PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION
WHAT IS NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION AND HOW IS IT COLLECTED AND USED?
Non-personal information is information that cannot identify you. If you visit this web site to read information, such as information about one of my services, I may collect certain non-personal information about you from your computer’s web browser. Because non-personal information cannot identify you or be tied to you in any way, there are no restrictions on the ways that I can use or share non-personal information. What is personal information and how is it collected? Personal information is information that identifies you as an individual, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number. I may collect personal information from you in a variety of ways:
When you send me an application or other form
When you conduct a transaction with me, our affiliates, or others
When I collect information about in you in support of a transaction, such as credit card information
In some places on this web site, you have the opportunity to send me personal information about yourself, to elect to receive particular information, to purchase access to one of our products or services, or to participate in an activity.
ARE COOKIES OR OTHER TECHNOLOGIES USED TO COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
For example, if you register with me, a cookie helps me to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized. A web beacon is a small graphic image that allows the party that set the web beacon to monitor and collect certain information about the viewer of the web page, web-based document or e-mail message, such as the type of browser requesting the web beacon, the IP address of the computer that the web beacon is sent to and the time the web beacon was viewed. Web beacons can be very small and invisible to the user, but, in general, any electronic image viewed as part of a web page or e-mail, including HTML based content, can act as a web beacon. I may use web beacons to count visitors to the web pages on the web site or to monitor how our users navigate the web site, and I may include web beacons in e-mail messages in order to count how many messages sent were actually opened, acted upon or forwarded.
To help measure and improve the effectiveness of my e-mail communications, the third-party sets cookies. All data collected by this third party on behalf of Astrid is used solely by or on behalf of Astrid and is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis. From time to time I may allow third parties to post advertisements on this web site, and those third-party advertisements may include a cookie or web beacon served by the third party.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of my website you visit.
HOW DOES ASTRID USE PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Astrid may keep and use the personal information about you to provide you with access to this web site or other products or services, to respond to your requests, to bill you for products/services you purchased, and to provide ongoing service and support, to contact you with information that might be of interest to you, including information about products and services of ours and of others, or ask for your opinion about our products or the products of others, for record-keeping and analytical purposes and to research, develop and improve programs, products, services and content.
Personal information collected online may be combined with information you provide to me through other sources I may also remove your personal identifiers (your name, email address, social security number, etc). In this case, you would no longer be identified as a single unique individual. Once I have de-identified information, it is non-personal information and I may treat it like other non-personal information. Finally, I may use your personal information to protect our rights or property, or to protect someone’s health, safety or welfare, and to comply with a law or regulation, court order or other legal processes.
DOES ASTRID SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH OTHERS?
I will not sell, exchange or publish your personal information. For some sorts of transactions, in addition to our direct collection of information, our third-party service vendors (such as credit card companies, clearinghouses and banks) who may provide such services as credit, insurance, and escrow services may collect personal information directly from you to assist you with your transaction. I do not control how these third parties use such information, but I do ask them to disclose how they use your personal information before they collect it. If you submit a review for a third party (person or business) using our Testimonial Review Application, during the submission process I ask your permission to gather your basic information (such as name and email address) which I then share with the third party for whom you are submitting the review. I may be legally compelled to release your personal information in response to a court order, subpoena, search warrant, law or regulation.
I may cooperate with law enforcement authorities in investigating and prosecuting web site visitors who violate our rules or engage in behavior, which is harmful to other visitors (or illegal). I may disclose your personal information to third parties if I feel that the disclosure is necessary to protect my rights or property, protect someone’s health, safety or welfare, or to comply with a law or regulation, court order or other legal processes. As discussed in the section on cookies and other technologies, from time to time I may allow a third party to serve advertisements on this web site.
HOW IS PERSONAL INFORMATION USED FOR COMMUNICATIONS?
I may contact you periodically by e-mail, mail or telephone to provide information regarding programs, products, services and content that may be of interest to you. In addition, some of the features on this web site allow you to communicate with me using an online form. If your communication requests a response from me, I may send you a response via e-mail. The e-mail response or confirmation may include your personal information. I cannot guarantee that our e-mails to you will be secure from unauthorized interception.
HOW IS PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURED?
I have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally-identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized personnel and third party vendors have access to your personal information, and these employees and vendors are required to treat this information as confidential. Despite these precautions, I cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personal information.
This site contains links to other sites that provide information that I consider to be interesting. Astrid is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.
HOW CAN A USER ACCESS, CHANGE, AND/OR DELETE PERSONAL INFORMATION?
You may access, correct, update, and/or delete any personally-identifiable information that you submit to the web site. You may also unsubscribe from mailing lists or any registrations on the web site. To do so, please either follow instructions on the page of the web site on which you have provided such information or subscribed or registered or contact me at braincells[at]web.de
Astrid will not intentionally collect any personal information (such as a child’s name or email address) from children under the age of 13. If you think that I have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, please contact me.