Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously.

Earning and keeping your trust is important to us. In order to use some features and forums, users are required to provide a username, password and email address. We understand that you have confidential business information that you want to protect and maintain as confidential. We want you to understand what kinds of information we gather from you, how this information is used and protected, and how you can control its use. This statement discloses the privacy practices of Consolidated Star Companies on this website and our commitment to safeguarding your privacy online. We strive to make our Web site as safe as secure as reasonably possible. By using this website, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

 This Privacy Policy applies to the collection and use of information by Morningstar Minerals on this website but does not apply to information that you may send to us by other means.

Any changes in our Privacy Policy will be communicated in this page so please check back from time to time.

 1. Who may use this website?

 This website is not intended or designed to attract users under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable data from any person we know to be under the age of 18 and instruct users under 18 not to send us any information.

This site is restricted to users from the United States. Users from other countries are advised not to disclose personal information on this website. You transmit data to a server located in New Mexico subject to United States and New Mexico law. You should not send any personal information to this website unless you agree to be bound by United States and New Mexico Law.

 2. What information does Morningstar Minerals collect from me?

 During registration we ask for your name, company name, mailing address, zip/postal code, email address, telephone number, facsimile number, job title, and company type. In addition to the information we obtain at registration, we may ask you for information at other times, such as when you register for a service on the Morningstar Minerals web site, when you submit a listing for a web site, or when you report a problem with one of our services. If you contact Morningstar Minerals we may keep a record of that correspondence or communication. Information on how you communicated with us may also be recorded and can include your Internet address, the language you selected for viewing order forms or other documents, your browser type, the currency in which you viewed prices if such feature is available, your use of a secure or insecure web page, the return email address shown in any email message from you, the return address on any envelope or facsimile number on any facsimile, or the telephone number from which you called.

Morningstar Minerals also may occasionally ask you to provide information to participate in certain voluntary promotions, surveys, or contests (see the Sponsors/Contests/Surveys section below). Finally, Morningstar Minerals collects information about its Members in general, which does not necessarily identify the Member, by using our server log files and some of the methods described in the “cookies” section below.

 3. Why does Morningstar Minerals gather this information, and how is it used?

 When you order a product or service we use your name, email address, delivery address, and credit card number and expiration date (or financial information) as part of a credit check. This information allows us to process the order and deliver the product or service.

We ask for your telephone number to enable us to contact you if there is a problem with your order or the delivery of a product or service. In the event you have asked for the delivery of tangible goods, we may need to share the telephone number with the carrier delivering the goods.

If you choose to enter a contest or other promotion, we ask for your name, address, email address, and other information in order to notify winners. As noted in the rules of the contest or promotion, we may publish certain information about the winners.

In addition to using your information to deliver services requested by you, Morningstar Minerals may use the information to notify you about important service issues, functionality changes, and other customer support issues. If you choose, Morningstar Minerals will also notify you about special offers and services from Morningstar Minerals that we believe you will find valuable.

We also use the information you provide us to enhance the operation of the Morningstar Minerals Web site and to provide you a customized experience when you navigate through our site.

Finally, we analyze our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us through the Morningstar Minerals Web site. Our research and analysis is done on an aggregate basis and is not intended to identify individual Members.

 4. What information of mine does a Morningstar Minerals Site Administrator have?

If you receive an invitation to participate in a Morningstar Minerals site, the person sending the invitation is a Site Administrator for that Morningstar Minerals site. In order to send an invitation, the Site Administrator must have your email address. Morningstar Minerals does not provide the Site Administrator with names or e-mail addresses to facilitate invitations. The Site Administrator may have personal information about you that you previously provided directly to the Site Administrator or the company employing the Site Administrator (e.g., your business card) or from public documents, professional directories, telephone directories, or other sources. Any information you provide in order to join or participate in a Morningstar Minerals site is available to the Site Administrator and may be changed or edited by either you or the Site Administrator. Morningstar Minerals does not control the information maintained by a Site Administrator or the use of that information.

5. What about third party sites linked to the Morningstar Minerals Web site?

 When ordering, registering for, or purchasing products or services from these other companies, you will be entering into an agreement with that company, not with Morningstar Minerals. In these cases, this privacy policy does not apply; instead, the privacy policy of the company actually providing the goods or services will apply. We urge you to read and understand those policies before entering into agreements with such companies. We are committed to working with companies that share our privacy concerns. Morningstar Minerals, however, can't control or take responsibility for the way these companies collect or use information.

Also, when you access the Web site of another company, an advertiser, or Web site linked from the Morningstar Minerals Web site, those companies or sites may use cookies or other means to collect information about you. Again, the Morningstar Minerals privacy policy does not apply to these instances; instead, the privacy policy of the site you visit will apply.

 6. How and with whom does Morningstar Minerals share my information?

  Sponsors/Contests/Surveys

Information we obtain from voluntary programs such as surveys, promotions, and contests may be subject to additional or different terms or may be used in a slightly different way. If different terms do apply, details of the shared use of this information will be outlined in the specific terms and conditions or rules of these special surveys, promotions, or contests. Please be sure to read those specific terms and conditions, as they may deviate from what is set forth in this privacy policy on a case-by-case basis.

Special Cases

Morningstar Minerals may also share information for the following purposes:
  • Morningstar Minerals may disclose account information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who injures Morningstar Minerals or any of our users or Members.
  • Morningstar Minerals may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
  • Morningstar Minerals may disclose information for administrative purposes that we deem necessary to deliver or maintain services or products. Morningstar Minerals may also display entity names as part of the registration process to facilitate an individual registrant's affiliation with the correct entity.

