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Privacy Statement for BowlingFans.com


      Your privacy is important, so we'd like to explain what information we collect when you visit BowlingFans.com (http://www.bowlingfans.com, http://www.bowlsearch.com and http://www.bowlingcommunity.com), why we collect it and how it is used. We'd also like to explain your options to access and control your information, our data security practices and other matters. This Policy is governed by our Terms of Use.

Special Note About Children

      This Site is not intended for children, especially kids under 13. Children may use this Site only with the direct supervision of their parent.

      We do not seek to collect personal information about children under 13 years of age through this web site. If we discover such information, we will delete it. Thus, we typically retain no information about children. However, if a parent requests a review of information we may have on their child and in the unlikely event we still retain such information and haven't deleted it, then we will honor that request. In order to request a review or deletion of personal information that BowlingFans.com may have collected about your child, please e-mail our Business Office.

      When you communicate with BowlingFans.com, we make every effort to ensure your privacy and safety. As an added precaution, however, we still encourage parents to monitor their child's use of the Internet, and to help us protect their privacy by reminding them never to exchange personal information with this or any other web site without the assistance or express written permission of a parent or other responsible adult.

What Information Do We Collect From You? Why?

We May Profile You Individually.

      We may build a profile of your online habits, interests and activities when you use our Site. This profile is linked to your personal identity. We compile individual profiles from "real world" contact information (e.g., street address, phone/fax), email addresses, data relating to a specific purchase, information about user PCs (e.g., IP address or browser type), data showing usage of interactive features (e.g., search engine queries), demographic information (e.g., gender, marital status, age, income, job), the personal preferences of users (i.e., favorite color, music, books), user content (e.g., chat postings), and we use these profiles for the purposes described below (please scroll down to each topic for details).

We May Collect Information Needed to Contact You Later

      If we collect personal contact information (as described below), you may later have us modify or remove it from our system, but you may not access the information yourself.

  • We May Collect Your Name, Address and Phone Number

          When you use our Site, we may request your name, street address, telephone number or other "real world" contact information. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents.

  • We May Collect Your Email Address

          We may request your email address or other information needed to contact you online. This information may reveal who you are or be linked to you personally. We use it to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents.

We May Collect Other Kinds of Information from You

      When you use our Site, we may collect personal information about you described below. You may later have us modify or remove the information, but you may not access the information yourself.

  • We May Collect Purchase Information

          We may collect information resulting from a specific purchase you make, such as payment method and credit card numbers, associated with your personal identity. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents.

  • We May Collect Information About Your Computer

          When you visit our Site, we may automatically collect information about your computer configuration, such as your browser type, operating system, IP address or ISP domain name. In some cases, this information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates.

  • We May Collect Interactive Data

          You may decide to input data while using certain interactive features at our Site, such as queries submitted to a search engine, bids placed at auction, purchases initiated at the Site and so forth. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates.

  • We May Collect Demographic Data About You

          We may collect information about your demographic or social characteristics, such as gender, age and income level. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates.

  • We May Keep Note of Your Personal Preferences

          We may gather information concerning your personal likes and dislikes, such as your favorite color, taste in music, books or other Site content. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates.

  • We May Collect Your Online Postings and Content

          Certain features of our Site may allow you to contribute content, such as instant messages, chat room postings, email messages and the like. By its nature, this information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Site for everyone, telemarket goods and services to you, market things to you in the future (other than by telemarketing), tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates.

Outside Sources and Web Sites

      BowlingFans.com contains hyperlinks to other sites. We may use outside companies to alter links into affiliate links and sometimes get paid if you click one of those links and purchase a product or service. BowlingFans.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites and companies.

      BowlingFans.com may have entered into partnership and affiliation agreements with other sites and companies. We may share aggregate information with our partners and affiliates as disclosed above. We may also transfer visitors to these sites to provide certain features. BowlingFans.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these partners and affiliates sites.

      Beware that some of these partners and affiliates may utilize a design that incorporates and utilizes a virtually identical copy of BowlingFans.com's graphics and layout so it may appear that you are still on the BowlingFans.com web site if you didn't notice the different domain name in the browser's address bar. These partners and affiliates may collect information from you. Before collecting personally identifying information from you our partners and affiliates' sites that utilize this design will disclose that you are no longer on BowlingFans.com and that the site is not subject to BowlingFans.com's privacy policy.

      We may use outside companies to display advertisements on our site. These ads may contain cookies and/or web beacons to collect data in the ad serving process. Some of these ads maybe loaded off of these companies' servers. While we use cookies in other parts of our Web site, cookies and/or web beacons received with banner ads are collected by our ad companies, and we do not have access to this information.

