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Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy describes, in general, the practices related to the online collection and use of personal information utilized by the websites operated by Colt & Associates, PLLC, and its divisions and affiliates ("Colt Group") at which this Privacy Policy is posted (the "Sites"). However, some Sites may include features that do not appear on other Sites, and you should see each site's applicable terms for the specific policies for each location. This Policy applies only to the Sites and not to any third-party websites that may be accessible from any Site. This Policy does not describe Colt Group's offline, personal information collection and uses practices or methods when collecting personal information online through means other than these Sites (for example, if you send us an e-mail message).

Please be sure to read this Privacy Policy before using any Site or submitting information through a Site. This Privacy Policy is current as of 1/1/2012 but may change from time to time, so please check this area periodically for updates. If we make any substantive changes to this Policy, we will announce it on our Sites, and if you have provided us with contact information, we will also send you a notice to the e-mail or physical address we have on file for you.  Once the changes have been made, your continued use of any Sites will constitute your acceptance of the revised Policy. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Privacy Policy, we may be reached via e-mail at  On the  SUBJECT LINE: Legal Department
or by writing to us at 
Colt & Associates, PLLC
ATTN: Legal Department
PO Box 5433
Lacey WA 98509

This Privacy Policy refers to the Colt & Associates, PLLC Terms and Conditions of Use

What information do Colt & Associates collect, and how is it used?
Our Sites actively collect information volunteered by our users in several areas, including for magazine subscription pages, trade show registrations, bookstore transactions, newsletter sign-up sheets, website registrations, and online surveys. The information we request for you to participate in these features may include personally identifiable information (that is, information that can be uniquely identified with you) such as your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address, as well as "demographic" information such as the type of business you work for, your job responsibilities and specific information about your company. We will tell you when we collect information about whether the information requested is necessary for you to participate in a particular feature.

The information we collect is used to respond to your specific requests, to send you periodic information and special offers from Colt & Associates, PLLC, and our sponsors, to provide you with updates on offerings, and features, to provide you with product information from manufacturers in our database, to provide notice of changes to our Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy, and to provide our sponsors and business partners with data about our users. The information you provide is also used to understand users' interests and behavior and may be combined and analyzed with information Colt & Associates, PLLC may have from other online or offline sources for marketing or other purposes.

As you navigate through a website, specific information can be passively collected (that is, gathered without you actively providing the information) using various technologies and means. Like most website operators, Colt & Associates, PLLC uses cookies, web beacons, log files, and other electronic information collection mechanisms to track IP addresses and gather information from website users. IP addresses are collected for system administration purposes and for studying how people use our Sites and how we can improve them. When you use a Site, we may record information about your site usage by using the site's groups, forums, or blogs and uploading images or photos. If you are logged into a Site, we may associate the login information with your account information. To ensure the quality of our Sites' services to you, we may place a tag (also called a web beacon) in HTML-based customer support e-mails or other communications with you to confirm delivery. Colt & Associates, PLLC uses cookies to identify registered Site users and automatically give them access to "member only" content areas such as articles and reports and provide them with access to previously stored information. Colt & Associates, PLLC also uses cookies to estimate our audience size and usage patterns and track the aggregate number of customer returns at our Sites. Finally, Colt Group uses cookies to help simplify filling out certain forms on our Sites that allow you to request information from manufacturers in our catalog and our advertisers. You can choose whether or not you accept cookies by changing your browser's settings. However, certain parts of our Sites may not work if you turn off cookies on your browser.

To whom do Colt & Associates, PLLC share your information?
We may employ contractors to help with our operations. Some or all of these contractors may access the databases of user information. These contractors are subject to confidentiality agreements that restrict their use and disclosure of all information they obtain through their relationship with Colt Group. Colt & Associates, PLLC may share information about its subscribers with third parties whose products or services Colt Group believes you may be interested in limited circumstances.  We may sell, rent, license, trade, or otherwise disclose your personal information, including but not limited to your mailing address, phone number, and other registration information, to third parties for marketing, merchandising, or other purposes, and you should presume that your personally identifiable information may thus be subject to future transactions. When sharing your information with third parties, Colt & Associates, PLLC endeavors to oblige the third parties, via limited use or nondisclosure obligations, to follow practices substantially similar to those of Colt & Associates, PLLC concerning such information. Colt & Associates, PLLC will also share your information if required by law to do so, to comply with applicable requirements or valid legal processes, or to protect the rights or property of Colt Group. Additionally, if part or some of our assets are purchased by a third party, Colt & Associates, PLLC will share your information with the purchaser of all or part of our assets.

