Effective Date: 02/13/2023 Policy Version: 3.1
PO Box 178296 San Diego, CA 92177
Data Protection Officer: Kara Lamerato
‘Nonpersonal Information’ (NPI) is information that is in no way personally identifiable. Some NPI is obtained automatically when you access our website with a web browser.
‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is information that is not publicly displayed and that is personally identifiable to you and obtained for us to provide you with a product or service. PII may include information such as your name, email address, physical address, phone number, credit card information, and other information you provide to us.
- Information We Collect
- How Your Information Is Used
- Your Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act
- Retaining and Destroying Your PII
- Updating, Requesting, and Deleting Your PII
- Filing a Complaint With Authorities
- Revoking Your Consent and Opting Out of Sharing Your Information
- Objecting to Processing Your PII
- Protecting the Privacy Rights of Third Parties
- Do Not Track Settings
- Links to Other Websites
- Protecting Children’s Privacy
- Our Email Policy
- Our Security Policy
- Use of Your Credit Card
- International Data Transfers
Information We Collect
Generally, you control the amount and type of information that you provide to us when using our website. We require that you provide us with certain information so that we can provide you with services and products. If you do not provide us with enough information, we may not be able to process your order. If you register as a user or member to use our website, you must provide PII for us to provide you with various features and functionality in terms of our website.
We collect your PII in the following ways:
We automatically receive information from your web browser or mobile device. This
information includes the name of the website from which you entered our website, if any, as well as the name of the website you’ll visit when you leave our website. This information also includes the IP address of your computer/the proxy server you use to access the Internet, your Internet service provider’s name, your web browser type, the type of mobile device, and your computer operating system. We use all this information to analyze trends among our users to help improve our website.
When Entering and Using Our Website
When you enter and use our website and agree to accept cookies, some of these cookies may contain your PII.
At User and Member Registration
When you register as a user or member, we collect your name, email address, and other information listed.
When Buying Products or Services
If you buy products or services from us, we collect your name, email address, physical address, credit card information, phone number, and other information listed.
Our website may use online forms. The information you enter into these online forms may contain PII.
Our website may offer premium features you must pay to use. If we were to charge you for the use of these premium features, we would need to collect payment information (such as a credit card) to bill you for the use of such premium features.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies collect information about the use of the website, such as pages visited, traffic sources, users’ interests, content management, and other website measurements.
These cookies enable the website to remember a user’s choices – such as their language, user name, and other personal choices – while using the website. They can also be used to deliver services, such as letting a user make a blog post, listen to audio, or watch videos on the website.
These cookies can be used to improve a website’s performance and provide special features and content. They can be placed by third parties who provide services to us or by our company.
Advertising or Targeting Cookies
These cookies are usually placed and used by advertising companies to develop a profile of your browsing interests and serve advertisements on other websites that are related to your interests. You will see less advertising if you disable these cookies.
These cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes, such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping cart as they browse a website. Session cookies also permit users to be recognized as they navigate a website so that any item or page changes they make are remembered from page to page. Session cookies expire after a browser session; thus, they are not stored long term.
These cookies are stored on a user’s device in between browser sessions, which allows the user’s preferences or actions across a site (or, in some cases, across different sites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes, including remembering users’ choices and preferences when using a website or to target advertising to them.
Identifying the areas of our website that you have visited
Personalizing content you see on our website
Our website analytics
Remarketing our products or services to you
Remembering your preferences, settings, and login details
Targeted advertising and serving ads relevant to your interests
Allowing you to post comments
Allowing you to share content with social networks
We may also use a technology called web beacons to collect general information about your use of our website and your use of special promotions or newsletters. The information we collect by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor the number of people who open our emails. Web beacons also help us understand the behavior of our customers and visitors.
Our website uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of our site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit our site, what pages they visit, and what other sites they have used prior to coming to our site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics to improve our site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit our site, not your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected using Google Analytics with PII. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit our site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. You can prevent Google Analytics from using your information by opting out at this link:
Why am I seeing ads by Google for products I’ve viewed?
https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en or you opt out using the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org/#!/
Our website uses Facebook’s remarketing advertising service. With remarketing, you may see ads for our products which you have previously looked at when you use Facebook. For this to happen Facebook uses a Custom Audience Pixel that is activated when a visitor lands on a webpage and a unique “cookie” is placed in their browser. To opt out of Facebook remarketing visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/568137493302217
How Your Information Is Used
We use the information we receive from you to:
Provide our products and services
Personalize and customize our content
Make improvements to our website
Contact you with updates to our website
Resolve problems and disputes
Contact you with marketing and advertising that we believe may be of interest to you
Communications and Emails
When we communicate with you about our website, we will use the email address you provided when you registered as a member or user. We may also send you emails with promotional information about our website or offers from us or our affiliates unless you have opted out of receiving such information. You can change your contact preferences at any time through your account or by sending us an email with your request to: email@example.com
Sharing Information With Affiliates and Other Third Parties
We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your PII to third parties for marketing purposes. However, for data aggregation purposes we may use your nonpersonal information (NPI), which might be sold to other parties at our discretion. Any such data aggregation would not contain any of your PII. We may provide your PII to third-party service providers we hire to provide services to us. These third-party service providers include but are not limited to: payment processors, web analytics companies (like Google Analytics), call centers, data management services, help desk providers, shopping cart and email service providers, and shipping and mailing companies.
