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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting our website. This privacy policy tells you how we use personal information collected at this website. Please read this privacy policy before using the website or submitting any personal information. By using this website, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy. These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted and will only apply to activities and information on a going forward, not retroactive basis. You are encouraged to review the privacy policy whenever you visit the site to keep track of the policy changes and make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

Note: the privacy practices set forth in this privacy policy are for this website only. If you link to other websites, please review the privacy policies posted at those websites.

1.) Personal Information we collect

a.) Personal Information is information that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data. Personal Information is required when you create a membership, request information from us, sign up for e-mails, or otherwise communicate with us. We may also connect Personal Information you provide by interacting with us through social media or other forums.

b.) We also collect and use aggregated data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose ("Aggregated Data"). Aggregated Data may be derived from your Personal Data but is not considered Personal Information by law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific Service feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your Personal Information so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as Personal Data which will be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

c.) We DO NOT collect Special Categories of Personal Data about you (which may include details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, and information about your health.)

2.) How we use your Personal Information

We will only use the details collected from you:

a) To manage your Account

b) To provide you with our services, including customer services

c) To maintain our services (including security, troubleshooting, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting, hosting of data, and blocking users)

d) To contact you including sending information and updates relating to our services, questions or requests and/or for the provision of customer services

e) To use data analytics to improve user relationships and experiences

3.) Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

If you click to a Third Party site, they may use cookies. Please see their individual Privacy Policies for their Cookie Policy. disclaims any and all liability from Third Party Cookies.

4.) Data Sharing

a.) Service Providers. We may share your information with third-party service providers that provide business, professional, or technical support functions that make our site available to you.

b.) Third-Parties. We do not share Personal Data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission. We may share information about you with your financial service provider in order to verify and make payment transactions.

c.) Legal Matters and Safety. We may access and disclose your information to respond to subpoenas, judicial processes, or government requests and investigations, or regarding an investigation on matters related to public safety, as permitted by law, or otherwise as required by law. We may disclose your information to protect the security of our site including our servers, network systems, and databases. We also may disclose your information as necessary, if we believe that there has been a violation of our Agreement, any other legal document or contract related to our Service, or the rights of any third-party.

d.) Sale or Transfer of Business or Assets. We may sell or purchase assets during the normal course of our business. If another entity acquires us or any of our assets, the information we have collected about you may be transferred to such entity. In addition, if any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding is brought by or against us, such information may be considered an asset of ours and may be sold or transferred to third-parties.

e.) Marketing Statistics and Analytics. We may share Aggregate Data, anonymous, or de-identified data with third parties for their marketing or analytics uses.

5.) Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. We regularly monitor our systems for possible attacks and vulnerabilities, but we can’t warrant the security of the data you send us even with the safeguards we have put in place.

We maintain (and require our subcontractors and service providers to maintain) appropriate organizational and technical measures designed to protect the security and confidentiality of any information we process. However, no organizational or technical measures are 100% secure so you should take care when disclosing information online and act reasonably to protect yourself online.

6.) Your Rights

a.) Request access to your Personal Data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

b.) Request correction of your Personal Data. Request correction of the Personal Data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

c.) Request deletion of your membership profile. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove Personal Information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your Personal Information to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of deletion for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

d.) Object to processing of your Personal Data. Object to processing of your Personal Information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third-party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

e.) Right to withdraw consent. Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your Personal Data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain features of our Services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

f.) No fee usually required. You will not have to pay a fee to access your Personal Information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

g.) What we may need from you. We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your Personal Information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that Personal Information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

h.) Time limit to respond. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

7.) Third Party Links may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

8.) Data Retention

Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code entitles residents of California to request a notice detailing the categories of Personal Information that we have shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year, as well as the identity of those third-parties. To request a copy of your Personal Information maintained by us, please contact us.

9.) Data Retention

We will only retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, audit, reporting, and/or corporate compliance requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for Personal Information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your Personal Information, the purposes for which we process your Personal Information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. Account and Profile data will be retained for six months after you closed your account (in case you want to re-open an account). After six months, it will be deleted. However, if you made payments, your Account Data, Contact Data, and Payment data will be retained for seven years in order to comply with our accounting and tax obligations. Certain associated Profile and Technical Data may also be retained to protect the company against litigation. When you close your account, we will disable the display of your photo on pages associated with your account. However, your contributions in blogs, forums, or stories will remain on display unless you request us to delete this information. Information about violations of the terms of our websites which have led to you being blocked will be retained for 10 years together with your Account Data, Contact Data, and certain Technical Data, in order to prevent you from creating a new account.

10.) Updates

We reserve the right to change or modify this policy at any time without prior notice, and we may apply any change in the Privacy Policy to information previously collected, as permitted by law. Please review our Privacy Policy before you provide any Personal Information and periodically on an ongoing basis. When we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by email. Your continued use of our Service after any changes or revisions to this Privacy Policy become effective shall indicate your agreement with the terms of the then-current Privacy Policy.

11.) Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding these Terms & Conditions and/or Privacy Policy, please contact us.please contact us.

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