LINKS TO THIS SITE FROM
OTHER SITES: If you linked to this website from any other website that has
a different website URL address than this website, Distinctions is not the
operator of that site and is not responsible for its content. To identify
the owner of a website we suggest you go to Network
Solutions WHOIS and enter the name of the website including its
suffix .com/.net/.org. Direct any inquiries about such a site or its
content to the contact indicated there.
to the Distinctions website operated by Distinctions, a California
corporation (the "Site"). For purposes of this Privacy
Policy (the "Policy"), the terms "we," "us,"
"our" and "Distinctions" refer to Distinctions and all
other affiliates of Distinctions. "You" refers to you, as
a user of this Site. Explained in this section is our policy
regarding any personal information you might supply to us when you visit
our Site. Our Policy was developed as an extension of our commitment
to combine the highest-quality products and services with the highest
level of integrity in dealing with our visitors and users. This
Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect, use and
safeguard the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in
making informed decisions when using our Site and our products and
services. This Policy will be continuously assessed against new
technologies, business practices and our users' needs.
regarding this Policy should be directed to email@example.com
AND PUTTING THE WORDS 'QUESTION DistinctionsPlus.com' IN THE SUBJECT LINE
or we may also be contacted directly at the following address:
6070 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120
Policy will explain the following regarding use of our Site:
information do we collect from you?
2. Where do
we collect information from you and how do we use it?
3. Who is
collecting your information?
4. With whom
do we share your information?
5. How may
you update, correct or delete your Personally Identifiable Information?
6. What are
your choices regarding collection, use and distribution of your
security precautions are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or
alteration of your information?
should carefully review privacy policies of any third party sites
accessible from our Site.
us about privacy questions or concerns.
What information does Distinctions collect from you?
order to better provide you with numerous products and services, our Site
collects two types of information about its visitors: Personally
Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information.
Our primary goal in collecting information from you is to provide you with
a smooth, efficient and customized experience while using our Site.
This refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are.
Personal information is requested when you register with us, order a
product or service, fill out surveys and correspond with us. This
information might include your name, mailing address, telephone number,
email address and other identification and contact information. If
you choose to purchase products or services over the Site, you may need to
give personal information and authorization to obtain information.
For example, you may need to provide the following information:
Credit card number and expiration date
Home and/or business phone number
Other personal information (e.g., gender and age, mother's maiden name)
may also collect certain other financial information; whenever we do so,
we will attempt to provide a link to this Policy so that you can confirm
how this information will be used. With this information, we can
submit your service and product orders to the appropriate merchants for
processing and better provide you with services.
This refers to information that does not by itself identify a specific
individual. We gather certain information about you based upon where
you shop on our Site in several ways. This information is compiled
and analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis. This
information may include the Web site's Uniform Resource Locator
("URL") that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what
browser you are using, and your Internet Protocol ("IP")
address. A URL is the global address of documents and other
resources on the World Wide Web. An IP address is an identifier for
a computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
("TCP/IP") network, such as the World Wide Web. Networks
use the TCP/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of
the destination. In other words, an IP address is a number that is
automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web,
allowing Web servers to locate and identify your computer. Computers
require IP addresses in order for users to communicate on the Internet,
browse and shop.
Where do we collect information from you and how do we use it?
primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide our visitors
with a superior customized online experience. Broadly speaking, we
use personal information for purposes of administering our business
activities, providing customer service and making available other products
and services to our visitors and users. Occasionally, we may also
use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to
our Site, new services and special offers we think you will find valuable.
The lists used to send you product and service offers are developed and
managed under our traditional corporate standards designed to safeguard
the security and privacy of our users' personal information.
may perform statistical analyses of aggregate customer behavior.
This allows us to measure relative customer interest in the various areas
of our Site for product development purposes. Any information we
collect is used for our own internal purposes to improve the content of
our Site, to enhance users' experiences when visiting our Site, to
customize the content and/or layout of our pages, and to provide the
services required by an individual customer. Limited demographic
data may also be collected at our Site from a third party advertising
server, who provides us with the zip code and area code associated with a
visitor's server, along with pages viewed on our Site. We may
receive summary, but not individual, reports from a third party ad server,
which will tell us how many ads were presented and clicked upon.
