Privacy Policy

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society

Last Updated: October 25, 2020

GENERAL

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society (or "we" or "us" or "our") respects the privacy of its users ("user" or "you" or "yourself") that use our website located at https://www.easternctparanormal.com, including other media forms, media channels, mobile website or mobile application related or connected thereto (collectively, the "Website"). The following is our privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") and it is designed to inform you, as a user of the Website, about the types of information that we may gather about or collect from you in connection with your use of the Website. It also is intended to explain the conditions under which we use and disclose that information, and your rights in relation to that information. Each time you use the Website, the current version of this Privacy Policy will apply. Accordingly, each time you use the Website you should check the date of this Privacy Policy (which appears at the beginning of this document) and review any changes since the last time you used the Website.

The Website is hosted in the United States of America and is subject to U.S. state and federal law. If you are accessing our Website from other jurisdictions, please be advised that you are transferring your personal information to us in the United States, and by using our Website, you consent to that transfer and use of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. You also agree to abide by the applicable laws of applicable states and U.S. federal law concerning your use of the Website and your agreements with us. Any persons accessing our Website from any jurisdiction with laws or regulations governing the use of the Internet, including personal data collection, use and disclosure, different from those of the jurisdictions mentioned above may only use the Website in a manner lawful in their jurisdiction. If your use of the Website would be unlawful in your jurisdiction, please do not use the Website.

BY USING OR ACCESSING THE WEBSITE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

GATHERING, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF NON-PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Users of the Website Generally

"Non-Personally-Identifying Information" or "NPII" is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person. "Personally-Identifying Information", or "PII" by contrast, is information such as a name or email address that, without more, can be directly associated with a specific person. Like most website operators, Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society gathers from users of the Website NPII of the sort that Web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes the user's Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system, browser (or user agent) type and the locations of the websites the user views right before arriving at, while navigating and immediately after leaving the Website (referrers or referrers). Although such information is not PII, it may be possible for us to determine from an IP address a user's Internet service provider and the geographic location of the visitor's point of connectivity as well as other statistical usage data. We analyze NPII gathered from users of the Website to help us better understand how the Website is being used. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society is able to better design the Website to improve users' experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use. From time to time, we may also release the NPII gathered from Website users in the aggregate, such as by publishing a report on trends in the usage of the Website.

Cookie Policy

A "Web Cookie" is a string of information which assigns a user a unique identification that a website stores on a user's computer, and that the user's browser provides to the website each time the user submits a query to the website. We use cookies on the Website to keep track of services you have used, to record your user preferences, and to track the pages that users visit during each Website session, both to help Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society improve users' experiences and to help us understand how the Website is being used. As with other NPII (Non-Personally-Identifying Information) gathered from users of the Website, we analyze and disclose in aggregated form information gathered using Web Cookies, so as to help us, our partners, and other operational stakeholders better understand how the Website is being used.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT PARANORMAL SOCIETY USERS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON THEIR COMPUTERS CAN CONSENT OUT OF CERTAIN CLASSES OF COOKIES UPON ACCESSING THE WEBSITE ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION IN THE DISPLAYED BANNER. CLICKING ACCEPT ON THE BANNER (WITHOUT CHANGING COOKIE PREFERENCES) WILL CONSENT TO ALL CLASSES OF COOKIES AND INDICATES THE USER HAS READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE TERMS OF USE AND CONSENTS TO BOTH. CLICKING ACCEPT ON THE BANNER (WITH CHANGING COOKIE PREFERENCES) WILL CONSENT TO THOSE CLASSES OF COOKIES THE USER LEAVES SELECTED AND INDICATES THE USER HAS READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE TERMS OF USE AND CONSENTS TO BOTH. ALTERNATIVELY, TO BLOCK COOKIES, WEBSITE USERS COULD SET THEIR BROWSERS TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THE WEBSITE. IN BOTH CASES, CONSENTING OUT OF OR BLOCKING CERTAIN CLASSES OF COOKIES IS DONE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CERTAIN FEATURES OF THE WEBSITE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY WITHOUT THE AID OF WEB COOKIES. WEBSITE USERS WHO REFUSE WEB COOKIES ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY, INCLUDING COMPLETE LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY.

