The present Privacy Protocol outlines the methods adopted by Blogbamba Inc. (also referred to as "Blogbamba," "us," or "our") for collecting, processing, and disseminating your personal information. This Privacy Protocol applies when you visit our websites, utilize our mobile applications, or use any other online products and services that link back to this Privacy Protocol (collectively referred to as "our Services"), interact with our customer support, connect with us via social media, or engage with us in any capacity.
This Privacy Protocol may undergo modifications periodically. In the event of such alterations, we commit to notify you by revising the date at the beginning of the Protocol and, when deemed necessary, we may deliver additional alerts (such as posting an announcement on our website or sending you a notification). We recommend regular reviews of this Privacy Protocol to stay updated about our data handling practices and your options.
Data You Furnish Us With
We accumulate data that you voluntarily provide. For example, when you set up an account, fill out a form, upload or post content through our Services, subscribe to a membership, interact with us on third-party platforms, request customer assistance, or correspond with us in any capacity. Personal information we may collect encompasses your name, display name, username, bio, email address, professional details, content including your avatar image, photos, posts, comments, and series published by you, along with any additional information you opt to provide.
In certain scenarios, we may gather data you furnish about others, like when you purchase a Blogbamba membership as a gift. We will use this information to fulfill your request and abstain from sending unrelated communications to your contacts, unless they separately agree to receive communications from us or interact with us.
Data We Collect Automatically When You Engage with Us
In certain situations, we automatically gather specific data, including:
- Interaction Data: We compile data about your activity on our Services, such as your reading history and when you share links, follow users, highlight posts, and applaud posts.
- Transaction Data: Upon the purchase of a membership, we gather information about the transaction, such as subscription details, the price paid, and the transaction date.
- Device and Usage Data: We accumulate data regarding your use of our Services, encompassing details about your device and network, like your hardware model, operating system version, mobile network, IP address, unique device identifiers, browser type, and app version. We also collect information about your activity on our Services, such as access times, pages viewed, links clicked, and the page you visited before coming to our Services.
We acquire information from third-party resources. This could include data about you from social media platforms, accounting service providers, and data analytics providers. Furthermore, if you set up or sign in to your Blogbamba account through a third-party platform (such as Apple, Facebook, Google, or Twitter), we may access specific information from that platform, like your name, list of friends or followers, birthday, and profile picture, adhering to the authorization process outlined by that platform.
We might generate information or assumptions about you based on the data we collect. For example, your geographical location might be inferred from your IP address or reading preferences deduced from your reading history.
UTILIZATION OF DATA
The collected information is utilized to deliver, manage, and improve our Services, including the distribution of user-generated content, customization of the posts you view, and maintaining our paywall. We also use the data we collect to:
- Set up and maintain your Blogbamba account;
- Handle transactions and share related details, such as confirmations, receipts, and user experience surveys;
- Dispatch technical notices, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
- Address your queries and provide customer support;
- Communicate about new content, products, services, and features by Blogbamba and share other news that we think may interest you (see Your Choices section below for details on opting out of these communications);
- Study and understand trends, usage, and activities linked to our Services;
- Identify, probe, and deter security incidents and other harmful, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activities, and safeguard Blogbamba's and others' rights and property;
- Identify and rectify errors in our Services;
- Meet our legal and financial obligations; and
- Perform any other purpose described to you at the time the information was collected.
Here are instances when we share your personal data, as described in this policy:
- Your personal data is made accessible to other users of our platform. For instance, if you post content, comment, or send private messages via our services, certain information like your name, image, bio, account-related information, and details about your activities (like your followers, people you follow, recent posts, claps, highlights, responses, etc.) will be visible to other users.
- Your personal data is shared with vendors, consultants, and service providers who require this data to perform services for us. This includes companies that assist us with web hosting, storage, infrastructure, analytics, payment processing, fraud prevention, security, customer service, communications, and marketing.
- In certain circumstances, we might disclose your personal data if it aligns with or is mandated by any applicable law or legal process, including national security or law enforcement requests by public authorities. We will inform you of any legal process requiring disclosure of your data unless legally prohibited or if we believe it may pose a risk to others or lead to illegal activities. We will resist legal requests for user information that we deem inappropriate.
- We may disclose your personal data if we believe your actions are inconsistent with our user agreements or policies, if we believe you have violated the law, or if we deem it necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of Blogbamba, our users, the public, or others.
- Your personal data is shared with our legal team and professional advisors as necessary to seek advice or to manage and safeguard our business interests.
- In relation to any merger, asset sale, financing, or acquisition of all or a part of our business by another company, your personal data may be shared or during the negotiation of the same.
