Automatic Data Collection
When a visitor requests a page of information from a web site, information about the request is automatically stored in a log file. This information includes the address of the computer making the request (the Internet address, not the street address), the time and date of the request, the type of web browser being used, and sometimes, the page from which the visitor is coming. The information does not contain the visitor’s name or e-mail address, since the visitor’s browser does not provide this information to the web server. Eraser analyzes these log files to learn about how visitors are using the content on the site. This information is used to allocate resources effectively and improve the content of our site.
Certain parts of the Eraser site require that visitors register by providing their names, e-mail addresses, and other personal information, which is recorded in databases on our servers. This information is kept strictly confidential; it is not shared with or sold to other companies. It may, however, be used internally. The data may be used to send e-mail announcements of events on the site to users who registered for similar events. The data may also be used for direct mailings to Eraser customers.
A cookie is a piece of data that the browser stores and passes back to the web server with future requests. The cookie typically includes a customer ID or a session ID code which allows us to identify certain transactions belonging to the same customer session. Our cookies never include personal data and are never passed to other web sites.
For more information about protecting your personal information both on- and off-line, see the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy pages. The Electronic Privacy Information Center at epic.org has news and resources about online privacy.