HOW WE HANDLE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR VISIT
Information Collected and Stored Automatically:
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store information like the following concerning your visit: the name of the Internet domain (e.g., "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account or "yourorganization.org" if you are connecting from a non-profit's domain) and the IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site; the type of browser and operating system used to access our site; the date and time you access our site; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and the pages you visit and the information you request.
This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. Our computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. Unless directed by court order we will not share this information, including your identity, with other agencies. At the time of purchase, information will be shared with the merchant as necessary to properly complete the transaction.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to the shoppers and merchants who use it, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
Information Protection: your information will not be shared.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.
You May Elect to Provide Us Personal Information:
You do not have to provide any personal information to visit this website. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an e-mail address on this website or by filling out a form and submitting it through our website, or updating your profile, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfil the stated purpose of the communication.
You should note that voluntary information provided to us constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose. When you click the “Submit” or “Buy” button on any of the Web forms found on our sites, you are indicating your voluntary consent to use of the information you submit for the purpose stated. We do not collect personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for example, by identifying favorite categories, registering, sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through our Website, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request. All uses of that information are described on the Web page containing the form. Remember that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information you may prefer to send it by postal mail instead.
How information is used:
The information we collect is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., to register you as a user, to respond to requests for information, and to fill orders). We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected so you can determine whether you wish to provide the information.
Retention of Information:
We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute or official policy. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and in some cases information submitted to us may become an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Also, Grand Canyon Sherpa is not responsible for the privacy practices employed by non-grandcanyonsherpa websites that may link or provide links to our web site or non-grandcanyonsherpa merchant sites hosted on other computers (e.g. web sites of professional or non-profit organizations.)
Interaction with children:
It is the intent of this Web site to offer content and material that is suitable for all ages; however, we require that youth under 18 have their parents’ permission to use their credit card information or to make any purchases on our site. No personally identifiable information is collected from the youth unless voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. The information supplied is used to respond to the user’s inquiries or to provide services requested by the user.
Grand Canyon Sherpa is especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are asked to provide personal information online. Grand Canyon Sherpa shopper’s landing page does not require children to reveal any information that could personally identify them. If a child chooses to provide personally identifying information to us, through an e-mail or otherwise, it will only be used to enable us to respond to the writer, and will not be retained.
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Electronically-submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases may be covered by the Privacy Act. A discussion of your right under the Privacy Act and additional information on the Privacy Act may be found on the following web site: http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/fed_prog/foia/foia.htm#privacyact.
“Cookies” are small bits of text that are used for the duration of a session (“session cookies”) or are saved on a user’s hard drive in order to identify the user, information about the user, so that the next time the user logs on the a Web site (“persistent cookies”) Grand Canyon Sherpa can create an easy to use website for all. Our use of persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology is used to benefit the user only. For example, when we capture information, we hold it to create easy login in the future or to help the user go to their preferred shopping city. However, for some videos that are visible on www.grandcanyonsherpa.com, a "persistent cookie" may be set by third party providers when a video is played. We attempt to keep this to a minimum; however, sometimes they can slip by. These videos are identified with a link to a cookie disclaimer under the video and are used by the third party provider to collect statistics on the number of unique Web visitors viewing specific videos. A waiver has been issued by our Counsel to allow for the use of these types of cookies by third parties on our site. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us.
Currently, we are using session cookies as part of a Web customer satisfaction survey we are conducting. The sole purpose of the session cookies is to cause the survey to be displayed to a small percentage of our Web site visitors as they leave our Web site. Grand Canyon Sherpa does not retain any information collected by these session cookies. Session cookies are automatically deleted at the end of a session, that is, when you close your browser. Additional privacy information related to the survey is available from a link on the survey itself. You can set up your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. You can still use our website if you do not accept the cookies, but you may be unable to use certain cookie-dependent features.