Privacy

The Factionary Privacy Policy was updated on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Your privacy is important to The Factionary so we’ve developed a Privacy Policy that covers how we collect, use, disclose, transfer, and store your personal information.

In addition to this Privacy Policy, we provide data and privacy information imbedded in our products connected with our Data & Privacy Icon for certain features that ask to use your personal information.

You can review this information before enabling these features online at factionary.com/privacy; Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our privacy practices and contact us if you have any questions.


Table Of Content

  1. Introduction
  1. Information Collection
  1. Information Usage
  1. Information Sharing
  1. Cookie Usage
  1. External Links And Third‑Party Websites
  1. Location-Based Services
  1. Disclosure Of Legal Information
  1. Privacy Of Children
  1. Your Choices
  1. Your California Privacy Rights
  1. International Transfers
  1. Security
  1. Privacy Policy Modifications
  1. Terms Of Service
  1. Contacting The Factionary

Introduction

Factionary LLC (”The Factionary,” “We,” “Us,” or “Our”) understands that your privacy and security are important issues: Our users and/or visitors of factionary.com/, or any subdomains thereof (collectively, the “Website”), Our mobile application (the “Application”), and other digital and interactive services that link to the following Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) and the Terms of Service (collectively, the “Terms” or “Services”) sets forth The Factionary privacy practices regarding the collection, use and sharing of the information that The Factionary gathers via the Services and about users of the Services.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT ANY INFORMATION ON AND/OR THROUGH THE SERVICES, PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW THIS POLICY ALONG WITH OUR TERMS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS REFER TO WITHIN THIS POLICY TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE WILL COLLECT AND UTILIZE YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR CHOICES ABOUT THIS INFORMATION. BY USING ANY PART OF THE SERVICES, YOU CONSENT TO OUR USE OF SUCH INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED IN THIS POLICY.

Your use of Our Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Policy and the Services including its applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes. Our Services are incorporated by reference into this Policy. We will continue to assess this Policy as We change Our offerings or as new regulation come into place, and We may make changes to this Policy.


Information Collection

The Factionary may collect information directly from you, automatically through your use of Our Services, and from third-party sources. We may combine all of the information We collect about you.

The Factionary may collect Information from you during your use of the Services when you:

  • Register for an account; 
  • Fill in forms; 
  • Search for articles or topics; 
  • Purchase an Ad free subscription; 
  • Enter a sweepstakes or contest or register for a contest; 
  • Complete a survey or provide Us with feedback; 
  • Subscribe to email or push notifications;  
  • Communicate with Us; 
  • Report a problem with Our Website and/or Application; or  
  • Post user generated content to or on any of Our Services.

Information We Collect Directly

The information you provide to Us may include but is not limited to your (i) name; (ii) email address; (iii) address; (iv) phone numbers or other contact information; (v) age and/or date of birth; (vi) username and password associated with your account; (vii) and demographic information (collectively, “Personal Information”), for example, to create an account on the Services or to sign up for Our email digest. We will also collect any other information that you choose to provide to Us through Our Services.

Information We Collect From Social Networks And Third-Parties

We may also collect information about you from other third-parties. For example, The Factionary may collect information about you from social networking platforms, such as your username, name, gender, general location, time zone, birthday, your “likes,” profile picture and friends.

If you “like” or “follow” Us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media, We may collect some information from you, including your name, email address, and any comments or content you post relevant to Us. We may also collect information if you sign up for a promotion or submit information to Us through partners or social media.

We may also collect demographics information from public sources and from third-party data and analytics companies, advertising networks, and others. We use this information to enhance the data We already have.

Information We Collect Automatically

We may automatically collect information about your use of Our Services, including but not limited to your Internet Protocol (IP) Address; geolocation information; unique device identifiers; and other information about your device(s); the type of web browser you are using and browser language; your operating system; your mobile device carrier information; the websites that led you to Our Services; the websites you go after leaving our Services; the pages you view on Our Services and the content displayed on those pages; the amount of time spent on particular pages; clickthrough’s to other content on or off Our Website; error logs; the dates and times you access Our Services; and other similar information. As described below, We may use cookies to assist in collecting this information.


