Our website uses the most secure encryption technology available to ensure that your personal details and credit card information remain safe at all times. Your credit card details are never viewed by an individual or stored on our server, making a purchase in this way more secure than buying goods over the phone or giving your card to someone in a restaurant. Credit card transactions are all dealt with by ProtX through their ultra-secure connections with the banks themselves.
When you start your checkout or edit your account, a secure, encrypted session will be indicated by a closed padlock or an unbroken key icon that appears in the lower left or right-hand corner of the browser window. You can also check the address bar of your browser; if the website address starts with “https://”, rather than the standard “http://”, then the session is secure.
Tales From The Earth gathers two types of information from users
- Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend and from participation in polls and surveys.
- Information Tales From The Earth gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs. Under no circumstances does Tales From The Earth divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.
- Electronic newsletters. We offer a free electronic newsletter to users. Tales From The Earth gathers the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. Users can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration.
- “E-mail this to a friend”. Our site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page or documents to someone else by clicking “e-mail this to a friend”. The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.
- Polling. We may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user. Tales From The Earth may use a system to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.
- Surveys. Tales From The Earth may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience. We never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.
use of information
Tales From The Earth uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience on our website, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter) and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. Tales From The Earth never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.
When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas, we do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users, but we don’t track which terms a particular user enters.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
- Opting not to receive our electronic newsletters
- Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users