 

7. What are my choices regarding the use of my information?

Morningstar Minerals follows an "opt-in" policy. When you register to use the Morningstar Minerals Web site, you can choose whether you want to receive promotional information from us. If you want to receive this information, be sure to indicate that on your Morningstar Minerals registration form. You also have choices about whether you want to receive this information when you visit and provide information to other sites, including sites accessible through the Morningstar Minerals site.

8. What is my right of access to my information?

At any time, you can access and update the personal data in your Morningstar Minerals profile. Remember to have your Morningstar Minerals username and password handy; you won't be able to access your profile without them. If you have forgotten your password, please visit the site login screen to have your password emailed to you. If you have any problems signing in to Morningstar Minerals, contact support@msminerals.com.

9. What are cookies, and how does Morningstar Minerals use them?

 A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server. It is saved on your computer's hard drive. Cookie files store and sometimes track information about what you do on the Morningstar Minerals Web site. This information makes it possible for us to offer and provide highly customized services. All areas on the Morningstar Minerals Web site that prompt you to log in or that are customizable require that you accept cookies in order for that part of the site to function properly.
Generally, we use cookies to:

  • Remind us of who you are and to access your profile (stored on our computers) in order to deliver to you a better and more personalized service. A cookie is set when you register or log in and is modified when you log out of our services.
  • Estimate our audience size. Each browser accessing the Morningstar Minerals site is given a unique cookie which is then used to determine the extent of repeat usage, as well as usage by a registered user versus an unregistered user. In the future, we may use cookies to help target advertisements based on user interests and behavior.
  • Measure Web site traffic patterns, which areas of the site you have visited, and your visiting patterns in aggregate. We use this research to understand how our users' habits are similar to or different from one another so that we can make each new experiences on the Morningstar Minerals Web site a better one. We may use this information to better personalize the content, banners, and promotions that you and other users will see on our site(s).
  • Morningstar Minerals also collects IP addresses for system administration purposes and to report aggregate information to our managers. In addition, Morningstar Minerals mail includes IP addresses in outgoing mail message headers.

10. I’d rather not have cookies stored on my computer. Is there any way to work around them?

Yes, you do have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences you can choose to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, however, you will be unable to use those services that require registration in order to participate.

11. When I registered I chose to receive mailings and offers. Now I’ve changed my mind and don’t want to get them anymore. What should I do?

 At any time, you can edit your Morningstar Minerals profile so that you no longer receive such mailings and offers. Remember to have your Morningstar Minerals Username and password handy; you won't be able to access your profile without them. If you have forgotten your password, please visit the site login screen to have your password emailed to you. If you have any problems signing in to the Morningstar Minerals Web site, contact support@msminerals.com.

Please note that Morningstar Minerals is not responsible for removing any information from third-party lists with which you are affiliated or from lists or databases maintained by Morningstar Minerals Site Administrators.

 12. Can I cancel my Morningstar Minerals account?

 Yes, your Morningstar Minerals account can be deleted or deactivated at any time. Once you do so, however, you won't be able to access any Members-only area of the Morningstar Minerals Web site, including your Morningstar Minerals online store account. To delete your account, please contact support@msminerals.com and be sure to include your Morningstar Minerals username. We will provide complete instructions on deleting or deactivating your Morningstar Minerals account. In the event you send a written request to Morningstar Minerals to delete your personal data, Morningstar Minerals will, subject to any legal obligations imposed on Morningstar Minerals to maintain such records, destroy your personal data or make it unidentifiable in a commercially reasonable amount of time.

In the event you are a participant in a Morningstar Minerals site and want the corresponding Site Administrator to destroy your personal data, you must send such request directly to the Site Administrator. Morningstar Minerals is not liable for any failure by the Site Administrator to destroy or make unidentifiable your personal data.

 13. What security precautions are in place to protect my information from hackers or prying eyes?

Your Morningstar Minerals profile is password protected so that only you have access. However, it may on occasion be necessary for Morningstar Minerals employees or contractors working on behalf of Morningstar Minerals to have access to your profile to provide you with support or to perform certain maintenance tasks. This access happens on an as-needed basis only.

We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. Also remember to sign out of your Morningstar Minerals account and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This prevents others from accessing your personal information if you share a computer with someone else or use a workstation in a public place.

We use advanced security technology to ensure that your personal data remains private within our site. We also restrict access to personal data to those employees who have a need to use the data and who have been trained to handle such data properly and observe strict standards of confidentiality. Please read the Morningstar Minerals Security Statement for further details. While no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure, Morningstar Minerals strives to protect your personal information. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or within our online products or services.

 14. Where is my data stored?

Your data may be processed and stored in the United States, as the servers hosting our services currently are located there.

15. What else should I know about my privacy?

 Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example, on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties.

As Morningstar Minerals expands its offerings, we will update our privacy policy to address these changes. Please check this page on a regular basis for updates to this policy.

Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and your profile. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.

 16. Files available for download on this site.

 You have the opportunity to download certain files from our website. These files may be in Adobe Acrobat format, Microsoft Word format, or another file format. Morningstar Minerals takes customary steps to insure that such files are free of viruses. Immediately prior to placing these files on our web server, we scan these files with F-Secure Anti-Virus with the most recent virus definitions available. However, Morningstar Minerals assumes no responsibility whatsoever in the event these files or the download process cause damage to your computer or data stored on your computer. We urge all visitors to our site to install an Anti-Virus program on their computers, download and install the most recent updates to the program on a regular basis and as recommended by the developer of the Anti-Virus Software, and scan their computers for viruses as recommended by the developer of the Anti-Virus program.

 

 

 

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