Updated on May 17, 2021 · Effective from May 17, 2021
The information we collect and why we collect it; How we use that information;
How we share information; and
The choices we offer.
2. Information You Provide To Us:
The information we collect on or through the Websites and/or Service may include:
- Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Website and/or Service. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Service, subscribing to the Services, posting material on the Service, or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you enter a contest or promotion sponsored by us, and when you report a problem with the Websites and/or Service.
- Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.
- Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
- Details of transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through the Websites
- Your search queries on the Websites or via the Service
- Your name, contact information (including, without limitation, address and email address), photograph, and information for your public profile.
You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, "posted") on public areas of the Websites or via the Service, or transmitted to other users of the Websites or third parties (collectively, "User Contributions"). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we limit access to certain pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Websites or Service.
3. Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies:
As you navigate through and interact with the Websites and/or the Service, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:
- Details of your visits to the Websites and the Service, including traffic data, location data, logs, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Websites and Service.
- Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type.
The information we collect automatically is only statistical data and does not include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve the Websites and Service and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
- Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
- Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize the Websites and Service according to your individual interests.
- Speed up your searches.
- Recognize you when you return to the Websites or Service.
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include cookies, flash cookies, and web beacons.
- Flash Cookies. Certain features of the Websites or Service may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on the Websites or Service. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.
- Web Beacons. Pages of the Websites and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
If you delete your cookies, change browsers or use a different cookie, our cookie (or an opt-out cookie) may no longer work and you will have to reinput (or opt-out) again.
Like many services, the Analytics Service uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use the Websites. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the Websites.
Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
The Analytics Service collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of the Analytics Service without affecting how you visit the Websites. For more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We also use Google conversion tracking and/or similar services to help us understand your and other users’ use of the Service.
Please see https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/1722022?hl=en for more information about conversion tracking provided by Google.
It is possible at times when collecting non-personally identifiable information through automatic means that we may unintentionally collect or receive personally identifiable information that is mixed in with the non-personally identifiable information. While we will make reasonable efforts to prevent such incidental data collection, the possibility still exists. If you believe that we have inadvertently collected your personal information, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. How We Use Your Information:
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
- To present the Websites and their contents to you.
- To provide the Service to you.
- To create and maintain your Hashnode account.
- To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
- To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
- To provide you with notices about your account.
- To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
- To notify you about changes to the Websites, the Service, or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
- To allow you to participate in interactive features on the Websites.
- In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
- For any other purpose with your consent.
By uploading your name and/or photograph to the Websites, you agree that this information will be posted publicly on the Websites.
[We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers' target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.]
5. Disclosure of Your Information:
We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
- To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
- To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
- To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Hashnode's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Hashnode about our Websites’ users is among the assets transferred.
- To third parties (collectively, the "Third Party Vendors") to further the purpose for which you provided such information to us. For example, we may share your information our email platform, for the purpose of sending emails or with other vendors for the purposes of payment processing, delivery of goods, search engine facilities, advertising and marketing.
- To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
- For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
- With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal information:
- To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
- If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of Hashnode, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Where any of your data is required by a Third Party Vendor, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, Our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law. We urge you to read the privacy practices of all of our Third Party Vendors before submitting any information through the Service.
For example, the Service may allow the capability for individuals or entities (“Sponsors”) to sponsor articles (a “Sponsorship”) authored by users of the Service (“Creators”) with a monetary payment conducted via integration with third-party payment platform, such as Stripe or PayPal. Such third-party payment platforms have their own terms of service and privacy policies which you as either a Sponsor or a Creator will need to accept in order to conduct a Sponsorship, and you will need to provide such applicable information to the third-party payment platform. Hashnode does not access nor retain any such payment information, for Sponsorships.
6. How You Can Control Your Data
When you submit information via the Websites, you may be given options to restrict Our use of your data. We aim to give you control on Our use of your data (including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from Us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided in Our emails).
