Privacy Statement

The SBEC Website respects the privacy of its online visitors and users of its products. The SBEC Website recognizes the importance of protecting any information collected from users and has adopted this privacy policy that guides how The SBEC Website gathers, stores, and uses information from the use of The SBEC Website products and online sites by users.

This policy is current as of its last revision date. However, please note that this policy may be amended from time to time to reflect changes and additions to the privacy policy. Please check back for the most current version before relying on any of the provisions in this privacy policy.

Collection and Use of Information

By using The SBEC Website’s online sites and products, users agree that The SBEC Website may collect aggregate information, individual information, and personally identifiable information, as defined below. The SBEC Website may share aggregate information and individual information with other parties. The SBEC Website shall not share personally identifiable information with other parties, except as described in the policy below.

“Aggregate information” is information that describes the habits, usage patterns, and demographics of users as a group but does not describe or reveal the identity of any particular user.

“Individual information” is information about a user that is presented in a form distinguishable from information relating to other users but not in a form that personally identifies any user or enables the recipient to communicate directly with any user unless agreed to by the user in advance of such communication. This information may be used to improve The SBEC Website’s products and online sites, for internal marketing studies, or simply to collect demographic information about The SBEC Website’s users.

The SBEC Website may use customer contact information provided by users to send information about The SBEC Website, including news about product updates, contests, events, and other promotional materials, but only if the users agree to receive such communications. Except in the cases described below, The SBEC Website will not share personally identifiable information with any third party unless the user agrees to such disclosure in advance. “Personally identifiable information” consists of a user’s name, email address, physical address, or other data about the user that enables the recipient to personally identify the user. While The SBEC Website collects personally identifiable information on a voluntary basis, for certain products and online sites, The SBEC Website’s collection of personally identifiable information may be a requirement for access to the product or site. Personally identifiable information will be processed and stored by The SBEC Website in databases situated in the United States. The SBEC Website may allow third parties performing services under contract with The SBEC Website to access stored information but such access shall only be to the extent necessary to provide those services. In those instances, the third party will be bound by the terms of this privacy policy. In some situations, personally identifiable information you input in connection with Steam may be made available to other users of Steam. For example, during registration of Steam, The SBEC Website collects a user’s email address and nickname, and at the user’s option, first and last name. Some of this information is searchable and available to other users within Steam. The SBEC Website has no obligation to keep the privacy of personally identifiable information that a user makes available to other users via Steam or other The SBEC Website software, such as in multiplayer or other public functions.

Personally identifiable information protected under this privacy policy and collected from users may be done in conjunction with associates under agreement with The SBEC Website. If an associate of The SBEC Website is collecting such personally identifiable information within one of our products or online sites, The SBEC Website will make users aware of this at the time the information is gathered. For example, product registration data for Half-Life is collected by Sierra Entertainment. If a user does not want to provide this information, the user may choose to opt out of providing this information. Additionally, if providing the information is a requirement of usage, the user may decline to use that particular service or product. When possible, The SBEC Website will make a reasonable effort to direct users to the privacy polices of these associates. The SBEC Website’s privacy policy does not extend to associates of The SBEC Website.

Furthermore, external websites and companies with links to and from The SBEC Website’s online sites and products may collect personal information about users. The SBEC Website’s privacy policy does not extend to these external websites and companies. Please refer directly to these companies and websites regarding their privacy policies.

The SBEC Website may release personally identifiable information to comply with court orders or laws that require us to disclose such information

Security Statement

Children Under The Age of 13
The SBEC Website will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any person age 12 and under. The SBEC Website encourages parents to instruct their children to never give out personal information when online. Parents who are concerned about the transfer of personal information from their children may contact us at info@TheSBEC.org Websitesoftware.com to obtain a record of any information held by The SBEC Website and have it removed at their request.

Cookies and Other Information on a User’s Machine

Cookies are bits of electronic information that can be transferred to a user’s hard drive to customize a person’s usage of a product or online site, keep records of a user’s access to an online site or product, or store information needed by the user on a regular basis. Use of cookies is typically associated with websites. The SBEC Website does not use cookies on their websites; however, The SBEC Website does store information on a user’s hard drive that is used in conjunction with online play of The SBEC Website products. This includes a unique authorization key or CD-Key that is either entered by the user or downloaded automatically during product registration. This authorization key is used to identify a user as valid and allow access to The SBEC Website’s products. Information regarding Steam billing, your Steam account, your Internet connection and the The SBEC Website software installed on your computer are uploaded to the server in connection with your use of Steam and The SBEC Website software. The SBEC Website software automatically generates and submits to The SBEC Website bug reports upon a crash or other fault in the The SBEC Website software. This automatically generated bug report information may include information about other software or hardware on a user’s system. The SBEC Website does not associate and store the automatically generated bug report information with personally identifiable information. Any bug reporting information manually submitted by users (e.g. through The SBEC Website’s Bug Reporter form) is associated and stored with personally identifiable information. Users should also be aware that game play information disclosed during multiplayer game play (e.g. player name and current player statistics) is public information and may be displayed to other users.

Chat Forums, Etc

From time to time, The SBEC Website’s online products may provide chat forums, bulletin boards, or instant messaging tools to users. Any information that is disclosed in chat forums or bulletin boards is public information, and users who message one another may not know each other personally. Users should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in such chat forums.

Choice/Opt-out

The SBEC Website gives users the option of discontinuing receipt of promotional email communications from The SBEC Website. Instructions for discontinuing receipt of promotional email communications from The SBEC Website will be provided in such subsequent email communications to users.

Storage and Security of Information

Personally identifiable information will be processed and stored by The SBEC Website in databases hosted in the United States. The SBEC Website has taken reasonable steps to protect the information users share with us, including, but not limited to, setup of processes, equipment and software to avoid unauthorized access or disclosure of this information.

Corrections, Updates and Removal of Information

If you are concerned about the accuracy of personal information maintained by The SBEC Website or would like your personal information removed from The SBEC Website’s records, please contact us by emailing info@TheSBEC.org for review, update, or removal of personal information.