The following statement discloses the privacy policies used by Compiserve for its web site. We do update our policy periodically without notice so please check occasionally for any changes. We take privacy very seriously and the personal data collected from our registered member will be used only for providing them service as well as for their benefits. If you request technical support by email or telephone, we will ask you for information needed to complete the transaction, such as your registered user ID and information about your computer hardware, software and the nature of the problem you are experiencing. It is your decision whether to proceed with any activity that requests personal information. However, please note that if you do not wish to provide the requested information, we may not be able to complete the specific process.
We will ask you when we need information that personally identifies you (personal information) or allows us to contact you. During registration, the user is required to give user contact information (such as First and Last name, E-mail address, Postal address, Personal identifier etc.). Compiserve will use your contact details to contact you regarding the product and/or services you have requested. This includes re-registration/ renewal notifications, special offers, and surveys on improving our service.
If user registers to use the Service provided by Compiserve , we do not collect credit card information over the phone. The payment information is to be entered only by the user. Compiserve may use a third party to process and verify credit cards for billing purposes. We may transfer or disclose this payment information to a third party only to the extent necessary in order to complete the payment processing. All credit or debit card numbers are input into secure (SSL) servers and these numbers are not accessible by Compiserve.
Computer System Information
- Subscriber Computer – We may also ask for information related to your computer. This may include: information about the date of purchase of your computer, type of computer, identification number of your computer, make and model of your computer and/or any computer hardware, software or peripherals attached to it, condition of the computer, system and registry data about software installations and hardware configurations, and error tracking files. This information is required to provide personalized technical support to you, and to help us update our support tools and enhance our supported products list.
- Access – While requesting support you may request for the problem to be resolved by taking control of your computer. Compiserve uses quality tools which allow user to grant control of user computer to an Expert remotely over the Internet, so that the Expert can diagnose or correct problems. Experts are not allowed to use the Remote Access software until and unless they have received adequate training in its use, and the user has consented to grant control. Experts will not use Remote Access tools to obtain confidential or sensitive information stored on user computer or network, deliberately destroy information on the user’s computer or network, or cause the user to experience system problems.
- Live Help Session Records -Compiserve reserves the right to monitor on-line and off-line sessions between the user and a Technical Support Executive for quality control of the Service provided to the Customer by Technical Support Executive. In addition, we may record on-line and off-line sessions conducted on the Website for future reference in order to assist in resolution of disputes and/or potential complaints. The session records will also be used to improve the Service, build a support knowledge base, and/or conduct internal market research and training sessions. Session record data will not be correlated with personally identifiable data about individual customers.
We have taken security measures, consistent with international information practices, to protect your personal information. These measures include technical and procedural steps to protect your data from misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, loss, alteration, or destruction. Credit card information is transmitted using secure socket layer (SSL) encryption. This Web site takes every precaution to protect information of users. When user submits sensitive information via the Web site, user information is protected both on-line and off-line. When our registration form asks User to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), the information is encrypted and is protected with the best of the encryption software. While on a secure page, such as our registration form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when User is just ‘surfing’. While we use encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Our employees use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to user information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our customers’ information is protected. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment. In situations that are required by law, we may disclose some information about our users to law-enforcing officers.
We may track domain names, IP addresses, and browser types from people who visit our site. We use this information to produce traffic statistics for the Compiservesupport sites. Such information is not co-related with any personal information.
The Compiserve sites contain links to site of companies with whom we have a relationship. Compiserve is not responsible for the privacy practices of its business partners.