Last updated: May 25, 2018
(Download .pdf version)
OUR PRIVACY COMMITMENT
HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
This section describes the kinds of personal information we collect about you in connection with your use of Taunton Applications.
Information You Provide To Us
- Contacting Us. When you provide us with information in connection with a particular activity or otherwise sign up for our services or provide your contact information, including an email address or telephone number in connection with that activity, product, or service, you agree that this action constitutes a transaction or inquiry establishing a business relationship with us. You expressly consent to our communicating with you future information about Taunton using the information you provided to us. You also attest that you have the legal authority over any telephone number you provide to us and can provide us with the authorization to contact you. This means we may contact you, in person or by recorded message, by e-mail, telephone and/or mobile telephone number (including use of automated dialing equipment), text (SMS) message, or any other means of communication that your wireless or other telecommunications device may be capable of receiving. You may withdraw your consent to any or all of these communications at any time by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” button or other means offered in a communication, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Registration Information. We will collect personally identifiable information from you when you register for any Taunton membership sites, interact with our Taunton Applications, update your profile, interact with other users, and/or use various features of our Taunton Applications. By signing up, you give us permission to store and display user information you have provided in order to provide the best possible experience on Taunton Applications.
- Billing Information. We collect and store billing and credit card information. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the transaction. Examples of this include fulfilling orders and processing credit cards.
- Surveys and Promotions. From time-to-time we may request information from you and other users via surveys, contests, or sweepstakes. Participation in these surveys, contests, or sweepstakes is completely voluntary so you and other users have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Contact information may be used to notify the winners, award prizes, and file winners’ information as required by law. Survey information will be used for the purpose(s) of the survey, including the monitoring or improvement of the use and satisfaction of Taunton Applications.
Information Collected Through Technology
In addition to any personally identifiable information or other information that you choose to submit to us, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with Taunton Applications (“Usage Information”). This may include the browser that you are using, the URL that referred you to Taunton Applications, all of the areas within Taunton Applications that you visit, and the time of day, among other information. We may use this Usage Information for a variety of purposes, including enhancing or otherwise improving Taunton Applications. In addition, we collect your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for your computer or other device used to access Taunton Applications (any, a “Device”). A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to the device used to access Taunton Applications, and our computers identify your device by its Device Identifier. Usage Information may be non-identifying or may be associated with you. Whenever we associate Usage Information or a Device Identifier with your personal information, we will treat it as personally identifiable information. However, some information collected in this manner may be non-personally identifiable information, and may be used for analytical purposes only.
A few of the tracking technologies that may be used to collect Usage Information include, without limitation, the following:
The cookies we use fall into the following categories:
Essential. These cookies help make our websites usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Some of the advertisements you see on our websites are provided by third party organizations. Some of these organizations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, which we do not have access to. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to Taunton websites.
Social networking cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our websites through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes.
Analytics. These cookies help us track site metrics and user behavior behind the scenes to improve and optimize our sites. This data includes information about what pages were visited, what links were clicked, what terms were searched for, and provides information on the success of our marketing campaigns. This data is used to help determine how our websites can be customized to provide a better user experience. All of the information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how our website works.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
Web Beacons. Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our web pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a web page or e-mail can act as a web beacon. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to our Sites, to monitor how users navigate the Sites, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened, or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.
Embedded Script. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with Taunton Applications, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Sites, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
Information You Provide About a Third Party
If you send someone else a communication from Taunton Applications, such as sending an invitation to a friend, the information you provide (names, e-mail addresses, etc.) is used to facilitate the communication and is not used for any other marketing purpose, unless we obtain consent from that person, or we explicitly say otherwise. If that person becomes a subscriber to our publications, his/her information will be treated in the same manner as all other subscribers. Please be aware that when you use any send-to-a-friend functionality on Taunton Applications, your e-mail address may be included in the communication sent to your friend.
Information We Collect From Third Parties
We may acquire information from other trusted sources to update or supplement the information you provided or that we collected automatically, such as information to validate or update your address or other demographic and lifestyle information. We use this information to help us maintain the accuracy of the information we collect, to target our communications so that we can inform you of products, services and offers that may be of interest, and for internal business analysis or other business purposes.
