Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets forth our policies regarding the collection, use and protection of the personal information of those using the snuffbottle.org website. Personal information means information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and credit card number.
We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy, and become familiar with it, but you should know that we do not sell or rent our customers' personal information to third parties.

Please note that we review our Privacy Policy from time to time, and we may make periodic changes to the policy in connection with that review. Therefore, you may wish to bookmark this page and/or periodically review this page to make sure you have the current version.

What personal information does The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society gather from me and how is this information used?

When browsing our site, you are not required to provide any personal information unless and until you choose to become a member, make a purchase or sign up for one of our other services as described below. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children (meaning those younger than thirteen years of age). A valid credit card is required to make a purchase on our site.

Making a Purchase
In order to purchase journals, books and related services through our site, you must provide us with certain personal information such as your name, your credit card number and expiration date, your credit card billing address, your telephone number and your e-mail address. We may also ask you for other personal information. We require this information so that we can process, fulfil and confirm your transactions and keep you informed of each transaction's status.

Membership
If you choose to become a member of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, you must provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and other personal information. This information is collected on the application form for several reasons including: (i) personal identification; (ii) to complete the membership application process; (iii) to allow us to contact you for customer service purposes, if necessary; (iv) to share this information with other The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society members; and (v) to confirm your new member application. As an International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society member you will also occasionally receive updates from us about new The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society services, and other noteworthy items. However, you may choose at any time to no longer receive these types of e-mail messages.

Automatic Logging of Session Data
We automatically log generic information about your computer's connection to the Internet, which we call "session data", that is anonymous and not linked to any personal information. Session data consists of things such as IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and the activities conducted by the user while on our site. An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of the site the user wishes to view. We collect session data because it helps us analyze such things as what items visitors are likely to click on most, the way visitors are clicking through the site, how many visitors are surfing to various pages on the site, how long visitors to the site are staying and how often they are visiting. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems. Although such information does not identify any visitor personally, it is possible to determine from an IP address a visitor's Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the approximate geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.

Cookies
"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. There are many myths circulating about cookies, but you should know that cookies are only read by the server that placed them, and are unable to do such things as run programs on your computer, plant viruses or harvest your personal information. The use of cookies is very common on the Internet and The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society’s use of cookies is similar to that of other reputable websites.

First and foremost, you can rest assured that no personal information about you is gathered or stored in the cookies placed by the snuffbottle.org web site and, as a result, none can be passed on to any third parties.

Cookies allow us to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience at our site. The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society uses cookies to personalize your experience on our site. None of this information is passed to any third party and is used solely by us to provide you with a better user experience on our web site. No personal information about you is gathered through the use of these types of cookies.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. Of course, by changing the options on your web browser or using certain software programs, you can control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society supports your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous websites. However, blocking The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society cookies may disable certain features on our site and may make it impossible to use certain services available on the site. Please note that it is possible to block cookie activity from certain web sites while permitting cookies from sites you trust, like The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.

Other
From time to time we may add or enhance services available on the site. To the extent these services are provided and used by you, we will use the information you provide to facilitate the service requested. For example, if you email us with a question, we will use your email address, name, nature of the question, etc. to respond to your question. We may also store such information to assist us in making the site the better and easier to use.

How can I update or correct my personal information?

You can update your personal information at any time by contacting The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.

What other information should I know about my privacy?

The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society contains links to other web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another web site for which The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all such sites as their policies may be materially different from this Privacy Policy. Of course, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and your International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society membership account information. Please be very careful, responsible, and alert with this information, especially whenever you're online.

In addition to the circumstances described above, The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society may disclose member information if required to do so by law, court order, as requested by other government or law enforcement authority, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable including, without limitation, to protect the rights or properties of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society or when we have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing interference with our rights or properties, whether intentionally or otherwise, or when anyone else could be harmed by such activities. In addition, if The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society or substantially all of its assets are acquired, our customer information will most likely also be transferred in connection with such acquisition.

This policy is effective as of August 1, 2005. We may change or supplement this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any material changes in the way The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society uses personal information will be described in future versions of this Privacy Policy. Privacy Policy changes will apply to the information collected from the date we post the revised Privacy Policy, as well as to existing information held by us. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy in a material way, we will obtain the necessary consents required under applicable privacy laws if we seek to collect, use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which consent has been obtained, unless otherwise required or permitted by law. If any proposed change is unacceptable to you, you may request that we remove your personal information. Of course, you may always submit concerns regarding our Privacy Policy or our privacy practices via email. Please reference the privacy policy in your subject line. You can also write to us in care of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, 2601 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA.