WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED?
Howayte only collects personal information on a voluntary basis. If an online visitor submits information to Howayte, it will usually take the form of either: (1) the purchase of goods or services through our online stores, (2) product or account registration, (3) message boards or forums, (4) contest registrations, (5) a consumer complaint, (6) surveys, (7) customer service or technical support, and/or (8) newsletters. Personal information collected may include your name, home address, phone number, and/or email address. We do not require this information to gain access to our sites, however, you will not be able to utilize certain products, services, or features that require registration or receive materials such as newsletters unless such information is provided.
Visitors purchasing products or services may be required to provide additional information such as a valid credit card number, expiration date, and shipping and billing addresses.
Please note that, depending on the Howayte site that you are visiting, many of the activities listed above may not be available and, as such, personal information may not be collected.
WHAT OTHER TYPES OF INFORMATION MAY WE COLLECT?
HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
The personal information you provide Howayte will allow us to fulfill your order; alert you of new products or services, features, or enhancements; handle/route your customer service questions or issues; and/or notify you of upgrade opportunities, contests, promotions, or special events and offers. Howayte may enhance or merge the personal information collected at a Howayte site with data from third parties in order to update your contact information, perform market analysis, or improve our products, services, or systems. Howayte may also provide your personal information to other companies or organizations that offer products or services that may be of interest to you. In such cases, we will notify you that the information will be shared and provide you with an opportunity to opt-out.
Lastly, we may use your personal information for internal marketing, profiling, or demographic purposes, so we can adapt our products and services to better suit your needs. We do this to better understand and serve our customers.
WHAT TYPE OF COMMUNICATIONS MAY I RECEIVE?
SPECIAL OFFERS AND UPDATES
We will occasionally send you information on products, services, special deals, and promotions. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communication. Please see the “Choice” section below.
We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature.
Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your user name and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email, telephone or through social media in accordance with your wishes.
WHO IS COLLECTING YOUR INFORMATION?
When you are asked for information while on a Howayte site, you are sharing that information with Howayte, its parent, and its various affiliates and sister companies, unless specifically stated otherwise. As a result of this sharing, you may receive communication from any of Howayte’s affiliates. In addition, some services are provided in conjunction with partner companies. If your personal information is being collected by another company other than Howayte, you will be notified at the time the information is collected. If you do not want your information shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer of information by not using that particular service or by not providing any information at that time.
Please be aware that we cannot control the activities of third parties to whom we provide data, and as such we cannot guarantee that they adhere to the same privacy and security procedures as Howayte.
WITH WHOM MAY YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE SHARED?
Howayte may need to disclose your personal information to third party vendors to fulfill product orders or prizes, to process mailings, or to process, analyze, and/or store data on Howayte’s behalf. We will attempt to ensure that these entities do not use your personal information for any other purpose, and that they have agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the personal information they obtain from us. These service providers may not use your personal information for their own marketing purposes.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law or in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against you if you are violating the Terms of Service or Use Agreements for a Howayte site or product, or may be causing injury to or interference (intentionally or unintentionally) with Howayte’s rights or property, other users of a Howayte site or product, or anyone else who could be harmed by your activities. We also reserve the right to disclose your personal information if we have a good faith belief that it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activities.
As with any business, your personal information is also an asset of Howayte and will become part of our normal business records. As such, we may also disclose your personal information to a third party if we decide to sell a line of business to that third party, so you can continue to receive service and information in connection with that line of business with as little disruption as possible. Similarly, in the event of a merger, acquisition, reorganization, bankruptcy, or other similar event, your personal information may be transferred to Howayte’s successor or assigns.
Howayte sites may also have message boards, forums, and/or chat areas, where users can exchange ideas and communicate with one another. When posting to a message board, forum, or chat area, please be aware that this information is being made publicly available online and the user does so at his or her own risk. For certain forums, anyone posting or replying to a post may be doing so using their full first and last name with the option to also display the name of their primary geographic location and affiliation. If your personal information is posted on one of our community forums, you may contact us at info@Howayte.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE REGARDING THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Howayte allows you to control the way that we use personal identifying information that we might obtain. At the time you provide personal information, Howayte may give you the option of declining any future offers or information about new products, or services. In addition, many of the “mailings” Howayte may send you, such as newsletters, have procedures within them to cancel the receipt of any future mailings. Lastly, you may be given the opportunity to “opt-out” of certain features or functionality.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
CHILDREN UNDER 13
Once a child states that his/her age is under 13, we do not collect or store any personally identifiable information such as name, address, or email address. If you are under 13 years old, we ask that you please do not provide your information on our website.
NOTE TO PARENTS
We recognize a special obligation to protect personal information about young children. We urge parents to instruct their children to never give out their real names, addresses, or phone numbers, without permission, when online. Teenagers under the age of 17 and over the age of 12 should encourage their parents to review this policy and to contact us if they would like to evoke our opt-out policy or to raise any concerns.
WHAT ARE COOKIES AND CLEAR GIFS AND HOW ARE THEY USED?
Howayte and our third-party tracking service also employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. These clear gifs are not tied to personally identifiable information.
We also use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. For this reason, these types of clear gifs are tied to personally identifiable information.
WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO CORRECT OR DELETE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
You may update your personal information at any time by logging in and going to the “My Account” section of our website.
In some cases, we may not be able to delete your personal information and will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Please note that the deletion of your data will lead to the termination of your account and applicable services.
HOW SECURE IS MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Howayte has taken steps to assure that all information collected will remain secure and in its original form, i.e. free from any alteration. As such, access to all personal information is strictly controlled. When credit card information is transmitted, for example, we use industry standard, SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption. In addition, we will take reasonable steps to assure that third parties to whom we transfer any data will provide sufficient protection of personal information. We will retain your information for as long as needed to provide you services.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR COMPLAINT?
Our plugins and add-ons are compatible with GDPR. Below are the common questions related to GDPR.
DO YOUR PLUGINS TRACK ANY DATA?
We do not track any user data via our plugins. But if our plugin depends on any third party service, they might track user data. This can happen in following two ways:
1. Embedded Widgets
2. Third-party APIs/Connections
Where is the data collected by your plugins stored?
We do not store any data fetched by our plugins on our servers, neither we share that data with any third party. Our plugins run absolutely on your website and store the data in the database of your website.
DO YOUR PLUGINS LOAD ANY EXTERNAL SCRIPTS?
We collect your public profile data only from your consent that you grant before initiating Social Login, from the social network used to login at our website. This data includes your first name, last name, email address, link to your social media profile, unique identifier, link to social profile avatar. This data is used to create your user profile at our website. You can revoke this consent at any time by sending us an email.
Facebook Comments Moderation
We collect the data related to the Facebook Comment you post, only from your consent that you grant before posting Facebook Comment at our website. This data includes your Facebook account name, unique Facebook account identifier, unique identifier associated to the posted Facebook comment, unique open graph object identifier of the webpage at which you posted the comment, unique identifier associated to the parent comment if you reply to an existing comment. This data is used to show recent Facebook Comments made all over our website. You can revoke this consent at any time by sending us an email.
Facebook Comments Notifier
We send the Facebook Comment you post, to page/post author and/or website administrator via automated email, only from your consent that you grant before posting Facebook Comment at our website. This data includes just the Facebook comment posted by you.
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