MYTHINGS TAKES YOUR PRIVACY SERIOUSLY
PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION
Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) is data about you that is personally identifiable; like your name, email address, credit card number or any other information that is not otherwise publicly available. The PII that myThings collects from you is information you supply to us; such as your name and email address. We use this information for the sole purpose of responding to your inquiry once you have submitted an email to us via our contact us form.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information (”NPII”) data is collected by myThings and myThings’s Partners, and is used by myThings for the purpose of online Retargeting. NPII data collected by myThings for advertising purposes is completely anonymous, and only includes information such as the Prospect’s IP address, date and time of visit, domain type, and their activity on our Advertiser’s and Partner’s websites. None of this information, individually or grouped together, can be traced back to a specific individual.
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. myThings uses it’s cookies to provide a service known as Retargeting (details explaining Retargeting found below.) A Prospect receives a cookie from myThings and myThings’s Partners when they visit myThings.com, and / or when they visit one of myThings’s Advertiser’s websites. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.
We use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences such as volume control or high game score, or display content based upon what you view on our site to personalize your visit.
Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here:http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118
myThings’s technology utilizes cookies and Flash LSO’s in the delivery of advertisements to our Advertiser’s Prospects on our Partner’s websites across the internet. This form of marketing is called Retargeting; and it enhances the web surfing experience by showing advertisements to the Prospect that are of interest to them. When a Prospect visits one of myThings’s Advertiser’s websites, a myThings pixel on that site sets a myThings cookie on the browser of the Prospect, and a Flash LSO on his computer. When that Prospect visits one of myThings’s Partners’ websites; our Partner’s website will identify the cookie on browser of the Prospect and recognize that they previously visited our Advertiser’s website. The Prospect will then be shown an advertisement from that Advertiser. In this instance, myThings will know that the Prospect first visited our Advertiser’s website, and then our Partner’s website. We will know the Prospect viewed the Ad on our Partner’s website, and whether or not the Prospect clicked on that Ad. This type information is what myThings uses in reporting; and in no way can be used to identify who that Prospect is, or any other online activities of the Prospect outside of myThings’s Advertisers and Partner’s websites.
The NPII data collected by myThings in the above outlined process of Retargeting will be kept by myThings for the period of one year. After one year, all cookie data and IP addresses is purged. This information is used strictly for reporting purposes and is not tied to personal information. You are able to Opt-Out of myThings’s services if you do not want to be a part of future reporting or take part in Retargeting services from myThings – please see below for instructions on how to Opt-Out.
HOW TO OPT-OUT OF MYTHINGS’S SERVICES
At any time you may Opt-Out of myThings’s services; however please note that by Opting-Out, you will not be able to take full advantage of Retargeted advertising.
You are free to delete all cookies on your browser, or to have your browser notify you when a cookie is set – simply check your browser settings to do so. By deleting your cookies in this manner, you will disable myThings and its Partners to deliver ads that are targeted to your interests. You will have to clear your cookies each time you visit myThings.com or one of our Advertiser’s websites to ensure you are not receiving Retargeted advertisements.
Another way to Opt-Out is to click this link (appears mid-way in page): http://www.mythings.com/respecting-your-privacy/. When you Opt-Out of myThings’s services in this manner, an “opt-out” cookie will be set on your browser. myThings must maintain the cookie on your browser in order to recognize you as an Opted-Out visitor. You must Opt-Out again if you clear that cookie from your browser, use a different internet browser, or use a new computer to access the internet.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is automatically assigned to your computer every time you establish a connection on the Internet. myThings uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website.
myThings takes the security of your information seriously, and we take measures to protect our data from unauthorized access, as well as unauthorized disclosure or destruction of data. Our data is stored in centers that provide the highest quality security for your data and designed for mission-critical and primary data storage and preservation. Physical access is strictly controlled both at the perimeter and at building ingress points by professional security staff utilizing video surveillance, state of the art intrusion detection systems, and other electronic means. myThings is committed to securing the data of our Advertisers and their Prospects. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children 18 and under are not eligible to use myThings services without the participation and supervision of a legal parent or guardian. myThings is not a site meant for children, and we do not provide privacy measures designed to protect children when using the Internet unsupervised.
UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
In order to update your personal information you must use the contact us form again, as we do not retain any of the information you previously submit in your inquiries.
myThings does not sell, trade, rent, or release your personal information to third parties in ways that are not disclosed in the privacy statement.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.
myThings transactional information such as traffic patterns, sales, aggregate data regarding general shopping patterns, and other site information may be shared with vendors and other reputable third parties. This data will never contain any PII of myThings Users. For example, we might share statistics on how many customers purchased a specific product, but we will not specifically disclose who purchased the product.
myThings discloses personal information when required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with judicial proceeding, court order, warrant, subpoena or legal process served on our Web Site. Or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary for the following: To conform to the edict of the law or comply with a legal process served on myThings or its Website. To protect and defend the property rights of myThings, the myThings Website, or that of myThings Users or to act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of myThings Users, employees, or the general public.
OTHER SITES’ POLICIES
myThings has no control over, nor does it bear any of the responsibility for the privacy policies and/or content of any sites or advertisers linked to or on myThings.com, or the cookies these sites might deposit on your hard drive.
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