Privacy Policy -

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CLOSE WINDOW is dedicated to protecting your privacy on its web sites. The privacy that we extend to our web browsing guests, and recommend to our web clients is exactly that which we expect when we surf the internet. You can expect the same standard of privacy protection for your personally identifiable information on our internet web sites that we extend in every other interaction with us.'s policy on privacy is in accordance with the Direct Marketing Association's Marketing Online Privacy Principles, and as agreed upon by the Online Privacy Alliance, the leading association devoted to promoting and developing online and internet services world wide.

Only on a voluntary basis do we collect personal information from our visitors. Personally identifiable information may include name, address, e-mail information, credit card information (in the case of electronic commerce only), etc. The personally identifiable information that you may volunteer to us is used to fulfill your request, provide you with information or to market products, events, and/or services which may be of interest to you. These offers may come directly from us, from our direct affiliates or from other reputable organizations whose privacy policies are precisely in line with those of Each offer that may be made is carefully examined to ensure that it meets our high standards. Additionally, every effort is made to be sure that these offers reach only those individuals most likely to be interested in them. If your personally identifiable information is to be used in any fashion other than outlined above, the intent will be expressly stated on this web page. The standard question that is applied to all after-visit contact and/or correspondence here at is, "would I like to receive this?"

Our web server is programmed to collect the domain names (not the e-mail addresses) of visitors to our web sites. This information is aggregated to measure basic usage data such as the number of visits, average time spent on the web site as well as each web page, and the pages reviewed, etc., which is used by to improve the content of our web sites. This information is never shared with persons or companies outside of our organization.

"Cookies" may be used on some pages of our web site to assist us in better serving our visitors each time that they may return for a visit to a web site. A cookie is a small piece of information that our web servers send to your browser and that is stored on your computer. That small piece of information allows our servers to say, "Aha. We have seen this person before," and it also allows servers to remember things about your past interaction with the site, like, "This person told us that they like to see the temperature in Celsius, not Fahrenheit." For your better understanding of the term, we have provided a detailed and non-technical definition of cookies. The cookies used by contain only the information that you submit to via our Guestbooks, in addition to the browser collected information obtained as you move from page to page on our sites. You therefore have control over the information that is stored in the cookie. Remember, you can always set your browser to warn you before a cookie is sent to you. This will give you more and much better control over the cookies process.

The data collected from these cookies helps us in analyzing browsing patterns of our visitors so that the content and design of our web sites can be improved. The information collected as a result of this cookie process is for the exclusive use of and its direct affiliates, and will not be shared with others.

Almost every time that you visit any web site, web servers 'log' your interaction with the site in something called a log file. Standard log files like ours contain basic information such as times of page visits, what pages were viewed, and the IP address of the visitor. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track movement around our web site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. No effort is made to relate an IP address with an individual visitor.

When we share log file information with our advertisers, partners, or anyone else, it is done only in aggregate format. For example, "Our average visitor looks at x number of pages on each visit."

If our online data files include personally identifiable information about you, you are always able to update that information. Please see the contact information below.

If a visitor wishes to subscribe to any of our newsletters, we ask for some basic demographic information. We use this information to learn more about the kind of tools those requesting the newsletter may most wish to receive. In the future, that gathered demographic information may be used to send content that may be of interest to you; for example, to our subscribers in Japan, we may let you know about news features that we have on the subject of Blood, relating to Japan in particular.

You may choose not to provide any information other than your e-mail address. You will still be able to benefit from the services of

From time to time, may request information from visitors via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary, and the visitor therefore has a choice as to whether or not to disclose any information at all. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), demographic information (such as zip code and age range), and more subjective questions about how you use our web site. With surveys, the information that you give us will not be associated with you, and that information will only be aggregated and used to allow us to monitor and improve the use and satisfaction of the site. We may also share this aggregated information.

As for contests, contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. We may stage contests in conjunction with sponsors. When this is the case, we may wish to share the information that you give with that contest sponsor, but if this is the case, you will be clearly notified.

CHILDREN does not intentionally collect any personally identifiable information from individuals that may be under eighteen years of age. If and where appropriate, web sites will specifically instruct children not to submit information to our web sites. If you are a child under 13 years of age, you should not submit any information to us, or for that matter, you should not submit any information to any web site without your parents' knowledge and permission. If a child has provided us with information, a parent or guardian of that child should contact us should they like this information deleted. A reasonable effort will be made to delete that child’s information from our existing files, should such information in fact be in our files. 

In accordance with COPPA, does not, at any time, knowingly collect information from, or market our products to, children under the age of 13.

We at strive to provide a safe online environment. However, to ensure the safety of children and to monitor their activities, we encourage parents to get involved when your kids go online, so that you can be aware of what they are seeing, and learning. We do not market via our web sites or by direct marketing to children under 13 years of age. subscribes to the principles of the Internet Content Rating Association, and their rating system.

The information that you may from time to time provide to is not rented or sold to, or shared in any way with third party data compilation services. We may make the postal addresses of our visitors available to other reputable organizations whose products or services we think that you might find interesting. If you do not want us to share this information, you are given the opportunity to decline.

LINKS attempts to only post links to web sites which have a similarly high respect for your privacy. However, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices that may be employed by other web sites. Should you have a problem with privacy on any web site to which we link, please let us know by sending an e-mail to our Officer of Consumer Affairs.

SECURITY takes reasonable measures to keep all personally identifiable information about our online visitors secure against unauthorized access. Security measures of all of the internet web sites and web pages that we publish or control are periodically reviewed.

The web is an evolving medium. If we need to change our privacy policy at some point in the future, we will post the changes on this page before they take effect.

If you would like to add your name, correct your information, or remove your name from our mailing list, please e-mail us at:

As a demonstration of our commitment to protecting privacy, has provided the following links to some additional privacy related organizations which may be of interest.

Cookie Central

The "Consumer Assistance" Page of the
Direct Marketing Association

Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy 

Approved Web Site - Internet Content Rating Association -



   Last updated 01/10/2001