Effective Date: June 15, 2020
- INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We collect data to provide the products and services you request on the Services, ease your navigation using the Services, communicate with you, and improve your experience using the Services. Some of this information is provided by you directly to us, such as when you create an account. Some of the information is collected through your interactions with the Services or third party websites and applications. We collect such data using technologies like Cookies (defined below) and other tracking technologies, error reports, and usage data collected when you interact with our Services. Some of the information is collected from your use of, and interactions with, us and others on social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn (collectively, “Social Media”).
The data we collect depends on the products, services, and features of the Services that you use, and includes the following.
1.1 PERSONAL INFORMATION
When you visit the Services without creating an account, you can browse without submitting Personal Information about yourself. In general, we collect Personal Information that you submit to us in the process of creating or editing your account and user profile on the Services or that you submit to us voluntarily through your use of the Services. Information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could be reasonably linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household is “Personal Information.”
Personal Information does not include:
- Publicly available information from government records.
- De-identified or aggregated consumer information.
- Information excluded from the CCPA’s scope including, without limitation:
- Health or medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) or clinical trial data; and
- Personal Information covered by certain sector-specific privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994.
We may also collect Personal Information from third parties, such as Social Media, Payment Processors (defined below), product vendors, and other partners. Our collection of this information allows us to provide you with our products and services, establish, maintain and support your user account on the Services, and communicate with you in accordance with our Terms of Service.
1.2 Automatically Collected Usage and Device Information
Similar to other websites, we use tracking technologies to automatically collect certain technical information from your web browser, mobile, or other device when you visit the Services. This data may include, but is not limited to, your IP address, browser type and language, referring/exit pages and URLs, other browser history, platform type, number of clicks, landing pages, the pages you requested and viewed, the amount of time spent on particular pages, and the date and time of your visits. Our collection of this data, described in more detail below, allows us to provide more personalized high-quality services to you and to track usage of the Services.
- Cookies. We automatically derive and collect certain data based on your interactions with us on the Services using cookies and similar technologies (collectively, “Cookies”). Our collection of data through Cookies includes information about your browser and Services usage patterns, which may include your IP address, browser type, browser language, referring/exit pages and URLs, pages viewed, links clicked, whether you opened an email, and information about the device you use to access the Services. Our collection of this information allows us to improve your user experience in various ways, such as to personalize our display of the Services to you, to “remember” if you are signed in, and to provide better technical support.
Please note: If you restrict, disable or block any or all Cookies from your web browser or mobile or other device, the Services may not operate properly, and you may not have access to certain services or parts of the Services. We shall not be liable for any interruption in, or inability to use, the Services or our services or degraded functioning thereof, where such are caused by your settings and choices regarding Cookies.
- Pixels (aka web beacons/Tracking code). We may use Pixels (defined below) to automatically record certain technical information about your interactions with us when you access the Services or otherwise engage with us, to help deliver Cookies, or count users who have visited the Services or used our services. We may also include Pixels in our promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether you open or act on them for statistical purposes. “Pixels” are tiny snippets of code and/or tiny images with unique identifiers used to track certain online actions, movements and related information of Services users. Unlike Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixels are embedded invisibly on web pages or in HTML-based emails. The data we receive through Pixels allows us to provide you a better user experience with our Services, effectively promote the Services to various populations of users, and to optimize external advertisements about the Services that appear on third-party websites.
1.3 Information from Other Sources
We may obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from business partners, contractors, suppliers, and other third parties and add it to your account information or other information we have collected. We, and the third parties with whom we work, may combine information we collect from you over time, and across the Services, with information obtained from other sources. This helps us improve the information’s overall accuracy and completeness, and also helps us better tailor our interactions with you.
1.4 Location Information
We collect precise geolocation data from you or your device, as well as your address information, e.g., shipping and billing address, when you set up your account and order our products. We also collect and use information about your general location (e.g., your state of residence) and can infer your approximate location based on your IP address in order to track our general Services usage or to tailor any pertinent aspects of your user experience to the region where you are located.
1.5 User Contributions
You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Services or transmitted to other users of the Services or third parties, including, for example, third party websites and services like Social Media that are integrated into or linked to the Services (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Services or third parties with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Such third parties may have their own policies and terms that apply to your User Contributions, and we are not responsible for any third party’s policies or terms. We cannot and do not guarantee that unauthorized persons will not view your User Contributions.
1.6 Social Media
- THIRD PARTY ANALYTICS PROVIDERS
- HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use or disclose your Personal Information for one or more of the following business purposes (“Business Purpose”):
- To fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information (e.g., to send you product and service information).
- To personalize and develop our Services and the services we provide to you, and improve our offerings.
- To provide certain features or functionalities on the Services.
- For marketing and promotions, including to check your eligibility for contests and to contact you in the event that you win.
- To create, maintain, customize, and secure your account.
- To provide you with support, to communicate with you and respond to your inquiries, including to investigate and address your concerns and monitor and improve our responses.
- To personalize your experience and to deliver content and product and service offerings, products, and services relevant to your interests, including offers and advertisements through third-party sites, and via email (with your consent, where required by law).
