Last Updated on April 25, 2020
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION I COLLECT ABOUT YOU
When you use the Services by, for example, providing registration details, subscribing to my updates, browsing my site, completing a quiz, requesting information from me or otherwise interacting with my Services, I may gather personal information. “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual. Several different types of Personal Information can be gathered when you interact with the Services. Collection of Personal Information is necessary to provide the Services to you or to enhance your consumer experience.
Me and my service providers collect Personal Information in a variety of ways, including:
Through the Services
Update / newsletter subscriptions: I collect your email address when you subscribe to my updates;
Contact me: I collect personal information for you in offline contexts, including, for example, when you contact me.
From Other Sources
Publicly available databases, including marketing and data analytics resources. For example, I may receive email addresses, mailing addresses and demographic information (e.g. age, sex) from these sources;
Authors and joint marketing third-parties, when they share the information with me;
Social media platforms and other third-party service platforms;
Third-party business customers when they share the information with me (e.g., sales data).
HOW I USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Me and my service providers use Personal Information for the following purposes:
Providing the functionality of the Services and fulfilling your requests
To respond to your inquiries and fulfil your requests, when you contact me via one of my online contact forms or otherwise, for example, when you send me questions, suggestions, compliments or complaints, or other information about my Services;
To enable you to participate in public forums on my website;
To complete your transactions, verify your information, fulfil your orders, and provide you with related customer service;
To send administrative information to you, such as changes to my terms, conditions, and policies.
I will engage in these activities to manage my contractual relationship with you and/or to comply with a legal obligation.
Providing you with my updates and facilitating social sharing
To send you marketing related emails, with information about my services, new products and other news about my work. To opt out of these emails, please see the section labelled Choices and Access;
To facilitate social sharing functionality that you choose to use.
I will engage in this activity with your consent or where I have a legitimate interest.
Allowing you to participate in quizzes, contests or other promotions
I may offer you the opportunity to participate in quizzes, contests or other promotion.
Some of these promotions have additional rules containing information about how I will use and disclose your Personal Information. Please read those additional rules before choosing to participate.
I use this information to manage my contractual relationship with you.
Accomplishing my business purposes
For data analysis, for example, to improve the efficiency of my Services;
For enhancing, improving, repairing, maintaining, or modifying my current products and services, as well as undertaking quality and safety assurance measures;
For identifying usage trends, for example, understanding which parts of my Services are of most interest to users;
For determining the effectiveness of my promotional campaigns, so that I can adapt my campaigns to the needs and interests of my users; and
For operating and expanding my business activities, for example, understanding which parts of my Services are of most interest to my users so I can focus my energies on meeting my users’ interests.
I engage in these activities to manage my contractual relationship with you, to comply with a legal obligation, and/or based on my legitimate interest.
Aggregating and/or anonymising Personal Information
I may aggregate and/or anonymise Personal Information so that it will no longer be considered Personal Information. I do so to generate other data for my use, which I may use and disclose for any purpose, as it no longer identifies you or any other individual.
Combining Personal Information
To perform the above functions, I may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including Personal Information and Other Information (as defined below, see the section labelled Other Information) and use such information along with information collected from other sources, such as demographic information and updated contact information. I or my third-party service providers may also use your information to assess the level of interest in, and use of the Services, my emails, and my other campaigns both on an individual basis and in the aggregate. I may also use and/or combine information we collect off-line or from third party sources to check the accuracy of, enhance and supplement your user records, and to better customise your experience with me.
I also use your Personal Information as necessary or appropriate, in particular when I have a legal obligation or legitimate interest to do so:
To comply with applicable law and regulations
This may include laws outside your country of residence.
To co-operate with public and government authorities
To respond to a request or to provide information I believe is necessary or appropriate. These can include authorities outside your country of residence.
To co-operate with law enforcement
For example, when I respond to law enforcement requests and orders or provide information I believe is important.
For other legal reasons
To enforce my terms and conditions; and
To protect my rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of my affiliates, you or others.
In connection with a sale or business transaction
I have a legitimate interest in disclosing or transferring your Personal Information to a third party in the event of any reorganisation, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or any portion of my business, assets, or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
WITH WHOM I SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
I disclose Personal Information to third-parties:
To my third-party service providers, to facilitate services they provide to me
These can include providers of services such as website design and hosting, data analysis, payment processing, order fulfilment, information technology and related infrastructure provision, customer service, email delivery, ad serving, research survey/interview/focus group management and analysis, marketing, auditing, and other services.
By using the Services, you may elect to disclose Personal Information.
On message boards, chat, profile pages, blogs, and other services to which you are able to post information and content. Please note that any information you post or disclose through these services will become public and may be available to other users and the general public.
With other third parties
I may also disclose your Personal Information for the other uses described above (e.g., to comply with applicable laws, co-operate with law enforcement, and in connection with a sale or business transaction).
