Under normal circumstances, we're pretty big fans of the Fourth Amendmnent, so here is how you can expect Long Tale Press to deal with your data. See below for what constitues abnormal circumstances.
Most people are concerned primarily with what a company will or won't do with their e-mail address. As people who "live on the web" ourselves, we share this concern and basically follow the Golden Rule here: we won't do anything with your address that we wouldn't want someone else do with ours. Our goal is to see to it that you are not exposed to the threat of third-party spam as a consequence of joining the Long Tale Press community.
- We will not give, trade, or sell the e-mail addresses of our community members with third parties. Not even if they promise to be our best friends.
- We will not send you e-mail ourselves unless:
- you have opted in to receive our newsletter on your profile page
- we need to because you have requested a password reset
- you have e-mailed us with a question or support request of some type and we are sending e-mail pursuant to your request
- You have submitted material which is inappropriate for our community or violates our submission guidelines and we are informing you of the action we have taken in response
- you have submitted an excerpt which the community has determined should be published, and we have not heard from you within one week of your publication offer's expiration date.
- we issue a substantive change to our user agreement or privacy policies (see below for details).
Other Profile Data
We will not give, trade, or sell your personal description, your genre preferences, your avatar image, your age-validation, news-letter opt-in, your forum signature, your community subscriptions or recommendations to any third party. As far as we're concerned, that is infomation that you have freely chosen to share with us or with other members of the Long Tale Press community, and it is not our place to be sharing that data with third parties.
We will not give, trade, or sell your purchase information with any third party. We consider that data to be in the same category as public library check-out records, and applaud the standard our nation's librarians have set in protecting that data from unwarranted searches and seizures.
There are specific instances where Long Tale Press may be legally or contractually required to transfer some or all of the above data to a third party, despite what is written above. The following are the only instances we are currently aware of that would cause us to act contrary to the above policies.
- Sale of Business
- Compliance with Court Orders
- Although it is difficult to conceive of a reason why law enforcement officials would need access to any of our users' e-mail address, purchase records, or similar data in the course of a criminal or civil investigation, we surely cannot rule out such a possibility. Therefore, it is our policy to co-operate with law enforcement agencies in such matters if the agency supplies a duly executed and valid warrant or court order for that data. It is also our policy, if we have any questions as to the validity or jurisdictional applicability of such a warrant, to have any it reviewed at our expense by our lawyers prior to complying with the terms of the warrant.
- All changes, both minor and major, will be simultaneously published on our website and announced on our Company Blog.
- Major changes which substantively impact the letter or the spirit of the User Agreement or Privacy Policies, to a degree which could cause a reasonable person to make a different decision about joining our community, will be accompanied by a single e-mail informing you of the change and including instructions for how to remove your account from our system if you can no longer agree to any of our terms. What constitutes a "major" versus a "minor" change is up to us, to be determined according to our judgment as to how to best serve our community.