- To help maintain the safety, security, and integrity of our Services, other services, databases, other technology assets, and business.
- For testing, research, analysis, and product development, including to develop and improve our Services and other services.
- To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by law, court order, or governmental regulations.
- To prevent illegal activity, fraud, and abuse.
- As described to you when collecting your Personal Information or as otherwise set forth in the law, including the CCPA.
- To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of a bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Information held by us about our users is among the assets transferred or liquidated.
4.2 Account-Related Emails
When you create an account with us and provide us with your email we may, subject to applicable law, use your email address to send you Services-related notices (including any notices required by law, in lieu of or in addition to communicating with you by postal mail), updates, news, and marketing messages. For example, when you register, you will receive a welcome email. If our Services or other services are temporarily unavailable, we may also send you an email.
Email communications you receive from us will generally provide an unsubscribe link or instructions allowing you to opt out of receiving future emails or to change your contact preferences. If you have an account with us, you can also change your contact preferences by updating your contact information within your account settings. Please remember that even if you opt out of receiving marketing emails, we may still send you important service information related to your account and the Services. If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/109378269482053/?helpref=hc_fnav
- Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en#infochoices
- Bing: https://about.ads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads?rfr=hx
- Additionally, you can opt-out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/
4.4 Non-Personally Identifiable Information
We may use non-personally identifiable information, such as anonymized or aggregated Services usage data, in any manner that does not identify individual users for the purpose of improving the operation and management of the Services, including to develop new features, functionality, and services, to conduct internal research, to better understand Services usage patterns, to resolve disputes, to troubleshoot problems, to fulfill user requests, or for security and compliance purposes. Any non-personally identifiable information that is combined with Personal Information will be treated by us as Personal Information.
4.5 Payment Processors
If you purchase or pay for products or services via the Services, the transaction may be handled by our service providers or third-party vendor(s) responsible for processing your payment (“Payment Processors”). These entities have their own privacy policies and those terms will apply to you. Please be sure to review them at the links provided during payment processing.
- OUR INFORMATION SHARING PRACTICES
When we disclose Personal Information for a Business Purpose, we enter into a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to keep that Personal Information confidential and use it only for performance of the contract, and not for any other purpose. We share your information, including any Personal Information, in the circumstances described below.
5.1 Disclosures of Personal Information
We have disclosed the following categories of Personal Information for a Business Purpose, as more fully described in Section 4:
- Category A: Identifiers.
- Category B: California Customer Records personal information categories.
- Category C: Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law.
- Category D: Commercial information.
- Category E: Biometric Information.
- Category F: Internet or other similar network activity.
- Category G: Geolocation data.
- Category H: Inferences drawn from other personal information.
We disclose your Personal Information for a Business Purpose to the following categories of third parties:
- Social Media.
- Analytics Providers.
- Payment Processors.
- Other third-party marketing service providers.
5.2 Legal Requirements
We reserve the right to disclose all information collected via the Services, internally, to affiliates, or to third parties, for any lawful purpose or to prevent harm to us or others. For example, and without limitation, in our discretion, we may disclose information to government regulators, law enforcement authorities, or alleged victims of identity theft. We will notify you in the event of a government or legal request for your information unless prohibited by law.
5.3 Organizational Transitions
- YOUR CHOICE AND OPTIONS RELATING TO OUR COLLECTION
You can choose not to provide Personal Information. You may always decline to provide your Personal Information to us. Registering for an account is not required to access some of our online content. If you decide to register, you can choose to provide information that does not reasonably identify you to others by selecting a username that is not related to your actual name. You can also decline to provide any optional information in your account. If you choose not to provide certain Personal Information to us, some of your experiences may be affected (for example, we cannot send you our newsletter if you do not provide your email address).
6.1 You May Decline Requests
6.2 Right to Access Specific Information and Data Portability Right
You may have the right under the CCPA to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your Personal Information over the past twelve (12) months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will disclose to you:
- The categories of Personal Information that we have collected about you.
- The categories of sources for the Personal Information that we have collected about you.
- Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or making available that Personal Information.
- The categories of third parties with whom we share that Personal Information.
- The specific pieces of Personal Information that we have collected about you (also called a data portability request).
- If we disclosed your Personal Information for a Business Purpose, the Business Purpose for which such Personal Information was disclosed, and the Personal Information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
6.3 Right to Delete
You may have the right under the CCPA to request that we delete any of your Personal Information that we have collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your Personal Information from our records, unless an exception applies.
We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) or vendor(s) to:
- Complete the transaction for which we collected the Personal Information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
- Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
- Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair intended functionality.
- Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
- Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et seq.).
- Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
- Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
- Comply with a legal obligation or legal order.
- Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
6.4 Right to Opt-Out
If you are 16 years of age or older, you may have the right under the CCPA to direct us not to make your Personal Information available for valuable consideration at any time (the “right to opt-out”). We do not make available the Personal Information of consumers we actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless we receive affirmative authorization (the “right to opt-in”) from either the consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a consumer less than 13 years of age. Consumers who opt-in may opt-out at any time.
