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REAL ENGLISH PRIVACY POLICY - Real English L.L.C. 153 Skylands Road, Ringwood NJ, USA

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Real English L.L.C. is no longer a subscription site. No email addresses are required from users to access the entire site, rendering our previous Privacy Policy (below) partially irrelevant. However it is included below for your information and for future possibilities of returning to the subscription site model. All applicable articles are still strictly respected.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice
and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.Further examples can be found in Appendix A of the NAI Self-Regulatory principles for publishers (PDF).

Concerning Real English L.L.C. and Google AdSense:
Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to our sites 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.

Real English L.L.C. believes that your privacy is a serious matter. Please read the text below to learn more about our privacy policy.

Note: Click here for general information about safe surfing from the Federal Trade Commission.

Our Privacy Policy concerns the limited information collected online through our web site. Please read the Real English Online Privacy Policy below and contact us if you have any questions.

Use of Information for the free Real English site

The only information we keep about you is the information you give us at the time you register. This is limited to your email address. We also ask for other information such as your name, and whether you are a teacher, student or administrator, and your native language. We also ask you to tell us how you found our site. However, this extra information is optional and is not required for registration.
We do not sell, rent, or share this information with others in any way.

In order to sign up for our Gold Pass service, and other Real English services requiring payment, a user must fill in a registration form. During registration, a user is required to provide contact information including name and email address, and essential billing information, i.e., name as it appears on credit card, credit card number, and expiration date. This information is solely used to create a user account. Your email address is used only for account management and to communicate with you. Once again, we do not sell, share, rent or give this information to anyone else.

Communication with you

We do not and will not send you any third party promotional marketing materials. The only email communication you receive from us is confirmation when we activate or deactivate your account, or are obliged to write to you about billing issues, or to notify you concerning a change in our contact information if such changes were to come about. All other email communication between Real English and yourself is for answering your enquiries, or to provide you with news directly related to the Real English site, such as announcements when new educational material is added to our site.

Online Security

The Real English site takes every precaution to protect your information. When you submit information to us through our web site, the information is protected both online and off-line.

When you are requested to enter sensitive information, i.e., credit card number, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. To learn more about SSL please visit www.ssl.com
Off-line Security: We also do everything possible to protect your information off-line. All of your information is restricted to our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or sending out essential announcements) are granted access to your information.

VISITORS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Our site and the server that make this site available worldwide are located in the United States of America. All matters relating to these sites are governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey in the United States. Any information you provide will be transferred to the United States. By visiting our sites and submitting information, you authorize this transfer.

Information Collection & Use

Account Creation/Real English ONLINE registration

In order to use Real English ONLINE subscription portion of this Web site or to purchase a product/service from Real English, LLC, you must first complete the Real English ONLINE registration form, which includes the creation of a username and password, or complete a Create Account registration form. During registration/account creation you are required to give contact information (such as name, city, email address, phone number). We use this information to contact you about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest and to manage your account information for adminstrative purposed. Information collected during account creation or Real English ONLINE registration is used only by Real English, LLC and is not available to any third parties.

You have the option to provide additional information to us during the account creation/Real English ONLINE registration; we encourage you to submit this information so we can provide you a more personalized experience on our site.

Real English ONLINE registration also asks you if you'd like to "opt-in" to receive the Real English newsletter, E-SLang, or if you'd like ot receive periodic announcements from Real English, and if you'd like more information on Real English Network or if you'd like to access the Real English Forum. These "opt-in" portions of registration for Real English ONLINE can be changed at anytime by you via the "Profile Update" page found on Real English ONLINE, Gold Pass and Gold Pass for Teachers subscription areas of real-english.com.

Real English LLC is the sole owner of the information collected on real-english.com. Real English collects personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on our Web site.

Orders

If you purchase a product or service from us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. You must provide contact information (such as name, email, and address, billing address, phone, company) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date and CSC code).

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you. Any information used to process transactions, such as credit card number, CSC code and expiration date are NOT stored by Real English, LLC or Real English payment processor, Verisign, Inc. Order information such as products/services purchased, date of purchase, price (total transaction amounts), date of subscription expiration (if subscription purchased) is stored by Real English, LLC and is used only by Real English LLC and is used only for managing your account and maintaining account history. Real English LLC does not share, lease, or sell any personal or order information that you have provided to any third party entity.

If, during your Real English ONLINE, Gold Pass or Gold Pass for Teachers subscription registration or purchase, you opted in to receive the Real English newsletter, E-SLang, or if you opted-in to receive periodic announcements, Real English, LLC may send you periodic email communications to the email address specified in your account profile as provided by you during your account creation/Real English ONLINE registration.

Surveys or Contests

[From time-to-time] we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our site. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).

