We reserve the right to change the provisions of this Policy at any time. We will alert you that changes have been made by posting the revised policy to the Site. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. Changes will become effective as of the “updated” date listed at the top of this Policy. We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of changes to this Policy will indicate your acceptance of those changes.
This Policy is subject to the provisions of Gist’s Terms of Service, which are fully incorporated herein by reference.
As used herein, the term “personal information” means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address, or credit card number), or information about that individual that is directly linked to personally identifiable information. Personal information does not include “aggregate” information, which is data we collect about the use of the Services or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed. This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information.
We may collect information in a number of ways when you use the Services:
Active Collection. We collect certain information when you voluntarily provide it, such as during the registration process or if you send us an email, fill out a form, post comments or other content, or otherwise provide or request information. Such information may include personal information, such as your name, user name, email, address, telephone number, and other contact and demographic information you choose to provide. In addition, from time to time we may collect demographic, contact, or other personal information you provide in connection with your participation in surveys, sweepstakes, contests, games, promotional offers, and other activities on the Services.
When you use the Services, some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, your activity on the Site, and custom event and monetization data. We also may collect information about your use of the Gist Platform. Your IP address may be used to determine the location of your use. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above.
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” directory.
If you reject cookies, you may still use the Site, but your ability to use some areas of the Site, such as contests or surveys, will be limited.
In addition, our third party partners may use Flash Local Storage Objects (also known as Flash cookies) to assist in the display of videos on the Site.
We use the information we collect through the Services for the purposes described in this Policy or elsewhere on our Site. For example, we may use personal and other information we collect:
- to provide the services, products, or information you request and to process and complete any transactions in connection therewith;
- to request feedback and to otherwise contact you about your account or your use of the Services;
- to communicate with you and respond to your emails, submissions, questions, inquiries, comments, requests, and complaints and to provide customer service;
- to personalize and improve the Services and users’ experiences, to increase the functionality and user friendliness of the Site and the Gist Platform;
- to monitor and analyze Site and application usage and trends and otherwise measure the effectiveness of the Services;
- to provide you with news and information about our or third party events, activities, offers, promotions, products, and services we think will be of interest to you;
- to send you confirmations, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages, to detect and prevent fraud, and to otherwise facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Site and the Gist Platform;
- to notify you about important changes to the Site and the Gist Platform;
- to conduct surveys and to notify and contact contest and sweepstakes entrants;
- to enforce our Terms of Service;
- perform internal market research, project planning, troubleshooting;
- to detect and protect against error, fraud, or other criminal activity; and
- for any other purpose for which the information was collected.
We will not share the information we collect from you through the Services with third parties, except as described in this Policy or on the Site. For example, we may share personal and non-personal information as follows:
- with vendors, consultants, and other service providers (“Service Providers“) who are engaged by or working with us in connection with the operation of the Site, the Gist Platform or the other services we provide and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us;
- with advertisers to send you coupons, promotions, rewards, awards, and advertisements you request;
- when you give us your consent to do so, including if we notify you that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information;
- when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
- when we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of Gist, our users, our employees, copyright owners, third parties or the public, including without limitation to protect Gist or our users, Publishers from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate, or unlawful use of the Site and the Gist Platform;
- to enforce or apply this Policy, our Terms of Service, or our other policies or agreements;
- in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition, or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the business assets of Gist;
- to enter you into a sweepstakes, contest or promotion; and
- to respond to your questions.
We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like application publishers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of the Services.
You understand that when you use the Site or the Gist Platform, any information you post in any interactive areas of the Site, including in any comments, listings, profiles, public or private groups or forums, as well as any information you share with individuals through the Site or through social network sites or other social feeds, will be available to other users and in some cases may be publicly available. We recommend you be cautious about giving out personal information to others or sharing personal information in public or private online forums. To request removal of your personal information from publicly available areas that we control, such as our blog, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
We are not responsible for the actions of third parties, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to any third parties, and we encourage you to become familiar with their privacy practices before disclosing information directly to any such parties.
The following applies solely to California residents who have an established business relationship with Gist. If we collect personal information from you, we may make that personal information available to third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes. If you decide that you do not want us to share your personal information with these companies for their marketing and promotional purposes, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. In this email, state that you would like Gist to not share your personal information with third parties for their marketing purposes. Your opt out request will be processed within 30 days of the date of which we receive it.
We take measures designed to protect your personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data. When you enter sensitive information within the Site and the Gist Platform, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (“SSL”). We restrict access to personal information to Gist employees, contractors, services providers, and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to decline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.
Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission or storage can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To protect the confidentiality of personal information maintained in your account, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Site and the Gist Platform by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused. You will find our contact information at the bottom of this Policy.
The Gist Platform and Site are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.
If the information you used to register for the Services changes, or if you no longer desire to use our Service, you may correct, update, or delete by contacting customer support.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide our Services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
You may “opt out” of receiving marketing or promotional emails from us by following the instructions in those emails. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as emails about your accounts or our ongoing business relations.
If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s) or other marketing communications, we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails, accessing the email preferences in your account settings page or you can submit your request directly by using the contact information provided below.
You hereby consent and agree that the agreement between you and Gist as evidenced in this Policy, any licenses herein, and any information collected about you, including any personal information collected pursuant to this Policy, can be sold, assigned, transferred, or otherwise conveyed to a third-party as part of a merger, acquisition, reorganization, sale of all or substantially all of Gist’s assets or capital stock, in the event of a bankruptcy, or any other such change of control situation. Additionally, you agree that this Policy continues to bind you and guide the terms and conditions of your use of the Gist Platform and Services in any of the foregoing circumstances.
This Policy and the privacy practices of Gist will be subject exclusively to the laws of the State of California within the United States. Gist makes no representation that this Policy and our practices comply with the laws of any other country or jurisdiction. Visitors who use the Services and reside outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. If you reside outside of the United States, by using the Services, you consent to the transfer, processing and use of your information outside your country.
If you have any questions about this Policy or any of the practices described herein, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.