INFORMATION THAT WE COLLECT
Personal Data: Personal Data is information that can be used to identify you specifically, including your name, email address, telephone number or demographic information like your age, gender, or hometown. You consent to giving us this information by providing it to us voluntarily on our website. You may provide this information by participating in various activities associated with our website, including responding to articles, or contacting us with questions or suggestions. Your decision to disclose this data is entirely voluntary. You are under no obligation to provide this information, but your refusal may prevent you from accessing certain benefits from our website.
Derivative Data: Derivative data is information that our servers automatically collect about you when you access our website, such as your IP address, browser type, the dates and times that you access our website, and the specific pages you view. If you are using a mobile application, our servers may collect information about your device name and type, your phone number, your country of origin, and other interactions with our application.
Mobile Device Data: If you use our website via a mobile device or app, we may collect information about your mobile device, including device ID, model and manufacturer, and location information.
Other data: On occasion, you may give us additional data in order to participate in a survey or a contest or giveaway. You will be prompted for this information and it will be clear that you are offering this kind of information in exchange for an entry into such a contest or giveaway.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
You information allows us to offer you certain services, including the use of our website, to fulfill our obligations to you, to customize your interaction with us and our website. We generally store your data and transmit it to a third party for processing. However, to the extent we process your data, we do so to serve our legitimate operational interests (such as providing you with the opportunity to interact with our website or mobile app).
Specifically, we may use the information and data described above to:
Deliver any services requested by you to you; and
Correspond with you; and
Contact you about new offerings that we think you will be interested in; and
Interact with you via social media; and
Send you a newsletter or other updates about us or website; and
Request feedback from you; and
Notify you of updates to our service offerings; and
Resolve disputes and troubleshoot any problems; and
Administer surveys, contests, or giveaways; and
Generate a profile that is personalized to you, so that future interactions with our website will be more personal; and
Compile anonymous statistical data for our own use or for a third party's use; and
Assist law enforcement as necessary; and
Prevent fraudulent activity on our website or mobile app; and
Analyze trends to improve our website and offerings.
WHY WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION
The following are specific reasons why we may share your information.
Third Party Processing: We may disclose your information to third parties who assist us with various tasks, including hosting services, email delivery and customer service. We may not always disclose these third party processors if not required by law.
By Law: We may share your data as required by law or to respond to legal process, including a subpoena, or as necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of others. This includes sharing information with other parties to prevent or address fraud and to avoid credit risks.
To Protect Our Intellectual Property and Our Website: We may use your information to protect our intellectual property and website, including to investigate and remedy any violations of our rights or policies. We may also disclose your information as reasonably necessary to acquire and maintain insurance coverage, manage risks, obtain financial or legal advice, or to exercise or defend against legal claims.
Third Party Partners: We may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples may include providing technical assistance, and customer services. These other companies will have access to your data only as necessary to perform their functions and to the extent permitted by law.
Interaction with others: If you interact with others on our website or mobile app, such as participating in a group chat, other users may have access to some of your data, including your name, profile picture, and your history of interaction with our website, such as prior comments or posts.
Online postings: When you post online, your posts may be viewed by others, and we may distribute your comments outside the website.
External Links: Our website may include hyperlinks to other websites not controlled by us. We suggest you exercise caution when clicking on a hyperlink. Although we use reasonable care in including a hyperlink on our own web page, we do not regularly monitor the websites of these third parties, are not responsible for any damage or consequences you suffer by using these hyperlinks. We are not bound by the Privacy Policies of any third party website that you access by a hyperlink, nor are they bound by ours. We encourage you to read the Policies of those third party websites before interacting with them or making purchases. They may collect different information and by different methods than we do.
Other purposes: We may disclose your personal data as necessary to comply with any legal obligation or to protect your interests, or our vital interests, or the vital interests of others.
