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Your privacy is important to Len’s Afield. This privacy statement provides information about the personal information that Len’s Afield may collect, and the ways in which that personal information might be used.

It is the policy of Len's Afield to collect only personal information provided willingly and knowingly by the users of this site. By accessing and interacting in any manner in this site, you agree with the provisions of the Terms of Use policy statement and this Privacy policy statement. If you do not agree, you must not access or participate on this or any external affiliated sites.

Personal information collection
Len’s Afield may now or in the future collect and use some or all the following kinds of personal information:

• information about your use of this website (see section below on disclosure about tracking services utilized);
• information that you provide using for the purpose of voluntarily registering with the website;
• information about transactions carried out over this website necessary to conclude those transactions;
• information that you provide for the purpose of subscribing to the website services (if any);
• any other information that you knowingly make available to Len's Afield by any means.

Using personal information
Len’s Afield may use your personal information to:

• administer and improve your experience using this website;
• personalize the website for you;
• enable your access to and use of the website services in a more personal manner;
• publish limited information about you, as provided by you with your consent on the website (e.g., give you credit for an idea, or titling a photo, or solving a contest puzzle; or if you chose to post comments to one or more of the site’s blogs or comment systems within the site by including personal information in your posts deemed       appropriate by Len's Afield for the purpose of those posts.
• send to you products that you purchase;
• supply to you services that you purchase;
• send you statements and invoices;
• collect payments from you; and
• send you marketing communications for which you expressly opt-in.

Where Len’s Afield discloses your personal information to its agents or sub-contractors for these purposes, said agent or sub-contractor will be obligated to use that personal information in accordance with the terms of this privacy statement.

In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere above, Len’s Afield may disclose your personal information to the extent that it is required to do so by law, in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, and in order to establish, exercise or defend its legal rights.

Privacy policies
including COPPA compliance

COPPA compliance

This site is intended to be of general interest to a broad general audience, which may include children under the age of 13. As such, this site must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) which requires parental consent to collect personal information from any child under the age of 13.

The Act specifically applies to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child, and also includes other types of information such as hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanisms—when said information is also tied to individually identifiable information.

Being a general audience site, Len’s Afield.com does not utilize any form of entrance or access barriers to this site and has no control over who choses to access to this site or how they do so. There is no section of this site directed specifically at children, and there are no requirements to supply personal information to gain access to any or all parts of the site. Access may be anonymous as may posting to any of the blogs or internal commenting systems, or the user may post using a screen name that may or may not contain their real name. Any other information provided is at the sole discretion of the user, including any personal information gathered by Len's Afield that may be used for the purposes noted above. Therefore, Len’s Afield does not actively solicit for personal information from children under the age of 13, or any age, and would have no actual knowledge of the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 unless the provider specifically conveys to Len’s Afield that said provider is under the age of 13.

Len’s Afield does produce contests accessible and played within the site. At this time, all comments written for posting to one or more of the blogs will be moderated by Len’s Afield for appropriateness as to where it will post, tone, content, language, and for the disclosure of personal information deemed to be inappropriate to a general interest public forum. Len's Afield reserves the right deny postings or making edits to make the post appropriate, or, if the post seems subject to COPPA, of contacting parents as per the next paragraph below. Len’s Afield will not knowingly post information that publicly divulges personal information without the consent of the user providing the information, and would generally prefer not to collect or post information subject to COPPA, but may wish to do so within the strict limitation of the purposes noted above in the “Using personal information” section and in compliance with the following Notice to Parents as required by COPPA.

Notice to Parents
All previous information in this section on COPPA is included in this section by reference for the information of parents. Should information become known to Len’s Afield that is subject to COPPA, Len’s Afield incurs an obligation to either:
-not accept, post, or re-transmit the information in accordance with the expressed intentions of Len’s Afield as stated in the COPPA compliance section above; or
-make reasonable effort to inform parents and obtain verifiable parental consent for its use, by either telephone, confirmatory email, or postal letter upon receipt of which the parent(s) may review, and at their discretion,
may request to have the information deleted or edited, and express their desire to disallow any further collection of their child’s information.

