| Last Updated: 5 October, 2008.
For purposes of this policy, Banner Escalator users are divided into three separate categories:
- Visitors: People who come to our site and look around, but don't join
- Members: People who sign up for our Traffic Exchange service
- Referred members: People who sign up 'beneath' an existing member, or who are bought into a downline.
These policies are subject to change change. Most likely, we will add new user classes,
where the user will be notified in advance that they are 'opting in' to
an email list, and be given the choice to 'not opt in', or to
subsequently 'opt out'.
Information collected on Visitors
No personal/private information will be stored about individuals using our
search system to find websites.
We will be
collecting some information about:
- What browser types are accessing the website
- How they arrived at this website (i.e.: who/what referred them here)
- What part of the world they are connecting from (i.e.: Kansas, Texas, Britain, .com, .net, .org)
This information will be kept as statistical measure only, so we can
learn how to better tailor our services for our users.
If the visitor
came through a 'referral link', we will attempt to store a cookie on
their browser that indicates who referred them. This is to provide
credit to the referrer if the visitor joins.
Information collected on Members of our free services
When a person fills in the
Join form, we require, store and record their
name and electronic mail address, along with the ip address and
reported host name of the terminal making the request.
When that person logs in to use our services, we store a temporary electronic 'cookie'
on their browser to maintain session information
while they are using the service. If they elect 'automatically log
me in', we will also store their user name and password in a cookie on
There is a single,
weekly mailing of to all Banner Escalator members who have been active in the past
week. It will contain a statistical summary of the past week's activity within their account.
Users who wish to be removed from the list may simply
revisit the service area and cancel their membership, and their email
will be removed from our database. "Opt out" instructions will
also be placed at the bottom of each message sent.
We will not sell, rent, or otherwise distribute
any email addresses from our databases*.
Information collected on Referred
When a person joins Banner Escalator after having been referred by another
member, the originating member is notified (in their weekly email) of
the member id and handle (if provided) of their 'referral'.
A referred member
also has the option to allow the receipt of email from their 'upline'.
We offer an incentive (a better visit to credit ratio on autosurf) if
they agree to this. This allows their referrer to send them emails
through Banner Escalator . The referrer does NOT receive the email address, and
must use a form on our site to send a note to the referred member.
The referrer's address may be displayed to the referred member if
such an email is sent, so they may respond directly. This is an
option to the referrer as to whether or not to display their email
address when 'emailing their downline'.
*: "our databases" refers to the email and or physical contact
information we have for Banner Escalator members. We will not
share this information unless presented with a legal subpoena for