What personal information we collect & how we use it
OrderTo complete an order, our visitors must share with us contact information (name, e-mail and shipping address) and billing information (credit card number and expiration date). This information is used to create an account to process and ship your orders.
NewsletterWe invite visitors to subscribe to our TeaMuse newsletter, and ask for e-mail contact information to assist in its distribution. All customers receive updates of new TeaMuse issues automatically. Should you wish to not receive these, you may easily opt-out. Please see Choice/Opt-Out section for more info.
Tea Timer ProgramWe also invite visitors to download our exclusive Tea Timer program, and ask for contact information (name and e-mail address), as well as info on the trial of our tea, and a list of favorite tea vendors. This info is used for internal analysis and is never shared with others.
Tea-of-the-Month ClubWe offer a number of tea-of-the-month clubs. Each allows our customers to receive teas automatically over a period of time. These are processed as any other order, with the exception that the delivery is not immediate, but is spread over many months. Again, all information gathered is for the sole purpose of fulfilling an order, and is not used for any other purpose or shared with any third parties.
SurveysFrom time-to-time our site requests information from users by way of surveys. For example, our 'e-mail us' form has survey information. Participation in these surveys is always voluntary and the visitor therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested occasionally includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), tea preferences and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. This information is used for aggregate analysis, and is not ties to any individual visitor or combined with any other information we may gather. Furthermore, the survey conducted by BizRate at the conclusion of a purchase is solely under the discretion of BizRate, and is governed by this company's own privacy statement.
Tea ReviewsWe invite our customers to submit reviews of the products they have purchased earlier. This information is then displayed on our site to aid other visitors' shopping experience. These submissions are always voluntary, and the only personal information requested is customer's name. To reward customers for taking the time to complete these, for each review submitted we deduct $0.50 off a subsequent order.
Tell-A-FriendWe invite our customers to mail friends an introductory free $5 gift-certificate. This is meant to encourage a visit to our store. To facilitate this, we ask for the name and e-mail address of the recipient. This information is used to electronically mail a unique certificate code, keep track and assure an accurate credit of five dollars at the time of the purchase. This information is not traded or shared with any third parties.
Special OffersOur customers will occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our customers we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see the Choice/Opt-out section below.
On rare occasions it may be necessary to send out a strictly service-related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send you an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications. However, these communications are not promotional in nature, and are extremely infrequent.
CookiesA cookie is a piece of personal account data stored on the customer's hard drive containing info that will enhance the enjoyment of our site. For example, a cookie containing a record of past orders provides such useful features as an opportunity to easily reorder or refill any of our teas, and post reviews of the items previously purchased, as well as receive recommendation of the items we feel you will particularly enjoy.
You may control whether your computer will accept cookies (from Adagio Teas, BizRate or LivePerson) with the preference setting of your browser. If your browser is set to reject cookies, you may still visit and shop at our site. The only drawback is that some of the experience-enhancing features listed above will not be active.
Log FilesLogs are the information created and stored by the server and include such data as a visitor's IP (internet protocol) address, browser type, ISP (internet service provider), referring/exit pages, platform type, and date/time stamp. This information is used to analyze macro traffic trends, administer the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. None of the information collected in this matter may be used to ascertain the personal identity of any of our visitors.
With whom this information is sharedAdagio Teas is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We do not sell or rent this information to any third party. The only two companies with whom some information is shared are UPS and Verisign.
We use UPS to ship orders, and Verisign gateways to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
How you may affect the collection, use and distribution of your information
Correction/Updating Personal Information:If your personal information changes or if you no longer desire our service, we provide an easy way to correct, update or remove your personal data. This may be accomplished with a visit to account page. We will happily assist you in this task. Simply drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choice/Opt-outWe respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving our periodic announcements of sales, promotions and newsletter publication. This may be accomplished with a visit to your account page. We will happily assist you in this task. Simply drop us a note at email@example.com.
What security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.Adagio Teas takes every precaution to protect our customers' and visitors' information. When customers submit sensitive information via our site, your information is protected both on- and off-line.
All sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) submitted on our site is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. You may visually verify that the site is secure by looking for the closed lock icon at the bottom of either a Netscape or Microsoft browsers.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our visitors' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. And these employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment, behind a locked cage.
If you have any questions about the security at our site, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer your questions.