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Privacy Policy

Caregivers’ Social Network
Privacy Policy

Effective Date: November 1, 2018

This privacy policy explains the collection, use, and disclosure practices of this website as well as all other websites owned and/or operated by the Caregivers’ Social Network, including, but not limited to www.caresocialnetwork.com, www.caregiverssocialnetwork.com, www.caregiversocialnetwork.com, www.csncommunity.com, and www.caregiversbrew.com(individually and collectively, “Site” or “Sites”).   The Sites are maintained by the Caregivers’ Social Network (“We,” “Us,” or “Our”).  We may update this statement occasionally, and we encourage you to check the date of our privacy policy whenever you visit the Sites to see whether it has been modified since your last visit.

We do not sell your name, email address or other information, except to third parties that may provide or offer services and products that you have requested from us or as otherwise described below under Disclosure of Personal Information.

Collection of Personal Information

For products or services provided on or in connection with our Sites, we may ask you to provide personal information such as name, email address, phone number and zip code, and personally identifiable information, and may or may not include any other information provided by or for you, and/or provided by any other person for whom you may be seeking products or services (“Personal Information”). We may collect and store any Personal Information.

In addition, we may use analytics tools, or other technologies, like cookies and Web beacons, to collect information about your visit to the Sites, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with the Sites and our services. We also may collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring website addresses. We also periodically may obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from other businesses, business partners, contractors and other third parties that supplement the Personal Information we collect, use and disclose.

The Sites may make chat rooms, message boards, or interactive opportunities available to its visitors and members. Those are Public Forums. Please remember that any information that you disclose voluntarily to others through the Public Forums may become public information. We urge you to be cautious when deciding to disclose your personal information, through Public Forums or to others whom you may meet through our Sites. The Sites cannot confirm the accuracy or authenticity of third party information or messages transmitted through our Sites. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to any personally identifiable information you disclose in a Public Forum or to a third party.

When visitors leave comments on our Sites we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you upload images to the Site, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the Site can download and extract any location data from images on the Site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Public Forums, this information may be collected and used by others.

Like many websites, we use “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences.  We use cookies to track use of our Sites and online services.  We also may use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the Sites and make them easier and/or relevant for your use.

If you leave a comment on our Site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this Site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one (1) day.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you usually can modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to accept cookies, you also have the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted. If you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated later.

Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy apply to information gathered online at our Sites, and to information that you may submit to us offline; to websites maintained by other companies, or organizations to which we may link; and to Personal Information we may collect further from third parties.

Use of Personal Information

We use Personal Information to provide you with the services and products you have requested from us and to provide services to the service providers who have contracted with us (“Participating Communities”) to be part of our referral information service program in relation to the services that we provide you. In addition, we use Personal Information to send you periodic email and newsletter communications about products and services offered by us or third parties, to operate and improve our Websites, products, and services, to respond to customer inquiries, and to send you survey or other communications.

We use Personal Information also for our own internal business purposes including statistical, design or operational purposes, such as to estimate our audience size, measure aggregate traffic patterns and understand demographic trends among our users.

Disclosure of Personal Information

We may disclose, sell or share Personal Information about you with other people including:

  • Participating We may disclose, sell or share Personal Information to Participating Communities in order to provide you with the services that you have requested. The Participating Communities may contact you directly by email, telephone, regular mail, in person visits or other means. We do not control how these Participating Communities use or disclose your Personal Information.
  • Other Third Party Providers.We may disclose, sell or share Personal Information to one or more third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services to us.  We may also disclose Personal Information to one or more third parties who are interested in providing services or products to you.   We do not control how these third parties use or disclose your Personal Information.
  • We may disclose some or all of your Personal Information with our parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control with us, in which case we will require them to honor this Privacy Policy.
  • Internal Analysis and Operations.We may disclose Personal Information for our own internal statistical, design or operational purposes, such as to estimate our audience size, measure aggregate traffic patterns, and understand demographic trends among our users. We may outsource these tasks and disclose Personal Information about you to third parties, provided the use and disclosure of your Personal Information by these third parties is restricted to performance of such tasks and subject to confidentiality.
  • Spam Filters.Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
  • Legal and Other Compliance.We may disclose Personal Information when we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law; to enforce or apply this Privacy Policy or our other policies or agreements; to protect our or our users’ rights, property or safety; to protect our users from fraudulent, abusive or unlawful use of, our Sites; or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records without delay.
  • Business Transfers.We may disclose Personal Information as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets or other business transaction.
  • Aggregated Information.We may share aggregated, anonymous information that includes or is based on information about you with third parties. This is information that is combined with the information of other users and does not directly identify you. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated information. We also may not limit the third parties’ use of the aggregated information.

