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Girls Action Network Privacy Policy

Posted: July 1, 2006

1. Overview

Girls Action Network is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following policy carefully to understand how your personal information will be treated. This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically. You can always review the current version of the policy by clicking on the "Privacy Policy" link on our home page.

This Privacy Policy applies to the Girls Action Network’s website located at (the “Website”). The Website is operated by Girls Action Network, Inc.

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to disclose to you what information we may collect, how we collect it, with whom we may share it, and certain other matters related to such information, including the choices you have regarding our collection of information and our use and disclosure to other parties of information we may have collected from you. By using our Website, or any of the information or resources that we provide on our Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

2. Collection and Use of Information

In the course of using the Website, we may ask you to provide us with certain information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you (“Personally Identifiable Information”). Personally Identifiable Information may include: (i) contact information, such as your name, street address, telephone number and email address; (ii) unique identifiers, such as your user ID or user password; (iii) demographic information, such as your date of birth, age, or grade level; or (iv) similar information. You do not have to provide us with any Personally Identifiable Information to visit our Website. You may be required to provide Personally Identifiable Information to use certain services or receive certain information offered on the Website. If you choose to withhold the requested information, we may not be able to provide you with the requested materials or services.

We may request that you provide Personally Identifiable Information in different manners and locations on our Website. We may also automatically collect information from you in several ways on the Website, including but not limited to those described below:

Registration: You may be asked to complete a registration form and provide Personally Identifiable Information to access certain features on our website. Participation is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information to the Website.

Newsletters and Emails: We may offer free newsletters and email updates to share information with you about the Website, issues of interest to you, about us and our affiliates, or about our marketing partners and advertisers and sponsors. Your e-mail address will be collected if you request this service. You may unsubscribe from such newsletters or email messages by following the instructions provided on the Website or in the newsletter or email.

Email Contact: If you contact Girls Action Network through email, we may keep a record of that correspondence that may include any Personally Identifiable Information in your correspondence.

Surveys or Polls: From time-to-time we may request Personally Identifiable Information from you in conjunction with a survey or poll. Participation is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information to the Website.

Contests or Sweepstakes: We may periodically operate contests and sweepstakes through the Website that may require registration or the submission of personal information. Participation is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information to the Website. Your personally identifiable information may be used to contact you for winner notification, prize delivery confirmation or other related purposes, see the rules of each contest for details about how your personal information will be used. We may also ask your permission to allow us to publicly post some of your information on the Website, such as on a winner’s page, in the event you win a contest or sweepstakes. In some instances, a third party advertiser or sponsor may operate or host a contest or sweepstakes promoted on the Website and the third-party may request your information on their own website. In those cases, where we are not the operator or host of the contest or sweepstakes, we do not collect your information and we have no control over the information collected from you. Accordingly, we urge you to review the advertiser's or sponsor's privacy policy applicable to the contest or sweepstakes before participating.

Chat Rooms, Forums, And Message Boards: The Website may make chat rooms, forums and message boards available to its users. You are not required to provide any personal information when using these areas but you may choose to do so. If you post personal information online, it will be publicly available. We cannot ensure the security of any information you choose to make public in a chat room, forum, or message board. Also, we cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in these areas.

Cookies: As with many Websites, our Website uses a technology called "cookies." A cookie is a unique, random number that is stored in the browser on your computer. The cookie doesn't actually identify you, just the computer that is used to visit the site. Cookies automatically identify your browser to the Website whenever your computer is used to visit the Website. Cookies also let us know how many people visit our website and where visitors go on the site. In addition, cookies can let us know non-personally identifiable information, like what web browser is being used to access the website. For registered users, cookies can make using the Website easier for you by saving information such as your passwords or preferences. By tracking how and when you use the Website, cookies help us determine which areas are popular and which are not. Many improvements and updates to the Website are based on data obtained from cookies. Accepting cookies allows you, among other things, to personalize your experience on the Website. Cookies may also allow the Website to present to you advertising which may be of interest to you. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, your browser should contain an option that allows you to disable or delete cookie data at any time. Some areas of the Website, however, may not provide you with a personalized experience if you have disabled the use of cookies.

Web Beacons and Other Tracking Technology: Our Website may use a variety of technical methods for tracking purposes, including Web beacons. Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of Web sites. We also use these technical methods to analyze the traffic patterns on our Web sites, such as the frequency with which our users visit various parts of our Web sites. These technical methods may involve the transmission of information either directly to us or to another party authorized by us to collect information on our behalf. We may also use these technical methods in HTML e-mails that we send our guests to determine whether our guests have opened those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails. The information from use of these technical methods may be collected in a form that is personally identifiable

IP Addresses and Click-Stream Data: We may collect IP addresses and/or click-stream data. An IP address is a number associated with the service through which you access the Internet, like your ISP (Internet service provider), your company, or your university. Standing alone, your IP address is not personally identifiable. At times, we also use IP addresses for purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers and sponsors, for example regarding the frequency with which our guests visit various parts of our sites. We may combine this information with personally identifiable information. Click-stream data is information collected by our computers when you request Web pages from the Website. Click-stream data may include such information as the page served, the time, the source of the request, the type of browser making the request, the preceding page view and other such non-personal information. When analyzed, this data helps us analyze how visitors arrive at the Website, what type of content is most popular, what type of visitors in the aggregate are interested in particular kinds of content and advertising, and the like.

The information you provide to us may be used for several purposes in accordance with the terms under which it was collected, including, but not limited to: contacting you about the Website; contacting you relating to your participation in a program or service; confirming or fulfilling a request you have made; informing you of a prize you have won; monitoring or improving the use of the Website; customizing the advertising and/or content you see; monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions of use of the Website; and sending you promotional material or special offers on behalf of our marketing partners and/or their respective affiliates and subsidiaries and other third parties. If you take advantage of an offer from one of our supporters, sponsors or partners and submit personal information to them, that information is collected by a third-party and we have no control over the information collected from you. Accordingly, we urge you to review the applicable privacy policy before submitting before participating in any activity on other websites.

3. Disclosure To Third Parties

We may share your personal information with others for various purposes. The following outlines the ways in which your information may be shared with others and the ways in which you may opt-out of having your information shared:

Agents: We may employ other businesses, certain services or individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, sending e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, Website analysis, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. They may have access to personally identifiable information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for their own purposes, like sending you marketing offers about their products.

Aggregate Information: We may share aggregate information, such as demographics and Website usage statistics, with advertisers, sponsors or other organizations. When this type of information is shared, the other parties do not have access to your personally identifiable information.

Opt-In / Opt-Out Offers: When you provide us with personal information, you may be presented with the opportunity to share your personal information with third parties for various purposes, such as receiving information or special offers. In such circumstances, an opt-in/opt-out message will ask you if you would like your information to be shared. When you allow us to share your personal information with third parties, we require third parties who have access to that information to agree to abide by our current Website privacy policy. Once the information is transferred, however, we cannot control the privacy practices of these other companies.

Third-Party Offers: You may be presented with opportunities to participate in special offers from third parties through a link on our Website. When participating in these offers on a third-party website, you may be asked to share your personal information with those third parties. We cannot control the privacy practices of these other parties, and therefore, you should review the privacy practices of such companies prior to providing your personally identifiable information.

Other Promotional Offers: We may send offers to you on behalf of our marketing partners. When we do this, we do not give that partner your name and address. If you do not want to receive such offers, you may use the opt out method detailed in the email or change your preferences by logging into your account.

Administrative or Legal Process: Your personal information may be transferred to third parties without notice to you in order to comply with applicable law, law enforcement agencies, to protect our rights, or protect the rights of other users of this website.