Legally Required Releases of Information
We may be legally required to disclose your PII if such disclosure is (a) required by subpoena, law, or other legal process; (b) necessary to assist law enforcement officials or government enforcement agencies; (c) necessary to investigate violations of or otherwise enforce our Legal Terms; (d) necessary to protect us from legal action or claims from third parties, including you and/or other users or members; or (e) necessary to protect the legal rights, personal/real property, or personal safety of our company, users, employees, and affiliates.
Disclosures to Successors
Community Discussion Boards
Your Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides you with rights regarding how your data or personal information is treated. Under the legislation, California residents can choose to opt out of the “sale” of their personal information to third parties. Based on the CCPA definition, “sale” refers to data collection for the purpose of creating advertising and other communications. Learn more about CCPA and your privacy rights.
How to opt out
Retaining and Destroying Your (PII)
We retain information that we collect from you (including your PII) only for as long as we need it for legal, business, or tax purposes. Your information may be retained in electronic form, paper form, or a combination of both. When your information is no longer needed, we will destroy, delete, or erase it.
Updating, Requesting, and Deleting Your (PII)
You can update your PII using services found on our website. If no such services exist, you can contact us using the contact information found at the top of this policy and we will help you. You have the right to request and access the type of PII we have collected from you that is stored in electronic or paper format by our company. You also have the right to request that we delete any PII we have about you. If you want access to your PII, are requesting to know what PII we have collected about you, or are requesting that we delete your PII, send us an email with your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us using our contact information on this website and we will help you. However, we may keep your PII as needed to enforce our agreements and to comply with any legal obligations.
Filing a Complaint With Authorities
You have the right to file a complaint with supervisory authorities if your information has not been processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. If the supervisory authorities fail to address your complaint properly, you have the right to a judicial remedy.
Revoking Your Consent and Opting Out of Sharing Your Information
You have the right to revoke your consent for us to use your PII at any time. You can always opt out of future unaffiliated third-party disclosures of your information. Such an optout will not affect disclosures otherwise permitted by law including but not limited to: (i) disclosures to affiliates, (ii) disclosures to third-party service providers that provide certain services for our business, such as credit card processing, computer system services, shipping, data management, or promotional services, (iii) disclosures to third parties as necessary to fulfill your requests, (iv) disclosures to governmental agencies or law enforcement departments, or as otherwise required to be made under applicable law, (v) previously completed disclosures to third parties, or (vi) disclosures to third parties in connection with subsequent contests or promotions you may choose to enter, or third-party offers you may choose to accept. If you want to opt out of unaffiliated third-party disclosures or revoke your consent for us to use your PII, send us an email with your request to: email@example.com
Objecting to Processing Your PII
You have the right to object to the processing of your PII.
Protecting the Privacy Rights of Third Parties
If any postings you make on our website contain information about third parties, you must make sure you have permission to include that information in your posting. While we are not legally liable for the actions of our users, we will remove any postings about which we are notified, if such postings violate the privacy rights of others.
Do Not Track Settings
Some web browsers have settings that enable you to request that our website not track your movement within our website. Our website does not obey such settings when transmitted to and detected by our website. You can turn off tracking features and other security settings in your browser by referring to your browser’s user manual.
Links to Other Websites
Protecting Children’s Privacy
Even though our website is not designed for use by anyone under the age of 13 (child), we realize that a child under the age of 13 may attempt to access our website. We do not knowingly collect PII from children under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your child is using our website, please contact us. Before we remove any information, we may ask for proof of identification to prevent malicious removal of account information. If we discover that a child is accessing our website, we will delete his/her information within a reasonable period of time. You acknowledge that we do not verify the age of our users nor do we have any liability to do so.
Our Email Policy
You can always opt out of receiving further email correspondence from us or our affiliates. We will not sell, rent, or trade your email address to any unaffiliated third party without your permission except in the sale or transfer of our business.
Our Security Policy
We have built our website using industry-standard encryption and authentication tools to protect the security of your PII. We also use technologies such as secure routers and firewalls to help protect your PII. When we collect your credit card information through our website, we will encrypt it before it travels over the Internet using industry-standard technology for conducting secure online transactions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee against the loss or misuse of your PII or secure data transmission over the Internet because of its nature. We strongly urge you to protect any password you may have for our website and to not share it with anyone. You should always log out of our website when you finish using it, especially if you are sharing or using a computer in a public place.
Use of Your Credit Card
You may have to provide a credit card to buy products and services from our website. We use third-party billing services and have no control over these services. We use our commercially reasonable efforts to make sure your credit card number is kept strictly confidential by using only third-party billing services that use industry-standard encryption technology to protect your credit card number from unauthorized use. However, you understand and agree that we are in no way responsible for any misuse of your credit card number.
International Data Transfers
Information that we collect from you may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate. For European customers and users, your PII may be transferred outside the European Union for us to provide the services and information you request from us. Wherever we transfer, process or store your PII, we will take reasonable steps to protect it. We will use the information we collect from you in accordance with this policy. By using our website or services, you agree to the transfers of your PII described within this section. Also, PII you post on our website for publication may be available worldwide by means of the Internet. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
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