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Privacy Policy

We at HFX International have created this privacy statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to the privacy of our visitors. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully so that you understand our privacy practices. 

Questions regarding privacy issues should be directed to HFX International at Privacy at HFX.

Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. We won't knowingly allow anyone under 13 to register with any of our sites or to provide any other personally identifying information.

The information gathered by HFX International falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to our websites when they register or initiate transactions, and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through our sites. Third party providers featured on or linked to by our websites, such as vendors of products and services offered through our sites, may be gathering the same kinds of information.

To make use of certain features on our websites (such as free email, personal web pages, chatrooms and other interactive forums) visitors need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration process. We may also ask for information from those who buy products or services or conduct other transactions on our websites. (We may ask, for example, for your name, email address, sex, age, zip code or credit card number.) The information you supply will help us to offer you more personalized features, to tailor our sites to your interests and make them more useful to you, and to process e-commerce transactions.

From time to time, we may offer contests, sweepstakes or other promotions on our sites. If you enter one of these promotions, you'll have to provide information about yourself (such as your name, address, telephone number and email address) so that we can contact you if you win. We may share this information with any co-sponsor of the promotion, which we will identify in the official rules. If you don't want us to collect the information requested in the registration form or to provide it to contest co-sponsors, please do not enter the contest or sweepstakes.

Of course, even if you want to remain completely anonymous, you're still free to take advantage of the wealth of content available on our sites without registration.

To help make our sites more responsive to the needs of our visitors, we invoke a standard feature of browser software, called a "cookie," to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of user ID, if you will, that resides on your computer. The cookie doesn't actually identify the visitor, just the computer that a visitor uses to access our site. Unless you voluntarily identify yourself (through registration, for example), we won't know who you are, even if we assign a cookie to your computer. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply. A cookie can't read unrelated data off your hard drive.

We use cookies to help us tailor our site to your needs, to deliver a better, more personalized service. It is a cookie, for example, that allows us to automatically remember your login ID when accessing our forum even if you've been away for awhile. In addition, we may use cookies to track the pages on our sites visited by our users. We can build a better site if we know which pages our users are visiting and how often. Of course, you can set your browser not to accept cookies, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other visitors to our sites.

Our web servers automatically collect limited information about your computer's connection to the Internet, including your IP address, when you visit our sites. (Your IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet know where to send you data -- such as the web pages you view.) Your IP address does not identify you personally to us. We use this information to deliver our web pages to you upon request, to tailor our sites to the interests of our users, and to measure traffic within our sites. We also use this information to ensure the utmost safety for our visitors by ensuring no mimicry of them is being committed. This information is kept for our records only and under no circumstances is it ever given out to third parties.

To make our sites more valuable to our visitors, we offer some features in conjunction with other providers. Our chat service, for example, is made available through cooperative arrangements with providers that specialize in operating such services. Our sites also include links to plenty of other websites, and provide access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we don't control. When you access another website or purchase products or services or conduct other transactions through our websites, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you're visiting or the provider of such products or services. And when you provide information in the course of obtaining products or services through one of our sites, use of any information you provide may be governed by the privacy policy of the provider of those products or services, even if it appears that you're on HFX-branded pages throughout the transaction. The provider's privacy policy may differ from ours. If you can't find the privacy policy of any of our provider partners via a link either from the site's homepage or from the pages on which the products or services are offered, you should contact the provider directly for more information.

Any information you include in a message you post to any chat room, forum or other public posting area is available to anyone with Internet access. If you don't want people to know your email address, for example, don't include it in any message you post publicly, or be sure to select the option to hide your email address from public view if that option is available.

In the event HFX is contacted by law enforcement due to any arising legal issues that require us to release information to authorities, we will only do so with complete proper written court or legal documents ordering us to do so. In such case that we are provided with these documents, we will consult all legal experts before conforming to these orders.

If at any time you believe a Site has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by email to Privacy at HFX and we will concentrate our efforts to promptly determine and correct the problem.

Viewing Policy for Minors

Some areas within the HFX International web site are not designed for use by children under the age of 13 years, and may request Personal Information in order to provide the benefits of the site. The site was not arranged with a young age group in mind and any content designed by HFX International is of a mature nature. Any documents we supply as a resource are contained in their entirety and fall under separate maturity rating. If there is any objection to this material or any material hosted by HFX, it is the parental responsibility to prevent child access to this site.

Parents should be aware that an individual site's privacy policy will govern that sites use of Personal Information, but that information which is voluntarily given by children in chat sessions, e-mail exchanges, bulletin boards etc. may be used by other parties to generate unsolicited mail.

The HFX Staff encourages all parents to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of their Personal Information while using the Internet. For more information on protecting the privacy of your children on the Internet, please visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

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