Your privacy is important to me. To better protect your privacy I provide this notice explaining my online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. You agree to agree to these policies by virtue of using my website in a way that leads to you providing me with personal information.
State Law & Accompanying Rights
Please understand that you may have additional rights originating from State laws based on where you live. These State-based rights may augment, strengthen, or otherwise somehow compliment any privacy rights you have inherently or under Federal law. my policy is to comply fully with the privacy policies of every jurisdiction in which I operate. Accordingly, you are free to use my Contact information to reach me at any time to assert any State rights.
my Commitment To Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, my website will never collect or maintain information at my website from those I actually know are under 18, and no part of my website is structured to attract anyone under 18.
Under my Terms of Service and Conditions of Use, children under 18 are not allowed to use my website and access my services. It is not my intention to offer products or services to minors.
my Lean In West Hartford website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use the site. The tool uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of this website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.
I will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information of visitors to my site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither I nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.
Other Collection of Personal Information
When visiting my website, the IP address used to access my website may be logged along with the dates and times of access. This information is purely used to analyze trends, administer my website, track users movement, and gather broad demographic information for internal use such as statistical assessments and website improvement. Most importantly, any recorded IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Other information may be collected as well, which is rather typical of most websites. For instance, the source that referred you to this website is generally known. Likewise, your duration on the website, and your destination when you leave the website can also be tracked. Other common data collected includes the type of operating system the computer you are using to access my website has. Similarly, the type of web browser is often noted. Again, this is common data collection, and helps ultimately produce a better end-user experience.
At times, you will be fully aware of information received, as you are the direct source providing it. For instance, you may comment on a blog post, reply to an email (whether broadcast message or autoresponder), provide an email address, complete a survey, requests SMS, or otherwise. Likewise, purchases necessarily involve collecting certain information, such as credit card information, Paypal addresses, your physical address for billing and/or shipping, phone number, and so on. Refusing to provide some of this information may lead to me being unable to provide you with the products or services you’ve requested.
A prime example of limited access to my website is where content may be protected by a username and password. Whether a username and password is generated by the website, or created by you, these will almost always be connected with some other information related to or connected with you. This is true since much content that is protected on the internet is subscription based, often paid for. Thus, the username and password must necessarily be tied to your other account data. Usernames and passwords, by their very nature, should be kept private.
Handling of Personal Information
Note that any personal information you provide to others apart from me or my vendors is wholly optional. As an example, you might disclose something in a blog post comment. That “private” information is now “public,” and I have no control over that. In like fashion, you sharing information with any other third party not functioning as a service provider to me puts that information beyond my control and becomes subject to the policy that party has in place.
my primary intention for collecting personal and private information from you is simply to conduct my business. I can use this internally to better serve you. Accordingly, I see no reason to share your personal information with other parties and outside interests unless you have authorized me to do so.
Of course, there are instances where your information is stored with third party service providers, such as email service providers, as they provide services that are industry-leading in quality and security and are far more beneficial to my end user than attempting such services “in-house.” However, you are never required to deal with any such third party directly, they are limited in how they use your information, and they cannot sell or transfer it to others in any way.
However, of course, your information does comprise part of an overall whole. This aggregate of information, by contrast, may be used to understand my overall user base. Further, I may share this information about my website visitors as a whole, not individually, with third parties for various purposes, in my sole discretion.
While I am in full support of privacy rights and policies, there are times when even I may be forced to abandon these ideals. Just as major search engines face ongoing compulsion to provide data against their will, so too may the same occur with my website. Illegal activity or other serious acts or allegations could create legal liability for my website. In those cases, I reserve the right to share your information, or else may simply be compelled to do so by law.
On the other hand, there may be times when I would need to share your private information in order to protect my own interests. For instance, in cases of suspected or alleged copyright infringement or other intellectual property violations, it may be necessary to share personal information.
Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie
Links to Third Party Websites
I have included links on this website for your use and reference. I am not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites. You should be aware that the privacy policies of these websites may differ from my own.
As you know, Web 2.0 is all about the conversation. But without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the fray.
So here is the comments policy for my Lean In West Hartford website. By posting on this blog, you agree to the following:
You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Disqus, OpenID, Twitter, Facebook—or not at all. It’s up to you. You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. I may change this rule if it is abused.
You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on this website than via email. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful. In my opinion, there is way too much shouting in the public space to tolerate it here.
Lean In West Hartford reserves the right to delete your comments at my sole discretion. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not mine.
Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a)snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post as long as it is relevant to the topic at hand.
You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
You grant Lean In West Hartford a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.
CHANGE NOTICE: As with any of my administrative and legal notice pages, the contents of this page can and will change over time. Accordingly, this page could read differently as of your very next visit. These changes are necessitated, and carried out by Lean In West Hartford, in order to protect you and my Lean In West Hartford website. If this page is important to you, you should check back frequently as no other notice of changed content will be provided either before or after the change takes effect.
QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/CONCERNS: If you have any questions about the contents of this page, or simply wish to reach me for any other reason, you may do so by following this link: http://www.leaninwesthartford.com/contact