Privacy Policy

Last revised: October 28, 2013
Privacy Policy
Dinner Discussions is owned and operated by Living Tree Software, LLC. What follows is Living Tree Software’s online privacy policy, which governs personal information gathered on our internet site.

Dinner Discussions Commitment to Online Security

Physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of personal information. Dinner Discussions encrypts billing information wherever Dinner Discussions requests it. All Dinner Discussions agents and contractors with access to personal information obtained on Dinner Discussions Web sites are also bound to adhere to this policy as part of their contract with Dinner Discussions and affiliates.

Personal Information that Dinner Discussions May Collect Online

Dinner Discussions collects personal and business information online, including names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and facsimile numbers, and billing information.
Dinner Discussions does not knowingly collect or maintain any personal information from children under the age of 13. In addition, no part of our sites are designed with the purpose of attracting any person under age 13.

Dinner Discussions Uses Personal Information Collected Online

Unless you otherwise consent, we will use your personal information only for the purpose for which it is submitted, such as to establish your account, reply to your emails, and process billing and business requests related to program participation, and we will use such information to provide services for which you have subscribed. At certain points where personal information is collected on our site, there may be a box where you may indicate you would like to be on a mailing list to receive information about Dinner Discussions updates and related products. At any time you can add or remove your name from a Dinner Discussions list by following directions at the bottom of the email or contacting us at support@dinnerdiscussions.com.

How Your Information May Be Shared

We never sell or rent your personal information.
Dinner Discussions may release personal information under the following circumstances:

  • Where release is required by law (for example, a subpoena) or regulation or is requested by a government agency;
  • Where our records indicate a company may be engaged in fraudulent activity or other deceptive practices that a governmental agency should be made aware of;
  • To appropriate governmental authorities, where warranted by a company’s failure to participate in the advertising self-regulatory process or respond to an online privacy complaint, or where a company fails to honor the recommendations of the National Advertising Division, Children’s Advertising Review Unit or National Advertising Review Board;
  • To appropriate persons, where your communication suggests possible harm to others.

Help Us Keep Your Personal Information Accurate

If your personal information changes or you would like to review the personal information we may have on file, please update your account or e-mail us with the new information or your review request at support@dinnerdiscussions.com. Let us also know what led to your submission of personal information so we may efficiently locate your information.

Computer Tracking and Cookies

In general, you can browse Dinner Discussions without giving us any personal information. We use web analytics to analyze traffic to our website in order to understand our customer and visitors needs and to continually improve our site for them. Google analytics collects only anonymous, aggregate statistics. For example, we do not tie a specific visit to a specific visitor.

Cookies

What is a cookie? A cookie is a small data file that is stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a website. Cookies placed by Dinner Discussions are session based non-persistent cookies and can only be read by Dinner Discussions.

Cookies placed by Dinner Discussions for web surfers contain non-personally identifiable information and are deleted when you close your web browser or they expire if you opt to have your computer remember your login information. We collect non-personal information about your use of our website as a web surfer. Every computer that accesses Dinner Discussions is assigned a different session ID that allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using the website. We also may use this information to determine the popularity of certain content. Most web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Apple Safari can be set to reject all cookies and offer instructions on how to do so in the “Help” section of the toolbar. Rejecting cookies will not impede browsing of http://www.dinnerdiscussions.com as a visitor in any way.

Cookies placed by Dinner Discussions for registered users and subscribers contain potentially personally identifiable information (your username and URL) but they are deleted when you close the browser or log out of the Dinner Discussions service. These cookies are required to create an account, subscribe, and use the Dinner Discussions services.

SECURITY OF YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION

DO NOT SEND US YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER THROUGH EMAIL, OR POST IT TO THE CASE NOTEPAD BLOG.
Under no circumstances will we hold sensitive payment details such as your credit card number, expiration date or security code. All transactions are handled through our accredited payment bureau, Paypal. All communication between Dinner Discussions and Paypal occur through secure sockets layer technology (SSL). SSL is a proven secure communication protocol that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Please note that 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. For more information on Paypal’s privacy policy please visit here.

SECURITY OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT

At no time will the contents of your information by subscribing for a Dinner Discussions account be shared with third parties. Dinner Discussions does not use any content collected and stored on your behalf. The totality of information collected on your behalf (e.g. opened cases) will be monitored by Dinner Discussions so that we can bill you according to our terms of service.

Dinner Discussions may provide aggregate quantitative data to third parties, including but not limited to the number of users of the Dinner Discussions service. Please see below for more information on aggregate data.

DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION

By using Dinner Discussions, you acknowledge and agree that Dinner Discussions may access, preserve, and disclose your account information and any information associated with that account if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (b) protect property or defend or assert legal rights in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, (b) enforce our Terms of Use Policy, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues (including, without limitation, the filtering of spam), (d) respond to user support requests, or (e) protect the rights, property or safety of Dinner Discussions, its users and the public. Dinner Discussions will not be responsible or liable for the exercise or non-exercise of its rights under the Terms of Service.
In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose this information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose personal information as described below.

A. Disclosure to Network and Maintenance Contractors

People working on our behalf to maintain the website may sometimes have limited access to your username, email address, and URL in the course of providing products or services to Dinner Discussions. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our website. Unless you notify us otherwise, these contractors also may have access to any additional information you provided to us such as your real name, company, and title in the course of their testing. The only personally identifiable information accessible to these contractors is the minimum required to create an account (your username, email address, and URL). This is the minimum necessary for the contractor to perform their limited functions for Dinner Discussions. We also contractually require that our operations and maintenance contractors (1) protect the privacy of your email address consistent with this Privacy Policy, and (2) not use or disclose it for any purpose other than providing us with products and services as required by law.

B. Disclosure of Aggregate Information

Dinner Discussions may provide general aggregate information to third parties. This sort of statistical data is called aggregate information because it reflects the habits and characteristics of a large group of anonymous people. Websites may use aggregate data or share it with their business partners so that the information and services they provide best meet the needs of the users.
We require parties with whom we share aggregate information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable in any way, such as by combining it with other databases.

PRIVACY OF CHILDREN

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Dinner Discussions is not designed for or intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. Children’s parents or guardians are solely responsible for providing supervision of any of their children’s use of this website.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

Dinner Discussions will keep the most up-to-date policy on this page accessible at http://www.dinnerdiscussions.com/privacy-policy/. Any material changes in the way Dinner Discussions uses personal information will be described in future versions of this Privacy Policy, with the date of those changes clearly noted on the first page. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Please exit the site immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy or any future revised policy.

SERVICE-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account by contacting support@dinnerdiscussions.com.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us when contacting us, joining the Dinner Discussions forum, or creating a Dinner Discussions service account, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email or telephone.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use, please contact Dinner Discussions at support@dinnerdiscussions.com or at Dinner Discussions Privacy Policy, c/o Living Tree Software LLC, PO Box 709390, Sandy, UT 84070-9390, USA