Privacy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Visual Society 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, develop our products, 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.
  • In our website products, 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.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact us.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Visual Society 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. Visual Society’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Visual Society’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Visual Society may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Visual Society also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on VisualSociety.com websites. Visual Society only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Visual Society’s websites choose to interact with Visual Society in ways that require Visual Society to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Visual Society gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a website at VisualSociety.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Visual Society – by purchasing access to the Basic, Professional or Agency plans, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Visual Society collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Visual Society. Visual Society 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.

Aggregated Statistics

Visual Society may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Visual Society may monitor the most popular websites on the VisualSociety.com site or use spam filtering services to help identify spam. Visual Society may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Visual Society does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Visual Society 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 Visual Society’s behalf or to provide services available at Visual Society’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Visual Society’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Visual Society 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, Visual Society discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Visual Society believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Visual Society, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Visual Society website and have supplied your email address, Visual Society may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Visual Society and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Visual Society takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

How Do We Use Your Personal Information?

We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
Communicate with you;
Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

Sharing Your Personal Information

We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site–you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Behavioral Advertising

As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.

You can opt out of targeted advertising by:

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads
GOOGLE – https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous
BING – https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads

Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.

Do Not Track

Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

Your Rights

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

Data Retention

When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.

Minors

The Site is not intended for individuals under the age of 18.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Visual Society uses cookies to help Visual Society identify and track visitors, their usage of Visual Society website, and their website access preferences. Visual Society visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Visual Society’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Visual Society’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Visual Society, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Visual Society goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, 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 Visual Society may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Visual Society and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Visual Society may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Visual Society’s sole discretion. Visual Society encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a VisualSociety.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:

  • Feb 10, 2017: Initial publication