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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy covers the website www.buymichigannow.com. The website is committed to promoting the economy of Michigan by supporting Michigan businesses.

Your Privacy is Our Concern

We respect your privacy as a serious matter and are committed to safeguarding it. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions concerning this Privacy Policy.

Nature of Information Collected

a. Log files

When you visit our Site, we collect certain technical and routing information about your computer to facilitate your use of the Site. We use log files to capture IP address, browser type, machine ID, referring or exit pages, platform type, date or time stamp, number of clicks, and other information.

We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, track users' movement in aggregate, troubleshoot problems, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc., are not linked to personally identifiable information.

b. Email correspondence

If you contact Buy Michigan Now via e-mail, we may keep a record of that correspondence. We will try to respond in a timely manner. Buy Michigan Now may ask users to complete surveys that we use for research purposes. Creating an account with Buy Michigan Now may result in email notification of changes and updates at Buy Michigan Now. Recipients may opt out of future correspondence at any time. Note that unsubscribing from our mailing list will not stop e-mail that responds to your specific request.

c. Pledge

If you sign the Pledge promoting the economy in Michigan, you will be asked to provide your name, city and state information. In addition, you may provide your address, phone, email and organization and let us know where you heard about Buy Michigan Now upon your will. If you wish to be added to our mailing list or us to contact you, you may announce this when submitting the Pledge.

Information collected via Pledge forms will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Buy Michigan Now campaign. The information will not be distributed to any outside sources. Taking the Pledge will not result in further contact from Buy Michigan Now unless a person requests to be contacted, added to an email distribution or mailing list, or unless they have made a request for additional information.

Message Boards and Forums

We may host message boards and forums at our Site where we invite visitors to provide comments, feedback and experiences. In order to use our message boards, we ask visitors to register and to provide to us their email address, which we will store. We do not ask for personal information (such as date of birth, physical address, telephone number). You do not have to provide your real name. However, a working, verifiable email address is required for registering. We will not divulge your email address to any outside sources nor will we add you to an email distribution or mailing list, unless you have made a request for additional information. There is little security for the information you post in these public forums and message boards. Therefore, any information that you disclose is at your own risk. Do not give away personal information, which includes your surname, phone number or address. To protect your personal privacy you may create a user name for posting on the message board that is not personally identifiable. We cannot monitor all message board and forum postings but reserve the right to remove any postings for any reason in our sole discretion including that we consider it to be negative, vulgar, defamatory or otherwise unsuitable.

Use of “Cookies”

"Cookies" are pieces of information that are used to store and track information about you. We use two types of cookies. "Permanent Cookies" are stored on your hard drive until deleted or expired. "Session Cookies" are stored temporarily on your computer’s memory and are deleted when you log off the computer.

We use Cookies:

To track usage so we can improve the site’s navigation, layout, and general design.

To determine what is useful to users of the site.

To determine areas you are interested in so that we are better able to serve you.

We may also place cookies with non-personally identifiable information such as last visit date, number of visits, survey and other information in order to not display information or offers you have already seen. We may from time to time place other cookies on your personal computer with non-personally identifiable data in order to better support and serve you.

If you wish to be notified every time you receive a cookie or prevent cookies from being sent this is possible by modifying your browser settings. However, turning cookies off within your browser may cause that some portions of the site will not be accessible to you.

Protection and Use of Information

We use state-of-the-art technology to safeguard your information in a secure manner. You may direct us to delete your name, address and email address or to have them removed from our mailing lists at any time. We take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with the relevant laws and terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

Unfortunately data transmission over the Internet cannot be guaranteed as 100 percent secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of this site and you use it at your own risk.

Updates and Changes to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, change, update or modify this Privacy Policy, simply by posting such change, update or modification on the Site.  Any such change, update or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the Site.

Disclosure Pursuant to Law

We may make personal information available to law enforcement personnel and agencies as required by law or by a subpoena. Where permitted by law we may also disclose such information to law enforcement personnel and agencies, or use such information as part of legal process, in order to protect our rights or property, or regarding any illegal activities concerning a particular user.

Last updated: 2/12/08