Below are just a few important points addressed in this update:
Your privacy and data
We wanted to make it extra clear that we do not, at any time, share or sell your data to third parties. While your preferences may be gathered to help personalize your experience on our site (i.e. information to supply winning prizes), we do not share that information with outside parties. What you elect to share with third parties is between you and them. You are always free to unsubscribe at any time.
Keeping BHR a safe place for all
We reserve the right to take down any content that violates our personal rules of content and privacy. We strictly prohibit cyberbullying/support of recognized cyberbully sites as evidenced via screenshot, smut one-shots, content that portrays extreme or illegal sexual acts, as well as any content that we consider to be illegal, harmful, plagiarized, or promoting of violence.
All subscribers to this site are opt-ins through a secured third-party manager. Personal information regarding subscribers is limited to contact information provided by the subscriber (i.e. email address). Access to personal/location, etc (i.e. IP) are not available to this site nor do we partake in any financial exchange for goods or services.
o I will collect personal information by lawful means and with the consent of the individual concerned.
o At the time of collecting personal information, I will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
o I will only use personal information for the purposes I identify.
o Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
o I will protect personal information by using reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
o I will make readily available to customers information about policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
o I will only retain personal information for as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
I currently collect information about individuals in the following circumstances
o Where individuals consent to receive information about my books, I collect a first name and an email address for the purposes of communicating with the individual via newsletter campaigns only. The individual may unsubscribe at any time.
o Where an individual communicates directly with an inquiry, we may collect and process information provided as part of the inquiry.
I use third-party processors to manage my email communication and to enable readers to download free stories and excerpts. I am satisfied that the processors I use are compliant with the relevant legal requirements.
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). You should be aware that this may affect the functionality of the website.
Cookies may be used by my third part email processor in order to remember your preferences at future visits.
I am committed to operating in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that your information remains confidential.
Last updated: May 23, 2018
The Information We Collect
We collect information directly from individuals subscribing to newsletter and blog opt-in forms. Subscriptions are verified using a double opt-in format using a third-party organizer.
Subscriber Information: When you subscribed to BHR blog/Newsletter, the third part organizer collects the name and email information you provided. Your IP/location information is only available to us if you contact BHR directly via email. You have the option when commenting on the blog to remain anonymous, otherwise your name and/or email you provided appear on public comments for others to see. For more information about your choices for publicly displayed information, see the section below about Your Choices.
Your Content: We collect and store the information and content that you post to the to the blog, including your questions, answers, photos, and comments. Unless you have posted certain content anonymously, Your Content, date and time stamps, and all associated comments are publicly viewable on the BHR Platform, along with your name. This also may be indexed by search engines and be republished elsewhere on the Internet.
Communications. When you communicate with us (via email, phone, through the BHR Platform, or otherwise), we may maintain a record of your communication.
Integrated Service Provider and Linked Networks. You can elect to sign in or sign up to the BHR Platform through a linked network (i.e.Facebook or Google), and you can connect your existing subscription with certain third-party networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (each a “Linked Network”). If you elect to sign up through or connect a Linked Network, we receive certain profile and account information about you from the Linked Network. These Linked Networks may also appear in your profile so that people can find you on these Linked Networks. The specific information provided to us by Linked Networks is determined by these third parties and may vary by network. In all cases, the permissions page for the Linked Network will describe the information being shared. You should consult their respective privacy policies for information about their practices. For information on your choices, including how to disconnect a Linked Network from your profile, see the “Your Choices” section below. At present, BHR does not receive payments for books or services, nor is a mandatory opt-in required when offering free books. In the event you elect to participate in a drawing for prizes, you will be allowing us to pass to and receive from the Integrated Service Provider your information and other user data for selection purposes only.
Engagement. We collect browsing information – such as IP address and location, date and time stamp, user agent, BHR cookie ID (if applicable), URL, unique advertising or content identifiers (if applicable) and time zone, and other information about user activities on the BHR Platform through widgets, plug-ins, buttons, or related services. We may also receive information about you from third parties, such as other users, or our affiliated companies (Twisted Hearts Productions.)
How We Use Your Information
We do not sell your personal data – such as your name and contact information – to third parties to use for their own marketing purposes. BHR uses the information we collect for the following purposes:
- Provide our Services. To provide you the services we offer on the BHR Platform, communicate with you about your use of the BHR Platform, respond to your inquiries, provide troubleshooting, and for other customer service purposes.
- To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you in the BHR Platform, to suggest followers and content, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the BHR Platform.
- To display interest-based book advertising to you in the BHR Platform, to improve our advertising and measurement systems so we can show you relevant ads, and to measure the effectiveness and reach of newsletters and services. For more information, see the Ad Services section below about BHR Newsletters and Personalization.
- Marketing and Promotions. For marketing and promotional purposes, such as to send you news and newsletters, special offers, and promotions, or to otherwise contact you about products or information we think may interest you, including information about third party products and services.
- To gather metrics to better understand how users access and use the BHR Platform; to evaluate and improve the BHR Platform, including the Newsletter Services and personalization, and to develop new products and services.
