Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to www.TheGermBook.com website unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about visits to our website to help us better understand how the public uses them and how to improve them. We collect information from visitors who read, browse, and/or download information from our websites. www.TheGermBook.com never collects information for outside commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to mission and goals.
Types of Information www.TheGermBook.com Collects
When you browse through any website, it can collect certain information about your visit. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:
The date, location, and time of your visit.
The pages you visit and the length of time you spend on them.
The operating system and browser you use to access our site.
Address of the website that connected you to our site (such as google.com).
How www.TheGermBook.com Collects Information
www.TheGermBook.com uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect information about your visit. It does not collect personally identifiable information. www.TheGermBook.com staff conducts analyses only on the aggregated data Google Analytics. It is never shared with any other outside commercial entity. www.TheGermBook.com retains the data as long as needed to support the mission of this website.
Other information www.TheGermBook.com collects/processes
Our Site may use technologies such as “cookies” to provide visitors with tailored information upon each visit. Cookies are a common part of many commercial websites that allow small text files to be sent by a website, accepted by a web browser and then placed on your hard drive as recognition for repeat visits to the Site. Every time you visit the Site, our servers, through cookies, pixels and/or GIF files, collect basic technical information such as your domain name, the address of the last URL visited prior to clicking through to the Site, and your browser and operating system. We may also use third party analytical tools (e.g. Google Analytics) to analyze activities on the Site and use of the Site. You do not need to enable cookies to visit the Site; however, some parts of the Site and some services may be more difficult or impossible to use if cookies are disabled. Some www.TheGermBook.com cookie files remain on your computer’s hard drive unless and until you manually delete the file. www.TheGermBook.com cookie files do not contain personally identifiable information.
How Personal Information Is Protected
You do not have to give us personal information to visit www.TheGermBook.com. However, if you choose to receive alerts or e-newsletters, we collect your email address to complete the subscription process.
If you choose to provide us with personally identifiable information (information that is personal in nature and which may be used to identify you) through an e-mail message, request for information, paper or electronic form, etc., we will maintain the information you provide as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. www.TheGermBook.com retains the data as long as needed to support the mission of www.TheGermBook.com.
www.TheGermBook.com does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute. We permit third-party contractors access to your personal information only when we use them to send e-mails. Information is stored securely.
All information provided by individuals to www.TheGermBook.com is confidential, unless otherwise noted. Information is never sold or traded. We do not collect financial information or sell any product directly from the website. Any products for sale will be directed to a secure e-commerce website, such as Amazon. Individuals retain the right to request www.TheGermBook.com to remove their information from all mailings, both online and on paper at any time. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from www.TheGermBook.com may be used to help identify an individual.
Note About Social Media
www.TheGermBook.com, Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit, and contributors participate in open forums through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) to enhance information sharing, promote public participation, and encourage community collaboration.