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We value your privacy and desire to ensure your experiences are as safe as possible
Effective Date: May 23, 2018
If you have questions about this policy, please feel free to contact us at:
Don Johnston Incorporated Attn: Legal Department 26799 West Commerce Drive Volo, Illinois 60073 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Line: Legal
We collect Personal Information in two ways. First, we collect information you provide to us in optional, voluntary submissions, such as in registration forms, license forms, user profiles, promotional signups, sweepstakes/contest entries, requests for customer service, software and mobile applications downloads. Second, some Personal Information may be collected automatically. This is described below in “Passive Data Collection.”
We may also obtain information, including Personal Information, from third party sources. If we directly combine information from third parties with Personal Information that we have collected, we will treat the combined information as Personal Information and handle it in accordance with this Policy. In addition, please note that we may solicit third parties to collect Personal Information on our behalf and in such cases we instruct those third parties to comply with this Policy and all applicable data protection laws.
Passive Data Collection
We may receive passively-collected information through a variety of methods including, but not limited to:
We may use a variety of methods, including “cookies” to collect information.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device and customize the experience. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
The cookies used on our Sites have been categorized based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on our Sites by category is set out below.
Opting Out of Cookies
You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. You may also change your cookie settings through preference options in our Sites, where applicable. We will indicate that upon selecting your preferences, that we will use a cookie to remember your preferences.
Don Johnston never gives away information about our users. If you choose to provide Personal Information about yourself, Don Johnston will use this information only to communicate directly with you. Don Johnston will not sell, rent or otherwise disclose that information to third parties unless such disclosure is necessary for the purposes set forth in this Policy, by law or a policy or notice contained or associated with a specific Site(s) and/or Service(s).
We use analytics tools and other third party technologies, such as Google Analytics, to collect non-personal information in the form of various usage and user metrics when you use our online Sites. These tools and technologies collect and analyze certain types of information, including cookies, IP addresses, device and software identifiers, referring and exit URLs, onsite behavior and usage information, feature use metrics and statistics, usage and purchase history, MAC Address, mobile unique device ID, and other similar information.
The third party analytics companies who collect information on our Sites and other online products may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online or mobile products and services relating to your activities across their network of websites as well as online and/or mobile products and services. Many of these companies collect and use information under their own privacy policies.
You may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Google has additional information available about their Remarketing Privacy Guidelines, Policies, and Restrictions at https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/143465.
Personal Information. Generally, we use Personal Information to establish and enhance our relationship with our users through three main categories: (1) Communication; (2) Optimization; and (3) Sharing Features. Below, we provide some specific examples of how we use the Personal Information and other information we collect.
Communication and Responding to Requests. We use your information, including Personal Information, to provide you with customer support, process transactions, responses, requests, send newsletters and updates, send special offers, seek opinions and feedback, and connect users to Don Johnston Sites, and to products and services of our partners and licensees.
Optimization. We use user information, including Personal Information, behavioral metrics, and other non-personally identifiable information to operate, provide, improve, and maintain our Sites and Services, to develop new products and services, to prevent abuse and fraud, to personalize and display advertisements and other content for you, and for other administrative and internal business purposes.
Sharing Features. We use your information, including Personal Information and any other information you submit directly or through passive means to provide you with various ways to connect and share content (e.g., web content, user generated content, text, pictures, media, tools, services) with third parties. For example, we may provide you with the opportunity to email a link to certain content to another person. To use this feature, we may require you to provide certain Personal Information including your email address and the email address of each person to whom you send the link.
We also may allow you to share links to content with users of various third party services (e.g., social networking, search and sharing services). When sharing links using one of these third party services, if you are not already logged in to the third party service, you will need to supply login credentials for it. If you are not a registered user of the third party service, you will need to sign up for it. You are supplying the registration information or login credentials for the third party service directly to that third party, and not to us. By using any of these third party services to share links to content, you permit us to access, use and disclose any information relating to your account on each such third party service (such as your user name and profile information) that is available to us through the third party service, including through its application programming interface (API) pursuant to this Policy.
We do not share Personal Information with third parties except in the limited circumstances described in this Policy.
Service Providers. We may provide Personal Information to third parties for their use in performing internal business functions (e.g., payment processing, customer service, maintenance, security, data analysis, email transmission, beta testing, or data hosting) on our behalf. Additionally, some third party service providers may collect information, including Personal Information, on our behalf. Whenever possible, we require such third-parties to only collect and use Personal Information in accordance with this Policy, to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of such Personal Information, and for no purpose other than providing us with our requested services.
Legal Requirements. We may disclose Personal Information if we have a good-faith belief that doing so is required by a subpoena, warrant, or other judicial or administrative order or otherwise required by law. Additionally, we may disclose Personal Information where we, in good faith, deem it appropriate or necessary to prevent violation of our other agreements; take precautions against liability; protect our rights, property, or safety, or those of a partner, any individual or the general public; maintain and protect the security and integrity of our Sites or infrastructure; protect ourselves and our Sites from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; investigate and defend ourselves against third party claims or allegations; or assist government regulatory agencies.
