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USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to protecting the privacy of our users. Your privacy is very important to us. We want to provide a safe, secure experience for all of our users. Because we gather certain types of information about users of our site, we feel you should be aware of the terms surrounding the capture and use of that information. Strong electronic privacy is an essential ingredient in the success of the Internet as an online medium. The following discloses what information we gather, how we use or disseminate it, and how you can change it.

Information We Gather
We collect statistical information such as page views and ip address on an aggregated basis. Such information allows us to find out what areas users visit most frequently and what services users access the most. It also allows us to create a better overall experience for our users. We may share this information with our partners, but only in the aggregate (unless it is feedback), so that they too may understand how Dear Military Spouse visitors use our site, so they may create a better overall experience for you, as well. Aggregated data is essential to keeping Dear Military Spouse free to users.

Cookies. To enhance your experience at USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse, we use a feature on your Internet browser called a "cookie". Cookies are small bits of data that are written to your hard drive when you visit a web site. A cookie file can contain information such as a user or session ID to track the pages you've visited or a user name and password so you don't have to re-enter it throughout your visit. A cookie can't read data off of your hard drive or read other cookies created by other web sites. We use cookies for remembering user names and passwords and preferences, tracking click streams, and for load balancing. We also use cookies at our site to better understand how users visit our site so that we know what areas and features are the most popular. Because of our use of cookies, we can deliver quicker service and a more personalized site experience for our users. You are always free to reject cookies by turning them off in your browser. However, doing this will hinder performance and negatively impact your experience at our site.

Feedback. USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse has an area on the site where you can submit feedback. Any feedback and information that is submitted through this area becomes the property of USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse. We may use this feedback for marketing purposes, in our newsletter, or to contact you for further feedback on the site, as well as any other use we deem appropriate. Any information you provide in this area may be available to 3rd parties.

Links. This site may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites. We do not control cookies from other outside sites.

How We Use the Information
USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse uses your information on an aggregated basis to create traffic reports, deliver up-to-date information, and enhance user experience. This also allows us to better anticipate the needs of our users and tailor future content based on user interest.

We will not sell your e-mail address or your name and personal demographic information to mass marketers or mailing list distributors. Except as described in this privacy policy, we do not disclose information about your individual visits to USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse, or personal information that you provide, such as your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, etc., to any outside parties, except when we believe it is required by law or to protect USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse and/or Bridget Carlson.

USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse may, from time to time, use e-mail addresses that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters. We may use the mailing list to occasionally send users information on updates to the site.

How You Can Change the Information
USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse gives its users an option to "Opt Out" of receiving information such as e-mail updates or newsletters via their Message Boards (Forums) user accounts. Upon Your request We will remove Your membership data from Our active databases as soon as reasonably possible in accordance with Our policy and applicable law. We may retain in Our files information You have requested be removed from Our active databases for certain purposes, such as to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce the Terms of Use. Moreover, such prior information may never be completely removed from Our databases due to technical and legal constraints, including stored ‘back up' systems. You should not expect that all of Your personally identifiable information will be completely removed from Our databases in response to Your request. Deactivation of an account does not delete any information, only makes such information not viewable to the public or other members. We do this by issuing a BAN on the account. Once a BAN is placed on the account a user can still log into his/her account but will be unable to access any part of the site. A BAN also removes the account from the memberslist. USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse allows you to change or correct your personal information at any time. To do so, simply log into your account, go to your account profile, and you will find options for editing the information you submitted during initial registration.

This site follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Third Party Advertising
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Google Adsense 3rd Party Cookie Info
As with most other websites, USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse collects and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse does use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums. We also use third party advertisements to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google's ™ DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests "(interest based targeting"). The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses "non personally identifiable information". It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting

USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse has complied with the following Webmaster guidelines:
Design and content guidelines
Technical guidelines
Quality guidelines

Children's Guidelines
We do not specifically collect information about or from children. We believe that children should get their parents' consent before giving out personal information. If you are concerned about your child's use of this site, we encourage you to use Web filtering technology to supervise your child's access to the site. We also encourage you to participate in your child's experience whenever they are using the Internet.

Contact Information
This Privacy Policy may be modified from time to time. Any notices that reflect a change will be posted on this page, so check back often. We hope this privacy policy clarifies our handling of your personal information. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us.

Registration is not necessary for the public to use this Web site. However, members must register in order to gain access to adding threads to the Web site. During registration, you must complete the registration form and create a user name and password. During registration you are required to give us contact information. We use this information to contact you about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest.

USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse is the sole owner of the information collected on this Web site.

USMC Hangout/Dear Military Spouse reserves the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.





July 18, 2001