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Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us at Benchwarmer Baseball. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

 

Last updated: March 23, 2009

 

The Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Benchwarmer Baseball website. On some pages, you can register to participate in our fantasy baseball game. By playing the game, you are subscribing to a full-year game process.  The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

    Username (required)

    Password (required)

    Name (required)
    Address (city, state, country required - rest is optional)

    Gender (required)

    Year of Birth (required)
    Email address(es) (required)

    Instant messaging ID (optional)

    Favorite MLB Teams (optional)

We also track the last time that you connected to the web site and the last time you changed your lineup.  There is other information collected as part of the game - draft choices, transactions, etc. - that includes no personal information except the user ID unique to you and the date/time of the transaction.

 

Note - We do not store any payment or credit card information on the Benchwarmer Baseball site.  We accept checks for payment mailed to us, or credit card payments via PayPal.

The Way We Use Information:

We use some information you provide about yourself for basic demographic information. We do not share this information with outside parties except for aggregate data mentioned below.

 

Your email address is required to participate in the game.  We utilize your email address to distribute information to you about the game and game schedule/events.  See information below on how your email may be protected or may be visible to other players.  You can provide an extra email address and, if you do, you will receive all mail to both addresses.

 

Information about your location and favorite teams may be used to direct targeted advertising to you (currently Benchwarmer Baseball does this with links for merchandise for MLB teams - there is no location-specific advertising, though 3rd-party advertisers may target certain ads based upon your ISP...see below).

 

We may use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women play our game, or give a basic breakdown of participation by geographic location, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.  We ask for gender and year of birth, but at this time only for demographic information.

 

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Email Policies

Your e-mail address is an integral part of the operation of the game.  Benchwarmer Baseball will often send out broadcast messages about current stages of the game and reminders to its players.  If you prefer to shield your personal information from others, you may want to set up a free alternative email address.  Other processes around your email address:

  • Any email you choose to send from the site (league broadcast, team message, trade offer) will display your email address in the "From" header.
  • Any broadcast message from Benchwarmer Baseball or from owners in your league will not show the recipients' email addresses.  If you choose to reply to the message, you do so from your own email program, and your address is generally visible in that case.
  • Once you begin communicating with other owners directly with your own email program, Benchwarmer Baseball has no control over the visibility and privacy of your information.
  • You can opt out of receiving broadcast email for:
    • Score updates
    • Transaction processing updates
    • League broadcast messages from other owners
  • You cannot opt out of receiving these messages:
    • Broadcast messages from the Benchwarmer Baseball office.
    • Messages sent to your team or to you from other owners or the Benchwarmer Baseball office (your address is not visible on the site - but a link allows access to sending you a message via a web form).
    • Notification of a trade request or any action on a request.

Cookies and Web Beacons

We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site.  This includes:

  • Keeping track of the current league and team with which you are working on the site.
  • Some of your personal information (name, favorite teams) for quick access.
  • Whether or not to remember you when you re-visit the site (so that you do not have to login from the same computer/browser every time you visit).

Cookies are specific to your computer and browser, so if you use multiple computers and/or browsers, the cookie values will be different.  By default, all cookies will expire when your Benchwarmer Baseball web session expires (30 minutes), you log out of the site, or you close your browser.  Keep in mind that some browsers may treat separate windows as separate browser sessions and may contain different information.  When you log in, you have the choice to check the "Remember me" box and, in that case, the cookie values will be maintained for 30 days and you should not have to log in again (please be aware that anyone who has access to that computer/browser would then be able to view your personal data without a password).

 

We also use third-party advertisements on Benchwarmer Baseball to support our site.  Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed.  This is generally used for geo-targeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).  New on 3/23/09: Some programs may also use information in your browser about your visits to this website and to others in order to provide advertisements of interest to you.

 

Benchwarmer Baseball currently uses these third-party ad providers: Google, Linkshare, and Commission Junction.

 

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security.  However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites.  This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as managing your team.

 

New on 3/23/09: If you'd like to learn more about how Google uses cookie technology to serve ads on our web pages, plus potentially to opt out of Google's advertising cooking process without disabling all cookies in your browser (thus retaining the rest of Benchwarmer's functionality), click here.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we safeguard access to personal information, including usernames and passwords.  However, as Benchwarmer Baseball leases its web space from a 3rd party, users are urged to not use the same username/password combinations that they use for sensitive and financial web sites.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain here. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

 

If you are unable to modify the data yourself, you can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

 

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please send us an email at webmaster@benchwarmerbaseball.net.

 
 
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