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Privacy Statement

RealGM, L.L.C., which operates the Web site RealGM.com ("RealGM.com"), is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. We are also extremely sensitive to families' concerns about their children's personal information and safety. We want you to know about and understand the measures we have taken to keep RealGM.com a safe and secure environment for everyone. This privacy statement tells you how and why we collect information from you, and how we use that information.

We encourage our visitors to read through and understand our privacy statement. We may update it from time to time to address new issues or reflect changes on our site. Please refer to this privacy statement regularly.

If you have any questions or concerns about the statement, please contact us at Legal@RealGM.com.

Information You Provide to Us:

RealGM.com endeavors to provide you quality information that is tailored to your needs. In order to do that we sometimes need to ask you for information so that we can provide the kind of content you want, when you want it. We want to customize our site for you so that it meets your needs as fully as possible – this includes customizing articles, discussions, banners and more. We may ask you to register or provide personal information when you visit certain areas of RealGM.com, enter a contest, play games, complete surveys, subscribe to a service or to a newsletter, submit content, or ask us for information.

We consider the following to be personally identifiable information: first and last name, e-mail address, street address, zip code, phone number, and credit card number. We only collect personally identifiable information from you when you voluntarily submit it. Providing your personal information to RealGM.com is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use our site but you may not have access to certain areas and/or types of information.

Depending on the particular RealGM.com site with which you register, we may ask for your name, age, address and/or zip code, e-mail address, name of school or district, and/or grade level. If you are under 18 years of age, we will also ask you to provide your parent's or guardian's e-mail address. We may also ask you to choose a user name and password to use when you log in to the site.

How We Use the Information You Provide:

We use the personal and demographic information you provide us to tailor the content, services and advertising on RealGM.com to meet your current and future needs. Use of this data allows us to customize your experience by showing you content according to your preferences. From time to time, we may share the personal information you provide to us with our agents, third parties who are affiliated with our site, or with carefully selected companies or other parties so you can receive information that we believe may be of interest to you, or so that we may protect the user experience at RealGM.com. We may also use this information to inform you of product upgrades, special offers, updated information, and/or new services. We will also use your contact information to ship purchases made at RealGM.com. Financial information that you share is only used to check your qualifications. If a user is suspected of violating our Terms of Use, RealGM.com reserves the right to use and/or disclose personal information of a user in order to fully and properly address the violation that has occurred.

If the information provided is from or about an individual under 18 years of age, we will use and/or disclose the information with the utmost sensitivity and care, and in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws. See below.

Choice/Opt-out:

RealGM.com gives you the opportunity to opt-out of having your personal information used for purposes not directly related to your use of the RealGM.com sites. If you register for any of the RealGM.com programs or services but do not want your data shared with third parties for marketing or promotional purposes, you can opt-out at any time by sending us an e-mail at Webmaster@RealGM.com. To help us update your records correctly, please indicate in your e-mail if you are opting out of postal mail, e-mail or telemarketing communication. Please also provide your registration details including first name, last name, street address, city, state, postal code, and country.

We Protect Children’s Privacy:

We are working hard to provide you with the best information and the highest quality interaction on the Internet in an environment that is safe. In compliance with COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), we have adopted the following policies to keep kids safe:

1. We will NOT knowingly collect, use or distribute personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without prior verifiable consent from a parent or guardian.

2. We will NOT knowingly collect, use or distribute personally identifiable information from teens between the ages of 13 and 17 without first notifying a parent or guardian.

3. Personally identifiable information we collect from children under the age of 13 will be used solely by RealGM.com or its agents for internal purposes only and will not be sold or otherwise distributed to third parties.

4. We will NOT knowingly allow a child under the age of 13 access to chat rooms, message boards, e-mail accounts, or other services within RealGM.com that would allow them to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable information without prior verifiable consent from a parent or guardian.

5. We will NOT knowingly allow a teen between the ages of 13 and 17 access to chat rooms, message boards, e-mail accounts, or other services within RealGM.com that would allow them to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable information without first notifying a parent or guardian.

6. We will NOT knowingly ask a child or teen to divulge more information than is needed to participate in any activity, game, or service.

7. We will NOT knowingly provide any direct link to Web sites that are unsuitable for children or teens.

8. RealGM.com will not advertise on any site that does not comply with the regulations set forth under COPPA.

9. We will advise children under the age of 13 that they MUST obtain permission from their parent or guardian before sharing ANY personal information.

10. Upon request, RealGM.com will provide a parent or guardian with a description of the information that may have been provided about their child or teen during a registration process for a program or service of our site. RealGM.com only asks for a child's or teen's personal information if it is necessary to participate in the program or service. The site administrator also has access to the registration data but it is only used for site maintenance. Registration data that is provided about children or teens is not used for marketing and is never shared with any other party. If you would like to view your child's registration data, request a change, or request that we delete any of your child's personal information, please send an e-mail to Legal@RealGM.com which includes your child's first and last name, school zip code, and your first and last name.

RealGM.com urges parents to instruct their children to never give out their real names, addresses or phone numbers without permission when using the Internet. We recognize a special obligation to protect personal information obtained from children.

If you have any questions about our Kids' Privacy Policy please e-mail RealGM.com at Legal@RealGM.com.

Notification and Verifiable Parental Consent:

Certain areas and activities within RealGM.com ask visitors under the age of 18 to provide personal information such as their name, date of birth, e-mail address or school name. We only ask for the information that is necessary to participate in the particular activity.

