Privacy Policy

Last updated: February 13, 2008

At, we are committed to protecting your online privacy and the security of the information that you might provide to us. Please read this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) carefully. By using the Web site you signify your agreement with the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the Privacy Policy please do not use or any portion of it. As used in this Privacy Policy, “” refers to the Web site or Susanism, Inc., which owns This Privacy Policy explains our practices related to:

1. What information we collect;

2. How we may use and share the information you provide at;

3. How to unsubscribe;

4. Information posted to public areas of;

5. How we protect your information;

6. Children under the age of 13;

7. Links to other sites;

8. Correcting your information;

9. Contacting us about privacy questions;

10. Changes to our privacy policy

11. Information provided by international users

1. What information we collect

It is not necessary to provide any personal information to view

For all visitors, however, we may log IP addresses (or the location of your computer network on the Internet) for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We also may use IP addresses to track referring/exit pages and which pages people visit in order to improve the quality of However, we do not use this data to develop profiles of individual visitors to uses cookies to enhance functionality of the site and to aggregate and analyze traffic data such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc. You do not have to accept cookies as all major browsers allow you to block cookies from your computer, and you can always delete them later. may also use “Web beacons” to track your behavior on the site. Web beacons are small pieces of data that may be embedded in images on Blocking cookies will prevent Web beacons from tracking your activity and also prevent us from collecting certain other anonymous unique information such as your IP address, but the Web beacon will still account for an anonymous visit.

Many advertisements are managed and placed on by third parties (“Network Advertisers”). Network Advertisers who place advertisements on may also use cookies and Web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information about your visits to and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. You can find more information about this practice and your choices concerning these practices at Finally, please keep in mind that if you click on an advertisement on and link to a third party’s Web site, then our Privacy Policy will not apply to your personally identifiable information collected on that third party’s Web site. You must read the privacy policy posted on that site to see how your personally identifiable information will be gathered and used.

2. How we may use and share the information you provide at

We will use the information you provide about yourself as explained in this Privacy Policy.

We offer you the ability to sign up to receive communications and various items of interest from us, such as joining our “Leanzine” list. To sign up to receive communications from us you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information about yourself such as your name, e-mail address, postal address with your state and zip code. Feel free to sign up if you are 13 years of age or older. By joining any list, you agree that we can send you (via e-mail or postal mail, if provided) free stuff (neat ideas, thoughts, free things, and other good stuff) whenever we want (or not at all), and that the same exact stuff may, or may not, be sent to everyone on the list. Additionally, we may send you e-mails, postal mailings and free stuff on behalf of third parties (without sharing your personal information with these third parties). Finally, we may send you e-mail messages about upcoming events in your area.

In addition, or our third party vendors may also use your personal information for many purposes other than sending you materials described above. For example, we may send you administrative communications either about your account with us or about features of

In the e-mails that we send you, we may use cookies, Web beacons or other technical means to determine, among other things, whether you have opened or forwarded those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails, to customize the display of banner advertisements and other messages, and to determine whether you have made an inquiry or purchase in response to a particular e-mail.

We treat the personally identifiable information that you provide us with care and value your privacy. We will not rent, sell, lease or barter the information you provide with any third party. We may, however, use other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, like fulfilling orders, shipping packages, sending e-mails, processing credit card payments, analyzing data and providing customer service. These contractors or other third parties may have access to your personal information if necessary to perform services for us, however, they may only use such personal information for performing that function and not for any other purpose.

Additionally, our owner/parent organization may sell or transfer your personal information to successor organizations. Finally, we may release personal information when we believe, in good faith, such release is required by law, will help enforce our Legal Stuff or this Privacy Policy, or protect the rights or safety of our users or others.

3. How to unsubscribe

We provide you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us easily and promptly. Every e-mail we send will include a link that allows you to unsubscribe from that particular list and any other lists you may have joined at

4. Information posted to public areas of

Please keep in mind that whenever you decide to ask a question in the “Ask Susan” question forum (or any other public forums on or post any other content on the public areas of, you are voluntarily and publicly disclosing any personal information contained in your question, post or content. Any such information can be collected and used by other visitors to and you may receive unsolicited communications as a result. We cannot control which visitors will access such information or what they may do with such information, so please be careful about what you post. Any content that is posted on by you or at your direction becomes publicly available published content and is not subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

5. How we protect your information has technical, physical and administrative security measures in place designed to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information you provide to us (other than in public areas of From time to time, we review our security procedures in order to consider appropriate new technology and methods to protect the information you provide to us. However, despite our reasonable efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot and do not guarantee that the information you provide to us will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

Also, remember that steps you take to help protect the privacy of your personal information (such as logging off after viewing or submitting personal information) are equally important. If you have broadband access to the Internet, it is strongly advised that you use a firewall when accessing the Internet.

6. Children under the age of 13

We do not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, nor is any part of designed to attract anyone under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not use There are lots of other great Web sites for you. Talk to your parents about what sites are appropriate for you.

7. Linking to other sites links to a number of other Web sites. This Privacy Policy only applies to information collected by us at is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies or practices of any other Web site available through links on Before providing personal information to any linked Web site, please check that Web site’s privacy policy and practices, which are completely separate from and unrelated to this Privacy Policy and the privacy practices of

8. Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to update or revise this Privacy Policy. Please periodically check this Privacy Policy for updates and revisions, because your continued use of this site following the posting of any updates or revisions to this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of those changes. When we change our Privacy Policy, we may change the date this Privacy Policy was last updated at the top of this Privacy Policy. For revisions to this Privacy Policy that may be materially less restrictive in terns if our use or disclosure of the personal information you have already provided to us, we will attempt to give you notice of the specific changes to this Privacy Policy by posting this information prominently on, or by any other means that we deem appropriate.

9. Information provided by international users

We make no representation or warranties that this Privacy Policy is in compliance with the privacy or data protection laws or regulations of any country from which you access or use Accessing this site from territories where the site contents are illegal is strictly prohibited. By your use of this Web site, you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information consistent with the terms of this Privacy Policy, including transfer of your personal information to any location (including a country other than the country from which you access or use the Web site) at which our servers and/or databases may be currently located or relocated, or relocated to. Those who choose to access from locations outside the United States do so at their own risk and at their discretion, and are responsible for compliance with all local laws.