At CriticalDance and Ballet-Dance Magazine
we're serious about the privacy of our members. The following policy provides
information on how CriticalDance collects, uses and safeguards your personal
information such as email addresses and identities. We've thought long
and hard about this policy, so please take a moment to read it.
CriticalDance does not share any personally identifiable information with
outside parties without your explicit consent. If you surf through CriticalDance's
website, you do so anonymously. We do not collect personal information
-- including your email address -- through browsing.
We do log your IP address (the Internet address
of your computer) to give us an idea of which parts of our site you visit
and how long you spend there, but your IP address does not provide us
with any other personal information. The only other information automatically
provided to us is the type of computer and operating system that you are
using, which is relayed by your browser.
Ballet-Dance Magazine Subscriptions
We may request that you voluntarily supply us with personal information,
such as your email address and geographic location, so that we may correspond
with you. Ballet-Dance Magazine subscribers, for instance, receive regular
email updates when new issues appear on the site.
To subscribe, please visit www.ballet-dance.com/subscribe.
If you wish to be removed from the subscription list, please visit www.ballet-dance.com/unsubscribe.
Our forums enable you to contact other members of the online dance community.
If you want to just read the articles and postings on CriticalDance, then
you don't need to register. However we really hope that you will want
to join in the discussions and that means that you will need to register,
which is free and quick. Your e-mail address must be valid. (Click here to register)
You can change your password, by clicking on "profile" link found near
the top of each forum page. When you register for the forum, you will
also be automatically subscribed to Ballet-Dance Magazine.
You must enter a "handle" or a name in order to post or chat on our system,
but it does not have to be your actual name. Your "handle" is remembered
using a cookie, however. CriticalDance does not use or track that
information anywhere but on the bulletin board system. As a quick way
of receiving answers to your messages, you may opt to allow other posters
to see your email address. We do not track email addresses or use them
in any other way, however, except as you permit or to contact you regarding
CriticalDance administrative issues. If you do make your personal information
available on the boards, please understand that CriticalDance is not liable
for any third-party misuse of that information. If you encounter any person
who is improperly collecting or using information about users, please
On our message boards, we do save all posted messages. We keep postings
for an indeterminate amount of time and they are accessible to all visitors
to CriticalDance. From time to time, we may also highlight some of the
best discussions taking place on our site by featuring it on our homepage
and on Ballet-Dance Magazine. If you wish to remove your posted messages
from CriticalDance, you may remove them yourself (click on the "edit"
icon next to your post), or, if you encounter difficulties, you may contact
us remove them.
As with most websites, CriticalDance may use a standard technology called
a "cookie" to collect information about how you use the site and to help
you navigate more easily. A "cookie" is a small file sent from a website
to the hard drive of your computer so that the site may track your activities
on the website. A cookie does not release any personally identifiable
information about you (your real name, phone number, etc.), unless you
previously provided that information to the site or have set your preferences
in your browser to provide that information. Cookies allow us to track
the traffic on our site so that we can improve our site and services.
CriticalDance is often viewed by children, however, we do not solicit
information from them. We would like to encourage parents and guardians
to spend time online with your kids and to participate in the interactive
activities offered on the sites your children visit. No personal information
should be submitted to, or posted at, our website by visitors under 18
years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian. Additionally,
the lower age limit for registration in the forum is 13.
Last Safety Tips
In general on the Web, you can safeguard your privacy best by remembering
a few things about being online:
1. When you communicate with others in a public forum via message boards
or chats, any personal information you disclose can be collected and/or
misused by parties outside of CriticalDance. Think of it as shouting out
your phone number to a friend in a crowded store. Anyone can pick that
information up if they want to.
2. You don't have to tell anyone anything personal
if you don't wish to. If you don't wish to supply certain personal information
to a site, then don't do it!
3. When transmitting important personal information
such as credit card numbers, always be sure that you are at least on a
secure site. Many browsers allow you to see that information immediately
with a small lock icon at the corner.
4. Don't forget that simple passwords can be cracked
easily. Most people choose passwords that are easy to remember, such as
their initials and a birthdate, or their dog's name. If it's easy to remember,
it's easy to figure out too! Never give out your password, and always
log out, especially when working on a computer other than your own .
If you are interested in more security information, visit Pretty Good Privacy (www.pgp.com/)or Privacy Alliance (www.privacyalliance.org) for advice on encryption,
security and updates.
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