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Information You Provide when you:
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Information Collected Using Technology:
In addition to any information you provide directly, the Site and our third party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically collect certain non-personal information when you interact with the Site or emails sent to you, including the following:
We may collect information about your computer or other device that you use to access the Site, including IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information. This information lets us know how to best display information for your best viewing experience.
We may log certain information about your use of the Site (e.g., logs, data, and reading history of the pages you view, your search terms and search results) and additional “traffic data” (e.g., time and date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, referring website addresses). This enables us to determine what you find helpful and what you do not, and if communication problems are occurring between the Site and your computer.
Your current location, if you have that feature enabled. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an app does not have that feature, the app will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store location information.
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A “web beacon” (also known as an “action tag”, “tracer tag”, or “single-pixel GIF”) is an invisible graphic that collects non-personal information about your use of our Site or emails sent to you. Web beacons may be used to count visitors to the Site, monitor how users navigate the Site, count how many emails were opened or how many links were viewed, and provid you with content customized to your interests.
Do Not Track Notice
Some browsers offer a “Do Not Track” feature that lets you tell websites you do not want your online activities tracked. We do not respond to these “Do Not Track” signals. At this time, we do not track your personal information about your online activities over time and across third party websites. We also do not authorize third parties to collect any personal information from you on the Site for these purposes.
Collection of Information From Other Third Party Sources
We may also collect personal and non-personal information about you from other sources to, among other things, enable us to supplement the information contained in our database.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We use the information we learn about you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience with vickihinze.com. We may use your personal and non-personal information in the following ways:
Provide you with the products and services you request, Post your user generated content to our Site as you request, Communicate with you about your transactions with us and send you information about features on the Site, Make you aware of changes to our policies, Send you newsletters and/or email notes you’ve requested of special offers and promotions for our products and services, or special events, Personalize content on the Site and within emails sent to you, including recommendations based on your preferences. Advise you of items of interest on the Site and elsewhere online, based on previously collected information, including your activity on the Site or activity on third party sites and applications
Conduct contests, promotions, surveys, and other interactive activities; Improve our goods, services and operations; Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal; Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites and recipients of our emails, including browsing and purchasing patterns.
SHARING YOUR INFORMATION
Third Party Service Providers
Our third party service providers (that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, marketing, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc.) have access only to your personal information as required to perform their duties. They are obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personal information and not to use, sell, distribute or alter this information in any way other than to provide the requested services.
Third Parties With Whom We Do Business
We may share your personal information with affiliated entities for a variety of purposes, including business, operational and marketing purposes.
Other Third Parties When Required By Law or In Emergency Situations
We may also use or disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Site; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Site or users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, the users of the Site, or the public.
The Site may provide you with the ability to interact with third party social media services, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and others. These features may enable integration and/or access to your social media accounts. We do not control these social media services or your profiles on these services, and we do not establish privacy settings or rules for how your personal information on these services will be used. If you choose to log on to or submit information through any of these social media services, your personal information will be subject to the applicable social media service’s terms and conditions and your current privacy settings on such social media service. By accessing any social media service, you will be assuming the risk that the personal information you provide on that service may be viewed and/or used by third parties for any purpose. You agree that we are not responsible for any acts or omissions by these social media service providers.
SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We take reasonable care to help protect and secure your personal information, but no data storage or Internet transmission is guaranteed a hundred percent secure so vickihinze.com cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. Therefore, you understand, acknowledge and agree that you transmit your personal information to our Site at your own risk.
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