Privacy Statement

Ask the Ref is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Ask the Ref site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Ask the Ref site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Ask the Ref collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Ask the Ref also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Ask the Ref. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by Ask the Ref for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Ask the Ref site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Ask the Ref public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Ask the Ref does not read any of your private online communications.

Ask the Ref encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Ask the Ref so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Ask the Ref is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Ask the Ref and Ask the Ref family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Ask the Ref collects and uses your personal information to operate the Ask the Ref Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Ask the Ref also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Ask the Ref and its affiliates. Ask the Ref may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Ask the Ref does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Ask the Ref may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Ask the Ref may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Ask the Ref, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Ask the Ref does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Ask the Ref keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Ask the Ref, in order to determine what Ask the Ref services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Ask the Ref to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Ask the Ref Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Ask the Ref or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Ask the Ref; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Ask the Ref, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Ask the Ref Web site use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Ask the Ref pages, or register with Ask the Ref site or services, a cookie helps Ask the Ref to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Ask the Ref Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Ask the Ref features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Ask the Ref services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Ask the Ref secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Ask the Ref secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Ask the Ref will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Ask the Ref encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Ask the Ref is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Ask the Ref welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Ask the Ref has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Ask the Ref at We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.