Updated as of October 2017.
Your privacy is critically important to us. At HesterMedia, LLC , we have a few fundamental principles:
• We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
• We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
• We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
HesterMedia, LLC Inc. (“HesterMedia, LLC”) operates several websites including HesterMedia.com and StoutMagazine.com. It is HesterMedia, LLC’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.
Like most website operators, HesterMedia, LLC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. HesterMedia, LLC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how HesterMedia, LLC’s visitors use its website. From time to time, HesterMedia, LLC may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
HesterMedia, LLC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. HesterMedia, LLC only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to HesterMedia, LLC’s websites choose to interact with HesterMedia, LLC in ways that require HesterMedia, LLC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that HesterMedia, LLC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a Stout Magazine’s newsletters for their name and email address. Those who engage in transactions with HesterMedia, LLC are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, HesterMedia, LLC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with HesterMedia, LLC. HesterMedia, LLC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
HesterMedia, LLC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, HesterMedia, LLC may monitor the most popular posts on the Stout magazine site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. HesterMedia, LLC may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, HesterMedia, LLC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Information We Collect from Other Sources
With your authorization, we may also obtain information about you from other sources. For example, if you create or log into your StoutMagazine account through a social media service (like Google) or if you connect your website or account to a social media service, we will receive information from that service (such as your username, basic profile information, and friends list) via the authorization procedures used by that service. The information we receive depends on which services you authorize and any options that are available.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
HesterMedia, LLC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on HesterMedia, LLC’s behalf or to provide services available at HesterMedia, LLC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using HesterMedia, LLC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. HesterMedia, LLC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, HesterMedia, LLC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when HesterMedia, LLC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of HesterMedia, LLC’s, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an HesterMedia, LLC website and have supplied your email address, HesterMedia, LLC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with HesterMedia, LLC and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. HesterMedia, LLC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If HesterMedia, LLC or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that HesterMedia, LLC goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of HesterMedia, LLC may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.
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