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LHJ.com is a service provided by Meredith Corporation ("Meredith,"
"we" or "us"). Since 1902, Meredith has been committed to providing
our customers with products and services characterized by outstanding
continues our commitment to serve you and to protect your privacy
By visiting any of
our sites, you agree that your visit, and any dispute over privacy,
Agreement. Please take a few minutes to read them before
using or registering with any of our sites.
PLEASE NOTE THAT
AND USE OF INFORMATION AND DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY INFORMATION
THAT YOU MAY PROVIDE TO US BY OTHER MEANS, SUCH AS VIA MAIL
Please read this
If you have questions
Meredith cares about
protecting the privacy of children. We won't knowingly allow
anyone under 13 to provide us any personally identifying information.
Children should always get permission from their parents before
sending any information about themselves (such as their names,
email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us
or to anyone else. We encourage you to become involved in your
children's online experience, and to share your interest in
our sites with your young ones. If you're under 13, please do
not register with any of our sites or provide us with any personally
identifying information (such as your name, your email address
or your phone number).
The information we
gather on our sites falls into two categories: (1) information
you supply when you register or initiate transactions, and (2)
tracking information collected as you navigate through our sites.
Third-party providers featured on, or linked to from, our sites,
such as vendors of products and services offered through our
sites, may gather information, as well.
To use certain features on our sites, we ask you to register.
When you register, we collect personally identifying information
about you, including your name, mailing address, email address,
user name and password. We may also ask for some additional
information, such as, hobbies, age, browser type, and the like,
but you're free to register without providing this information
if you prefer. In addition, at various other points on our sites,
we may ask you for personally identifying information, including
when you: place an order for products, complete a survey, or
report a problem with one of our sites. We use this information
to process your orders, to tailor our sites to your interests
and to make them more useful to you, and to help improve our
Contests and Other
Promotions. From time to time, we may offer contests or
other promotions involving marketing or advertising partners.
If you choose to participate in one of these contests or promotions,
you'll have to provide some information about yourself (such
as your name, address, and email address). We may share this
information with sponsors of the contest or other promotional
partners, but we will always identify the other parties involved
(for example, in the contest rules). We don't control these
not apply to their collection and use of your information. We
urge you to review their privacy policies and learn how they
will use your information before participating. If you don't
want us to collect the information requested in connection with
a promotion, or to provide it to our co-sponsors or partners,
please do not participate in the promotion.
help us serve your needs better, we use "cookies" to store and
sometimes to track user information. A cookie is a small amount
of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored
on your computer's hard drive. A cookie contains a unique number
that allows our sites to identify your computer. For example,
cookies allow us to keep track of your user name and password
(if you are a registered visitor) so you don't have to re-enter
that information each time you visit one of our sites. We also
when you visit our sites. The help function on most browsers
contains information on how to set your browser to notify you
before accepting cookies or to disable cookies entirely. However,
if you don't accept cookies, you may not be able to take advantage
of various features on our sites that are available to other
visitors. In addition, our advertising and marketing partners
may use their own cookies.
Third Party Advertising
Services. We use the services of DoubleClick, a third-party
advertising and email delivery company to serve and target advertisements
that you see on the pages of our sites, to serve and target
promotions or other marketing messages, and to send e-mails
from us. DoubleClick also collects "clickstream data," information
about your visit to our sites and to third-party sites, that
can be aggregated and used to target advertising on this and
other sites, and used for marketing research and other similar
purposes. This clickstream data does not include personally
identifying information such as your name, address, email address
same reasons we do, and collects information directly from our
users. We share website usage information about visitors to
our sites who have received a targeted promotional campaign
with DoubleClick to facilitate targeting future campaigns and
upgrading visitor information used in reporting statistics.
For this purpose, we and DoubleClick note some of the pages
you visit on our website through the use of pixel tags (also
called "clear gifs" or "web beacons"). If you would like to
know more about DoubleClick information gathering practices
and "opt-out" procedures, please see the privacy statement on
the DoubleClick website.
Information and IP Addresses. When you use our sites, we
may also collect information about your access time and your
computer configuration, including the type of browser software
you use, the operating system that you're running, the resolution
of your computer monitor and your Internet Protocol ("IP") address.
Your IP address is a number that is used by computers connected
to the Internet to identify your computer so that data (such
as the web pages you request) can be sent to you. Your IP address
does not tell us who you are. Like the IP address, none of the
other information described in this paragraph identifies you
personally. We collect this information for purposes of aggregated
reporting on site activity that we, and our advertisers, may
use. For example, we may want to know how long the average user
spends on our site, which pages or features get the most attention,
and the like. The aggregated information helps to understand
our audience and confirm the value of advertising on our websites.
YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE USED:
Our primary goal
in collecting information is to provide you with a customized
experience when visiting our sites and to make our sites more
valuable to you.
Vendors and Service
Providers. To make your experience on our sites more useful
and enjoyable, we may offer some features (such as chat rooms
and email newsletters) in conjunction with third party providers
("Provider Partners") that specialize in operating such services.
We share with each of these Provider Partners such information
as is necessary to provide you with the services we provide
you in conjunction with that Provider Partner. Their use of
this information will be subject to the terms of their respective
privacy policies, which you can find on their websites. We
will not provide your email address to such third parties unless
it's necessary to provide the services you have requested, or
to allow you to participate in a co-sponsored promotion.
Sites to Which
We Link. We also may provide links to other websites, and
provide access to products and services offered by third parties,
whose privacy policies we don't control. When you access another
website or purchase products or services or conduct other transactions
through our websites, use of any information you provide is
visiting or the provider of such products or services. When
you provide information in the course of obtaining products
or services through our sites, use of any information you provide
products or services, even if it appears that you're on one
of our sites throughout the transaction. The provider's privacy
of any of our providers via a link either from the site's homepage
or from the pages on which the products or services are offered,
you should contact the provider directly for more information.
When you are ready to make a purchase through one of our sites,
we will ask you to provide us with certain information, including
your contact details (such as your name, address, telephone
and email), and your billing information (such as your credit
card number and the date that your card expires). We will use
the information you provide us to process your transaction and
to contact you regarding your purchase if necessary. We will
share this information with the relevant merchant to the extent
necessary to facilitate your purchase (for purposes such as
customer service, verification, fulfillment and billing purposes).
We may share non-financial information with such merchants in
When you register for one of our sites, the information that
you provide will be added to a centralized Meredith database
so that you will simultaneously be registered for our other
sites as well. We may share the information that we collect
from you with any wholly or majority-owned subsidiary of Meredith
so that we and they can offer you products and services that
we may believe may be of interest to you.
Lists. If you provide us with your postal address, we may
include that address in postal address lists that we sell or
rent to third parties. If you would like us to stop including
your postal address in such lists, please send us a letter (which
should be addressed to Meredith Corporation, Opt-Out Postal,
Attn: Circulation, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309),
requesting that we remove your postal address from these lists.
If we receive such a letter from you, we will act as promptly
as possible to remove your postal address from future postal
address lists that we sell or rent to third parties.
We may occasionally release information about our visitors
when release is appropriate to comply with law, to enforce our
Agreement, or to protect the rights, property or safety
of visitors to our sites, the public, or Meredith Corporation.
As our business grows, we may buy or sell various assets. In
the unlikely event that Meredith Corporation, substantially
all of our assets, or one or more of our sites (or substantially
all of its assets) is acquired by another company, information
on our visitors would be among the transferred assets.
TO CORRECT OR UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION:
believes strongly in providing you with the ability to access
and edit the personally identifying information that you have
provided to us through our websites. To update this information,
please visit our My
We may offer you the opportunity to subscribe to email newsletters
on various topics that we believe are of interest to our visitors.
If you have opted to receive a particular newsletter, you can
always unsubscribe later either (1) by following the 'unsubscribe'
link located near the bottom of each newsletter, or (2) by going
to My Account,
selecting "Unsubscribe" from the Newsletter options, unchecking
the relevant boxes and pressing the "Update" button.
If you provide us with your email address, from time to time
we may send you emails about Meredith products, services and
special offers (such as special Meredith magazine subscription
offers) that we believe may be of interest to you. When you
register, you will also be given an opportunity to tell us whether
you would like to receive emails about products, services and
special offers from third-party providers.Though we hope that
you will find both types of promotional emails helpful, if you
decide that you no longer wish to receive either or both types
of emails, please go to the Email
Preferences page and update your preferences. Of course,
you may change your preferences at any time. We will make any
changes you request as quickly as we can.
The personally identifying
information we collect is stored within a database that we control.
We use standard, industry-wide procedures such as firewalls
and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect your information.
However, as effective as encryption technology is, no security
system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of
our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply
won't be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the
Internet. And, of course, any information you include in a message
you post to any message board, discussion group, or other public
posting area on our sites is available to anyone with Internet
access. If you don't want people to know your name or email
address, for example, make sure not to include it in any message
you post publicly. Please see our Visitor
Agreement for more information related to posting materials
on our sites, including our use of such materials.
The Internet is an
some point in the future, we'll post the changes before they
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Corporation. All rights reserved.
July 1, 2004