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Online Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us.  To better protect your privacy, we provide this policy explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.  To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on every page on our web site.

Your Consent

This policy applies to all information collected or submitted on the Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers website,  By using our website (our “Site”), you consent to the collection, storage and use of information in the manner described in this Privacy Policy and in our Site’s Terms and Conditions of Use.

The Information We Collect

When you access our Site to follow our blogs, review materials posted on the site, or subscribe as a writer on, or user of, The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre, we may ask for your name, occupation and other professional information, and e-mail address (collectively, “User Information”).  We collect User Information in order to solicit your opinions on materials posted to our site, to encourage you to subscribe to our services and to send you information that you may request from us.  User Information is not used for any other purpose and is not shared with outside parties.

The one exception to the rule described in this section is that if we are required by law (or to protect our rights, property or the personal safety of our personnel, the public or users of our Site), we will disclose User Information to the extent so required. 

We will not sell, trade, distribute, share or rent to third parties any User Information that can identify you that is collected by us online. 

The Way We Use Information

We use non-identifying and aggregate information solicited from users of our Site in order to solicit your opinions on materials we post to our Site or services that we may be offering and for general data collection, such as to gauge the popularity of certain topics.  We may track the occupations of individuals visiting our Site, or the responses of such individuals to questions regarding posted materials.  Also, we may track the number of individuals who have visited our Site or visits to specific pages of our Site.  However, this tracking process does not involve disclosing anything that could be used to identify such individuals.

Finally, we never use the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above.

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Your online profile with us, which contains your User Information, is accessible by you online, but it is protected by a unique user name and password chosen by you.  We strongly recommend that you do not give your password to anyone who is not authorized under the terms of a user agreement to use it.  If you want to change any of your personal information, correct factual errors, or even if you simply want to see what information we have stored, you may update your User Information online or you may contact us regarding any other revisions you may require.

If you are using a public or shared computer, we urge you to log out of our Site altogether and quit the browser application before you leave the machine.  This may help to prevent others from accessing your User Information.

We will only request your user name and password if you attempt to log into our Site.  We will never ask you for your password or User Information in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited e-mail.  Fraudulent online techniques are called “phishing” scams, where others pose as a reputable company to trick users into divulging such information.  Users should be vigilant about whom and under what circumstances they supply any User Information.  

You also can cancel your access to our Site by contacting us.  If you request such cancellation, we may remove any and all User Information from our Site, which may not be accessible to you even if you choose to later rejoin our Site as a registered user.  To comply with applicable laws, we may retain certain account information for a limited time; however, any such data will be retained in a manner consistent with all of our other data and information retention policies. 

IP Addresses and Cookie Technology

An IP address is simply your computer hardware’s address on the Web.  It is a unique identifier that helps online information to be directed to its intended place.  We use IP addresses to better understand our database of users.  Your IP address also may be used to gather broad demographic information such as the geographic distribution of users of our Site.  However, we do not intentionally link your IP address to any personally identifiable information.

If used, our cookies are benign bits of code, placed on your hard drive, that are designed to record only the particular information that you volunteer to us when you visit our Site.  Cookies can store preferences or settings as a convenience to you.  This is a common and safe practice that has been in use for years.  Cookies do not extract, nor are they tied to, private or personal information from your computer hardware or peripherals.  They simply enable our servers to recognize your computer as a unique visitor when you return to our Site.  While we do use cookies in connection with our Site, other cookies also may be generated by systems not under our control.  Any such cookies are destroyed when you exit your browser.

Users may restrict or allow cookies.   If you simply adjust your Web browser’s “settings”, “options” or “preferences,” you can set your computer to accept all cookies, or for it to alert you when a cookie is received, or to refuse all cookies that are sent to your machine.  Please note that if you do select the option of refusing all cookies, you may be unable to enjoy certain features of our Site.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, our practices or your dealings with our Site, please contact us.

Changes to Our Policies and Practices

If there is a change in our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it.  Please check this page from time to time for changes to make sure you are aware of our latest privacy practices.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of November 8, 2012
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