PRICACY POLICY

Small Planet Guide Privacy Policy
IP addresses
Cookies
Direct Promotion
Visitor Behavior
With whom do we share the information we collect
Email a Friend
Notification of changes
Accessing, changing or deactivating information
Security
Children's Guidelines
Privacy statement does not extend to links to other sites
Collection of information by third parties
Small Planet Guide Apartment/Homes Owners and Managers

Small Planet Guide Privacy Policy
We at Small Planet Guide take very seriously your Privacy which is why we have one of the strongest Privacy Policies on the internet. We want you to feel safe using Small Planet Guide Apartment and Home Search and our website and we have taken every reasonable measure to make sure your information is protected. Enjoy your experience and thanks for visiting our site.
You are not required to provide personally identifiable information to visit the Small Planet Guide site. We do collect usage data, ZIP codes and other information on all users, but it is not personally identifiable except as described below under the section IP addresses.
To sign up to join Small Planet Guide as a registered user you must be 18 years of age or older and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Web site.

IP addresses
Small Planet Guide collects IP addresses (the location of your computer on the Internet) for administrative and analytical purposes. Small Planet Guide does not routinely collect any personally identifiable information through its saving of your IP address or the location of your computer on the Internet. However, in cases of suspected abuse or service problems, we may use an IP address in conjunction with other personally identifiable information to ensure implementation of our terms of service and to protect or troubleshoot the service, the site, its users or others who may be affected. No personally identifiable information associated with IP addresses will be shared with third parties for marketing purposes without your permission.

Cookies
The information you provide when you register with Small Planet Guide or fill out other forms on our site may be stored on our servers or, in some cases, in a cookie on your computer. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by our computers (or servers) to identify your computer. Cookies are read only by the server that placed them there and are unable to execute any code or virus. We use cookies to recognize you when you visit our site, to personalize your experience and generally to serve you better. For example, if you enter your name, address or ZIP code on one of our forms, it may be stored in a cookie so you do not have to enter it again. Cookies can also tell us what advertising you have seen on our site, which allows us to offer you a more diverse selection of advertising information. Cookies also may compile data about our visitors that may be shared with other companies, such as an outside advertising company. However, no personally identifiable information stored in cookies will be shared with outside companies for any purpose without your permission. You can disable cookies or otherwise manage them through tools provided with your browser software and with third-party software packages. If you turn off cookies, many Small Planet Guide features will not work as well or at all. This information will be used to compile aggregate data that is not personally identifiable and may be used internally or shared with third parties. This information may also be used to confirm and fulfill a request you are making, to follow up on that request and to communicate with you about the Small Planet Guide service. The messages that Small Planet Guide sends for these purposes may incidentally include promotional material or other content from Small Planet Guide or its partners. In the case of these messages, we are not sharing your personally identifiable information with third parties, nor will we continue to send you promotional messages if you ask us not to, as described below in the Section entitled "Accessing, changing or deactivating information."

Direct Promotion
In any case where we might use your contact information for this purpose, you will be able to indicate at registration whether you wish to receive such promotional or informational messages. However, by providing us your personal contact information when you register or request specific services, you agree that Small Planet Guide may contact you regarding account status, changes to this privacy policy or other terms of service, and to confirm, fulfill and follow up on your registration, service or information request.

Visitor Behavior
Small Planet Guide may perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in the various areas of our site, for development purposes, and to inform advertisers and partners about consumers who click on their advertising or other messages. After this analysis, we may disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. We also may use personally identifiable information to improve your experience while you are visiting our site. This might include providing you with customized editorial and/or advertising content or pre-filling your personal information into web forms so that you do not have to retype it.

