Last Updated and Effective Date: 03/30/2022
Scope of this Policy
This policy applies to information we collect or use on sites and applications owned or controlled by us or our affiliated companies. Affiliated companies are entities that control, are controlled by or are under common control with us.
We may link to other websites over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other websites. You may wish to review the privacy policies of those sites so you can understand how they collect, use, and share your information.
Information We Collect
We collect information about you when you use our sites and applications. We collect information directly from you. We receive and store this information when you provide it to us via our Services, such as via submitted it to our website otherwise providing it to us in any other way.
We also collect information about you automatically. We automatically collect information about how you use our sites and mobile applications, the areas of our site that you visit, as well as information about your computer or mobile device including your IP address, device ID, physical location, browser, and operating system type, and referring URLs. This information is necessary for providing personalized and location-based content as well as for analyzing web traffic, troubleshooting problems, preventing fraud, and improving our services. We may combine this information with other information you voluntarily submit to us to prevent fraud.
We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us if your device or software supports this type of functionality.
If you choose to sign into any of our Services with Facebook or similar social networking sites, we may import certain information from your account and we may make it part of your Account.
How We Use Information
We use the information we collect to provide our services, respond to you, operate and improve our Services, and foster a positive user experience.
By using our Services, by creating and/or managing an account, by uploading submissions, or by opting in when presented with choices, you will enable us to use your submissions in the following ways:
(a) To create a profile for you based on submissions that you have provided to us, or information provided to us by third parties such as your contacts or advertisers.
(b) To provide personalized, targeted, or location-based content, services, and advertising from us and third parties.
(c) To allow you to contact other Users or to invite others to become Users or to create an account.
(e) To allow you to import information about yourself or your contacts from other sites or applications or to export your information to other sites or applications.
(f) To allow you to make purchases.
(g) To contact you about feature updates, informational and service-related communications, including important security updates.
(h) To provide you with additional communications, information, and promotions such as newsletters and contests.
- To inform you of other products or services available from us or our affiliates.
(j) To enable you to contact us and for us to respond to you, to conduct surveys, promotions and contests, and to publish the results thereof.
(k) To help your friends and contacts find your profile and connect with you.
(l) To generate internal reports about the use of our sites and applications.
(m) To provide advertisers and our potential and actual business affiliates with reports about the characteristics of our Users.
(n) To detect, investigate and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal.
(o) To make suggestions and draw inferences about you. For example, we may make suggestions about people you may know or products or services that might be of interest to you. Or, if you identify yourself as "Mrs." we will assume you are female.
Information you post in public areas of our Services may be made visible to others around the world, including those in countries that might not have legislation that guarantees adequate protection of personal information as defined by your country of residence. While we take measures to safeguard your information from unauthorized access or inappropriate use, we do not control these third parties and we are not responsible for their use of information you give to us. Accordingly, you should not post sensitive information, personality profiles, or any other information you would not want made public, to any public areas of our Service or to any public website or other publicly available source.
Our services may include the display of personalized products, content, and advertising relating to you. We may also use data we have about you to determine whether you might be interested in the opportunities, products, or services of particular third parties. We may show you targeted advertisements online. These advertisements are targeted based on information we collect about you and information we acquire from third parties.
How We Share Information
We may share your information with third parties who help deliver our products and services to you. Examples may include those hosting our web servers, including database storage, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. These companies may have access to your personal information as necessary to perform their functions, but they may not use that data for any other purpose. We will remain responsible for any information shared in this way.
We may also disclose information to third parties if you consent. For example, if you opt in to receive information about the opportunities, products, or services of third parties, we may supply the personal information you have chosen to provide to us to those third parties so they may contact you.
We also may share aggregated information (including location data) about visitors to and Users of our Services with third parties to serve advertisements to you online. This aggregated data will not identify users individually. If we create a co-branded site with another company, information may be retained by both companies and subject to the privacy policies of both companies which will be published on the co-branded sites.
We disclose information if legally required to do so, or at our discretion pursuant to a request from a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith – after considering your privacy interests and other factors – that such action is necessary to: (a) meet legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
We may disclose and transfer information to a third party who acquires any or all of our business units, whether such acquisition is by way of merger, consolidation or purchase of all or a substantial portion of our assets. In addition, in the event our becomes the subject of an insolvency proceeding, such information will be disposed of in a transaction approved by the court. You will be notified of the sale of all or a substantial portion of our business to a third party by email or through a prominent notice posted on the site.