gather information in the following ways:
We collect IP addresses for the purposes of system administration, to
gather broad demographic information, to enable ads to be served on our
Site, to report Non-Personally Identifiable Information to our advertisers
and to monitor the level of activity on our Site. We collect
information from visitors to our Site regarding the referring URL,
your IP address, which browser you used to come to the Site, the country,
state and telephone area code where your server is located, the pages of
our Site that you viewed during your visit and any search terms entered on
When you order from us, we collect personally identifiable information
from you. If you order one of the products or services appearing on
our Site, we will, collect and maintain your name, email address, mailing
address, telephone number, product selections, credit card number, order
number, referring URL, and IP address. We collect this, and other
information, as disclosed in this Policy, in order to submit your order to
the appropriate merchant to fill, to communicate with you about your order
and to send you promotional materials. Before clicking on Submit
Order, review your order carefully and make any changes and additions to
the information it contains.You will receive an email confirming your
order. Most emails are delivered within 24 hours but some make take longer
due to delays on the Internet or with your internet service provider. Effective
December 19, 2001: Some of our product suppliers require that we
forward your email address to them for the purpose of communicating
directly with you regarding your order for their products. With these
specific suppliers we provide your email address in addition to all other
information to enable them to ship and bill your order.
Surveys and Polling:
In order to improve our services to you, we ask some of our customers to
voluntarily complete surveys, which may be collected by an independent
third party. Individual survey answers are confidential, although
Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected and disclosed to
third parties. If you do not wish to participate in a survey, simply
decline to participate when asked.
& Promotional Emails:
We may offer free electronic newsletters, and promotional emails as a
service to our prior customers. We may send you newsletters and
emails periodically listing current specials and deals. We do not
send emails to you unless you subscribed with us. If you signed up
to receive email notification of contests, special offers and discounts
coming in the months ahead you may unsubscribe at any time by sending an
email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and putting the word
"UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line.
of times we show you a pop-up window. If we did not use them you
would be shown a new pop-up window each time you accessed the same page.
To find out what cookies are and how they can be used, click here.
Information and Third Party Data:
If you contact us by telephone, email or letter, we may keep a record of
your contact information, correspondence or comments. If you report
a problem with our Site, we may collect such information in a file
specific to you. If you contact us through our feedback area or by
calling one of our customer service representatives, we ask for your name
and email address in order to send you a reply. If other users or
third parties send us correspondence about your activities or purchases on
our Site, we may keep the information in a file specific to you.
display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, we will be
able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content to you in the
form of targeted banners and promotions. For example, advertisers
may give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to
reach. We may take the advertisement and include it in an email to
prior customers meeting that criteria. We may, in the future, also
have a third party advertising server display ads linked to certain search
terms that you have entered, or to certain pages that you are viewing.
In this process, third parties will never have access to individual
account information; only we have access to individual accounts.
Additionally, we may share aggregated data with advertisers.
also track customers' traffic patterns throughout their online sessions,
including which pages a customer views while using our Site. This
information is ultimately stored in the form of store categories, and, in
some cases, specific URLs. We use your IP address to diagnose
problems with our servers and software and to administer our Site.
may share aggregated statistics about pages viewed on our Site and sales
and other shopping information with third parties.
Site is not intended for the use of children. We do not knowingly
market to, or solicit data, from children.
Who is collecting your information?
may, in the future, use a third party ad server to serve ads on our Site.
They may place their own "cookie" on your computer to help those
ads to run. However, we will not provide them with any of your
Personally Identifiable Information. For more information about the
information they may collect, please see the section "Cookies"
may also in the future use a third party surveyor to run optional surveys
for our Site. That surveyor would collect Non-Personally
Identifiable Information for the sole purpose of providing reports to us
about our shoppers' interests and opinions.
your information. This document only addresses the use and
disclosure of information we collect from you. We encourage you to
ask questions and to be very cautious before you disclose your personal
information to others.
With whom do we share your information?
information collected by our Site is used only for the limited purposes of
submitting orders to the appropriate merchants, keeping you informed about
your order status, for statistical purposes for improving our Site and to
notify you of products or special offers that may be of interest to you.
We will disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties
to charge your credit card, fill your order, deliver your order and
deliver promotional emails to you from us. For example, we must
release your credit card number to confirm payment; and release your
mailing address information to the delivery service to deliver products
that you ordered.
may sell, trade or rent your personal information to others. However
that you may "opt-out" by sending an email to email@example.com
which will result in our removing your personal information from the data
and information we sell, trade or rent. We may also provide
Non-Personally Identifiable Information about our customers' sales,
traffic patterns and related Site information to third party advertisers,
but these statistics do not include any Personally Identifiable
Information. Moreover, we may release account information when we
believe that such release is reasonably necessary to enforce or apply our
safety of our users, others and ourselves.
as otherwise stated in this Policy, at present we do not disclose our
customers' Personally Identifiable Information to other merchants.
