Heart of Brooklyn (HOB)
Web-Site Privacy Policy

Commitment to Your Privacy and Security

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. The following policy is intended to explain how your personal information will be treated as you make use of our site. Personal information includes your name, street and e-mail addresses, billing information, click-through activity, and any other personal information you may provide here. This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.


A cookie is a small piece of information that a server can place in a browser to later identify the browser. Cookies can be used for a wide variety of purposes. When used with an online shopping system, a cookie allows the server to identify the user and keep track of what has been ordered. This is the only instance in which HOB uses cookies. Remember, a cookie cannot be used to get data from your hard drive, get your e-mail address, or steal sensitive information about you. It is simply a line of text in a file.

HOB Heartbeat Newsletter

We offer a free electronic newsletter to users. HOB gathers the e-mail addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. The information collected here is used solely for the purpose of the newsletter. HOB does not sell, rent, or otherwise exploit in any way the e-mail addresses of eNews subscribers and recipients.

HOB Membership E-mails

Periodically, HOB's Membership department sends out information regarding membership renewals, benefits, public events, and important HOB news or information. Users' e-mail addresses are collected through forms that are filled out by the user. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the instructions at the bottom of every e-mail dispatch. HOB does not sell, rent, or otherwise exploit in any way the e-mail addresses of our members.

Traffic Logs

HOB tracks user traffic patterns throughout the site. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. HOB does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME (data) type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).
HOB sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic in those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. HOB does not use cookies to track user traffic patterns.

Feedback Forms

There are several places on the HOB web site where users can send questions or comments to HOB. The information supplied in these instances is used solely for the purpose of the inquiry, and this data is not stored or used elsewhere.


Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Revisions to our Privacy Policy

Please note that HOB may revise its privacy policy at any time. Such revisions may arise in response to changes in the law, policy, our site, or other factors. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review our most current policy.

Contact HOB

If you have any further questions or concerns about HOB's privacy policies and use of personal information, please contact us.