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Last Update: 04/01/2010


Information Collection and Use by TotalPaws.com
TotalPaws.com collects user submitted information such as name, email address, and age to authenticate users and to send notifications to those users relating to the TotalPaws.com service. TotalPaws.com also collects other profile data including but not limited to: personal interests, gender, age, education and occupation in order to assist users in finding and communicating with each other.

TotalPaws.com also logs non-personally-identifiable information including IP address, profile information, aggregate user data, and browser type, from users and visitors to the site. This data is used to manage the website, track usage and improve the website services. This non-personally-identifiable information may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to members. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes

User Profile information including members' pictures and first names are displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the TotalPaws.com social networking community. Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new friends to join TotalPaws, to add users to members' friends' networks, and to send notifications related to the service. With the exception of inviting friends, adding friends, and notifications, a user's email address is not shared or displayed to people within a user's personal network Users within a personal network communicate on TotalPaws.com with each other through the TotalPaws.com service, without disclosing their email addresses. Users' full names are never directly revealed to other members. To facilitate searching and finding friends and acquaintances on the service, TotalPaws.com allows users to search for other members using first and last name, email address, and schools, where users may have attended.

We may also use a user's email address to send updates, a newsletter or news regarding the service. Users may choose not to receive email of this type by changing their notification settings under the "account settings" area of the control panel.

From time to time, TotalPaws.com or a partner, may sponsor a promotion, sweepstake or contest on TotalPaws.com. Users may be asked to provide personal information including name, email address or home address or to answer questions in order to participate. We may transfer personal information to certain ad partners that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply.

You should also be aware that members may reveal other personal information while communicating on other areas of the TotalPaws website, such as while participating in discussions on in TotalPawss clubs and/or posting information on TotalPaws Blogs. This information, in turn, might be viewed by other members or visitors to the TotalPaws website who are not members.

Information Collected and Use
TotalPaws.com collects user submitted information such as name, email address, and age to authenticate users and to send notifications to those users relating to the TotalPaws.com service. TotalPaws.com also collects other profile data including but not limited to: personal interests, gender, age, education and occupation in order to assist users in finding and communicating with each other.

TotalPaws.com also logs non-personally-identifiable information including IP address, profile information, aggregate user data, and browser type, from users and visitors to the site This data is used to manage the website, track usage and improve the website services. This non-personally-identifiable information may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to members. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes

User Profile information including members' pictures and first names are displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the TotalPaws.com social networking community. Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new friends to join TotalPaws, to add users to members' friends' networks, and to send notifications related to the service. With the exception of inviting friends, adding friends, and notifications, a user's email address is not shared or displayed to people within a user's personal network Users within a personal network communicate on TotalPaws.com with each other through the TotalPaws.com service, without disclosing their email addresses. Users' full names are never directly revealed to other members. To facilitate searching and finding friends and acquaintances on the service, TotalPaws.com allows users to search for other members using first and last name, email address, and schools and/or companies where users may have attended or worked.

We may also use a user's email address to send updates, a newsletter or news regarding the service. Users may choose not to receive email of this type by changing their "notification" settings.

From time to time, TotalPaws.com or a partner, may sponsor a promotion, sweepstake or contest on TotalPaws.com. Users may be asked to provide personal information including name, email address or home address or to answer questions in order to participate. We may transfer personal information to certain ad partners that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION A MEMBER CHOOSES TO INCLUDE IN HIS OR HER PROFILE, OR WHAT LEVEL OF SHARING HE OR SHE CHOOSES, CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT EACH MEMBER WILL BE INCLUDED IN THAT MEMBER'S "PUBLIC PROFILE," WHICH IS AN ABBREVIATED VERSION OF A TotalPaws PROFILE. THIS INFORMATION INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: PROFILE PICTURE, AGE, LOCATION, GENDER, DISPLAY NAME, AND PERSONAL QUOTE. PUBLIC PROFILES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANY USER OF THE TotalPaws WEBSITE, WHETHER OR NOT THE USER IS A MEMBER.

