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Opening Statement

Modern Matters is committed to protecting your privacy. We have created our privacy policy in order to demonstrate this commitment and to let all visitors know exactly how we will use the information you entrust to us. Our information privacy policies are designed to help us serve our customers while maintaining strict security standards. For each visit to our site, we automatically recognize your IP address, but not your e-mail address unless you provide it to us. Please read on for more details about our privacy policy.


· Company Not Responsible for Third Party Offers
· Protection Security and Integrity of Your Information on Modern Matters
· Information Collected when a User Browses the Site
· How Collected Information Is Used
· Information Submited About Other People?
· Message Boards
· Updates, Advertisements, Newsletters
· "Cookie" Technology
· Opt-Out of Future Communications
· Review, Modification, And Deletion Of Personal Information
· Policies Regarding The Use Of Modern Matters By Children
· Your Consent
· Order Forms, User’s Contact Information, and Financial Data
· Surveys & Contests, Contact Data, and Demographic and Profile Data
· Changes To This Privacy Policy
· Correction/Updating Personal Information
· Electronic Message and E-Mail Security
· What Can You Do As A Customer To Help Maintain Security?
· Contact Information

Modern Matters reserves the right to deny or terminate access to, and/or delete all information posted to the Web site by any user that does not comply with this Privacy Policy, the User Agreement, or is otherwise inappropriate.

Protection Security and Integrity of Your Information on Modern Matters

Modern Matters treats our data as assets that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, a secure server, and security protocol to safeguard the information you provide to us. The SSL protocol allows us to receive information that your Web browser encrypts and transmits to us. SSL encryption technology is designed to prevent the unauthorized viewing and downloading of your order information.

You must make sure your browser supports SSL protocol (usually be indicated by the appearance of a "closed lock" somewhere on your browser.) If your browser is does not support SSL protocol, when you attempt to submit secure information (e.g., submitting information on a secure order form,) you will usually receive a warning indicating you are being directed to a secure site.

Be aware, if your browser is does not support SSL protocol, your browser will not prevent you from submitting information. The most recent versions of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer can support a secure connection and can be downloaded for free from the Netscape and Microsoft Web sites respectively. Modern Matters is not liable for secure information submitted using a browser that does not support SSL protocol.

Internally, we restrict access to personally identifiable information to employees who need access to the information in order to do their jobs. We review our Web security, and our security policy and practices with employees on a monthly basis. We take seriously the issue of safeguarding your privacy online, and we exercise great care to secure your personal identifiable information.

To provide you with an increased level of security, access to your personal information is protected with a password you select in some site areas such as the Message Boards, Classified Ads, and Auctions. We strongly recommend that you do not disclose your password to anyone. Modern Matters will never ask you for your password in any unsolicited communication (including unsolicited correspondence such as letters, phone calls or e-mail messages.)

Although no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we will do our best to ensure the security of your information on our systems. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, Modern Matters and its affiliates cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

Information Collected when a User Browses the Site

In general, you can visit Modern Matters on the World Wide Web without telling us who you are or providing us with any information. However, some of our interactive services require that users identify themselves in order to enable the interactive function. Modern Matters will always alert the user when we are collecting information. We may ask users to provide some personal information in the following situations:

To Place a Classified Ad
To Post an Auction
To Post Comments on Our Discussion Board
To Ask Questions in our Ask An Expert Area
To Place an Order
To Send a Web Card
To Send an E-Mail to A Friend
To Register For Our Newsletter

When you visit Modern Matters, we may collect and store information about your visit on an anonymous, aggregate basis. This information may include the time and length of your visit, the pages you look at on our sites, and the site you visited just before coming to ours. We may also record the name of your Internet service provider. We use this information only to measure site activity and to develop ideas for improving our sites.

Modern Matters uses WebTrends Live to analyze traffic to this web site. WebTrends Live does not create individual profiles for visitors. Unlike some tracking services WebTrends Live does not have a database of individual profiles for each visitor. WebTrends Live only collects aggregate data. For more information about WebTrends Live privacy policy, please click here.

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

We may monitor your use of this service and use or disclose any information so gathered to both satisfy any law, regulation or other government request and to operate the service properly and efficiently. For example, we may retain information about packages, including names and addresses, so that we can provide proof of delivery information and to process claim requests. All marketing information shall be subject, in all cases, to compliance with the applicable rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, and other relevant laws and regulations, as the same may be amended from time to time.

