Version Date: September 11, 2018
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) protects the online privacy of children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from anyone under the age of 13, unless or except as permitted by law. Any person who provides personal information through the Blog represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older.
GATHERING, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF NON-PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Visitors of the Blog Generally
“Non-Personally-Identifying Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person. “Personally-Identifying Information,” by contrast, is information such as a name or email address that, without more, can be directly associated with a specific person. Like most site operators, we gather from visitors of the Blog Non-Personally-Identifying Information of the sort that Web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system and browser type, and the locations of the web pages the visitor views right before arriving at, while navigating and immediately after leaving the Blog. Although such information is not personally identifiable, it may be possible for us to determine from an IP address a visitor’s Internet service provider and the geographic location of the visitor’s point of connectivity as well as other statistical usage data. We analyze Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from visitors of the Blog to help us better understand how the Blog is being used. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, we are able to better design the Blog to improve visitors’ experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use. From time to time, we may also release the Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from Blog visitors in the aggregate, such as by publishing a report on trends in the usage of the Blog.
A “Web Cookie” is a string of information which assigns you a unique identification that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor submits a query to the site. We may use Web Cookies to track the pages that visitors visit, both to help us improve visitors’ experiences and to help us understand how the Blog is being used. As with other Non-Personally-Identifying Information gathered from visitors of the Blog, we analyze and disclose in aggregated form information gathered using Web Cookies, so as to help us better understand how the Blog is being used. VISITORS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON THEIR COMPUTERS SHOULD SET THEIR BROWSERS TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THE BLOG.
Third Party Advertisers
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Blog. These companies may use information (not including any Personally-Identifying Information) about your visits to this and other websites that are contained in Web Cookies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Using a tool created by the Network Advertising Initiative, you can opt out of several third party ad servers’ and networks’ Web Cookies simultaneously. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please follow the following links: http://networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp, http://preferences-mgr.truste.com/, or http://www.aboutads.info/choices/. Please contact us if you would like to know the identity of the third-party advertising companies we are currently using to serve ads.
We may use third-party vendors, including AWStats (https://awstats.sourceforge.io/) and Google, who use first-party cookies and third-party cookies together to provide analytics services, inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past activity on our Blog. These services may use Web Cookies and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Blog and other websites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information. This information may be used by us and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests on our service and other websites and better understand your online activity. If you do not want any information to be collected and used by Google Analytics, you can install an opt-out in your web browser (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/) and/or opt out from Google Analytics for Display Advertising or the Google Display Network. You can do so by using Google’s Ads Settings (www.google.com/settings/ads). For more information about interest-based ads, or to opt out in general of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.
Aggregated and Non-Personally-Identifying Information
We may share aggregated and Non-Personally Identifying Information we collect under any of the above circumstances. We also may share aggregated information with third parties, including advisors, advertisers and investors, for the purpose of conducting general business analysis. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors to our Blog and the most popular features or services accessed. This information does not contain any Personally-Identifying Information and may be used to develop website content and services that we hope you and other visitors will find of interest and to target content and advertising.
COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
As defined above, Personally-Identifying Information is information that can be directly associated with a specific person. We may collect Personally-Identifying Information from and about visitors. Much of the Personally-Identifying Information collected about visitor is information provided by visitors themselves when (1) participating in polls, contests, surveys or other features, or responding to offers or advertisements, (2) communicating with us, or (3) signing up to receive newsletters.
BY USING THE BLOG, YOU CONSENT TO THE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN THIS “COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION” SECTION.
Certain Personally-Identifying Information collected from visitors may be disclosed as a matter of course as a result of those visitor’s use of the Blog. We may provide areas on our Blog where you can post comments, reviews and other information relating to your activities on the Blog. Such postings are governed by our Blog Terms. In addition, such postings may appear on other websites or when searches are executed on the subject of your posting. Also, whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and can be collected and used by others. For example, if you post your email address, you may receive unsolicited messages. We cannot control who reads your posting or what other visitors may do with the information you voluntarily post, so we encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your personal information. VISITORS ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM THEIR VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.
We will disclose Personally-Identifying Information under the following circumstances:
- By Law or to Protect Rights. When we believe disclosure is appropriate in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing; to protect and defend our rights, property or safety, our visitors, our employees, or others; to comply with applicable law or cooperate with law enforcement; or to enforce our Blog Terms or other agreements or policies, in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand, a court order, or a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other government agency; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law.
- Marketing Communications. We may email visitors about products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. If you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing materials from us, you may do so by following the unsubscribe link in email communications or contacting us using the contact information below.
- Third Party Service Providers. We may share your Personally-Identifying Information, which may include your name and contact information (including email address) with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf. These services may include hosting, marketing assistance, performing business and sales analysis, supporting our functionality, and supporting contests, sweepstakes, surveys and other features offered through our Blog.
Changing Personally-Identifying Information
You may at any time review or change your Personally-Identifying Information by contacting us.
We take security of your Personally-Identifying Information seriously and use reasonable electronic, personnel, and physical measures to protect it from loss, theft, alteration, or misuse. However, please be advised that even the best security measures cannot fully eliminate all risks. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures.
CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our visitors who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to our privacy officer as listed below.
DO NOT TRACK POLICY
Our Blog does not respond to “Do Not Track” signals or mechanisms.