Third-party Advertising Disclosures

      BowlingFans.com uses third-party advertising companies to serve some ads when you visit BowlingFans.com. These companies may use information about your visits to BowlingFans.com and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Additionally, Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve some ads on BowlingFans.com. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to BowlingFans.com users based on their visit to BowlingFans.com and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Certain Exceptional Disclosures

      We may disclose your information if necessary to protect our legal rights or if the information relates to actual or threatened harmful conduct. Disclosure may be required by law or if we receive legal process.

What Are Cookies? Why Do We Use Them?

      Cookies are small files stored by your browser in your computer when you visit our Site. We use cookies to improve our Site and make it easier to use. Cookies permit us to recognize users and avoid repetitive requests for the same information. We mostly use "session cookies" that are automatically deleted after each visit. Cookies from our Site can't be read by other sites. Most browsers will accept cookies until you change browser settings to refuse them.

How Do We Protect Information We Collect?

      We offer secure web pages to collect certain kinds of user information and we store certain kinds of data in encrypted form. We follow reasonable technical and management practices to help protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of data stored on our system. While no computer system is completely secure, we believe the measures implemented by our Site reduce the likelihood of security problems to a level appropriate to the type of data involved.

How Long Do We Keep User Information?

      We generally keep user data on our server or in our archives for as long as we reasonably need it. We may alter this practice according to changing requirements. For example, we may delete some data if needed to free up storage space. We may keep other data for longer periods if the law requires it. In addition, information posted in a public forum could stay in the public domain indefinitely.

      Data management requests are administered in an orderly manner to the extent feasible and within our direct control. Note: we have greater control over recently collected data than for archived data. Once data is removed from the system and archived, it may not be feasible to accommodate specific requests. In those cases, our general data retention policy applies.

Your Consent To This Policy

      By using our Site, you agree to this Policy. Our Terms of Service take precedence over any conflicting Policy provision.

Legal Disclaimer

      This Site operates AS-IS and AS-AVAILABLE, without liability of any kind. We are not responsible for events beyond our direct control. This Policy is governed by Vermont law, excluding conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions against us must be commenced in Vermont within one year after the claim arose, or be barred.

If You Have A Privacy Question

      If you have a privacy question about our Site, please email our Business Office or write:
           usrbingeek LLC
           BowlingFans.com
           150 Dorset St. #305
           South Burlington, VT 05403



Terms of Use


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Access and Availability of Service and Links

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Interactive Areas

      User shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish through the web site any Content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise violates any law.

      Our interactive areas which include but are not limited to Guestbooks, Message Boards, Chatrooms, Surveys, and Polls shall be used only in a noncommercial manner. User shall not, without the express approval of BowlingFans.com, distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.

      Although BowlingFans.com does not and cannot review every message posted in the interactive areas, and is not responsible for any content of these messages, BowlingFans.com reserves the right to delete, move or edit messages that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws or otherwise unacceptable. Users shall remain solely responsible for the content of their messages.

      User acknowledges that any submissions may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted and displayed by BowlingFans.com. In addition User warrants that all moral rights in any uploaded materials have been waived.

Representations and Warranties

      Neither BowlingFans.com and any of the usrbingeek LLC family of companies, and affiliates, represents or endorses the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the service by any User, information provider or any other person or entity. User acknowledges that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, memorandum or information shall be at User's sole risk. BowlingFans.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct any errors or omissions in any portion of the web site. The web site and all downloadable software are distributed on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement. User hereby acknowledges that use of the web site is at User's sole risk.

Disclaimer

      The material in this web site could include technical inaccuracies or other errors. Your use and browsing of the web site is at your risk. Neither BowlingFans.com nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering the web site shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the web site. BowlingFans.com does not warrant the functional aspects of the web site will be uninterrupted or error free, or that this web site or the server that makes it available is free of viruses or other harmful components. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you. BowlingFans.com reserves the right to make changes to this web site at any time without notice.

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      You should assume BowlingFans.com (http://www.bowlingfans.com, http://www.bowlsearch.com and http://www.bowlingcommunity.com) has a marketing or an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the providers of goods and services mentioned on BowlingFans.com and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. However, we will not endorse anything if we don't actually like and believe in the provider, product or service.

Additionally, on occasion BowlingFans.com may:

  • have received a gift or sample of a product for consideration in preparing to write this content. BowlingFans.com may not have been expected to return this item or gift after the review period;
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Advertising, affiliate, and sponsored link disclosures:

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Such written notice should be sent to our designated agent as follows:

           DMCA Compliance
           usrbingeek LLC
           BowlingFans.com
           150 Dorset St. #305
           South Burlington, VT 05403

           or email our Business Office.

Under Section 512(f) any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.



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