Privacy Notice

Updated: May 3, 2014


We at Human Computing (the folks who make ComicBase and this website) know you value your personal information and your privacy. We’ve created this Privacy Notice so that you know how any information you share with us is used. By visiting this site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.


Information we Collect

While this site is hardly a Matrix-style, omniscient entity analyzing your every desire in an attempt to control your destiny, we do pay attention to a few things:


Information You Give Us:

We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. For instance, if you sign up for our mailing lists or buy something from us, we’ll know your name, address, etc. We’ve found that holding on to this information is highly useful when it comes to things like...well, actually sending you things. It also lets us perform Really Impressive “Data Mining” techniques which, in our case, often consist of startling insights like, “People in Tuscaloosa really like comic books!” It’s also conceivable that we might be able to determine the sort of comics people in, say, Tuscaloosa really like, and try to give them more information on those comics, and less blather on, say,the plays of August Strindberg.

Automatic Information:

When we’re really on our game, we do our best to have the site notice which parts you seem to find useful so we can serve up more of the interesting stuff, and less of the things which will send you away to some other site in disgust or boredom. Like so many other sites, we do this partially through the use of browser “cookies”. If you’ve got cookies turned off in your browser, if you delete cookies from your computer, or if you’re using one of those cool programs designed to help you browse anonymously, there’s every chance we won’t be able to figure out who you are, and what sorts of information might be interesting to you. If so, there’s a slightly greater chance we’ll present you with content that’s dull or off-topic. We may also need to refer to you generically instead of by your name--the same way you call someone “dude” at a party when the truth is, you’ve completely forgotten their name. Stuff like that.

Related Client Software:

Some client software, such as ComicBase, sends this site registration, customer, usage, and machine information as part of its registration or update-checking process. This information is collected and used to provide program updates, help us improve those products to better serve customer needs, and handle registration validation.

E-mail:

Every so often, we send email to our customers, and to people who have signed up for our mailing lists. If we sent you an email, and your email program sends confirmations that you’ve read a message, we’ll try to use those confirmations to make sure that you’ve gotten the message OK, and to avoid sending you redundant emails. If another company shared their email lists with us, we’ll try to compare it to our existing email lists so that you don’t get duplicate messages. If you’d prefer to never, ever want to hear from us via email, just drop us a line at support@comicbase.com, or give us a call at (408) 266-6883 and we’ll make sure you get taken off of any email lists we have.

Other Sources

We might receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information.

Shared Information

We’re really not in the business of selling customer information. We share customer information only as described below, and with subsidiaries of Human Computing. Anyone who we share information with, either internally or externally, must further ensure that their controls are at least as protective as those described in this Privacy Notice.

Agents:

We sometimes hire other companies to provide services for us. This may include (but isn’t limited to) handling credit card processing, order fulfillment, and sending out newsletters and other mail. These folks have access to the information they need to do their jobs, but may not use it for other purposes.

Promotional Offers

Every so often, we may extend a special promotion on behalf of a third party company. In such cases, we may share your name and address with that company.

Business Transfers:

If Human Computing buys or sells subsidiaries, affiliates, or business units, our customer information is one of the assets that may be transferred, but remains subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Notice, barring your permission to the contrary. If Human Computing itself is sold, our customer information will be one of the transferred assets.


Protection of Human Computing and Others

All this is not to say that we won’t give you up in a New York second if we need to comply with law enforcement authorities, enforce our Conditions of Use, prevent fraud, or protect our rights, property, business, and safety. We won’t rent our, sell, or share personally identifiable information on you for commercial purposes in violation of this Privacy Notice, but you should expect us to roll over like a well-trained collie if John Law serves us up a subpoena.

Information Security

When you send us information, we do our utmost keep it safe. We use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) transmission to encrypt and protect information from prying eyes while it’s transmitted. When viewing orders, only the last four digits of the credit card number are revealed (although of course we have to use the entire number for the purposes of processing charges). For the best security, make sure that any passwords you use to access personal information from this (or other) sites are complex, changed frequently, and well-guarded. It’s also a good idea to log off of this (and any other such) sites when using a shared or publicly accessible computer.

Minors

Only adults are allowed to purchase products from sites operated by Human Computing. If you are under 18 years old, you may only use this site with the permission and involvement of your parent or guardian.

Conditions, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit Human Computing, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Notice and our Conditions of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the state of California. If you have any concern about privacy at Human Computing, please contact support@comicbase.com with any issues you may have.

Should we make changes to this Notice, or our Conditions of Use, we will attempt to email our customers to notify them of the changes, unless we’ve been instructed not to. If that applies to you, you can view the changes on the web site.