This privacy statement covers the entire Switch To A Mac site ("STAM site"). Please read this statement before proceeding to access this site. Your use of the Switch To A Mac site indicates your agreement to abide by the Terms in effect.

Information Collection
Switch To A Mac is the sole owner of the information collected on the Switch To A Mac site. Switch To A Mac may collect information from our users at several different points on the Switch To A Mac site.

In order to enhance their use of the Switch To A Mac site, users can choose to leave comments on particular articles and guides. In order to leave a comment, users must submit information including a valid email address. Switch To A Mac uses this information to monitor and screen out users who leave comments prohibited by our terms and conditions of use, and will not pass this information to any other organization.  We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children (defined herein as minors younger than 13 years of age) without obtaining parental consent.

Data collection regarding minors

Children and Privacy
We encourage parents and guardians to spend time with their children online, and to be fully aware and familiar with the sites their children visit. At various places on the sites, we may ask whether users are under the age of 18, or 13, for example when requesting personal information from a user, we may ask for parental consent or ask the user to verify their age. We rely on users to be truthful when they respond to any questions regarding ther age.

Individuals Under 13
No information should be submitted to or posted on the site by users under the age of 13 years without consent of their parent or guardian. The site does not provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source collected from users under the age of 13 to any third party for any purpose whatsoever unless disclosed during collection.  We ask that users under the age of 13 not to participate in promotional events/opportunities or contests.  The site does not knowingly collect information from users under the age of 13.

Individuals 13 Through 17
We request that children under the age of 18 do not submit or post information to the site without a parent or guardian's consent. The site may collect information, including personally identifying information, from users between the ages of 13 and 17, and this information may be used for marketing and promotional purposes by the site.

Our site also uses "cookies" to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that websites write into your browser and/or hard drive for record keeping purposes upon a visit. Cookies allow a website to measure activity on their site and to improve user experience, for example by remembering your login credentials and preferences.  This may allow you to visit various parts (such as member-only) of the site without having to re-register or login. We do not use cookies to retrieve information from your computer or browser that was not originally sent in a cookie. Except for personal information voluntarily provided by you (such as during membership registration or a contest), we do not use information transferred through cookies for any promotional or marketing purposes.  Note that this information is not shared with third parties.

Third Party Advertising
The ads appearing on this Web site are delivered to you by various third parties.  You may occasionally get cookies from advertisers on the site, which is standard practice all over the Internet. These cookies are outside the control of our site, and are not subject to our privacy policy. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you'd prefer, you may be able to set yours to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

Log files
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use (such as information about traffic patterns on the site, for example how many users log into the site on a daily basis). IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.  The non-personally identifiable information we collect helps us diagnose problems with our site, administer the Web site, identify the most popular areas of the Web site, and determine the effectiveness of our promotional activities. We may use a tracking utility that uses log files to analyze user movement.

Links to other sites
It is important for you as a visitor to Switch To A Mac to note that this site contains links to other sites.  Those other sites may not follow the same privacy policies as Switch To A Mac.

Switch To A Mac is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other web sites.  For example how they use information such as IP address, browser type, or operating system to name a few.  We strongly urge you as a user of the Internet to become familiar with the privacy practices of those sites.

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time by posting a revised privacy policy. The revised policies will be posted at this URL.

Legal Disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, Switch To A Mac may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on the Switch To A Macs site.    We cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who may be using our servers or services for illegal activities. We also reserve the right to report any suspected illegal activity to law enforcement for investigation or prosecution.