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We Protect Your Privacy

We're committed to respecting and protecting your privacy rights on our website. To protect your personal information, we've created guidelines to explain the kinds of information we collect through the site, how it's used, the conditions under which it's made available to third parties, how it's maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Act.

Your use of the website indicates your acceptance of and agreement with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

How is my information collected?

We may ask you to provide information that identifies you, or personal information, for the purposes of interacting with the site. Personal information can include but is not limited to:

  • Your Name
  • Phone Number
  • Street Address
  • Email Address
  • Age
  • Gender

On any page that collects personal information, we'll specifically describe what information is required in order to provide you the product or service you requested, or to enroll you in the promotion you requested, or to respond to your question or comment. 

Personally identifiable data is collected through forms on our site, into which users must voluntarily enter the information requested. If you place an online order or enter into a commercial transaction through this site, we'll collect additional personally identifiable information, including billing address and credit card information. We may also collect personally identifiable information through purchase forms, surveys, contests, emails received from you, and your other interactions with our site. You can browse our site without registering or providing any personally identifying information. 

IP Addresses

The website collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their internet service provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the current request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. The South Carolina State Fair does log IP addresses for systems administration, troubleshooting purposes, and to determine website usage.

Cookies

Our site uses cookies, elements of data that a site can send to your browser and then may be stored on your system. This element of data is a piece of text, not a program. The website can only access the information from a cookie sent by the website. We cannot access other cookies sent by other websites or the information in those cookies. We cannot learn your email address or any other information about you through using cookies. The only way we would learn that information would be if you specifically and voluntarily submitted that information to us, for example, through a registration system while entering a sweepstakes, promotion, etc.

Why use cookies?

We use cookies to track website use and further personalize your experience while visiting the site. By tracking usage, we can best determine what features of the site best serve our users. Overall, the use of cookies helps us keep the site fresh and relevant to you. Cookies also allow you to avoid retyping your email address and other information on the site. 

Can I decline to accept cookies?

You can decline to accept cookies sent by the site by selecting an option on your browser to reject cookies. However, some portions of the site may require cookies in order to provide you with the full set of features offered. For example, cookies enable our server to know that you are a registered user, and our registration system may require that you accept cookies in order to access portions of the site.

How do you use my personal information?

We believe in protecting your privacy and will not share personal information with third parties outside of the South Carolina State Fair, except as described in this privacy policy. We believe we can enhance your experience on our site through the information you share with us. We use personal information about you to improve our advertising and marketing efforts, to statistically analyze website usage, to improve our content and product offerings, and to personalize site layout, content, and services.

We may also use your personal information, such as your email address or mailing address, to contact you regarding products and/or services that may be of interest to you, to respond to an inquiry from you regarding information we may have collected, to respond to your comments, and to fill orders and complete commercial transactions that you have initiated through the site.

The South Carolina State Fair may match specific and/or aggregated personal information with third party data to provide you with product and content offerings that interest you and improve our advertising and marketing efforts. The South Carolina State Fair also may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to potential advertisers, partners, other third parties, our affiliate companies and for other lawful purposes. For example, we provide our advertisers with aggregate information about our users, such as statistics regarding the number of website users that view their advertisements.

As part of your experience on our website, you may receive communications from us related to products and services that might interest you. While we believe these services will enhance your experience at our website, you will at all times be able to opt out from receiving these communications, either by specifically opting out of these services or by deleting your profile from our database.

We have today, and will in the future, have arrangements with third party service providers, such as credit card processors, shipping companies, and fulfillment services, other third-party vendors, or any partner who assists in the operations and/or administration of this website.

When you sign up for a service we offer on the Website, we may be required to share personal information with that service provider in order to provide the service. These third party providers are not permitted to retain or use personal information for any purpose unrelated to providing the service.

We reserve the right to disclose personal information when needed to comply with the law or a legal process, cooperate with investigations of purported unlawful activities, to identify persons violating the law, to investigate or assist in investigations incident to misuse or abuse of this website, or in connection with the sale of part or all of the South Carolina State Fair.

