Except as described below, the Macte! Labs Inc. ("Macte") does not collect or require visitors to its Web sites to furnish personally-identifying information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers. Like most Web site operators, Macte collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preferences, referring site, and date and time of each visitor request. Macte also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are non-personally identifying in and of themselves but could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify users.
Macte's purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how Macte's visitors use its Web sites. To that end, Macte may share potentially personally-identifying information with its employees, contractors, and its subsidiaries and related organizations. Macte may also release non-personally-identifying information about visitors (e.g., by publishing a report on Web site usage trends). Otherwise, Macte will not publicly release potentially personally-identifying information except under the same circumstances as Macte releases personally-identifying information. Those circumstances are explained below.
Certain members of the Macte community (contributors, customers, etc.) choose to interact with Macte in ways that require Macte and others to know more about them. The amount and type of information that Macte gathers from those members depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, members who wish to post content to certain portions of Macte's Web sites are asked to provide usernames that identify that content as having been posted by a particular member. Developers, by comparison, are asked to provide contact information, up to and sometimes including telephone or fax numbers, so that they can be contacted as necessary. In each case, Macte collects personally-identifying information only insofar as is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the community member's interaction with Macte.
Macte is an open organization that believes in sharing as much information as possible about its products, its operations and its associations. Accordingly, community members should assume—as should most folks who interact with Macte—that any personally-identifying information provided to Macte will be made available to the public.
Interactive Product Features
Certain Macte products contain features that report, or that permit users to report, the user's usage patterns and problems—whether caused by Macte's software, third party software, or third-party Web sites—to Macte. The reports generated by these features typically include non-personally-identifying information such as the configuration of the user's computer and the code running at the time the problem occurred. Some of the features give users the option of providing personally-identifying information, though none of these features require it. Some Macte software features that do permit users to provide personally-identifying information advise, in advance, that such information will not be made publicly available. Macte analyzes the information provided by these interactive product features to develop a better understanding of how its products are performing and being used. It does not use the information to track the usage of its products by identifiable individuals.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Where Macte has collected personally-identifying information, it discloses that information only to those of its employees, contractors and its subsidiaries and related organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on Macte's behalf and that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and subsidiaries and related organizations may be located outside of a visitor's home country; by using Macte's Web sites, the visitor consents to the transfer of his/her information to them. Macte does not rent or sell such information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors or its subsidiaries and related organizations, as described above, Macte discloses such information only when required to do so by law, or when Macte believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Macte, members of the Macte community, or the public at large. Macte takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of such information.
Updating of Personally-Identifying Information
Macte permits users to freely update and correct their personally-identifying information as maintained by Macte. To do so, users should look for links or contact information available on whichever Macte Web sites store the relevant information, or contact Macte by email.
Cookies and Clear GIFs
What Are Clear GIFs? Clear gifs (also known as web beacons) are used in combination with cookies to help web site operators understand how visitors interact with their websites. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site. The use of a clear gif allows the site to measure the actions of the visitor opening the page that contains the clear gif. It makes it easer to follow and record the activities of a recognized browser, such as the path of pages visited at a website.
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