FreemasonNetwork.net Privacy Policy

Last Updated: July 30, 2009

FreemasonNetwork.net and The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA are committed to bringing you information tailored to your individual needs. We also recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of your personally identifiable information. In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using personally identifiable information and your reasonable expectations of privacy. Please note: This policy applies only to information collected by FreemasonNetwork.net online, as specified below, and does not govern or apply to information collected or used by The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA or its affiliates through other means. By using or accessing FreemasonNetwork.net, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Personal Information You Provide to FreemasonNetwork.net

When you register on FreemasonNetwork.net you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and other information collected by us as you interact with our site. During registration, FreemasonNetwork.net asks you to provide various types of demographic information to enhance your experience on our site, including but not limited to, your name, address, phone number, year of birth, gender, country and e-mail address. The more information you provide, the better we are able to customize your experience. We may also ask you for other information at other times - such as when you enter a contest, participate in a promotion, post an online ad, participate in our message boards and forums, subscribe to our newsletters, or order products from us. See below about "cookies" and what other information is collected.

The Need to Register
FreemasonNetwork.net features are only available to registered users. These features include, but are not limited to, the ability to upload content, the social networking features, participation in groups and the ability to post classified ads. Many of the questions asked during the registration process, used for creating a personal profile, are optional.

How FreemasonNetwork.net Uses Your Personal Information
Our primary goal, in collecting personal information, is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our site. The registration process also allows us to track the audience profile of our web site. This enables us to provide you a more complete user experience, provide greater demographic targeting for our advertisers and learn a little more about our users. FreemasonNetwork.net uses the personally identifiable information you provide to us in several ways. Some examples follow.

When you create an account on FreemasonNetwork.net, certain alerts are automatically sent to your FreemasonNetwork.net internal mailbox. You also may begin receiving notices about these alerts in the e-mail account you used to register with FreemasonNetwork.net. You may change your preferences regarding what is sent to your external e-mail account at any time by editing your personal profile and updating the settings. If you need more information about how to do this, you can e-mail us at .

When you create an account on FreemasonNetwork.net, from time to time we may send you e-mails about FreemasonNetwork.net news, products, promotions, or services. You may change your preferences at any time by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our e-mails or e-mailing us at .

When you register for e-mail newsletters from FreemasonNetwork.net, you will begin receiving e-mails at to the e-mail address you provided us with when you registered to receive them. You may change your preferences at any time by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter or e-mailing us at .

When you create an account on FreemasonNetwork.net, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information is displayed to people, in the networks specified in your privacy settings, to enable you to connect with people on FreemasonNetwork.net. Profile information is used, by us, primarily, to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service.  It is also presented to others who are permitted, through your privacy settings, to view specific information. In some cases, where your privacy settings permit it (e.g., posting to your Comments), other FreemasonNetwork.net users may be able to supplement your profile. You can delete these comments if you wish.

FreemasonNetwork.net users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in your profile, messages, comments, forums and/or bulletin boards, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others. Except, as stated in this privacy policy or at the time of collection, a user's personally identifiable information will not be transferred to a party outside The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, its divisions or affiliates, or its service vendors, unless notice is given at the time of collection or prior to transfer. FreemasonNetwork.net may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Service or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) FreemasonNetwork.net's rights or property, other FreemasonNetwork.net users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies. We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards.

When you use FreemasonNetwork.net, you may form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups, set up events, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain this information so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your friend list. When you update information, we may keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

FreemasonNetwork.net also does research on our users' demographics, interests and behavior based on the information you provide to us including upon registration, from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis and FreemasonNetwork.net may share this aggregated data with advertisers or other businesses.

This information is not shared with anyone outside of the The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA or FreemasonNetwork.net except as provided for in this Privacy Policy. More specifics on the information we collect are outlined within this policy. The following products involve sharing your personal information with outside companies so that they can deliver features you have requested.

Promotions: Promotions that run on FreemasonNetwork.net may be sponsored by companies other than FreemasonNetwork.net or may be co-sponsored by FreemasonNetwork.net and another company. If you opt-in to receive information from a third party sponsor when entering a contest or participating in a promotion, some or all personally identifiable information provided by you may be shared with the sponsor. In certain circumstances, you may not be able to participate in a particular promotion if you chose not to share personally identifiable information.

