We take online privacy seriously at HowLongFAQs.com, and we appreciate our community of users’ concerns. In this document, we set forth our privacy policies about the information we gather through HowLongFAQs.com to assist you in making educated decisions about how you want to share information while using the Site and your rights regarding information we hold.
Understanding How Information Is Collected on HowLongFAQs.com:
Information You May Choose to Provide to Us
We collect information, including personal data, from you if you choose to offer it. For example, when you sign up for our newsletters or participate in offers and surveys on the Site, you may provide us with your name and contact information (such as an email address), date of birth, or other such details.
You may also volunteer personally identifiable information about yourself when you participate in the Site’s forums or discussions. Please be advised that any visitor to the Site has access to your info. Therefore you should avoid posting sensitive or personal data that you do not want available to the public.
Information That Is Automatically Collected When You Visit HowLongFAQs.com
When you visit the Site, our third-party partners and we may collect certain information about your visit using tools such as cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. The data collected automatically every time you visit the Site might include your IP address, system specs, information about your browser and settings, unique device identifiers, clickstream data (which shows how you found the Site), and in certain cases, information in text files called web beacons that are placed on our Site by third-parties. We may also track user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites in an aggregate form where they are anonymous to us, which helps us understand trends about the use of our sites so we can improve their design and functionality.
We use the data collected to provide better service to our site visitors and understand how they navigate and interact with our sites to improve their experience. If you would like more information about these technologies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
We may combine information that our third-party partners or collect automatically with other information about you, such as the data you choose to provide.
To manage our automatic data collection, we may place tags (often referred to as “web beacons”) on pages on the Site or in emails we send to you. Web beacons are small files that link web pages to particular web servers and their cookies. They may be used for various purposes, such as counting the number of visitors to the Site, analyzing how users navigate the Site, assessing how many emails we send are opened, and which visitors view articles or links.
We also use third-party web analytics tools such as Google Analytics on the Site to provide data and statistics about our visitors.
“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. There is no consensus among industry participants regarding the meaning of “do not track” in this context. Like many other websites, HowLongFAQs.com is not configured to respond to “do not track” signals from browsers.
Finally, companies that provide third-party applications, tools, widgets, and plug-ins that may be included on the Site (for example, Facebook “Like” buttons), as well as those who utilize automated techniques to gather information about your interactions with such features on the Site, may collect certain information about your online activities over time and across different websites.
We do not control third-party tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. To learn more about targeted advertising practices on the Internet and to opt-out of targeted advertising, please visit the DAA’s consumer choice page.
How We May Use Information We Collect
We may utilize the information gathered on HowLongFAQs.com for various purposes, including those listed below. For example, if you contact us with a query and provide your email address, we will use that email address to respond to your question. Furthermore, we utilize data obtained from you and through the Site to:
- Deliver targeted advertisements to you online
- Optimize or improve our products and services
- Facilitate contests and promotions and fulfill related obligations
- Contact you via email or postal mail about products or services that we believe may be of interest to you.
- Protect against potentially illegal activities, violations of HowLongFAQs’s terms and conditions, and abuse of our Site
We do not share your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes. We may create anonymized and aggregated statistics about Site usage, sales, traffic patterns, and related Site information with our affiliates or partners. However, these statistics will include no personally-identifying information. We may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to
- Conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Site;
- Protect and defend our rights or property, the users of HowLongFAQs.com, or the public;
- Act under the circumstances to protect the safety of users of HowLongFAQs.com, personnel, or others.
Data Retention and Access
We will retain your personal information as long as needed to provide you with services through the Site. If you no longer want us to use your information to provide you services, or if you would like to change or review the personal information we have about you, please get in touch with us by email at [email protected]. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
The security of your personal information is important to us. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of collected information, we have put in place reasonable physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect the security of our data collection, storage, and processing practices.
Under certain circumstances, by law, you have the right to request access to and receive information about the personal information that we collect online and update or correct inaccuracies in your information. You can contact us at [email protected].
Unsubscribe from our mailing list. You can unsubscribe from the email lists you are currently subscribed to by following the instructions at the bottom of each email or updating your preferences here.
Opt-out of targeted ads. You can opt-out of most third-party ad networks’ cookies or use a browser plug-in such as Ghostery. Opting out of these third-party cookies will not affect ads you see on our Site. However, if you continue to use the Site after opting out of ad networks’ cookies, we may collect information about your visit in a manner that would not have been collected had you opted out of these cookies.
Amend or correct your personal information. You can amend or correct most of your personal information through your account. You can access and update certain registration information by emailing [email protected].
Blocking cookies. Certain browsers have settings that allow you to block cookies. If you block cookies, you may not access or use parts of our Site.
Choices about cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Disabling cookies may prevent some parts of our Site from working properly.
Options concerning third-party ad networks. You can opt-out of receiving tailored ads from third parties part of the Network Advertising Initiative ( NAI ) by visiting http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices. You may also visit this website to see what choices are available regarding other third-party ad networks that may be delivering ads to you if any.
How We Protect Personal Data
We maintain appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect the confidentiality of your personal information against unauthorized use or disclosure. We also safeguard the security of your personal information against unlawful processing and accidental loss, damage, or destruction.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
To request the removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at [email protected]. We will respond to your request within 30 days.
Links From HowLongFAQs.com to Other Websites
Surveys and Quizzes
While visiting our Site, we may offer you online surveys and quizzes that may ask you for personal information. If the surveyor quiz is from a third party, we will let you know at the time of collection. The privacy policies of these companies will govern the use of your information.
If you complete a survey or quiz on our Site, we may collect the information you provide. Unless stated otherwise at the time of collection, this information will be used for internal purposes only, and your responses will not be associated with your registration account.
HowLongFAQs.com does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our files.