When you are asked for personal information on Modern Matters, you are agreeing to share that information with Modern Matters and its affiliates.

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.

You should be aware that when you voluntarily disclose personal information in public areas of our web sites, such as on Message Boards, this information may be seen and used by others. We urge you to exercise good judgment when sharing personal information in these forums.

How Collected Information Is Used

Any information you may give to Modern Matters is used to a) provide you with personalized content tailored to your particular interests, b) continually improve the convenience and functionality of this Site for our customers, and c) allow you to purchase products from us or our affiliates.

We may personalize your shopping experience by using your purchases and inquiries to shape our recommendations about merchandise that might be of interest to you. We also monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the store.

We may also use the information we collect to occasionally notify you about important functionality changes to the Web site, new Modern Matters services, and special offers we think you'll find valuable. Refer to our Opt-Out policy for the procedure on how to opt out of receiving this information.

Currently, Modern Matters will not trade, rent or sell your personal information, your survey responses or any other specific details about you or your household to companies, without your prior authorization. If you have given us permission to share your information in the past, but change your mind for any reason, send us an e-mail and we will stop sharing your information. In the event you have registered more than one e-mail address with us, please send us a message from each e-mail account you use.

Information Submitted About Other People

On some of our pages, you can submit information about other people and compose personalized messages to them (for example, you send a greeting directly to someone other than yourself along with a personalized message.) We consider the information you submit to us, and contents of your personalized messages, to be private communications between you and the recipient. Modern Matters will not disclose any information you provide about someone else, except that we may do so:

To ship the order and confirm delivery;
To identify or resolve technical problems or customer service issues;
As required by law;
To comply with a court order or other legal process;
To enforce Modern Matters's Terms of Use;
To respond to claims that your personalized messages violate the rights of third parties; and
To protect the rights or property of Modern Matters and its affiliates.

Please note that Modern Matters will fully cooperate with law enforcement and other governmental agencies to identify those individuals who use this Site for fraudulent or other illegal activities or as may be required by law.

Message Boards

You may participate in one or more of our bulletin/Message Board services. Modern Matters may pose questions or topics for discussion on the Community Message Boards and Community members may have portions of their answers posted on the Community Message Boards. The postings are attributed by member name (which need not be your actual name.)

You are not required to submit personally identifiable information in this area. However, if you would like to receive e-mail notifications, you will have to submit an actual email address (see Updates, Advertisements, Newsletters, Current Events for more information.) Also, you may submit "optional" information to tell other message board users about yourself. Finally, children should not post any information that will personally identify them on any Community Message Board.

We do not read and screen replies before they are posted. However, If we, in our sole discretion, deem a message posted on a Community Message Board to be in violation of this Privacy Policy, the User Agreement or otherwise inappropriate, we reserve the right to delete the content and take any other steps we deem appropriate, which may include terminating the member's account or restricting access to portions of our Web site.

Updates, Advertisements, Newsletters, Current Events


Modern Matters provides a monthly newsletter describing new activities and promotions available on the Web site. The newsletter is emailed approximately once a week to those who subscribe to it. In order to subscribe to the newsletter, users must provide their email address. Email addresses collected for newsletter subscriptions will not be used for any other purpose, unless you have specifically authorized us to share this information.

In addition, Special Offers and Site and Service Updates (such as new or current events, products, services and system changes that we think may be of interest) may be included in the Newsletters.

Modern Matters also sends emails to users who:

send a Postcard (shows the user what they have sent);
register for Message Boards;
utilize Ask An Expert;
place a Classified Ad; and
or participate in an Auction.

Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please refer to our Opt-Out policy for more detail on how to opt out of receiving this information.

Cookie Technology

Cookies are small text files that a Web site can send to a user's browser for storage on the hard drive. Cookies can make use of the Web easier by saving status and preferences about a web site. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies but users can change the setting to refuse cookies or to be alerted when cookies are being sent.

Modern Matters does utilize cookie technology generally in instances where this will enhance users' online experience by making it easier for them to navigate through our pages, or to enable you to process transactions at our web site, or to make a feature work better. For instance, when you first visit our Home Page, you will see a small pop-up window announcing important new features on our site. With Cookie Technology we are able to determine if you have viewed this pop-up previously and to only show this to visitors that have not viewed the window before. If you have cookies disabled then you will see the pop-up window on every home page visit. Also, our site statistics program uses cookies to increase the accuracy and facilitate gathering the data necessary for our statistics reports.