With whom do we share the information we collect?
We may share information as is necessary for third parties to provide information or perform services specifically requested by you. If through Small Planet Guide you request additional information from an apartment community or property manager, we will share your information with those companies. Personally identifiable information may also be included in reports to these third parties, but only when you have already submitted the information to the third party as described above. After information is provided to such third parties, Small Planet Guide does not and cannot control their subsequent use or disclosure of information. We may share personal information with our other corporate entities and affiliates to: help detect and prevent identity theft, fraud and other potentially illegal acts; correlate related or multiple accounts to prevent abuse of our services; and to facilitate joint or co-branded services that you request where such services are provided by more than one corporate entity. Those entities and affiliates may not market to you as a result of such sharing unless you explicitly opt-in.
In some cases we may work with third parties that do analysis and development on our behalf. We may share your personally identifiable information with such a third party on the condition that the third party maintains the information as confidential and only uses the information to perform the services specified by Small Planet Guide. Small Planet Guide and its affiliates will share some or all of your personal information with another business entity should we (or our assets) plan to merge with, or be acquired by that business entity. Should such a transaction occur, that other business entity (or the new combined entity) will be required to follow this privacy policy with respect to your personal information.

E-mail a Friend
Small Planet Guide sometimes offers you the ability to send e-mail to a friend or other third party. E-mail a Friend functionality is for informational purposes only and may not be used for any unlawful purpose. This includes all harassment or threats. Small Planet Guide expressly reserves the right to release information you provide through use of this functionality (including but not limited to e-mail addresses, names and IP addresses) to third parties in any case of suspected abuse or other problems, in order to enforce our terms of service and to protect or troubleshoot the service, the site, its users or others who may be affected. Information collected under the "e-mail a friend" functionality is otherwise subject to the same limitations of use, access, security and disclosure described elsewhere in this privacy policy.

Notification of changes
Any changes to this policy will be posted on our Web site in this location. If those changes affect how we use your personally identifiable information, we will contact you at the e-mail address in our records to notify you of the change before it takes effect in regard to your information. At that time, you can either agree to the changes, modify your personally identifiable information or deactivate your user record.

Accessing, changing or deactivating information
At Small Planet Guide, it is our intention to give you as much control as possible over your privacy in regard to your Information and the use we make of it in the course of our business. Members may access their information 24 hours a day using their designated user name and password. Members may modify or delete their information as needed. If you deactivate your user information, your account information will no longer be used by Small Planet Guide except in an aggregate form or as required by law.

Security
Your personal information is one of our most valuable assets. It is accessible only to authorized personnel as needed to perform operations governed by this policy. In addition, when we collect credit card or other highly sensitive information from you, such as a Social Security number, we use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, the industry standard for ensuring privacy in Web transactions.

Children's guidelines
We believe that it is especially important to protect children's privacy online. We encourage parents to get involved with their children's online usage and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating. Note: We define "children" as minors younger than 18 years old. We do not knowingly collect or use any personally identifiable information from children, and we do not provide any personally identifiable information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever from our visitors younger than 18 years old. We do not knowingly allow children to register with us or to participate in any of our promotions or contests. No information should be submitted to or posted at Small Planet Guide by visitors younger than 18 years old. In the event that Small Planet Guide obtains information from an individual who indicates that he/she is younger than 18 years old, Small Planet Guide will promptly discard the personally identifiable information without collecting, using or disclosing such information to any third party. You should be aware that if your child voluntarily discloses his or her name, e-mail address or other information on any Web site, such disclosures may result in unsolicited messages.

Privacy statement does not extend to links to other sites
This site contains links to other sites. While we encourage our business partners to adopt privacy policies that build users' trust and confidence in the Internet, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of Web sites linked to any of our sites. We may allow third parties to sponsor promotions and sweepstakes through our site. Use of any personal information provided to such a third party will be governed by that party's privacy policy.

Collection of information by third parties
Small Planet Guide works with third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this site and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. In addition, we may share Web site usage information about visitors to our sites with these companies for the purpose of managing and targeting advertisements on our site and other sites. For this purpose, we and our third-party advertising companies note some of the pages you visit on our site through the use of pixel tags (also called clear gifs or single-pixel gifs).

Small Planet Guide Apartment/Home Owners and Managers
Our site's registration form requires you to give us contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address) and billing information. We use this information to establish and/or verify your identity, notify you about communication from Small Planet Guide renters, and enable Small Planet Guide renters to view your property's listing. We use your billing and financial information to invoice you for products and services that you purchase through the site.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please e-mail us at feedback@smallplanetguide.com.

Last updated: December 13, 2005

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