We collect information during and, occasionally, at other times. This information, which ranges from limited personal data such as age and address to facts about users’ computers, professions and habits, is then securely stored on separate servers.
What information we collect
We may collect your personally identifiable information at various points throughout the Sites. You may be asked to provide your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and similar information.
Uses and Disclosure of Personal Information
Registration information may be used in several ways:
- To enable us to process, validate and verify subscriptions;
- To alert you to new projects, Sites features, special events and services;
- To conduct surveys to measure your satisfaction with our service;
- To enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
- To protect our rights or property or our safety, our members, or others;
- To comply with any court order, legal process, or respond to any governmental or regulatory request;
- To transfer information in the event of a merger, transfer of assets or other organizational restructuring;
- To monitor and evaluate our Sites and identify where we should make changes or expand services;
- To provide advertisers with aggregate – never individual – information about our subscriber base and usage patterns;
- To give our marketing and development staff information that’s useful for developing new features and services that meet subscriber needs;
- To share data with our affiliated companies for joint marketing and other purposes; and
- To share data with nonaffiliated third parties who provide products and services that may be of interest to you.
We may use third-party service providers or other third-party organizations helping to support our mission that may collect, store, or process your personal information on our behalf, such as to complete your request, e.g. completing a transaction or to outsource one or more of the functions described above.
Subscribers may edit registration information or cancel a subscription at any time. We reserve the right to contact any subscriber at any time regarding subscription renewals or other subscription-related problems or questions as well as changes to our Subscriber Agreement.
We may contract with a market-research firm to conduct occasional online surveys. When you’re within our sites, you may see a pop-up window offering you the optional opportunity of participating in a survey. If you do not wish to participate, simply click the “No, Thank You” link and you will not see this window again. If you choose to participate, you’ll be prompted to answer a series of online questions. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address for validation purposes but no other personal information (name, address, etc.) will be collected as part of the survey. In some cases, however, you may be offered a free gift for your participation. We will need your name and address, which will be used exclusively to fulfill your gift request.
We also employ cookie technology to help subscribers move faster through our site. When you use one of our sites, we pass several cookies to your computer. A cookie is a string of information that’s sent by a Web site and stored on your hard drive or temporarily in your computer’s memory. This avoids the potentially time-consuming task of checking our registration database each time a page is requested. The cookie is deleted when a user chooses the log out feature to terminate their session. We also employ cookie technology to store subscribers’ User Names and Passwords. Read our cookie disclosure statement and view a cookie-by-cookie breakdown.
Some web browsers may transmit “Do Not Track” signals to websites visited by the user. Our information collection and disclosure practices will continue to apply as described in this policy, regardless of any “Do Not Track” signals that are sent by certain browsers.
Third Party Web Sites
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Sites. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
Data Storage, Access, and The Right to be Forgotten
We store and process data on our servers in the United States, even though the European Union has not recognized that the United States provides adequate data protection laws. Individuals in the Europe Union have certain data subject rights which may be subject to limitations and/or restrictions. These rights may include the right to: (i) request access to and rectification or erasure of their personal data; (ii) obtain restriction of processing or to object to processing of their personal data; and (iii) the right to data portability. If you wish to exercise one of the above-mentioned rights, please send us your request via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals in Europe may also have the right to file a complaint about the processing of their personal data with their local data protection authority. Please also let us know if you have any questions, concerns, disputes, or issues. Our Data Protection contact email is email@example.com or by physical mail at Le Gratin – 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038.
We store personal data for different periods of time consistent with the purposes for which they were originally collected, as subsequently further authorized, or when required or allowed under applicable law.
We do not subject data subjects to decisions that have legal effects on them due solely to automated processing of personal data.
For United States residents, we undertake marketing only in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and other applicable law. For European Union residents, we undertake marketing only with your expressive affirmative consent and in compliance with applicable data privacy laws. EU residents will not be added to the marketing lists unless they have already provided express affirmative consent consistent with applicable data protection laws.
We are committed to maintaining your confidence and trust, and takes steps to help protect the personal information you provide to us. However, no transmission or electronic storage of information is guaranteed to be secure. We therefore urge you to always use caution when transmitting information over the Internet.
The Sites are not directed toward children under 18 years of age nor do we knowingly collect information from children under 18. If you are under 18, please do not use the Sites or submit any personally identifiable information to us.
Your California Privacy Rights
California’s “Shine The Light” law permits California residents to annually request and obtain information free of charge about what personal information is disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year.
Data Controller, Data Protection Officer
We are responsible for your privacy protection and is the official service provider. If you have questions regarding our website, the following information, or if you would like to contact our privacy protection representative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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