Updated 22nd July 2020
Introduction to our services
Sharpdots is a marketing services company. We tailor our clients advertising and content to consumers who are most likely to consider them relevant, based on those consumers’ activities, interests and demographics. We work with our clients across various types of marketing methods and channels, including email, direct mail and display media, including data services and analytics, including those described on this website. Our website address is: https://sharpdots.com.
Data privacy and protection are very important to our customers and clients. Information is entrusted to us, this policy is posted to help you understand how we collect data and how it is used. Our aim is always to leverage data in order to more specifically communicate with you and deliver to you relevant information.
Opting in and out of communications made easy
Sometimes people want to read privacy notices because a business is asking for their permission to contact them for marketing. They want to be sure that, if they agree, it will be easy for them to withdraw permission in the future. We want you to be able to opt out as easily as you opted in. Any marketing email we send you will always have an “unsubscribe” link that will take you off that relevant marketing list. Please remember that you may have subscribed from another email address; you will only be able to use the link to “unsubscribe” from the address to which the marketing email has been sent.
What personal information do we collect from you?
We collect information:
- when you pay for any of our products or services
- when you register to receive one of our newsletters
- when you use any of our websites
- when you attend any of our events
- if you participate in any research we undertake
- if you join one of our communities or forums
- if you contact us about a query or a complaint
We collect the following types of information:
When you use or subscribe to one of our services, such as purchasing a print product, signing up to an email newsletter, requesting sample kits, we will ask you to provide Personal Information (“PI”) such as your name, email and/or postal address so that we can provide you with the services requested.
When you purchase a product or service from us, such as subscribing to one of our magazines or attending one of our events, we will also ask you for your payment details in addition to your contact information, in order to secure payment and to authorize access to our products and services.
- IP addresses and the location of mobile devices.
- Hashed values that are derived from PI (such as email addresses) but have been de-identified, through various means.
- Anonymous information related to unique user behavior, such as the fact that a particular user tends to visit sports websites or entertainment websites.
- We also collect certain Information on our website, that you may provide to us, or that we may collect passively. We may combine, link, or aggregate the above Information with each other. We do not, however, place PI into cookies or associate PI with cookies, and we adhere to the DAA (Digital Advertising Alliance) self-regulatory principles, which are a very prominent industry standard setting forth guidance for consumer privacy protection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Cookies and similar technologies
How Sharpdots uses the information we collect
We use the information we collect through our website to do the following:
• Create and manage your unique user account.
• Provide services to you.
• Respond to and communicate with you (including regarding news and updates about our services).
• Send you offers and ads for our products and services, when you browse the Site or other Sites on the Internet.
• Send you offers and ads for products and services of partner brands, or other offers we believe may be of interest to you.
Perform data analyses (including market research).
We may combine the Information with other information we obtain from third parties, publicly available sources, and any other product or service we provide to further improve the relevance and effectiveness of products, services, and advertisements offered, including (but not limited to), those provided on or through the services
We may use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer our site. We also may use IP addresses to help identify visitors to our site for the duration of a session and to gather demographic information about our visitors. We may use clickstream data to determine how much time visitors spend on each web page of our site, how visitors navigate through the site, and how we may tailor our site to better meet the needs of our visitors. We also use the information for compliance with our legal obligations, policies and procedures, including the enforcement of our
Who we share your data with
We may share the information with service providers who help us deliver the services you request or we provide.
We may share the information to communicate with you and market to you, including through email, direct mail or display media.
We will disclose the information (including PI) if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law, regulation or other government authority or to protect the rights, safety or property of ourselves or any person or entity. We may also cooperate with law enforcement agencies in any official investigation and we may disclose any Information to the requesting agency in doing so.
If we or all or substantially all of our assets, are purchased by another company (such as in a merger, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of stock and/or assets, or other corporate change or financing transaction), the information in our possession will likely be transferred to the successor entity. We also may share the information during the course of any due diligence process.
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
We may work with a data provider to target advertising to you personally, through online and offline methods including email, display media, video media and direct mail. These providers may use personal information that we have collected or that you have provided to locate you online, such as when you visit or log in to websites or mobile applications. When you log in to or visit our website, your IP address may be combined with other de-identified data (such as a hashed, non-readable email or postal address) in order to send ads and materials to you based on your preferences, interests and attributes.
How long we retain your data
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile indefinitely. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
You can review and edit any personal information you have provided to Sharpdots through your login.
How we protect your data
Sharpdots takes various steps to protect the information we license or maintain, and to house and transmit that information in a secure way. For instance, this may include various types of physical and electronic security, including firewall protections, encryption, hashing or truncation of data, and access controls to personal information. While neither we nor any platform can guarantee 100 percent safety from hacks or illegal intrusion, we take these steps to ensure that this does not occur.
Binding Agreement, changes
Questions or concerns
If you have questions or concerns about Sharpdots' privacy efforts or data products, please contact us at:
3733 San Gabriel River Parkway Unit B, Pico Rivera, CA 90660