- Personal data is shared among Blogbamba and our existing and future parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and other companies under shared control and ownership.
- With your consent or at your direction, we may share your personal data.
- We also share aggregated or de-identified data that cannot reasonably be used to identify you.
DATA TRANSFER ACROSS BORDERS
Blogbamba's main operations are based in the United States, and our services and operational providers are located in the United States and other countries. This means that we and our service providers might transmit your personal data to, or access it in, regions that may not provide the same level of data protection as your home jurisdiction. We move personal data to Amazon Web Services, one of our service providers that manage personal data for us across various data center locations globally. We pledge to implement measures to ensure that your personal data gets sufficient protection in the jurisdictions where we process it.
ACCOUNT SETTINGS AND PREFERENCES
At any time, you can view, amend, erase, and export your account details by signing into the services and visiting the Settings page. If you decide to erase your account, we might still keep certain data about you as mandated by law or for legitimate business purposes.
Web browsers usually accept cookies by default. However, if you prefer, you can typically modify your browser settings to eliminate or reject browser cookies. Be aware that eradicating or rejecting cookies could impact the accessibility and functionality of our services.
Preferences for Communications
You can choose to stop receiving specific communications from us, such as digests, newsletters, and activity alerts, by adhering to the instructions in those communications or via your account’s Settings page. If you opt out, we may still send you administrative emails concerning your account or our continued business relations.
We may send push notifications to your mobile device with your consent. You can disable these notifications anytime by modifying the notification settings on your mobile device.
PRIVACY RIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
If you are a resident of California, the California Consumer Privacy Act or "CCPA" (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.100 et seq.) provides you certain rights regarding your personal data. In the previous 12 months, we have gathered categories of personal data such as identifiers, commercial data, internet or other electronic network activity data, and deductions. For additional information on the specific data points we collect and the sources from which they're collected, please see the 'Collection of Data' section above. We collect personal data for the business and commercial purposes described in the 'Use of Data' section above. In the previous 12 months, we have disclosed categories of personal data for business reasons to the categories of recipients stated in this document.
Blogbamba does not sell your personal data.
Subject to specific limitations, you possess the right to (1) request more details about the categories and specific pieces of personal data we gather, use, and disclose about you, (2) ask for your personal data's deletion, (3) opt out of any future sales of your personal data, if we partake in that activity, and (4) exercise these rights without being subjected to discrimination. You may make these requests by emailing us at [email protected] or by completing this webform [insert link for webform]. We will confirm a webform request by asking you to supply identifying details. We will not discriminate against you if you exercise your rights under the CCPA.
If we receive your request from an authorized representative, we may ask for evidence that you have given such a representative power of attorney or that the representative has valid written authority to submit requests on your behalf. This may include you having to verify your identity. If you are an authorized representative seeking to make a request, please contact us.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS IN EUROPE
If you are located in the European Economic Area (EEA), the United Kingdom, or Switzerland, this section applies to you as you have certain rights and protections regarding your personal data's processing under relevant law.
Reasons for Processing
We process your personal data based on the following legal grounds:
- To fulfill our contractual obligations to you (for example, delivering the products and services you have requested).
- When we have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data to manage our operations or protect our interests (for example, delivering, maintaining, and improving our products and services, conducting data analytics, and communicating with you).
- To adhere to our legal obligations (for example, maintaining a record of your consents and keeping track of those who have opted out of non-administrative communications).
- When we have obtained your consent (for example, when you agree to receive non-administrative communications from us). When consent forms the legal basis for processing your personal data, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time.
As long as your account is active, we will retain personal data associated with your account. Should you choose to terminate your account, we will delete your account data within 14 days. We preserve other personal data as long as it's necessary to fulfill the original collection purposes and other legitimate business reasons, including complying with our legal, regulatory, or compliance responsibilities.
Personal Data Request Rights
Under certain restrictions, you hold the right to request access to the personal data we have on you and receive your data in a transferable format. You also have the right to request modifications or deletion of your personal data and to object or request limitations on certain processing activities. To exercise these rights:
- You can ask for a data export from the Settings page at any time after registering for a Blogbamba account, or by going to Settings and then selecting Account within our app.
- You can adjust the information associated with your account from the Settings page, or by heading to Settings and then choosing Account within our app, and the Customize Your Interests page to alter your interests.
- You may withdraw consent by deleting your account through the Settings page, or by going to Settings and then selecting Account within our app at any time (unless Blogbamba is legally required to preserve your data).
- You can oppose the use of your personal data at any time by contacting [email protected].
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