Last Revised: October 7th, 2022
Your Privacy is Serious Business to Us!
Maintaining the privacy of our website visitors and mobile application users is very important to us. Because we gather information about you, you need to know:
- The kinds of information we collect and why we collect it;
- How we use that information; and
- How you can update that information or limit or control how it is used.
1. The Kinds of Information We Collect.
We collect information to provide better services to all of users of our Service, including determining what types of editorial content and the products and services offered on our Service that are of the most interest and relevance to you.
We collect information about you from the following two sources:
- The Information you give us (“RS Profile”). For example, many of our services require that you create an account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address, telephone number, and, if you are purchasing products or services on our Service, purchase information such as the products or services purchased, the dates of purchase and the purchase price.
- The information we collect from your use of our Service. This information relates generally to what editorial and advertising content you view, and the products and services you use that we and our third-party providers offer. This information includes:
- Device Information, we collect information about the devices you use to access our Service, such as hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
- Log Information. When you use our Service, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs, which automatically record certain information when you use our Service, including the following:
- details about how you have used our Service, such as your search queries;
- your IP address, which is the number assigned to an Internet connected device such as a tablet or smartphone and used to identify the geographic location of that device; and
- cookies that may uniquely identify your browser and collect information about how our visitors interact with our Service, as well as help us identify problems such as error messages from certain pages. A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer or other device when you visit our Service. When you visit our Service any time thereafter, the cookie allows our Service to recognize your browser and to store information about your user preferences and other personal information.
- Location information. When you visit our Service, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address.
- Local storage. We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device, using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5), which allows for data to be stored on a browser even after the browser has been closed and the reopened, and application data caches, which allow for data to be stored on your device, enabling an application to run without an Internet connection and to load content faster.
- Collection and Storage technologies. We and our partners use various technologies to collect and store information when you access the RS Service, and this may include using cookies or other technologies to identify your browser or device. We also use these technologies to collect and store information when you access our Service and interact with the content and products and services we offer, such as advertising services.
2. How We Use Information We Collect.
We use the information we collect from users of our Service in order to provide you with more meaningful editorial and advertising content and to offer you relevant products and services, as well as to maintain, protect and improve your overall experience. In particular, you may choose (i) to subscribe to any of our electronic newsletters, (ii) to receive “special offers” by RS and its various service providers, (iii) to receive franchise and business opportunity information from selected advertisers, and we will use your information for these purposes provided you have given us your consent. You may also choose (iv) to submit questions or comments in response to editorial content on our Service, or (v) to purchase books and related publications offered on our affiliated website at bookstore.ratedsuccess.com (the “Bookstore Website”) in which case, we will process your information to perform our agreement or comply with your request. In each of those instances you will be asked to provide, and we will collect and store, certain personal information such as email address, zip code, telephone number, and in some instances information about your business. In the case of purchases made through the Bookstore Website, we will also collect and store additional information about those purchases, including titles purchased, quantity and dates of purchases, the method of payment, and other information provided such as billing and shipping addresses (if different). By providing that information and provided you have consented thereto, you acknowledge that it can be used by RS and its various advertisers and other service providers to send you promotions and other communications concerning business opportunities, products or services. You can remove yourself from any such electronic newsletters and otherwise stop receiving any further promotions and other commercial communications by following the “unsubscribe” directions included with each newsletter or, in all of the above instances, by sending an email with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may use the name you provide for your RS Profile across all of the services we offer that require an RS Account, which is where the information you provide is maintained. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your RS Account, so that you are represented consistently across all our services.
When you contact RS, we retain a record of your communications to help solve any issues you might be facing, or to maintain a record to assist with legal claims. We will keep these records for a period of no more than 6 years. Provided you have consented thereto, we may use your email address to inform you about the products and services offered on our Service, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.
We do not track our users across third party websites and thus do not respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals. However, some third party websites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, certain website browsers allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.
3. The Advertising on Our Service.
Advertising on our Service makes it possible for us to offer you the information and products/services free of charge. We take seriously and make every effort to make sure that advertising is safe, unobtrusive and as relevant as possible.
