Soitsfun cookies, web beacons and other software

Hi, we are all about Soitsfun! You’re probably here because you’re interested to know more about how we use cookies, web beacons and other similar software. As a part of our commitment to upholding a high standard of transparency in our Privacy Policy, we’ve created this guide to explain the tracking options we use on our sites.

Just to be clear, our sites include all those that are owned and operated within Soitsfun Media Inc.  Soitsfun does not at any time share user information or email addresses to any third party subject to our Terms and Conditions.

What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies?

Typically, there are two types of tracking technologies we might use on our sites:

  1. Cookies: Surprisingly, are not the fun-type you eat; they’re actually a small data file sent from a server to your web browser or mobile device that is stored on your browser cache. There are ways you can control your cookies preferences and set whether you want to accept or reject cookies (see what your options are below).
  2. Clear gifs, web beacons, web bugs: These are tiny graphics with a unique identifier similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the movements of web users between pages and websites. Unlike cookies, which are cached on a user’s computer, clear gifs, web beacons and web bugs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of a single pixel.

What do we do with these technologies?

We use these tracking technologies for a few general purposes like:

  1. To allow our sites to function correctly.
  2. To understand how our sites are functioning and to inform any improvements in performance and our services.
  3. To enhance your experience on our sites and provide functionality that means for example you don’t have to re-enter your details each time you engage with our sites or to record what purchases you’ve made on our sites.
  4. To gather relevant data that helps us deliver marketing and advertising content relevant to your interests.

What personal information do we collect?

  1.  Naturally we collect real name, user name, City, State/Prov, country, postal/zip code and email for identification and verification purposes.
  2.  Your location, city, Prov - State and Country is used for site personalization as well as delivery of activities and home events.
  3.  If you are a contributor or author with Soitsfun, then additional contact information is collected in accordance with media security and governace.
  4.  City, State/Prov, country or postal code is to deliver your content or select advertising that is relevant to your community.

We might sometimes partner with third-party services (ie: Google) who may use various tracking technologies to provide certain services or features on our sites, including online marketing or relevant on-site messaging. These third-party services use cookies to anonymously collect data and allow them to recognise your computer or mobile device each time you visit any of our sites ads. No personally identifiable information is collected by these cookies. The anonymous data they collect is kept separate from the personal information about you as a user that we collect.

Your options when it comes cookies, web beacons and similar technologies
You can change your web browser’s settings to reflect your cookie preferences. Use these links to find out more information about cookie settings for these common browsers:

  1. Internet Explorer
  2. Firefox
  3. Chrome
  4. Safari
  5. Opera

Also, you can opt out of third party advertising cookies at any time by visiting this page

Just keep in mind that if you disable cookies, web beacons and similar technologies there might be some functionality that will not work or not operate correctly on our sites.

If you have any questions about our privacy practices, please contact our privacy champion in writing; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Soitsfun! Use of private information policy (GDPR)

Last updated: [July 12, 2019]

 

What you do Online stays with you, Soitsfun!

We absolutely do not log or monitor online browsing activities, browsing history, outgoing traffic, or data you have accessed. We have no information that could associate specific activities to specific users other than what you give for login security purposes. Content is delivered to you only on the basis of your stated interests and/or postal code. Soitsfun assures its users of collecting minimal data. Data collected is for security and to deliver relevant content to the user.  This keeps Soitsfun.com running smooth.

Summary:

We respect the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and voluntarily commit Soitsfun.com to this policy.  Here we explain how we collect and treat any information you give us. You won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. Our purpose is to promote positive social development with-in all communities.

Our policy covers:

Why we value your privacy

We value your privacy as much as we do our own, so we’re committed to keeping your personal and business information safe. We’re uncomfortable with the information companies, governments, and other organisations keep on file, so we ask for only the bare minimum from our customers. We’ll never use your personal information for any reason other than why you gave it, and we’ll never give anyone access to it unless we’re forced to by law.

Welcome to Soitsfun's Privacy Policy

  1. Hi there, we’re Soitsfun Media Inc. and welcome to our privacy policy. This policy sets out how we handle your personal information if you’re a Soitsfun user or visitor to our Sites. It applies across Soitsfun Elements, + (the “Sites”).
  2. When we say ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘Soitsfun’ it’s because that’s who we are and we own and run the Site.
  3. If we say ‘policy’ we’re talking about this privacy policy. If we say ‘user terms’ we’re talking about the rules for using the Site. The rules vary by product and each product makes them separately available and seeks consent to them separately to this policy.

