We collect aggregate and user-specific information on which pages consumers access or visit. This information is used to generate reports that help us assess the value of/interest in the various websites we provide. We use the information collected to improve the content of our web pages. We can build a better site if we know which pages our users are visiting, how often they visit and how long they stay on a page.
DOS is not responsible for any opinions or statements on the DOS News page. DOS disclaims all warranties with regard to the information posted, whether posted by DOS or any third party. This disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. DOS has no liability for damages and/or injuries including, but not limited to, special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever arising out of the use or performance of any posted information. Defamatory, abusive, profane, offensive, illegal or unauthorized copyrighted material is not permitted. Persons posting any information represent and warrant that the material is either original in all respects or that permission to reproduce the materials has been granted by the copyright owner. DOS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines. Discussion of future prices and/or prices paid for services or supplies may be in violation of federal and state antitrust laws. Such discussions are strictly prohibited and DOS is not responsible for any such discussions. These companies may use information (generally, not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this website and to other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. These companies may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and clear GIFs is generally not personally identifiable, unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or e-mail message.
To make use of certain features on our website (such as the Members-only section, known as DOS Academy), visitors need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration or participation process. We may ask, for example, for your name, e-mail address, and zip code. The information you supply will help us offer you more personalized features, tailor our site to your interests and make them more useful to you. Supplying such information is voluntary. If you do not supply the information we need, though, we may be unable to provide you with services and content we make available to other visitors to our sites. Of course, even if you want to remain completely anonymous, you are still free to take advantage of the wealth of content that is otherwise available, without registration on our site.
We may perform statistical, marketing and demographic analyses of our subscribers and their subscription patterns. In addition, we may generally inform our advertisers about our subscriber base. When we present information to our advertisers—to help them understand our audience and confirm the value of advertising on our website—it is usually in the form of aggregated statistics on traffic to various pages within our sites. In some cases, though, we may provide information to legal officials as described in the following paragraph. In some cases, we contract with third parties to provide services on our behalf, including credit card and bill processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these third parties with only the information necessary for them to perform their specific services. These service providers are restricted from using this information in any way other than to provide services to us, and they may not share this information with anyone else nor may they resell this data.
We may disclose personal information, if we or one of our affiliated companies is required by law to disclose personal information or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to comply with a law or some legal process to protect or defend our rights and property, to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our website or to protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public.