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America Online's privacy principles

The online giant posts its privacy guidelines as part of its updated terms of service.

The following is America Online's privacy policy, which was posted on its proprietary service today. The policy is part of its updated Terms of Service (TOS) agreement, which also includes a membership agreement and a community guideline. The TOS spells out the rules and codes of behavior for using AOL's service.

Principle 1: We do not read your private online communications.

Principle 2: We do not use any information about where you personally go on AOL or the Web, and we do not give it out to others.

Principle 3: We do not give out your telephone number, credit card information, or screen names, unless you authorize us to do so. And we give you the opportunity to correct your personal contact and billing information at any time.

Principle 4: We may use information about the kinds of products you buy from AOL to make other marketing offers to you, unless you tell us not to. We do not give out this purchase data to others.

Principle 5: We give you choices about how AOL uses your personal information.

Principle 6: We take extra steps to protect the safety and privacy of children.

Principle 7: We use secure technology, privacy protection controls, and restrictions on employee access in order to safeguard your personal information.

Principle 8: We will keep you informed, clearly and prominently, about what we do with your personal information, and we will advise you if we change our policy.

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