Effective Date: 01/10/2017
PRIVACY IS VERY IMPORTANT AND WE RESPECT YOURS.
This policy sets out our privacy practices and explains how we handle the information we collect when you visit and use our sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content provided by Blacticulate, in existence now or in the future (“Blacticulate Services”). There’s a lot we’ve covered so please read it carefully.
What we may collect
We collect information about what Blacticulate pages you access or visit, information about your mobile device (such as device or browser type), information volunteered by you (such as through registration), the URLs of websites that referred you to us, and e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via email.
When you log into Blacticulate Services or load a web page from Blacticulate Services, we collect and store your Internet Protocol address. We may use this information to fight spam, malware, and identity theft; to personalise Blacticulate Services for you; or to generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use Blacticulate Services.
When you create your Blacticulate account, and authenticate via a third-party service like Twitter, we may collect, store, and periodically update the contact lists associated with that third-party account, so that we can make it easy for you to connect with your existing contacts from that service who are also on Blacticulate.
Email communications with us
We may occasionally need to email you some administrative info, tell you something important about your account or changes to our services, or update you on new policies. We will never email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, send it to us so we can take action against this scammer.
Disclosure of your information
The information we collect is used to provide and improve Blacticulate Services and content and prevent abuse. We don’t sell personal information about our users to any third party.
While Blacticulate endeavours to provide the highest level of protection for your information, we may share your personal information with third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; or (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.
If we’re going to release your information, our policy is to provide you with advance notice unless we are prohibited from doing so by law or court order. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information.
We may disclose your information without providing you with prior notice if we believe it’s necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person. In that case, we will endeavor to provide you with post-disclosure notice when permitted by law.
We will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.
Public user content
Blacticulate is meant for publishing public, not private, content. By default, whatever we/you share through Blacticulate Services is public. Although we do provide tools that let you write and edit draft content prior to publication, you should assume that any content you provide us may become publicly accessible.
Content published and shared through Blacticulate Services is publicly accessible, which means that everyone, including search engines, will be able to see it. This content may also be copied and shared by others throughout the Internet, including through features native to Blacticulate Services, such as commenting and embedding.
You are free to remove published content from your account, or even disable your account entirely. However, because of the fundamentally open nature of the Internet, the strong possibility that others will comment on or embed your content, and technological limitations inherent to Blacticulate Services, copies of your content may exist elsewhere indefinitely, including in our systems.
A cookie is a small piece of text, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, sent to and saved by your web browser when you access a website.
Most browsers have an option for disabling cookies, but if you disable them you won’t be able to log into your Blacticulate account, and won’t be able to use the vast majority of Blacticulate Services.
We respect Do Not Track (“DNT”) settings in browsers. If you are logged out of our services and have DNT enabled, we will not set cookies that can be used to aggregate information about your usage. We may use some cookies to enhance your experience by storing preferences or options. Again, you must have cookies enabled in order to log into our services.
Modifying your personal information or deleting your account
If you are a registered Blacticulate user, you can access or modify your personal information or delete your account here.
If you deactivate your account, you can reactivate it within 30 days by logging back in. After 30 days, your account and content will be deleted and unrecoverable.
We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. This means that after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee the absolute security of this data. You use the service at your own risk, and you are responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account (such as keeping your password secret).
Blacticulate Services are intended for general audiences and are not directed to children under 15. We don’t knowingly collect personal information from children under 15. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information, please contact us. If we learn that a child under 15 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account.
Changes to this Policy
Blacticulate may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your Medium account or by placing a prominent notice on our site before the changes take effect.
We welcome questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy. If you have any suggestions for us, feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org