Cookies, Log Files and Web Beacons: Like many other Web sites, we make use of log files. These files merely log visitors to the site - usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
PROCESSING YOUR INFORMATION
For the most part, we do not process your information in-house, but give it to third party processors for processing. More information about third party processors is noted above. However, we may, from time to time, process your data internally. The legal basis for this processing is both your consent to the processing, and our need to conduct our legitimate operational interests. Our purposes in processing this information, if we do, is to administer, maintain, and improve our website and offerings, to enter into contracts with you, to fulfill the terms of those contracts, to keep records of our transactions and interactions, to be able to provide you with services, to comply with our legal obligations, to obtain professional advice, and to protect the rights and interests of our company, our customers (including you), and any third parties. We may process the following data:
Data associated with your account, such as your name, address, email address and payment information.
Data about your usage of our website, such as your IP address, geographical information, and how long you accessed our website and what you viewed.
Data related to your personal profile, such as your name, address, profile picture, interests and hobbies, or employment details.
Data that you provide us in the course of using our services.
Data that you post on our website, such as comments or responses to articles.
Data that you submit to us when you make an inquiry regarding our website or services.
Data related to your transactions with us, including your use of our services. This information may include contact details.
Data that you provide to us when you subscribe to our emails or newsletters, including your email address and contact information.
Data that you submit to us via correspondence, such as when you email us with questions.
Any other data identified in this policy, for the purpose of complying with our legal obligations, or to protect the vital interests of you or any other natural person.
Our website is hosted by servers located in the U.S. Therefore, if you reside in the European Union, some of your data will be transferred internationally to those servers. Transfers will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the EU-US Privacy Shield. More information on the Privacy Shield can be found at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome.
We use website hosting servers and third party processors located in the United States and Canada, which have received an Adequacy Determination from the European Commission, meaning that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect data once it is transferred to that country.
We retain personal data as long as it is needed to conduct our legitimate operational purposes or to comply with our legal obligations, or until you ask us to delete your data. Data that we gather for a specific and particular purpose, such as assisting law enforcement or analyzing trends, will not be kept for longer than is necessary for that particular purpose. Data that is no longer needed by us for any of the purposes listed above will be permanently deleted.
You may request that we delete your data at any time. However, note that we cannot control the retention policies of third parties. If you wish to have any third parties, including those to whom we've transmitted your data, delete that data, you will need to contact those third parties directly. You may request from us a list of all third parties to whom we have transmitted your data.
SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal data and keep your information secure. However, no security measure is foolproof, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against interception or misuse. We cannot guarantee complete security of any information you transmit to us.
We will notify you of promptly any known breach of our security systems or your data which might expose you to serious risk.
OPT-OUT FOR DIRECT MARKETING
You may opt out at any time from the use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes by e-mailing your instructions to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow us a reasonable time to process your request.
ACCESSING AND MODIFYING PERSONAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES
In addition, you may manage your receipt of marketing and non-transactional communications by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link located on the bottom of any Lisa Kwan, PhD marketing email. We will use operationally reasonable efforts to process such requests in a timely manner. We reserve the right to maintain a database of past email subscribers. We reserve the right to use this information as reasonably necessary in our operations, in our improvement of our services to you, and as provided by law. We do not ever sell your information to third parties. You should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or modify information in our subscription databases.
INFORMATION YOU SHARE ON PUBLIC FORUMS
You should think carefully before disclosing any information in any Public Forum.
CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
The State of California has established its own unique regulations that apply to California residents. If you reside in California, you have the right to obtain from us, once per year and free of charge, information regarding what information we disclose to third party marketers, and the names and addresses of each third party to whom we disclose your data. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please use the contact information listed below.
If you are a California resident and under the age of 18, you have the right to request that we remove any data that you publicly post on our website. To request removal of your data, please use the contact information listed below. Note that while we will remove your data that is publicly posted on our website, we may not be able to completely remove that data from our systems.
This website or mobile app is not designed for use by children under age 16, and we do not knowingly solicit or collect personal data from anyone under age 16. If you are under age 16, do not access or use our website or related products or services. If you become aware that we have collected data of anyone under the age of 16, please contact us so that we may delete that data.
HOW TO CONTACT US