First, we have a few fundamental principles at the site:
· We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it to provide our services.
· We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
· We don’t sell personal information. Your name and email address will never be given or sold to a 3rd party.
· We don’t store personal information on our servers unless it’s required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
Like most website operators, The site collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use its website.
From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
The site also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the blogs. The site only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
One other exception is when a giveaway is entered by a logged-in user, the IP address of the entrant will be logged and available for the giveaway administrator to view with the intentions of using this information to help moderate giveaway entries. It’s common for sweepstakes promotions run by giveaway administrators to limit entries into their giveaways to one per household or per IP address, as an IP address might represent an individual household.
GATHERING OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Certain visitors choose to interact with the blog in ways that require the blog to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the blog gathers depend on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at The site to provide a name and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The site – by purchasing access to a premium service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions.
In each case, The site collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The site. The site does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
When an individual enters a giveaway, they’re able to log into the entry form in two ways – through Facebook Connect and through their name and email address combination.
Many of our users prefer using their Facebook account to connect to our giveaway entry forms across the web. When an entrant signs in through Facebook Connect, they will be shown a dialogue hosted by Facebook that describes The site giveaway app’s permissions.
We currently ask for only basic information and email address. By default, your basic information is the information you’ve chosen to make public that’s associated with your Facebook account. This includes certain properties such as your Facebook id, name, picture, gender, and locale. Certain connections such as your friends also may be available. If the user has made more of their Data public, more information will be available.
We ask for your email address associated with your Facebook account as an entrant. If you win a giveaway, the promotion admin may be able to contact you. If you enter a giveaway using The site entry form and log into the entry form through Facebook Connect, you will be contacted if you’re a winner at the primary email address listed in your Facebook account. This email address can be found and edited by logging into your Facebook account > general account settings > email.
· We take your privacy seriously and stand by the following guidelines when it comes to your Facebook account:
· We will never post anything to your wall unless you give us permission.
· We will never contact your Facebook friends without your approval.
· We will never store your Facebook password.
· We will only use information you have made publicly available to the Facebook community.
· We encourage you to take control of how and what you share on Facebook by editing and reading more about your privacy settings on Facebook here.
To disconnect the site application from your Facebook account, log into your Facebook account, go to your Facebook account settings, click on ‘apps’ on the left side of the screen, find the site app and click the x in the row to remove the app.
Name / Email Address for Entrants
If you choose not to log into a giveaway entry form via Facebook Connect, the other option is to use your name and email address. This contact information is needed to give to the administrator of the giveaway to help them determine if you’re a winner and contact you if you win.
When an entrant signs into and enters a giveaway, their entrant information is collected by the site and presented to the giveaway administrator to make the job of the giveaway administrator easy to run, manage, and moderate their giveaways and giveaway entrants.
As stated above, the site presents this data to the administrator running the giveaway. We also give the administrator the ability to download a list of entries into a spreadsheet format.
The site may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, The site may monitor the most frequented giveaways on the site. The site also has Google Analytics installed on our site, as well as other analytic programs that help us gather feedback and make decisions on how to improve our service offerings. However, The site does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
PROTECTION OF CERTAIN PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
The site discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The site behalf or to provide services available at our websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
The site will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The site discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or another governmental request, or when The site believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The site, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered user and have supplied your email address, The site may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The site and our products. We primarily use our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example, via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The site takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
EXTERNAL DATA STORAGE SITES
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM CHILDREN
You must be at least 13 years old to use the blog page. The site does not knowingly collect information from children under 13.
YOUR PRIVACY RESPONSIBILITIES
To help protect your privacy on The site, be sure:
· Not to share your user ID or password with anyone
· To log off the site when you are finished
· To take customary precautions to guard against ‘malware’.