Revisions to this Policy
The information which the Company collects through the Website may include personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”), which refers to information that helps the Company identify Users of the Website. The Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, data such as a User’s name, email address, website and/or any other information voluntarily submitted by a User on the Website.
The Website may also collect data that cannot be traced back to a specific individual (“Anonymous Information”). For example, the Company may be able to keep count of how many Users have viewed the Website and specific content therein, key words utilized to find the Website or key words utilized to search within the Website. Users who view the Website but do not enter their Personal Information are generally anonymous Users.
The Website may use browser cookies to collect Anonymous Information. The Website may also incorporate web beacons or similar tracking technologies to allow the Company to track how the Website is used. Such technologies are used to collect Anonymous Information, e.g. the name of the User’s internet service provider, the IP address of the User’s computer, User’s browser software and operating system, the identity of any linked-form or linked-to website and other similar information.
The Company may combine a User’s Anonymous Information with similar information collected from other Users to help improve the Website and the Company’s services. Persons and/or entities advertising on or through the Website or through affiliate links posted on the Website, if any, may have access to Anonymous Information for purposes of determining how often a User sees a particular advertisement or clicks on an affiliate link. Such persons or entities may also obtain Personal Information based upon your actions and transactions with them.
User acknowledges and agrees that the Company may share User’s Anonymous and Personal Information with its employees, independent contractors and vendors as it deems necessary for the Company to effectuate the purposes of the Website.
Be advised that the Company utilizes several services in the creation, maintenance and operation of its Website. The Company does not own or operate these services and as such does not make any warranties with respect to these services, the companies which provide them and the Personal and Anonymous information which they may independently collect. These services include: WordPress.org, MailChimp, Google® Analytics, GoDaddy and WPX Hosting. Please review the Privacy Policies, Terms and Conditions and other rules associated with these respective services to better understand what information they collect as you Use the Website and how they use that information. The Company may, at any time and without prior notice, change the services it uses to create, maintain and operate its Website. Please refer back to this page, as well as the Terms and Conditions page to stay apprised of any changes.
A User may become a registered member of the Website (“Registered User”), in which case the User may be asked to provide certain Personal Information, including User’s name, address, telephone number, email address, a unique login name, password and password validation, and a password hint to help the User remember his password. This information is collected within the registration process, in order to allow for greater ease in the Registered User utilizing the Website and its interactive features; to allow the Company and the Website to identify the Registered User; and to allow Company to contact the Registered User for customer service purposes and otherwise. In addition, Company requests Registered User’s email address to confirm new member registration and to enable email or other electronic communications to be made through the Website. Moreover, the Company may utilize a Registered User’s email address to send updates, newsletters, news or other information regarding the Website to the Registered User. In the event that Registered User no longer wishes to receive such emails, he may “opt-out” via the “opt-out” function that appears in each email.
Registered Users may be providing more Personal Information than general Users to the Website. By becoming a Registered User, that User assumes all risk, and agrees to these terms with regard to all of the information that he submits vis-à-vis the Website. Furthermore, the information set forth in the Registered User’s profile may be shared with others, and registration as a Registered User constitutes consent to sharing this information.
When submitting a comment on the Website and/or contacting us, User may be asked to provide certain Personal Information, including his name and email address. This information is collected to make it easier for you to Use the Website and its interactive features including, without limitation, sending messages to the Company, posting feedback on the Website including, without limitation, compliments, tips, complaints and/or comments; to allow the Company and the Website to identify the User; and to allow the Company to contact the User, if necessary. In that regard, the Company may use your email address to respond to your questions, issues, concerns, complaints, general inquiries, and/or feedback and/or to provide you with information you requested (“Responses”). The Company will retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to provide you with said Responses and/or as necessary to comply with the Company’s legal obligations and/or to resolve disputes and/or enforce its agreements.
In addition, the Anonymous Information that is gathered for a User may also be tied to his Personal Information to see how that specific User utilizes the Website and the aggregate use and postings, if any, that he has made (his “Use History”). This combined information may be shared internally within the Company. By using the Website, the User is agreeing to his Personal Information and Use History being utilized in this manner. User assumes all risk, and agrees to these terms with regard to all of the information that the User submits through the Website. User acknowledges and agrees that by submitting information on or through the Website, for example, by posting a comment on the Website, such information, which may include Personal Information, may be public and viewable by other users of the Website. Users may post content on the Website that may be made publicly available to other Users and to the general public via the Website including, without limitation, feedback, reviews, compliments, tips, complaints and/or comments with respect to content on the Website. User shall not share any information on or through the Website that he is not prepared to be public or to otherwise share with such other third parties.
