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Please refer to our Terms of Service (ToS) for a complete overview governing your use of OOC and Acceptance of These Terms.

Privacy’s a big issue these days, and we get that.  Your privacy is important to us, and we’ll help protect it by allowing you to submit anonymously or comment with a non-identifying user-name . But know this, by using OOC, you expressly consent to the information handling practices described here in the OOC Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into and is subject to these ToS. Please know you should read the Privacy Policy carefully to learn how we collect, use, and disclose information from you. Your use of OOC and any personal information you provide through OOC are subject at all times to the Privacy Policy and these ToS.

The following summarizes our policies on how we handle information that we automatically collect about you or that you choose to submit to us.

Please note that once you submit anything or post a comment to one of our sites or pages, it becomes or may become a part of the public conversation.

It‘s our policy not to remove a user's comments or post unless we deem them to be in violation of the ToS or OOC community guidelines or otherwise determine that they are inappropriate or not consistent with the mission of OOC.

If you want (without limitation) to say, write, post, submit, share something that you’ll or may later regret personally or professionally, it’s advisable that you don’t say it, submit it, share it, and/or that you use a username that doesn’t identify you. We cannot remove your comments or delete any submissions once posted simply because you have a change of heart about making them or don’t want them associated with the username which you have selected.

We’ll make reasonable efforts to protect your contact information generally, but may be compelled to reveal it pursuant to legal process.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain users of and visitors to OOC choose to interact with OOC in ways that require OOC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that OOC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we may ask visitors who comment or submit to give their email address and/or you also may be required to give your email address to participate in promotions, if any. In each case, OOC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with OOC. OOC doesn’t disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Visitors may always choose not to supply personally-identifying information, with the result that this may prevent them from engaging in certain OOC-related activities.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

OOC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on OOC’s behalf or to provide services offered by OOC and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using OOC’s or its related pages or websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. OOC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, OOC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when OOC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of OOC, third parties or the public at large. If you have supplied your email address to OOC, OOC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with OOC. You may opt out  of these emails anytime you choose. OOC takes measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Mailing Lists

OOC may launch a mailing list for some or all of the OOC sites, in order to provide subscribers with relevant information – breaking news, or weekly or daily round-ups, for example. In order to sign up to receive regular emails from OOC’s mailing list, users must submit information including a valid email address and may be asked to provide demographic information such as location and interests. This information will be used in aggregate form only in order to assess the community’s general  interest in various internal and third party products and services, and your personal and contact information will not be passed to any other organization except as otherwise provided for here.

Users who choose to sign up for a mailing list may receive regular emails from the site. Most of the time, these will be content from OOC, but we may OOCasionally send out an email from a third party sponsor. This will be infrequent, and doesn’t represent an endorsement by OOC of any products advertised therein. It will clearly be marked as advertising.  If you don’t wish to receive emails from third party advertisers, please don’t sign up for any OOC mailing list.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. OOC uses cookies to help OOC identify and track visitors, their usage of OOC websites, and their website access preferences. OOC visitors who don’t wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before accessing OOC’s websites, with the understanding that certain features of OOC’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.  Just like the chocolate-chip kind, they’re not always good for you.

Privacy Policy Changes and Updates

OOC may change its privacy policy and ToS from time to time, and will do so in OOC’s sole discretion. OOC encourages visitors/users to frequently check the ToS for any changes to OOC’s privacy policy. Your use of this site after any change in this privacy policy will constitute your acceptance of such change(s).

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