For more information on cookie technology, please visit


Modern Matters 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. If you would like to be removed from our database so as to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service, users may opt-out of receiving communications from us by using one of the following options:

A. Send email to;
B. To unsubscribe to our Newsletter, enter your email address, select the UNSUBSCRIBE button on the Newsletter Box and click the submit button. Newsletter subscription boxes can be found on most Modern Matters pages or at the following Web URL; or
C. To remove your profile from our Classified Ad or Auction systems, alter your member profile at the following Web URL;
D. To opt-out of receiving future communication through the Message Board and Ask an Expert feature simply click the profile link at the following page and uncheck the notification preference box -;
E. Alternatively, send mail to the following postal address:

Object Culture - Modern Matters
1221 Woodland Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Review, Modification, And Deletion Of Personal Information

Participants at Modern Matters can review, modify, or delete the information previously provided in the Membership Area by editing their Profile information. Review, add, and delete functions are also options within the Community Message Board Areas. Users should note that Modern Matters will use reasonable efforts to delete user information when requested but that some residual information may remain because of backup files and deletion logs.

Policies Regarding The Use Of Modern Matters By Children

Modern Matters will not provision orders from children under the age of 13, and will use best efforts to determine age. If Modern Matters receives an order for goods or services from a child under 13 years old, Modern Matters will reject the order. In addition, children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use other areas of Modern Matters such as Message Boards.

Your Consent

By using Modern Matters, you consent to the Modern Matters privacy policy and terms of use. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes.

Order Forms
Our site occasionally uses an order form for customers to request information, products and services. We collect visitors' contact information (i.e., name, email address, and shipping information) and financial information (i.e., account or credit card numbers.) If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user.

User's Contact Information
Contact Information is used to send customers orders, and information about our company, and to send promotional material from some of our partners to our customers. The customer's contact information may also used to get in touch with the customer when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the Opt-Out section.)

Financial Data
Financial information that is collected is used for billing purposes only.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site 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.

Modern Matters will not disclose survey response information to companies or individuals outside of Modern Matters.

Contact Data
Contact Information is used to send the customers information about our company and promotional material from some of our partners. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the Opt-Out sections.)

Demographic and Profile Data
This information is used to tailor our visitors' experience at our site, showing them content that we think they might be interested in and displaying the content according to their preferences. Anonymous demographic information is shared with advertisers and market researchers on an aggregate basis. Any email you may receive from Modern Matters will include specific instructions on how to unsubscribe.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

Your use of this Site constitutes your consent to the collection and use of the information described in this Privacy Policy by Modern Matters. If we change our Privacy Policy, we will update this page of the Site so you will always be aware of how we use your information.

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 usually be done in the Membership Area or by emailing our Customer Support.

Electronic Message and E-Mail Security

Messages traveling through the Internet using your Internet provider's e-mail processes are subject to viewing, alteration, and copying by potentially anyone on the Internet. We encourage customers to either send confidential correspondence through the postal service or use the telephone to speak directly to our employees. We are not responsible for the security or confidentiality of communications you send to us through the Internet using the e-mail process.

What Can You Do As A Customer To Help Maintain Security?

Utilize the latest version of Netscape and/or Microsoft Explorer to browse Modern Matters. Our site is most secure when using one of these browsers. Keep your UserID & PASSWORD confidential. Utilize a PASSWORD unique to you and change it frequently. Make sure others are not watching you enter your UserID and/or PASSWORD on your keyboard when entering your UserID and/or PASSWORD. When entering a section of our Site that requires you to log in, do not leave your computer unattended while logging on to our Site. After you've finished accessing your information, exit that section of the site. This ensures that no one can access your policy information if you leave your computer and your session has not been timed out.

Contact Information

We want to assure you that Modern Matters is dedicated to protecting your privacy. If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, your experience on this site, or do not want Modern Matters to send you information about products and services, you can contact:

Object Culture - Modern Matters
1221 Woodland Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Phone - (908) 561-1789
or by e-mail at

If you send us an e-mail message, we will respond to your message via e-mail as soon as possible. We will not solicit you as a result of accessing our Web site unless you request further information about our products or services.

Comments, suggestions or materials sent or transmitted to Modern Matters shall be deemed to be non-confidential. Modern Matters shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such comments, suggestions or materials and shall be free to use and distribute them to others without limitation, including, but not limited to developing and marketing products incorporating them.

You take online privacy seriously, and so does Modern Matters. It's our way of sustaining your trust in Modern Matters and our products and services.


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