Change of Ownership. Information about our users, including Personal Information, may be disclosed as part of any bankruptcy, merger, sale, transfer of company assets, acquisition, or similar transaction. In the event of such a transaction in which your Personal Information would be transferred to a third party, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you. For example, we will post a notice of the transfer of Personal Information on our Sites and, if we have your email address, we will send notice of the transfer of Personal Information to that email address.
Interactive Features. If you use a forum, blog, channel, bulletin board, chat room, user commenting features, or other interactive sharing or social features that may be offered through any of our Sites, you should be aware that any Personal Information you submit, display, or publish there is considered publicly available and can be read, collected, used, and disclosed by other users of those features, by us, and other third parties without restriction, except to the extent limited access features are available, if any. To request removal of your personal information from our blog, sharing service or community forum, for example, contact us at the information provided in this Policy. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Children under 13 years old are not allowed to send information about themselves to anyone over the internet without a school, parent or guardian’s express consent. Don Johnston recommends that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
If you are a student, please do not send any Personal Information about yourself to us. In the event that Don Johnston learns that it has collected personal information from a student without parental consent, or if Don Johnston learns a student has provided Personal Information, Don Johnston will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a student may have provided Don Johnston Personal Information, please contact Don Johnston at email@example.com, Subject Line: Legal.
Users under 13 years of age: your continued use of the Site will be considered by Don Johnston as confirmation that your parent or guardian has expressly consented to the handling of your personal information as described in this Policy as further indicated in the opening paragraph of this Policy.
Submitting Personal Information. If you do not want to submit Personal Information that is necessary to provide or use our Sites or to fulfill your request, you will not be able to access and/or participate in certain Don Johnston Sites. For example, you will not be able to participate in certain contests or promotions. In addition, your refusal to submit Personal Information may limit our ability to respond to your customer support inquiry in a timely fashion.
Editing Personal Information. You may, at any time, update, correct, or delete certain Personal Information by contacting us at the mailing or email address provided set forth in this Policy. If you wish to obtain a report of the Personal Information Don Johnston has about you, please send us a written request at the address set forth in this Policy.
Marketing Choices. If you want to remove yourself from individual communications, including marketing promotions, advertisements, updates and email newsletters, simply click the unsubscribe link in the communication. You also acknowledge and agree that there may be instances where we may elect to notify you about administrative notices regarding your account with us, such as to inform you about changes to our terms, conditions, and policies, that your account may be expiring, or to provide you with other relevant administrative information about your account. Because this information is important to your interaction with us, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
Account Deletion. If you submit Personal Information, you may delete your account with us at any time. If you delete your account, your Personal Information and any and all other account related information including, but not limited to, user profile data, purchasing history, sharing data and any other data, credits, or content specifically associated with your account are also permanently deleted. Deletion of your data may take up to 30 days from accessible systems and up to 90 days from backup systems. If you choose to have an account with us in the future, you will have to sign up for a new account as none of the information you previously provided or saved within your account will have been saved.
We take reasonable measures, including the implementation and maintenance of physical, electronic, and managerial procedures, in an effort to assure the security, integrity, and accuracy of all Personal Information that we collect. Our efforts include procedures designed to avoid unauthorized access, alteration, misuse or disclosure of Personal Information. If we learn of a security systems breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the Don Johnston Sites covered by this Policy and providing Personal Information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your account information and usage.
We collect and use Personal Information in accordance with this Policy and only for the purposes stated in this Policy and/or at the time we request such Personal Information from our users, or for such purposes to which a user may otherwise consent. We do not use or share our users’ Personal Information in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which such Personal Information was requested and authorized for use by us. We retain Personal Information for no longer than is commercially useful to carry out our business purposes, or as we believe may be legally required. When Personal Information is deleted or updated by you, it may take up to 30 days from accessible systems, and up to 90 days from backup systems, for us to delete such Personal Information. Furthermore, third party processors that had access to Personal Information may take longer to delete or update Personal Information stored on its systems.
Don Johnston content, including forums contests, products, services, newsletters and communications that we send to our users, may contain links to content provided by third-parties. For example, our communications may contain links to third party merchants (i.e. ecommerce store) from whom you may purchase products. To purchase products from these third party merchants, you may be required to provide Personal Information, including your credit card or other payment information.
We may update this Policy from time to time. If we do, we will update the “effective date” at the top of the Policy. We will post the updated Policy on the affected Sites, and on our website.
We encourage you to review this Policy periodically to stay informed about our collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information. Your continued use of our Sites or any other content, products or other services covered by this Policy constitutes your agreement to this Policy and any updates.
Don Johnston Sites may be hosted in the United States. If you utilize our Sites from the European Union or Switzerland, or any other region with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data outside of those jurisdictions to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union, Switzerland and other regions. By providing Personal Information under this Policy, you consent to the use of your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy and the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States.
Don Johnston is committed to complying with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland.
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