Information Usage

The Factionary may use your Personal Information as follows:

  • To provide you with the all features and functions of the Services; 
  • To communicate with you regarding Our Services; 
  • To complete a transaction or service requested by you; 
  • To provide a smooth, efficient, and personalized experience while using Our Services; 
  • To send you information about your relationship or transactions with Us, account alerts, or communications, such as newsletters to which you have subscribed;  
  • With your consent, to send push notifications; 
  • To deliver services, such as information, or content that is of interest to you; 
  • To alert you to special offers, updated information and other new services from The Factionary, or other third parties, or to forward promotional materials; 
  • To fulfill the terms of a promotion, or administer sweepstakes or contests; 
  • For internal research and reporting; 
  • To help Us create and publish content and advertising most relevant to you; 
  • To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising We serve to you and others; 
  • To notify you about a material change to this Policy or the Services, if necessary; 
  • To allow you access to certain functions or features of Our Website and/or Application(s); 
  • To contact you in response to requests or inquiries We may receive from you; 
  • To enforce the legal terms that govern your use of the Services; 
  • To keep Our Website safe and secure;  
  • To use IP addressed to identify the location of users, to block disruptive user, to establish the number of visits from different countries and to determine the jurisdiction in which you are assessing the Services; and 
  • To administer and troubleshoot the Services.

What We Use Your Information For

We may combine information that We collect from you and about you with information We obtain about you from third-parties and use such combined information in accordance with this Policy. We may also use information on an aggregated and anonymous basis. We may this anonymized and/or aggregated data for any purpose, including without limitation for research and marketing, and may also share such data with any third-parties, including advertisers, promotional partners, sponsors, event promoters, and/or others.

If you ever provide Us with information classified as ‘Sensitive Personal Information’ (e.g. racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexuality, criminal proceedings and offenses), We will only use this information to provide the Services you require in accordance with this Policy and We will ask for your consent to such processing.

Access: You can help ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date. For other Personal Information We hold, We will provide you with access (including a copy) for any purpose including to request that We correct the data if it is inaccurate or delete the data if The Factionary is not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes.

Protection: The Factionary takes the security of your Personal Information very seriously. The Factionary protect your Personal Information during transit using encryption such as Transport Layer Security (TLS). When your personal data is stored by The Factionary, We use computer systems with limited access housed in facilities using physical security measures.

When you use Our Website, Application, and/or Services, or post on Our forum, chat room, or social networking service, the Personal Information and content you share is visible to other users and can be read, collected, or used by them. You are responsible for the Personal Information you choose to share or submit in these instances. For example, if you list your name and email address in a forum posting, that information is public. Please take care when using these features.

For the purpose of data protection laws applicable to you, based on your location and the point in time for which you provide your information (the “Applicable Law”), The Factionary will be the ‘data controller’ or the equivalent under your Applicable Law.

Integrity And Retention: The Factionary makes it easy for you to keep your Personal Information accurate, complete, and up to date. We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Policy and Our Services specific privacy summaries. When assessing these periods We carefully examine Our need to collect Personal Information at all and if We establish a relevant need We only retain it for the shortest possible period to realize the purpose of collection unless a longer retention period is required by law.


Information Sharing

The Factionary may share your Personal Information with third-parties in the following contexts:

Consent: We may disclose your Personal Information to any third-parties based on your consent to do so.

Service Providers: We may share your Personal Information with third-party service providers who perform services on Our behalf and for any other legitimate business purposes. These third-parties provide a variety of services, including but not limited to, billing, sales, marketing, advertising, market research, customer support, data storage, and legal services.

Business Transfers: If The Factionary becomes involved in a transaction involving the sale of its assets, such as a merger or acquisition, if The Factionary is transferred to another company, or in the event of a bankruptcy, The Factionary may disclose and/or transfer the information We collect about you and/or content as part of the transaction. If the surviving entity in that transaction is not The Factionary, the surviving company may use the information We collect about you pursuant to it’s own privacy policies, which may be different from this Policy.

Business Partners: We may share your Personal Information with Our partners with whom We have a business relationship to provide you with special offers, coupons, discounts, promotions, or to offer products or services to you for purchase. These parties have a separate privacy policy that will govern the use of your Personal Information that is not subject to Our control.

To Protect The Factionary And Others: The Factionary may share your Personal Information if required or permitted to do so by law; for fraud protection and credit risk reduction purposes; to protect and defend the rights or property of The Factionary or the users of the Services; to protect the safety of The Factionary or it’s employees or a member of the public; to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process; or as evidence in litigation in which We are involved.

Legal Compliance: We may share the information We collect about you to comply with applicable legal or regulatory obligations, including as part of a judicial proceeding; in response to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process; or as part of an investigation or request, whether formal or informal, from law enforcement or a government official.

Aggregate Or Anonymous Information: We may share anonymous or aggregate information about The Factionary users to third-party companies. For example, We may share anonymous or aggregate information to inform a third-party’s decision on whether to participate in the Services as an advertiser to distribute sponsored content or to place ads on Our Services, or on other websites. These companies may use such information about your visits to the Services and other websites to provide advertisements on the Services and other websites.