The type of personal information we collect

  1. We collect certain personal information about visitors and users of our Sites.
  2. The most common types of information we collect include things like: user-names, member names, email addresses, Author contact information, IP addresses, other contact details, survey responses, blogs, photos, support queries, forum comments, content you direct us to make available on our Sites (such as item descriptions) and web analytics data.

How we collect personal information

  1. We collect personal information directly when you provide it to us, automatically as you navigate through the Sites, or through other people when you use services associated with the Sites.
  2. We collect personal information you provide to us when you complete membership registration, become an author, subscribe to a newsletter, email list, submit feedback, enter a contest, fill out a survey, or send us a communication.

Personal information we collect about you from others

  1. Although we generally collect personal information directly from you, on occasion when required, we also collect additional categories of personal information about you from other sources. In particular:
    1. financial and/or transaction details from payment providers located in the US, and Canada in order to process a transaction;
    2. third party service providers (like Google) who are located in the US, which may provide information about you when you link, connect, or login to your account with the third party provider and they send us information such as your registration and profile from that service, this only occurs if you are using the authentication. The information varies and is controlled by that service provider or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service provider; and
    3. other third party sources/ and or partners from Canada, or US,  whereby we receive additional information about you (to the extent permitted by applicable law), such as demographic data or fraud detection information. For example, fraud warnings from service providers like identity verification service.  We also receive information about you as a rights holder from our third party authors. For example, information in the form of a story, photo or model release when your article or image is used in an item made available on our Portal Webzine.

How we use personal information

  1. We will use your personal information:
    1. To identify users and contributors, or in steps linked to a contract: in particular, in facilitating and processing transactions that take place on the Site, like where you purchase advertising.
    2. Where this is necessary for purposes which are in our, or third parties (ie: PayPal), legitimate interests. These interests include:
      1. operating the Site;
      2. providing you with services described on the Site;
      3. verifying your identity when you sign in to our Site;
      4. responding to support tickets, and helping facilitate the resolution of any disputes;
      5. updating you with operational news and information about our Site and services e.g. to notify you about changes to our Site, website disruptions or security updates;
      6. carrying out technical analysis to determine how to improve the Site and services we provide;
      7. monitoring activity on the Site, e.g. to identify potential fraudulent, hate activity, or "Fake News" and to ensure compliance with the user terms that apply to the Site;
      8. managing our relationship with users, authors and contributors e.g. by responding to your comments or queries submitted to us on the Site or asking for your feedback or whether you want to participate in a survey;
      9. managing our legal and operational affairs (including, managing risks relating to Fake content and fraud matters);
      10. training Soitsfun staff about how to best serve our user community;
      11. improving our product and services.
      12. providing general administrative and performance functions and activities; and
    3. Where you give us consent:
      1. providing you with marketing information about activities, events, and services which we feel may interest you; and
      2. customising our services and websites, like advertising that appears on the Site – where this involves the use of cookies or similar technologies – in order to provide a more personalised experience.
    4. For purposes which are required by law.
    5. For the purpose of responding to requests by government, a court of law, or law enforcement authorities conducting an investigation.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

  1. We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, as long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Where we transfer and/or store your personal information

  1. We are based in British Columbia, Canada so your data will be processed and stored in Canada.  We do this on the basis of your consent to this policy. In order to protect your information, we take care where possible to work with engineers, subcontractors and service providers who we believe maintain an acceptable standard of data security in compliance by the EU (G.D.P.R), and eventually in North America.

How we keep your personal information secure

  1. We store personal information on secure servers that are managed by us and our service providers, and occasionally hard copy files that are kept in a secure location in Canada. Personal information that we store or transmit is protected by security and access controls, including username and password authentication, two-factor authentication, and data encryption where appropriate.

How you can access your personal information

  1. You can access some of the personal information that we collect about you by logging in to your account. You also have the right to make a request to access other personal information we hold about you and to request corrections of any errors in that data. You can also close the account you have with us for any of our Sites at any time. To make an access or correction request, contact our privacy champion using the contact details at the end of this policy.

Marketing Choices regarding your personal information

  1. Where we have your consent to do so (e.g. if you have subscribed to one of our e-mail lists or have indicated that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us), we send you communications by email about events, products or services that we feel may be of interest to you. You can ‘opt-out’ of such communications if you would prefer not to receive them in the future by using the “unsubscribe” facility provided in the communication itself.
  2. You also have choices about cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies some parts of our Sites may not work properly in your case.

