How We Collect and Use Information
We collect the following types of information about you:
Information you provide us directly:
We ask for certain information such as your real name, e-mail address, phone number, and website when you post comments ("User Content") on ShimshockGroup.com ("Website"), or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through the Website, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the Website. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Website. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, added to User Content will be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
Information we may receive from third parties:
We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access the Website through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook Connect, by “following,” “liking,” linking your account to the Website, etc., that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Shimshock Group. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, and to allow you to invite your friends to use our Website as well as provide you with updates if and when your friends participate on the Website. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to the Website. You may also unlink your third party account from the Website by adjusting your settings on the third party service.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services such as Google Analytics, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Website. We may use Google tracking technology on our Website contact forms, to help us to better understand your interactions (specifically on forms such as the Contact Us form, Learn How We Can Help form, and Job Application form). We may also gather information via Google for remarketing or similar audiences features. These features allow us to advertise online to those who previously visited our Website. The various analytics tools are used to collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving our Website experience, and provide helpful information to Website visitors. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
Log file information:
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the Website. When you use our Website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Clear gifs/web beacons information:
When you use the Website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Website.
When you access the Website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by Shimshock Group. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the Website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you access content faster and enhance your navigation through the Website. Some features of the Website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
Commercial and marketing communications:
We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences. We also use your information to send you Website-related emails (e.g., account verification, confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Website, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of Website-related emails. You may also be able to be “found” on Shimshock Group based on information that you provide in User Content, such as site comments.
Use of certain service type information we collect about you:
Sharing of Your Information
We will not rent or sell your information into third parties outside Shimshock Group and its group companies (including any parent, subsidiaries and affiliates) without your consent, except as noted below:
- Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by Shimshock Group in its sole discretion. Once posted on ShimshockGroup.com, User Content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other Users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your User Content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on the Website. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, will be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
- Who can see your IP address: If you post User Content on the Website while not logged in, your IP address will be published with your User Content in order to attribute your contribution to the Website. A selection of Trusted Users with administrative powers on ShimshockGroup.com have the ability to review IP addresses of users to reduce abusive behavior. Any third party service embedded on ShimshockGroup.com such as an advertiser, video provider, social network, content moderator, or other third party will also have access to your IP address.
- Who can see your email address: If you enter an email address, you will enable communication from Shimshock Group. In addition, some email addresses such as info at shimshockgroup dot com forward to a group of Trusted Users, who will use your email address to reply to the email.
What happens in the event of a change of control:
We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Your information such as customer names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the Website may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company.
Instances where we are required to share your information:
Sharing certain service type information we collect about you:
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third-party business partners for the purposes described in the section above on "How We Collect and Use Information." We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
Ads on Shimshock Group:
Please note that an advertiser may ask Shimshock Group to show an ad to a certain audience of Users (e.g., based on demographics or other interests). In that situation, Shimshock Group or our Partners determines the target audience and Shimshock Group serves the advertising to that audience and only provides anonymous data to the advertiser. If you respond to such an ad, the advertiser or ad server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach.
To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, Shimshock Group may embed code from third parties on the Website. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways Shimshock Group does not control.
Ads delivered by Shimshock Group:
Third-party vendors, including Google, show Shimshock Group advertisements on sites across the Internet. Cookies are used by these vendors to serve ads based on your past visits to the Shimshock Group website. We may use remarketing or similar audience features to reach those who previously visited the Website. When doing so, we do not collect personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, email addresses, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, demographics, or location information. Also, we do not use or associate personally identifiable information with lists, cookies, data feeds, or other anonymous identifiers.
How We Store and Protect Your Information
Storage and Processing:
Keeping your information safe:
Shimshock Group cares about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the Website. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps, such as implmenting content moderation, anti-spam, and anti-hacking technologies. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of personal information, and for controlling access to your email communications from Shimshock Group, at all times. However, Shimshock Group cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Shimshock Group or guarantee that information on the Website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you add to the Shimshock Group Website, such as social networks. Shimshock Group is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.
Compromise of information:
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Shimshock Group will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Your Choices about Your Information
You control your account information and settings: You may update your email communication preferences at any time by clicking the link provided at the bottom of any delivered email. You can also stop receiving promotional email communications by emailing us directly using our Contact Us form.
We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of Website-related communications (e.g., account verification, confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Website, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your personal information, you can contact us directly at info at shimshockgroup dot com.
Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking / Advertising:
Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents Shimshock Group or its business partners from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to the Website, and for use in targeted advertising activities by third parties. However, doing so may disable many of the features available through the Website. If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly at info at shimshockgroup dot com.
How long we keep your private profile information:
Shimshock Group may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.
Shimshock Group does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The Website and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at info at shimshockgroup dot com.
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