Web Beacons

A "Web Beacon" is an object that is embedded in a web page or email that is usually invisible to the user and allows website operators to check whether a user has viewed a particular web page or an email. We may use Web Beacons on the Website and in emails to count users who have visited particular pages, viewed emails, and to deliver co-branded services. Web Beacons are not used to access users' PII (Personally-Identifying Information). They are a technique we may use to compile aggregated statistics about Website usage. Web Beacons collect only a limited set of information, including a Web Cookie number, time and date of a page or email view and a description of the page or email on which the Web Beacon resides. You may not decline Web Beacons. However, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all Web Cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a Web Cookie is tendered, permitting you to accept or decline Web Cookies on an individual basis.

Analytics

We may partner with selected third parties to allow tracking technology on the Website, which will enable them to collect data about how you interact with the Website and our services over time. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand online activity and is subject to third-party Terms of Service and Privacy Policy acceptance (collectively, "Third-Party Agreements") that the user is responsible for reviewing and accepting before utilizing the Website. To the extent that we use web cookies for such tracking, please refer to the Cookie Policy section above on how to opt out of the Analytics class of cookies.

Aggregated and Non-Personally-Identifying Information

We may share aggregated and NPII (Non-Personally-Identifying Information) we collect under any of the above circumstances. We may also share it with third parties and affiliate companies to develop and deliver targeted advertising on the Website and on websites of third parties. We may combine NPII we collect with additional NPII collected from other sources. We also may share aggregated information with third parties, including advisors, advertisers, and investors, for the purpose of conducting general business analysis. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors to the Website and the most popular features or services accessed. This information does not contain any PII (Personally-Identifying Information) and may be used to develop Website content and services, that we hope you and other users will find of interest, and to target content and advertising.

Mobile Device Additional Terms

Mobile Device

If you use a mobile device to access the Website or to utilize any of our Services as outlined in our Terms of Use agreement, we may collect device information (such as your mobile device ID, model and manufacturer), operating system, version information and IP address.


Geo-Location Information

Unless we have received your prior consent, we do not access or track any location-based information from your mobile device at any time while downloading or using our mobile application or our services, except that it may be possible for Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society to determine from an IP address the geographic location of your point of connectivity, in which case we may gather and use such general location data.

Push Notifications

We may send you push notifications if you choose to receive them, letting you know when someone has sent you a message or for other service-related matters. If you wish to opt-out from receiving these types of communications, you may turn them off in your device's settings.

Mobile Analytics

We may use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our mobile software on your phone. This software may record information, such as how often you use the application, the events that occur within the application, aggregated usage, performance data and where the application was downloaded from. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any PII (Personally-Identifying Information) you submit within the mobile application. To the extent that we use web cookies for such tracking, please refer to the Cookie Policy section above on how to opt out of the Analytics class of cookies.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We may provide you the option to connect your account on the Website to your account on some social networking sites for the purpose of logging in, uploading information or enabling certain features on the Website. When utilized for logging in these will be referred to as Third-Party Social Media Access Methods. Disqus, the commenting platform used on the Website (also, "Disqus commenting"), can use these various Third-Party Social Media Access Methods in addition to its own system of authentication and authorization to authorize and authenticate users (provided the user agrees to the Terms of Service (or Terms of Use) and the Privacy Policies of Disqus and any Third-Party Social Media Companies, which will be collectively referred to as "All Third-Party Agreements").

PLEASE REFER TO EASTERN CONNECTICUT PARANORMAL SOCIETY'S TERMS OF USE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW WE UTILIZE THIRD-PARTY SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES AND TO ALL THIRD-PARTY AGREEMENTS IN RESPECT TO HOW THEY ULTIMATELY MAKE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION, WHAT INFORMATION THEY COLLECT, WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE ABOUT INFORMATION THEY COLLECT, AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM REGARDING ISSUES OR CONCERNS IN WHAT IS BEING COLLECTED AND/OR UTILIZED.