- Comply with Law. To comply with legal obligations, as part of our general business operations, and for other business administration purposes.
How We Share Your Information
We share information as set forth below, and where individuals have otherwise consented:
Service Providers. We may share your information with third party service providers who use this information to perform services for us, such as payment processors, hosting providers, auditors, advisors, consultants, customer service and support providers, as well as those who assist us in providing the Newsletter Services.
Business Transfers. In the event of business closure, all information, including personal information, will be deleted and not be transferred as part of any merger, sale, and transfer of our assets, acquisition or restructuring of all or part of our business, or similar event.
Legally Required. We may disclose your information if we are required to do so by law.
Protection of Rights. We may disclose information, where we believe it necessary to respond to claims, asserted against us or, comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas or warrants), enforce or administer our agreements and terms, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, investigation, and protect the rights, property or safety of BHR, its users, or others.
Your Content and Activity. Your Content, including your name, profile picture, profile information, and certain associated activity information is available to other users of the BHR Platform and may be viewed publicly. Public viewing includes availability to non-registered visitors and can occur when users share Your Content across other sites or services. In addition, Your Content may be indexed by search engines. See the section below about Your Choices for information about how you may change how certain information is shared or viewed by others.
Metrics. We may share with users of our advertisers or publishers aggregate statistics, metrics and other reports about the performance of their ads or content in the BHR Platform such as the number of unique user views, demographics about the users who saw their ads or content, and date and time information. We do not share IP addresses or personal information.
Anonymized and Aggregated Data. We may share aggregated or de-identified information with third parties for research, marketing, analytics and other purposes, provided such information does not identify a particular individual.
Cookies and Tracking
- Cookies. These are small files with a unique identifier that are transferred to your browser through websites. They allow us to remember users who are logged in, to understand how users navigate through and use the BHR Platform, and to display personalized content and targeted ads (including on third-party sites and applications).
- Pixels, web beacons, clear GIFs. These are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, which are used to track the online movements of users. BHR uses these in our newsletter emails to let us know when they have been opened, so we can gauge the effectiveness of our communications.
- Analytics Tools. We use internal and third-party analytics tools, including Google Analytics. The third-party analytics companies we work with may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online products and services. Their collection and use of information are subject to their own privacy policies.
Do-Not-Track Signals. Please note we do not change system behavior within the BHR Platform in response to browser requests not to be tracked. You may, however, disable certain tracking by third-parties as discussed in the BHR Ads and Personalization section below. You may also opt out of tracking, as described below in BHR Ads and Personalization.
BHR Ads and Personalization
We may display personalized content (including from third-party publishers) and personalized ads (including sponsored content), based on information that we have collected via the BHR Platform, and through our widgets, and buttons embedded on third-party sites. We also may report aggregated or de-identified information about the number of users that saw a particular ad or content and related audience engagement information to users of our Ad Services and to publishers of content on the BHR Platform.
Users of our Ad Services may also provide us with information as part of their ad campaigns, including customer list information (e.g., email addresses and demographic or interest data) with us in order to create customized audiences for their ad campaigns; we only use this information to facilitate the particular user’s campaign (including ad metrics and reporting to that user) or for fraud detection and security purposes; and we do not disclose this information to third parties (other than our service providers) unless required by law. We also do not disclose to the users of our Ad Services the names or identities of their customers that were successfully reached as part of such campaigns.
In addition to opting out of tracking across sites (see “Your Choices” section below), you also may opt out of much interest-based advertising on third-party sites and through third-party ad networks (including Facebook Audience Network and Google AdSense). See “Your Choices” section below for more information about opting out of third-party ad networks.
How We Protect Your Information
The security of your information is important to us. BHR has implemented safeguards to protect the information we collect. However, no website or Internet transmission is completely secure. We urge you to take steps to keep your personal information safe, such as choosing a strong password and keeping it private, as well as logging out of your user account, and closing your web browser when finished using the BHR Platform on a shared or unsecured device.
Access and Amend Your Information
You may update or correct your subscription information at any time by logging in to your account. You may also make a number of other adjustments to settings or the display of information about you as described in more detail in the following section about Your Choices.
You may, of course, decline to submit information through the BHR Platform, in which case we may not be able to provide certain services to you. You may also control the types of notifications and communications we send, limit the information shared within the BHR Platform about you, and otherwise amend certain privacy settings. Here is some further information about some of your choices:
Anonymous Posts. You may post certain content anonymously, including questions and answers. In such event, your name is not displayed along with the content, and BHR does not associate such content with your user ID and other profile data. For further information see below.
Your Content. All posts are moderated for content compliance and appropriateness. If your post is approved, you may edit or delete the answers that you post at any time. Any questions you have posted may remain on the BHR Platform until that time the post/content is considered irrelevant or expired. Any deleted content will be removed from third party sites from which it has been shared via BHR’s standard sharing features; however, we have no control over deletions or changes to Your Content if it has been shared manually by others. When you make edits to Your Content, other users may be able to see the history of those edits in your profile activity and on content edit logs.
