Privacy Policy

Last Updated: January 29, 2010

INTRODUCTION               [Special Note to California Customers]

VIZ Media, LLC (“VIZ Media”) is committed to providing a fun,
safe and secure website for people of all ages. We are dedicated to safeguarding
all personally identifiable information collected online in accordance with
this Policy and to helping our visitors learn how to exercise control over
personally identifiable information while exploring the Internet. Because
many visitors to this site are children, we take care that children access
only the content that is appropriate for them. In addition, we employ special
measures to help children protect their privacy while online. Our practices
with respect to the personally identifiable information of children are explained
in Section VI below. 

To help ensure a rewarding online experience for all visitors, we provide
this summary of the information practices of VIZ Media. This privacy notice
governs the collection and use of information at all web sites owned and
controlled by VIZ Media including, without limitation:

(collectively the “Sites”).  As we continue to offer our
visitors new and different types of content and services, we may modify our
practices from time to time.

I. The Information We Collect

At Our Sites, we do not collect personally identifiable information unless
our visitors voluntarily provide it to us. For some activities, such as completing
online polls or surveys, we may ask visitors to provide information such
as first and/or last name, city or state of residence, age, gender, or a
favorite title or character.  For some other activities, such as entering
sweepstakes or contests, participating in forums, sign-ups, chats or bulletin
boards or subscribing to our magazines, web sites or e-mail newsletters or
requesting us to make products, services or information available to you,
we may ask visitors to provide a first and/or last name and e-mail address.
For other activities, such as sending an electronic postcard, e-mail to a
friend, or refer a friend, we may also ask for personally identifiable information
about other people. This is usually limited to a first name and e-mail address.
E-mail addresses collected to send an electronic postcard or e-mail to a
friend are used only for the purpose of transmitting the requested postcard
or e-mail.  For some limited activities, campaigns, or offers, intended
for parents and adults, we may ask a parent or adult to provide their name,
address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information,
cable or satellite provider, and/or information about their interests in
and use of various products, programs, and services.

Visitors who order merchandise or other materials from one of our store
websites (e.g.,,
will be directed prior to purchase to the web site of our outside e-commerce
partner, where they will be required to provide their full name, billing
and mailing addresses, e-mail address, telephone number and a credit card
number. If the order is being shipped to a third party, we will also need
the recipient's name and mailing address may be collected by us and/or our
third party e-commerce partner.  On occasion, we might
solicit additional voluntary information regarding shoppers' personal shopping
preferences.  (Please see discussion below about Third party sites).

For specific one-time requests we receive from visitors, e-mail addresses
are collected and used only in connection with the specific one-time request.  For
example, for sweepstakes and contests, e-mail addresses are collected for
the purpose of entering online sweepstakes or contests and are used to notify
winners of the sweepstakes or contest by e-mail. In addition, a contest or
sweepstakes participant or visitor to Our Sites may be asked to provide personally
identifiable information in connection with any subscriptions, sign-ups or
items purchased through Our Sites.  Sweepstakes or contest winners may
be required to return completed prize Affidavit of Eligibility,  Liability
Release and/or similar forms by facsimile or U.S. mail within a designated
time period (along with the signature of a parent or legal guardian for all

When visitors come to our Sites, we automatically collect some non-personally
identifiable information such as the type of computer operating system (e.g.,
Windows 2000 or Mac OS) and browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer) being
used, and the domain name of the Internet service provider (e.g., America
Online, Earthlink).

II. How We Use the Information

We generally use visitors' personally identifiable information for the purposes
for which it was provided, such as enabling visitors to enter our online
contests or sweepstakes or to subscribe to an online newsletter or to order
from our e-commerce sites. VIZ Media may also use personally identifiable
information provided by vistors at our sites or by shoppers at or through
related e-commerce sites to send them, by e-mail or direct mail, notification
of special offers, sale events, or birthday reminders. We may disclose personally
identifiable information of parents or adults to selected third-party companies
that want to contact you in connection with other initiatives or marketing
products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. This policy
does not cover the privacy practices of these companies or other third parties.

