|The Soccer Patch is intended to be a place that is both enjoyable and safe for both children and adults. The Soccer Patch takes the issue of safeguarding your online privacy very seriously. Please read the following information carefully. If you are a parent or guardian and are interested in knowing more about our policy regarding the online collection of information from children, we recommend reviewing the Note To Parents below.
KIDS: Please make sure that you get your parent's permission before giving any information about yourself to anyone on the Internet.
In order to protect the privacy and security of our contributors and visitors, we make every effort to ensure that information about you is only used with your permission, or with the permission of an adult if you are a minor.
Personal information about you will not be given, traded, or sold to any third parties. Information about you that appears on our site will only be used with your consent (or with the consent of an adult if you are a minor). Please be aware that if you give permission to use your email address or URL, this information will be available to visitors to the site including automated programs that scan webpages for email addresses in order to create mailing lists.
If you would like to submit a patch or pin to be posted on our site, please fill out the Soccer Patch Permission Form and send it to us.
If you would like to have your name and email address posted on the Trading Post page, please read our information and disclaimer page for additional information.
Personal information that we collect:
We collect IP addresses for system administration use and to report aggregate statistics to our present and potential business partners. We do not provide details of these addresses to any third parties.
Personal information that you send us, such as your name or email address, or your actual address should you send us something by mail, will not be given, traded, or sold to any third parties (see exception). Information about you that appears on our site will only be used with your consent (or with the consent of an adult if you are a kid). Exception: We may disclose personal information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) SoccerPatch.com rights or property, other users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose personal information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
How and why we use personal information:
If we receive permission, personal information, such as email addresses and URLs, is used so that contributors can make contact with others for trading, communication, etc. We feel strongly that such communication can be beneficial for our community of users. Please be aware, however, that along with the benefits there are potential risks of such communication. If you are a kid, please do not enter into such communications without your parent's permission. If you are a parent, do not give us permission to use your child's email address if you do not want your child to be contacted by third parties via email. In addition, for all of those who have given us permission to use their email addresses, please be aware that visitors to the site, including automated programs, can scan our webpages for email addresses in order to create mailing lists, or for other purposes. If at any time you want information about you removed from our site, contact us and will have it removed as soon as possible.
Why we retain information:
We retain personal information that you send to us (unless you request that it be disposed of), such as email addresses and mailing addresses, and may use this information to communicate with you (or your parents if you are a kid) regarding the use of our sites, changes or inquiries related to contributed material, major changes in the structure of the sites, etc. Such communications are done rarely. We also retain personal information to provide verification of parental permission. Information that is retained is not made available to any third parties.
Getting information about yourself (or your kid) removed:
At any time, you may request that any personal information regarding you, either online or offline, be removed and destroyed. We will do so as soon as reasonably possible. We only want to use the information about you that you want us to use.
About links to external websites:
We like to eat them, but as a matter of business practice we do not use them. (By the way, a cookie is information that is sent to your computer from a webserver and then stored for future use on your computer's disk drive.)
Note to Parents:
Our website is a labor of love that is intended to be an enjoyable experience for both children and adults. We recognize that some younger children may not understand some of the information contained on the website or how the site operates. That is the purpose of the Privacy Statement. Please discuss this statement with your children so that they will better understand how to use the site and the information they may be asked to provide. We strongly believe that providing our visitors with accurate and adequate notice about the website will lead to informed choices and decisions about how to use the site, as well as protecting its users' privacy. If you have any questions or comments about our website, please feel free to contact us (see contact information, below).
It is our policy not to collect personally identifiable information from children under 18 without first obtaining a parent or guardian's verifiable permission. If a visitor indicates that he/she is under the age of 18, he/she will be asked to print out a permission form from the site which must be signed and returned by the visitor's parent or guardian before we will accept information from that visitor. Furthermore, we will not collect personally identifiable information from children under 18 without notifying a parent or guardian via email.
For additional information on privacy, see:
FTC Privacy initiatives;
FTC Kidz Privacy site;
FTC Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (PDF format).
Questions and Who To Contact:
The Soccer Patch webmaster
16031 N. 23rd Pl.
Phoenix, AZ 85022