Last updated: August 12th, 2018
1. Information we collect
Generally speaking, our site posts informational articles that do not require the collection of your personal information. When you signup for newsletters or promotions such as an eBook download, we collect that information. This is usually limited to a name and email address—you can even fake your name and we wouldn’t know. If you create an account to participate in comments or forums, any information you provide therein will be accessible by us, except passwords and payment information. Those are encrypted. Below is a general outline of some of the ways that we may use your data.
- Our Services may offer the ability to participate in discussions and the creation of content through comments, forums, user reviews, and other services whereby you might upload content (collectively, your ‘Content’). The content you upload is associated with the profile you create and is viewable by the Public and non-encrypted. You possess the sole responsibility for any content you submit and, in doing so, agree that anyone may have access to such information. Remember, anything you post online should be regarded as being available to the public.
- We collect location data such as your IP address when you access this website. We don’t really do much with this, but it helps our server do things like load images from nodes closer to you or show your content more catered to your geographic location.
- We will have access to any information you enter when participating in quizzes, polls, or submitting any forms while on our website. In some cases, these responses may be used to share information with other users and should never be considered as passing confidential information. We don’t really share stuff that is emailed to us, but we like to share the results of quizzes and polls.
2. How we use the information we collect
The information we collect is used to help us better understand how users interact with our website, to provide higher-quality services, and to improve the general experience of our website. Below is how we actually use the information we collect:
- to manage our Site and Services in ways that help facilitate user discussion and the contribution of information by others;
- to provide location-based information such as geographic product availability or location-based services;
- to notify you of any changes, updates, or announcements related to our Site or Services;
- to create a customized user experience such as hiding ads you don’t want to see, showing your ads related to the page you’re reading, and to generate usage statistics to satisfy our own inner curiosity;
- to analyze the interaction with our website to improve the overall user experience;
- to communicate with you through such exchanges as email, contact form submission, or live chat Services;
- to ensure your consent to our Terms of Service;
- to communicate offers from our selected partners and advertisers;
- to help users participate in polls, surveys, or quizzes we’re conducting;
- to satisfy such contractual obligations that may exist; and
- for other purposes with your consent or as permitted or required by law.
We, our service providers and third-party advertising partners make use of technology and web-services that collect information about our users through automated functionality. This is used by nearly every website online and helps us know things like
- How many visitors came to our website
- What percentage of our visitors were from the United States
- Which web pages do our users visit most often
- What browser you are using
- What type of mobile device you have
- Your IP address
- Your Operating System (OS)
We automatically collect this kind of information and anonymize much of it. The majority of this information is collected through the following third-party tools:
- Google Analytics
- Google Ads
- Google Tag Manager
- Facebook Pixel
We don’t sell your information to advertisers. We can’t stress that enough. Our election to integrate user data with third-party service providers is with the underlying goal of creating a better user experience by understanding who accesses our website and how it is being interacted with.
If you would prefer not to accept cookies, most browsers will allow you to: (i) change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, which lets you choose whether or not to accept it; (ii) disable existing cookies; or (iii) set your browser to automatically reject any cookies. You may also set your e-mail options to prevent the automatic downloading of images that may contain technologies that would allow us to know whether you have accessed our e-mail and performed certain functions with it. If you don’t want us to share your hashed or encrypted email address with advertising partners, simply opt-out of our promotional communications. See Your Choices below.
At this time, we do not respond to browser ‘do not track’ signals. It’s a questionable choice but allows us to create a fuller illustration of how users interact with our website. This doesn’t include the collection of any personal information or in how we communicate with you—only the automated data we collect such as how long you stayed on our Site. To limit the amount of data that is collected by our website and other websites visit the following opt-out page: Ad Choices Opt-Out Page.
We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our Site visitors use the Site, and as well as certain features of Google Analytics Display Advertising to advertise online, sell advertising and to develop content. You can opt out of Google Analytics and customize Google’s Display Network ads. Please visit Google’s Ad Settings and Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
Please visit How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps for a description of how Google uses information sent by our browser and for ways you can control the information sent to Google. Tens of millions of websites use Google Analytics and we describe our use of this service as ‘common’ in that we aren’t using it for any secretive purposes not intended by its designers.
