INFORMATION WE COLLECT
To offer you certain services in connection with the Website, we may ask you to provide personal information, like when you contact us for information or sign up to receive e-mails from us. We do not collect personal information unless you voluntarily provide it to us. Such information will typically include your name, address, country of origin, and e-mail address. We also ask for your social media handles, such as your Twitter user name, so we can ask to follow you on social media.
We may also ask you questions and ask your opinion on various issues. If you offer your personal stories opinions, we may use your response in connection with our website and other services, without or without attribution to you.
Children’s Personal Information
The Website is intended for adult audiences and isn’t intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from users under the age of 13. Please notify us if you believe we have collected a child’s personal information, and we will take reasonable steps to delete it.
Third-Party Ad-Serving Companies
From time to time, we may allow third-parties to display advertisements on our Website, which may be third-party ad-serving companies or ad networks. Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on the Website that would enable the network to recognize you each time you view an advertisement on our Website. Such activities may enable third party ad-serving companies or ad networks to collect information about your location, your device and which ads you click on, which may allow those companies or ad networks to deliver targeted advertisements to you. The practices of these third-party ad-serving companies and ad networks are not subject to this Policy, and are instead governed by their own privacy policies. Note that the information these parties collect is non-personal information and cannot specifically identify you.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We collect and use your personal information to provide you with the services you request and to help us improve the Website, the content we publish and the services we provide. We may also the information for various business purposes, including sending you newsletters, sharing your story (with or without attribution to you), and to send you administrative or service e-mails, which we may use to notify you about changes to or issues with the Website or your use of the Website.
We may use the Website usage information we collect to monitor and analyze the operation, technical functions, and quality of our Website and services, and also to create general statistics and reports about users and use of the Website, which we may use for research or to improve the Website, its content or the services we provide. We may offer services that afford you the opportunity to share certain information about content on the Website or the Website itself with social media sites including, without limitation, Twitter and Facebook. If you choose to share any such information using any such social media sites, we may as a result receive or otherwise have access to certain information stored on such social media sites, depending on any privacy settings you enable on such sites. Such information may include, without limitation, your lists of “friends,” connections or other contacts from such sites and your profile information from any such site. We will treat any information we collect in connection with your use of the functionality with any such social media sites in accordance with this Policy. Our Website may have links to certain third party websites. We aren’t responsible for any privacy practices of those third parties or the content on any such third party website.
Disclosure of Your Information
We do not disclose your personal information to third parties, other than as follows:
To our employees who have a need to know such information to perform their duties.
To third parties that provide services on our behalf, like hosting our Website or sending our newsletters.
To purchasers or similar parties in connection with the sale, merger, or reorganization of the Website or our business, provided that the buyer agrees to comply with this Policy.
To affiliated companies or strategic alliance partners, provided they comply with this Policy.
Although we do not provide your personal information to ad networks, we may aggregate and supply them with anonymous data.
To law enforcement in response to requests, court orders, or other legal processes or if we believe that such disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or respond to illegal activities, fraud, physical threats to you or others, or as otherwise required by any applicable law.
Before we disclose your personal information for other reasons, we will first obtain your consent, via e-mail, click-through, an online opportunity to enter your preference, or some other manner. In the event that we disclose your personal information as set forth above, we will require third party organizations to protect and maintain it pursuant to this Policy.
Except as explained in this Policy, we will not disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent, and we will not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose our e-mail list or address list except as expressly set forth in this Policy.
CONTROL OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
When you visit our Website, we offer you choices for the collection, use, and sharing of your personal information when you decide to register. In addition, you may request us to stop delivering future communications to you by unsubscribing at any time. Each e-mail you receive (aside from “service e-mails”) will contain instructions explaining how to stop receiving such e-mails.
The Website is based in the United States, so your personal information will be processed in the United States. Data protection laws of the United States may not provide the same level of protection as what’s provided in other countries, so if you use the Website or otherwise submit your personal information to us, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the United States.
PROTECTION OF INFORMATION — SECURITY
We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of up-to-date security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store any personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access. These systems are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
You should, however, keep in mind that no Internet communication is ever completely secure or error-free. As such, we cannot accept responsibility for any personal information that is compromised in this manner that’s outside of our control.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
We may periodically update this Policy to reflect changes in our services and policies. When we post changes to this Policy, we will revise the “Effective Date” at the bottom of this Policy. If there are material changes to the Policy or in how we will use your personal information, we will notify you either by posting a prominent notice prior to implementing the change or by sending you a direct notification. We encourage you to periodically review this Policy to be informed of how we are protecting your information.
Note that residents of California have the right to request a list of all third parties to whom we have disclosed certain personal information during the preceding year for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to see such a list, please send us a request by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. In all such requests, please use the subject line “Your California Privacy Rights” and include your name, street address, city, state, and zip code.
If you have questions or complaints regarding this Policy, please write to us at email@example.com. All customer requests will be formally reviewed by our staff.
Effective Date: December 2, 2016