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What does ALM do with the information it gathers and/or tracks?

Statistical Analysis and Banner Advertising: ALM may perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in the various areas of our site (for product development purposes) and to inform advertisers as to how many consumers have seen or "clicked" their advertising banners. ALM also uses demographic information to allow advertising banners on our Web site to be targeted, in aggregate, to the readers for whom they are most pertinent. This means that readers see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. Personal information about you as an individual subscriber or registrant will not be provided to any third party, except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, as described in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

E-Mail: Using the e-mail addresses provided at registration, ALM periodically sends promotional e-mail to its subscribers about services offered by ALM and its advertisers. ALM may contact you regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement, and to confirm registration.

Occasionally, ALM shares data collected about subscribers with other units within the ALM group of companies or third parties whose products or services we feel may be of interest to you. Many of our subscribers find these mail or e-mail promotions valuable, whether they are shopping for merchandise, taking advantage of a special offer or purchasing unique services. If you prefer not to receive promotional materials from companies outside of the ALM group, please see the "Opting Out" provision below.

Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online, including SSL security for credit card submissions. Detailed information about SSL is available from Netscape.

Advertising Networks: We may use advertising networks to help present advertisements on our sites. These advertising networks use cookies to help present, better target, and measure the effectiveness of their advertisements, using data gathered over time and across their networks to determine the characteristics and preferences of their audience. We may share certain aggregate and non-personally-identifiable information about our users in order to help them deliver more relevant advertisements through their ad networks. It identifies your professional bizographics and allows Bizo advertisers to display professionally relevant advertising on our pages. To learn more about how Bizo targets ads, visit their web site at The Bizographic Targeting Network (Bizo) is one such network in which we participate. If you wish to 'opt out' of the targeted advertising delivered by Bizo, please click to visit the Bizo opt out page.

With whom does ALM share the information it gathers and/or tracks?

ALM shares the information it gathers, in aggregate form, with advertisers and other partners. We do not release personal information about you as an individual to third parties, except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, as described in our Terms and Conditions of Use. ALM will provide you with all of your personal information provided at registration upon request. This information will only be sent to the e-mail address on file for the subscriber ID associated with it.

If you choose to participate or post messages in ALM's Forums, we will collect such information about you as you choose to disclose. If you use a third-party service co-branded by ALM, the third-party service provider may provide information about you to ALM. If you send ALM personal correspondence, such as e-mails or letters, or if other users or third parties send correspondence to ALM about your activities or postings on an ALM Web site, ALM may collect such information into a file specific to you.

The Forums are intended for use by lawyers and other legal professionals. The Forums are not for use by consumers seeking legal advice. The Forums may be used only for noncommercial purposes. You may not post any material concerning promotion, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services. From time to time the Forums may be monitored by ALM in order to maintain professional decorum and to prevent prohibited uses of the Forums. ALM reserves the right to remove any material, message or discussion thread that is, in the sole judgment of ALM, inappropriate. For more information about the Forums, please review our Terms and Conditions of Use.

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Children are not eligible to use ALM's services, and we ask that minors not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you may use this service only in conjunction with a parent or guardian.

Opting-Out, Corrections and Cancellations

Upon request, ALM will (a) remove you and your personal information from our database, thereby canceling your registration; (b) correct personal information that you state is erroneous; or (c) permit you to "opt out" of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to the site.

LAST UPDATED: 04/02/2001


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