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PRIVACY

COLLECTION OF INFORMATION & USE THEREOF

Summary
It is Ronin Studios' policy to respect and protect the privacy of visitors to Ronin Studios' website. Accordingly, Ronin Studios DOES NOT extract, without permission, personal information about its visitors or their computer at any time while on Ronin Studios' website. Ronin Studios will, however, analyze information about our visitors as a group to make our website better, but visitors are not individually identified when we do this.

When dealing with children under the age of 13, Ronin Studios follows stringent guidelines that prohibit the sharing of personal information with any third parties. These are outlined in Ronin Studios' Parental Consent Policy listed below.

What we collect
Ronin Studios collects a variety of statistical data about its website visitors. This data includes the source IP address of the visitor, the time of visit, the areas of the site visited and information about browser, operating system and other system parameters. None of this information is used to personally identify any individual visitor, and is used solely for the purposes of analyzing overall traffic and usage patterns.

Ronin Studios does collect personal information such as names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, age, etc., but only when a visitor voluntarily gives it to us in the process of ordering subscriptions, entering contests or sweepstakes, or registering with the Ronin Studios website. This information is used internally by Ronin Studios to fulfill your requests and for marketing and research purposes. Certain areas of Ronin Studios' site will require user registration in order to gain access; once you register with the Ronin Studios site to use that content, you will no longer be anonymous to us.

Use of cookies
Ronin Studios uses "cookie" technology to enhance a visitor's online experience by making it easier to navigate through our website or to make an activity work better.

Cookies are small pieces of information or files that a website puts on a computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies allow a computer to "remember" information from our website for future use. The use of cookies is an industry standard and is practiced by most major websites. Cookies alone tell us nothing about who you are unless you specifically give us personally identifiable information when you register, in which case we use the information to enhance your services in the ways described below. You may elect not to allow cookies to be collected by adjusting your settings on your browser, though this may inhibit the functioning of site features that depend on cookies.

We use cookies and tracking technologies in a variety of ways, including:

  • Keeping count of return visits to our site or our advertisers' or partners' sites
  • Accumulating and reporting anonymous, aggregate (data collected in mass), statistical information on website and advertisement usage
  • Determining which features our customers likes best
  • Saving your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our sites
  • Display the most appropriate advertising based on your interests


How Ronin Studios uses personally identifying information
Information collected as a result of user registration is used to enhance and custom-tailor each user's experience on the Ronin-Studios.com website. User registration information is used to determine what site content is of interest to which users, what types of e-mail newsletters and communications are appropriate for individual users, and to identify user-generated content such as message board postings, votes in online polls and participation in online games. In addition, Ronin Studios uses registration information to generate aggregate data about Ronin-Studios.com's site visitors.

 
Correspondence and newsletters
Ronin Studios uses automated e-mail systems to e-mail newsletters and to collect and answer correspondence from our visitors. While Ronin Studios may not have the time or manpower to individually answer each piece of correspondence, we do read all of them! Ronin Studios tries to make it easy for visitors to contact Ronin-Studios.com and we provide easy instructions on our website on how you can either edit information previously given (such as your address) or remove yourself from automated messages generated by Ronin Studios.

How Ronin Studios shares information collected online
Ronin Studios will NOT sell, rent or give a visitor's personal information to any third party unless Ronin Studios asks for and receives the visitor's permission at the time the personal information is collected. Ronin Studios does however, share aggregate information about the users of Ronin Studios' website with our advertisers, business partners, sponsors and certain others. As mentioned above, this aggregate information is used to develop, improve and customize Ronin Studios' website to better serve visitors to our website.

Advertisers and links
Ronin-Studios.com may include advertisements and/or links to websites operated by third parties that are not sponsors and are not affiliated with Ronin Studios. Ronin Studios tries to make sure that when there are links off the Ronin Studios website, they are working and lead visitors to interesting, fun and informative areas. However, it is hard to guarantee what exactly is presented on other sites or where links elsewhere may lead. Ronin Studios is not responsible for the content, practices, or information provided or requested on websites operated by third parties. Further, advertisements on and links to or from Ronin-Studios.com do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement, or approval by Ronin Studios of the content, policies, practices or products or services offered on these websites. Ronin-Studios.com will always mark advertisements as advertisements and will display and notify visitors when they are leaving Ronin-Studios.com.

Parents/guardians should check each website's privacy policy and terms of use in order to understand their policies and practices regarding the collection and use of personally identifiable information. Ronin Studios also suggests that parents/guardians review the privacy policies of all websites that their children visit, including those websites linking to or from the Ronin Studios websites. Information provided to those websites will be subject to the privacy policy posted at that website.

Security
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with Ronin-Studios.com visitors is of utmost concern to us. Ronin Studios exercises great care and implements a variety of technologies to make the Ronin Studios website as secure as possible against unauthorized access and to protect the information visitors choose to provide to us. Ronin Studios periodically reviews and updates these measures. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, while Ronin Studios strives to protect a visitor's personal information, Ronin Studios can not ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us or from our online products or services, and a visitor does so at his/her own risk. Ronin Studios uses the industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption when credit card information is transmitted to us.

KIDS: Never provide any information about yourself on the Internet without your parent's/guardian's permission. Please read Ronin Studios' Parental Consent Policy (see below) with your parent's/guardian's before you go any further. Ronin Studios requires your parents'/guardian's written permission for children under thirteen (13) to provide us with certain information required to get the Ronin Studios Newsletter, order subscriptions or enter certain clubs etc. on the Ronin Studios websites.

RONIN STUDIOS' PARENTAL CONSENT POLICY

Special notice for users under the age of thirteen and their parents: Where Ronin-Studios.com's information collection activities involve children, Ronin-Studios.com provides special privacy protections. Ronin Studios is committed to protecting the online privacy of children. In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"), Ronin Studios will not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13) without first obtaining parental consent. Furthermore, Ronin Studios does not share any personally identifying information about users under the age of 13 with third parties.

Prior to providing any personally identifiable information (your name, email address, address, phone number etc.), either by placing an order for merchandise, setting up a Ronin-Studios.com account, entering a contest or sweepstakes (if eligible), or participating in any other activity offered through the Ronin-Studios.com site, children under the age of 13 must have a parent provide a confirmation of parental consent through Ronin-Studios.com's electronic consent notification system. Upon registration, users under the age of 13 are prompted for a parent's e-mail address. This e-mail address will be sent a notification message with an embedded link to a parental consent page on Ronin-Studios.com. The child's registration will be considered incomplete until the child's parent uses this link to complete the parental consent process.
 
In compliance with COPPA, Ronin Studios is sensitive about children consulting with parents or guardians before furnishing personal information or ordering anything online. It's also Ronin Studios' intention to adhere to the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) Guidelines on Internet advertising with its special sensitivities regarding solicitations to children under thirteen (13). Ronin Studios encourages parents/guardians to supervise and join their children in exploring cyberspace. Ronin Studios is proud of its website and believes that it is suitable for Ronin Studios fans of all ages.

Ronin Studios will not disclose information collected from children under the age of 13 to third parties unless except in special cases where Ronin Studios has reason to believe that disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference (whether intentionally or unintentionally) with Ronin Studios' rights or property or anyone else who may be harmed by such actions or if required by law.

Ronin Studios recommends that parents/guardians monitor and supervise the online activities of their children and to consider using available parental control tools which can prevent children from disclosing their name, address, and other personal information without parental permission. Visitors to Ronin Studios' website who are under thirteen (13) years old should not be submitting any personal information like their name, address, e-mail address, phone number etc. without a parent's or guardian's permission.