Updated May 2018
At Goods of Conscience, we take online privacy seriously and we respect the concerns of our community of users. In this policy we describe our privacy practices with regard to information we collect through GoodsofConscience.com and affiliated sites (the “Site”), to help you make informed decisions about how you share information when you visit or use the Site.
Your privacy is critically important to us. At Goods of Conscience we have a few fundamental principles:
We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law or protect our rights.
We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
We aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.
Like most website operators, Goods of Conscience collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Goods of Conscience’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Goods of Conscience’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Goods of Conscience may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Goods of Conscience also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users who make appointments and send inquires or feedback. Goods of Conscience only discloses users’ and senders’ IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Goods of Conscience’s website choose to interact with Goods of Conscience in ways that require Goods of Conscience to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Goods of Conscience gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with Goods of Conscience are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Goods of Conscience collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Goods of Conscience. Goods of Conscience does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
How We May Use Information We Collect
We may use the information gathered on Goods of Conscience for various purposes, including the purposes listed below. For example, if you were to contact us with a question and provide your email address, we would use the email address you provided to respond to your inquiry. In addition, we use information we collect from you and through the Site to:
Provide products and services you request (such as when you sign up to receive our email newsletters);
Respond to requests, questions, and comments, and provide other types of user support;
Offer you products and services, or direct you to portions of this Site or other websites, that we believe may interest you;
Communicate about, and administer your participation in, events, programs, contests, and other offers or promotions;
Carry out, evaluate, and improve our business (which may include developing new features for the Site; analyzing and enhancing the user experience on the Site; assessing the effectiveness of our marketing and advertising; and managing our communications);
Perform data analytics regarding usage of the Site (including market and customer research, trend analysis, financial analysis, and anonymization of personal information);
Guard against, identify, and prevent fraud and other criminal activity, claims, and other liabilities; and
Comply with applicable legal requirements, law enforcement requests, and our company policies.
If Goods of Conscience, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Goods of Conscience goes out of business, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Goods of Conscience may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Goods of Conscience may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, Goods of Conscience may monitor the most popular pages and photos on Goods of Conscience and may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Goods of Conscience does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Goods of Conscience discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Goods of Conscience’s behalf or to provide services available at Goods of Conscience’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Goods of Conscience’s will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Goods of Conscience discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Goods of Conscience believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Goods of Conscience, third parties or the public at large. Goods of Conscience takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
We also use third-party web analytics services, such as Google Analytics, on the Site, to provide us with statistics and other information about visitors to the Site. Click here to learn more about Google Analytics and how you may opt out.
“Do Not Track” Signals. Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “do not track” signal to websites and online services you visit. At this time there is no consensus among industry participants as to the meaning of “do not track” in this context. Like many other websites, The Balance.com is not configured to respond to “do not track” signals from browsers. Click here to learn more about "do not track" signals.
Finally, companies that provide certain third-party apps, tools, widgets, and plug-ins that may appear on the Site (for example, Facebook “Like” buttons), also may use automated means to collect information regarding your interactions with these features. This information collection is subject to the privacy policies or notices of those providers.
Unsubscribe from emails. To unsubscribe from a particular newsletter, click the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of that email newsletter. If you would like to globally opt-out from all Goods of Conscience email campaigns please send an email to email@example.com. with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line. When we send newsletters to subscribers we may allow advertisers or partners to include messages in those newsletters, or we may send dedicated newsletters on behalf of those advertisers or partners. We may disclose your opt-out choices to third parties so that they can honor your preferences in accordance with applicable laws.
Information for Users Outside the United States
This Site is not designed or intended for use by children, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete any such information.
How to Contact Us
If you have questions about this policy or about our privacy practices, you may contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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