Last updated: April 20, 2018
This is the Privacy Statement and Policy (“Privacy Statement”) for Benevolent Hostility Institute (“BHI”).
BHI is strongly committed to protecting your privacy and providing a safe online experience as you access and use materials on By.Ertan.Me (the “Site”), including the Site subscription pages. In addition, information that you submit to BHI in response to an email request for information or other outreach from BHI will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
BHI may, in its discretion, amend this Privacy Statement from time to time. To ensure you are able to remain informed about the information we collect and how we use it, material changes to our statement will be reflected here. This Site may contain links to external sites which are not governed by this Privacy Statement. BHI does not take responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party sites to which we link. BHI encourages you to review the privacy policies of any such sites before you submit information there.
Your Acceptance of this Privacy Statement
Please read this Privacy Statement carefully. By browsing the Site you agree to be bound by this Privacy Statement.
Information That We Collect and How We Use It
You can visit the Site, read materials, and browse the Site’s contents without giving us any personally identifiable information. In order to provide you with the most efficient and enhanced personalized service and attention, and to accommodate certain requests, which you make, we request information about you in certain circumstances and collect certain information automatically.
We collect personally identifiable information from you in several different ways on the Site (Personally identifiable information means information that can reasonably used to identify you personally, such as your name, username(s), birth date, phone number, billing and shipping address, credit or debit card number, email address, and profile picture). We collect such information when you submit it to us, such as when you make purchases or request information; register for or subscribe to certain products or services; create a profile; participate in a sweepstakes, contest or game; take a survey; use an interactive feature (such as chat); participate in a community forum; request copies of publications; seek additional information regarding our services; register for conferences and other BHI-sponsored events; or contact customer service. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing future experiences for you, improving our operations, and communicating with you.
When you access and use the Site, our technology and tools automatically collect and record certain non-personally identifiable information about your use of the Site (including your IP address, your browser type, the make and model of device used to view the Website, location information, and other information relating to your use of the Site, browser or device).
We sometimes aggregate demographic information, and the types of systems and browsers of users for internal purposes, so that we may better understand the Site’s user population, identify subject areas of interest, and determine whether the Site is designed to work with the computer settings of a majority of our visitors. BHI also may conduct user surveys on the Site or use technologies to provide BHI with information on a number of areas, such as user identity, user viewing habits, whether or not users found what they were searching for, whether the Site content is relevant to user needs, and the like. BHI uses the information gathered from such surveys to improve the Site, navigation, and overall visitor experience and to provide you with relevant BHI materials.
Any personal information that is provided, such as names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, subject areas of interest, etc., allows BHI to inform you about updates to the service and to notify you about other products and services offered by BHI that may be of interest to you. We will not sell, share, or rent or otherwise make available any of that information to other parties, except that we may disclose the information to third parties who perform services on our behalf and have a need to access the information in connection with those services. Any third parties will only process this information to the extent to which and within the limits that BHI itself is permitted to process that data.
How We Might Share Your Information
The third parties with whom we may need to share personal information to help us provide services and products to you and to run the Site include:
- Our subsidiaries or affiliates;
- Our third party service providers who process information on our behalf to help run some of our internal business operations including email distribution, order fulfillment, IT services and marketing and events services; and
- Law enforcement bodies in order to comply with any legal obligation or court order.
Because BHI’s third party service providers are global organizations, we need to transfer personal information, which is collected on the Site or through other means to third parties located in different countries around the world, including outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). These arrangements may involve your personal information being located in various countries around the world (e.g. USA) where privacy laws differ. We only make these arrangements or transfers where we are satisfied that adequate levels of protection are in place to protect information held in that country. In addition, the Site may be viewed and accessed anywhere in the world, including countries that may not have laws regulating the use and transfer of personally identifiable information. By using the Site, submitting information through the Site, or submitting personal information to BHI through other means, you voluntarily consent to such international transfer and hosting of such information to those countries and parties.
From time to time, we may send you information regarding services, publications, products and events that we perceive may be of interest to you or your business. You may receive this information by hard copy mailing or email. If, at any time, you prefer not to receive further communications from us in any or all forms (except in connection with information, products, publications, events or services that you specifically request), you will have the ability to unsubscribe from such communications by means of a link provided in every email that is sent to you by us.Furthermore, we use collected information to serve relevant, customized advertising to you. Such advertising (and analysis of advertising) may be conducted by us or third parties. Your information may be shared with third parties for advertising delivery, contextual advertising and reporting on such advertising. Generally, these third parties do not have the right to use this information beyond the scope needed to execute or support advertising.
Some advertisers and services we use to deliver advertising may be engaging in online behavioral advertising and interest-based advertising. You can read more about online behavioral, interest-based advertising, and related practices here:
- Network Advertising Initiative: http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising
- Digital Advertising Alliance: http://www.aboutads.info
- Interactive Advertising Bureau: http://www.iab.net
We may collect email addresses at the point of subscription from users who wish to receive email notification of publications and alerts in identified subject areas of interest, and/or those who send us email messages or express interest regarding our services or products, or register for conferences and other BHI-sponsored events. We will not, however, share any email addresses with any third party or send unsolicited email to any of the addresses we collect.
