Charles Bender & Company ("Charles Bender") operates acanthus.com and may operate other websites. It is Charles Bender's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Charles Bender collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Charles Bender's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Charles Bender's visitors use its website. From time to time, Charles Bender may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Charles Bender also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on acanthus.com blogs/sites. Charles Bender only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Charles Bender's websites choose to interact with Charles Bender in ways that require Charles Bender to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Charles Bender gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at acanthus.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Charles Bender are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Charles Bender collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Charles Bender. Charles Bender does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Charles Bender may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Charles Bender may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Charles Bender does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Charles Bender discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Charles Bender's behalf or to provide services available at Charles Bender's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Charles Bender's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Charles Bender will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Charles Bender discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Charles Bender believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Charles Bender, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Charles Bender website and have supplied your email address, Charles Bender may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Charles Bender and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Charles Bender takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Charles Bender, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Charles Bender goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Charles Bender may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.