California Customers:

Individual California residents may specifically request information about
our disclosures, if any, of certain categories of personally identifiable
information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.  Such
requests must be submitted to us either by email at the email address or
mailing address set forth above.  Within thirty (30) days of receiving
such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personally identifiable
information disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes
during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and
addresses of these third parties.  This request may be made no more
than once per calendar year.  We reserve our right not to respond to
requests submitted other than to the email or mailing addresses specified

When visitors submit personally-identifiable information about other individuals
through our Site, we use that information [only] for the purpose for which
it was provided, such as sending them electronic postcards or e-mail or shipping
gifts purchased on or through our e-commerce sites.

Other than such information relating to the Winners, we do not keep any
personally identifiable information we obtain through a contest or sweepstakes
after we have successfully selected a winner(s), awarded the prize(s), and
administered the contest or sweepstakes. We only use the e-mail addresses
of subscribers to e-mail newsletters to send them the requested newsletter(s).
Each newsletter also includes instructions for subscription removal via return

Sometimes, we use agents, licensees or contractors to provide services to
our visitors, such as helping us conduct a sweepstakes, sending prizes to
winners, shipping or handling customer orders made on or through our e-commerce
sites. In these cases, we require the agent, licensee or contractor to keep
the information confidential and to use it only for the specific services
they are performing. We sometimes use non-personally identifiable information
that we collect to improve the design and content of Our Sites, and to improve
our visitors' experience on Our Sites. We also may aggregate this information
for marketing analysis, surveys, service evaluation, planning and/or to analyze
site usage, as well as to offer products, programs, or services.  Notwithstanding
the foregoing, in cases where surveys allow users to submit written comments,
and where we advise users or the possibility of such disclosure at the time
they take the survey, we reserve the right to disclose text information provided
by any user through such survey, provided that no personally identifiable
information for that user is disclosed.

We may also disclose personally identifiable information in response to
legal process, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We
also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's
request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or
take action regarding illegal or unauthorized activities, suspected fraud,
situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person,
violations of our terms of use, to verify or enforce compliance with the
policies governing Our Sites and applicable laws, or as otherwise required
or permitted by law. In addition, we may transfer personally identifiable
information about you if we or one of our business units acquire, or are
acquired by, sold to, or merged with another company.  For example,
we may use your information to complete transactions requested by you (such
as your purchase of a product or service offered on Our Sites), or to enforce
our Terms of Use, to send you administrative communications either about
your purchases, subscriptions and/or account(s) with us or about features
of Our Sites, including, without limitation, any future changes to this Privacy

We will not use or transfer personally identifiable information about children
under 13 in ways that are materially different from the ones described above
without also providing parental notification of such practices and obtaining
consent for any materially different uses.

III. Cookies, Web Beacons and Opt-Outs

Our Sites use a software technology called cookies. Cookies are small text
files that we place in visitors' computer browsers to store their preferences.
Cookies themselves do not contain any personally identifiable information.
Although cookies could enable us to relate a visitor's use of this web site
to personally identifiable information that the visitor has provided, such
as an e-mail address, we do not use cookies for this purpose with one exception:
for some activities, we use session cookies to ensure that visitors under
the age of 13 provide a parental email address to assist with our compliance
with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). We do use cookies
to determine how many visitors we have and how often they visit various sections
of Our Sites.

Web beacons are small pieces of code placed on a web page to track or monitor
the behavior and collect data about the visitors viewing a web page. For
example, web beacons can be used to count the users who visit a web page
or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a visitor viewing that page. We
may use web beacons on this site from time to time for this and other purposes.

Users may receive site notifications, newsletters or other information via
email.  Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion.  Any
email sent to an opt-out list will include directions for how a user may
remove him or herself from the list or a URL where the user may find such

In some cases, users may have the opportunity to use Our Sites to send electronic
mail to another user or email list.  In such cases, a user’s valid
email address and real name will be included with such messages.  In
order to prevent abuse, users may opt-out of such a display, but may choose
to refrain from using said Service to transmit an email message.

