The Gas Cost Privacy Policy - Effective Date: May 31, 2010 

At "The Gas Cost Calculator", we appreciate the trust you place in us to treat your information carefully and sensibly. As part of our commitment to honoring your privacy, we provide this policy (Privacy Policy) to make you aware of the choices you have about the way your information is used and to explain to you how we guard your information. We hope this policy will help you make informed decisions about sharing information with us.


This policy answers the following questions:
  • What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?
  • Will we share your personal information with third parties?
  • What security measures do we take to safeguard your personal information? 

This policy discloses our current privacy practices; if we make significant changes to these practices, we will post the updated policy here. Each version of this policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date. Please check back periodically to see if there are any changes. If you do not agree to the terms of this policy or any revised policy, please exit the site immediately.


If you have any questions or concerns about our policy or its implementation, you may contact us at this email address:


Information collection and use

We collect personal and nonpersonal information to improve the usefulness of the content and services we offer to you. By knowing about you, we can deliver more helpful information, programs and tools, and offer you the most relevant services. 



Information you provide

We collect personal information when you voluntarily provide it to us or authorize us to collect it on your behalf. When you register, we collect personal information from you such as your email address and password. Registering allows you to access personalized features and content on our site on a recurring basis.

Occasionally, you may be asked to give your opinion when you visit our site. We use information from opinion polls to better understand the needs of our users and to gather information about energy, environmental and sustainability trends and issues. Questions and answers are stored, but they will not be shared with third parties.

Information that is automatically collected

Log information: When you visit our site, our servers will automatically collect log information. This information may include your web page request, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

We collect log information so that we can properly administer our system and gather aggregate information about how our site is being used, including the pages visitors are viewing. We do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information.

We may collect anonymous information about your use of our site through cookies. The cookie will not tell us who you are. Only you can tell us that.

The information collected by cookies will helps us generate content and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and for what purpose. We do not store any identifying information in any cookies on your computer.

Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies or to accept cookies only from our site. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar.

We may also have agreements with companies, sometimes called Ad Networks, that serve advertising on behalf of third parties. These Ad Networks may place or recognize a unique cookie, sometimes called a third party cookie, on your browser. Ad Networks use cookies to understand web usage patterns of people who see advertisements, to control the sequence of advertisements you see, to provide you with the most relevant advertising, and to make sure you don't see the same ad too many times. Ad Networks may connect information about pages you visited on our site with information about pages you visit on other sites and show you advertising based on this combined information. We do not control third-party Ad Networks or what they do with the information they collect. We have relationships only with organizations that have agreed to participate in the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and abide by NAI principles, which prohibit members from connecting personally identifiable information to information they collect through cookies without your explicit consent.

If you wish to opt out of participating in advertising programs conducted by Ad Networks, please go to the NAI Opt-Out site and follow the instructions on that site. After you opt out, you will continue to see advertising on "The Gas Cost Calculator", but this advertising will not be tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.

Web beacons: We -- and Ad Networks that serve advertising on our site -- may also use web beacons, sometimes called single-pixel GIFs, that momentarily direct your browser to a server other than "The Gas Cost Calculator" in a way that may not be apparent to you. Web beacons are used to count users who visited specific pages and determine which emails were opened and/or acted upon when we send HTML-formatted email messages. We will not link any identifying information to web beacons.

Information Provided by Third Parties

When you make a purchase from us, we may use the personal information you provide to us to obtain additional information about people in your neighborhood. This is average information for people who live within your postal or zipcode. The information may include average household income, presence and age(s) of children, presence and age(s) of elderly parents, size and value of dwellings, and other census data. We may use this information, combined with information you provide to us and information collected by our systems, to better understand the characteristics of the visitors to our site and to develop new products, services and content areas. The information will also allow us to tailor content, advertising and offers to your interests and needs.

When we associate information that we obtain from third parties with personally identifiable information that we have collected under this Privacy Policy, we will treat the acquired information like the information that we collected ourselves. We will not share information we obtain from third parties in personally identifiable form. However, we may share Aggregate Information, as described in this policy that may include information we obtained from third parties in a form that does not permit you to be identified.


Email communications: Email communication that you send to us via the email links on our site may be shared with a "The Gas Cost Calculator" representative or other employee. From time to time, we may send you service-related emails, such as a welcome email when you register with our site.

Invitations: When you invite a friend or family member to join our site, we will automatically send them an email invitation. We will not use their email address for any other purpose.

Newsletters and alerts: At various places on the site, you may be given the option to receive recurring informational newsletters and to set alerts and reminders. You can unsubscribe from newsletters by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any newsletter.

Learn from others

Our site features community areas where people with similar interests can share information. Please remember that any information that you disclose in community areas is, by design, open to other members of "The Gas Cost Calculator".

Information disclosure to third parties

We know how important it is to keep the information you've entrusted to us confidential. We will not rent, sell or share identifying information about you with third parties unless you request a product or service from us and we need to share your information to fulfill your request or under certain circumstances as described below. In all other cases, we will ask for your permission before we disclose your personal information.

Disclosure for legal reasons. We may release personal information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to our system or network, or cases in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

Agents and contractors: Contractors sometimes have access to your personal information in the course of assisting in operating our business and providing products or services to you. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our site. Some of these relationships may be with companies who co-brand portions of their site and services, or who provide services to you on our behalf. Access to your personal information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited function.

Linked sites: For your convenience, we may provide links to sites operated by companies that are not affiliated with our site and that do not have contracts to provide content or services through our site. These links may be found in advertisements, referenced within content, included in community profiles, or placed beside the names or logos of sponsors. We do not disclose your personal information to these third-party web sites without obtaining your permission. Before providing any information to these linked sites, we encourage you to read their privacy policies.

Aggregate information: We may share aggregated information about you with third parties. This is information that is combined with the nonpersonal information of other users and does not allow you to be identified or contacted. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated information. We also may not limit the third parties' use of the aggregated information.

Changes in our corporate structure: If all or part of our company is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, the personal information you have provided at this site may be transferred as part of that transaction. We will take steps to ensure that, without your consent, any personal information that is transferred will not be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Policy under which it was collected.

Efforts we take to safeguard your personal information

We are committed to protecting the security of your information through procedures and technology designed for this purpose by taking these steps:

  • We limit access to your personal information to employees having a reasonable need to access this information to provide products and services to you. Employees who misuse information are subject to disciplinary action, including termination.
  • We provide secure sign on to our site.

What you can do to help keep your information secure

Choose your passwords carefully: Always create a password that's easy for you to remember but difficult for someone else to figure out. Don't use your name, address, phone number, initials, Social Security number, license plate or birthday. Don't use names of your friends, family, or pets, company names, common numerical sequences or the word password.

Suggestion: Use a mix of special characters, numbers, and upper- and lowercase letters. Also, remember to change your password frequently and never give your password to anyone.

Log out and close your browser: Open browsers invite snoops. When you finish your online session, close your browser to erase any information it may have temporarily stored on your computer.

Install anti-virus software and spyware protection: Viruses are dangerous. Many viruses are sent as email attachments. They can slip into your system without your knowledge the moment you open the email. Some viruses such as Trojan Horses can capture the contents of your system, including your passwords. Installing up-to-date antivirus software and running it will help thwart these and other unwanted programs.

Spyware is a program or technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization, often without their knowledge, and includes programs like hijackers and keyloggers. The best way to identify whether or not spyware is installed on your computer is to run and regularly update antispyware programs. Similar to antivirus software, antispyware software identifies and helps you remove spyware.

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