Parlor Press has been an independent publisher of scholarly and trade books and other media in print and digital formats since 2002.
Parlor Press respects your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy presented here concentrates on information collected by the Parlor Press website, it also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone, order forms, and so on).
Several areas of the Parlor Press online store require that you send us personal information: contact information, including shipping and billing addresses, fax and phone numbers, and email address when making store purchases This information is received offline as well (mail, fax, phone). All credit card information is submitted securely through our payment gateway and managed by PayPal in our Merchant Pro account. Parlor Press does not store credit card numbers, codes, or expiration date information on its website or databases and cannot access that information from PayPal either.
In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information is collected, we may use your postal mailing address to send you information about Parlor Press books or news. We do not provide demographic or any other information to third parties.
If you supply an email address, we use it to confirm your order, follow up on a request, etc., as the context determines. We may also use it to keep you informed about Parlor Press books or news. On occasion we may use your email address for a purpose indirectly related to the original context (e.g., emailing a customer satisfaction survey to those who have made purchases from the Parlor Press catalog or in the Parlor Press online store). Parlor Press does not make its email lists available to any third party. Customers will be given the option of opting-out, of course.
Because of the special relationship we seek to maintain with those who have signed up for accounts, Parlor Press may send periodic updates and announcements by email. We may also make an occasional phone call (e.g., to clear up a problem with an order or inquire about a lapsed membership). Account membership at the Parlor Press suite of websites is free, and all personal information is protected. Authors, editors, and Parlor Press partners may choose to release this information, depending on the nature of their account.
"Anonymous" Information Collected Online
Generally speaking, you can visit the Parlor Press website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you are using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or other browser you are using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the Web logs to determine how the site resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do not share our Web logs with any outside party.
A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer that includes information that identifies that computer and can be retrieved by our server to create a seamless browsing session. Most cookies used on the Parlor Press site are deleted when your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner.
Several areas of the Parlor Press website use so-called "persistent" cookies. These files are retained on your hard drive after the browser is shut down. For example, the online store uses persistent cookies that contain some personal information that a user has supplied (e.g., first and last name) and shopping cart data (to allow one to resume an interrupted shopping session). Most browsers accept cookies by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive; you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.
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UPDATED: August 14, 2011