Advertisers and Links
: In order to provide our service free of charge, we may display advertisements. FreemasnNetwork.net delivers targeted advertisements on behalf of advertisers. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, males over 35 years old). We take the advertisement and display it to users meeting the specified criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual user information. FreemasonNetwork.net advertisers, or web sites that have links on our site, may collect personally identifiable information directly from you. The information practices of companies collecting data on our site or web sites linked to FreemasonNetwork.net are not covered by this privacy statement.

Shopping and Business Services: If you make a purchase or request a service from a business in our business listings, the information you provide for that transaction (as well as tracking information and cookies as described below) is provided directly to the business. Businesses listed in FreemasonNetwork.net have separate privacy and data collection practices. FreemasonNetwork.net has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more information regarding the business and its privacy policy, go to that business' Web site and click on the appropriate link.

Third Party Vendors:
We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out e-mail updates about FreemasonNetwork.net, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the FreemasonNetwork.net-specified purposes.

Other: If we run competitions or contests on the site, you may be required to provide personally identifiable information such as your telephone number and address in order to participate.

We do not control the privacy policies of our advertisers, sponsors or other sites or businesses to which we provide hyperlinks or access. Please visit the Web sites of these businesses to review their privacy policies.

If the ownership of the web site, service, or individual business units owned by The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

Information Web Servers Collect
Web servers, serving FreemasonNetwork.net, automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information, such as which pages each user visits and the domain name (e.g., Cox.net) of visitors. This information is used for various purposes including internal review, to tailor information to individual visitors, and for traffic audits. We also provide this information (as well as information from third-party market researchers) about our users on an aggregated, anonymous basis to our advertisers.

Cookies and How FreemasonNetwork.net Uses Them
When you enter FreemasonNetwork.net, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all FreemasonNetwork.net visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using "cookies." A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer and tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to FreemasonNetwork.net. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature. We may also use the information for editorial purposes and for other purposes such as measuring certain traffic patterns. For example, cookies are used to ensure that you don't see the same ad too many times in a single session. We may also use cookies to track your progress on our site. Advertising service vendors that serve ads into our site may also use their own cookies. You may opt-out of the cookies delivered by FreemasonNetwork.net by changing the settings on your browser. Please be aware that this will disable all cookies delivered to your browser, not just the ones delivered by FreemasonNetwork.net.

This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by us and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.

Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on FreemasonNetwork.net is readily available through the profile editing tools. FreemasonNetwork.net users may modify or remove their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their FreemasonNetwork.net account may do so by sending an e-mail to . The user will need to write their request for removal in the e-mail. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of FreemasonNetwork.net.

Security
FreemasonNetwork.net member accounts are secured by member-created passwords. We take precautions to insure that member account information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect member information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to member information to those employees who need access to perform their job functions, such as our technical staff. We have physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

Terms of Service, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit FreemasonNetwork.net, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service, including limitations on damages, arbitration of, and application of the laws of the District of Columbia. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service at any time. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's effective date. We therefore encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

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Copyright Notice

All of the content displayed on, transmitted through, or used in connection with FreemasonNetwork.net, including but not limited to, text, photos, images, video, graphics, data, audio and/or software, as well as its placement and selection (collectively referred to as the "Material") is owned and copyrighted by The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, FreemasonNetwork.net, and/or its suppliers, licensors, news and feature syndicates and/or wire services. You may use the Material online and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You may download or print a single copy of any portion of the Material for your personal, non-commercial use, provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice contained in such Content. No other use is permitted. You may not republish Material on any Internet, Intranet or Extranet site or in any way utilize Material in any database, archive or compilation or in any way re-distribute the Material to others.

User-Created Content
By placing material on or communicating with FreemasonNetwork.net, you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you provide, that the content is accurate, that it does not violate the legal rights of others and that it will not cause injury to any person or entity. You grant The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, FreemasonNetwork.net, its affiliates, and related entities a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works from all information you provide to us, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.

Submissions
By posting or submitting any content to be used on FreemasonNetwork.net, including photos and videos, you are representing that you are the owner of the material, or are making your posting or submission with the express consent of the owner of the material. You also automatically grant The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, FreemasonNetwork.net, its affiliates, and related entities a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, sub licensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, transfer or sell any such content, for any purpose, including commercial purposes, without any payment to you, in any type of media or in any form now known or later developed. In addition, you automatically waive and give up any claim that any use of such content violates any of your rights, including privacy rights, publicity rights, moral rights or any other right, including the right to approve the way The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, FreemasonNetwork.net, its affiliates, and related entities uses such content.

Notice of Copyright Infringement

The Supreme Council, 33°, A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry, S.J., USA respects the copyrights of others. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on our site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement you may notify our designated copyright agent, .