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Privacy and Security
This document was last updated on 2/28/12

1. Acknowledgement and acceptance of terms

Discount Steel Inc. is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Statement sets forth our current privacy practices with regard to the information we collect when you or your computer interact with our website.  By accessing DiscountSteel.com you acknowledge and fully understand Discount Steel’s Privacy Statement and freely consent to the information collection and use practices described in this Website Privacy Statement.

2. Participating Merchant Policies

Related services and offerings with links from this website, including vendor sites, have their own privacy statements that can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding links within each respective website. Online merchants and others who participate in Discount Steel Inc. services are encouraged to participate in industry privacy initiatives and to take a responsible attitude towards consumer privacy.  However, since we do not have direct control over the policies or practices of participating merchants and other third parties, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or contents of those sites.  We recommend and encourage that you always review the privacy policies of merchants and other third parties before you provide any personal information or complete any transaction with such parties.

3. Information We Collect and How We Use It
Discount Steel Inc. collects certain information from and about its users in three ways: directly from our Web Server logs, with the use of Cookies, and from the user.

a. Web Server Logs.

When you visit our Website, we may track information to administer the site and analyze its usage. Examples of information we may track include:

Your Internet protocol address.
The kind of browser or computer you use.
Number of links you click within the site.
State or country from which you accessed the site.
Date and time of your visit.
Name of your Internet service provider.
Web page you linked to our site from.
Pages you viewed on the site.
b. Use of Cookies

Discount Steel Inc. may use cookies to personalize or enhance your user experience.  A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server.  Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.  Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web Server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. 

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time.  For example, if you personalize a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.  Hence, this simplifies the process of delivering relevant content and eases site navigation by providing and saving your preferences and login information as well as providing personalized functionality. 

Discount Steel Inc. reserves the right to share aggregated site statistics with partner companies, but does not allow other companies to place cookies on our website unless there is a temporary, overriding customer value (such as merging into DiscountSteel.com a site that relies on third-party cookies).

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.  Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you reject cookies by changing your browser settings then be aware that this may disable some of the functionality on our Website.

c. Personal Information Users

Visitors to our website can register to purchase services.  When you register, we will request some personal information such as name, address, email, telephone number or facsimile number, account number and other relevant information.  If you are purchasing a service, we will request financial information.  Any financial information we collect is used only to bill you for the services you purchased.  If you purchase by credit card, this information may be forwarded to your credit card provider. For other types of registrations, we will ask for the relevant information. You may also be asked to disclose personal information to us so that we can provide assistance and information to you. For example, such data may be warranted in order to provide online technical support and troubleshooting.

We will not disclose personally identifiable information we collect from you to third parties without your permission except to the extent necessary including:

To fulfill your service requests for services.
To protect ourselves from liability,
To respond to legal process or comply with law, or
In connection with a merger, acquisition, or liquidation of the company.
4. Use of Web Beacons or GIF files
DiscountSteel.com Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes also called single-pixel gifs – that allow Discount Steel Inc. to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services.  Discount Steel Inc. may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.

Some of these Web beacons may be placed by third party service providers to help determine the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns or email communications.  These Web beacons may be used by these service providers to place a persistent cookie on your computer.  This allows the service provider to recognize your computer each time you visit certain pages or emails and compile anonymous information in relation to those page views, which in turn enables us and our service providers to learn which advertisements and emails bring you to our website and how you use the site.  Discount Steel Inc. prohibits Web beacons from being used to collect or access your personal information.

5. Accessing Web Account Information

We will provide you with the means to ensure that personally identifiable information in your web account file is correct and current.  You may review this information by contacting us by sending an email to our support attendant – info@DiscountSteel.com

6. Data Encryption 

This site uses industry standard 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology as well as 256-bit encryption technology for modern browsers that support it.  Our site certificate has also passed Extended Validation (EV); this can be verified  either on the certificate details or through a visual indication of a green address bar, if your web browser supports EV.  Extended Validation requires strict requirements to be met to further validate a company, their web server, and domain.  The independent audit required to receive certification establishes the legal identity as well as the operational and physical presence of the website owner, establishes that the applicant is the domain name owner or has exclusive control over the domain name, and confirms the identity and authority of the individuals acting for the website owner and that documents pertaining to legal obligations are signed by an authorized officer.  All of these technologies are in place to ensure your personal information is kept safe.

7. Changes to this Statement

Discount Steel Inc. has the discretion to occasionally update this privacy statement.  When we do, we will also revise the “updated” date at the top of this Privacy page.  We encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect.  Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.

8. Contacting Us 

If you have questions regarding our Privacy Statement, its implementation, failure to adhere to this Privacy Statement and/or our general practices, please contact us info@DiscountSteel.com or send your comments to:

9. Newsletter Email Policy

Discount Steel, Inc. does not make our customer’s information available to anyone outside of our company.  We use your email only to send out our monthly specials once a month.  If you wish to be removed from our email list, you have the option to opt out.


Discount Steel Inc.
Attention:  Web Site Personnel
216 27th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Discount Steel Inc. will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly respond and resolve any problem or question.