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PRIVACY STATEMENT

Imedia West Websites Security and Privacy Statement

• About This Security and Privacy Statement
• Security of Information
• Information Collected
• Advertising and Tracking
• Cookies
• How we Handle Email
• Use and Disclosure of Information
• Acceptance and Changes to Security and Privacy Statement


About This Security and Privacy Statement
This Security and Privacy Statement applies to all websites which are operated by Imedia West under their respective domain names. The MyMerced website is operated on behalf of Imedia West and its related bodies. The information described in this Security and Privacy Statement may be shared between members of Imedia West, MyMerced, MyTurlock, HOCS and Agrower.
This Security and Privacy Statement may also apply to services offered by Imedia West on websites hosted by third parties. If so, express reference to this Security and Privacy Statement may be made on those websites.
Imedia West understands and appreciates that you, as an HIS website visitor, are concerned about your privacy and about the confidentiality and security of information we may gain about you online. Imedia West is committed to protecting your privacy. This Imedia West Security and Privacy Statement explains how your personal information will be treated as you access and interact with an HIS website.
As Imedia West websites develop and as technology evolves, Imedia West will continue to strive to provide you with better and more customized services and with a more effective website. Imedia West encourages you to review the Security and Privacy Statement periodically because the Security and Privacy Statement may change from time to time.
The Imedia West Privacy Policy explains how HIS generally protects your privacy and confidentiality. The principles set out in the Imedia West Privacy Policy also apply to all Imedia West websites.
In addition to the provisions of this Security and Privacy Statement, there may also be specific and additional privacy provisions which apply to certain sections of Imedia West websites. Because those specific and additional provisions also relate to your privacy protection, you should review them wherever they are accessible by you on Imedia West websites. In the event of any inconsistency between the provisions of this Security and Privacy Statement and those other specific and additional provisions, the specific and additional provisions will prevail.


Security of Information
Imedia West takes reasonable steps to preserve the security of cookie and personal information in accordance with the Imedia West website Terms of Use and this Security and Privacy Statement. If your browser is suitably configured, it will advise you whether the information you are sending us will be secure (encrypted) or not secure (unencrypted).
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Accordingly, although Imedia West strives to protect such information, Imedia West cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we take reasonable steps to preserve the security of the information in our own systems.


Information Collected
The information that Imedia West collects about you is dependent on how you use the facilities offered by Imedia West websites.
If you visit an unsecured area any of the Imedia West websites (that is, an area where you are not required to log on) to read, browse or download information, our system will record the date and time of your visit to our site, the pages viewed and any information downloaded. However, our systems will not record any personally identifiable information.
If you decide to complete an online form, the information that you enter into the online form will only be collected by Imedia West if you submit your online application. If at any stage you cancel your application or log out prior to submitting your application, the information you have entered up to that point will be automatically deleted.
Imedia West websites also contains links to the websites of third party providers of goods and services ("Third Party websites"). If you have accessed Third Party websites through any Imedia West website and if those third parties collect information about you, Imedia West may also collect or have access to that information as part of our arrangements with those third parties.
Where you access a Third Party website from any Imedia West website, cookie information, information about your preferences or other information you have provided about yourself may be shared between us and the third party. You cannot usually be identified from the information that is shared; if you can be identified from this information, we may seek your consent before sharing such information.
Third Party websites should contain their own privacy statements and those third parties are responsible for their own privacy practices.


Advertising and Tracking
Imedia West uses direct access to deliver its online advertising where Imedia West banner advertisements are placed on Third Party websites ('Advertising Company').
When you view an Imedia West advertisement on a Third Party website, the advertising company uses 'cookies' and in some cases 'web beacons' to collect information such as:
• The server your computer is logged onto.
• Your browser type.
• The date and time of your visit.
• The performance of their marketing efforts.
The advertising company and tracking companies ('companies') use that information to perform statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior, but those analyses are not based on personal information. Imedia West uses those analyses to measure advertising effectiveness and relative consumer interest in the various areas of Imedia West websites. As a general rule, no personal information is collected by Imedia West in this process. If, however, any personal information is automatically collected, it is Imedia West policy to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of that personal information.
We may disclose the information collected by a Company, in an aggregate form only, to third parties including advertisers or potential advertisers.


Cookies
We use "cookies" as a fundamental part of our interaction with your Internet browser. The purpose is to provide you with better and more customized service and with a more effective website.
A "cookie" is a small text file placed on your computer by our web page server. A cookie can later be retrieved by our webpage servers. Cookies are frequently used on websites and you can choose if and how a cookie will be accepted by configuring your preferences and options in your browser.
Imedia West uses cookies for two different purposes. We allocate a cookie to each Internet browser that visits an Imedia West website. This cookie does not allow us to collect personally identifiable information about you. We use this cookie:
• to allocate an Imedia West identification number to your Internet browser (but we cannot identify you from this number);
• to determine if you have previously visited an Imedia West website;
• to identify pages you have accessed and Third Party websites you have accessed; and
• for security purposes.
Most of the Imedia West websites operate by using this type of cookie.
Accordingly, if you wish to make full use of an Imedia West website, it is required that you accept cookies.
• Imedia West also uses cookies for secure services (that is, an area where you are required to log on) on an Imedia West website. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, including for security and personalization reasons. If your browser is configured to reject all cookies you may be unable to use secure services on an Imedia West website that requires cookies in order to participate.
You may still be able to use some information-only pages even if you do not accept cookies.


How we Handle Email
We will preserve the content of any e-mail that you send us, if we believe that we have a legal requirement to do so. Your e-mail message content may be monitored by our Imedia West employees for security issues including where e-mail abuse is suspected; our response to you may be monitored for quality assurance issues.


Use and Disclosure of Information
We will only use or disclose personal information or information generated by cookies in accordance with the Imedia West Privacy Policy, specific and additional provisions relating to privacy which apply to certain areas of the Imedia West website and as otherwise set out in this Security and Privacy Statement.


Acceptance and Changes to Security and Privacy Statement
You acknowledge and accept that your use of an Imedia West website indicates your acceptance of the Terms of Use and the Security and Privacy Statement.
This is the current Security and Privacy Statement. It replaces any other Security and Privacy Statement for all Imedia West websites published on any Imedia West website to date. Imedia West may at any time vary the Security and Privacy Statement by publishing the varied Security and Privacy Statement on an Imedia West website. You accept that by doing this, Imedia West has provided you with sufficient notice of the variation.


Date of Publication - 2 February 2007 - Version 2
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