The privacy of our visitors is very important to us.
Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit this website and how we protect your information. At ScopeHut.com, we never sell your personal information to third parties.
As with most websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as Comcast), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Chrome), the time you visited our site and the pages you visited throughout our site.
COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS
We also use third party advertisements to support this site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send the advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the web browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether or not you have Flash installed. This is typically used for geotargeting purposes (showing ads for local businesses) or showing certain ads based on specific sites you have visited in the past.
DOUBLECLICK DART COOKIES
We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google’s DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and go to a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). The DART cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests (”interest based targeting”). The ads served are targeted based on your previous browsing history. DART uses “non-personally identifiable information”. It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, social security numbers, telephone number, or credit card numbers. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting: http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx
You can choose to disable or turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in applications such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with this website as well as other websites. This may include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
Deleting your cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program. Unless you have settings that disallow all cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.
We track user traffic patterns throughout all of our websites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. Statistics are broken down according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this data from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).
We track and catalog the search terms that a user enters in our Search function, but this tracking is not associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better website for you.
We will never request personally identifiable information from any person under the age of 18 without requesting parental consent.
USE OF INFORMATION
We act upon information supplied to us voluntarily by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether it’s to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to prepare future content based on the interests of our users.
As stated above, we may use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We may send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and may occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. We do not share newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors, or partners.
We create reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our website users to see advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad.
The Site is not directed to children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age you should not use the Site or send information about yourself to us.
SHARING OF THE INFORMATION
We use the above-described information to create content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience’s demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with the law or valid legal process or to protect the safety of our users or the public.
We operate on secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.