Privacy Policy

Blue Ridge Publishing Company ("The Franklin Shopper") operates franklinshopper.com and may operate other websites. It is The Franklin Shopper's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, The Franklin Shopper collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Franklin Shopper's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Franklin Shopper's visitors use its website. From time to time, The Franklin Shopper may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The Franklin Shopper also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on franklinshopper.com blogs/sites. The Franklin Shopper only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The Franklin Shopper's websites choose to interact with The Franklin Shopper in ways that require The Franklin Shopper to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Franklin Shopper gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at franklinshopper.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The Franklin Shopper are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, The Franklin Shopper collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with The Franklin Shopper. The Franklin Shopper does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The Franklin Shopper may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The Franklin Shopper may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Franklin Shopper does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Franklin Shopper discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Franklin Shopper's behalf or to provide services available at The Franklin Shopper's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Franklin Shopper's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Franklin Shopper will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The Franklin Shopper discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Franklin Shopper believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Franklin Shopper, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an The Franklin Shopper website and have supplied your email address, The Franklin Shopper may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with The Franklin Shopper and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The Franklin Shopper takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Franklin Shopper uses cookies to help The Franklin Shopper identify and track visitors, their usage of The Franklin Shopper website, and their website access preferences. The Franklin Shopper visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using The Franklin Shopper's websites, with the drawback that certain features of The Franklin Shopper's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on franklinshopper.com.

Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to franklinshopper.com and other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL - http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include...

Google Adsense

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on franklinshopper.com send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

franklinshopper.com has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. franklinshopper.com's privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers' respective websites.

Business Transfers

If The Franklin Shopper, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Franklin Shopper goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Franklin Shopper may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by The Franklin Shopper and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Secure Checkout

You can shop at franklinshopper.com with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net http://www.authorize.net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to accept credit cards and electronic check payments safely and securely for our customers.

The Authorize.Net Payment Gateway manages the complex routing of sensitive customer information through the electronic check and credit card processing networks. See an online payments diagram http://www.authorize.net/resources/howitworksdiagram/ to see how it works.

The company adheres to strict industry standards for payment processing, including:

  • •  128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology for secure Internet Protocol (IP) transactions.
  • •  Industry leading encryption hardware and software methods and security protocols to protect customer information.
  • •  Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

For additional information regarding the privacy of your sensitive cardholder data, please read the Authorize.Net Privacy Policy http://www.authorize.net/company/privacy/.

franklinshopper.com is registered with the Authorize.Net Verified Merchant Seal program.

Credit Card Processing

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Franklin Shopper may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The Franklin Shopper's sole discretion. The Franklin Shopper encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a franklinshopper.com account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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