If a User posts content for someone other than himself, in which another person’s Personal Information may be accessible or otherwise made available, User hereby makes the material representation and warranty upon which he wishes the Company to reasonably rely, that he has obtained each of those other individuals’ consent to disclose their Personal Information to the Company and other Users.
User acknowledges and agrees that all Submitted Property becomes the property of the Company immediately upon its receipt of the same, unless the Company elects not to take ownership of Submitted Property. The Company may then utilize, transfer, assign, license, distribute or otherwise disseminate the Submitted Property as it wishes in its sole discretion. As it relates to intellectual property rights relating to the same, User hereby assigns and conveys all rights he may have to such Submitted Property and ideas to the Company. If User seeks to keep such information or property private or proprietary, he should not submit and/or send such information through the Website or to the Company.
Third Party Advertisers and Links to Third Party Websites
The Website may contain advertisements, affiliate links and/or links to other websites, products, or services that the Company does not own or operate. These advertisements and third party websites are not affiliated, owned, maintained or updated by the Company. If you choose to visit or use any third-party products or services, please be aware that this policy will not apply to your activities or any information you disclose while using third-party products or services or otherwise interacting with third parties. The Company is not responsible for examining or evaluating, and the Company does not warrant the offerings of any third-party website.
Except as otherwise provided herein or within the Agreement and/or the Terms and Conditions of the Website, the Company will not intentionally distribute, rent or sell a User’s Personal Information to third parties without the User’s permission except as outlined herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company will share Users’ information, including without limitation, Personal Information amongst its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and other related entities and related websites.
The Company may also disclose Personal Information about its Users or information relating to their Use of the Website for any reason if, in its sole discretion, it determines that it is otherwise reasonable to do so, including, without limitation:
- To comply with laws, such as without limitation, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, regulations or governmental or legal requests for such information;
- To reveal information that is needed to identify, contact or bring legal action against any User who may be violating the terms and conditions of the Website;
- To take steps to protect and defend rights and property, including without limitation, intellectual property of the Company or that of third parties;
- To operate the Website properly;
- To protect the Website and its Users; and/or
- To fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities, private-party litigants and others seeking information about its Users to the extent required by applicable law.
If the Company receives a request from law enforcement or judicial authorities, or is otherwise required by law to reveal User’s Personal Information, then it reserves the right to provide the requested information.
In addition, Information about the Users of the Website, including without limitation, Users’ Personal Information, may be disclosed in association with certain of the Company’s business dealings such as any debt financing, acquisition or merger, sale of assets or ownership interests and in the event of a bankruptcy, assignment for benefit of creditors or receivership in which particular information could be sold or transferred to other parties as an asset.
The Company may also share Users’ Personal Information, Anonymous Information and Use History with potential business partners, including potential advertisers.
The Company uses reasonable security measures that are designed to protect information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. The Company undertakes reasonable efforts to operate secure data networks which are protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. The Company undertakes reasonable efforts to review its security and privacy policies on a periodic basis and it may adjust and change the systems as necessary.
Please note, however, that no data security measures can be guaranteed to be completely effective. Consequently, the Company cannot ensure or warrant the security of any personal information or other information. You transmit Personal Information to the Company at your own risk. The Company is not liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other content stored on the Company’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Website, or otherwise connected with your use of the Website.
Limitation on Use by Minors
This Website should not be used by Users under the age of majority in the State from where the User is accessing this Website (“Minors”). The Company recommends that Users of this Website use parental control protections, such as computer hardware, software or filtering devices which may help Users limit Minors’ access to harmful Materials.
The Company does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from Minors through the Website. If the User is a parent and believes the Company may have inadvertently collected such information from User’s child, please notify the Company immediately by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Website is generally intended for United States-based users. If you are visiting from or accessing the Website from other regions, the laws governing data collection and use may differ from United States law. Please be aware that you are transferring Personal Information to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as some other regions. By providing Personal Information to us, you consent to the transfer of it to the United States and the use of it in accordance with this policy.
A User acting on behalf of an employer or entity, acknowledges that it is authorized to do so and that it may be sharing certain corporate information with the Website and other Users. As further set forth in the Terms and Conditions, all Users also acknowledge that they have permission to utilize the Website in this capacity.