Although the full scope of our Services is outlined in our Terms of Use, which you agree to read and abide by if using this Website, in general the following occurs when logging in using your social network credentials. We do not host or retain local logs as to social media accounts, but we do reserve the right to collect the PII (Personally-Identifying Information) you have made publicly available on the social networking site, such as your name, profile picture, cover photo, username, gender identity, friends network, age range, locale, friend list, and any other information you have made public. Once connected, other users may also be able to see information about your social network, such as the size of your network and your friends, including common friends. By connecting to your account on any social networking site through Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society or the Website in order to provide Contributions via Disqus or social media channels, you hereby consent to the continuous release of information about you to us. Each social network may further allow you to set privacy controls around your information on their system.

We may use hyperlinks on the Website which will redirect you to a social network of a Third-Party Social Media Company if you click on the respective link. However, when you click on a social plug-in, such as Facebook's "Like" button, Twitter's "Tweet" button, etc., that particular social network's plugin will be activated and your browser will directly connect to that provider's servers. If you do not use these buttons, none of your data will be sent to the respective social network's plugin provider. So for example, when you click on the Facebook's "Like" button on the Website, Facebook will receive your IP address, the browser version and screen resolution, and the operating system of the device you have used to access the Website. Settings regarding privacy protection can be found on the websites of these social networks and are not within our control.

COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Website Registration

Registration on the Website is voluntary and allows users to participate in forum discussions. Third-Party Social Media Access Methods, as defined above, are also currently offered and how we do not currently use users' PII (Personally-Identifying Information) is described above as well. We do retain PII provided by users themselves when they communicate with Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society directly via email or live chat though. That information may include each user's name, address, email address and telephone number (if provided), and, if you transact business with us, financial information such as your payment method (valid credit card number, type, expiration date or other financial information, or crypto-currency addresses and account details). We also may request information about your interests and activities, your gender identity, age, date of birth, username, hometown and other demographic or relevant information as determined by Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society from time to time. Users of the Website are under no obligation to provide us directly with PII of any kind, with the caveat that a user's refusal to do so may prevent the user from using certain Website features.

BY REGISTERING WITH OR USING THE WEBSITE, YOU CONSENT TO THE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN THIS "COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION" SECTION.

Online Postings

Certain Personally-Identifying Information (PII) collected from users may be disclosed as a matter of course as a result of your use of the Website. We may provide areas on the Website, as with Disqus commenting as described briefly above, where you can post comments, suggestions, and other information relating to your activities on the Website. Such postings are governed by our Terms of Use. In addition, such postings may appear on other websites or when searches are executed on the subject of your posting. Also, whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and can be collected and used by others. For example, if you post your email address, you may receive unsolicited messages. We cannot control who reads your posting or what other users may do with the information you voluntarily post, so we encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your personal information.

USERS ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM THEIR VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.

Communications from Us

We may occasionally use your name and email address (if you provided them to us as described above) to send you notifications regarding new services offered by the Website that we think you may find valuable. We may also send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. Generally, you may opt out of such emails at any time by emailing us back or through explicitly declining to be sent such messages; though, we reserve the right to send you notices about your account, such as service announcements and administrative messages, even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

Our Disclosures

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society will disclose Personally-Identifying Information (PII) under the following circumstances:

By Law or to Protect Rights

When we believe disclosure is appropriate, we may disclose Personally-Identifying Information in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing; to protect and defend the rights, property or safety of Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society, our operational stakeholders, our users, our Contributors or others; to comply with applicable law or cooperate with law enforcement; to enforce our Terms of Use or other agreements or policies, in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand, a court order or a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other government agency; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law. In such cases, we may raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us.

Business Transfers; Bankruptcy

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society reserves the right to transfer all Personally-Identifying Information in its possession to a successor organization in the event of a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy or other sale of all or a portion of Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society's assets. Other than to the extent ordered by a bankruptcy or other court, the use and disclosure of all transferred Personally-Identifying Information will be subject to this Privacy Policy, or to a new privacy policy if you are given notice of that new privacy policy and are given an opportunity to affirmatively opt-out of it. Personally-Identifying Information submitted or collected after a transfer, however, may be subject to a new privacy policy adopted by the successor organization.

