Privacy Statement

Java Coffee Break has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site, so that you can be fully aware of the steps we take to protect your privacy.

Collection of user information

Java Coffee Break doesn't collect personal identification information about its visitors. We don't ask for any identifying details, such as your name, address or telephone number. No information must be given by visitors to access the content of this site - there are no registrations or accounts. The only information that is ever requested is your email address, if you choose to subscribe to our newsletter.

On occasion, we may offer user surveys, which help to build broad demographic profiles of individuals. Such surveys may be conducted internally, or by a third party. We do not analyze individual survey responses - instead we use this information to better understand the needs of our visitors, their interests, and to assist in the selection of relevant advertising banners. Such surveys are completely optional - there is no obligation on the part of users to participate.

Subscription to newsletter

Java Coffee Break publishes a newsletter, which is distributed via email to visitors who request a subscription. As part of the subscription process, visitors are asked to enter their email address. This email address is used solely for addressing newsletter issues, and is not sold to any third party. We now (from October 1999) host our mailing list with MSN ListBot, a high quality mailing list server, which makes it far easier for users to subscribe or unsubscribe than under our previous system. Subscriptions to the newsletter may be cancelled at any time, by visiting our unsubscribe page.

If you feel strongly about subscribing to a newsletter using your personal email address, many free email address providers (such as Hotmail) are available. You may also read back-issues of the newsletter online at if you choose not to subscribe via email.

Miscellaneous data collection

We use an outside ad company to display ads on our site, who in some cases uses advertisements served from third parties. Ads may contain cookies, and appear to be coming from our site, but in reality they are coming from our partners who are serving ads on our site. Our site does not use cookies directly, but advertising and a page counter may return a cookie, to allow tracking of user clicks and to determine unique visitors. This may cause a cookie to be stored from a remote machine, and appear as if it were coming from our server. In addition, we may use an externally hosted site counter, which may track repeat users with cookies. We do not have access to any personal identification information about you from cookies you might receive while visiting our site or that of third parties, such as names or email addresses.  We do, however, have access to the information in aggregate form, allowing us to see things like the most popular country of origin, or the most popular browser.

We also advise that our visitors use discretion when providing information (such as email addresses) to third parties advertising on our site. Advertisers may have a different, or even no privacy policy, and we do not vouch for the integrity of a given advertiser. We do not screen advertisements, and all control of advertising is outsourced. This way, editorial integrity is preserved.

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Web site. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information, such as your country of origin. This information is used only for gathering information about the origin and amount of visitors at JCB*. When put together with all other visitors, this information helps us to tailor content to specific geographical locations. [If you're interested, most of our visitors are from within the US, followed by Europe, Australia and Asia].

Links to external sites

Links to external sites are provided throughout the Java Coffee Break site, as well as advertising banners which may be clicked. External sites are outside of the control of the Java Coffee Break, and some sites may not adhere to the same level of privacy protection as we do. You are advised to always check the privacy policy of sites controlled by third parties.

Changes to privacy policy

Java Coffee Break guarantees to adhere to this privacy policy. If in the future we decide to change our privacy policy, these changes will be made available online in our privacy policy document. No significant change to privacy policy will come into effect without proposed changes being made available for a period on thirty (30) days.

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Last updated: Monday, June 05, 2006