Public Forums: Our Services may offer publicly accessible blogs and community forums. You should be aware that the information you post publicly is available to anyone who accesses Our Services. If you do not want people to know specific information about you, do not post it publicly. This information may be read, collected and used by others who access this information and it may be used or disclosed to other individuals or entities without Our control. We are not responsible for the use by others of the information that you disclose in public posting areas.

Automated Decision-Making: The Factionary does not take any decisions involving the use of algorithms or profiling that significantly affects you.


Cookie Usage

The Factionary’s Website, Application and/or Services, email messages, and advertisements may use “Cookies” and other technologies such as pixel tags and web beacons. A “Cookie” is a small string of text that a website can send to your browser which helps the website remember and customize your visit. For example, cookies allow Us to tailor the Services, and the content or offers We display to you, in order to better match your interests and preferences.

These technologies help Us better understand user behavior, tell Us which parts of Our Website(s) people have visited, and facilitate and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and web searches. We treat information collected by cookies and other technologies as Non‑Personal Information. As is true of most internet services, We gather some information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and language, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring and exit websites and applications, Operating System (OS), date/time stamp, and clickstream data.

However, to the extent that IP addresses or similar identifiers are considered Personal Information by local law, We also treat these identifiers as Personal Information. Similarly, to the extent that Non-Personal Information is combined with Personal Information, We treat the combined information as Personal Information for the purposes of this Policy. We and Our partners also use cookies and other technologies to remember Personal Information when you use Our Website, online Services, and Application(s). Our goal in these cases is to make your experience with The Factionary more convenient and personal. 

For example, knowing your first name lets Us welcome you the next time you visit The Factionary. Knowing your country and language helps Us provide a customized and more useful learning experience. Knowing your device or computer helps Us make Our advertising and email communications more relevant to your interests. And knowing your contact information, hardware identifiers, and information about your device or computer helps Us personalize your user account, and provide you with relevant curated content for your learning pleasure.

Online and Email Analytics: We may use applications, servers and other technology provided by third-party companies, such as Google Analytics, to help us analyze how users use Our Services, including by noting the third-party website from which you arrive, and the location which you are accessing the service. These entities may use cookies and information-gathering tools, such as web beacons or Flash LSO, to perform their services. The information collected by the technology will be disclosed to or collected by these service providers, who use this information to evaluate your use of the Services.

We also use Google Analytics for certain purposes related to advertising. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

If you receive email from Us, we may use certain tools, such as clear GIFs to capture data such as when you open Our message or click any links or banners Our email contains. This data allows Us to gauge the effectiveness of Our communications and marketing campaigns.

Tailored Content and Advertising: We may personalize the content and advertising that you see when using the Services through third parties such as network advertisers to serve advertisements on our Services and on third-party websites or other media (e.g. social networking platforms). This enables us and these third parties to target advertisements to you for products and services in which you might be interested. The ads may be based on various factors such as the content on the page you are visiting, information you provide, you searched, demographic data, and other information we collect from you.

Third-party ad network providers, advertisers, sponsors and/or traffic measurement services may use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (including clear GIFs), Flash LSOs and other tracking technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content to you. These third-party cookies and other technologies are governed by each third party’s specific privacy policy, not this one.

Users may opt out of many third-party ad networks. For example, you may go to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Consumer Choice Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by DAA companies. You may also go to the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) Consumer Opt-Out Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by NAI members.

Users in the European Union should visit the opt-out page of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance, or TRUSTe’s Advertising Choices Page to opt-out of receiving tailored advertising from companies that participate in those programs. You may also use the links available in advertisements that appear in the Services and learn more about our advertising practices through the About Our Ads link available through the Services. To opt out of Google Analytics for display advertising or customize Google display network ads, you can visit the Google Ads Settings page.

Please note that to the extent advertising technology is integrated into the Services, you may still receive advertisements even if you opt-out of tailored advertising. You may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing (i.e., contextually based ads). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you opt out on the DAA or NAI websites, your opt out may not be effective. Additional information is available on the DAA’s website at www.aboutads.info or the NAI’s website at www.networkadvertising.org.

When using a mobile application, you may also receive tailored in-application advertisements. Each operating system provides its own instructions on how to prevent deliver of tailored in-application advertisements. You may review the support materials and/or privacy settings with the respective operating systems to opt-out of tailored advertising. You should contact the applicable platform provider for further details of opting out of in-application advertisements.

We also may use third-party service providers to deliver advertisements on mobile applications or for mobile application analytics. You can opt-out from third-party interest-based advertising on some Android devices and Google apps by visiting Google Settings, Ads and then click on ‘Disable ads based on interests.’ You can also opt out of some interest-based advertising on your mobile device by downloading the Truste Privacy App available at: https://www.truste.com/consumer-resources/privacy-app.

