A Special eCard Privacy Policy

January 2009


At A Special eCard, protecting our users' privacy and security is a top priority. For this reason, we have adopted the following policy to advise you of your choices regarding the use of your personal information online. This policy describes what types of information we gather about you, how we use it, under what circumstances we disclose it to third-parties, and your rights to update or correct it.

Scope of Policy
This Policy applies to A Special eCard. It does not apply to other companies' or organizations' web sites to which we link. You should carefully review the privacy policies of those web sites in order to determine how they treat your personal information.


Information Gathered From All Visitors

We use a technology nicknamed "cookies" on our web site. Cookies are pieces of information or data sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive for temporary purposes. We use cookies to store the settings for your eCard. They are destroyed when you close the browser. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser to notify you when you've received a cookie or, alternatively, to refuse to accept cookies. It is important to note that you will not be able to create your eCard if you choose not to accept cookies.

When You Send A Special eCard
If you use our web site to send an eCard, we collect your recipient's e-mail address. This information is necessary to send the content and provide confirmation that it has been received. We will not use your recipient's e-mail address for any purpose other than to send the eCard.

A Special eCard Newsletter
We send our users A Special eCard Newsletter, which may alert you to new features, content, and services available on our site. We do not share your personally identifiable information with any third parties in connection with the Newsletter. You can always decline the Newsletter by following the "unsubscribe" links at the bottom of each edition.

Mandatory Communications
A Special eCard reserves the right to communicate with you from time to time about important administrative, policy, legal, credit card, and billing matters, which will affect your use of our web site.

We will use the information we have collected about you:
To allow completion of your transaction
To provide your recipient with your Special eCard
To provide you with our Special Newsletter.

Third Party Information Sharing
We do not share your information with third parties.

Privacy of Greeting Card Information
We treat all of our eCards as private correspondence between the sender and the recipient and will not disclose the contents of any greeting other than to the intended recipient, except under the specific situations outlined in Disclosure Exceptions, below. This policy applies to all aspects of our greetings, including your personalized messages. Under normal circumstances, we will not monitor or edit the contents of the online greetings you send. On occasion, however, we may need to view your message in connection with the technical processing of your greeting or the maintenance of our network. Also, if you ask us to help you send a eCard or to verify that an eCard was sent, we will be able to access all information about the eCard, including the recipient's e-mail address and the message.

Disclosure Exceptions
Notwithstanding the above policies, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information to appropriate third-parties if we are required to do so by law or we believe that such action is necessary:
To comply with legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order;
To protect the company's rights and property;
To investigate reports of users sending material using a false e-mail address or users sending harassing, threatening, or abusive messages;
To protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our web site and/or the A Special eCard service; or During emergencies, such as when we believe someone's physical safety is at risk.


Opt-Out/Changing Your Status
At any time, you can change choices you have previously made as to the use of your personal information. Every communication A Special eCard sends you will contain a clearly worded "Opt-Out" or "Unsubscribe" link allowing you to withdraw your permission for future mailings. Alternatively, you can send a blank e-mail to support@specialecard.com and type "Remove" in the subject field. This must be sent from the email address you wish to have removed. Permission changes will be honored as soon as possible after receipt. Please allow five to seven days for processing.

Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. When you place orders for purchased products or access your payment information, we use PayPal Secure Services.

Your Security is PayPal's Top Priority.
With the industry's most-advanced encryption, fraud prevention, and Buyer and Seller Protection Policies, PayPal is dedicated to keeping your account safe and secure from scams and fraud. PayPal Privacy Policy can be accessed at: Paypal Privacy Policy

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy:

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our web-site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our web-site is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Changes to the Privacy Policy
A Special eCard will occasionally update this Privacy Policy in response to changing business circumstances and legal developments. A Special eCard encourages you to periodically review this Policy to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

Even the best policy can't protect your online privacy and security in all circumstances. Unscrupulous advertisers, hackers, and scam artists are constantly searching the Internet looking for new targets. Your best protection is to understand the limits to privacy on the Internet and use common sense in all of your on-line activities. Be aware that e-mail is an inherently insecure form of communication. Remember that third parties are sometimes able to illegally intercept your unencrypted messages, including online greetings. Anytime you visit a chat room or post a message to an on-line bulletin board, your e-mail address can be accessed by advertisers looking to compile lists for unsolicited commercial e-mail (also known as spam). Be sure that you only disclose your e-mail address in circumstances in which it is safe to do so. Beware of scams in which persons unknown to you request your screen name, password, or credit card information. Make sure you verify the identity of anyone asking for personal information. Always monitor your children's on-line activities and educate them as to the rules for safe Internet use. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at A Special eCard .