Cookies and Technical Information Collection
Protection of Personal Information
We incorporate standard industry practices internally and with our service providers, which we believe suits the degree of sensitivity of the information involved to maintain the security of your personal information and to avoid its disclosure except as described in this Privacy Statement. Our policy is to limit access to personal data to those employees or agents with a specific need to access or retrieve this information. By default, the Site encrypts connections between client devices and our servers to minimize the ability of any unauthorized third party to intercept the exchange of data. In addition, where feasible, data is stored encrypted.
Although we have implemented systems and procedures to secure the data maintained by us, security during Internet transmissions can never be assured. Therefore, although we take steps to protect your information, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that we collect from you or the security of our servers or the Site. By accessing the Site, any transmission of information is at your own risk and you agree to assume all risk in connection with information sent to us or collected by us.
Credit Card Information
Credit card information is not collected or stored on our servers. When you conduct transactions through the Site, payment and payment card information for transactions with us is entered directly into a third party processor’s systems and is not transmitted through or stored by us. The card processor provides us with an authorization code which is securely stored with the payment record on our servers.
Links to Other Web Sites
The Site contains links to other websites not operated by BHI. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any websites to which we link from the Site. We are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting other websites and sites not governed by our Privacy Statement. We cannot control the content or security of such websites. We cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred by a user as a result of visiting such websites. No links are intended to be, nor should be construed as, an endorsement of any kind by us of that other website.
Compliance With Law
BHI complies with all applicable privacy laws and regulations. We may be compelled to surrender personal user or customer information to legal authorities if presented with a court subpoena or similar legal or administrative order, or as required or permitted by the laws, rules and regulations of any nation, state or other applicable jurisdiction. Also, in the event of a violation of the terms and conditions of use of the Site or a violation of any restrictions on use of materials provided in or through the Site, we may disclose personal user information to our affected business partners or legal authorities.
You have a right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and details of how we use that information. If any of the information held about you is incorrect or out of date, please follow the process outlined below and we will amend our records where appropriate. You also have the right to require us to stop processing your personal data and/or to withdraw your consent to processing. This may not apply if there are other legal justifications to continue processing.
BHI understands the importance of protecting children’s privacy, particularly in their online interactions. The Site is not designed for and does not intentionally target or solicit to children 18 years of age and younger. We do not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information online from children under 13 to ensure compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). COPPA and its accompanying regulations under United States federal law protect the privacy of children using the Internet. By using the Site, you have represented and warranted that you are either 18 years of age or using the Site with the supervision of a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 13, you may not use the Site. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please email us at [email protected]. We encourage all parents to talk to their children about online safety and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.
California Privacy Rights
Under California Civil Code sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information by us to third parties for direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please email us at [email protected]. That notice will identify the categories of information shared and will include a list of the third parties and affiliates with which it was shared. In your request, please specify that you want a “Your California Privacy Rights Notice”. Please allow at least 30 days for a response.
Changes to Privacy Statement
We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement as necessary to protect our users and to comply with a changing environment. We recommend that you check the Privacy Statement when you visit the Site to be sure that you are aware of and understand our current policy. We will not make any retroactive material changes in how we handle previously collected personal information unless you allow us to do so, or unless we are legally required to do so. Your continued use of the Site after a revised Privacy Statement signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy Statement.
Information on Customer Rights and Contacts
You are entitled to obtain information on your saved data and on how to correct, block or delete this data where applicable. Please contact us with any further inquiries about the collection, processing or use of your personal data. The same shall apply for obtaining information, your requests to block, delete or correct your personal data as well as for withdrawals of granted consents. You may email us at: [email protected].
Opting-Out of Information Use
You may unsubscribe to any of our online email updates by following the unsubscribe instructions in the body of any email message. We will take commercially reasonable steps to implement your opt-out requests promptly.
Additionally, the links below will assist you in opting-out of cookies and online behavioral or interest-based advertising.
Third Party Technical Information Collection & Advertising Service Providers:
- Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- Google Fonts: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- Google Tag Manager: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- Google AdWords Conversion Tracking & Retargeting: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- DoubleClick by Google: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- YouTube: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads
- Facebook Custom Audience: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
- Facebook Pixel: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
- Facebook Connect: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
- AddThis: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out
- BlueKai: http://www.bluekai.com/consumers.php#optout
- Tapad: https://privacy.tapad.com/optout.html
- ScoreCard Research: https://www.scorecardresearch.com/Preferences.aspx
- Twitter: https://business.twitter.com/en/help/ads-policies/other-policy-requirements/interest-based-opt-out-policy.html
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/62931/manage-advertising-preferences?lang=en
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy
- Gravatar: https://automattic.com/privacy/
- MailChimp: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/
Online Behavioral Advertising Opt-Out:
- Digital Advertising Alliance Consumer Choice Page: http://www.aboutads.info/choices
- Network Advertising Initiative Consumer Opt-Out: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/
Please note that these measures are browser-specific and device-specific and must be repeated on all browsers and devices.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, or BHI’s collection and use of information, you may email us at: [email protected]. Please note that we need you to prove who you are before we can provide you with any information.
You also have a right to lodge a complaint with a relevant supervisory authority once you have tried to resolve the issue with us.