Third-Party Analytics Technologies
HOW WE USE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
Use of Information by Us
We will only process your personal information (including sharing it with third parties), when (1) you have given us your consent (which you can withdraw at any time), (2) the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party, (3) we are required to do so by law, (iv) processing is required to protect your vital interests or those of another person, or (v) processing is necessary for our legitimate commercial interests, unless those interests are overridden by your rights and interests.
We may send you notices from time to time relating to your account or your subscriptions. These may include order confirmations, renewal notices, invoices, or customer service notifications. We may also send you service-related announcements when it is necessary to do so; for instance, if our Site(s) is temporarily suspended for maintenance, or the delivery of a product is delayed, or there is some service issue with something you may have ordered. You may not opt-out of receiving these communications which are necessary to the operation of our service and are not promotional in nature.
We may use third-party service providers to help us operate our business and Taunton Applications or administer activities on our behalf. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes.
Electronic Promotional Offers
We may send you promotional emails regarding special offers about our publications or services, or on behalf of third-party marketing partners who we think can offer services and products of interest to you. We will not share your personally identifiable information or other information about you, such as when you first subscribed, with any other companies that provide marketing offers through email; however, we may provide targeted promotional offers on behalf of other companies based on the information you have provided to us. If you do not want to receive emails regarding special promotions or offers, you may contact us at any time at (866) 242-4199 for the USA and Canada, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; and +1 (515) 247-2990 for all other international calls, or you may click the Unsubscribe link in the body of the email, unchecking the boxes currently selected, and then hitting submit.
Please note that even if you opt-out of receiving promotional e-mails, we may continue to send you electronic service notifications that are related to your account(s) and other products and services you have requested or in which you are currently enrolled.
Direct Mail Promotional Offers
If you are a print subscriber to our publications and you subscribed either by mail, online, or other method, we may send you offers through direct mail that we feel might be of interest to you and/or we may rent your name and mailing address and certain other information with reputable companies that provide marketing offers through direct mail. If you do not want us to send you any offers from third parties through direct mail, or rent your personal information with other companies so that they can send you direct mail offers about their products and services, please contact Customer Service at (866) 242-4199 for the USA and Canada, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; or +1 (515) 247-2990 for all other international calls. You may also write to us at the street address provided in the Contact Us section at the end of this document, or email us at email@example.com. If you are a current print subscriber, please remember to include your account number, mailing address, and phone number in the body of your email or letter, and if you choose to opt-out via e-mail, please include “Direct Mail Opt-Out” in the subject line. Please note that even if you opt-out of receiving promotional direct mail offers, we may continue to send you service notifications that are related to your account(s) and other products and services you have requested or in which you are currently enrolled by direct mail.
Opting Out of Third Party Advertising.
In addition, some of the ad servers and ad networks may be members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt-out of ad targeting from member companies. If you opt-out of receiving targeted ads on our Sites from ad servers and ad networks, you may continue to receive advertising and promotional messages after you opt-out, but it will not be customized or personalized to you based on your use of our Sites and/or third-party websites.
If you would like more information about advertisers’ use of tracking technologies and about your option not to accept these cookies, you can go to: http://optout.networkadvertising.org/. If you would like to learn more about how interest-based information is collected, whether the companies we use are part of an industry network regarding behavioral advertising, and to know your choices about not having information used in this manner, you can go to: http://www.aboutads.info/consumers.
Sweepstakes, Contests, and Promotions
We may offer sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions (a “Promotion”) through Taunton Applications that may require registration. By participating in a Promotion, you are agreeing to official rules that govern that Promotion. When you enter a Promotion, we may ask for personally identifiable information including your name, address, and email address so that we can administer the Promotion and notify winners. If you choose to enter a Promotion, such personal information may be disclosed to third parties or to the public in connection with the administration of such Promotion, including, without limitation, in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, and as required by law, such as on a winners’ list or as permitted by the Promotion’s official rules. Also, by entering the Promotion, you are agreeing to the official rules that govern the Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor(s) of the Promotion to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing associated with the Promotion.