Cookies are used to make that advertising as relevant as possible to the needs and interests of users of our Service, and more valuable to our advertisers in being able to show our visitors more relevant ads. Cookies are also used to avoid you seeing the same ad multiple times and to detect and prevent click fraud. We use AdSense, Google Analytics and other DoubleClick services (collectively, “Google® Services”), which help us manage and improve our Service and help our advertisers better understand and track user interaction with their ads. When you visit a location on our Service that includes one or more of these ads, various cookies may be sent to your browser.
We may use other technologies, including Flash and HTML5, which provide the functionality for such displays as interactive advertising. We may also use your IP address to select and provide advertising targeted to that address, in order to improve the relevance of the ads you see and to measure and report to advertisers non-personal statistical information about geographical location of those website visitors who are viewing their ads.
The advertising you see on our Service is determined by a number of factors relating to relevance, including (i) your approximate geographical location base on you IP address and (ii) the subject matter you may be viewing on our Service. For example, if you are viewing an article about physical health, you may see ads concerning exercise equipment.
If you wish to know more about the information collected from website users and used to tailor those advertisements for products and services which might be of the most interest and relevance to those users, or would like to know more about the user’s options in connection with the collection and use of that information, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) website at RatedSuccess The NAI is a cooperative of online advertising companies who are committed to responsible practices and consumer protection.
4. Privacy and Choice.
People have different concerns about privacy. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how that information is used. You may set your browser in its “options” or “preferences” feature in order to warn you before accepting cookies or to disable all cookies entirely. However, it is important to understand that many of the services we provide on our Service and to our Service users may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.
5. Minors and Children under the Age of 16.
RS does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 16 or knowingly allow such persons to register to use our Service. No one under age 16 is allowed to provide any personal information to RS or on our Service. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 16, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under age 16, please contact us at email@example.com.
6. Where We Store the Information
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside of your country and the European Economic Area (“EEA”) including, in particular, the United States. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.
7. The Information You Share.
8. Updating Your Personal Information.
If allowed under applicable law, we may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, requests which would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems)).
Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so at no cost to you, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our Service, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
9. Your Personal Information.
Personal Information is not shared with a third party unless they meet the terms in the following circumstances:
We’ll share your personal information with third-party organizations when we have your permission.
We will share personal information with third parties if we have a good faith belief that such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to:
-respond to legal process or comply with the law;
-protect us from potential liability and defend our rights, property or safety of our users, employees, agents, contractors and other data principals;
-defects in website operations;
-obtain payment for services from you through various means.
obey laws, regulations, legal processes or requests from a government agency.
enforce any of our Terms of Service, including any violations that may be present;
Prevent and address fraud, security breaches or other technical issues.
protect against the infringement of the rights, property or safety of people who use our services and service providers, as well as the general public and RS.
In the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or another sale of some or all of RS’s assets, personal information we have about our customers may be transferred to another company.
Our partners may use the information we share with them and they may display that information in their own advertising. This is something we don’t control, and you should know that it may affect your perception of our Services. We comply with applicable law when disclosing information about users, including respecting individual preferences for privacy as part as your use of our Services.
10. Protecting your Personal Information.
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Our team is committed to protecting the information of site users, by taking measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. In particular:
We encrypt all of your data to protect it and make it secure.
In order to maintain data security, we review our information collection, storage, and processing practices. These include physical security measures as well as clear privacy policies and encryption protocols.
We restrict access to personal information to those who need it, and those who are subject to strict confidentiality with the information. They will be disciplined, including terminated, if they violate that obligation.
We disclose user information when required by law or in response to a court order, subpoena, or government agency. Additionally, you can generally post on our platform without us collecting any personal information about you. However, some of our features allow users to interact with each other and we collect the necessary information that facilitates those interactions.
the services offered on any website by other companies or individuals, including those that are referenced on our website or any links to such websites from our website; and
We provide our users with the following rights and choices regarding their personal information:
Access to Specific Information and Access Rights
Within the last twelve months, you’ve had the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information. When you requested it, we replied with:
Some information we collect from you.
We collected Personal Information from the following sources:
If we collect Personal Information for a particular reason, or the sale of Personal Information, those are our purposes.
The categories of third-party entities with whom we share your private information.
The type of Personal Information we collected that relates to you.
