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Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Because we gather certain types of information about the users of High Gear's sites and services, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather, how we use it, and how to correct or change it.

This policy only addresses our activities from our servers. Other sites (including those that we link to and third party sites or services which we co-brand, such as our newsletter service) may have their own policies, which we do not control, and thus are not addressed by this policy.

What Personally Identifiable Information Is Collected.

You provide certain personal information to us when you: (a) register for High Gear, (b) register for free newsletters, (c) post on our message boards; and (d) send email messages, submit forms or send other information to us. We may collect personal information from you at other points on our site that state that personal information is being collected. We may also receive certain personal information from some of our co-branded third party partners. In the event of a complaint, we may also receive personally identifiable information about you from other parties in our network or from other users or third parties who may communicate information to us about you in relation to that complaint.

What Organization Is Collecting the Information.

High Gear owns and operates the simracingnews.com web site and is the company that collectes personal information on our site. Our mailing address is Weegschaal 51, 3328 PB, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, our telephone/fax number is 031 +786187596, and our customer service email address is kenv@sportplanet.com. Our servers automatically collect information about which sites users visit and which pages are viewed within the simracingnews.com web site, but in these instances, we do not obtain personally identifiable information about you. We use a feature of your browser called a "cookie" to assign a User ID that automatically identifies your computer when you visit the site. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Cookies make your internet experience quicker and more convenient. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our site may not work properly if you do.

How the Information Is Used and Disclosed to Third Parties.

As a general practice, we do not provide your personally identifiable information to third parties. So, for example, we do not sell your email address or your name and personal demographic information to mass marketers. However, on particular pages where we ask for your personally identifiable information, we may explicitly tell you that the data we are collecting on that page will be shared with third parties, in which case those disclosures shall override anything to the contrary in this policy. For example, before you submit answers to questions we ask in an advertiser-sponsored promotion, we will tell you that your answers will be shared with that advertiser. We will never share your information with a third party who does not agree to maintain the confidentiality of that information using reasonable security measures.

In some cases, we use your personally identifiable information to provide information to you, such as to send newsletters to you that you request or to personalize the site in accordance with your requests. In some situations, we share your personally identifiable information with third parties who provide services to our site in order to enhance the functionality available to you on our web site.

Anytime you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information, for example, on message boards, that information may be used by third parties. In these cases, your choice to disclose personally identifiable information is voluntary.

We use your information on an aggregated basis to do such things as operate our site and enhance our site. We also use this data, both aggregated and personally identifiable, to enhance your on-site experience by displaying content that we believe will be of interest to you.

Privacy Protections for Children.

The High Gear service is directed to teenagers and adults and is not directed to children under the age of 13. High Gear complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and does not permit registration by and will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13. This requirement will be posted wherever High Gear collects data within the its service, such as during the registration process.

Controlling the Collection, Use and Distribution of Your Information.

You can control the content of your personal information by following the instructions stated in the next section below. Please note that if you provide any information on your own or directly to parties who provide service to our web site or any other sites you encounter on the Internet (even if these sites are branded with our branding), different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the personal information you disclose to them. We encourage you to investigate and ask questions before disclosing information to third parties.

Correcting, Updating and Deleting Personal Information.

You can access and update your personal information, including changing your subscriptions to our email newsletters and opting out of receiving email about our services, by accessing the User Preferences page at the top of every page and by following the instructions on that page. You can delete certain personal information you supplied us on the same page. If you delete such information, it cannot be used by us or disclosed to third parties in the future. Even if you delete or change some personal information in our registration database, it may still be stored on other databases (including those kept for archival purposes).

Our Security Procedures.

We have established and maintain reasonable security procedures to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of your personally identifiable information. "Perfect security," however, does not exist on the Internet.

Although your privacy is very important to us, due to the existing legal regulatory and security environment, we cannot fully ensure that your private communications and other personally identifiable information will not be disclosed to third parties. For example, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Additionally, in the unlikely event we need to investigate or resolve possible problems or inquiries, we can (and you authorize us to do so) disclose any information about you to private entities, law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate.

We hope this policy clarifies our procedures regarding your personal information. We may amend this policy at any time by posting the amended version on our home page.

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