Cookies (not the type you eat!) and web analytics

  1. For more information about how we use cookies, web beacons and similar technologies see our cookie policy here and for more general information on cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  2. When you visit our Site, there’s certain information that’s recorded which is generally anonymous information and does not reveal your identity. If you’re logged into your account some of this information could be associated with your account. We’re talking about the following kinds of details:
    1. your IP address or proxy server IP address’;
    2. the your community vanity name you requested;
    3. the name of your internet service provider is sometimes captured depending on the configuration of your ISP connection;
    4. the date and time of your visit to the website;
    5. the length of your session;
    6. the pages which you have accessed;
    7. the file URL you look at and information relating to it;
    8. the website which referred you to our Site; and
    9. the operating system which your computer uses.
  3. Occasionally, we will use third party advertising companies to serve ads based on prior visits to our Site.  For example, if you visit our Site, you may later see an ad for our services when you visit a different Site. Read more about your options in our cookie policy.

Information about children

  1. Our Site is green and meant to be suitable for everyone; however we direct our focus on social, dance and recreational activities for adults 19 years of age or greater. You may browse the Site but if not 18 years of age you’ll need the supervision of a parent or guardian to become a registered user. If you think your child has given out personal information without your knowledge, feel free to contact us immediately.

Information you make public or give to others

  1. If you make your personal information available to other people, we can’t control or accept responsibility for the way they will use or manage that data. There are lots of ways that you can find yourself providing information to other people, like when you post a public message on a forum thread, share information via social media, or make contact with another user (such as a third party Author) whether via our Site or directly via email. Before making your information publicly available or giving your information to anyone else, think carefully. If giving information to another user via our Site, ask them how they will handle your information. If you’re sharing information via another website, check the privacy policy for that site to understand its information management practices as this privacy policy will not apply.

How long we keep your personal information

  1. We retain your personal information for as long as is necessary to provide the services to you and others, and to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your personal information or to provide you with Soitsfun services, you can request that we erase your personal information and close your Soitsfun account. Please note that if you request the erasure of your personal information we will retain information from deleted accounts as necessary for our legitimate business interests, to comply with the law, prevent fraud, collect fees, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with investigations, enforce the terms of service and take other actions permitted by law. The information we retain will be handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

When we need to update this policy

  1. We will need to change this policy from time to time in order to make sure it stays up to date with the latest legal requirements and any changes to our privacy management practices.
  2. When we do change the policy, we’ll make sure to notify you about such changes, where required. A copy of the latest version of this policy will always be available on this page.

How you can contact us

  1. If you have any questions about our privacy practices or the way in which we have been managing your personal information, please contact our privacy champion in writing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. We’re really glad you made it to the end of the privacy policy, because knowing this stuff is the best way to understand how your personal information is used and how to best manage it!

If you’re a user or visitor to or from the European Economic Area these rights also apply to you:

  1. For the purposes of applicable EU data protection law (including the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), we are a ‘data controller’ of your personal information.

How you can access your personal information 

  1. You are also entitled to ask us to port your personal information (i.e. to transfer in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, to you), to erase it, or restrict its processing. You also have rights to object to some processing that is based on our legitimate interests, such as profiling that we perform for the purposes of geographical marketing for social, activities or events, and, where we have asked for your consent to process your data, to withdraw this consent as more fully described below.
  2. These rights are limited in some situations – for example, we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your personal information. In some instances, this means that we may retain some data even if you withdraw your consent.
  3. Where we require your personal information to comply with legal or contractual obligations, then provision of such data is mandatory: if such data is not provided, then we will not be able to manage our contractual relationship with you, or to meet obligations placed on us. In all other cases, provision of requested personal information is optional.
  4. If you have unresolved concerns you also have the right to complain to data protection authorities. The relevant data protection authority will be the data protection authority of the country: (i) of your habitual residence; (ii) of your place of work; or (iii) in which you consider the alleged infringement has occurred.

Data Protection Rights

You have the following data protection rights:

  1. You are free to update, correct and access the information provided to Soitsfun at any given time, from the member’s area.
  2. You can opt out of marketing emails from Soitsfun at any time, from the member’s area. Or, click the ‘unsubscribe’ link in Soitsfun’s marketing emails.
  3. You can request the deletion of your personal information, by accessing the Members Area. Do note though, it will take up to 30 days to complete the deletion process. Your email address will be kept on file to avoid creation of fake accounts and duplication, unless you request to have that removed as well.

Both personal information and personal data have the same meaning in the context of this Privacy Policy.

Soitsfun Privacy Policy v3, effective date July 12, 2019