Chris Patterson understands the importance of protecting the privacy of his Web-site visitors. The information collected on ChrisPatterson.com is used to improve the marketing of the services he offers, to improve his Web-site content, and to reply to potential solicitations for business.
What information does ChrisPatterson.com capture about Web-site visitors?
The ChrisPatterson.com web servers use an extended log file format which captures: date and time of visit, referring address (location from which a visitor comes to ChrisPatterson.com), type of Internet browser used, and visitor’s IP address. (Each computer that connects to the Internet is assigned a unique number, an IP address, for identification and location purposes). The log file does not capture a visitor’s email address. This same information is also captured in a secured mysql database. Information transmitted through a contact page is stored in an email account and accessible by Chris Patterson alone when you contact him through a form on ChrisPatterson.com.
Does ChrisPatterson.com ask for personal information?
Certain areas of ChrisPatterson.com ask for personal information. They include: the contact popup, PDF estimates, and request for quote forms. This list may be expanded without notice. In the event that it is expanded, additional information may be required. In these areas, your name, address, email address, and phone number(s) are requested. On PDF estimates and request for quote forms your billing information, business profile, project descriptions, deadlines, and signatures are additionally requested. This information is collected to help Chris Patterson further develop his services, to provide you access to valuable Internet-based information and services, to bill and collect payment for those services if you elect to use them.
How does Chris Patterson use this information?
The information collected through this site helps Chris Patterson identify the type of Web-site content his visitors value most. Chris Patterson uses this information to market and improve the Web-site and his services. Chris Patterson also may use this information to send you e-mail notifications about updates to the Web-site, and to contact you by other means for marketing and other purposes. Chris Patterson’s policy is to not give, sell, or otherwise distribute the information collected through this site to third parties (unless required by law).
What happens when I leave ChrisPatterson.com?
Parts of ChrisPatterson.com, such as the gallery, contain links to third-party business clients for whom Chris Patterson has performed work. When you leave ChrisPatterson.com to visit one of these sites, the only information transferred to the third-party is the fact that you came from ChrisPatterson.com (the referring address). This practice allows the third-party to monitor its own Web-site traffic, but does not provide them with any information about you. Chris Patterson is not responsible or liable for the independent privacy policies of third-party sites. You should consult the privacy policies at those sites to determine how your information may be used.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a series of data characters that, when programmed into a Web-site, is placed by the Web server into the browsing application’s folder on your computer. Once placed onto your machine, the cookie will allow the Web-site to “recognize” your specific browsing application as an individual.
The purpose of a cookie is to provide Chris Patterson with the capability to personalize information for certain segments of his customer base. When a visitor submits a contact form, the cookie secondly allows Chris Patterson to link that person’s database stored browsing data with the request for service or comment.
Can cookies be removed from my hard drive?
Yes, cookies can be removed from your hard drive. Also, depending on what type of Web browser and what browser version you are using, you may be able to change the properties on your cookie file so that cookies are not used or saved. Please check with your browser provider for more information on removing cookies.
Additional resources on privacy:
The Electronic Privacy Information Center focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties issues relating to the National Information Infrastructure. EPIC Alert is the online newsletter of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. The newsletter is bi-weekly and covers issues related to privacy and civil liberties in the information age.