SimFreaks.com is committed to providing a fun, safe and secure
website for people of all ages. We are dedicated to safeguarding
all personal information collected online and to helping our visitors
learn how to exercise control over personal information while
the Internet. Because many visitors to this site are children,
we take care to avoid posting explicit content that is appropriate
for them. In some instance you may find some material questionable,
such as Renaissance Art. We ask that parents use their own judgement
in guiding their children as we do not block any material available
that would be available in a book at the public library from viewing.
To help ensure a rewarding online experience for all visitors,
we provide this summary of our information practices. This privacy
notice governs the collection and use of information at SimFreaks.com.
As we continue to offer our visitors new and different types of
content and services, we may modify our practices from time to time.
However, we will treat all personal information we collect in accordance
with the privacy notice in effect at the time the information is
I. Collected Information
At SimFreaks.com, we do not collect personally identifiable information
unless our visitors voluntarily provide it to us. For some activities,
such as online polls or surveys, we may ask visitors to provide
information that is not personally identifiable. This might include
first name only, city or state of residence, age, gender, or a favorite
cartoon character. For some other activities, such as entering sweepstakes
and subscribing to our e-mail newsletters, we may ask visitors to
provide a first name and e-mail address.
Visitors who order merchandise or other materials from SimFreaks.com
will be required to provide their full name, billing and mailing
addresses, e-mail address, telephone number and a credit card number.
If the order is being shipped to a third party, we will also need
the recipient's name and mailing address. Before collecting information
in connection with a SimFreaks.com order, we will verify the validity
of the purchaser's credit card. We will never solicit additional
voluntary information regarding shoppers' personal shopping preferences.
When a child under thirteen asks to receive an e-mail newsletter,
or participates in another ongoing activity that requires the collection,
retention, and use of personal information, we will also ask for
a parent's e-mail address so that we can notify the parent that
we have received personal information from their child. We do not
knowingly collect names and e-mail addresses from children under
thirteen without notifying the parent via e-mail and giving the
parent the option to remove their child's e-mail address from the
applicable database for that activity. We do not knowingly collect
the mailing address of a child under thirteen without obtaining
verifiable consent from that child's parent.
For specific one-time requests we receive from visitors, e-mail
addresses are collected and used only in connection with the specific
one-time request. For example, for sweepstakes and contests, e-mail
addresses are collected for the purpose of entering the online sweepstakes
or contest on a one-time basis and are used to notify winners of
the sweepstakes or contest once by e-mail. Winners will be required
to return a completed prize acceptance form contained in the notification
e-mail by facsimile or U.S. mail within a designated time period
(along with the signature of a parent or legal guardian for all
When visitors come to our site, we automatically collect some non-personally
identifiable information such as the type of computer operating
system (e.g., Windows '95 or Mac OS) and browser (e.g., Netscape,
Internet Explorer) being used, and the domain name of the Internet
service provider (e.g., America Online, Earthlink). We may also
monitor IP addressed to ensure proper use of accounts.
II. How We Use the Information
We use visitors' personal information for internal purposes only,
such as enabling visitors to enter our online contests or sweepstakes,
to subscribe to our website, or to order from SimFreaks.com. These
notifications are sent only to those visitors to SimFreaks.com who
ask to receive them.
We do not keep any personal information we obtain through a contest
or sweepstakes until we have successfully selected a winner(s),
awarded the prize(s), and administered the contest or sweepstakes.
We only use the e-mail addresses of subscribers to our SimFreaks.com
e-mail newsletters to send them the requested newsletter(s). Each
newsletter also includes instructions for subscription removal via
We never sell, rent, or otherwise share our visitors' personal
information with third parties. Sometimes, we use agents or contractors
to provide services to our visitors, such as helping us conduct
a sweepstakes, sending prizes to winners, or shipping customer orders
made on SimFreaks.com. In these cases, we require the
agent or contractor to keep the information confidential and to
use it only for the specific services they are performing. We sometimes
use non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve
the design and content of our site, and to improve our visitors'
experience on SimFreaks.com. We also may aggregate this information
to analyze site usage, as well as to offer products, programs, or
We will disclose information we maintain as required by law, for
example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may
disclose such information in response to a specific law enforcement
We will not use or transfer personally identifiable information
in ways that are materially different from the ones described above
without also providing parental notification of such practices and
obtaining consent for any materially different uses.
III. Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites
Our site contains links to other sites, whose information practices
may be different from ours. Sometimes these sites might conduct
contests or sweepstakes that are promoted on Cartoon Network, SimFreaks.com
or SimFreaks.com. Visitors should consult these other third party
sites' privacy notices, since these sites are not covered by our
SimFreaks.com uses a software technology called "cookies."
Cookies are small text files that we place in visitors' computer
browsers to store their preferences. Cookies themselves do not contain
any personally identifiable information. Although cookies could
enable us to relate a visitor's use of this web site to personal
information that the visitor has provided, such as an e-mail address,
ensure that accounts are not being abused at the expense of our
and how often they visit various sections of our site.
We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial
procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain
data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.
We are particularly sensitive to visitors' security concerns regarding
the use of credit cards to purchase products over the Internet.
We outsource all credit card purchases through PayPal
VI. Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our privacy
policy and/or practices, please contact us at the following e-mail
address, mailing address and telephone number:
VII. A Final Note to Parents
The Internet offers a world of opportunity for children. Your guidance
and involvement are essential to help ensure that children have
a safe and rewarding online experience. Your efforts to instill
responsible information practices will help steer your children
to age-appropriate sites, and will go a long way toward ensuring
that your children have enriching online experiences.
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