Passive Information Collection and Choices
As you navigate the Site, certain Personal Information may be passively collected, meaning it is gathered automatically without your actively providing it. This is done using the following techniques in the following ways:
Automatically - Collected Information
Means measures traffic on various website pages so that we can evaluate user needs and improve the types of the information we offer. Traffic analysis is performed using information which is automatically received from you when you visit a Means website page, such as the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you use, the type of web browser software you use, the date and time you access each page, etc.
You may refuse to accept cookies by altering the settings on your internet browser (for example Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox). Please note that if you choose not to permit cookies some areas of our website may not function properly or be accessible.
Personal Information You Submit
Use, Sharing and Disclosure of Personal Information
In addition, we use and disclose Personal Information collected through the Site as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (i) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (ii) to comply with legal process; (iii) to respond to requests from public and government authorities, including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (iv) to enforce our terms and conditions; (v) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (vi) to protect our rights, privacy, safety, or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you, or others; and (vii) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
Your Rights and Choices Concerning Your Personal Information
If you are within the European Union, you have the following rights:
-You have the right to request from Means access to your Personal Information, and the rectification of inaccurate Personal Information concerning you.
-You have the right to request that Means not subject your Personal Information to automated processing.
-You have the right to obtain from Means the erasure or the restriction of processing of your Personal Information in certain circumstances, including when the data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, except when Means is required by law to maintain or otherwise process your Personal Information, for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, or for the protection of the rights of another person.
You may exercise these rights by contacting Means using the contact information provided above.
If you are within the European Union, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the EU Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of an alleged infringement of the applicable data protection law. However, we encourage you to contact us first at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to resolve your concerns.
If you are a California resident, California law grants you certain rights and imposes restrictions on particular business practices as set forth below:
- Request to Delete: California residents have the right to request deletion of their Personal Information that we have collected about them and to have such Personal Information deleted, except where an exemption applies. We will respond to verifiable requests received from California residents as required by law. The instructions for submitting a verifiable Request to Delete are described in the “Submitting Requests” section below.
- Request to Know: California residents have the right to request and, subject to certain exemptions, receive a copy of the specific pieces of Personal Information that we have collected, used, disclosed and sold about them in the prior 12 months and to have this delivered, free of charge, either (a) by mail or (b) electronically in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, readily useable format that allows the individual to transmit this information to another entity without hindrance. California residents also have the right to request that we provide them certain information about how we have handled their Personal Information in the prior 12 months, including the:
- categories of Personal Information collected;
- categories of sources of Personal Information;
- business and/or commercial purposes for collecting and selling their Personal Information;
- categories of third parties with whom we have shared their Personal Information;
- categories of Personal Information that we have sold in the preceding 12 months, and for each category identified, the categories of third parties to which we sold that particular category of information; and
- categories of Personal Information disclosed for a business purpose in the preceding 12 months, and for each category identified, the categories of third parties to which we disclosed that particular category of Personal Information.
California residents may make a Request to Know up to twice every 12 months. We will respond to verifiable requests received from California residents as required by law. The instructions for submitting a verifiable Request to Know are described in the “Submitting Requests” section below.
- Right to non-discrimination: The CCPA prohibits discrimination against California residents for exercising their rights under the CCPA. Discrimination may exist where a business denies or provides a different level or quality of goods or services, or charges (or suggests that it will charge) different prices, rates, or penalties on residents who exercise their CCPA rights, unless doing so is reasonably related to the value provided to the business by the residents’ data.
If you would like to submit a data access, correction, restriction, or deletion request, you can do so by contacting us at email@example.com and we will process such request with respect to any Personal Information that we are able to link to you individually based on the information that you can provide to us. These rights and options that you have with respect to Personal Information are subject to limitations and exceptions under applicable law.
California law provides that California residents are entitled to know how we respond to “Do Not Track” browser settings. We are not currently aware of a worldwide, uniform or consistent industry technology standard or definition for responding to, processing, or communicating “Do Not Track” signals. Accordingly, our website is unable to respond to “Do Not Track” requests from browsers.
Where Your Information is Processed
Means is based in the United States. No matter where you are located, your Personal Information will be collected and processed in the United States. The laws of the United States and other countries governing data protection may not be as comprehensive or as protective as the laws in the country where you live.
Lawful Basis for Processing Your Personal Information
The laws in some countries require us to tell you about the lawful grounds we rely on to collect, use, disclose, and otherwise process your Personal Information. To the extent those laws apply, our lawful bases for processing your Personal Information is in support of our legitimate business and commercial interests, where those interests are not overridden by your fundamental rights and freedoms. This includes: (i) Providing a safe user experience on our Site; (ii) customer service; (iii) sending communications to you; (iv) protecting users, our workers, and our property; (v) analyzing and improving our operations (e.g., optimizing the design and operation of our Site); and (vi) managing legal issues.
Means will take reasonable steps to protect the information collected and provided via the Site from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, you should understand that no transmission over the Internet is ever fully secure. Means uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the Site is generally available. However, there may be occasions when access to the Site will be interrupted or unavailable. Means will use reasonable efforts to minimize such disruption where it is within its reasonable control. You agree that Means shall not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Site.
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How to Contact Us
For questions about the Site or our processing of your Personal Information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.