Privacy Policy

Last updated: 06/09/03

Your privacy is important to us at SmallBIZ.com, Inc. ("SmallBIZ.com"). Because we respect your privacy and we gather certain types of information, we feel it is important that you fully understand the terms and conditions under which we use the information we receive from you.  We request certain details so as to provide you with better products and services.  However, we will never share your confidential personal information with anyone. 

Please read the following guidelines to understand how we plan to maintain our professional standards and how your information will be treated as you make use of our products and services. Note that this policy may change from time to time, so please check back with us to view our updates.

1.   What information do we collect and how do we collect it?

SmallBIZ.com collects information necessary to respond to your requests for our customized products and services.  Information is gathered in several ways from different parts of our web sites.  Information is gathered when you sign up for a membership, you set your preferences, or you purchase one of our services or products.  This information may include, but is not limited to: name, physical address, email address, phone number, and other self-identifying information or preferences.  We obtain this information to make our services easier to use, and more personalized for you. 

2.   Who is collecting your information and with whom may it be shared?

SmallBIZ.com uses the information collected from you in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the privacy policies of our partners. We also show you content that we think is interesting, and display content according to your preferences.  We also may use your information to send you promotional materials on SmallBIZ.com and its partners. We may use your information to contact you, if necessary.  Additionally, we may report aggregate, non-personal, information to our advertisers.

Please note: SmallBIZ.com may be required disclose your information by law, court order or as required by other governmental or legal entities.

3.   What choices are available to you regarding collection, use, and distribution of your information?

You may occasionally receive information from time to time about SmallBIZ.com's products and services, and the products and services of our partners. We believe these updates would be interesting and informative to you. If you would rather not receive them, simply let us know. You may do this by indicating that you do not want to receive such information at the time you receive any correspondence from us.

We will not sell, rent or barter your information to anyone.

4.   What are cookies and how does SmallBIZ.com use them?

Cookies are small bits of code, usually stored on a user's computer hard drive, which enable a Web site to "personalize" itself for each user. No other company has access to our cookies. We use "cookies" technology to reduce the time required for you to submit your requests.  Cookies are not used by us to retrieve any information about you from your computer that you have not voluntarily given to us.  Note that cookies may also be received when you link to our partners' web sites or when you click on banner ads provided on our web site.  You can edit your browser to not accept cookies, but the features of our web sites may not function properly if you do not accept cookies.

5.   How do we protect your personal information?

For every transaction, we will employ reasonable and current Internet security methods and technologies to protect your information.  We password protect, use encryption techniques and may install firewalls where appropriate.  Even though we do our best to protect your personal information, no system can be guaranteed. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us.  Once we receive your information, we use our best efforts to ensure its security on our systems.

6.   Changes to Privacy Policy.

Any changes to our privacy policies will be posted on our web site at least ten (10) days prior to implementation.  Information collected before changes are made will be secured according to our old Privacy Policy.