Please note that to the extent advertising technology is integrated into the Services, you may still receive advertisements even if you opt-out. In that case, the advertising will not be tailored to your interests. Also, we do not control any of the above opt-out links or whether any particular company chooses to participate in these opt-out programs. We are not responsible for any choices you make using these mechanisms or the continued availability or accuracy of these mechanisms.

Interest-Based Advertising: Please see Our Interest-Based Advertising section above for more information about your choices regarding online interest-based advertising.

Do Not Track Disclosure: We may track your activities once you leave Our Services. There is still no universally accepted standard regarding tracking. You may disable certain tracking as discussed above (e.g. by disabling cookies). For more information about tracking, please click here.


External Links And Third‑Party Websites

The Factionary Website, Application, and/or Services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services. Our Services may also use or offer products or services from third-parties. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third-parties. At times The Factionary may provide third-parties with certain Personal Information to provide or improve Our Services. When We do, We require those third-parties to handle it in accordance with relevant laws. Personal Information will never be shared with third-parties for their marketing purposes.

The Services may contain links to other websites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third-parties. The Factionary is not responsible for the collection or use of information about you at any third-party websites. Your use of an external website or any informational content found on an external websites is subject to and governed by the terms and guidelines of those website(s). The Factionary does not endorse or make any representations or warranties concerning, and will not in any way be liable for, any informational content, products, services, software, or other materials available on an external website, even if one or more pages of the external website are framed within a page of this Website.


Location-Based Services

The Factionary and Our partners and licensees, such as maps data providers, may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your device. Where available, location-based services may use Global Positioning System (GPS), Bluetooth, and your Internet Protocol (IP) Address, along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations, and other technologies to determine your devices’ approximate location. Unless you provide consent, this location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by The Factionary and Our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services.


Disclosure Of Legal Information

It may be necessary — by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence — for The Factionary to disclose your Personal Information. We may also disclose information about you if We determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate. We may also disclose information about you, but only where there is a lawful basis for doing so, if We determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce Our Terms or protect Our operations or users. This could include providing information to public or governmental authorities. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale We may transfer any and all Personal Information We collect to the relevant third-party.


Privacy Of Children

Our Services are not targeted to children under thirteen (13) years of age, and We do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from children under 13. If We discover that We have inadvertently collected Personal Information from a child under 13 years of age, We will promptly take all reasonable measures to delete that data from Our systems.


Your Choices

Account Information: If you ever wish to access, update or delete your Personal Information, please contact us at info@factionary.com, or through the contact information below. Please note that we may maintain copies of a portion of your information even after you have requested its deletion if the information is required to be retained by law.

The Factionary Communications: We may send periodic promotional or informational emails to you, about The Factionary and other third-party information and offers. In the event you do not wish to receive such emails from The Factionary, you may opt out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained within the body of any email message you receive or emailing us at  info@factionary.com, with the information necessary for Us to process a request to opt out of such emails. We may still send you transactional emails, such as emails about your account or the Services you have requested from Us.


Your California Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, you may request a list of certain third-parties to which We have disclosed your Personal Information, as defined in California’s “Shine the Light” law (California Civil Code § 1798.83), about you for their own direct marketing purposes. You may make one request per calendar year. In your request, please attest to the fact that you are a California resident, and provide a current California address for your response. You may request this information in writing by contacting Us at: info@factionary.com; Please allow up to thirty (30) days for a response.


International Transfer

If you choose to provide Us with your Personal Information, The Factionary may transfer that information to its affiliates and subsidiaries or to other third parties, across borders, and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from United States law, please note that you are transferring your personally identifiable information to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union and by providing your personally identifiable information you consent to:

  • The use of your Personal Information for the uses identified above in accordance with this Policy; and
  • The transfer of your Personal Information to the United States as indicated above.

Security

We have taken steps to protect your Personal Information We collect about you. Unfortunately, no safeguards or processes can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any such information, and you provide such information at your own risk. If you have an account with Us, you should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your account by, among other things, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.


Privacy Policy Modifications

The Factionary may modify this Policy at any time, and will post any updates to Our Services. When We change the Policy in a material way, a notice will be posted on Our Website along with the updated Policy. We will also contact you via your contact information on file, for example by email, notification or some other equivalent method. This Policy was last updated as of the “Last Modified” date above. We therefore encourage you to review this page frequently for any changes.


Terms Of Service

You can find Our Terms Of Service here.


Contacting The Factionary

If you have any questions or comments about this Policy, please contact Us using the information below.

The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice.