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CALIFORNIA COUGARS YOUTH ICE HOCKEY CLUB
AND FRIENDS OF THE COUGARS ASSOCIATION

PRIVACY POLICY


The Web site for the California Cougars Youth Ice Hockey Club was designed and is maintained by the Friends of the Cougars Association (FOC).  The Friends of the Cougars (FOC) Association is non-profit organization established to serve as a parents' auxiliary for the California Cougars Ice Hockey Club.  The purpose of the Web site is to provide club-related and general hockey information to players, coaches and parents.

Information Collection Policies
The FOC has developed Web site policies and practices which are intended to respect and protect the privacy and safety of its members and site visitors.  These policies and practices have been designed to comply with the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  A parent or guardian of each club player must annually sign a Photograph and Information Release authorization permitting the site to publish player information, which qualifies as Personally Identifiable Information.  Personally Identifiable Information components include, but may not be limited to, first and last name, photo, and age.  No player under the age of 13 years will have his/her information posted to the Web site without prior authorization.  Release forms will be forwarded to and retained by the Association's Secretary.

The FOC's policy is that no personal information will be collected from its users unless the user chooses to provide such information.  Further, the FOC limits itself to the collection of information that does not personally identify the user.  Except in the case of e-commerce transactions, handled through contracted, secure third party vendors, the Web site will collect only a small portion of the Personally Identifiable Information components on its users.  Registration on the site is not required to access any information or to participate in any of the activities.

The FOC does reserve the right to contract with secure third party vendors to conduct specific e-commerce transactions, such as merchandise sales.  For e-commerce transactions, the collection of Personally Identifiable Information will be required.  This information will be processed through and stored on secure servers.

Use of Collected Information
The information collected via registration will not be shared or provided to any other party, except in the aggregate.  The FOC will share broad demographic information to those parties with which we establish strategic alliances and from which it receives significant sponsorship of the Web site.  No specific user information will be provided.

As is true for many Web sites, the FOC may collect and analyze information that will help it to improve the site.  In addition to the information provided directly from site users, the FOC may collect IP addresses, browser type and domain names to garner broad demographic information.  The FOC does not currently use cookies to collect information on users of the site.  However, cookies may be used by the FOC's third party vendors during e-commerce transactions.

The FOC will not share its membership mailing list with any other organization without a case-by-case approval by the members of the FOC.  Any club member has the option to request that his/her information not be shared in this manner.

Links to Other Sites
The FOC's Web site contains links to other sites.  It should be noted that the FOC's privacy policy does not apply to other sites and that the FOC cannot be responsible for the privacy policies, if any, or the security of other sites.  Users of the Web should be careful about providing personal information via Web sites.

Parental Consent
E-mail confirmation by an adult parent/guardian is required prior to posting any materials sent from a child (under 13 years of age) onto the Web site.

Security
The importance of security in regard to the FOC's Web site and the information provided by users is of utmost concern.  The FOC will exercise great care in providing secure transmission of user's information to and storage on the FOC's Web server.  However, it is not possible to guarantee 100% secure transmission over the Internet.  Therefore, the FOC cannot insure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to the FOC or to its contracted, third party vendors, and the user does so at his/her own risk.  Once the transmitted information has been received at the FOC's Web server, the FOC will make its best effort to insure security on the FOC's system.

Viewing, Changing or Deleting User Information
Information may also be viewed, changed and deleted by contacting directly the FOC's Web Site Manager at:

2202 Bridgepointe Parkway
San Mateo, CA  94404
650-574-1616
webmaster@californiacougars.org

No information will be provided or changed prior to confirming that the requestor is indeed the registrant.

Changes to Privacy Policy
From time to time, it may be necessary for the FOC to change or update this privacy policy.  The user is encouraged to review this policy periodically.  In addition, e-mail notices will be sent to currently registered users of the site to notify them of any change to this policy.

Acceptance of These Terms
By using this site, the user signifies his/her consent to the FOC's Privacy Policy.  If the user does not agree to this policy, he/she should not to use the site.  Continued use of the site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that the user agrees to accept such changes.

Contacting the Friends of the Cougars Web Site
For more information on the privacy policy, the intent of the Web site and/or interactions on the site, please contact:

2202 Bridgepointe Parkway
San Mateo, CA  94404
650-574-1616
webmaster@californiacougars.org

 
 
 
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