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Privacy Policy

Notice of privacy practices

As of June 2020

At LauxTheAuthor.com ("we", "our", "us", the "Website"), accessible from www.lauxtheauthor.com, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our visitors. The following notice is designed to help you better understand the information we gather from those who visit the Website. It also describes how we handle the information once we gather it, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of the information.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to Contact Me.

This Privacy Policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website with regards to the information that they shared and/or collect in LauxTheAuthor.com. We have structured our Website so that you can visit it without identifying yourself or revealing any Personal Data. If you choose to provide us with information by which you can be identified, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this Privacy Statement. This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent

Please read this Privacy Statement carefully to fully understand how we collect, share, and protect information about you.

By accessing and using our website, you agree that you have read and understand this Privacy Statement and that you accept and consent to our Privacy Policy and uses of disclosure of information about you that are described herein.

I. Information we collect

Our primary goals in collecting Personal Data are to share information about our work, to invite you to events, to allow you to request information, and to thank you for your support. However, in order to deliver personalized and relevant information to you through our Website, we collect certain information from users. The personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we ask you to provide your personal information. Please do not provide any sensitive information or health information. If you should do so inadvertently, we will use and disclose that information in the same manner as any other information you provide to us as more fully described below.

If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, phone number, the contents of the message and/or attachments you may send us, and any other information you may choose to provide.

In operating our website, we may collect and process the following data or information about you:

Information you Provide

  • If you submit a story to us from the Our Story page, we will request some basic information that will allow us to place that event geographically on a map. We do not ask for Personally Identifiable Information ("PII"). Prior to appearing on the website, the submitted stories will be housed in a database where they will be reviewed periodically to ensure this Website remains a safe space. That being said, we are not in the practice of scrubing stories of PII, so please take care to only share information that you are comfortable making public.
  • If you reach out to us via the Contact Me form, we will request Personal Data, such as your name and email address. This information will not be made public in any way and will only be used in private correspondence unless indicated otherwise.
  • If you choose to subscribe to the mailing list via the subscription form in the footer of every page, we will request your name and email address. This information will not be made public and will only be used to personalize future correspondence.
  • If you contact us directly (as opposed to via the Contact Me form), we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, phone number, the contents of the message and/or attachments you may send us, and any other information you may choose to provide.

Information Collected Automatically

We may collect information used primarily to provide an enhanced online experience, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs, and other communication data, including your IP address, the date and time you accessed or left the Website and which pages you viewed, the type of operating system in use [e.g. Macintosh, Windows], the domain name, and the type of browser being used [e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.].

Use of Cookies, Aggregate Data Collected Online

Like any other website, LauxTheAuthor.com uses 'cookies'. Cookies are text files created by websites that transfer information to your computer. These cookies are used to store information including visitors' preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users' experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors' browser type and/or other information.

You can generally opt to disable cookies in your browser. However, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of the Website, or certain aspects of the Website may not work correctly.

We do not track or collect personally identifiable information about our Website users unless you choose to subscribe for future updates or contact us directly or via the online form as described above. Our Website does not have the ability to respond to a ‘do not track’ signal on a user’s browser.

For more general information on cookies, please read "What Are Cookies".

II. How we use your information

We will not sell your personal data to third parties. We use the information we collect in various ways, including to:

  • To share or disclose information with your consent
  • To comply with applicable law, regulation, or governmental request; to protect the safety of LauxTheAuthor.com, Website users, or others; to protect the rights or property of LauxTheAuthor.com; to comply with contractual obligations; and other instances when we are legally required to disclose your information.
  • To share information that is public or does not include Personal Data, such as aggregated data or a publicly posted comments.
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  • To provide third parties with statistical information about the users of our website.
  • Improve, personalize, and expand our webste (for example via cookies and including your stories on the world map)
  • Understand and analyze how you use our website
  • Communicate with you, to provide you with updates and other information relating to the webste, and for marketing and promotional purposes
  • Send you emails
  • To third parties if you use certain third-party features to share information about user activity through our Website. For example, the “Share” button on event cards allows users to share posts on social networks. If you use these features, we will share this information with the third-party website or service, along with additional information you provide to use the feature (e.g., a Twitter username). By accessing these third-party websites, you are consenting to the terms and privacy policies of those websites. You should read those third-party website privacy policies and terms of use. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever, as we have no control over them.
  • To a third party if we sell any or all of our business and/or assets to them.

III. Log Files

LauxTheAuthor.com follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information. Our Privacy Policy was created with the help of the Privacy Policy Generator and the Online Privacy Policy Generator.

IV. Third Party Privacy Policies

LauxTheAuthor.com's Privacy Policy does not apply to other advertisers or websites. Thus, we are advising you to consult the respective Privacy Policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information. It may include their practices and instructions about how to opt-out of certain options.

You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. More detailed information about the cookie management of specific web browsers can be found on the browsers' respective websites.

V. CCPA Privacy Rights (Do Not Sell My Personal Information)

Under the CCPA, among other rights, California consumers have the right to:

  • Request that a business that collects a consumer's personal data disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal data that a business has collected about consumers.
  • Request that a business delete any personal data about the consumer that a business has collected.
  • Request that a business that sells a consumer's personal data, not sell the consumer's personal data.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.

VI. GDPR Data Protection Rights

We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

  • The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.

VII. Children's Information

Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. This Website is only intended for use by those who have reached age 13 and older. By using our Website, you are affirming that you are at least 13 years old. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.

LauxTheAuthor.com does not knowingly collect any PII from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

We are not liable for any damages that may result from the user’s misrepresentation of age.

VIII. Privacy Statement Changes

We may, from time to time, make changes to this Privacy Statement, based on your comments and our needs. The most current version of this Privacy Statement will always be available at http://lauxtheauthor.com/privacy-policy. Any modifications will become effective immediately upon posting. By continuing to use the Website, you accept such modifications.

If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your Personal Data, we will notify all visiters by posting a prominent announcement on our Website.