Privacy of customerís information and e-commerce transactions is of paramount
importance to Commerco and The Commerce
Company. Commerco is committed to protecting customer privacy and assisting
its portal guests to take full advantage of Internet electronic commerce.
To protect portal guest privacy, The Commerce Company follows several operating
principles following the standards of worldwide practice for customer privacy
and data protection.
To alert visitors to special offers, updated information and other new services
from Commerco, another Commerco portal or The Commerce Company.
PRINCIPLE 2 - CONSENT
If visitors choose not to register or provide their personal information, they can
still use most Commerco sites. But visitors will not be able to access areas that
If a visitor decides to register, they will be able to select the information they
want to receive from a Commerco site by subscribing to various services, like
electronic newsletters. If a visitor does not want communications from
Commerco or a portal regarding Commerco programs, events, or services by e-mail,
postal mail, or telephone, they may visit the Commerco Visitor Information
Center, and to establish preferences in the Free Newsletters and Contact
Options sections. At this point our center is not available, so requests via email
via the contact page regarding privacy concerns are also honored.
Commerco occasionally allows other companies to offer its registered customers
information about their products and services, using postal mail only. If visitors
do not want to receive these offers, they should uncheck the Contact Options
section stating, "Commerco partners can send me postal mail about their services
PRINCIPLE 3 - ACCESSRegister. Once visitors register, they won't need to do so again. Wherever
visitors reach any Commerco site, their information stays with them.
Commerco will provide its visitors the means to ensure that their personal
information is correct and current. They may review and update their information
at any time at the Visitor Information Center. At the Visitor Information Center
a visitor can:
PRINCIPLE 4 - SECURITY
Commerco strictly protects the security of its visitorís personal information and
honors their choices for intended use of that information. Commerco make best
effort attempts to protect data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or
disclosure, alteration, or destruction.
PRINCIPLE 5 - ENFORCEMENT
If for some reason a visitor believes that The Commerce Company has not adhered
to these principles, contact The Commerce Company, so
that a determination regarding this belief can be made and corrective action
line of any correspondence.
NOTICE TO PARENTS
Parents or guardians: Commerco wants to help guard children's privacy. Commerco
encourages parents to speak with children about safe and responsible use of
their Personal Information while using the Internet.
As mentioned above, every registered visitor has a unique personal profile. Each
profile is assigned a unique personal identification number, which helps Commerco
ensure that only that visitor can access their profile.
When visitors register, Commerco creates their profile, assigns a personal
identification number, and sends this personal identification number back to
their computer in the form of a cookie, which is a very small file that resides
on the computerís hard drive. This code is unique to the computer it resides
upon. It enables seamless travel across Commerco sites, allowing visitors to
order free newsletters and visit premium start point portal sites without having
to reenter registration form information already provided. Even if visitors
switch computers, they won't need to re-register Ė their e-mail address and
password identifies them.
Q: What is a cookie, and how does a cookie affect privacy?
A: A cookie is the term first coined by Netscape to identify a file that can be
passed from an Internet web server to a browser and back again. The file is
tiny and allows the site to keep a limited amount of information about a visitor
so as to identify them by matching the code contained in the visitorís computer
against a database on the server.
Q: How exactly does registration information help provide better content for visitors?
A: The Commerce Company operates approximately 200 start point portals. Each
of these has many different sub sites that, in turn, are comprised of many web
pages of content. Finding what visitors need among those pages should be easy. When
visitors provide information about themselves, it helps to filter out sites that
are not relevant to the visitor. The better Commerco understand its visitors, the
more specific the information that can be provided. Commerco can offer product or
information updates that help its visitors stay up to date.
Q: When entering a form and quitting before finishing, what happens to the
information already typed in?
A: If visitors begin to enter data on a form and decide to quit, simply click a
cancel button or another link on the page. None of the information entered on
the page where entry stopped should be saved. However, information entered on
previous pages or as the consequence of error reporting, will be saved in a database.
modifications may occur from time to time, with notice being posted on this
page. It is the portal guest's option as to whether to continue their relationship
with this portal at that time.
Q: If The Commerce Company sells a portal or the company itself is sold or
no longer exists, what happens to my data?
A: In order for any new owner of either an individual former Commerco portal or
The Commerce Company to continue to service the needs of portal guests, the
information supplied by them should transfer to the new owner under the existing
terms and conditions. At that time, should the new owner have new terms and
conditions, they should communicate that the terms have changed and request
that site guests approve the changes.
Q: What is The Mutual Customer Network?
A: The Mutual Customer Network is being developed to offer portal guest more
flexibility and a more integrated Internet experience in their travels through
Commerco start point portals. The idea is to offer a single point of data
entry to allow guests to be known at all Commerco portals.
Q: Will other companies be a part of The Mutual Customer Network?
A: Eventually, Commerco may make this service available to other companies to
ensure the correctness of mutual customer's data. This sharing of data may only
take place via authorization by the Commerco portal guest only.
SPAM AND EMAIL POLICY
Commerco is an advocate of eliminating spam, which the company defines as the
sending of electronic mail (email) that is both bulk and unsolicited.
Generally most Commerco portals do not have email services associated with them. In
order to better clarify the issue of email enabled or non-enabled portals, Commerco
publishes SPF records via DNS for interested parties. Records of emails are retained
for a period of time, especially as regards spam. Please refer to Commerco's
SPF Information page for more information
about SPF and how it protects online domain reputation.
By sending spam to Commerco, you agree to forfeit any rights of privacy as seen fit
by Commerco, including but not limited to, the publication of any and all relevant
documention and IP address information regarding spam. Should you, as a spammer,
wish to opt out of this condition of use, simply avoid sending spam to any portal
in Commerco's network or abusing Commerco portal names in any spam you may choose
to issue. In addition, any correspondence sent to Commerco regarding actions taken
by Commerco in response to spam sent to the company's network may be made publicly
Hopefully, this statement addresses concerns about Commerco privacy. If it
does not, please use our Contact form to communicate your
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