We may share your Personal Information for other business purposes if
-You have consented to the use, or
-We are required by law to do so, or
-We have determined that it is necessary to take precautions in connection with suspected illegal activities, fraud against us, and physical safety at our place of business.sales, identifying the Personal Information categories that each category of recipient purchased.
The organization shall identify the Personal Information categories and disclose to which recipients it has disclosed Personal Information for a business purpose.
You can request to have your personal information deleted under certain circumstances. Once you’ve responded to our confirmation email, we will delete all of your personal information from our records. If you reside in a European Union-based region, this does not include aggregated or de-identified data that we may collect about all of our website visitors.
If we delete your Personal Information, it will make it difficult for us or our service providers to provide you with products and services.
When you complete the transaction, for which we collected your Personal Information, provide a good or service that you requested, or take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, we may perform.
Our solutions help you identify and eliminate a wide range of malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, and illegal incidents.
Debugging a product requires identifying and fixing errors that impede its functionality.
Exercise free speech, protect the right to free speech of another consumer, or exercise another right given by law.
If you gave us consent to use your Personally Identifiable Information for research purposes and the deletion of that information would impair our ability to use it for said research, we will not delete it. However, if deleting that information doesn’t impair our ability to use it for such research, we will delete it.
You can only use Copyman for internal purposes that align with what the public understands about your relationship with us.
Follow the law and all of our legal obligations.
You may make internal and lawful use of Personal Information you provide for other purposes that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please send us a verifiable consumer request. You can reach us at ratedsuccess.com/contact
You have the option to request your Personal Information and make changes to it. You may also make this request on behalf of your minor child.
You may only request customer access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must include:
Please email us with enough information so we can verify your identity or the identity of an authorized representative.
Please provide as much information about your request as possible. Give us all the details you can so we can respond to your needs.
We cannot provide you with any personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm that the Personal Information you’re providing relates to you. Creating an account with us are not required in order to make a verifiable consumer request. We will only use your Personal Information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify your identity as the person making the request or having your authority to make the request.
The response time and format of your content should be optimized for the end user. They should know what to expect and when they can expect it, without any surprises.
We will take 45 days to respond to a request from a customer. If we need more time, we’ll let you know in writing and provide a reason why. If you already have an account with us, our response will be delivered to that account. Otherwise, we’ll send the response electronically to your email address. Our disclosures cover 12 months of data preceding your original request- if they apply. For any data portability requests, we’ll use a format that’s easy-to-use and accessible so it can be effortlessly transmitted from one entity to another without obstruction.
We don’t charge an upfront fee for any requests. However, some requests might be considered “excessive,” “repetitive,” or “manifestly unfounded.” If that’s the case, we’ll tell you ahead of time so that you know what to expect.
When we refer to specific words in this privacy notice, such as “user data”, you can find their definition below.Affiliate means a person or entity who is directly or indirectly controlled by, or under common control with us.
The purpose of Personal Information is to be used for a business or service provider’s operational purposes, such as for data processing or sharing with third parties. A use that falls under business purposes includes: (i) auditing interactions with consumers such as counting impressions; (ii) security from malicious or fraudulent activity; (iii) debugging impairments to functionality; (iv) short-term uses not involving disclosure to a third party, building a profile about the consumer, or altering the customer’s experience outside of the transaction in which they provided their data; and (v) performing services including maintaining accounts and processing orders, verifying customer information, providing advertising or marketing services, internal research necessary for product development and quality control.
Under the CCPA, “commercial purpose” means to induce a person’s commercial or economic interests. This includes any methods by which someone may be induced to buy something (e.g., advertising), subscribe to certain paid products or services (e.g., digital content), or provide goods, services or other information.
Selling Personal Information is the process of revealing borrowers personal information in return for money or other compensation.
“Service Provider” means a for-profit legal entity to which we provide a consumer’s Personal Information pursuant to a written agreement between us and the Service Provider.
We can’t guarantee that a customer service agent will always be available immediately to provide assistance in case of a problem with our service, but we will diligently address all complaints from the public and regulatory authorities.
12. Contacting Us.
RatedSuccess Mediasfi, Inc.
Address: KeRSa 4, 10616 Tallinn, Estonia