This document describes our policies and procedures relating to information we receive when you visit and interact with our websites and services.
YOUR USE OF THIS SITE AND ANY RELATED SERVICES IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THEN LEAVE THIS SITE NOW. THESE TERMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SO REVISIT AND REVIEW THEM PERIODICALLY.
The words “information” and “data” are used herein interchangeably and include all manner of data or information including, but not limited, to text, voice or audio, imagery (photos, video, graphics, documents, pdf, img files, etc.) and all other forms of data or information, whether in digital, analog or physical format.
Data We Collect, How We Collect It, Why We Collect It, and How We Use the Data
E-Mail and Electronic Messaging
If you choose to e-mail us then whatever information is included in the e-mail and any attachments you provide will be collected. Also, information included in the e-mail’s “header”, generated and incorporated by your e-mail software, will be collected automatically.
When you provide an e-mail address, phone number or other “point of contact” information (such as a physical address or postal box) you:
- represent that you are the owner or person in primary control of that e-mail address, phone number, or other point of contact, or that you are personally authorized by the owner or person in control to submit the contact information; and,
- you agree that your action, in submitting the contact information authorizes us to send notifications, newsletters, and other information to that point of contact from time to time.
You may remove your supplied contact information at your discretion, provided the request comes from the previously identified point of contact. For example, a request to remove an email address must originate from that address (or a reasonable and verifiable explanation from another point of contact must be provided.) E-mails sent to a list of recipients will include instructions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list.
Public Comment and Public Data Publishing Systems
The information we collect may vary, based on your intended participation or action(s), such as making a comment, sending us a message, or publishing a listing in a directory.
Generally, at a minimum, we will require you to provide a verifiable personal or business e-mail address, a login name, a displayable username (which may be different than login), your actual (true) first and last name, and other details as indicated by the online registration form.
This information will ordinarily be processed (analyzed) by software or by third-party service providers for the primary purpose of filtering out, protecting against, and/or blocking spammers or malicious actors and/or their virtual agents or bots to deter or stop them from accessing, harming or degrading our server or services.
By registering you agree to the release and analysis of the information you provide to third-parties for such analysis. If you are unwilling to agree to such processing then do not register and do not attempt to use our commenting or information posting systems.
This site may make chat rooms, forums, message boards, directory listings and other methods of posting information available to both registered and unregistered website visitors and users, as well as search engine spiders and others that may copy or “scrape” publicly accessible / viewable information – for the intended purpose of re-publishing that information elsewhere. Any information that you disclose online will likely (presumably) become public information PERMANENTLY. Therefore, you should exercise discretion and caution when deciding to disclose your personal information on this website or any website.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to aid in spam detection or to check for multiple identities tied to the same IP address (another form of spamming).
Comment or Information / Data Uploading, Public Access and Availability, Retention and Deletion
Our websites, by design, are built for the publication, public sharing and display of data, information, ideas, imagery, and personal or business data that is meant to be shared for your benefit, for the benefit of your business or organization, for the benefit of the public, and for other beneficial purposes.
Anything that you post or upload to this site should be considered forever in the public space. Therefore, if you want to maintain the privacy of your information of any kind, including statements of your thoughts or ideas, photographs, graphics or anything else capable of electronic transmission, either do not register or do not comment, post, upload or otherwise use our system to present or convey information.
Once you use our website’s system(s) to present, make known or publish information that information will quickly be accessed by search engine “bots” (software that collects online data), other bots (non-search engine data harvesters, who collect and redistribute online information for profit or other purposes), and individuals who will copy and re-post (replicate) whatever they find onto other websites. Once information is made public online it will invariably be impossible to stop it from spreading further and impossible to delete.
Your comments, once posted, WILL NOT BE REMOVED except for violations of our terms and conditions or for reasons which we, in our sole discretion, deem compelling. Why? Because your comments, predictably, will cause others to respond and engage. If comments that evoke responses / engagement are routinely removed (on request) then the responsive comments become incomprehensible and lose their value AND others are disincentivized from investing their time replying.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you submit information by using a contact form then we will collect and store that information in order to (potentially) act on the information you provided. Your IP address and browser information may (presumably will) be automatically recorded by the form’s software.
Directory and other “Listings” Submissions
If you submit your personal, business or company information for inclusion in an online directory or “listings” are of our site then, by virtue of filling in and submitting the directory or listing form, you acknowledge that you know the information we are collecting and you expressly consent to making that information publicly available for viewing online, subject to your compliance with all applicable terms and conditions.
By submitting your information for inclusion in the directory or listings section of this website you agree to its public display.
You acknowledge and agree that, upon inclusion and display, any person with a browser or other software, will be able to view, record, collect, make use of and possibly further disseminate and act upon the information you disclose / submit – including contacting you or your business by whatever means to provide such as a website URL, a phone number, an e-mail address, a street address, a social media profile or social media presence, and any other method you provide.
