personal information, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes before they take effect or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review the privacy statements for the products and services you use to learn how Gars is protecting your information.

How to Contact Us

If you have a technical or general support question, please visit http://support.Garsinfotech.com/ to learn more about Gars Support offerings.
For general Gars privacy issues, please contact us by using our Web form.

To find the Gars subsidiary in your country or region, see http://www.garsinfotech.com/

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