What information are you collecting and how are you collecting it?
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers, that serve as that computer’s “Internet Protocol” IP address. When a visitor requests a page from any Web site within the Azure Computing Network, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor’s domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of the Azure Computing Network, its users, or to cooperate with law enforcement. See also “Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?”. We do not collect and evaluate this information for specific individuals. Our Web servers do not automatically record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
What are cookies?
How do you use single-pixel gifs?
Azure Computing and its advertisers may use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as web bugs or web beacons, to count Web page accesses and gather some general statistical information. Azure Computing does not gather personal information through the use of these images. Our advertisers may use single-pixel gifs that can track personal information from cookies that may have been previously placed on a user’s computer by an advertiser.
What information do you collect when I register for something?
Azure Computing offers access to some services that require registration. We may use your registration contact information to send notification to you of Azure Computing products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We also may share that information with our clients. Our clients may send you promotional material that is related to the topic of the service for which you registered. We may also use your IP address internally and share it with third parties. See “Will you disclose the information that you collect to outside third parties?”
What other information do you request?
We may from time to time send e-mail announcing new Azure Computing products and services. Except as stated above, Azure Computing will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive postal mailings from other third party companies.
When you sign up for an Azure Computing discussion forum, your name or alias is recorded solely for purposes of maintaining your own account within the forums. This information is not used to monitor your activity within a forum, nor is it used to identify you outside the Azure Computing network.
When you register for a contest or other promotion, we may ask for your name, address, and e-mail address so we can administer the contest and notify winners.
When you use co-branded services, or those provided by a third party, within the Azure Computing Network, your information may be passed to the co-brand or third party provider and their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.
What information do you collect when I purchase something?
Certain Azure Computing media properties use a shopping cart feature that safeguards this information by using industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. SSL codes the information transferred between you and the server, rendering it unreadable to anyone trying to intercept the information. Other Azure Computing media properties do not use SSL and thereby do not offer a secure coded way to transfer information.
Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?
Azure Computing will disclose personal information and/or an IP address, when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities and conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Azure Computing
- Protect and defend the rights or property of the Azure Computing Network of sites and related properties, or visitors to the Azure Computing Network of sites and related properties
- Identify persons who may be violating the law, the Azure Computing legal notice and Web site User Agreement, the rights of third parties, or otherwise misusing the Azure Computing Network or its related properties
- Fulfill a user’s order or request.
Azure Computing uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. Azure Computing reserves the right to transfer all such information in connection with the sale of all or part of Azure Computing’s capital stock or assets. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. We are not responsible for such third party privacy policies or how they treat information about their users.
See below, “What else should I know about my privacy when online?” See “What information do you collect when I register for something”.
What else should I know about my privacy when online?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
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