We are committed to protecting your privacy and security and have explained in detail the steps we take to do so. We control this site from offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
Our Company Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting children’s privacy is especially important to us. It is our policy to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and all other applicable laws. Therefore, we restrict our web site to persons eighteen years or older.
You must be eighteen (18) years or older to access the Sites. If you are under eighteen years of age, you are not permitted to access the Sites for any reason. Due to the age restrictions for use of the Sites, no information obtained by the Sites, falls within the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and is not monitored as doing so.
Protecting your privacy is very important to us; so we do not sell your personal information and will only use it for obvious, legitimate business purposes.
Our company collects information in different ways from Visitors and Subscribers who access the various Services and the network of web sites accessible through our Services.
In all cases, we will collect personal identification information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us.
Except as otherwise provided in this policy, we will never intentionally disclose any personal identification information about you as an individual user to any third party without having received your permission.
Subscribers may be asked to provide certain personal information when they sign up for our Services. This personal information may include any of the following: name, email address, address, telephone number, billing information (e.g. credit card information), and the type of personal computer or browser being used to access our Services. The personal information collected from Subscribers during the registration process is used to manage each Subscriber’s account (e.g. billing purposes). This information may be shared with third parties, as stated herein, or in special circumstances (see section: “Special Circumstances”).
We collect your information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you select. If you register for a webinar, for example, the information is used to reserve your seat; to track your preferences so that we can improve our sites and Services; and to keep you informed about the webinar and related events.
As a Visitor to our internet sites, you can engage in many activities without providing any personal information. In connection with other activities, such as registering for a webinar or participating in a sweepstakes, we may ask you to provide certain information about yourself by filling out and submitting an online form. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities. If you elect to engage in these activities, however, we may ask that you provide us personal information, such as your first and last name, mailing address (including ZIP code), e-mail address, telephone, credit card, and other personal information. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.
If you supply us with your contact information you may receive periodic e-mails, mailings or calls from us with information on new products and services, important issues, or upcoming events.
If you wish to be removed from any postal, email, phone, or other lists, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your exact name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. Include the term “Lists” in the subject line of the email. We will be sure your name is removed from the appropriate lists immediately.
In instances where our company and a partner jointly promote our Services, we may provide the partner certain personal information, such as the name, address, email address and username of persons who subscribed to the Services as a result of the joint promotion for the purpose of offering you other products and services. In this instance, personal information may not be used by the partner for any other purpose.
We may also generate non-identifying and aggregate profiles from personal information Subscribers provide during registration (such as the total number, but not the name, of Subscribers). As explained in more detail below, we may use this aggregated and non-identifying information to sell advertisements that appear on the Services.
Also, with purchases, we supply our Subscriber’s contact information to our business partners, who then may contact the member by telephone after the member purchase for legitimate business reasons.
Sales purchases are collected and processed by a third party service provider that is certified PCI Level 1—the most stringent level of certification. As a result, we supply our member’s contact information to this service provider, who then may contact the member by telephone after the member purchase for legitimate business reasons.
We also may supply other companies with contact information, for mail offers we believe would be of interest to our Subscribers, with or without compensation from those companies. At times we may promote and send an advertisement for a third party product, where we collect the sales proceeds, and forward the purchaser’s information to that third party.
Browser Level Information
Blackbox Preparedness LLC web servers, or our authorized technology service provider, may automatically collect non-personally identifying information (non-PII) from our Visitors and Subscribers.
The term “non-personally identifying information” (non-PII) is anonymous aggregate data which CANNOT be used to identify or deduce demographic information. It is important to note that this kind of anonymous, aggregate information is automatically logged by most websites and is a standard practice in the United States. Most websites collect this information in order to enable a website owner to optimize website performance and to personalize their customer’s experience on the website. This information is collected in a database and used—in an aggregated, anonymous manner—in our internal analysis of traffic patterns.
Non-PII may include: a site user’s IP address; browser type; the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on the website or not) and which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the website or not) by reading this information from the user’s browser (information provided by every user’s browser). This information is collected in a database and used – in an aggregated, anonymous manner without identifying you or any user individually – in our internal analysis of traffic patterns within our website. We measure traffic patterns on our sites and Services so that we know which areas of our sites and Services are favorites; which areas need improvement; and what technologies are being used (e.g. browser type) so that we may continually improve our sites and Services. It should be noted that this kind of information is automatically logged by most websites and is a standard practice in the United States.
Also, we may use this aggregate, non-identifying data for statistical analysis, marketing, or similar promotional purposes. This data is often tracked by us or our third party technology services provider through the use of “cookies” and “web beacons”. A web beacons is a standard tool used in web analytics. Web analytics is the analysis of how visitors interact with a website in order to optimize website performance.
A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor how users navigate through a website. Web beacons are often used in conjunction with cookies to help website owners understand how visitors are interacting with their website in order to optimize the website’s performance. Web beacons collect simple, non-personally identifying information such as a visitor’s IP address; the time material/content was viewed on the website; a user’s browser type; and the existence of cookies. For more information on cookies, see the section of this policy titled: “Cookies and How Our Company Uses Them”.
Notice of Compliance to California Residents: Your California Privacy Rights Under the California Online Privacy Protection Act and the California Business and Professions Code
Our company does not maintain a process for an individual consumer who uses or visits our commercial web site or online service to review and request changes to any of his or her personally identifiable information that is collected through our web site or online service.
