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Privacy Statement

Introduction
The Sludge Report has a strong commitment to providing excellent service to all of its readers, including respecting their concerns about privacy. We understand that visitors to our website may have questions about whether and how this website collects and uses information. Accordingly, we have prepared this statement to inform you of the privacy principles that govern THESLUDGEREPORT.ORG.

Browsing
We do not have an "opt-in" or "opt-out" page because we have no control over the collection of access log data. Visitors who browse this website do so anonymously. We have not configured this website to collect any personal information from your computer without your input. This means that, unless you voluntarily and knowingly provide us with information, we will not know your identity, your e-mail address, or any other information identifiable to you. Thus, there is nothing to opt-in or opt-out of within this web site.

Data Collection
This site adheres to policies that define data into groups. This policy contains two groups:

  • Basic Information: "Access Logs" maintained by The Sludge Report's Internet Service Provider. Basic information includes Click-stream data and HTTP protocol elements. Our web server collects access logs containing this information from all web users and uses this information to operate the web site, for system administration, to conduct research and development of future topics and anonymous user analysis. This Basic Information is used by us and our agents and the data may be retained indefinitely.

  • Contact Information: "User Identifiable Information" collected through The Sludge Report's Feedback process. This consists of a web user’s name, e-mail address and any other information voluntarily provided to The Sludge Report. The information is used to contact you in response to your request. Contact Information will be retained until you request to be removed from our database or the problems addressed by this web site are resolved and the report is no longer necessary.

Email Lists
When significant events occur, The Sudge Report team will keep you informed via email. To receive email, you must Opt-In by sending a request from the email you would like us to use.  At any time, you may Opt-Out by just sending us a request to do so. Send your requests to .

Cookies
"Cookies" are strings of text that a website transmits to a user's computer. Our website does not use "cookie" technology.

The Sludge Report's Use of Information
We treat the information you provide to us as confidential information; it is, accordingly, subject to our security procedures and strict policies regarding protection and use of confidential information. Your information will not be shared without your prior permission.

Dispute Resolution
Please trust that The Sludge Report has made an accurate disclosure of our policies to you and that we will do our best to resolve any dispute over this policy that you may have through email at .

Links to Other Sites
If you choose to leave this The Sludge Report web site via links to other non-The Sludge Report sites, including those of partners or references, The Sludge Report is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of those sites, nor is The Sludge Report responsible for the cookies those sites might deposit on your hard drive.

Legal Issues
The Sludge Report will disclose personal information when required by law or in good faith belief if such action is necessary or desirable to comply with the law, protect or defend the rights or property of The Sludge Report, the site or its users.

THESLUDGEREPORT.COM Privacy Notice Changes
In the future, we may need to change the privacy notice for THESLUDGEREPORT.ORG. All changes will be made here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone.

Conclusion
Your privacy concerns are important to us. We hope this privacy notice has been helpful to you. The date of this policy's last revision was February 1, 2010.



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