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Privacy Policy

PWO Contests takes privacy very seriously. You can be confident that any information we collect will be kept strictly confidential. Accounts are protected by password, therefore users are responsible for keeping their password secret. We recommend signing out after every session, especially in public places.
The following Privacy Policy addresses PWOContests' treatment of personal information that is gathered when you are on our website, as well as information submitted when registering/becoming a member. This policy does not apply to the practices of our third parties partners.

Information We Collect

In order to customize your experience on PWOContests, we collect the following information:

Registration/Membership: In order to sign up for our services, we required your name, email and a password.
Customized Statistics: In order to calculate placement of photographs within a contest, as well as display achievements on profiles, we collect statistics of the following:
·         Which photographs you vote for, as well as the value of the vote
·         Placement of your photograph in any given contest
·         1st, 2nd, 3rd, and top 10 finishes
·         Contests Entered
·         Individual Photograph Scores, as well as your Overall Average
·         Trophies Won
·         Votes Given
·         Comments Given
·         Image Views
·         Favourited Photos
·         Forum Posts
·         All Time Points
Cookies: Cookies are small data files that are stored on your local computer or browser. They allow us to customize your experience on PWOContests. The cookies do not contain any personal information, and PWOContests does not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by third parties, such as for advertising purposes. PWOContests does not have any control over cookies used by third parties, nor do we have access to them.
Traffic Data: We collect traffic data, such as how many visits each page on the website receives. The data collected is not tied to specific user profiles.
User Profile: Users are able to choose which content they want to display on their profile (ex: profile image, biography, links to other websites). This gives users ultimate control of what information they are willing to display.

Credit Cards/Payment

Please note all financial transactions are made through a trusted third party site (Paypal.com). PWOContests does not collect credit card information. We advise that users to do not enter their credit card information anywhere on PWOContests, including the forums. PWOContests will not be held liable if users choose to enter their financial information on our website.

Email Communication

PWOContests may send you emails regarding site related news, offers, surveys, promotions, image validation, password retrieval and legal notices. We will never share or sell your information to a third party without your explicit consent.

External Sites

PhotoWeeklyOnline and PWOContests may link to external websites. While we endeavour to make all our links both safe and family friendly, unfortunately we are unable to make any guarantees. Please be advised that external websites will have different privacy policies than the one listed here. We recommend reading external website's Privacy Policy before interacting with them.

Minors/Children Under 18 Years of Age

You must be 13 years or older to register/join PWOContests. We do not collect information of persons under 13 years of age. All minors (13 to 18 years of age) should receive their parent's and/or guardian's permission before using PWOContests. In the event we determine we have collected information from a minor, it will be deleted immediately.

Conditions of Use

If you choose to visit pwocontests.com, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of Ontario law.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

PWOContests reserves to the right to change the Privacy Policy at any point in time. Should we amend the Privacy Policy, we will notify users via an Administrative Announcement, as well as display a "Last Modified Date"  in the section below.

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is effective July 1st, 2011.