For the purposes of this policy and California compliance the following definitions apply: Depending on the visitor’s activity, in our commercial web sites or Services, the following “personally identifiable information” may be collected, in addition to information set forth in other sections of this document.
The term “personally identifiable information” means individually identifiable information about an individual consumer collected online by our company from an individual and maintained by our company, or a third party service provider, in an accessible form, and may include any of the following:
- A first and last name.
- A home or other physical address, including street name and name of a city or town.
- An e-mail address.
- A telephone number.
- Any other identifier that permits the physical or online contacting of a specific individual.
Under California Law SB 27, California residents have the right to receive, once a year, information about third parties with whom we have shared information about you or your family for their marketing purposes during the previous calendar year, and a description of the categories of personal information shared.
To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com and please include the phrase “California Privacy Request” in the subject line. Within the body of the email, include the following pieces of information: the domain name of the web site you are inquiring about, along with your name, address and email address. We will respond to you within thirty days of receiving such a request.
“Cookies” and How Our Company Uses Them
Most website browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, or to refuse all cookies. However, if you choose to disable the receipt of cookies from our website, you may not be able to use certain features of the site. Visit www.aboutcookies.org to learn about how to delete and control cookies on various browser types.
Our advertisers and partners may also use their own cookies. We do not control use of these cookies and expressly disclaim responsibility for information collected through them.
Our company may use Remarketing with Google Analytics, Adroll and Facebook to advertise online. Third party vendors, including Google, may show our ads on sites across the Internet. We, along with third-party vendors, including Google, only use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on someone’s past visits to our website. It should be noted that the use of first-party cookies is considered an industry best-practice with regard to privacy issues. Our company does NOT use third-party cookies.
We may also use data from Google’s personalized advertising tools along with Google Analytics, to create educational and marketing content geared towards the interests of our Visitors.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using Google’s Ads Settings at https://www.google.com/settings/ads. You can also use Google’s Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout//End Addition
Our Company Partners and Sponsors
At some web sites, you can purchase products and services or register to receive materials, such as a newsletter, catalog or new product and service updates. In many cases, you may be asked to provide contact information, such as your name, address, email address, phone number, and credit/debit card information.
If you complete an order for someone else, such as an online gift order sent directly to a recipient, you may be asked to provide information about the recipient, such as the recipient’s name, address, and phone number. Our company has no control over the third parties’ use of any personal information you provide when placing such an order. Please exercise care when doing so.
If you order services or products directly from our company, we use the personal information you provide to process that order. We do share this information with outside parties that we do business with only for legitimate business reasons as stated throughout this policy.
Our company, or a third party service provider, may display our online advertisements. In those cases, we share information about our Visitors and Subscribers collected through the registration process as well as through online surveys and promotions with these advertisers in order to facilitate our advertising strategy.
Additionally, in some instances, we use this information to deliver tailored advertisements or joint ventures. For instance, an advertiser or joint venture company tells us the audience they want to reach and provides us an advertisement tailored to the audience. Based upon the information we have collected, we may then display or send the advertisement to the intended audience. Our company may share personal information about its Visitors or Subscribers with these advertisers or joint venture companies for these legitimate business reasons.
Responses to Email Inquiries
When Visitors or Subscribers send email inquiries to our company, the return email address is used to answer the email inquiry we receive.
Voluntary Customer Surveys
We may periodically conduct both business and individual customer surveys. We encourage our customers to participate in these surveys because they provide us with important information that helps us to improve the types of products and Services we offer and how we provide them to you.
We may take the information we receive from individuals responding to our customer surveys and combine (or aggregate) it with the responses of other customers we may have, to create broader, generic response to the survey questions (such as gender, age, residence, hobbies, education, employment, industry sector, or other demographic information). We then use the aggregated information to improve the quality of our Services to you, and to develop new Services and products. This aggregated, non-personally identifying information may be shared with third parties.
Our company may offer polls, contests, sweepstakes, drawings, games, content, or other promotions that are sponsored by or co-branded with third parties. You may be entered in a sweepstakes, contest, or other promotion, simply by making a purchase from us or by providing us with personally identifiable information for some other reason or purpose. Due to these third party relationships, the third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to our company. Our company has no control over third parties’ use of this information.
Additionally, personally identifiable information may be collected when you order products, enter contests, vote in polls or otherwise express an opinion, subscribe to one of our Services such as our online newsletter, or participate in one of our online forums or communities. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include but may not be limited to: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services. Our sponsors or third parties may send you material that relates to our company’s services, products or activities.
It is our company’s policy to use or share the personal information about Visitors or Subscribers in ways described herein without additional notice or means to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.
You agree that we may use your personal identifying information to enforce this Agreement, and when complying with an order of a court or other government entity of competent jurisdiction.
Please remember that any information you may disclose in any Subscriber Directory, or other public areas of our web sites or the internet, becomes public information. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in these public areas.
Our Company’s Commitment to Data Security
Services and websites we sponsor have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. While we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party “hackers” form illegally obtaining this information.
In the Event of Sale or Bankruptcy
The ownership of Blackbox Preparedness LLC may change at some point in the future. Should that occur, we want this site to be able to maintain a relationship with you. In the event of a sale, merger, public offering, bankruptcy, or other change in control of Blackbox Preparedness LLC your information may be shared with the person or business that owns or controls this site. Opting out of receiving information from third parties will not affect our right to transfer your information to a new owner, but your choices will continue to be respected regarding the use of your information.
Revisions to This Policy
Last updated: November 29, 2016