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Privacy Policy
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Thank you for visiting the Hillsboro Community Network website. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Except to process information that you request, and except as required by law, we will not share any personal information that we gather about you. Please be advised that the Hillsboro Community Network is managed at the sole discretion of the non-profit Hillsboro Community Network Board of Directors. Please direct any questions you may have concerning this policy to hillsborolibrary@hillsborotx.org.  Visits to the Hillsboro Community Network website are monitored for the accumulation of statistical information, including but not limited to, the number of visits to the site, the pages people visit, from which domains the visitors come from and the browsers people use to visit the site. Such information is important to allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of the services it is providing, to monitor its own performance and to make it easier for other visitors to use the site.

What Is Covered Under This Policy?

All personal information you provide directly to Hillsboro Community Network is covered under this privacy policy. This may include, but not be limited to, your name, address, date of birth, phone number, email address, credit card and other financial information, and other personally identifying information.

When credit cards are involved, the information is encrypted through secure server software. We make diligent attempts to protect all data located on our servers against unauthorized access. However, Hillsboro Community Network (like any other entity) cannot and does not guarantee in any way absolute protection from unauthorized access or theft of such data.

Postings by users on any bulletin board, in any forum, or in any chat room are not protected under this privacy policy and not considered confidential information or confidential communication. Hillsboro Community Network shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of its bulletin boards, forums and chat rooms to determine compliance with policies and terms of use and any other operating rules established for Hillsboro Community Network shall have the right in its sole discretion, and without prior notice, to edit, refuse to post, or remove any materials submitted to or posted to its bulletin boards, forums, or chat rooms.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online for example on message boards, through email, in classifieds, job searches, auctions and chat areas- that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Hillsboro Community Network is not responsible for the disclosure of your information under these circumstances and such disclosure it not covered under this privacy policy.

Additionally, advertisers and vendors hosted on our site, or who link to our site, may collect information about you if you click on their ads, visit their websites, or make a purchase from them. Information collected by vendors or advertisers hosted on our site, or who link to our site, is not covered under this privacy policy.

Finally, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online.

What kind of personal information does the Hillsboro Community Network collect?

Some personal information is gathered when you register on our site for contests, promotions, chats, classifieds, jobs, auctions, access to community sites or when you register for any other reason. During registration, Hillsboro Community Network may require you to provide your name, date of birth, gender, zip code, country of residence and email address. Additionally, Hillsboro Community Network will ask you to voluntarily provide other information about yourself. The more information you volunteer, the better able we are to understand who our users are and the better able we are to improve and customize our site for you. Once you register on our site for any reason, you no longer are anonymous to Hillsboro Community Network.

In addition to information obtained through registration, Hillsboro Community Network obtains personal information about you when you make a purchase form a store on our site. That information may include, but not be limited to, your name, address, email address and what you have purchased.

From time to time, Hillsboro Community Network will conduct surveys on its site for research purposes. When you participate in a survey, the information you provide about yourself and the responses to the questions will be collected by Hillsboro Community Network.

If you contact the Hillsboro Community Network, we may keep a record of your identity and your correspondence.

Hillsboro Community Network also tracks and collects your computers IP address to help with system administration and to compile information about traffic patterns on the site. IP addresses also may appear in outgoing Hillsboro Community Network web mail message headers. Your computer IP address identifies your computer and the network or Internet service provider to which your computer is connected.

Does Hillsboro Community Network share personal information with other entities?

Hillsboro Community Network will strive to maintain the confidentiality of all personal user information and communications which are transmitted directly to Hillsboro Community Network. However, Hillsboro Community Network reserves the right to disclose any of your personal information under special circumstances. These circumstances include:

1. When we believe in good faith that the law requires such disclosure.

2. When disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact
or initiate legal action against someone violating the Hillsboro
Community Networks Online Acceptable Use Policy, or someone
who is causing injury to or interference with the Hillsboro Community
Networks rights or property, other Hillsboro Community Network
users, or anyone else who can be harmed by such activities.

3. When we must disclose such information for administrative and
other purposes necessary to maintain and improve our product
and services.

When you provide personal information on the Hillsboro Community Network, it is being used by the Hillsboro Community Network alone, unless specifically stated otherwise. In some cases, we may be providing a service to you or a promotion that is being made available with the assistance of another company. If that is the case, there may be instances when we must share your information with our partner company to facilitate the co-branded service or promotion. If your information is to be shared with a partner company, you will be notified prior to the transfer of that information to the partner company and you will be given the option of not permitting the transfer of your information to that partner company.

When the Hillsboro Community Network conducts research about the use of its site, it may hire a professional research firm to assist in that process. Information about you may be shared with that research firm and that firm may contact you to ask your opinions about Hillsboro Community Network or to see if you are interested in participating in a research activity for Hillsboro Community Network, such as a focus group or survey. The research firm will be bound by its contract with Hillsboro Community Network to use your information strictly for Hillsboro Community Network research purposes, to keep your information confidential, and to adequately secure or destroy its records of your information when the research is complete so that information cannot be obtained by others.

Once again, please be aware that advertisers and vendors hosted on our site, or who link to our site, may collect information about you through their own cookies if you click on their ads or if you make a purchase from them. This includes the purchase of classified or personal advertisements. Information collected by vendors or advertisers on our site, or who link to our site, is not covered under this privacy policy.

Various web sites collect user information and create lists and/or databases of this user information. These lists or databases are sometimes sold to third parties under contractual agreements that place limits on how the purchasing parties can reuse the information. Currently, Hillsboro Community Network does not sell information about its users to third parties for any reason. If Hillsboro Community Network chooses to do so in the future, it will notify users of Hillsboro Community Network of its intentions and give users the option to exclude their information from any such lists or databases sold to third parties.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or the privacy practices of this site, please contact us at hillsborolibrary@hillsborotx.org.   We will be happy to answer your questions.

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