Terms of Use Privacy Policy


Nicole Christine Brende Schmidt and Jan-Oliver Schmidt, the publishers of this work, (hereinafter jointly referred to as "The JaNic", "we" or "us") recognize and respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information that you may provide to us through our published website, www.thejanic.com (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”).

We have adopted this privacy policy (hereinafter, "Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected on the Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources or through other relationships or legal arrangements we may already have (or may eventually have) with you.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms of Use posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

We generally keep this Privacy Policy posted on the Website. You should review it frequently, as it may change from time to time without notice. Any revised Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting. WHEN YOU ACCESS OUR WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, OR TO ANY SUBSEQUENT REVISIONS, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY STOP ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE.

A. Information We Collect

Our Website typically collects two kinds of information about you: (1) information that you provide which personally identifies you; and (2) information that does not personally identify you which we automatically collect when you visit our Website or that you provide us.

1. Personally Identifiable Information: Our definition of personally identifiable information includes any information that may be used to specifically identify or contact you, such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.
As a general policy, to facilitate the use of advanced content, you must provide personally identifiable information when registering. Registering suppliers, vendors or contractors may also be required to provide a tax identification number.

2. Non-Personal Information: Our definition of non-personal information is any information that does not personally identify you. Non-personal information can include certain personally identifiable information that has been de-identified; that is, information that has been rendered anonymous. We obtain non-personal information about you from information that you provide us, either separately or together with your personally identifiable information. We also automatically collect certain non-personal information from you when you access our Websites. This information can include, among other things, IP addresses, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.), the third party website from which your visit originated, the operating system you are using (e.g., Vista, Windows XP, Macintosh OS, etc.), the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online, NetZero, etc.), the specific areas of the Website that you visit, and the duration of your visit.

B. How We Use & Share the Information Collected

1. Personally Identifiable Information: The personally identifiable information you submit to us is generally used to contact you or process your requests for information. In the event that you become a registered user of the Website, the personally identifiable information you submit to us will be used to identify you as user and to facilitate your access to advanced content. We may also use this information to later contact you for a variety of reasons, such as customer service, providing you promotional information about The JaNic or affiliated companies (hereinafter “affiliated companies”).

In certain instances, we may also share your personally identifiable information with our third party vendors performing functions on our behalf (or on behalf of our affiliated companies), e.g., companies that provide us marketing or promotional assistance, analyze our data, assist us with customer service, process credit card orders, etc. Our vendors agree to use the information we share with them solely for the purpose of carrying out our requests. Except as provided in the Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use, your personally identifiable information will not be shared or sold to any third parties without your prior approval.

2. Non-Personal Information: We use non-personal information in a variety of ways, including to help analyze site traffic, understand customer needs and trends, carry out targeted promotional activities, and to improve our services. We may use your non-personal information by itself or aggregate it with information we have obtained from others. We may share your non-personal information with our affiliated companies and third parties to achieve these objectives and others. Aggregate information is always anonymous information that does not personally identify you.

C. Other Uses & Information

1. IP Addresses: An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you connect to the Internet. Web servers (computers that host web pages) automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When visitors request pages from our Websites, our servers typically log the requesting IP addresses. We collect IP addresses for purposes of system administration, to report non-personal aggregate information to others, and to track the use of our Website. IP addresses are considered non-personal information and may also be shared as provided above. We reserve the right to use IP addresses and any personally identifiable information to identify a visitor when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our Website rules or to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our Website, or other visitors; or (d) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of our Website's users or the general public.

2. Cookies: A “cookie”, also known as an “HTTP cookie”, “web cookie”, or “browser cookie”, is a small piece of data in the form of a text file sent from a website and stored on a website visitor’s computer. Every time the visitor loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to record visitors’ browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited as well as to remember stateful information (such as items in a shopping cart). Cookies make using our Website more convenient by, among other things, saving your passwords and preferences for you. Cookies themselves do not typically contain any personally identifiable information. We may analyze the information derived from these cookies and match this information with data provided by you or another party. If you are concerned about the storage and use of cookies, you may be able to direct your internet browser to notify you and seek approval whenever a cookie is being sent to your hard drive. You may also delete a cookie manually from your hard drive through your internet browser or other programs. Please note, however, that some parts of our Website will not function properly or be available to you if you refuse to accept a cookie or choose to disable the acceptance of cookies.

3. Electronic Communications: If you send us an electronic mail (“e-mail”) with questions or comments, we may use your personally identifiable information to respond to your questions or comments. Furthermore, we may save your questions or comments for future reference as well as for quality assurance and regulatory compliance purposes.
For security reasons, we do not recommend that you send non-public personal information, such as passwords, social security numbers, or bank account information, to us by e-mail. However, aside from our reply to such an e-mail, it is not our standard practice to send you e-mail unless you request a particular service or sign up for a feature that involves e-mail communications, it relates to an ongoing commercial relationship you entered into with us, we are sending you information about our other services, or you consented to being contacted by e-mail for a particular purpose. In certain instances, we may provide you with the option to set your preferences for receiving e-mail communications from us; that is, agree to some communications but not others.

4. Transfer of Assets: As we continue to develop our business, we may sell or purchase assets. If another entity acquires us or all (or substantially all) of our assets, the personally identifiable information and non-personal information we have about you will be transferred to and used by this acquiring entity. Also, if any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding is brought by or against us, all such information may be considered an asset of ours and as such may be sold or transferred to third parties.

5. Other: Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we reserve the right to disclose any personally identifiable information or non-personal information about you if we are required to do so by law, with respect to copyright or other intellectual property infringement claims, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfill a government request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our Website, or other visitors; or (d) in an emergency to protect the health and safety of our Website's users or the general public.

C. Public Forums

We may offer chat rooms, blogs, message boards, bulletin boards, or similar public forums where you and other users of our Websites can communicate. The protections described in this Privacy Policy do not apply when you provide information (including personal information) in connection with your use of public forums. We may use personally identifiable information and non-personal information about you to identify you with a posting in a public forum. Any information you share in a public forum is public information and may be seen or collected by anyone, including third parties that do not adhere to our Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for events arising from the distribution of any information you choose to post or share publicly through our Website.

D. Keeping Your Information Secure

We have implemented security measures we consider reasonable and appropriate to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personally identifiable information.

E. Other Sites

Our Website may link to or contain links to third party websites that we do not control or maintain. We are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by any third party website. We encourage you to note when you leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of all third party websites before submitting any personally identifiable information.

F. Contact Information

You may contact us as provided below if: (a) you have questions or comments about our Privacy Policy; (b) wish to make corrections to any personally identifiable information you have provided; (c) want to opt-out from receiving future promotional correspondence, including e-mails, from us or our affiliated companies; or (d) want to delete a user account you created by registering on our Website.


The JaNic
P.O. Box 602, Houston, Texas 77056-6564,
United States of America
ATTN: Online Solutions Team

If applicable and appropriate, we will respond to you and make the requested change in our active databases as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that, by us fulfilling your opt-out requests, you may lose access to certain benefits, features and services offered on or through our Website.

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By choosing to access and use this website, you are deemed to have read, considered, understood and expressly agreed to be bound by the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. If you do not agree with the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use in their entirety, your use of this website is not authorized.

If you have any questions or comments, Part F of the Privacy Policy describes how to contact us.