There are certain actions and areas of the site that will require you to provide some information, such as:
â€¢ The AGA forums
â€¢ Sending an e-mail question
â€¢ Applying to become a blogger
â€¢ Becoming a blogger
1. Information You Choose to Provide
In order to gain access to certain areas of our site or to use certain features of our site, you may choose to provide information. If you do submit information to us, we will use that information for the purposes for which it was submitted. For example:
â€¢ If you register for the AGA forums, we will ask for your date of birth. You will also need to provide your email address, which is publicly hidden. You will be identified on the forums by a user name of your choice. We will have a record of all of this information and we will use it only to allow you to interact with our site and for general statistical purposes.
â€¢ We will receive any other information you choose to provide, such as e-mail questions, answers to polls, feedback, articles or other materials you submit.
â€¢ In addition to the uses described above, the AGA reserves the right to share information you provide with legal authorities if we find it necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected fraud, situation involving threats or potential harm to the safety of any person or property, or if required by law (such as if required by a subpoena, court orders or other legal means).
2. Submission of Materials and Information by Users
When you submit an e-mail, a forum post, blog post, or other material to the AGA through the Web Site, you are authorizing the AGA to read it, edit it, publish it on-site or any of our future publications and authorize other organizations to publish it. This means your submission can be read publicly, downloaded and copied, as well as in other on-line or off-line forms. If you don't want your forum post, blog post, or other materials to be posted and read by others, do not submit it. After posting a submission on the site, the AGA may edit it for reasons of clarity or to protect your privacy. You can do your part by editing it yourself first to eliminate anything that might identify you or other people mentioned in your submission. The AGA is not obligated to and makes no representation that it will publish any particular submission.
Furthermore, all of the material you submit must be your own creation â€” not copied from someone or something else. Once a submission is published on the Web site, the AGA may take it down for any or no reason.
Registration, polling, forum topics, along with our accounts of what pages users are reading the most, will be compiled into statistics to inform us about your needs and interests. We may also share this statistical information with writers, Web site writers, media, and outside experts, to help us improve the site and give you more on the subjects and things in which you show the greatest interest.
3. Information Automatically Collected and Stored
As is true of most websites you enter, we automatically collect and store some information about your computer and your visit in log files. This information includes your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address; the domain from which you access the Internet (such as "AOL.com" or "msn.com"); the name, version, and specifications of your computer and your computer's operating system; the Internet address of the Web site, if any, from which you came to our site; the date and time you arrived at our site and how long you spent on the site; and which pages you visited.
We use this information to formulate statistics that show the number of visitors to the different sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to you. These statistics do not reveal personal information.
4. Cookies (not the crunchy kind)
We use session cookies on the AGA main site and the AGA forums to allow use of certain features only by members, to track the number of times you have used a certain feature and to keep track of unique visitors to the pages of allgirlarmy.org.
Session cookies are small text files that are placed in your computer's Random Access Memory. If you register or login as a member of allgirlarmy.org, we place a session cookie on your computer so that you can use certain features of our site that are accessible only to members.
The cookie only resides in your Random Access Memory for the length of your browser session. For example, if you log in as a member and then browse through different pages of the Web site, the cookie will allow you to use certain features (e.g., posting on the forums or commenting on a blog post). However, once you close your browser window, the session cookie times out. If you open a new browser window and return to our Web site, you will have to log in again to gain access to the member-only features.
5. Special Information for Children under 13 and their parents
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects the personal information of children under the age of 13. This applies to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. The Act and Rule also cover other types of informationâ€”for example, hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanismsâ€”when they are tied to individually identifiable information. It is important for you to understand this law; we encourage you to read more about COPPA.
The AGA is committed to providing a safe and secure online experience for children who visit our site. We are dedicated to safeguarding any personal information collected online and to helping parents and children have positive experiences on the Internet. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If you are under 13 and would like to participate in the message forums or as a blogger, please have your parent or guardian send an email, with a verifiable identity, giving us permission to allow you to register, to: email@example.com.
Parents can revoke their consent and ask that information about their children be deleted from the site by contacting us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To do this or to review personal information collected from children, we must verify the identity of the requesting parent. When a parent revokes consent, we will stop collecting, using, or disclosing information from that child. To respect the privacy of parents, information collected and used for the sole purpose of obtaining verifiable parental consent or providing notice is not maintained in retrievable form by the site if parental consent is not obtained after a reasonable time.
The AGA believes it is good policy not to collect more personally identifiable information from children under 13 than is necessary for them to safely participate in our online activities. In addition, be aware that all sites that are targeted to children under 13 are prohibited by law from collecting more information than they need.