While Surfing on the Net. . .
Back in 1997, the big issue concerning your privacy rights was electronic commerce. You may remember reading about secure credit card
transactions, banking, investing, and other secure ways to transfer money on the Internet in all the major computer and Internet magazines
in the first half of 1997.
What most of the magazines didn't tell you is that secure transactions are only part of the story. The other part is the amount
of personal data Web sites and businesses gather about you in addition to your purchasing transaction. Right now advertisers are tracking your surfing habits. They know
what sites you visit regularly and they even have your e-mail address and possibly your name even if you did not give it to them.
In short, your privacy is being compromised at many of the sites you visit and many of the banners you click on to get there.
Are we being paranoid? Well, yes, we are paranoid but that is not the point. All of this is true! Even Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, has a book out with the
title “Only the Paranoid Survive.”
An organization called eTRUST
has a goal of extablishing trust and confidence in electronic transactions by addressing the
issues of privacy, security and authentication. We encourage their efforts since cyberspace will be a lot worse if everyone's personal information is for sale.
However, we do not plan to add any of their “trustmarks” promising privacy and security as an on-line merchant to our own site.
The simple reason is we want to maintain our own privacy and if we subscribe to their program, we would lose it ourselves to guarantee it to you.
Even without their “trustmark” displayed on our site, we certify to you that we do not buy or sell any personal information we may
Even secure servers and secure Web browsers with RSA certificates can track personal information about you that you may not want to
reveal to others. We believe you should have a right to privacy as well as security when you make purchases on the Web with your browser.
One of the principles of eTRUST is for merchants to disclose what personal infomation is shared with third parties. We think
that is a good idea. We will tell you exactly who gets information you send to us:
- If you send us an order for any of our Patches or Blue Ice DVDs which we make and you pay with cash, check, or money order, absolutely no one else sees any information about
you except that bank tellers see your check or money order.
- If you purchase any items with a credit card, that information is shared with Wet Set Magazine since all transactions are processed through Zampala-Online which is a third party
biller that provides accounting to Wet Set for all transactions.
- If you order any DVDs from video producers who ship orders directly to customers like Pissy Galore, Sneaky Pee, or X-Streams, they see your name and address since they ship your order
to you. Hightide also sees your name and address since they ship PAL DVDs directly to customers plus they get a full record of all NTSC sales. Other video producers only
get a record of your last name along with what you ordered. They do not get your full name or your address.
- Wet Set Magazine is our business partner and they get complete information about you and what you order as part of our accounting process. The only exception to this is any
Patches or Blue Ice DVDs that you order by sending payment directly to us. They do get information about any Patches or Blue Ice DVDs in PAL format since they ship PAL format
That is it! We keep any information about you as private and confidential as possible and it is only shared on a "need to know" basis.
We don't sell or trade any information with anyone and we even try to keep others from discovering that you visited our site by avoiding cookies.
Want to put a stop to revealing such information about yourself as you surf the Net? Anonymizer Universal
way to protect your privacy. It costs money but they do all the work to keep you anonymous on the web. A free alternative is Tor
but you have to do all the configuration yourself to set up anonymous surfing.