Tissie.com and Tissie, Inc. are committed to protecting consumer privacy online. We believe that greater protection of personal privacy on the web will not only protect consumers, but also increase consumer confidence and ultimately their participation in online activities. At Tissie.com, we intend to give you as much control as possible over your personal information (individually identifiable information about an individual collected online) and strive to help you protect your privacy while using our services.

The purpose of our policy is to inform you about the types of information we gather about you when you visit our site, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct the information. Please read this notice. By using this site, you signify your assent to our privacy policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site.

I. Information Which We Collect and the What We Do With the Collected Information

While visiting Tissie.com, you can be assured that no personal information is collected, retained or used by Tissie.com, unless you voluntarily supply it. If you choose to engage in certain interactive activities on the Tissie.com site (including, but not limited to, sending e-mails, answering surveys, entering contests, obtaining daily comic strips or subscribing to newsletters), personal information may be requested from you. The personal information requested may include your e-mail address, postal address, and name. You may be asked voluntarily to provide your income, job function, industry, age, gender or other demographic information; however, this information is not required to participate in online activities or to receive information from us. It is entirely your choice to determine whether or not you wish to submit any personal information. Tissie.com does not use "cookies" or tracking software that can identify you personally while you are visiting the site.

All submissions to the Tissie.com site become the property of Tissie, Inc. and Gentry Akens, and they will have the right to use them free of charge, and in any manner and in any medium, forever and throughout the world. This means that your submissions might appear in publications including, but not limited to, a book, newsletter or on a Tissie, Inc. web site. If you do not want your submissions to become the property of Tissie, Inc. and Gentry Akens, please do not submit to our sites.

We use the personal information collected on our site for purposes such as correspondence, contacting winners of contests or providing you with a newsletter or comic strip. There may be instances in which you will have the opportunity to subscribe to an e-mail list that will send information about the site or our advertisers to your e-mail address, but this will be done only with your permission and consent. Additionally, in each newsletter or e-mail containing a comic strip, you will be provided the opportunity to opt-out of receiving future correspondence.

Tissie, Inc. may perform statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior, but they are not based on personal information. These analyses allow Tissie, Inc. to measure relative consumer interest in the various areas of our web sites for product development purposes. Any non-personally identifiable information collected is used for our own internal purposes to improve the content of the web sites, to enhance user's experiences when visiting our site, to customize the content and/or layout of our pages and to provide the services required by an individual user. Again, any statistical analyses of user behavior will not be based on personal information, but solely on aggregate information. Tissie, Inc. may share this aggregate non-personally identifiable information with advertisers or potential advertisers.

Our site features several activities which are co-sponsored by other web sites. We have no control over the privacy practices or the content of any of our co-sponsors and strongly recommend that you check their privacy policies. Tissie, Inc. does not own, control, have access to, or maintain any information collected by our co-sponsors.

Additionally, our site may contain links to other web sites, including those of advertisers. We have no control over the privacy practices or the content of advertisers or other sites to which we provide links from our site. For example, if you click on a banner advertisement, the click takes you off the Tissie.com site. These other sites (including co-sponsors and advertisers) may use cookies, collect data or solicit personal information. We have no control over these practices and strongly recommend that you check the applicable privacy policy of the site to which you are linking. Tissie, Inc. does not own, control, have access to, or maintain any information collected by these other web sites.

II. Disclosure to Third Parties

The personal information you choose to provide to us through submissions that will be posted to our site, such as when you submit an entry toa contest or a question posed in the Ask TissieªÊsection, may be disclosed to visitors to the Tissie.com site. THEREFORE, IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO BE KNOWN BY OTHERS, DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES.

We may disclose to our Administering Agencies personal information you voluntarily provide to us in order to participate in contests. These Administering Agencies use the information only for conducting the contest and retain the information only as long as is required by law and then they destroy the information.

Personal information you submit when you choose to contact the creator or Ask Tissieª will only be disclosed in aggregate form our statistical analyses or demographics of users to third parties, such as advertisers or potential advertisers.

Tissie, Inc. does not retain personal information in tracking profiles.

III. Advertising

The methods used to display advertising contained on Tissie.com does not collect any personal information about you, such as your name, address, phone number or email address. We also do not implement the use of "cookies" t track user data or information at this time.

Tissie.com's policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond Tissie, Inc.'s control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or government regulation.

IV. Security of Information

We use our best efforts to ensure the security of personal information submitted by users. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of information from your PC to our computers. Unfortunately, no electronic communication over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we strive to take great care to protect your personal information, Tissie.com and Tissie, Inc. cannot warrant the security of any information that you submit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

VII. Use of Materials

The right to download and store or output the materials in our site is granted for the user's personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without the express written permission of us is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on these sites may contact us at reprints@tissie.com.

These privacy policies are effective as of February 5, 2002. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time, and will post any changes to this policy as soon as they go into effect.

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