If you use our "tell a friend" service to e-mail one of our articles, reports, or product descriptions to a friend or colleague, Colt & Associates, PLLC will automatically send this person a one-time e-mail, attaching to the e-mail the content you wished for your friend to receive. Your e-mail address will appear on the "From" line of this e-mail, thereby disclosing this information to whoever opens and reads the e-mail.

Colt & Associates, PLLC may provide users with the opportunity to request additional information from product manufacturers in our online directory or from our advertisers. If you specifically ask for information from a manufacturer or one of our advertisers, your contact information will be given to that manufacturer or advertiser to allow them to decide the best way to fulfill your request.
Some of our advertisers may display ads on the Sites that solicit, or contain technology to collect, information about our users. Our advertisers collect and use this information outside of our control. If you have any questions about an advertisement, you should contact the responsible advertiser directly.

What options do you have about how Colt & Associates, PLLC uses or shares your information?
If you no longer wish for us to share your mailing address or other contact information with our sponsors or other third parties, please send us an e-mail at For us to be able to locate your record, your e-mail must include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and must identify the Colt & Associates, PLLC product, event, or service for which you are registered. We will endeavor to process your request within ten days, and after that, we will no longer share your contact information with third parties. Please note that we will not be able to stop third parties from sending you information about their products or services if your information was shared with them before we received your request.

Regarding e-mail specifically, you have the opportunity to elect to stop receiving advertising messages from Colt & Associates, PLLC, about our products or services each time you receive such a communication from us. To unsubscribe from such advertising e-mail messages, please follow the directions included in that e-mail message. We will endeavor to process your request within ten days. Please note that you may continue to receive e-mail messages from Colt & Associates, PLLC about its products or services during that time. Regardless of whether you have unsubscribed from receiving advertising and promotional material from Colt & Associates, PLLC, you will continue to receive transactional information from us, such as information relating to your account or payment or bill information.

If you receive broadcast e-mail messages that we may send about third-party manufacturers whose products or services we believe you may be interested in and no longer wish to receive such messages, you can do so by following the directions included in the e-mail message.  If you have further questions regarding your options concerning your account information, please contact us at the e-mail or mailing address contained at the beginning of this Privacy Policy.

What kind of security measures do Colt & Associates, PLLC use?
We have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online. However, please remember that no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us or from us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we use our best efforts to ensure its security on our systems. However, Colt & Associates, PLLC, will have no liability for disclosing information obtained due to errors in transmissions or the unauthorized intervention of third parties.

A Site may use passwords to protect your data. We recommend that you not share your passwords with anyone and notify us promptly if you believe your password security has been breached. Colt & Associates, PLLC will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or an unsolicited e-mail. Also, if you are using a computer that others have access to, such as one in a computer lab, Internet cafe, or public library, always remember to log out and close your browser window when leaving any of our Sites. Also, others may collect and use any personally identifiable information or sensitive data that you disclose through any discussion boards or other public online forums hosted on the Sites. We recommend caution when giving out personal information to others in these public online forums. When you provide information on these forums, you do so at your own risk. Any other user of the Sites may view the information you share.

What are Colt & Associates, PLLC's position on children under 13 visiting the Sites?
These sites are not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from Site visitors in this age group. We encourage parents to talk to their children about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose online. If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that child may contact us via e-mail at the above e-mail address if they would like this information deleted from our records. We will use reasonable efforts to eliminate the child's information from our databases.  Many of our Sites contain links to websites owned and operated by unaffiliated third parties. These links are provided as a service to you and do not constitute Colt Group's endorsement or support of the third-party websites. The third parties who operate these sites have their information collection and use practices, and Colt & Associates, PLLC, is not responsible for either the privacy practices or the content of these sites. When you follow a link and leave a Site, you do so at your own risk. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each third-party site before providing your personal information and to contact the providers directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.

Social Media Sites
A Site may contain links to third-party social media sites, such as Ning, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube. The operators of such social media sites may collect personal information and use and disclose such information by their privacy policies. For each such location, you should check with the site operator regarding its policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.

International Users
The Sites are hosted in the United States. If you use the Sites from any region with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, such as the European Union, please note that you are transferring your personal information to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union and other regions. By providing Personal Information under this Privacy   Policy, you consent to the use of Personal Information by this Privacy Policy and the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States.

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