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Holistic Local Privacy Policy

Last updated on Monday 4th July 2005.

Holistic Local seeks to provide its visitors and members with simple yet effective products and services, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. The following Privacy Policy details how we utilize any personal information collected from you, as well as the steps we take to protect it. Please note that this policy is only in effect for the web pages, newsletters, and discussion forums owned and operated by Holistic Local.

What kind of information are you collecting, and how are you collecting it?

Holistic Local's directory, event, classified, and article searches do not require, or collect, any personally identifying information. Holistic Local does collect a limited amount of non-personally identifying information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your query, and your country of origin. This is collected only for generating statistical usage data, which we then use to improve the quality and relevance of our products and services.

What are cookies?

Upon first visiting the Holistic Local website, a small file is sent over to your computer. This file, called a cookie, contains a string of characters that our server uses to uniquely identify your web browser. It is also used to store certain pieces of information, relevant to your usage of the site, for the duration of your visit. Although it is possible to disable cookies from within your browser's preferences, certain parts of the Holistic Local website will not function without the use of cookies.

What information do you collect when I register for something?

Holistic Local offers access to certain services which require registration. As part of this process, we collect personally identifying information about you such as your name, location, contact details, and information relating to your profession. Some of this information is made publicly available on the Holistic Local website as part of our business directory search functionality.

What information do you collect when I purchase something?

Holistic Local uses a third party payment processor, Worldpay, to receive funds in exchange for access to certain of our services. If you are purchasing access to any of the services offered by Holistic Local, our third party payment processor will need to know your name, email address, mailing address, credit card number, and expiration date. For details of Worldpay's own privacy policy, please see the page on their website by following the link below.

Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?

It should be understood that the primary purpose of registering with Holistic Local is for inclusion in our searchable business directory. As such, much of the information you supply to us is made publicly available as part of your listing on our website. This includes details such as your name, location, telephone number, website, and the name and nature of your business. Please only supply this information if you are comfortable with it being made available to other individuals who may wish to contact you directly. Your email address is not displayed on your listing, and will never be shared with any third parties without your consent.

What else should I know about my privacy when online?

The Holistic Local website contains many hyperlinks to third party websites. Holistic Local is not responsible for the privacy practises of these websites. It is possible that these sites may collect information from you, both personally and non-personally identifying. Please be aware that if you post personal information online, such as your name and email address, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online.

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