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Privacy Statement

RailroadInfo.Com takes online privacy seriously. We have created the following privacy statement detailing our policies regarding your personal information.

 

Because RailroadInfo.Com wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices. This statement will provide you with the following information:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identification is collected from you through the web site.

  2. The organization collecting the information.

  3. How the information is used.

  4. With whom the information may be shared.

  5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.

  6. The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under RailroadInfo.Com control.


Information Collection and Use.

RailroadInfo.Com is the sole owner of the information collected on this site.  We will not sell, share, give or rent this information to others in any ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.  RailroadInfo.Com collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Registration
In order to use the discussion forums, a user must first complete the registration form.  During registration a user is required to give their contact information (such as name and email address).   This information is used to forward any personal replies that may be sent by other forum members. In addition, Delphi.Com will occasionally send information on the forum and it's services. For additional privacy information for the forum portion of this site, please see Delphi's Privacy Statement.

 
Online Shopping

Currently we are an affiliate with Amazon.com. We provide our members with information and reviews of railroad books and other products. All order processing occurs on the Amazon.com website. Please see Amazon.com's Privacy Statement and Online Security Statement for information on security and privacy issues related to any online orders you may place.

Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user.  Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site.  Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates.  For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site.  If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site.  The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site.  For example, the forums require cookies to keep track of which messages have been read.

Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers).  However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.


Log Files
Portions of the site use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. The IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. In addition, many IP addresses are dynamically assigned, meaning they will be different each time you log on.

What this means in plain English is that while we do, for example, track how many visitors read this page each day, we do not track any information that will identify who they were.


Sharing
We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We sometimes use outside companies (for example Amazon.com) to process and ship orders. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.


Links
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that RailroadInfo.Com is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.  This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.


Newsletter
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. This information will be kept confidential.


Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests.  Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information.  Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level).  Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.  Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.


Tell-A-Friend
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address.   RailroadInfo.Com will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site.  RailroadInfo.Com stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.  The friend may contact Bob@RailroadInfo.Com at to request the removal of this information from our database.


Security
This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information.  When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL.  While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just ‘surfing’.

 
Choice/Opt-out
Our users are given the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information.  For example, our order form has an ‘opt-out’ mechanism so users who buy a product from Amazon.com, but don’t want to receive any marketing material, can keep their email address off of our lists. 

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials from our partners may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying to unsubscribe in the subject line in the email or email us at Bob@railroadinfo.com  

Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties.   We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with services that require an outside party, or not.


Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our Privacy Statement page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it.  

If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email.  Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

 

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