Detailed information about COPPA may be found at:

http://www.ftc.gov/os/1999/10/64fr59888.pdf (the complete bill)
http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm (short presentation from selected sections of the bill)
http://www.coppa.org/comply.htm (a
less imposing discussion)

(continuing with the general Privacy Statement)

Securing your data
Len’s Afield will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information provided to Len’s Afield, but be advised the site is served from an outside hosting service, and that service also provides the email service for this site. Len’s Afield has no control over the policies and actions or inactions of this service provider. For details on the privacy policy of the hosting service used by lensafield.com, see https://www.bluehost.com/cgi/info/terms.html

Updating this statement
Len’s Afield may update this privacy policy by posting a new version on this website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are familiar with any changes.

Other websites
This website may contains links to other websites, including links to blogging services. Len’s Afield is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any third party.

Contact Len's Afield
If you have any questions about this privacy policy statement or Len’s Afield’s treatment of your personal information, please write to:

contact information for Len's Afield

Anti-Spam Policy

What is spam? In the context of electronic messaging, spam refers to unsolicited, bulk or indiscriminate messages, typically sent for a commercial purpose.

Len’s Afield has a zero-tolerance spam policy.

Automated spam filtering
The service providing messaging systems for Len’s Afield automatically scans all incoming email and other messages, and filter-out messages that appear to be spam.

Problems with spam filtering
No message filtering system is 100% accurate, and from time-to-time legitimate messages will be filtered-out by the technology services used by Len’s Afield. If you believe this has happened to a message you have sent, please advise the message recipient by another means.

The same may happen to legitimate messages coming from Len’s Afield to you. If you expect to receive an email response from Len’s Afield be sure that the email address for Len’s Afield, len@lensafield.com , has been added to your email address book so that any response sent is not filtered as spam by your messaging system.

User spam
Len’s Afield provides a facility that enables users to send private email messages to Len’s Afield. Users must not use this facility to send unsolicited, bulk or indiscriminate messages, whether or not for a commercial purposes. As noted in the Terms of Use policy, Len's Afield reserves the right to monitor, edit, prohibit, or delete posts that may be offensive, violate law, or are deemed innappropriate for any reason—including posting information of a personal nature that are deemed innapropriate—at the sole discretion of Len's Afield. Options are also provided in commenting systems used in the site and external affiliated blogs to allow users to flag messages for review by Len's Afield and application of any of the previously mentioned options by Len's Afield.

Receipt of unwanted messages from Len’s Afield
Len’s Afield sends messages only in response to an email message received by Len’s Afield, or if there is a need to contact someone who posted to one or more of the associated blogs. Examples might include informing someone that they have been selected the winner of one or more of the blog contests, or to ask someone who posted with a screen name or otherwise decided not to register their name or email address with this site to provide information for purposes such as posting their name and/or city/state/province/country as proper credit for titling a photo or similar purposes.

Len’s Afield has no intention of sending unsolicited messages.

In the unlikely event that you receive any message from Len’s Afield or that may have made sent so as to appear as if it was from Len’s Afield, such that it may be considered to be spam, please contact Len’s Afield using the contact information provided above and the matter will be investigated.

Changes to this anti-spam policy
Len’s Afield may amend this anti-spam policy at any time by publishing a new version on this website. Should you have any questions about this anti-spam policy, please contact Len’s Afield using the contact information provided above.

Cookies Policy

About cookies
Cookies are information packets sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers.

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Google and other third party cookies
Len’s Afield uses Google Analytics and/or other analysis services to analyze traffic on this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information. Len’s Afield uses these reports to monitor traffic and effectiveness of the various pages of the site. Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Len’s Afield also utilizes the AddThis Analytics service to monitor how visitors use various social networking and data sharing options made available for their use on the site and its affiliated blogs.

Various pages contained within the Len’s Afield site include one or more commenting systems provided by either Pnyxe or Disqus, commercial services unaffilited with Len's Afield. Comments posted are stored on their respective service’s servers for at least as long as Len’s Afield contracts for their services. T hese companies use proprietary means to provide their services, providing an administrative interface to Len’s Afield specifically for the purposes of the Len’s Afield site or the associated blogs. Len’s Afield has limited ability to edit the code they utilize to provide the specifics of these services and shall not be held liable for their injurious actions or negligence providing security for whatever data they hold, or actions executed in providing their services. At this time, Len’s Afield does not authorize through contractual use, and is not knowingly aware of, any use of any other third parties cookies related to this site.

Refusing cookies
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.

In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy.

In Safari click Preferences, Security, and choose an option from the “Accept cookies:” section.

Similar tools are available in other browsers.

Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.

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