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Privacy Policy

Overview

This Privacy Policy applies to all of your use of the Al-Mirsal Blog (the “Site”). It describes how your personal information will be treated as you use our Site and services.

We use the information we collect about you to identify comments you place on the Site, to provide you information about the Site and services we provide or promote on behalf of others, and to enhance the operation of the Site. Information you provide to the Site may be stored in the United States or other jurisdictions that do not provide the same degree of protection for your information as that provided by your home country.

I. BY USING THE SITE YOU AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY. PLEASE READ IT.

 Information We Collect and How We Use It 

If you submit comments and related personal information to the site in response to a post on the Site or otherwise (a “Post”), we may post any of the information you submit on the Site. If you choose to subscribe to services like newsletters, alerts, special invitations or promotions or download certain software or plug-ins that may be made available by us through our Site, we may use your e-mail address or other contact information to send the information that you requested.

When you participate in a promotional offer, we may ask for your name, home or work address, telephone number and e-mail address so we can administer the promotion. We may share this information with business partners of ours participating in or supporting the promotion.

We may personalize your experience by using your site behavior to shape any recommendations we may make about content (including advertising) that might be of interest to you. We may also monitor traffic patterns and Site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the Site. We use “cookies” and other tracking technologies for the purposes described above as well as to enhance the functionality of the Site. This information may be stored in files on your computer that we access.

We may also use the information we collect to occasionally notify you about important functionality changes to our Site, new services we provide, and special offers we think will be of interest to you. We may create from information we collect from you anonymous demographic information that is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, domicile, age, gender, preferences and interests. We may use or permit use of this information with affiliates, advertisers, business partners or unaffiliated third parties for our or their business purposes.

We may transfer information we have about you in connection with a reorganization or combination of our firm with another firm. We reserve the right to disclose personal information to regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies or as required by applicable law.

Security 

This Site is not designed to store sensitive personal information such as financial, health or educational records and you should not use our site for that purpose. We believe the Site uses measures that are commercially reasonable to secure your personal information that is not part of a Post, but we cannot and do not assure that these measures will be sufficient to protect against all efforts to gain unauthorized access to the information. Information you submit as part of a Post will not be secured in any way.

Third Party Sites and Services 

When you use our Site, you may be directed to other sites outside our service. For example, blog entries often include links to third-party sites that we do not operate or control. If you click on one of these links, you will leave our site. These third-party sites may send their own cookies to users to collect data or solicit personal information. These other sites are not subject to our Privacy Policy and we are not responsible for the privacy policies of these third-party sites, or for the use of any information that these sites may collect.

Children’s Privacy

We are committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Our site and services are not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If a user identifies him or herself as a child under the age of 13, we will not collect, store or use any personal information. If we receive personal information that we discover was provided by a child under the age of 13, we will promptly destroy such information. Schools and parents should supervise their children’s online activities and consider the use of other means to provide a child-friendly, online environment. Additional information is available on the Direct Marketing Association’s home page at http://www.the-dma.org. If you would like to learn more about COPPA, visit the Federal Trade Commission home page at http://www.ftc.gov.

Transfer of Information Across National Borders 

You expressly consent to the transfer of your personal information to, and the collection and processing of such personal information in the United States and other countries or territories where we or our vendors operate. In giving this consent, you acknowledge that you understand that the laws on holding, processing, using and transferring personal information in the United States may vary and be less protective of your privacy than laws of your state or country.

Agreement, Changes

By using this Site, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as described above. If we decide to update our Privacy Policy, we will post these changes next to the Privacy Policy link on the front page of our Site. If there are material changes to the Privacy Policy, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. Any information collected under our old Privacy Policy will be subject to the terms of our new Privacy Policy.