Privacy Statement

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Ecojam we have a few fundamental principles:

 

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

 

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals.  If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact hello@ecojam.org.

 

It is Ecojam’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

 

Website visitors

Like most website operators, we collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. This information is stored on servers in the UK. Ecojam’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use the website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of the website.

 

Ecojam also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Ecojam. Ecojam only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

 

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Ecojam’s website choose to interact with Ecojam in ways that require Ecojam to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Ecojam gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up to add content to the site for a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Ecojam – by upgrading their posts, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Ecojam collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Ecojam. Ecojam does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

 

Aggregated Statistics

Ecojam may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its website. For instance, Ecojam may monitor the most popular sections of the site. Ecojam may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Ecojam does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

 

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Ecojam discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organisations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Ecojam’s behalf or to provide services available at Ecojam’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organisations may be located outside of your home country; by using Ecojam’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Ecojam will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organisations, as described above, Ecojam discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Ecojam believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Ecojam, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of Ecojam’s website and have supplied your email address, Ecojam may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Ecojam and our products. If you send us a request (for example via our contact email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Ecojam takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Ecojam uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Ecojam visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Ecojam’s website, with the drawback that certain features of Ecojam websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies. Ecojam uses cookies to:

 

  • Remember your password
  • Customise content to your interests
  • Promote and enforce trust and safety
  • Offer specific features which are only available through the use of cookies, such as filter content to your local area (e.g. Ecojam Bristol)
  • Measure the success of promotions
  • Analyse site traffic

 

Marketing

We aim to only send relevant marketing material that can support your work. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications, email us to opt out. 

 

Business Transfers

If Ecojam, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Ecojam goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Ecojam may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

 

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Ecojam and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

 

Ecojam contains some affiliate marketing links, which means we get paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.

We use a service called Skimlinks.

What is Skimlinks?

Skimlinks offers a service to Publishers to help them earn an income and gain insights from their commerce-related content. The service works by creating/tagging links within content that a User is reading which, if clicked, takes the User to a Merchant website where the products and/or services can be purchased. If the User then buys something as a result of clicking on these links, the Publisher is paid a referral fee by the Merchant through Skimlinks. This referral fee does not come out of Users’ pockets, nor does it affect the price Users pay or the experience Users have on the Merchant’s site.

 

What information does Skimlinks collect about Users through its technology and how does it use this information?

Skimlinks does not intentionally capture any Personally Identifiable Information. With regard to information which is not Personally Identifiable Information Skimlinks:

 

  • Store Users’ IP addresses, from which they can determine a User’s approximate geographical location (e.g. country or region). They need this information to optimize the links that are created/monetized to suit the geography of the User, and to provide aggregate reporting to Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers on the location of users visiting Skimlinks Enabled Sites. They also use IP addresses as part of their efforts to reduce fraud and identify non-human browsing patterns.

 

  • Store information about the device that a User uses to access sites within their Publisher network, such as the browser type, browser version, and type of device. This helps them ensure they can diagnose and fix browser compatibility issues more swiftly, optimize their service to suit the preferred browsing environments, and provide aggregate reporting to Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers.

 

  • Store anonymous information, using cookies and device identifiers, about the websites within their Publisher network that Users visit, which of their links Users click on, and whether Users make a purchase. This enables them to provide Users with relevant and useful links and advertising to products and/or services in which they are likely to be interested, and to Merchants and Advertisers from whom they are likely to want to buy. Further information regarding the cookies they utilise to collect this information can be found here:

 

http://skimlinks.com/user-cookies

 

As part of the information available in standard web serving logs, they also store information about the referrer, i.e. the website page from which the User linked to the Skimlinks Enabled Site.

 

To provide Publishers and Merchants with the Service, they collect information on visits and sales on Skimlinks Enabled Sites, including but not limited to order value, products bought, and order identifiers. These are used to help Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers make better marketing and content creation decisions.

 

At no time do Skimlinks know who a User is, nor do they make any attempt to try and identify a User.

 

They use cookies to collect the information they need to optimise the product/Merchant links they monetize/create, and improve the service they provide to Publishers, Merchants, Advertisers and Users. Cookies also enable them to carry out audience segmentation, ie they divide Users into groups based upon defined criteria such as product usage, demographics, communication behaviour and media use. They synchronise anonymous cookie identifiers with third parties in order to enrich the Service and offer personalized experiences across the web. As you browse Skimlinks Enabled Sites, cookies will be placed on your Computer so that they can understand what you are interested in. These anonymous profiles allow for the customization of websites and targeting of content, including but not limited to advertising. The techniques used do not collect any Personally Identifiable Information.

 

How can I disable Skimlinks cookies?
If a User no longer wants Skimlinks to store data about the websites it visits, the links it clicks and the Merchants it buys from, it can simply opt-out here:

 

http://optout.skimlinks.com/?tested=1

 

This will mean Skimlinks will not drop Skimlinks cookies when an opted-out User browses websites in their Publisher or Merchant network.

Please note: This opt-out facility relies on a cookie being set on your browser. By visiting the link above, you consent to Skimlinks setting and maintaining the cookie on your browser in order to recognise you as an opted-out visitor. You must opt-out again if you clear that cookie from your browser (see www.allaboutcookies.org for more information), use a different internet browser, or use a different computer to access the internet.

 

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Ecojam may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. Ecojam encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

 

This privacy policy has been adapted from that of Automattic, which kindly made it available under a Creative Commons Sharealike.