SHARED CULTURES

PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: April 7, 2020

Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Shared Cultures (“Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). Your privacy is very important to us and we are committed to protecting your personal information. It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, http://www.shared-cultures.com (“Site”), any other sites we own and operate, and/or any related services, sales, marketing or events (collectively, the “Services”).

 

  • Information You Disclose. We may collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when expressing an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and services, when participating in activities on the Services or otherwise contacting us. The personal information that we may collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Services, the choices you make, and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Publicly Available Personal Information. We may collect first name, maiden name, last name, nickname, email addresses, social media, and other similar data.

    • Credentials. We may collect passwords, password hints, and similar security information used for authentication and account access.  

 

All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.

 

  • Information Automatically Collected. As you navigate the Services, certain passive information may be collected about your visit. We may collect certain information automatically through our Services or other methods of web analysis, such as your Internet protocol (IP) address, cookie identifiers, mobile carrier, mobile advertising identifiers, MAC address, IMEI, and other device identifiers that are automatically assigned to your computer or device when you access the Internet, browser type and language, geo-location information, hardware type, operating system, Internet service provider, pages that you visit before and after using the Services, the date and time of your visit, the amount of time you spend on each page, information about the links you click and pages you view within the Services, and other actions taken through use of the Services such as preferences.

    • Cookies. We may log information using "cookies." Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive by a website. We may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Services. This type of information is collected to make the Services more useful to you and to tailor the experience with us to meet your special interests and needs.

    • Pixel Tags/Web Beacons. A pixel tag (also known as a web beacon, web bug, or clear GIFs) are tiny graphics with a unique identifier that may be included on our Services for several purposes, including to deliver or communicate with Cookies, to track and measure the performance of our Services, to monitor how many visitors view our Services, and to monitor the effectiveness of our advertising. Unlike Cookies, which are stored on the User's hard drive, pixel tags are typically embedded invisibly on web pages (or in an e-mail).

 

USE OF YOUR INFORMATION.

We may use personal information collected via our Services for a variety of business purposes described below. We process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on our legitimate business interests, in order to enter into or perform a contract with you, with your consent, and/or for compliance with our legal obligations.

 

  • We may use your information to request feedback and to contact you about your use of our Services.

  • We may use your information to operate, maintain, and improve our sites, products, and services.

  • We may use your information to respond to comments and questions and provide customer service.

  • We may use your information to send information including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages.

  • We may use your information to communicate about promotions, upcoming events, and other news about products and services offered by us and our selected partners.

  • We may use your information to protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity.

  • We may use your information to provide and deliver products and services customers request.

  • We may use the personal information you send to us for our marketing purposes, if this is in accordance with your marketing preferences. You can opt-out of our marketing emails at any time.

  • We may use your information to develop and display content and advertising tailored to your interests and/or location and to measure its effectiveness.   

  • We may use your information for other business purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Services, products, marketing and your experience.

 

SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.

We do not share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.

We may share personal information as follows:

 

  • We may share personal information for legal, protection, and safety purposes.

    • We may share personal information to comply with laws.

    • We may share personal information to respond to lawful requests and legal processes.

    • We may share personal information to protect the rights and property of Shared Cultures, our agents, customers, and others. This includes enforcing our agreements, policies, and terms of use.

    • We may share personal information in an emergency. This includes protecting the safety of our employees and agents, our customers, or any person.

  • We may share personal information with web analytics service providers

 

We may also share aggregated and/or anonymized data with others for their own uses. Aggregated and/or anonymized data may include data such as de-identified demographic information, de-identified location information, information about the computer or device from which you access our Services, or other analyses we create. Anonymized and aggregated information is used for a variety of functions, including the measurement of visitors’ interest in and use of various portions or features of the Services. We may use such information in a number of ways, including research, internal analysis, analytics, and any other legally permissible purposes. We may share this information within the Company for our purposes in an anonymized or aggregated form that is designed to prevent anyone from identifying you.

