We have third-party companies serving third-party advertisements on our websites and all other sites that we advertise upon. These third-party companies use the information of the user’s visits to our sites. Whenever these advertisements are served to the user, the third-party companies place their unique cookies on the user’s browser when they visit the site or the sites on which we have our ads. Moreover, the site may use web beacons that are provided by third-party advertising companies in order to manage the online advertising. The web beacons allow the site to identify cookies when an individual user visits the site and also to identify the banner ad that brought the user to the website.
Cookies: Cookies are small data parts designed by a web server, disseminated through a web browser, and stored on the computer of the user. Cookies provide a means for websites visited by the user to track the online preferences and patterns of the user, as well as identify the user as a return visitor. These also make the user’s web experience customization probable, so that the user need not re-enter all the information upon each visit to the website. The user will need to accept the cookies upon their visit to this website in order to access all the features and functions of the site.
IP Address: We collect the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the user, which assists in identifying the problems with our server and managing the issues. An IP address is a number that is allocated to the user’s computer when they use the Internet. The user’s IP address is helpful in recognizing them during a fixed session and to gather data based on demographics.
Web Beacons: These are a programming code used in displaying an image on a web page. Web beacons are also used in transferring an individual’s unique user identification (often in the form of a cookie) to a database and link the individual with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. Web beacons allow tracking some of the website's individual online visits. These are used in regulating products and services that an individual may be interested in and tracking the online behavioral patterns of the users for marketing purposes.
The website tracks related information about all the web pages viewed and hyperlinks clicked by the user while visiting our sites or viewing our emails. Log files help monitor and track member usage.
The website may collect, use, and store the following types of information:
(a) Information about the user’s laptop or computer, the use of this website along with the user’s IP address, location, browser version and type, operating system, referral source, length of the visit, page views, and website navigation paths;
(b) information provided by the user during the registration with our website;
(c) information provided by the user while subscribing to our newsletters or/and email notifications, including their name and email address;
(d) information provided while completing user profile on the website, which includes name, gender, date of birth, and interests and hobbies;
(e) information with regards to subscription of our services on our website and any other transactions that the user enters into through our website, which includes their name, address, telephone number, email address and card details;
(f) information provided when using the services on our website, or which is created during the use of those services such as the timing, frequency and pattern of service use;
(g) information related to any communication that is sent to us or sent through our website, including the communication content and metadata related to the communication;
(h) information that is posted on our website for publication on the Internet such as user’s name, profile pictures and the content of their posts;
(i) any other personal information that has been selected by users to send us.
Note that it is important to get the consent of another person prior to the disclosure of his or her personal information to us.
All the personal information received by us through the website will only be used for specific purposes mentioned in this policy.
We may use the personal information provided by you to:
(a) manage the website and business;
(b) modify the website for the user;
(c) allow the user’s use of the available services on the website;
(d) send non-marketing communications;
(e) send the user notices via emails that they have specifically requested;
(f) send our email newsletter, if the same has been requested (the user can also notify us to stop the newsletter, in case they no longer wish to receive the newsletter in the future);
(g) send the user marketing communications related to our business by post or, where they have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (users can also notify us to stop the marketing communication, if they no longer want to receive it in the future);
(h) offer statistical information to third parties about the users (however, those third parties will not recognize any one user from the given information);
(i) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about the user relating to the website;
(j) keep the website secured and safeguard the same from any fraud;
(k) confirm compliance with the terms and conditions governing the website’s use (this includes monitoring sent private messages through the private messaging service of the website).
If the user has submitted any personal information to be published on the website, the website will publish the content or utilize the provided information in agreement with the license that they have granted to us. The user can use the privacy settings to stop the publication of the information provided by them to our site and this can be done by using the privacy controls on the website.
It is to be noted here that we will not publish users’ personal information on any third-party companies for purposes such as direct marketing without their consent.
(a) in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
(b) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(c) to establish, exercise, or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
(d) to any person who we believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for revealing that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order reveal of that personal information.
We utilize standard industry regulations for protecting and safeguarding personal information, and standard security measures for the loss, modification, and misuse of the information. However, it should be noted that the amount of transmitted data over the Internet or the storage method is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect and safeguard your personal information, we do not guarantee its complete security. Moreover, while we make every effort to ensure the security and integrity of the systems and networks are safeguarded and not bargained with, we cannot guarantee that the security measures would prevent the third-party hackers from illegally obtaining any of the personal information.