Who collects the information?

Information entered by website visitors is retrieved directly by the South Carolina State Fair.

This Privacy Policy only addresses the use and dissemination of information that the website collects from you. To the extent that you disclose any information to other parties, whether through, for example, online auctions, chat rooms, personal ads, or the like, through third party services or promotions offered on or through the website or through other websites throughout the internet, different policies may apply and the South Carolina State Fair shall not be responsible for the use or dissemination of such information.

Third Parties

Third party sites linked to and from the site are not necessarily under the control of the South Carolina State Fair.  The South Carolina State Fair shall have no responsibilities or liabilities whatsoever for the content or privacy practices of any such linked site or any link or linking program at any time. The South Carolina State Fair does not necessarily endorse companies (or related products or services) to or from which the website is linked. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to the website, you do so entirely at your own risk. The South Carolina State Fair hereby disclaims any rights to trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos, copyrights, patents, domain names or other intellectual property interests of third parties.

Children's Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”) applies only to websites of a commercial nature, and while the South Carolina State Fair is a nonprofit organization, it considers COPPA to provide sound advice for any website that is intended for use by children. For this reason, the South Carolina State Fair does not knowingly collect or solicit any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age without verifiable parental consent.

In the event that we receive actual knowledge that we have collected such personal information without the requisite and verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as is practicable. With respect to any form interface that appears on a webpage at our website, no information will be knowingly collected from any user under the age of 13. Where “age” or “date of birth” is requested on the form interface, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.

Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing the basic content or resources on this website.

Maintenance of Personal Information

The personally identifiable information collected at this website may be indefinitely retained and electronically archived. Please keep in mind that information collected at this website may be different than that collected at or through other activities, events, or functions related to the South Carolina State Fair and the use and disclosure, if any, of such information may vary and are not covered under this policy.

Can I opt out of sharing information?

We respect your privacy and ability to choose whether to share information with us and any third party. You may choose to "opt-out" of sharing personal information in several ways. When choosing to use certain features or services on the website, you can choose whether to share optional personal information in connection with the feature or service. If you receive communications from us that you prefer not to receive, you may opt-out from receiving these communications, either by specifically indicating this preference in a communication to us via the Unsubscribe link or by deleting your registration profile from our database. You may also opt-out altogether from providing personal information to us by not registering on the website and thereby not providing personal information. You may also choose at a later date to have your name removed from our database. To do so, please follow the process described below. Certain portions of the website and certain services provided on the website, however, do require registration in order to access or use these areas and services. If you choose not to register or provide certain information, these areas will not be accessible to you.

How can I review, change, or delete my information?

You may access all of the personal information that we collect from you online and maintain by e-mailing us at geninfo@scstatefair.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Security

The South Carolina State Fair maintains industry standard encryption technologies to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of the personal information that you provide through the website. Please keep in mind, however, that no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit using our website, and therefore, it is important to remember that you transmit such information at your own risk. The South Carolina State Fair does not assume responsibility for use or disclosure of your information that are the result of unauthorized or illegal access to our systems or to those of our vendors or partners.

Questions

If you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at geninfo@scstatefair.org.

Effective Date and Changes

Understanding that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving, any changes to this policy will be promptly posted on this page, with an updated "effective date" posted below. The South Carolina State Fair reserves the right to modify the terms of this policy at any time and in our sole discretion, by posting a change notice to this page. Your continued use of the website following our posting of a change notice will constitute binding acceptance of those changes.

This Privacy Policy was last modified on 2/18/14.

Marketing and Advertising Efforts

The South Carolina State Fair may match specific and/or aggregated personal information with third party data to provide you with product and content offerings that interest you and improve our advertising and marketing efforts. The South Carolina State Fair also may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to potential advertisers, partners, other third parties, our affiliate companies and for other lawful purposes. For example, we provide our advertisers with aggregate information about our users, such as statistics regarding the number of website users that view their advertisements.