Payment Data (Credit, Debit and Other Payment Methods)
Other Information Gathered Via This Website
Third-party advertising companies, such as Google’s ad services, may be used to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may collect information about your visits to our website, and our affiliates in order to provide advertisements that relate to your interests. It is your choice or discretion as to how much information these sources gain, which you can control by settings you make in your web browser in order to disable cookies and other tracking devices.
A cookie is a small file, containing a string of characters that uniquely identifies your browser, that “asks your browser” to accept or reject it.
You can choose to accept or reject cookies by adjusting your browser’s settings. Cookies store data on your system so you can delete them at will.
Cookies enable websites, web servers and website software to respond to you individually. For example, cookies enable you to login to a website, access certain webpages or website functions and then log out. Cookies are also used to display personal information you provide, to adjust your experience of the website by controlling what is displayed, and other responses.
Cookies are useful for gathering information about your choices, your likes and dislikes and your preferences. They are not inherently evil and, in many (probably the vast majority) situations they are created to improve your “user experience”.
Cookies are also used so you the user do not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time.
If you do not wish to optimize the use of our site through using cookies, you should be able to reject any site’s cookies by changing preferences in your web browser.
To leave a comment on this site you must first register information required by the site, which information will be stored to identify you in the future and to allow you, once approved, to make comments on this site. If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, e-mail 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, unless we delete them prior to that time.
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 1 day.
A web beacon is an electronic image in a web page or email, often consisting of a single pixel, which allows a website operator or email sender to analyze user engagement. Aggregated data from web beacons is often formatted into charts and reports. Data relating to visitor or user engagement or website interaction is generally critical to the website’s success as the data points to visitor or user interests (or lack thereof), suggesting where to invest resources or curtail investment.
Links to Other Websites or Online Content
This site contains links to other webpages, websites and other online contents. Such links do not constitute endorsements. Since we do not control other websites or their online contents you should take steps to assure that your device is protected from actions of malicious actors, such as hackers, who may gain control of websites, webpages, or other online content.
We may format our links in a manner that enables us to track whether these links have been clicked and/or followed. We use this information to improve the quality of your search, to customize the content, to keep track of referrals and / or to improve advertising.
Such links may also be used to credit our website with sending a visitor to a third-party site with which we have an affiliate relationship. (See affiliate disclosure elsewhere.)
Log Files and Analytics
Log files are records that are automatically created by our Web server when you access our site.
Log files record IP addresses, dates and times of visits, browser information, operating system (O/S) information, pages that you browsed or attempted to view, content viewed or downloaded to your browser or other interface (such as photos or graphical images), the volume (in Kilobytes or Megabytes) of content you downloaded.
We use this information to analyze user’s interests, visitor trends and to possibly gather demographic information of our users since IP addresses may indicate the country or other general area from which a visitor is viewing this site. Generally, an IP address cannot, without other information typically gathered only by subpoena to an ISP, be used to identify a specific person or a specific location (internet connection).
Except for affiliate links we do not track users when they browse away to third-party websites. Therefore, we do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.
Certain advertising networks, ones that automatically load ads to the pages you browse, may themselves use “tracking beacons” or cookies that will effectively follow you to other websites that use similar or related advertising systems. These companies will attempt, via their software, to present advertisements that are “personalized” to you, based upon websites you have previously visited. It can be a bit spooky or annoying unless or until you understand that it’s merely meant to provide advertisements relevant to your (presumed) interests and advertisements provide the financial lifeblood to many websites. A little of an annoyance may not be too much to bear (you control your cookies) to support your access to otherwise free-to-view websites.
Google may transfer this data to third-parties for additional processing or when required by law.
Google states that is does not associate your IP address with other data held by Google.
By using this site you consent to the transmission and processing of data about your visit by Google.
Content Embedded or Appearing on our Websites or Webpages That Originates from Outside Websites
Articles on this site may include “embedded content” such as videos, images, quotes and other online content.
Who We Share Your Data With
Generally, no one has access to our data unless they have been specifically authorized to access that data.
We share (provide access to) your data with our employees, our independent contractors (temps, virtual assistants, and the like), and/or our outside support agencies insofar as sharing that data is necessary for the employee or other party to fulfill their duties, such as analyzing website traffic, monitoring or regulating the acts of registered users (such as uploading spam-like data). All employees, servants and third-parties are required to either execute and honor a privacy and confidentiality agreement or to maintain reasonable privacy and confidentiality practices.
If you register at this site, with the intention of commenting or posting information, and thereafter do comment, your comment will or may be submitted to a service that inspects and filters comments for evidence of spam or self-promotional comments.
The contents of this site, including your comments, posts and/or listings may also be submitted to services that “cache” (store on additional servers) the content of this site for the purpose of accelerating the distribution of that content to visitors.