 Use of Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information collected at the Sites may be used and disclosed to improve the performance, functionality and content of the Sites.  For example, we may collect and analyze collected aggregate information to determine how many visitors arrived at certain pages of the Sites, how long they stayed on those pages, and pages visited afterwards.  This information allows us to determine which pages might be the most interesting to our users which will enable us to provide you with a richer experience on the Sites.  Additionally, we may use non-personal information to improve the performance of the Sites and to customize the content, features and layout of the Sites’ pages for you.

Occasionally we share aggregate information with third parties, such as our advertisers and business partners, for marketing and promotional purposes.

We may supplement aggregate information collected from the Sites with similar information obtained from companies with whom we have marketing or other business relationships and other third party sources.  If aggregate information is ever linked with your Personal Information, such information will be treated as Personal Information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy as long as it is linked.

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our Site (if any), we also store the personal data they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal data at any time (except they cannot change their username). Site administrators can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have an account on our Site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Links to Third Parties

Please be advised that we may provide links to third party websites from our Sites as a service to our users, but we have no ability to control, and are not responsible for, the privacy and data collection, use, and disclosure practices of such sites and the privacy policies of such websites may differ from our Sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of third-party websites before providing any information. Third party and other websites also may send their own cookies to you, collect your data or solicit your Personal Information.  Always be aware of where you end up.  You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if that is your preference. If you choose to accept cookies, you also have the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted. In Internet Explorer 8, you can delete cookies by selecting “Tools”, “Delete browsing history”. Then select the control box “Cookies” and click the “Delete” button. Please be aware that if you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated later.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this Site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Security

We use reasonable security measures to store and maintain Personal Information to protect it from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction by any unauthorized party while it is under our control.  Please note that while we will make reasonable efforts to protect Personal Information, no transmission of data over the Internet is 100% secure.  All Internet users should take care with how they handle and disclose their personal information. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm for information about how to help protect yourself against identity theft.

Third Party Advertising Companies

Third party advertisers or ad networks may use cookies or other technologies on our Sites for various purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of their ads and analyzing and personalizing ads or other content delivered to you. We have no ability to control the privacy and data collection, use, and disclosure practices of such websites and the privacy policies of such websites may differ from our Sites. Therefore, we encourage you to review and understand the privacy policies of such websites before providing any information.

Children

We do not intend, and these Sites are not designed, to collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old, you should not register for our services or otherwise provide information on our Sites.

Your California Privacy Rights

Companies that collect personally identifiable information from California residents and disclose such information to third parties for marketing purposes must, in response to a request by a consumer, either (1) provide a list detailing the categories of information shared and the entities to which such information was provided, or (2) provide a mechanism by which a consumer may opt-out of having their information shared with third parties. We have elected the second option and you may request that your personally identifiable information not be shared with third parties by sending your request, including your full name, email address and postal address to: privacy@caresocialnetwork.com, ATTN: CA Privacy Rights. In accordance with California Civil Code Sec. 1789.3, California resident users are entitled to know that they may file grievances and complaints with California Department of Consumer Affairs, 400 R Street, Suite 1080, Sacramento, CA 95814; or by phone at 916-445-1254 or 800-952-5210; or by email to dca@dca.ca.gov

Do Not Track Disclosures

No action is taken in response to web browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party web sites or online services.  Although we may use Google Analytics and other third party tracking tools for our Sites, we are not aware if third parties collect personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities when a consumer uses our Sites.

Opt-Out of Caregivers’ Social Network Communications

We may periodically send you newsletters and other communications that promote our products and services.  When you receive our newsletters, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further newsletters by following the opt-out instructions that we include in the newsletter we send you.  However, if you wish to opt-out of communications with Participating Communities, you must contact them directly as we do not control communications from Participating Communities.

Governing Law

The Sites are published in the United States.  We attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws to the extent they may apply to our services.  If you are uncertain whether this Privacy Policy conflicts with the applicable local privacy laws where you are located, you should not submit your Personal Information to the Sites.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy periodically as our Sites continue to develop and as we add new services to our Sites.   Please keep in mind that some of the services mentioned specifically in this policy may not be available on the Sites at this time.When we do, we will let you know by posting the changed Privacy Policy on this page with a new “Effective Date.” In some cases, we may also tell you about changes by additional means, such as by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address we have on file for you.We recommend that you check the Privacy Policy periodically in case you missed our notice of changes to the Privacy Policy.

Your Consent

By using our Sites, you consent to the terms of our Privacy Policy and to our collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information for the purposes given above.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the privacy practices of our Sites, please contact us at privacy@caresocialnetwork.com.