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This site is owned and operated by THE COASTAL PASSAGE (reffered to hereafter asTCP), an Australian company. Your privacy on the internet is of the utmost importance to us. At TCP, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

TCP gathers two types of information about users:

Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newspaper or to participate in our message boards or forums.

Information TCP gathers through monitoring the site visitors. This information does not personally identify a visitor, only providing a general overview of the visitor, such as which city and country they are located in, what website referred them to TCP, and the duration of their visit. This data is automatically correlated to provide an overview and does not contain any sensitive information.

Privacy Policy
1. Personal Details

In order to prchase products from TCP, you are required to provide personal information including your name, phone number, email address and postal address. This information is essential because our site is dependant on your details to post any items to you in the mail. Your personal information is used exclusively for the above stated purpose, and is not shared with any 3rd parties unless required by law.

2. Electronic newspaper policy

We offer an electronic newspaper. TCP gathers the email addresses from those that volunteer them to TCP. Subscribers may remove themselves from this mailing list at any time by making a reply to the "notice" mail from TCP using the word, "unsubscribe" in subject line.

3. Forum policy

Members of the future TCP Forum must register separately for this service (free of charge) in order to post messages, although they needn't register to browse through the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, and email address. These details will NOT be shared with 3rd parties.

4. Polling

We may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user.TCP may use a system to "tag" users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.

5. Children

Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

6. Cookies

We don't use them, however advertising links in the TCP web site may have them and they would be subject to those vendor's own privacy policy. TCP avoids links to web sites that we know or have reason to believe may be harmful or that sell your private information to a third party. To insure your privacy when using a site linked from TCP, you should view their privacy policy.

Your personal information is required to post items to you in the mail, and is not used for any other purpose.

We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule, and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. TCP never shares or sells newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.

We use tracking information to determine ways to better enrich the user experience. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in the search function as one of many measures to ascertain what interests our users. We do not have any mechanism that matches a submitted search term to the user who entered it.

TCP creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. While summaries of this information may be shared when necessary to further promote our site, NO PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED WITH 3RD PARTY ADVERTISERS, SPONSORS OR PARTNERS.

TCP uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

TCP operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by TCP. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page and notify members in our news section, so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.