Westport Book Sale Ventures, Inc.
GATHERING, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF NON--PERSONALLY--IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Users of the Website Generally
“Non--Personally--Identifying Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person. “Personally--Identifying Information,” by contrast, is information such as a name or email address that, without more, can be directly associated with a specific person.
Like most website operators, WBSV gathers from users of the Website Non--Personally--Identifying Information of the sort that Web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes the user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system, browser type, and the locations of the websites the user views right before arriving at, while navigating, and immediately after leaving, the Website. Although such information is not Personally--Identifying Information, it may be possible for WBSV to determine from an IP address a user’s internet service provider and the geographic location of the user’s point of connectivity, as well as other statistical usage data.
WBSV analyzes Non--Personally--Identifying Information gathered from users of the Website to help WBSV better understand how the Website is being used. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, WBSV is able to better design the Website to improve users’ experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use. From time to time, WBSV may also release the Non--Personally--Identifying Information gathered from Website users in the aggregate, such as by publishing a report on trends in the usage of the Website.
A “Web Cookie” is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded onto and stored on your computer or device when you access certain websites. In general, the cookie assigns to the user’s computer or device a unique identification and allows the website to recognize the user’s computer or device. The user’s browser provides the cookie to the website each time the user submits a query to the website.
WBSV USERS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON THEIR COMPUTERS SHOULD SET THEIR BROWSERS TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THE WEBSITE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CERTAIN FEATURES OF THE WEBSITE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY WITHOUT THE AID OF WEB COOKIES. WEBSITE USERS WHO REFUSE WEB COOKIES ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY.
A “Web Beacon” is an object that is embedded in a web page or email that is usually invisible to the user and allows website operators to check whether a user has viewed a particular web page or an email. WBSV may use Web Beacons on the Website and in emails to count users who have visited particular pages, viewed emails and to deliver co-branded services. Web Beacons are not used to access users’ Personally--Identifying Information. Web Beacons collect only a limited set of information, including a Web Cookie number, time and date of a page or email view, and a description of the page or email on which the Web Beacon resides. You may not decline Web Beacons. However, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all Web Cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a Web Cookie is tendered, permitting you to accept or decline Web Cookies on an individual basis.
We may provide you the option to connect your account on the Website to your account on some social networking sites for the purpose of logging in, uploading information or enabling certain features on the Website. When logging in using your social network credentials, we may collect the Personally-Identifying Information you have made publicly available on the social networking site, such as your name, profile picture, cover photo, username, gender, friends network, age range, locale, friend list and any other information you have made public. Once connected, other users may also be able to see information about your social network, such as the size of your network and your friends, including common friends. By connecting your account on the Website to your account on any social networking site, you consent to the continuous release of information about you to us. We will not send any of your account information to the connected social networking site without first disclosing that to you. Each social network may allow you to set privacy controls around your information on their system, and our collection of information will always follow such controls and permissions. This feature is subject to continuous change and improvement by us and each social networking site involved, and therefore the available features and shared information are subject to change without notice to you.
We may use hyperlinks on the Website which will redirect you to a social network if you click on the respective link. However, when you click on a social plug-in, such as Facebook’s “Like” button, Twitter’s “tweet” button or the Google+, that particular social network’s plug-in will be activated and your browser will directly connect to that provider’s servers. So for example, when you click on the Facebook “Like” button on the Website, Facebook will receive your IP address, the browser version and screen resolution, and the operating system of the device you have used to access the Website. Settings regarding privacy protection can be found on the websites of these social networks and are not within our control. If you do not use these buttons, none of your data will be sent to the respective social network’s plug-in provider.
COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY--IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
As defined above, Personally--Identifying Information is information that can be directly associated with a specific person. WBSV may collect a range of Personally--Identifying Information from and about Website users. Much of the Personally-Identifying Information collected by WBSV about users is information provided by users themselves when (1) registering for our service, (2) logging in with social network credentials, (3) participating in polls, contests, surveys or other features of our service, or responding to offers or advertisements, (4) communicating with us, (5) creating a public profile, (6) signing up to receive newsletters, (7) making an online charitable donation to WBSV, or (8) making a purchase in our online book shop. The information may include the user’s name, address, email address and telephone number, and, if you transact business with us, financial information such as your payment method (valid credit card number, type, expiration date, or other financial information). We also may request information about your interests and activities, your gender, age, date of birth, username, hometown and other demographic or relevant information as determined by WBSV from time to time. Users of the Website are under no obligation to provide WBSV with Personally-Identifying Information of any kind, with the caveat that a user’s declining to do so may prevent the user from using certain Website features.
BY REGISTERING WITH OR USING THE WEBSITE, YOU CONSENT TO THE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONALLY-- IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN THIS “COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY--IDENTIFYING INFORMATION” SECTION.
We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services or products offered by the Website that we think you may find valuable. We may also send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. Generally, you may opt out of such emails at the time of registration or through your account settings, though we reserve the right to send you notices about your account, such as service announcements and administrative messages, even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
WBSV will disclose Personally--Identifying Information under the following circumstances:
Changing Personally Identifying Information; Account Termination
We may use financial information or payment method to process payment for any purchases or donations made on the Website, enroll you in any discount, rebate, and other programs in which you elect to participate, to protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, and otherwise as needed to manage our business.
At times, we may look across multiple users to identify problems. In particular, we may examine your Personally--Identifying Information to identify users using multiple user IDs or aliases. We may compare and review your Personally-Identifying Information for accuracy and to detect errors and omissions.
We take the security of your Personally-Identifying Information seriously and use reasonable electronic, personnel and physical measures to protect it from loss, theft, alteration or misuse. However, please be advised that even the best security measures cannot fully eliminate all risks. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We are not responsible for third-party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures.
Our Website is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Wix.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases, and the general Wix.com applications. Wix.com stores this data on secure servers behind a firewall.
The direct payment gateways offered by Wix.com and used by us adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements aid in the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.
We are dedicated to protect all information provided by you to us as is necessary. However, you are also responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Personally--Identifying Information by keeping your password confidential. You should change your password immediately if you believe someone has gained unauthorized access to it or your account. If you lose control of your account, you should notify us immediately.
Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. The Website currently does not respond to DNT browser signals or mechanisms.