This Privacy Policy applies to the use of thelostgeographer.org. We highly value your privacy and know that you care how information about you is used and shared. This Privacy Policy explains what information of yours will be collected when you access the Website, how the information will be used, and how you can control the collection, correction and/or deletion of information. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies only to this Website and not to information we collect by other means, including offline, or from other sources.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Automatically Collected Information

This Website utilizes industry standard analytics packages (currently Google Analytics) that gather limited information on visitors to the Website automatically, and stores this anonymous information in server log files. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, basic IP information, referring pages, operating system used and date/time stamps. This information does not identify individual users; it is used only for site administration, as well as for analysis of Website usage and trends.

Information You Provide

We may collect personal information you provide by voluntarily interacting with the Website, such as providing your name or email address to subscribe to a newsletter or leaving a comment on our blog.

COOKIES

Cookies are very small text files that are stored on personal computers for reference purposes. Cookies may be used to provide easier and faster access to Website features such as repeat visits. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you have submitted while on our Website. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie expires when your browser is closed, and a persistent cookie may stay on your hard drive for an extended period. Session cookies make it easier for you to navigate the Website. Persistent cookies can perform such activities as storing your password for blogs so you do not have to sign in every time you visit those areas, and/or may be used to enable us to track and target the interests of our users so as to enhance the overall experience of using our Website. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better Website experience by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

This Website may contain links to other sites that are not controlled in any way by us. Please be aware of this when you click on any such links; we are not responsible for the activities, privacy practices and/or policies of any website other than our own. Consequently, we strongly suggest that you review the privacy policy of every website you visit, whether or not they are linked to by this Website.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We may use the information you provide about yourself to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, to respond to your inquiries about offerings, and to offer you other products, programs or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter or publication. If you choose to submit content for publication such as a comment to a blog post or otherwise, we may publish your name, screen name, and other information you have provided to us.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

The Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Programs Participation

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions. The Lost Geographer may participate in some affiliate advertising network programs for products, services and other offerings we believe are of interest and value to our Website visitors. These affiliate advertising programs are designed to provide a means for websites like ours to earn commissions on products sold through introductions created by advertising and links from the Website. As part of these affiliate programs, the Website will post customized links, provided by the affiliates, to track the referrals to our Website. These programs utilize cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commissions on these sales.

Emails and Newsletters

On the Website, you may subscribe to our emails and newsletters, which may be used for advertising purposes. All emails and newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to best meet the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

Information Retention

If you are an affiliate or other member of our community, we will retain your information for as long as your account is active or for as long as necessary to provide you with our services.

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You have certain rights regarding your personal information. These include the rights to:
1. Opt-out. You may opt out of receiving communications by emailing us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org, by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in any email we send to you, or by replying to any email we send you and entering the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line. We will use personally identifiable information to verify the accuracy of information provided with regard to transactions. If you provide a testimonial we may choose to post it on our website.
2. Access. You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org.
3. Amend. You may contact us at contact rohith@thelostgeographer.org if you would like to amend or update your personal information.
4. To Be Forgotten. In certain situations, you may request that we erase your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org. Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

SECURITY AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION

We follow accepted industry standards to protect any personal information you have provided to us. However, please be aware that no method of electronic storage can ever be 100% secure. Therefore, as is the case with any organization – we are not in a position to guarantee the absolute security of your information? You should not submit any highly sensitive information including information about your religious or political beliefs, private health status or information, your social security number, race, ethnic origin, criminal background information or other such sensitive information. You may submit any questions you may have about our security procedures by emailing us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org, and entering “Security Procedures” in the subject line.

SOCIAL MEDIA WIDGETS

The Website includes various social media features (“Features”) such as the Facebook “Like” button and widgets, such as “share this” buttons or interactive mini-programs that run on the Website. These Features may collect information such as your IP address and which page you are visiting on the Website. They may also set a cookie to enable the Features to function properly. Features such as social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

SINGLE SIGN-ON

You can log in to the Website using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Website to your profile page to share with others within your network.

REFERRAL PROGRAM EMAILS

If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our Website, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the Website. We store this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact rohith@thelostgeographer.org to request that we remove this information from our database.

WHO DO WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION WITH?

Third-Party Service Providers

We may use third-party service providers to provide you with some of the services offered by the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies. We currently use the following third-party service providers: Google Analytics, which tracks Website usage and provides information to us such as which websites referred users and which actions users performed on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but does not track other personal information. Mail Chimp, which is used for delivery of email communications, updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

This Website is intended for use only by adults and does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not enter information on this website or use our services. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us. We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process served on us or the Website.

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES

All changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted to this page and will be effective when posted. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you understand and accept any changes.

CONTACT DETAILS

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at rohith@thelostgeographer.org using the subject header “Privacy Policy.”