The present page states the terms and conditions under which HowToAssistants.com collects, stores, uses and protects your data. Please note that in this section the terms “HowToAssistants.com“, “us” and “we” refer to the owners of the HowToAssistants.com website. By the term “you” we imply any and all readers, users, viewers of the data and content present on the website.
We respect your privacy and we are aware of the vital importance of protecting your personal data. Read further to find out more about what kind of data we gather, how we store, use and protect it.
Information We Collect
We gather the following data from our visitors:
- Personally Identifiable Information (PI) and
- Non-Personally Identifiable Information (NPI)
PI is the type of information that can be used to identify you personally. The only PI we collect are your name and email address. We will collect this information when you leave a comment on our website, and when you send us messages via our contact page. You have the right to use an alias instead of your real name when sending us messages or leaving comments.
We will never collect this information without your consent. And we will never collect PI that is not absolutely necessary.
Please bear in mind that the Comments section of each article is public. Any personal information you may volunteer may be visible to other readers, once the comment is approved by the HowToAssistants.com team. We generally remove any personal information we may find from comments before making them public. We may also delete a comment if it contains information of a highly sensitive nature, such as home address, full names, phone numbers etc.
As mentioned, we also collect NPI. NPI cannot be used to identify you. In this category of information, we collect information about the browser you are using, your operating system, whether your are using a computer or mobile device and other such concrete information.
We also collect general information about your visit. This includes the time and date you accessed a website, what terms you searched for, how much time you spent reading an article, and when you exited our website.
It is generally collected for statistical and functions purposes. You can read more about how we use and how we collect NPI in the following section.
How We Use the Information
Personally Identifiable Information is used only to communicate with our users. We will require your email address to reply to messages and comments. We will not collect PI unnecessarily. Keep in mind that you have the right to provide an alias instead of your real name, and you have the right to have all your personal information removed.
We collect NPI for multiple purposes. Information about your operating system, device and browser is collected in order to optimize our website when it is displayed.
The NPI gathered is also employed to understand and cater to your needs better. Our purpose is to improve our services and customize your experience based on your preferences and interests. Informatin such as your search queries, time spent on page, and number of page you visited help us understand what works about our content and what doesn’t.
We also collect some NPI for marketing purposes. Browsing preferences, previous searches and terms you looked up help us suggest content you may be interested in.
We use specific traffic log cookies to identify what pages you are accessing. This data is gathered and employed with the sole purpose of statistical analysis. The process helps us better understand what pages you appreciate, as well as your specific preferences. Cookies are not connected to personally-identifiable information.
You should know that you can refuse to have cookies installed on your device. You can choose to accept or decline cookies by changing the settings of your browser.
The Use of Log Files
Our website uses log files which may include:
- Internet service provider (ISP),
- Internet protocol Address (IP),
- Browser type,
- Referring and exit pages,
- Time and Date stamps.
None of the log files, including IP address, is linked with personally identifiable information. All the log files we mentioned are used for improving the website, and also for monitoring your movement across the site’s webpages. Some of the log files mentioned are linked to demographic data.
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Data Security and the Removal of Personal Information
We are determined to maintain the security of your data. As such, the information we store is protected by a variety of electronic, managerial and physical processes designed to safeguard all the data we collect online.
If you would like your personal information to be removed from our website, you can do so by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will remove any personal information, including name, email address and any comments you may have left on our articles within 30 days of receiving your email.