There are some occasions when we may share some of the information you provide to use, in part or in whole, with third-parties. Below is a description of such cases.
We share some data with third parties through the use of technologies such as Cookies, as described in the section above.
We rely on service providers for many of the Services that we offer. We may provide your information to them, or any of our affiliates, to help facilitate this type of service. One example would be us providing an email-provider with your name and email address to send you emails, rather than using our own server to do so. Another example would be hosting our website on a third-party server, where information would be gathered and stored, to help provide better services. It’s important to recognize that, in the digital age, “sharing” of information isn’t always as explicitly-defined as one might imagine. When you type an email address into your Gmail account to send someone an email, you are “sharing” that person’s email with Google.
Aggregate or anonymized information
We may use your personal information to create aggregate statistics and anonymized data. We may use, share and sell this information for any purpose. One example of such information would be to say 70% of users to our website were from the United States. These types of segmented reports are useful in building marketing profiles but have no need for an individual’s information.
With your consent
If we ask you for your consent to provide information to a third party, and you provide such consent after that information is provided to a third party we no longer control how that information is handled, accessed, or shared.
We may disclose your personal information in other circumstances where permitted or required by law or other legal processes. For example, we may disclose your personal information: (a) to collect a debt owed to us; (b) as necessary to comply with a subpoena, warrant, court order or other legal processes; (c) if disclosure is requested by an investigatory body, law enforcement official or governmental authority which has lawful authority to request the disclosure of the information in respect of an investigation or other legal processes; or (d) if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the information relates to a breach of an agreement or contravention of a law, or to protect the personal safety of our users or defend our rights or property.
5. How we store and protect personal information
No information is 100% safe, period. If you don’t believe us just turn on the news. Nonetheless, we still take the privacy of our users very seriously. In most cases, our first step in reducing the chances of information to be stolen or shared without consent is to limit the amount of information we collect. For example, we won’t be a party to the theft of your credit card information if we haven’t collected it.
The personal information that you do provide us is stored on our servers or those maintained by our service providers. While collecting your information we use measures such as SSL-encryption to reduce the likelihood that any third party could intercept the transmission of data between our Site and you. Any passwords that are provided to us are stored in encrypted form. In addition, we limit access to personal information to our employees or service providers that require access to the information in order to perform their duties. Even with these measures, there is no certainty that any data transmitted via the Internet is safe and we make no assurances of such.
Our Site links to other websites for reference and discussion purposes, quite frequently. We make no assurances of the quality of these websites, the accessibility of these sites, or the information-collecting practices of these websites. Any such link from our website does not signify or otherwise communicate our endorsement of that website, service or product. We suggest you inquire with each such link directly to better understand how your information is collected and used by any related Third Party.
Our Sites are not directed to and we do not knowingly request or collect personal information from children – persons under 13 years of age, or another age if required by applicable law – without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personal information about a child without verifiable parental consent, we will delete this information from our records or, if that is not reasonable, we will take reasonably available steps to de-identify the information.
8. Accessing or correcting your personal information
Any personal information you provide to us, beyond your email and name, can be updated by logging into the related Site or Service and updating the information. If for any reason, you are unable to gain reasonable access to your account you may contact us and request that your information is updated, verified, or deleted and we will do so in a reasonable timeframe. Any request for action taken on our behalf to access, alter, or remove your personal information may be subject to a verification process deemed by us to be suited for safeguarding our users’ information. In some cases, such as those where you have provided information to a Third Party, we may be unable to access that information.
9. Your Choices
The election to receive communications by us is completely optional and can be updated at any time by accessing your profile or by clicking one of the links (‘unsubscribe’) in one of our email communications. In cases where our Site or Service is accessed by third-party tools, such as logging in with Facebook, you can control the information that is shared with us via the settings found in those third parties’ settings.
10. How to contact us
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