Like most website operators, PC Tonic collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. PC Tonic’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how PC Tonic’s visitors use its website. From time to time, PC Tonic may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
PC Tonic also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. PC Tonic does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to PC Tonic choose to interact in ways that require PC Tonic to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that PC Tonic gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, visitors may choose to comment on an article and are asked to provide a name and email address. In each case, PC Tonic collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with PC Tonic. PC Tonic does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
PC Tonic discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on PC Tonic’s behalf or to provide services available at PC Tonic’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using PC Tonic’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. PC Tonic will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, PC Tonic discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when PC Tonic believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of PC Tonic, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an PC Tonic website and have supplied your email address, PC Tonic may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with PC Tonic and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. PC Tonic takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
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