|Protecting consumer privacy
online is central to ByRegion.net. Accordingly, ByRegion.net
keep all personal information provided by consumers and member
businesses private by:
- Making sure that only
designated staff have access to it.
- Using it only for the
stated purpose (the reason for which you gave it to us)
At any time, consumers
and/or businesses may:
- Access and change
personal information they have provided to
- Remove their names from
ByRegion mailing lists
- Change personal
information you have given to ByRegion, to remove your name
from ByRegion.net mailing lists, or for more
information on how ByRegion.net uses personal information
you provide, please e-mail our Customer Service Department
not assemble or track personal information about consumers who
click on the ByRegion icon and/or visit
ByRegion' website, beyond whatever information
consumers voluntarily provide. ByRegion does report to
member businesses the total number of people clicking on the
ByRegion icon on their Web site, for example, but
we do not collect or provide any identifying information about
those people. We may also use such information in-house to
enhance the services we offer consumers and member businesses.
As you complete your order, you'll be asked for your name, address, and
credit card number. We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to send
your credit card number to our computer. SSL sends your number in an
encrypted code, which only we can decode (***see footnote).
This information is sent to a credit card payment processor to validate
the name, address, and credit card number - in much the same way that
restaurants and stores handle your purchases. Your encrypted credit card
information is then stored in a highly protected computer.
While we can keep track of your name and address from one order to the
next, you will have to provide your credit card number each time you
order. Your order form, including encrypted credit card number, is then
archived in a highly protected computer. The credit card information
cannot be accessed for future purchases.
Our transaction system currently works with Web browsers that can use
SSL - such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and the
America Online browser.
ByRegion will not provide any information about you to anyone
outside the company, unless you specifically give us permission to do
***As reported in a recent
Knight-Ridder News Service article (which appeared in the Philadelphia
Inquirer), "In 1998, there were no reports of credit-card
information stolen on the World Wide Web during a transfer of
information over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) line, the kind of line used
by Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer. There were no slip-ups.