Last updated: September 30, 2015
This Data Use Consent Notice sets forth our policy with respect to information, including personally identifiable information ("Personal Data"), that is collected from users of and/or visitors to our Web sites, social medial channels and mobile applications (collectively, “Online Properties”), through e-newsletters, registration forms, online user profiles, public forums, classifieds, online forms, cookies and other tracking technologies.
By using our Online Properties, you are consenting to our collection and use of both Personal Data and non-Personal Data as described in this Data Use Consent Notice, and to the storage of information on your device or web browser as described herein.
Data collected from users
To register on our Online Properties, we require your username, email address, other contact information and password, and, depending on which Online Forum you use, we may give you the option to also provide your date of birth, job and insurance provider. You can elect for the latter to be either private or publically available. When you post messages to our public forums, they become public, and we use automatic scanning technology to determine your interests from them. You may also use your phone number to sign-in via SMS, or use Facebook or Google to sign-in.
If you have to pay for something at one of our Online Properties, your payment information is processed directly by our third party payment gateways, PayPal, Psigate and Stripe, who use your information in accordance with their own policies.
We use the information you provide to us to administer your request (e.g., send you the e-newsletter you asked for or maintain your account with us). We also use your information for marketing and advertising purposes supporting our family of online properties listed here: EXPATFORUM.COM.
Passive Data Collection (e.g., cookies)
If you access our Online Property from a laptop, mobile device or other equipment that can share its geographic location with us, we may receive that information if you have consented through your operating system settings. You can elect for this information to no longer be shared with us by using the settings in your operating system.
What do we use these technologies for?
• Performance/Analytics We use these technologies to monitor and analyze how you use our Online Properties and emails. For example, we may place cookies that allow us (i) to measure the time of your requests to our servers and our responses, (ii) to test new features, (iii) to record statistics about site usage, (iv) to track your activities on our Online Properties and emails, and (v) to track the places from which you come to our Online Properties.
• Social Media Our Web sites contain integrations with third party social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest that enable those platforms to place cookies and local shared objects on your browser, computer or device.
• Advertising We use these technologies for us and other companies to deliver advertisements to you both on our Online Properties and elsewhere online. By using these technologies we hope to better tailor these advertisements to your interests based on your online activities. Sometimes this is called online behavioral or interest based advertising.
How can I manage these technologies?
Collective opt-out pages:
Some (but not all) of the third party services that we use for behavioral or interest-based advertising participate in industry bodies that allow you to opt out of their use of your collected information for these purposes. If you are a resident of the EU, click here or here to manage your opt-outs for those third party service providers who participate in such opt-out frameworks.
Web site Analytics opt-out:
To opt-out of your usage of our Web sites being included in our Google analytics reports, you may follow these instructions.
To opt-out of aggregation and analysis of data about your visits to our Web sites using CrazyEgg, you may follow these instructions.
Google data use:
Our Online Properties use Google’s AdSense, AdWords, Ad Exchange and DoubleClick services for advertising purposes, including remarketing, affinity audiences, custom affinity audiences, in-market audiences, similar audiences and demographic and location targeting. To find out how Google uses data that they are exposed to when providing those services to us, see http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/.
Does anybody else use these technologies on your Services?
Most of the cookies and other technologies described above on our Online Properties are set by us (aka first party cookies) or are used in connection with our Online Properties and set by third party service providers at our direction ("Third Party Cookies"). We may use Third Party Cookies with respect to each of the uses set forth above. Cookies and local shared objects placed by our Online Properties may transmit collected information to these third parties for the purposes set forth above, and those parties may report information back to us.
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