In cases where users voluntarily and publicly disclose personally identifiable
information on Our Sites, such personally identifiable information will be
available to other visitors to Our Sites.  An example of such a disclosure
includes, but is not limited to, a user’s disclosure of personally
identifiable information as part of a message posted to a public message
forum.  We cannot be responsible for personally-identifiable information
that you choose to post or disclose on Our Sites, and encourage you to use
discretion in sharing any information on Our Sites.

IV. Collection
of Information by Third-Party Sites, Sponsors and Ad Servers

Our site contains links to other sites, including those of sponsors, licensees,
partners, vendors and advertisers (collectively Third Party Sites), whose
information practices may be different from ours. Sometimes these sites might
conduct contests or sweepstakes that are promoted by us or on Our Sites. VISITORS

Additionally, we and Third Party Sites may use third parties to serve or
to present the ads that appear on our site and to conduct research about
the advertisements. These third party ad servers may use cookies, web beacons,
clear .gifs or similar technologies to help present such advertisements,
and to help measure and research the effectiveness of advertisements or other
material. The use of these technologies by these third party ad servers is
subject to their own privacy policies and is not covered by our privacy policy.

V. Security

We have put in place reasonably appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial
procedures in an effort to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access,
maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

We are particularly sensitive to visitors' security concerns regarding the
use of credit cards to purchase products over the Internet. For orders placed
on or through our e-commerce sites, a technology is used that automatically
encrypts credit card data while information is being transmitted over the
Internet, provided that the visitor's browser supports the Secure Socket
Layer protocol (SSL).

To verify the security of your connection, check the outside corners of
your browser window or the page where personally identifiable information
is provided for e-commerce (such as the check-out or shopping cart pages).
If you see an unbroken or a closed lock, then SSL is active and the server
is secured by SSL. You may also check by looking at the URL line of your

VI. Privacy
Practices Concerning Information About Children

If a child under thirteen seeks to participate in an activity on Our Sites
that requires the collection, retention, and/or use of personally identifiable
information, the terms of Sections I-V of the Privacy Policy regarding the
categories of personally identifiable information, how personally identifiable
information may be used, the types of third parties may receive data and
the purposes of that sharing, apply to this Section VI, however, we will
ask for a parent's e-mail address prior to collecting such personally identifiable
information from the child.  We will use the parent’s e-mail address
to request consent for the child’s participation in that activity.  The
parent may consent to the collection and use of the child’s personally
identifiable information without also consenting the disclosure of that personal
information to third parties.  We do not ask children to disclose more
personally identifiable information than is necessary for them to participate
in a particular activity, and we take steps to prevent children from posting
contact information on Our Sites.

The information described in this Section VI is collected by VIZ Media,
LLC, 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; (415) 546-7073 or

As a parent, you have the right to access, modify, or request the deletion
of any of the personally-identifiable information that any of Our Sites has
collected from your child.  Please send a letter or postcard to our
VIZ Media Privacy Manager at the mailing address provided below if you would
like to do any of the following: access personally identifiable information
that any of Our Sites has collected online from your child, correct factual
errors in such information, request to have this information deleted, request
that we cease to share your child’s personal information with third
parties, or request that we no longer collect or maintain such information.  Please
be sure to include your e-mail address and a telephone number where we can
reach you. To protect your child's privacy and security, we will take reasonable
steps to verify your identity before granting you access to the personally
identifiable information that we collect and maintain about your child.

The Internet offers a world of opportunity for children. As a parent, your
guidance and involvement are essential to help ensure that children have
a safe and rewarding online experience. Your efforts to instill responsible
information practices will help steer your children to age-appropriate sites,
and will go a long way toward ensuring that your children have enriching
online experiences.

VII. Contact

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our privacy policy
and/or practices, please contact us at the following e-mail address, mailing
address and telephone number:

If email:

Mailing Address (Postcards only, please):

Online Manager (Privacy Issue) VIZ Media

295 Bay Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 546-7073

VIII. Updates

From time to time, we may update this privacy notice, you can always tell
the last date this privacy policy was updated by checking the data at the
top of the privacy policy. We will notify you about material changes in the
way we treat personally identifiable information by posting a revised policy
on our Site. We encourage you to periodically check back and review this
policy so that you always will know what information we collect, how we use
it, and to whom we disclose it.

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