Adult Content. BHR is an adult (18+) only site. By subscribing to the BHR blog/newsletter, you are confirming that you are within legal age boundaries. BHR is not responsible for fraudulent claims of age. Any admitting minor contacting BHR will be referred to confer with parents, guidance counselors, and/or other authority figures to assist with any stated issues. BHR, if appropriate, will also provide contact resources for the minor to pursue (i.e. Suicide Prevention, CPS, etc.)
Emails and Communications. When you join the BHR Platform by signing up for blog notification and/or newsletters, as part of the service, you will receive the BHR digest containing content that we believe may match your interests. You can manage your email and notice preferences in your account profile settings, under your Emails and Notifications settings. If you opt out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you transactional e-mails about your account or any services you have requested or received from us.
Third parties may comment on your postings within the BHR Platform. In your profile, under your Privacy Settings, you can adjust whether to allow people to comment on your answers and posts. You can also adjust permissions about who you allow to send you messages on the BHR Platform.
Followers. You can block the ability of another BHR user to follow you by selecting the setting for this in the other user’s profile. You can change whether or not you follow other users.
Topics. You can change topics that you follow or that your profile lists as areas that you know about.
Credentials. You can change your credentials that are displayed in your profile or in connection with a specific answer.
Indexed Search. In your privacy settings, you can control whether your profile and name are indexed by search engines. Changes to privacy settings may only apply on a going-forward basis; for example, your name (e.g., answers and profile) that has already been indexed by search engines may remain indexed for a period of time even after you have turned off indexing, as implementing this change is outside of our control.
Unsubscribed Account. If you choose to unsubscribe, then you will no longer receive any communications from us. You may continue to comment on the blog and Your Content will remain on the BHR Platform. Once you unsubscribe, you can re-subscribe at any time by choosing to opt-in.
Third Party Ad Networks
For information about and to opt out of interest-based ads from many ad networks, go to:
- S.: www.aboutads.infoInternet Advertising Bureau
- Canada: youradchoices.ca
- European Union: youronlinechoices.eu/
Linked Networks. You may connect or disconnect your Linked Networks, such as Facebook, through the Account Settings tab in your profile settings, and you may access, amend and delete much of your profile information through your profile settings. Once you disconnect a Linked Network, we will not receive information from that Linked Network going forward; unless you choose to reconnect it. You may also control whether the Linked Network is visible in your profile.
Transferring Your Data
BHR is headquartered in the United States and has operations, entities and service providers in the United States and throughout the world. As such, we and our service providers may transfer your personal information to, or access it in, jurisdictions (including the United States) that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction. We will take steps to ensure that your personal information receives an adequate level of protection in the jurisdictions in which we process it.
We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the relevant age without parental consent, we take steps to delete that information.
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Your California Privacy Rights
California law permits users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their personal information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the types of personal information disclosed to those parties. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please submit your request in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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What Anonymity on BHR Is and Isn’t
At BHR, our mission is to share and grow the literary knowledge, opinions, and entertainment. There are some occasions when knowledge can only be shared anonymously, such as in controversial topics or when it may endanger someone’s life. We believe it’s important for there be a place for people to share all kinds of knowledge in a safe and respectful environment.
We take anonymity as a serious responsibility and take many precautions — technical and operational — to protect your anonymity. Specifically, BHR’s systems do not retain identity information for creators of anonymous questions and answers, and we have a number of technical measures in place to ensure that this remains the case. Even with these precautions in place, there is always a small risk that they break down and some identities could be exposed in a security breach.
Here’s more about how anonymity works in the product:
- The Basics: Asking a question or writing an answer anonymously
When you anonymously ask a question or write an answer, your name will not be associated with the piece of content. You can anonymously ask a question by checking the “Add Anonymously” checkbox when adding a question. You can anonymously write an answer by selecting the “Write Anonymously” option in the overflow menu of the question you want to anonymously answer.
Once you add a piece of content, you will not be able to add or remove anonymity. For example, if you write an answer publicly, you will not be able to change it to anonymous later and vice versa. All actions taken on the public page (such as commenting, upvoting, etc) will be associated with your name, but you will not be identified as the contributor of any anonymous piece of content.
- Important to know: What’s always public
Any actions that are not taken using the Anonymous Link will be public. This includes things such as:
- Commenting (including questions you asked anonymously or answers you wrote anonymously)
- Requesting answers from someone or from BHR
- Merging questions
- Suggesting Edits
- Editing answer wikis
- Reverting edit log operations
- Editing a question that you didn’t ask (including the question, its details, or topics)
In addition to these actions above, there are many actions on BHR that can’t be done anonymously, such as following topics, following other users, or sharing to Facebook/Twitter. Contact emails to BHR have anonymous election settings. So remember that these actions are always public, even if you take them from the page of a question or answer that you contributed anonymously. A good rule of thumb is that if the action is not done using an Anonymous Link, it will be done publicly.
Your writing content & style: If you write personally-identifiable information or in a consistent style while anonymous, you should know that others may directly or programmatically be able to figure out your identity.