Privacy Policy

Last updated: October 8th, 2015

BLACKSHORE, LLC is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how we handle your personal information collected through the blackshore family of websites (“our website”). A list of our family of websites is available at http://www.blackshore.com/sites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to our other websites such as www.blackshore.com. By using our website, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Information We Collect From Everyone Who Visits Our Website

Our website automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address (which may be considered personally identifiable information in some jurisdictions) browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. We use logs for a number of other reasons such as tracking how and when pages of our website are visited and by how many people. Your information is aggregated with other visitors to our website so we can analyze trends, improve our website and to gather information about our users as a group. Like most other websites, our website uses “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience and to help us understand how our website is being used. A cookie is a small text file saved on your hard disk for record keeping purposes. Cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware. You may be able to configure your browser to manage how it deals with cookies. We use Google® Analytics, Google AdWords Conversion Tracker, and other Google services that place cookies on your computer. These cookies help us increase our website’s effectiveness for our visitors. These cookies are set and read by Google. To opt out of Google tracking, please visit the following website: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. If you are concerned about third-party cookies placed on your computer, we recommend visiting the following website: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.

Information We Collect From Certain People Who Visit Our Website

When you choose to fill out forms on our website, we will collect your personally identifiable information as described below.

Information We Collect from those who Create an Account

If you create an account, we collect your name and email address as well as other information such as the time and date you signed up. If you login using your Facebook credentials, we collect your first and last name and verification from Facebook. We do not collect any other information about your Facebook account. We do not give Facebook any information about your use of our website. Of course, we are not responsible for Facebook’s privacy statements or its use of your personal information. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of Facebook so you can understand how it collects, uses and shares your information. We also track your activities while you are signed into our website. On your profile page you have the option of providing us with more information about you, including a photo, a description about you, your location and website. You also have an opportunity to tell us your preferences regarding badges, email preferences, notifications, discussion categories and other users. You can also communicate with other users by using our messaging system.

Information We Collect from those who Post on a Forum

If you post a comment to the forum, we collect information about you such as your username, IP address, date and time of post and, of course, the content of your comment. Your username and comment, including any personally identifiable information you include in it, will be publically available. If you do not want your user name displayed, do not post a comment. We also track your forum participation and publically display the information in connection with that specific forum. If, in our sole discretion, your comments are inappropriate for a civilized place for public discuss, we will not post your comments or we will remove them. For more information, see our FAQ on civilized place for public discussion

How We Use Your Personal Information

We may use your personally identifiable information to contact you to respond to your inquiry, conduct surveys or ask about your opinion of current services or provide information about services that may be offered to you. We may, from time to time, contact you about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your personally identifiable information (e.g. name, email) is not transferred to the third-party. In addition, we may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third-parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to us, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information. We may share the personal information we collect in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by law. We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal or administrative process served on us. Except as provided in this Privacy Policy, we do not share your personally identifiable information with third-parties.

You Can Opt-Out of Receiving Certain Emails from Us

We provide you the opportunity to “opt-out” of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletters or other materials, you may opt-out of receiving them by changing your email preferences on your profile page.

Third Party Advertisers, Affiliates, and Service Providers

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to by us or one of our advertising or talent partners. We share website usage information with our advertising and talent partners (as defined in the Terms of Use Agreement) for the purpose of targeting our banner advertisements. If you elect to receive information from our affiliates, we will share your personally identifiable information with our affiliates. Our policies may be different than those of our advertising partners and talent partners, affiliates, or service providers. We are not responsible for the conduct of our advertising and talent partners, affiliates or their policies or practices. Our advertising partners may use cookies or web beacons to collect information and deliver targeted advertisement that they believe will be of most interest to you.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitter and Other Third-Party Websites

We are actively involved in social media. To name a few of our social media platforms, we have a Facebook page, a YouTube Channel, an Instagram account, and a Twitter account. Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through these services, this information may be collected and used by others. We are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of our website. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of websites so you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information.

How We Secure Your Personal Information

The security of your personal information is important to us. Our credit card processing system uses state of the art encryption and other security measures to protect your data. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our website, you can send email us at info@blackshore.com.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes to the website, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you here.

How to Contact Us

We welcome your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you believe that BLACKSHORE, LLC has not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@blackshore.com. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.