Chat Rooms, Blogs, Message Boards, and Public Forums
Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to Journals, Blogs, Message Boards, Comments or any other Public Forums that that information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications.

Sharing of the Information this Site Gathers/Tracks
Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, TotalPaws will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary: (1) to conform to legal requirements or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process received by TotalPaws.com, whether or not a response is required by applicable law; (2) to enforce the TotalPaws.com Terms of Use Agreement or to protect our rights; or (3) to protect the safety of members of the public and users of the service. TotalPaws reserves the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of TotalPaws or substantially all of its assets to that successor in interest For more information see the "Changes in Our Privacy Policy" section below.

Links
The TotalPaws Website contains links to other websites. This includes links that are placed there by TotalPaws (such as in advertisements), as well as by other TotalPaws members. Please be aware that TotalPaws is not responsible for the privacy practices of any other website. We encourage all members and other users of the TotalPaws website to be aware of when they leave our website, and to read the privacy policies of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by TotalPaws through the TotalPaws website.

Use of Cookies
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on the TotalPaws website. However, we do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any Member or other user of the TotalPaws website which they did not intentionally submit to us, other than as stated in this Privacy Policy.

We use both "session ID cookies" and "persistent cookies." We use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close you browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. Note also that members may optionally use a cookie to remember their email in order to automatically log in to our website. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browsers' "help" file; however, please note that, if you reject cookies or disable cookies in your web browser, you will not be able to use the TotalPaws website.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by TotalPaws only, and does not cover the use of cookies by any other party.

Correcting/Updating or Removing Information
REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO MAY VIEW YOUR PROFILE AT ANY TIME. YOU CAN CHANGE THESE PRIVACY SETTINGS BY GOING TO YOUR CONTROL PANEL AND CLICKING THE "ACCOUNT SETTINGS" LINK. ALSO, YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU'VE SUBMITTED TO THE TotalPaws WEBSITE, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN YOUR TotalPaws PROFILE, BY CLICKING THE "EDIT PROFILE" LINK ON YOUR TotalPaws PROFILE PAGE.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy
If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our web site so members and other users of the TotalPaws website are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If we are going to use members' or other users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify those members and users via email or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Invite a Friend
If a Member elects to use our "Invite" feature to invite a friend to become a Member of the TotalPaws service, we ask them for the friend's email address. TotalPaws will automatically send the friend an email inviting them to join the site. TotalPaws stores this email address for the purpose of automatically adding the respondent to the friends list of the member sending the invitation, and also to send reminders of the invitation. TotalPaws will never sell these email addresses or send them any invitations unless it is requested by the member who invited them originally. Any person who receives an invitation may contact TotalPaws to request the removal of this information from our database.

Security
The TotalPaws account of every member is password-protected. TotalPaws takes every precaution to protect the information of the members, as well as information collected from other users of the TotalPaws website. We use industry standard measures to protect all information that is stored on our servers and within our database. We limit the access to this information to those employees who need access to perform their job function such as our customer service personnel. Be aware that we cannot guarantee the security of member account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time


Third Party Advertising
The ads appearing on this Web site are delivered to members by our web advertising partners. Our web advertising partners may use cookies. Doing this allows the ad network to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. TotalPaws does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed on the computer of any Member or other user of the TotalPaws website by the third-party ad servers or ad networks.

Members and Users Located Outside of the United States of America
We have made an effort to protect the personal information of all members and other users of the TotalPaws website, and to the extent applicable, we attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws. If you are unsure whether this privacy policy is in conflict with the applicable local rules where you are located, you should not submit your personal information to the TotalPaws website. IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION, YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES, THE LAWS OF WHICH MAY BE DEEMED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION TO HAVE INADEQUATE DATA PROTECTION. Members and other users of the TotalPaws website located in countries outside of the United States of America who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this privacy policy and to the transfer of that information to and/or storage of the information in the United States of America.

Contacting TotalPaws
If you have any questions about this privacy policy, TotalPaws's privacy practices, or your dealings with TotalPaws, contact us at admin@totalpaws.com