OTHER INFORMATION COLLECTED USING TECHNOLOGY
“Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an identifiable individual. The Services collect Other Information such as:
Browser and device information
Information collected through cookies, pixel tags and other technologies
Demographic information and other information provided by you that does not reveal your specific identity
Information that has been aggregated in a manner such that it no longer reveals your specific identity
Collection of Other Information
Me and my service providers may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including:
Your browser or device
Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Mac), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language, Internet browser type and version and the name and version of the Services you are using. I use this information to ensure that the Services function properly.
I may collect the physical location of your device by, for example, using satellite, cell phone tower or Wi-Fi signals. I may use your device’s physical location to provide you with personalised location-based services and content.
Uses and Disclosures of Other Information
I may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose, except where I am required to do otherwise under applicable law. If I am required to treat Other Information as Personal Information under applicable law, I may use and disclose it for the purposes for which I use and disclose Personal Information as detailed in this Policy. In some instances, I may combine Other Information with Personal Information. If I do, I will treat the combined information as Personal Information as long as it is combined.
THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING
I may use third-party advertising companies to serve advertisements regarding goods and services that may be of interest to you when you access and use the Services and other websites or online services.
HOW TO OPT OUT OF RECEIVING EMAIL NEWSLETTERS, AND YOUR CHOICES AND ACCESS
Your choices regarding our use and disclosure of your Personal Information
I give you choices regarding my use and disclosure of your Personal Information for marketing purposes. You may opt out from:
Email updates. If you no longer want to receive marketing related emails from me on a going-forward basis, you may opt out by emailing email@example.com. You may not be able to unsubscribe from communications that are not related to marketing; otherwise, you might miss important information about your account, the Services, or transactions you engage in on the Website.
Joint marketing promotions. As described above (see section labelled With Whom I Disclose Your Personal Information), you may withdraw your consent to me sharing of your Personal Information with my joint marketing partners at any time by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail promotions. I do not send direct mail solicitations at any time.
I will try to comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that if you opt out of receiving marketing related emails from me, I may still send you important administrative messages, from which you cannot opt out.
How you can access, change, or delete your Personal Information
If you would like to request to access, correct, update, suppress, restrict, or delete Personal Information, object to or opt out of the processing of Personal Information, or if you would like to request to receive a copy of your Personal Information for purposes of transmitting it to another company (to the extent these rights are provided to you by applicable law), you may contact me. I will respond to your request consistent with applicable law.
In your request, please make clear what Personal Information you would like to have changed or whether you would like to have your Personal Information suppressed from my database. For your protection, I may only implement requests with respect to the Personal Information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and I may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. I will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.
Please note that I may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes and/or to complete any transactions that you began prior to requesting a change or deletion.
I ask that you not send to me, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Information (e.g., social security numbers, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, biometrics or genetic characteristics or criminal background) on or through the Services or otherwise to me.
I retain Personal Information for as long as needed or permitted in light of the purpose(s) for which it was obtained and consistent with applicable law. The criteria used to determine my retention periods include:
The length of time I have an ongoing relationship with you and provide the Services to you (for example, for as long as you have an account with me or keep using the Services);
Whether there is a legal obligation to which I am subject (for example, certain laws require me to keep records of your transactions for a certain period of time before I can delete them); or
Whether retention is advisable in light of my legal position (such as in regard to applicable statutes of limitations, litigation or regulatory investigations).
I seek to use reasonable organisational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information within my organisation. Unfortunately, no data transmission or storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure If you have reason to believe that your interaction with me is no longer secure, please immediately notify me in accordance with the “Contacting Us” section below.
THIRD PARTY SERVICES
In addition, I am not responsible for the information collection, use, disclosure, or security policies or practices of other organisations, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, or any other social media platform provider.
USE OF SERVICES BY MINORS
Except for a few of my child- and teen-directed Services, these Services are not directed to individuals under the age of eighteen (18), and I do not knowingly collect Personal Information from individuals under 18.
What Information I Collect and How I Use It
I do not require children to share any Personal Information in order to participate on this Site. On occasion, however, I may collect Personal Information, such as an email address from a child as part of an activity, in accordance with GPDR. For example:
Email address: I may collect a child’s email address in order to respond to a one-time request from the child, such as if the child asks me a question. In such case, I promptly delete the child’s email address from my system once I have responded, and I do not use the child’s email address for any other purpose.
I may also collect Other Information automatically from your child’s computer or device, such as the frequency with which the child visits my Site and the pages visited, to support the internal operations of the Site. I collect this information so I can understand and monitor usage of the Site, customise content on the Site and improve the performance of the Site. This information is collected using technologies such as cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies. This information is not used to behaviourally target children and I do not permit behavioural targeting on any of my Services that are directed to children.
Special Circumstances for Information Sharing and Security
I may share children’s personal information with “Third Party Service Providers” and “Other Third Parties When Required by Law” as disclosed above (see “With Whom I Share Your Personal Information”).
Under GPDR you have the right to review and have any of your child’s information deleted from my records. You also have the right to tell me to stop collecting or using your child’s personal information. If you have questions concerning our information practices with respect to children, or if you would like to review, have deleted, or stop the further collection of your child’s personal information in connection with the transaction for which it was originally collected, you may email me at email@example.com
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