Before any personally identifiable information is collected, we will do our best to notify the parent or guardian that their child or teen is participating. Notification will include the exact nature and intended use of the information we are collecting, as well as the opportunity for the parent or guardian to prevent the use of the information and the child's participation in the activity. If the child is under 13 years of age we require the parent or guardian to provide verifiable parental consent such as an e-mail to RealGM.com. If the individual is a teen between the ages of 13 and 17, RealGM.com will notify the parent or guardian that his or her teen is participating and sharing personal information but we do not require consent.

When verifiable parental consent has not yet been obtained, we will use online contact information (such as an e-mail address) only as is appropriate to:

  • request the name or online contact information of a parent or guardian for the purpose of obtaining verifiable parental consent or providing notification to the parent or guardian;
  • respond directly to the child's or teen's request on a one-time basis (for example, to provide assistance with a particular study question), not using that information to re-contact the child or teen for any other purpose;
  • respond more than once directly to a specific request from the child (for example, to satisfy the request for a newsletter subscription), not using that information to re-contact the child or teen for any other purpose.

Third-Party Advertising:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Third-Party Cookies:

In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your browser.

What are Cookies?

The use of cookies is common in the Internet industry; you'll find them used on RealGM.com, as you will at other major sites. "Cookies" are small text files written to your computer. They make our site easier for you to use because they save your preferences while you are at our sites (although we do not save passwords in cookies). Cookies also help us know which areas are your favorites, which need a bit of improvement, and what technologies and Internet services our visitors are using. Knowing this information helps us continually improve the online experience for our visitors and members.

The non-personally identifiable information we track with cookies is anonymous and is not used to identify, or lead us back to, any particular visitor. Visitors to RealGM.com may have the option of disabling cookies via their browser preferences (most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies).

While browsing through RealGM.com, you may get cookies from our advertisers or sponsors. RealGM.com and its affiliated sites do not control these cookies.

What are IP Addresses?

An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you use the World Wide Web. Web servers – the big computers that "serve up" Web pages – automatically identify your computer by its IP address.

RealGM.com collects IP addresses for system administration; to report aggregate information to our advertisers, sponsors, and partners; and to audit the use of our site and to ensure compliance with the Terms of Use (and to address violations of the Terms of Use). When visitors request pages from RealGM.com sites, our servers log the guests' IP addresses. We normally do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that a visitor's session will be logged, but the visitor remains anonymous to us. We can and will use IP addresses (and other personal information, but only to the extent necessary) to identify a visitor when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our rules or our Terms of Use, or to protect our service, site, customers, or other individuals.

Some features within RealGM.com, such as certain message boards, may display IP addresses along with the message-poster's visitor name and message. You should review each feature prior to use and only use those that disclose information you are comfortable sharing.

A Notice About Our Advertisers:

RealGM.com uses outside advertising companies to display ads on our site. These ads may contain cookies. While cookies received with banner ads are collected by our ad company, RealGM.com does NOT work with any partners who do not comply with our privacy policy guidelines.

A Notice About External Links:

Occasionally, you will find links from RealGM.com to independently owned, controlled, and/or managed sites whose content we believe will be of possible interest and value to our visitors. Additionally, you'll see links from advertisers, sponsors, and other partners who may use RealGM.com's logo as part of a co-branding agreement.

In many cases, these links represent cooperative projects or mutual links established with the organizations connected with these sites. We don't control the content of these links. These other sites may send you their own cookies, collect data, or solicit personal information. While we identify sponsor and advertiser areas of our site, we do not control these cookies or the content of these third parties.

RealGM.com has partnered with other companies to provide certain services. In some cases, while you may see RealGM.com's logo on another company's site. RealGM.com does not share any of your personally identifiable information with these partners and they do not share any information back with us. Once you leave our servers (you can generally tell where you are by checking the URL in the location bar on your browser), the use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting. That policy may differ from ours. If you can't find the privacy policy of any of these sites via a link from that site's Home page, you should contact the site directly for more information.

We specifically recommend that children check with their parents or teachers before clicking on to any new sites.

Public Forums:

RealGM.com makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and other groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information. Consequently, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

To the extent that portions of RealGM.com, such as chat rooms or bulletin boards, provide users an opportunity to post and exchange information, ideas and opinions ("Postings"), BE ADVISED THAT REALGM.COM MAY NOT SCREEN, EDIT, OR REVIEW POSTINGS PRIOR TO THEIR APPEARANCE ON REALGM.COM, and Postings do not necessarily reflect the views of RealGM.com. RealGM.com reserves the right to monitor all Postings and to remove any which it considers offensive or otherwise in violation of our legal Terms and Conditions. Please read these Terms of Use according to which RealGM.com will in no way be responsible or liable for the Postings. Here are more legal notices regarding Postings: You must have all necessary rights in and to all Postings you provide and all material they contain; your Postings must not infringe any proprietary or other rights of third parties; your Postings must not contain any viruses or other contaminating or destructive devices or features; your Postings must not contain any defamatory, indecent, offensive, tortuous, or otherwise unlawful material or content; and your Postings must not be used to carry out or solicit any unlawful activity and/or be used to make commercial solicitations. Also, you authorize RealGM.com to use and/or authorize others to use all or part of your Postings in any manner, format, or medium that RealGM.com or such other parties see fit; and you shall have no claim or other recourse against RealGM.com for infringement of any proprietary right in Postings. Violating these terms will subject the user to investigation and enforcement to ensure compliance; personal information may be used and/or disclosed by RealGM.com in this process, to the extent necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at RealGM.com.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of RealGM.com, or your dealings with RealGM.com, please e-mail us at Legal@RealGM.com.