In the future, with your permission, we may provide some customer
information to companies with products or services that may be of interest
to you. This would be for marketing purposes only and no credit card
number information would be given. Before agreeing to release your
acceptable to you because once your data is released, we would have no
further control over it.
time to time, we may be required by law enforcement or judicial
authorities to provide Personally Identifiable Information to the
appropriate governmental authorities. We will disclose Personally
Identifiable Information upon receipt of a court order or subpoena or to
cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. We fully cooperate
with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services
for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law
enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be
How can you update or correct your Personally Identifiable Information?
the online ordering process you can review, change or delete the
information that you initially have entered before your order is
submitted. Note that we may retain changed or deleted information
for archival or other purposes.
What are your choices regarding collection, use and distribution of
may from time to time send you email or other communications regarding
current promotions, specials and new additions to our Site. You may
"opt-out," or unsubscribe from our newsletters by following the
unsubscribe instructions in any email you receive from us or by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. After doing so, our users
will not receive future communications or mailings.
What security precautions are in place to protect against the loss,
misuse or alteration of your information?
encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal
information we collect from you.
scrambles messages exchanged between your browser and our online ordering
server. Encryption happens as follows: when you go to the sign-on
page for online ordering, your browser establishes a secure session with
our server. The secure session is established using a protocol
called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Encryption. This protocol requires
the exchange of what are called public and private keys. Keys are
random numbers chosen for that session and are only known between your
browser and our server. After the keys are exchanged, your browser
will use the numbers to scramble (encrypt) the messages sent between your
browser and our server. Both sides require the keys because they
need to descramble (decrypt) the messages when they are received.
The SSL protocol not only ensures privacy but also ensures that no other
browser can "impersonate" your browser, nor alter any
information sent. You can tell whether your browser is in secure
mode by looking for the secured lock symbol at the bottom of your browser
The numbers used as
encryption keys are analogous to combination locks. The strength of
encryption is based on the number of possible combinations that a lock can
As the number of
possible combinations grows, it becomes less likely that anyone would be
able to guess the combination in order to decrypt the message.
Today's browsers offer 40-bit encryption or 128-bit encryption. Both
result in a large number of possible combinations, 240 and 2128,
respectively. Our servers are compatible with both, however we
recommend the use of 128-bit capable browsers. Click here to
determine the level of encryption that your browser supports.
Netscape Users go here:
Microsoft Internet Explorer Users go here:
that you may send without going to the sign-on page for online ordering
may not be secure unless we advise you that security measures will be in
place prior to your transmitting the information. For that reason,
we ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social
Security or account numbers to us through an unsecured e-mail.
order to most efficiently serve you, credit card transactions and order
fulfillment are handled by established third party banking institutions,
process agents and distribution institutions. They receive the
information they need to verify and authorize your credit card
transactions and to process and ship your order. Please keep in mind
that though we offer secured-server transactions that encrypt your
information in transit from you to us to thwart someone from intercepting
it and misusing it, we send your information on to third parties to
process your order through email and other means which may not be secure.
Accordingly, we cannot guarantee that someone will not intercept and
misuse such information in transit from us to such third parties.
also encourage our partners and service providers to adopt and follow
stringent consumer privacy policies. However, because we have no
control over our partners and third party service providers, we cannot be
liable for any action or inaction taken by such third parties.
many other commercial sites, our site utilizes a standard technology
called a "cookie". A cookie is a small data text file,
which a Web site stores on your computer's hard drive (if your Web browser
permits) that can later be retrieved to do useful work. Our Cookies
are designed to help a Web site recognize a user's browser and only allow
pop-up windows to pop-up one time during a user session. Without the
cookie the pop-up window would appear each time a specific page is
accessed. A cookie cannot be read by a Web site other than the one
that set the cookie. No other company will have access to our
cookies. Cookies can securely identify which parts of a site have
been visited. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard
drive, pass on a computer virus, or capture your email address.
You should carefully review privacy policies of any third party sites
accessible from our Site.
sites accessible through our Site have their own privacy policies and data
collection, use and disclosure practices. Please consult each site's
of third parties. Please be aware that our Site may contain links to
other sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties.
The information practices of those Web sites linked to our Site are not
cookies to users, collect data or solicit personal information.
Additionally, other companies which place advertising on our Site may
collect information about you when you view or click on their advertising
information. You should contact these advertisers directly if you
have any questions about their use of the information that they collect.
Contacting us about privacy questions or concerns.
Site, or your dealings with our Site, please contact us by sending a
letter to: Webmaster, Distinctions, 6070 Mission Gorge Road, Suite
1, San Diego, CA 92120, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
be posted in this document so that you will always know what information
we gather, how we might use that information and to whom we will disclose
it. Any change, modification, addition or removal of portions of
this Policy will be announced on our Site within a reasonable period of
time before it is implemented. Please be sure to check this page
before proceeding to use our Site.