Last Updated: January 20, 2022
We collect, use, and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so, we are subject to various laws in the United States and the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom), and we are responsible as “controller” of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.
It would be helpful to start by explaining some key terms used in this policy:
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Any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual
Special category personal information
Personal information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership
Genetic and biometric data
Data concerning health, sex life, or sexual orientation
Personal Information We May Collect About You
Some of this personal information (e.g., name and email address) is required to provide services to you. If you do not provide personal information we ask for, it may delay or prevent us from providing some services to you. We use privacy-preserving analytics via usefathom.com.
Further, because our website offers user-submitted posts and comments, please be advised that information posted by you via these public areas becomes public knowledge and cannot be removed. It is permanently displayed with blockchain-like technology and you acknowledge this.
How Your Personal Information May Be Collected
We collect most of this personal information directly from you via our website and apps. However, we may also collect information:
How and Why We Use Your Personal Information
Under data protection law, we can only use your personal information if we have a proper reason for doing so, e.g.,:
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
Importantly, this does not apply to special category personal information, which we will only process with your explicit consent.
Registered users may receive additional announcements from us about site news, events, private messages, uploaded photos, blog posts, and website updates. Out of respect for the privacy of our registered users, we present the option to not receive these types of communications.
Further, we will always treat your personal information with the utmost respect and never sell or share it with other organizations for marketing purposes.
You have the right to opt out of receiving promotional communications at any time by:
We may ask you to confirm or update your marketing preferences if you instruct us to provide further products or services in the future, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.
Who We Share Your Personal Information With
When necessary, we will share personal information with:
We only allow our service providers to handle your personal information if we are satisfied they take appropriate measures to protect your personal information.
We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
We may also need to share some personal information with other parties, such as potential buyers of some or all of our business or during a restructuring. Usually, information will be anonymised but this may not always be possible. The recipient of the information will be bound by confidentiality obligations.
We Do Not Sell or Disclose Personal Information.
We do NOT sell any personal information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household. This includes:
Where Your Personal Information is Held
Information may be held at our offices and those of our service providers, representatives, and agents as described above (see above: “Who We Share Your Personal Information With”).
Some of these third parties may be based outside the European Economic Area. For more information, including on how we safeguard your personal information when this occurs, see below: “Transferring Your Personal Information Out of the EEA”.
How Long Your Personal Information Will Be Kept
We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or we are providing services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information:
We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary, however, note that if you include personal information in the audio, that information cannot be removed.
European Union Users: Transferring Your Personal Information Out of the EEA
To deliver services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to share your personal information outside the European Economic Area (EEA), e.g.,:
These transfers are subject to special rules under European and UK data protection law.
If you would like further information please contact us (see ‘How to contact us' below).
European Union Users: Your Rights Under the GDPR
Access: The right to be provided with a copy of your personal information (the right of access).
Rectification: The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal information.
To be forgotten: The right to ask us to request the relevant jurisdiction to delete your personal information—in certain situations, though removal is not guaranteed.
Restriction of processing: The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal information—in certain circumstances, e.g., if you contest the accuracy of the data.
Data portability: The right to receive the personal information you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party—in certain situations.
The right to object:
—at any time to your personal information being processed for direct marketing (including profiling);
—in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information, e.g., processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests.
Not to be subject to automated individual decision-making
The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.
For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on individuals rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.
If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please contact us (see below: “How to contact us”).
Do Not Track
Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites and online services you visit. Like many websites and online services, we do not currently alter our practices when we receive a “Do Not Track” signal from your browser. To find out more about “Do Not Track” you may visit www.allaboutdnt.com.
Keeping Your Personal Information Secure
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorized way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
Links to Third Party Websites
We do offer links to other websites. When you click on links to other websites, we encourage you to read their privacy policies. Their standards may differ from ours.
How to Complain
Please contact us if you have a complaint. We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.
The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live, or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred.
Changes to This Privacy Notice
We may change this privacy notice from time to time–when we do we will inform you via an update to this page and the date at the top of this page.
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