Legal Matters; Safety
Sale or Transfer of Business or Assets
ACCOUNT DEACTIVATION; ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION
If for any reason you would like to change any personal information you provided to us, or deactivate any account with us, please contact Customer Service at (866) 242-4199 for the USA and Canada, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; or +1 (515) 247-2990 for all other international calls; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to review, update, or remove information as appropriate.
If you would like to delete your personally identifiable information collected through our Sites, please contact us at email@example.com, or call us at (866) 242-4199 for the USA and Canada, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; or +1 (515) 247-2990 for all other international calls. You may write to us at:
The Taunton Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 37610
Boone, Iowa 50037-0610 USA
Attention: Customer Service
CHOICE AND OPT-OUT
You may remove your information from our database so as to not receive future communications, or to close your account, or opt-out of our sharing information with third parties for marketing purposes by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending snail mail (certified mail, return receipt requested is recommended) to the following address:
The Taunton Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 37610
Boone, Iowa 50037-0610 USA
Attention: Customer Service
If you prefer not to receive electronic promotional communications, you can opt-out by following the Unsubscribe instructions included in each communication.
Please note that changes may not be effective immediately. In each event, you must clearly indicate the information that you wish to have changed, or clearly indicate that you wish to have your personally identifiable information removed from our database. We will endeavor to comply with your request as soon as reasonably possible. Finally, we will take all reasonable steps, but cannot guarantee, that we can inform all third parties (including without limitation our third-party service providers or strategic partners) with whom we have already shared your personally identifiable information of any changes requested pursuant to this section, or for removing information from or causing information to be removed from the databases or records of such entities.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES, PRACTICES, AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Links to Other Sites and Communities
We implement safeguards to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control. However, despite our efforts, no data transmission over the Internet, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us, and your use of the Site indicates that you are willing to assume this risk.
Privacy Rights of Users in the European Economic Area (EEA)
Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”), effective as of May 25, 2018, European Union data subjects are entitled to certain specific rights with respect to processing of their personal data.
Under the GDPR, in certain circumstances, you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information;
- Request the correction of inaccurate or incomplete personal information;
- Request that your personal information be erased;
- Object to the processing of your personal information, including processing for direct marketing purposes;
- Request that the processing of your personal information be restricted;
- Request that you receive your personal information in order to transfer it to another data controller;
- Withdraw at any time your consent to the use of your personal information;
- We will not transfer your personal information to third parties located outside of the EEA without taking steps to ensure adequate protection under the GDPR. If a third party is located in a country not recognized by the EU Commission as providing an adequate level of protection, we will use appropriate measures, such as entering into standard contractual clauses, approved by the EU Commission, to protect your personal information.
You may exercise any of the above rights by contacting us at email@example.com or writing to us at the address in the Contact Us section at the end of this document.
A Note to Non-EU International Users
California Privacy Rights
California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code section 1798.83, requires certain businesses to respond to requests from California customers asking about their business practices related to disclosing personal information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Alternately, such businesses may have in place a policy not to disclose personal information of customers to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes if the customer has exercised an option to opt-out of such information-sharing. We have such a policy in place. If you do not want us to send you emails regarding special promotions or offers or share your personal information with other companies so that they can send you emails about their products and services, simply follow the Unsubscribe instructions that are located at the bottom of those emails, or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (866) 242-4199 for the USA and Canada, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time; or +1 (515) 247-2990 for all other international calls. California customers may request further information about our approach to this law also by writing to us at the address provided in the Contact Us section at the end of this document.
The Taunton Applications are for a general purpose audience and are not directed or intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from individuals under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, you should not register or provide personally identifiable information on Taunton Applications. If we later obtain actual knowledge that a user is under 13 years of age, we will take steps to remove that user’s personally identifiable information from our systems.
No Rights of Third Parties
HOW TO CONTACT US
The Taunton Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 37610
Boone, Iowa 50037-0610 USA
Attention: Customer Service
Copyright © 2018 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last Updated: May 25, 2018