7. Accessing Your Data
You can review and change your personal information by logging into the Websites and visiting your account profile page.
You may also send us an email at email@example.com to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. Sometimes, we may not be able to delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
You have the legal right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by Us (where such data is held). Please contact Us for more details at using the information in the Contact section below.
Right to Withhold Information and Your Right to Withdraw Information After You Have Given It
For European users subject to GDPR, you may access certain areas of the Websites without providing any data at all. However, to use all features and functions available on The Websites you may be required to submit or allow for the collection of certain data.
8. Your Disclosures In Blogs And Other Social Media:
You should be aware that information which you voluntarily include and transmit online on the Service or in a publicly accessible blog, chat room, social media platform or otherwise online, or that you share in an open forum such as an in-person panel or survey, may be viewed and used by others without any restrictions. We are unable to control such uses of your information, and by using the Service or any other online services you assume the risk that the information provided by you may be viewed and used by third parties for any number of purposes.
The security of your information is very important to us. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. However, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that your information will be completely free from unauthorized access by third parties such as hackers and your use of our Service demonstrates your assumption of this risk. Only those employees who need access to your information in order to perform their duties are authorized to have access to your information. For more information on protecting your privacy, please visit www.ftc.gov/privacy.
Specific steps we take to secure and protect your data include, but are not limited to:
Encrypting the connection between our website and your computer;
Ensuring the physical and digital security of the servers holding your data;
Controlling the access Our staff and contractors have to the data to ensure that only authorised personnel are able to access the data.
Notwithstanding the security measures that We take, it is important to remember that the transmission of data via the internet may not be completely secure and that you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting to Us data via the internet.
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of the Websites or Service, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to the Websites or Service. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Websites or Service.
We only keep your data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above, or for as long as We have your permission to keep it. In any event, We will conduct an annual review to ascertain whether we need to keep your data. Your data will be deleted if we no longer need it in accordance with the terms of our Data Retention Policy.
Some or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using The Websites and submitting information to Us. If We do store or transfer data outside the EEA, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between Us and any third parties We engage and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements.
10. Protection for Children:
We do not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If at any time in the future we plan to collect personally identifiable information from children under 13, such collection and use, to the extent applicable, shall, when required, be done in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") and appropriate consent from the child’s parent or guardian will be sought where required by COPPA. When we become aware that personally identifiable information from a child under 13 has been collected without such child’s parent or guardian’s consent, we will use all reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database. If you believe your child or minor guardian has provided us information without your consent, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Other Services:
As a convenience to you, we may provide links to third-party services from within our Service. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these third-party sites. When you link away from our Service, you do so at your own risk.
13. Opt-Out Process:
14. Communications with Hashnode:
Any phone calls and/or text messages delivered to your phone or device may cause you to incur extra data, text messaging, or other charges from your wireless carrier. MESSAGE AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY. You are solely responsible for any carrier charges incurred as a result of phone and/or text communications from Hashnode.
15. No Rights of Third Parties:
18. European Citizens – Your Rights Under GDPR:
All personal data is stored securely in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). For more details on security see section 9 (Security) above.
In some cases, the collection of data may be a statutory or contractual requirement, and We will be limited in the products and services We can provide you without your consent for Us to be able to use such data.
Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights. We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following basis applies:
you have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract;
processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject;
processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person;
processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or
processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.
Under the GDPR, you have:
the right to request access to, deletion of or correction of, your personal data held by Us; the right to complain to a supervisory authority;
be informed of what data processing is taking place;
the right to restrict processing;
the right to data portability;
object to processing of your personal data;
rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling.
Non-personally identifiable or aggregate information may be used by us for any purposes permitted by law and may be shared with any number of parties, provided that such information shall not specifically identify you.
19. Governing Law:
For questions or concerns relating to privacy, we can be contacted at email@example.com.
Our data protection officer is Sandeep Panda who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.