Information We Collect
AOE Studios gathers, analyzes and/or stores personal information generally by way of four different sources: (1) the personal information voluntarily submitted by visitors when using or registering to use our services; (2) the personal and contact information visitors voluntarily provide when participating in any contests, sweepstakes and/or other promotions; (3) through merchandise purchase or pre-order transactions; and/or (4) by analyzing data through mechanisms that identify site usage, browser types, IP servers, etc. AOE Studios strives to provide our visitors with information relevant to their particular desires, needs and/or concerns. The information we gather helps us to better serve our purpose.
General data includes information about you such as your name, address, email, and preferences. This information is generally gathered when you voluntarily submit the information to AOE Studios for purposes of, including but not limited to, registering for newsletters and/or contests or because you wish AOE Studios to provide you with our products, services or information. Such information allows AOE Studios to personalize your experience and helps AOE Studios better understand the demographics of our audience.
A cookie is a small piece of information sent to your computer’s browser, which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. There are two kinds of cookies AOE Studios operates: those that are “session” oriented and those that are “expiration” oriented. Session cookies delete from your computer at the moment you close your browser. Conversely, expiration cookies can be programmed to expire at any time; therefore when you close your browser, the cookie will remain on your hard drive until its expiration. Should you wish to be notified of, or to accept or decline cookies from being stored on your hard drive, please refer to your internet help directions.
There are two ways sensitive information (e.g. credit card numbers) may be obtained. When a visitor makes a purchase, his/her information may be sent directly to a third party authorization center that will relay to AOE Studios whether to proceed with the transaction. The information is not at all stored in our system. The second way is when a visitor pre-orders merchandise. In this case, the information is sent to a non-public server and stored until the transaction is complete.
AOE Studios uses all possible efforts to ensure the safety of your sensitive information. No website, internet transmission, computer system or wireless connection is completely secure. AOE Studios cannot guarantee that unauthorized access, hacking, data loss, or other breaches will never occur. Your use of the AOE Studios website is at your own risk. AOE Studios urges you to take steps to keep your information safe by memorizing your password or keeping it in a safe place (separate from your account information), logging out of your account, and closing your web browser.
Whenever you give AOE Studios sensitive or confidential information, AOE Studios will take commercially reasonable steps to protect the information by establishing a secure connection with your web browser. AOE Studios uses the Security Socket Layer (“SSL”), an industry standard security protocol for encrypting sensitive information. Unless otherwise specified herein or on the site where you make a purchase, credit card numbers are used only for payment processing and are not retained for marketing purposes.
Non Identifying Information
AOE Studios gathers and analyzes non-identifying user information such as Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses and browser types for statistical purposes only. Your IP address is an identifying number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider. This number is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever you visit the Site, along with the time(s) of your visit(s) and the page(s) that you visited. Collecting IP addresses is standard practice on the internet and is done automatically by many websites. In order to better aim our application efforts, we may record and tally information for the purpose of, including but not limited to, measuring our traffic and determining the origin of the audience.
AOE Studios may contain links to, or advertisements about, non-AOE Studios websites. Other sites may also reference, advertise, or link to AOE Studios websites. AOE Studios does not endorse or sponsor other websites, is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of non-AOE Studios sites, expressly disclaims any statements or assertions made on such websites, and denies all liability associated with your use of, and the content on, such other websites and advertisements.
Consent to Processing in the United States
AOE Studios does not buy or sell consumer information. We use and disclose information as explained in this policy and as required by law. In certain instances we may need to disclose user information to third parties relating to contest/sweepstakes requirements and/or winner verification. In this case, the user is given the option to receive additional materials from these companies. You have the choice to either accept or decline the invitation.
California Privacy Rights
A California resident who has provided personal information to a business with whom he/she has established a business relationship for personal, family, or household purposes (“California customer”) is entitled to request information about whether the business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. In general, if the business has made such a disclosure of personal information, upon receipt of a request by a California customer, the business is required to provide a list of all third parties to whom personal information was disclosed in the preceding calendar year, as well as a list of the categories of personal information that were disclosed.
California customers may request further information about our compliance with this law by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this e-mail address.
Newsletters are periodically sent to users who have previously registered to receive such material. The information obtained during registration (e.g. email address) is securely stored to achieve a more tailored relationship with AOE Studios. At any time, user can “unsubscribe” to this service.
All forums/message boards have a disclaimer stating that AOE Studios retains the right to control conversations through our message boards. By this we mean controlling profanity, extreme erotica, illegal use, etc. By using our forums/message boards, you are voluntarily giving us the right to publicize the contents of your interactions. Please do not use our forums/message boards if you do not wish your interactions to be public.
Periodically visitors may be asked to participate in surveys and/or polls. Participation is completely voluntary. Data collected from these surveys are analyzed for statistical purposes only.
AOE Studios may periodically run promotional sweepstakes and/or contests. Participation is completely voluntary. Additional information is generally required for purposes like, including but not limited to, determining eligibility and contacting potential winners. Guidelines explaining AOE Studios’s policies with respect to Sweepstakes/Contests are always posted along with sweepstakes information.
Last revised December 2009