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In that we are relatively new to the Internet, we have a fairly liberal policy of practices, but with strict enforcement. However, this policy may be updated, changed and re-posted in the future.
Inspire21.com is an ANTI-SPAM website
The web is saturated with less than moral and ethical people. Although Inspire21.com strives to help change these persons for the better, it is obvious some will continue their ways of demeaning the purpose of the web... to communicate and inform. The most common misuse of the web is known as Spamming... emailing unsolicited, unrequested, unwanted email to others (whether they know the recipients or not). No one enjoys being spammed, with either junk or bulk email, or even something as artistic as Inspire21.com eCards... if it comes from someone you don't know or like.
In an age of harmful computer viruses, everyone is leary of their email contents. Therefore, it is necessary to strictly enforce a NO SPAMMING POLICY in regard to using Inspire21.com eCards. In fact, it is always a good idea to check with recipients to be certain they don't mind receiving these kinds of emails before sending them. If nothing else, it's the right, courteous thing to do.
If anyone is proven to be guilty of spamming another person's email, they will no longer be welcome at Inspire21.com, nor will they be permitted to use the eCards and other art available, for free or for charge. The spamming charge does not have to originate from Inspire21.com, it can be for any other outside emails. But, once labeled a "spammer," your priviledges will be terminated.
You can trust Inspire21.com with your Email address and those of your recipients
We will not use the Email address contained in any eCard for direct marketing purposes, nor will we compile Email address to build mailing lists to sell to or share with other marketers. However, we will use these addresses to facilitate card delivery, as well as help protect a recipient's right to know the identity of an eCard sender. If a recipient does not want HTML cards sent directly into their email, they should reply to the sender with these instructions, so the sender can change future mailings to pick-up links or as attachments. Inspire21.com cannot be responsible for knowing the preferences of all the people who receive these eCards.
IP addresses and any other information shared with recipients about their respective eCard senders (this includes any exposed info or data beyond the senders' accompanying notes (ie: Email addresses, IP addresses, etc.) is necessary to facilitate eCard delivery. Also, any IP addresses (of eCard senders) which may be included with the Emailed cards helps to protect card recipients from anonymous abuse or harassment.
We will not share site demographics either. Such site information summaries are compiled via cookies, card sends, surveys, ezine subscriptions, etc., but do not include specifics on individuals. This info summarizes demographic trends on our site (ie: browsers used, geographic breakdowns, household incomes, etc.). We only intend to use this data to improve our website content and services. It may also be used to attract and contract with potential site advertisers and joint venture opportunities.
Subscribers to "Inspiring Words" have permission to use the eCard services
Inspire21.com does have an opt-in Ezine or eLetter which goes out every Monday morning highlighting the newest designs at the site, along with a short, inspirational story or comment from the publisher. All subscribers are called "opt-in", because it's their option to receive our weekly ezine. In exchange for using the eCard mailing services, we request every visitor to subscriber for free. Of course, anyone can opt-out of receiving our ezine mailings at any time (see the 'ezine opt-out' section below). Our subscription form requires users to give us pertinent contact information (ie: full name, a user passcode and email address), along with some demographic information (ie: address, zip code, education and household income). Our subscribers' contact information is only used to contact them (with updates to the website, such as new eCard design announcements, and other applicable information). This information will never be sold or shared with anyone or any company, for any reason.
In addition to our Guestbook, Inspire21.com will soon provide fan forums and message boards for its users. This is to enhance the distribution of our visitors' favorite quotes, Bible verses, etc. Plus, this will help us to secure the proper names and credits for those charged with making certain quotes (as most people know, many quotes are labelled as 'Unknown' until further advised). It's imperative to remember that any information disclosed in these arenas will become public information, and everyone should exercise caution when disclosing personal information. We ask all individuals to participate responsibly. Anyone who posts to the Guestbook, forums and/or message boards should strive to preserve the privacy of others by only disclosing information about themselves that they understand will become public knowledge.
Inspire21.com offers privacy in Surveys and Feedback Forms
We will conduct surveys occasionally to ask our visitors and subscribers "how are we doing?" Of course, we expect to get a great deal of this info through our Feedback Form, but every now and then it's necessary to get answers to more specific questions and considerations of future design. These surveys are used to identify site usage trends and other pertinent data in order to improve our site and better meet our users' needs. Regardless of time or intent, personal information garnered via the Feedback Form or our surveys will remain private and confidential at all times. It will never be used without the written consent of the individual surveyed.
Inspire21.com does have a collection of affiliations and favorite link sites highlighted throughout the site. In order to cover the costs involved in maintaining this site, and avoid having to place ad banners or charge usage fees, it is necessary to ask our visitors and subscribers to support us by visiting other sites and purchasing their products or services - if our visitor is so inclined to do so (our philosophy is: if someone is going to find and buy these products on the Internet anyway, why not buy them through our affiliation so we can gain a nominal commission to recover some of our costs). It is very important to understand that we do not police the privacy practices of all these linked sites, nor can we be responsible for the privacy practices or the total content of these sites. Anyone who visits these linked sites should individually inquire about the policies and practices of these sites and act with discretion.
Inspire21.com is extremely serious about the rights of others
If there is any reasonable suspicion that an individual has not complied with our Terms of Service, such as using our eCard program for harassment, SPAMMING, profanity, pornographic dissemination or any other illegal activity, Inspire21.com may be forced to release accumulated information about this individual to legal, corporate or internet authorities.
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