Business Transfers: In the event that all or substantially all of our assets are sold or transferred to another party, or another transaction occurs in which your personally identifiable information is one of the business assets transferred, all personally identifiable information that has been collected and saved may be one of the business assets we transfer.

4. Links To Other Websites

You should be aware that when you are on the Website you may be directed to other Websites beyond our control. For example, if you "click" on a third-party offer or banner advertisement, the "click" may take you off the Website onto a different Internet website. This includes links from advertisers, sponsors, supporters, and marketing partners that may use the Website's logo as part of a co-branding agreement. These other websites may send their own cookies to you, independently collect data or solicit personal information and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. If you visit a Website that is linked to our Website, you should consult that Website's privacy policy before providing any personal information.

5. A Special Note for Parents Concering Privacy

The Website is a general audience Website. We do not knowingly collect any Personally Identifiable Information from children under the age of thirteen on the Website. If in the future, we decide to collect Personally Identifiable Information from children under the age of thirteen, we will do so in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (15 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) including, without limitation, obtaining necessary parental consent.
The Internet offers children wonderful educational and entertainment resources. Your guidance and involvement are essential to help ensure that children have a safe and rewarding online experience. We encourage you to visit the Direct Marketing Association's Web Website ( and explore the Get CyberSavvy! Program as well as the GetNetWise Web Website ( to learn more about parental control tools for the internet.

6. Security

This Website incorporates reasonable safeguards to protect the security, integrity, completeness, accuracy and privacy of the personal information that we may collect and we have put into place reasonable precautions to protect such information from loss, misuse and alteration. Your personally identifiable information is transferred to our computers utilizing encryption software. Only those who need access to your information in order to do their jobs are allowed access. Our security policies are reviewed periodically and revised as required.

7. Updating and Correcting Your Personal Information

If your personally identifiable information changes (such as your email address or zip code), or if you no longer desire to access our Website, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove the personal data you have provided to us. This can be done by making changes to your registration profile, by using the “unsubscribe” option detailed in each newsletter or email message, or by emailing us at Such updates, corrections, changes and deletions will not have an effect on other information that we maintain, or information that we have provided to third-parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy prior to such update, correction, change, or deletion.

You should be aware that although such update, correction, change, or deletion will alter our active records, it may not effect each and every record we maintain. For example, such changes will not effect back-up copies of our systems that may have been made prior to your request.

8. Your Acceptance of the Privacy Policy and Notification of Changes To The Policy

By using this Website, you signify your agreement to the terms of our privacy policy. We may amend this privacy policy at any time. If we make a material change to the way in which we collect, use, and/or share your personal information, we will post a notice on our website and / or send an email to users who have provided an email address. We will assume that you have given your permission for your information to be used under the terms of the new privacy policy, if you do not respond to our email within thirty days or continue to use the Website thirty days after a notice is posted. Please note that you should always update your personal information to provide us with a current email address.

9. Your California Privacy Rights

As explained in this privacy policy, when you agree to let us collect personal information about you, we may provide you with an option to allow this information to be shared with third-parties for their direct marketing purposes. If such an option is not presented, we will not share the information collected with any third-party for that company’s direct marketing purposes.
A California privacy law that went into effect on January 1, 2005, allows California residents to obtain specific information about a business’s privacy practices if it shares information with other companies for those companies’ direct marketing purposes.

Because this website has a comprehensive privacy policy and provides you with details on how you may opt-in / opt-out of the use of your personal information by third parties for direct marketing purposes, we are not required to provide you with this specific information.
If you are a California resident and have questions about our compliance with this law, please contact us

By email at:

or write to us at

Girls Action Network, Inc.
244 Fifth Avenue
No. E288
New York, NY 10001
Attn: California Privacy Rights

10. Questions About This Privacy Policy

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us

By email at:

or write to us at:

Girls Action Network, Inc.
244 Fifth Avenue
No. E288
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Privacy Policy Administrator


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