 

INFORMATION CHOICES AND CHANGES.

Our marketing emails may tell you how to “opt-out.” If you opt out, we may still send you non-marketing emails. Non-marketing emails include emails about your accounts and our business dealings with you. You may send requests about personal information to our Contact Information below. You can request to change contact choices, opt-out of our sharing with others, and update your personal information. You can typically remove and reject cookies from our Site with your browser settings. Many browsers are set to accept cookies until you change your settings. If you remove or reject our cookies, it could affect how our Site works for you.

 

DATA RETENTION.

We retain the personal information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as you use our Services or as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected, provide our Services, resolve disputes, establish legal defenses, conduct audits, pursue legitimate business purposes, enforce our agreements, and comply with applicable laws.

 

SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION.

We take reasonable administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect the information that we collect from or about you from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Please be aware, however, that no method of transmitting information over the Internet or storing information is completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of any information. We do not accept liability for unintentional disclosure. By using the Services or providing personal information to us, you agree that we may communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of the Services. If we learn of a security system’s breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically by posting a notice on or via the Services or sending an e-mail to you. You may have a legal right to receive this notice in writing.

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES.

Our Services may contain links to websites and services that are owned or operated by third parties (each, a “Third-party Service”). Any information that you provide on or to a Third-party Service or that is collected by a Third-party Service is provided directly to the owner or operator of the Third-party Service and is subject to the owner’s or operator’s privacy policy. We are not responsible for the content, privacy or security practices and policies of any Third-party Service. To protect your information, we recommend that you carefully review the privacy policies of all Third-party Services that you access.

 

OUR POLICY TOWARD CHILDREN AND MINORS.

The Services are not intended for or directed to children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. We urge parents to instruct their children never to give out their real names, addresses, or phone numbers, without parental permission, when online. If you learn that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, you may alert us at kevin@shared-cultures.com. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from children under 13, we will promptly take steps to delete such information and terminate the child’s account immediately.

 

If you are under the age of 18 and have an account for our Services, you may request that we remove certain content or information that you provided. You also may ask us to assist you in removing or anonymizing content or information you have posted by contacting kevin@shared-cultures.com or sending a request to the Company’s Contact Information listed in this Privacy Policy. Please be aware that taking these steps may not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information posted on our Services. We also may not be able to remove content you post if applicable law requires us to maintain the posting or if another party has re-posted the content to a website, app, game or other online service that we do not own or control.

 

INTERNATIONAL USERS.

By using the Services, we may transfer data to the United States, the European Union and other international jurisdictions. By choosing to visit the Site, utilize the Services or otherwise provide information to us, you agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Policy will be governed by the laws of the State of California and the adjudication of any disputes arising in connection with the Company or the Services will be in accordance with the Terms. If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use, please note that you are agreeing to the transfer of your information to the United States and to processing of your data globally. By providing your personal information, you consent to any transfer and processing in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION.

We welcome your comments or questions about this Privacy Policy. You may contact us at kevin@shared-cultures.com.

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

We may change this Privacy Policy in our sole discretion. If we make any changes, we will change the Last Updated date above. You understand and agree that you will be deemed to have accepted the updated Privacy Policy if you use the Services after the updated Privacy Policy is posted on the Services. If at any point you do not agree to any portion of the Privacy Policy then in effect, you must immediately stop using the Services. If you continue to use our Services made available to you after such changes have been made, you hereby provide your consent to the changes. If there are any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we may notify you by email or as otherwise required by applicable law. We may post any adjustments to the Privacy Policy on the Site, and the revised version will be effective immediately when it is posted (or upon notice as applicable). If you are concerned about how your information is used, bookmark this page and read this Privacy Policy periodically.

 

You are free to refuse our request for your personal information, with the understanding that we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired services. Your continued use of our Site will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information. If you have any questions about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us.

 

This Privacy Policy is entered into alongside the Shared Cultures Terms of Service (the “Terms”).

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