If you decide to make an account on any of our Services, you are responsible for keeping your username and password secret. We take appropriate measures to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, or disclosure. However, the Internet is an open system, and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.
We do we knowingly collect personal information from minors under the age of 18. If you believe that we have inadvertently collected personal information from a minor under the age of 18, please contact us and we will do our best to promptly investigate and reply to your request.
Notice to California Residents
California residents are permitted to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes, and to exercise certain privacy rights pursuant to a request to us. To make such a request, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right To Know About Personal Information Collected, Disclosed, or Sold
- The categories and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.
- The categories of sources from which we have collected your personal information.
- The business or commercial purpose why we collected or, if applicable, sold your personal information.
- The categories of third parties with whom we shared your personal information.
- The categories of personal information that we have shared with third parties about you for a business purpose.
- If applicable, the categories of personal information that we sold about you and the categories of third parties who received your personal information in the sale.
Right To Request Deletion Of Your Personal Information
You have the right to request that we delete the personal information we collected or maintained about you. Once we receive your request, we will let you know what, if any, personal information we can delete from our records, and we will direct any service providers with whom we shared your personal information to also delete your personal information from their records.
There may be circumstances where we cannot delete your personal information or direct service providers to delete your personal information from their records. Some of these instances include, but are not limited to, if we need to: (1) retain your personal information to complete a transaction or provide a good or service; (2) detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for that activity; (3) debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality; (4) exercise free speech or ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right to free speech; (5) comply with the law; and (6) use your personal information for internal and lawful purposes.
Right to Opt-Out of the Sale of Personal Information
We do not and will not sell your personal information to third parties. As such, there is no need to submit a request for us to not sell your personal information.
Right to Non-Discrimination for the Exercise of Your Privacy Rights
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA, as described above. This includes, but is not limited to: (A) denying good or services to you; (B) charging you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties; (C) providing a different level or quality of goods or services; or (D) suggesting that you will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
You may use an authorized agent to submit requests on your behalf to exercise the rights above. To verify whether the third party submitting the request is an authorized agent, the third party is required to provide: (1) A document showing that he or she has power of attorney to act on behalf of the customer; or (2) Written permission from the customer and the customer must verify his or her identity with the business.
Text Marketing and Notifications
By entering your phone number in the checkout and initializing a purchase, subscribing via our subscription form or a keyword, you agree that we may send you text notifications (for your order, including abandoned cart reminders) and text marketing offers. These messages may use information automatically collected based on your actions while on our sites and may prompt messaging such as cart reminders. Text marketing messages will not exceed 20 a month. You acknowledge that consent is not a condition for any purchase. You may opt out of receiving text messages from us at any time.
Cookies, Online Advertising, and Online Tracking
Our websites may use "cookies" to help personalize and maximize your online experience and time online, including for storing user preferences, improving search results and ad selection, and tracking user trends. A cookie is a text file stored on your device. Cookies store bits of information that we use to help make our site work. They cannot run any code and don’t contain viruses. No one can read our cookies except us.
- Security: These cookies allow us to secure access to your account.
- Preference: These cookies are used to store your preferences like language choice and display of search results.
- Analytics: We track traffic patterns so we can identify popular content and potential problems.
- Features: We can track what our users search form, so that we can improve our content in the future.
- Advertising: We use non-identifiable information about you to show You advertising.
Some cookies will remain on your device after you have left our websites.
We also may allow other companies to display advertisements to you while you are using our Services. Because your web browser must request these advertisements from the other companies’ servers, these companies can view, edit, or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the practices of those third-party advertisers. The data stored in these cookies is anonymous and the information is not linked to your personally identifiable information without your permission. The cookies placed by our third-party ad servers will remain on your device after you have left our site unless you choose to delete them.
Do Not Track is a privacy preference that Users can set in their web browsers. When a User turns on the Do Not Track signal, the browser sends a message to websites requesting them not to track the user. For information about Do Not Track, visit www.allaboutdnt.org. At this time, we do not respond to Do Not Track browser settings or signals. In addition, we may use other technology that are standard to the Internet, such as pixel tags, web beacons, and other similar technologies, to track visitors to our websites. Those tools may be used by us and by third parties to collect information about you and your internet activity, even if you have turned on the Do Not Track signal.
Social Media and Content Sharing