Changing Personally-Identifying Information; Account Termination

You may at any time review or change your Personally-Identifying Information (PII) withheld by us (if any), by contacting us using the contact information below. Upon your request, we will deactivate or delete your information. Such information will be deactivated or deleted as soon as practicable based on your account activity and accordance with our deactivation policy and applicable law. To make this request, contact us as provided below. We will retain in our files some PII to prevent fraud, to troubleshoot problems, to assist with any investigations, to enforce our Terms of Use and to comply with legal requirements as is permitted by law. Therefore, you should not expect that all your PII will be completely removed from our databases in response to your requests. Additionally, we reserve the right to keep a history of changed information to investigate suspected fraud with your account.

Note that any PII provided through Third-Party Social Media Access Methods is possibly outside of our ability to control, to edit, or to remove. So exercise discretion when using such access methods and the services provided by Third-Party Social Media Companies and look to their respective websites and All Third-Party Agreements as to how to edit or delete PII from their platforms.

General Use

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society uses the Personally-Identifying Information (PII) in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Website (1) to communicate with you by email, postal mail, telephone and/or mobile devices about our Services and any discussions you have initiated in respect to them (either in your role as a user or Contributor, as so defined in our Terms of Use); (2) to resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems; (3) to detect and protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity; (4) to enforce our Terms of Use; and (5) to do as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION BY THIRD PARTIES GENERALLY

Third parties are under no obligation to comply with this Privacy Policy with respect to Personally-Identifying Information (PII) that users provide directly to those third parties, or that those third parties collect for themselves. These third parties include Third-Party Social Media Companies and their applications accessible through this Website and we have the right to include advertisers, as well, upon a future update to this Privacy Policy. Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society neither owns nor controls the third-party websites and applications accessible through the Website. Thus, this Privacy Policy does not apply to information provided to or gathered by the third parties that operate them. Before visiting a third party, or using a third-party application, whether by means of a link on the Website, directly through the Website or otherwise, and before providing any PII to any such third party, users should inform themselves of the privacy policies and practices (if any) of the third party responsible for that website or application, and should take those steps necessary to, in those users' discretion, protect their privacy.

SECURITY

We take the security of your Personally-Identifying Information (PII) seriously and use reasonable measures to protect it from loss, theft, alteration or misuse. However, please be advised that even the best security measures cannot fully eliminate all risks. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We are not responsible for third-party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures.

We are dedicated to protect all information on the Website as is necessary. However, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your PII by keeping your Third-Party Social Media Access Methods passwords confidential. You should change your password immediately if you believe someone has gained unauthorized access to it or your account. If you lose control of your account, you should notify the respective Third-Party Social Media Company immediately.

PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES

Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society may, in its sole discretion, change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Changes to our Privacy Policy will be reflected on this page and the date new versions are posted will be stated at the top of this Privacy Policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. Users should regularly check this page for any changes to this Privacy Policy. We will always post new versions of the Privacy Policy on the Website.

CHILDREN

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") protects the online privacy of children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or maintain Personally-Identifying Information (PII) from anyone under the age of 13, unless or except as permitted by law. Any person who provides PII through the Website represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older. If we learn that PII has been collected from a user under 13 years of age on or through the Website, then we will take the appropriate steps to cause this information to be deleted. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under 13 who uses the Website or has otherwise transferred PII to the Website, please contact us using our contact information below to have that child's information deleted. If this information has been posted through a Third-Party Social Media Access Method, then please contact the Third-Party Social Media Company in question to have the information deleted as we will have no ability nor authority to remove such information from third-party websites.

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the "Shine The Light" law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about the Personally-Identifying Information (PII) (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of the PII that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared PII in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please email your request to our Privacy Officer as listed below in the CONTACT section and with the following change in the Subject field of the email:

Attn: Privacy Officer (California)

DO-NOT-TRACK POLICY

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems include a Do-Not-Track ("DNT") feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. Because there is not yet a common understanding of how to interpret the DNT signal, the Website currently does not respond to DNT browser signals or mechanisms.

CONTACT

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer by email at:

Email Address: easternctparanormal@gmail.com

 

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