To exercise the right to opt-out or right to opt-in, you (or your authorized representative) may submit a request to us by sending us an email at email@example.com. Once you make an opt-out request, we will wait at least twelve (12) months before asking you to reauthorize certain information sharing practices. However, you may change your mind and opt back in at any time by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only use Personal Information provided in an opt-out request to review and comply with the request.
6.5 Exercising Your Rights
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by:
Sending us an email at email@example.com
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your Personal Information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.
You may only make such a request for access or data portability twice within a twelve (12) month period unless otherwise provided by law. The verifiable consumer request must provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected Personal Information or an authorized representative, and describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with Personal Information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the Personal Information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. We will only use Personal Information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
We will respond to verifiable requests received from California residents as required by law. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the twelve (12) month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your Personal Information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity.
We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
- Deny you goods or services.
- Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
- Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
- Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
However, we may offer you certain financial incentives permitted by the CCPA that can result in different prices, rates, or quality levels. Any CCPA-permitted financial incentive we offer will reasonably relate to your Personal Information’s value and contain written terms that describe the program’s material aspects. Participation in a financial incentive program requires your prior opt in consent, which you may revoke at any time.
6.7 Online Tracking Choices
Some web browsers incorporate a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) or similar feature that signals to websites that a user does not want to have the user’s online activity and behavior tracked. If a website that responds to a particular DNT signal receives the DNT signal, the browser can block that website from collecting certain information about that browser’s user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and DNT signals are not yet uniform. For this reason, many website operations, including the Services, do not respond to DNT signals.
7 ACCESSING AND UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
8 SAFETY AND INFORMATION SECURITY MEASURES
We use certain physical, managerial, and technical safeguards designed to preserve the security of your information that we maintain in connection with your use of the Services. For example, we encrypt all data with secure sockets layer (SSL) or similar technologies when we transmit your data. This, however, does not guarantee that your information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by any breach of our physical, technical or managerial safeguards. You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, computer, and other devices by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords, or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity. In the event that any of your Personal Information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and will notify you, as appropriate, in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations.
We or our third party hosting providers store Personal Information in operating environments that are safeguarded against public or unauthorized access and protected from internal access with physical and technical security measures. While these measures are helpful to safeguard your Personal Information after we receive it, no transmission of data over the internet is 100% secure.
9 NOTICE TO USERS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Please be aware that we are headquartered in the United States. The Services are governed by United States law. If you are using any of our products or services outside of the United States, your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers may be located. The United States might not offer the same level of privacy protection as the country where you reside or are a citizen. BY USING THE SERVICES, COMMUNICATING WITH US VIA MAIL, EMAIL OR TELEPHONE, OR OTHERWISE PROVIDING INFORMATION TO US, YOU CONSENT TO THE TRANSFER TO, AND PROCESSING OF, YOUR INFORMATION IN THE UNITED STATES.
10 THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION ("GDPR")
Residents of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) may be entitled to rights under the GDPR. If you qualify, these rights are summarized below.
If you request to exercise your rights under the GDPR, we may require verification of your identity before we respond to any such request. If you are entitled to these rights, you may exercise the following rights with respect to your Personal Information that we collect and store:
- The right to withdraw consent to data processing at any time;
- The right of access to your Personal Information;
- The right to request a copy of your Personal Information;
- The right to correct any inaccuracies in your Personal Information;
- The right to erase your Personal Information;
- The right to data portability, meaning to request a transfer of your Personal Information from us to any other person or entity as chosen by you;
- The right to request restriction of the processing of your Personal Information; and
- The right to object to processing of your Personal Information.
If you qualify, you may exercise these rights free of charge. These rights will be exercisable subject to limitations as provided for by the GDPR. Any requests to exercise the above-listed rights may be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an EEA resident, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a Data Protection Authority about how we process your Personal Information at the following website: https://edpb.europa.eu/about-edpb/board/members_en.
11 CALIFORNIA SHINE THE LIGHT LAW
California Civil Code § 1798.83 permits users who are California residents to obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of third parties to whom we have disclosed Personal Information (if any) for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and wish to make such a request, please send an e-mail with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line to email@example.com. In your request, you must attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address. We will reply to valid requests by sending a response to the email address or physical address from which you submitted your request. Please note that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing and the relevant details required by the Shine the Light law will be included in our response.
12 CALIFORNIA MINORS
While the Services are not intended for anyone under the age of 18, if you are a California resident who is under age 18 and you are unable to remove publicly-available content that you have submitted to us, you may request removal by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. When requesting removal, you must specify the information you want removed and provide us with specific information, such as the URL for each page where the information was entered, so that we can find it. We are not required to remove any content or information that: (1) federal or state law requires us or a third party to maintain; (2) was not posted by you; (3) is anonymized so that you cannot be identified; (4) you do not follow our instructions for removing or requesting removal; or (5) you received compensation or other consideration for providing the content or information. Removal of your information from the Services does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of that information from our systems or the systems of our service providers. We are not required to delete information posted by you; our obligations under California law are satisfied as long as we anonymize the information or render it invisible to other users and the public.
14 PRIVACY QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION