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Privacy Policy

Updated October 18, 2010

This policy describes how Walter J. Williams / ShadowStates,com (“we”), collects and uses information about visitors to this website.  By using this website, you acknowledge and consent to our practices described below. If you have questions or comments about the policy or our use of your personal information, please contact us at

Information We Collect

You may use our website without disclosing to us any personally identifiable information.

We collect personally identifiable information about you only if you choose to provide it to us by submitting information to create an account/subscribe, submitting information or an inquiry through the “Contact Us” page. This personally identifiable information may include, for example, your name, zip code, phone number, and e-mail address.

Any email messages and associated information that you send to addresses published on this website are not governed by this policy.

Use & Disclosure of Information


Our primary goals in collecting personal information are to provide you with a smooth, efficient, experience, to send you the paid for subscription newsletter, the free e-mail newsletter or other information upon your request, and to thank you for your support.

In addition, we may use such information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze site usage, to improve our content and offerings, and to customize our website’s content, layout and services.  Specifically, and without limitation, we may use your personal information (a) for license reporting and assessment of website service levels; (b) to better understand on an aggregated basis how our services are used, gauge traffic patterns and determine what types of services are most popular with users of our services; (c) to verify access rights to content, services or software;  (d) to provide you with information about our services, news and events through the website or e-mail; (e) to allow you to purchase our services; and/or (f) to provide you with personalized content programming, instructions and services.

While we strive to protect your personal information, you should know that information sent over the internet, whether by e-mail or by using one of our on-line forms, is not necessarily secure against interception. No data transmissions over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk.

We may share your personal information if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our various Terms of Use, or as otherwise required by law..

Changing Your Information

To update or correct the information you provide to us via this website, you may contact our business office directly via email or telephone, using the information located on the “Contact Us” page.

If for any reason you cannot change your information, please contact us at

Changes to This Policy

This policy is effective October 7th, 2010. Any material changes to the policy will be published on this website.  By your continued use of the website, you consent to the terms of the revised policy

Links to Other Websites

This website may link to websites maintained by outside organizations, including our customers. Please be aware that these third-party websites are governed by their own privacy policies and do not fall within this policy.  Our company is not responsible for the content or policies maintained by these websites.  Please familiarize yourself with the privacy policy of any third-party website you visit, as it will govern any information you submit through that website.


“Cookies” are small data-files which our web-server gives to and receives back from your web-browser, if your browser preferences allow it. We use cookies as a token to record your log-in status, as well as to test whether or not your browser accepts cookies. Our web-server needs to know this in order to handle log-in to the site for subscription-only material. If you are not a subscriber, you may configure your browser to reject our cookies, but as a subscriber you must enable cookies in order to log-in.

Our website also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google").

  • Google Analytics uses "cookies", to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
  • Google’s Use of Analytics Data.Website owners that use Google Analytics have control over what data they allow Google to use. We have chosen not to allow Google to share our data with other website operators.
  • Browser Opt-out. In order to allow users to restrict the amount of information passed to Google Analytics, Google provides the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics. The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on does not prevent information from being sent to any website itself which you visit or to other web analytics services such sites may employ. Learn more about the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on and how you can install it.

Security of Your Information

Please do not disclose any private or confidential information to us via email or this website.

Your California Privacy Rights

We do not share any user information gathered on this website with third parties. Regarding your California privacy rights, we automatically “opt out” all users from Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, insofar as no user’s information will be disclosed to any third party.  (Section 1798.83(c)(2) of the California Civil Code, - California “Shine the Light” law requires website owners to allow California users to opt out of allowing information to be passed to third parties, or to to provide users with the names and addresses of all the third parties that received personal information from the website owner for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year.)

This material is provided under the Terms of Use. Use of this material constitutes agreement to those terms.
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