We use this information to to notify contest winners and award prizes, to monitor site traffic or personalize the site (in the case of anonymous information collected in surveys).

We use [may use] a third party service provider to conduct these surveys or contests; that company is prohibited from using our users’ personally identifiable information for any other purpose. We will not share the personally identifiable information you provide through a contest or survey with other third parties unless we give you prior notice and choice.

Tell-A-Friend

If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. Real English LLC does NOT store this information. The information you provide is used once to send the email and discarded.

Uses of Information

All information collected during orders or registrations for Real English ONLINE is used only by Real English LLC for tracking site and sales activity, to manage your accounts, to provide a personalized experience while using real-english.com or any subscription area on the site.

Communications from the Site

Special Offers and Updates

We will occasionally send you information on [products, services, special deals, promotions] You can sign up for these emails from us on our registration page.

Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communications. Please see the “Choice and Opt-out.”

Newsletters

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, E-SLang, we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe. Please see the “Choice and Opt-out” section.

Service-related Announcements

We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email. We may also send you an email if you are a subscriber to Gold Pass, Gold Pass for Teachers and Real English ONLINE to alert you to upgrades or improvements that will make your experience better or if there are critical maintenance or technical issues that you need to be made aware of.

Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account/cancel your subscription. If you wish to cancel your subscription to Real English ONLINE, Gold Pass or Gold Pass for Teachers, please email patlatreal-english.com and write "delete my account" in the subject line. Upon receipt of your account removal email, we'll send you a final email confirming your choice. In that "final email" you will receive a link to remove your account record from Real English, LLC. Removing your account from Real English LLC is final and all data provided by you will be purged completely.

Customer Service

Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us during Real English ONLINE registration, we will send you an Activation email to verify your username and password and to verify an active email account . This email must be read completely and the link in the email clicked to activate your account. This is to prevent unauthorized users to use your email address to access REal English ONLINE. If Real English ONLINE accounts are not activated within 7 days of receipt of Activation email, your information will be completely purged from Real English LLC system. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email and or by phone.

Profile

We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, to create a “profile” of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information, and [or] your purchasing history, to information in the profile, in order to provide tailored promotions and marketing offers and to improve the content of the site for you.

We do NOT share your profile with other third parties. We share your profile in aggregate form only to communicate to third parties, such as advertisers, the "audience" real-english.com serves. In NO way is your personal information shared or revealed to third party entities.

ID [Address] Verification

We use Verisign, Inc. software to verify your [address, CSC number, name], in order to confirm a valid Credit Card number submitted during a real-english purchase. This information is not stored by Real English, LLC or Versign, Inc.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)

We share aggregated demographic information about our user base with our partners and advertisers. This information does not identify individual users. We use this information to report who the real-english.com "audience" is and is NOT in anyway risking any user's personal information provided during Real English ONLINE registration, account creation, or purchase. We do not link aggregate user data with personally identifiable information.

Agents

We use an outside credit card processing company to bill you for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site

Choice/Opt-out

We provide you the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes, when we ask for this information. For example, if you purchase a product/service but do not wish to receive any additional marketing material from us, you can indicate your preference at time of order/registration and after your order/registration.

If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by updating your "profile" on any Real English subscription site.

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

We do NOT ink this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. We do link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.

We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

We set a persistent cookie to store shopping items you have selected during your visit to real-english.com. No personal information is stored on shopping cart cookies, just product information and quantities selected. We also use persistent cookies for Gold Pass and Gold Pass for Teachers subscribers to track exam scores during our Placement Exam. NO personal information is stored on "Exam" cookies. We may, from time to time, use persistent cookies also to enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, real-english.com, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as contests or surveys, subscription sites (Real English ONLINE, Gold Pass or Gold Pass for Teachers), will be limited or completely NON-functioning.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by real-english.com only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)

We do NOT utilize a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

We may use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, please see “Choice and Opt-out.”

Links to Other Sites

This Web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Real English, LLC. Please be aware that we, Real English, LLC, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.

We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.

This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

Bulletin Boards/Chat Rooms

If you use our bulletin board, Real English Community Forum or Real English Chat on this site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums. Real English LLC reserves the right to terminate the accounts of visitors who use these services in a manner inconsistent with your Terms of Use.

Access to Personally Identifiable Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may [correct, update, delete or deactivate it] by making the change on our profile update page [or by emailing our Customer Support at patlATreal-english.com or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number, login information (username/password) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can send an email to us at patlATreal-english.com, type subject line "security".

Business Transitions

In the event Real English, LLC goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via email and prominent notice on our Web site for 30 days of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.

Changes in this Privacy Statement

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and underwhat circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Real English L.L.C.
153 Skylands Road
Ringwood, NJ. 07456 U.S.A.
1-973-962-9100

mike at real-english.com