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First of all, we want to be very clear that we will never share any of your information with any third party to market their product to you.
We wouldn't want someone to do that to us, and we won't do it to you.
And, as you visit this website, some information must be exchanged just to send you a webpage, so we wanted to tell you what information is exchanged and how we work to keep that information safe.
We think it is important to discuss how the Internet works.
It may seem obvious, but the Internet works by transferring information between you and the website you are accessing (fivepencilmethod.com in this case) every time you visit any given website.
In order to let you view any webpage, your web browser must connect with one or more servers on the Internet that host fivepencilmethod.com and send the Internet Protocol (IP) address that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has associated with your Internet service. A log is kept on the fivepencilmethod.com servers with details about each time a page or other resource from fivepencilmethod.com is accessed.
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