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Privacy Policy

Website Privacy Policy

Okinawa Diet takes the issue of safeguarding your privacy online very seriously. We want you to understand what information we gather from you, how this information is used and protected, and what choices you have about how your information is used. This Privacy Policy and Agreement ("Privacy Policy") discloses the privacy practices of the okinawa-diet.com websites (including www.okinawa-diet.com and members.okinawa-diet.com) (individually or collectively, the "Website"). By using the Website, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by Okinawa Diet online.

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, and therefore encourage you to revisit this page periodically or when you notice new features on the Website. Please read our statement carefully for comprehensive information regarding our Privacy Policy.

1. Information Collection and Use

The Okinawa-Diet.com web site collects information from our users at several different points on our web site. When you use the web site, some basic, general information is collected. This general information is used by Okinawa-Diet.com to improve the web site, including our marketing and advertising efforts, and to make the use of the web site as enjoyable and efficient as possible.

When you set up an account on our web site or purchase an item from our web site, we collect personal information provided by you that may include your: (1) first and last name; (2) billing address; (3) email address; (4) phone number; (5) credit card account number. We use this personal information in order to provide you with the goods and services that you purchase on our web site. Your phone number is used by us only in the event that our customer service representatives need to contact you about an order you have placed.

Okinawa-Diet.com is the sole owner of the information collected on the web site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to a third party in any way other than as disclosed in this privacy policy. We may also release personal information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, court order, or legal process; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, or to protect the rights and/or property of Okinawa-Diet.com.

2. Registration

In order to use all features of Okinawa Diet, a user must first complete the registration form. Some of the questions that are asked are necessary so that we can provide you with the best meal plan for your successful weight loss. Also, a user is required to provide an email address. The email address is used to keep user records separate from each other and may also be used for us to contact you with matters regarding Okinawa Diet, such as a newsletter, or an announcement about a new product or service. Okinawa Diet uses a well established third party vendor to collect credit card information. Okinawa Diet does not store any sensitive credit card information on its servers.

3. Personal Diary

By entering nutrition items into "My Daily Planner", you allow Okinawa Diet to provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your aggregate nutrition intake by meal, day or over an extended period of time. It also allows us to plot for you charts of your weight, calorie intake and individual nutrient intake.

This information is not shared with anyone. Okinawa Diet may create statistics based on users' Meal Plan entries to determine what meal patterns have been most effective at losing weight among certain types of people. This information is collected in a non-personally identifiable manner. Your individual information will NEVER be shared with anybody else.

4. Order

When you enroll, order products or services on Okinawa Diet, we request information from the user on our order form. Here a user must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill customers' orders. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user.

5. Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data temporarily stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. The cookie helps the user to save time. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once. Web browsers can be set to reject cookies. If a user rejects the cookie they may still use our site, but may not be able to take advantage of certain features. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

6. Log Files

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information (which does not identify individual users) to analyze trends, to administer the Website, and to identify and solve hardware and software problems as they arise. We may link this automatically-collected data to your personal information for the purpose of determining your interests and to offer you goods or services that we believe may be of interest to you.

7. Sharing

We use a third party payment gateway company for credit card processing. This company does not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes and our agreements with such providers restrict the use of this information.

8. Links

This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Okinawa Diet is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collect personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

9. Newsletters

We currently send our Newsletter to the email address you provide when you enroll in Okinawa Diet. You have the opportunity to unsubscribe your external email address from the newsletter if desired.

10. Surveys & Contest

From time to time Okinawa Diet requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

11. Security

At Okinawa Diet we take every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and offline.

When our registration order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number, that information is encrypted and protected with the best encryption software in the industry. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon that you see on the bottom of Web browsers, such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just "surfing."

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 users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up to date on our security and privacy practices and sign confidentiality agreements. Finally, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information, are kept in a completely secure environment.

12. Correction/Updating Personal Information:

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your zip code), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done in the "My Account" section or by emailing Customer Support at .

13. Choice/Opt-out:

Our users are given the opportunity to "opt-out" of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information. For example, our order form will have an "opt-out" mechanism so users who buy a product from us, but don't want any marketing material, can keep their email address off our lists.

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials from our partners may opt-out of receiving this communications by emailing us at .

Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with services that require an outside party, or not.

14. Children:

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. This Website is not designed for, nor is it intended to attract, children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information directly from any person under the age of 13, and if we do inadvertently collect information from a person under the age of 13, we delete it as soon as we discover it.

15. Notification of Changes:

If we decide to change our Privacy statement, we will post those changes on our home page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

If you have any questions about the security at our Web site, you can send an email to .