We may also share your information with the following third-parties:
a) Google, via “Google Analytics”, for the purpose of understanding the source and actions of our visitors with an aim to improve our website and our user’s experience.
b) An EMail “list management and email distribution” company for the purpose of optimizing the distribution of emails, newsletters and other content distributed by email. The service provider we are currently using is: To be decided
c) Form processors – from “contact forms” to “polls and survey forms” for the purpose of optimizing form submissions and analysis of the information. The service provider we are currently using is: To be decided
d) Caching services, to accelerate the delivery of the content of this website by distributing that content to servers across the globe so that people seeking this site’s content can retrieve it more quickly by placing it closer to their location. The service we current use is hosted by / provided by CloudFlare, Inc.
e) Hosting: All our servers are currently hosted by CloudFlare, Inc.
f) Security: Security services, for hardening our website and/or servers, are provided by a variety of service providers, including CloudFlare, Inc.
If we sell all or part of this site or merge or partner with another site or entity, then in that case user or customer information presumably will be one of the assets that are transferred to the new owner or partner. By using this site you agree to the transfer or sharing of your data with the new owner or partner.
Disclosure of Data
We may release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our website, our users, or others. These acts will only be undergone to protect the company and you as an individual when the law becomes involved.
How Long We Retain Your Data
Generally, we retain data only as long as that data helps us fulfill our business and public good objectives.
Examples of our data retention practices include:
- Retention of IP address information, matched to registered users, to determine if that user is registering multiple accounts, which may indicate an intention to spam or manipulate public dialogue.
- Retention of email addresses to track whether any user is sequentially registering and closing accounts or engaging in other activities contrary to our terms.
- Retention of comments, pursuant to participation agreements and terms, which terms are meant to preserve the integrity and comprehensibility of threaded (back and forth) dialogues.
- Retention of data, even after a registered user closes an account, to fulfill the above stated reasonable and necessary business practices and objectives.
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 website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
Subject to your affirmative agreement to our terms and conditions for creating an account in order to participate on one of our websites, and subject to applicable legal limitations, you can request an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us, and/or you can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you.
This does not include the erasure of any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes and data that you agreed we may retain as a condition of your participation in certain interactive functions, such as threaded (multi-person) public comments.
Visitor data (those who only “visit” or view a website, but do not create an account) is retained briefly by our servers and then deleted. Briefly means a matter of a few weeks (3-4 weeks) or a few months (2-3) and then automatically deleted. This “visitor data” includes only data that is not directly personally identifiable. Visitor data (secured automatically via browser interaction with our website(s)), is used to identify (by IP address) the regions or nations from which are visitors are viewing our websites, the pages viewed by a visitor, and the length of time spent on site. This data is added to our servers “log files” which data is aggregated, examined and analyzed to improve our services.
Children Visitors and Parental Consent
We do not seek, invite, or attempt to entice input from, or participation by, children. We ask people to confirm they are at least eighteen (18) years old.
If you have information or knowledge that someone under the age of 18 has, contrary to our policy, engaged with this site by registering and/or providing personal information please immediately contact us by filling out our contact form.
Updating your Personal Information
When you add personal information to the website, we offer different methods that allow you to access, correct, or delete your personal information. The procedure(s) for doing this is explained on the registration page. If you have any difficulties changing your information updated specifically to the Experiences website, please contact our web administrator.
How We Protect Your Data
Our business uses multiple security precautions in order to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of our customer’s information. Our website is hosted in a secure data center that provides physical security. The data center also monitors our website and its traffic. Generally, software “firewalls” and other security software is used to protect the website’s integrity.
We operate on a “need to know basis,” only allowing independent contractors, agents or employees to access personal information when needed to complete a business transaction. Such persons are required to agree to confidentiality obligations and they may be subject to termination and criminal prosecution if they fail to meet these obligations.
Data Breach Procedures We Have In Place
We strive to protect all data by reasonable means and stand ready to notify all necessary parties should there be a breach. If a breach occurs that requires notification we will make a reasonable effort to contact you via the email address and other points of contact your provided.
Disclosure of Data to Law Enforcement and to Parties involved in Civil Litigation
Information that relates to you may be provided, upon reasonable and lawful request, to law enforcement officials, government entities or pursuant to civil litigation demands, such as civil subpoenas.
We will provide you with notice of such a request through reasonable available methods except when we are required, by law, to not disclose the request.
We will not act as your advocate (legal counsel) in regards to such requests.
We do not guarantee that information provided to law enforcement, government or regulatory agencies will be kept confidential. If you wish to protect your rights you should retain private legal counsel.
If you do not agree to any of the terms and conditions you should not use this site.
You agree that any dispute relating to the use of this site or site’s the terms and conditions will be governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
You also agree to arbitrate any claims or disputes in the State of Florida.
We reserve the right to amend our terms and conditions at any time, for any reason, without notice to you, other than the posting of the amended terms and conditions on this site. Check frequently to determine if changes have been made.
Severability – Preservation of Terms
If any of these terms are adjudicated to be void, voidable or unenforceable then, in that case, all other terms shall remain fully in force and the remaining terms shall be interpreted in a manner that is supportive of the underlying intent of any term(s) deemed void, voidable or unenforceable.
Our company is headquartered in the United States, in the State of Florida We have no offices outside the USA.
For questions, comments, concerns, complaints or requests to delete or amend personal data please contact our data protection officer.