Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Surfing America (“Surfing America”) online.

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used at this site.

This Privacy Policy complies with North American (U.S. and Canada) best privacy practices and follows all known legislation in North American territories. Guests on Surfing America web sites from outside of the United States and Canada are advised that the Surfing America Privacy Policy does not necessarily follow the laws and regulations of your home country.

THE INTERNET, PRIVACY, AND SURFING AMERICA

Surfing America’s policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our Guests. This policy statement tells you how we collect information from you and how we use it. Using the Internet should be a fun experience and we want to help you make it so.

The Internet contains a wealth of information; unfortunately, it may also contain personal details about you that you don’t want everyone to know. For example, your real name (lots of people on the Internet use aliases, alter egos, or nicknames), street address, phone number, or e-mail address. When you go online, sites you visit may be gathering information about you without your knowledge. At Surfing America we strive to help our Guests protect their privacy while using our services.

SURFING AMERICA’S WEB SITES TO WHICH POLICY APPLIES

Surfing America currently operates the following web sites to which this policy applies:

surfingamerica.org

In addition, Surfing America owns other domain names that point to the web sites listed above. From time to time we may add new sites that may not be listed above, but will provide a link to this policy.

USE OF GUEST INFORMATION

Although information may be required to participate in certain promotions or sales offered through our web site, participants provide information on a voluntary basis only. Generally, we may wish to collect personal information about you in connection with the following services:

  • Participation in any online contests, sweepstakes or other promotions we might offer;
  • Questions or comments sent through our web site;
  • Inclusion in our online newsletter program;
  • Participation in any message boards or chat rooms we may establish; and
  • Registration to become a registered user of our sites.

Collection of personal information for these services may include the collection of your name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, demographic information, age range, interests and/or other information. Surfing America needs to collect this information for membership and event registration purposes, fulfilling prizes and purchases, tracking/verifying compliance with Surfing America’s policies and federal, state, and local laws, and for editorial and feedback solicitation purposes.

The information you provide for your personal surfingamerica.org account is shared among the Surfing America sites listed above, as it is our goal to make your visits to our sites easy and enjoyable. Surfing America may disclose Guest or Member information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) Surfing America’s rights or property, other Surfing America site Guests or Members, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. Surfing America may disclose Guest or Member information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Surfing America shares aggregate information about our Guests and Members with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. For example, we may say Surfing America’s audience is x percent female and y percent male. This data is used to customize Surfing America’s online content and advertising, to deliver a better experience for our Guests and Members. All information we collect that is specific to a particular Guest is used only internally and is not shared with any third party unless a Guest specifically requests that it be shared with third parties, or specifically requests to receive information from a third party. Member information is shared from time to time with Surfing America partners only and only in such a way to fulfill Member Benefits provided by such partners to Members.

POLICIES FOR KIDS (INDIVIDUALS UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE)

Surfing America encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children and to participate in the activities offered on the sites. We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role to protect the privacy of their children and to prevent inappropriate use of information about their children. No information should be submitted to or posted at the Surfing America site by Guests under 13 years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian. Parents and guardians should instruct their children never to give out real names or any other identifying information over the Internet without first getting parental permission.

Unless otherwise disclosed during collection or in this privacy policy, Surfing America does not provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever from our Guests under 13 years of age. Member information is shared from time to time with Surfing America partners only and only in such a way to fulfill Member Benefits provided by such partners to Members.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Some of our sites contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. For example, if you “click” on a link, the “click” may take you off the Surfing America site(s). This includes links from sponsors and partners that may use the Surfing America logo as part of a co-branding or other agreement. These other sites may send their own cookies to Guests, collect data, or solicit personal information. We make every effort to link only to sites that meet similar standards for maintaining each individual’s right to privacy. However, Surfing America cannot control any of these links and is not responsible for any content appearing on sites linked to or from Surfing America’s site(s), or for any personal information gathered at those sites. Guests should consult the other sites’ privacy notices as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by these third parties. Children 12 and under should get parental permission before linking to other sites.

SECURITY

The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our Guests is of utmost concern to us. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your PC to our servers. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, Surfing America cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Your surfingamerica.org account is password-protected so that only you can access it and view the member information relevant to the account. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. Surfing America will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail. Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and any account information.

Remember to sign out of your Surfing America account by closing our browser window when you have finished your visit. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if your computer is accessible to others or if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.

YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS

By using this site, you signify your assent to the Surfing America Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site. Surfing America reserves the right to delete information or to change its privacy policy, at any time. Your continued use of this site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

CONTACTING US ABOUT APPLICATION OF THIS POLICY

If, for any reason, you are concerned with the way we are using your information, if you believe that Surfing America has not adhered to these principles, or if you would like to correct or request that we cease from using such information, please contact us at Surfing America, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Suite B, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. You can also contact us at (949) 276-4660 or by sending an e-mail to info@surfingamerica.org We will do our best to determine and correct the problem promptly.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

All information that Surfing America provides on its site(s) or by any other means is for informational and directional purposes only; it does not address specific circumstances of any particular entity; it is not necessarily complete, accurate or up to date; it is not a professional or legal advice (a company should seek opinions of qualified professionals). Hence, Surfing America disclaims its responsibility for any loss, however arising, from the use of or reliance on this information.