VAULT COMICS PRIVACY NOTICE
EFFECTIVE DATE: AUGUST 03, 2023
This privacy notice (“Privacy Notice”) describes the privacy practices that Vault Storyworks LLC dba Vault Comics (“Vault” or “us” or “we”) follows when collecting and using information about you on our website (https://www.vaultcomics.com/), Vault mobile applications, and any other channel or mobile feature that we operate (collectively, the “Site”). We ask that you please read this Privacy Notice before using the Site. It describes what information we gather from you and others who visit or use the Site, how we use that information, and what we do to protect it. When you access or use the Site, certain information, including your Personal Information (as defined below), may be collected, transferred, processed, stored, and in certain circumstances, disclosed as described in this Privacy Notice.
By creating an account on our Site or otherwise providing us with yours or others’ Personal Information (as defined below), you expressly consent to the information handling practices described in this Privacy Notice and you acknowledge and confirm that you have permission to provide us with all personal information provided. If you do not agree with this Privacy Notice or our Terms, please do not access, use, or register for an account on, the Site.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
We reserve the right to revise this Privacy Notice from time to time in our sole discretion, upon notice to you such as by posting an updated Privacy Notice on the Site, sending you an email to your account email, or by any other reasonable means. You should periodically review this Privacy Notice to ensure that you are familiar with the most current version. Your continued use of the Site after the Effective Date posted above will constitute your acceptance of the updated Privacy Notice.
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13
We do not knowingly collect, maintain or use Personal Information from children under eighteen (18) years of age, and no part of the Site is directed to children under eighteen (18) years of age. If you learn that your child has provided us with Personal Information without your consent, you may alert us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting us at +1 406-201-1236.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE COLLECT IT
“Personal Information” means information that alone or when used in combination with other information may be used to readily identify, contact, or locate you. Personal Information does not include anonymized or de-identified information. The data we collect depends on the products, services, and features of the Site that you use.
INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US
In general, we collect Personal Information that you submit to us in the process of creating or editing your account and user profile on the Site or that you submit to us voluntarily through your use of the Site, such as when you create an account or place an order on our Site. This Personal Information includes your name, address, and email address.
INFORMATION WE AUTOMATICALLY COLLECT
We collect Personal Information when you interact with our Site or third party websites and applications. We collect such data using technologies like Cookies (as defined below) and other tracking technologies, error reports, and usage data collected when you interact with our Site. Some of the information is collected from your use of, and interactions with, us and others on social media, including but not limited to Facebook®, Instagram®, Twitter®, and LinkedIn® (collectively, “Social Media”).
We use tracking technologies to automatically collect certain technical information from your web browser, mobile, or other device when you visit the Site. This data may include, but is not limited to, your IP address, browser type and language, referring/exit pages and URLs, other browser history, platform type, number of clicks, landing pages, the pages you requested and viewed, the amount of time spent on particular pages, and the date and time of your visits. Our collection of this data, described in more detail below, allows us to provide more personalized high-quality services to you and to track usage of the Site.
We collect precise geolocation data from you or your device, as well as your address information, e.g., shipping and billing address, when you set up your account and order our products or services. We also collect and use information about your general location (e.g., your state of residence) and can infer your approximate location based on your IP address in order to track our general Site usage or to tailor any pertinent aspects of your user experience to the region where you are located.
A. Cookies. We automatically derive and collect certain data based on your interactions with us on the Site using cookies and similar technologies (collectively, “Cookies”). Our collection of data through Cookies includes information about your browser and Site usage patterns, which may include your IP address, browser type, browser language, referring/exit pages and URLs, pages viewed, links clicked, whether you opened an email, and information about the device you use to access the Site. Our collection of this information allows us to improve your user experience in various ways, such as to personalize our display of the Site to you, to “remember” whether or not you are signed in, and to provide better technical support to you.
Please note: If you restrict, disable or block any or all Cookies from your web browser or mobile or other device, the Site may not operate properly, and you may not have access to certain services or parts of the Site. We will not be liable for any interruption in, or inability to use, the Site or our services or degraded functioning thereof, where such are caused by your settings and choices regarding Cookies.
B. Pixels. (aka web beacons/web bugs/java script). We may use Pixels to automatically record certain technical information about your interactions with us when you visit the Site or otherwise engage with us, to help deliver Cookies on our Site, or count users who have visited the Site or used our services. We may also include web beacons in our promotional e-mail messages or newsletters to determine whether you open or act on them for statistical purposes. “Pixels” are tiny graphics (about the size of a period at the end of a sentence) with unique identifiers used to track certain online actions, movements and related information of Site users. Unlike Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixels are embedded invisibly on web pages or in HTML-based emails. The data we receive through Pixels allows us to effectively promote the Site to various populations of users, and to optimize external advertisements about the Site that appear on third-party websites.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use or disclose the Personal Information identified above for one or more of the following business purposes (“Business Purpose”):
• To fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information (e.g., to send you product and service information);
• To personalize and develop our Site and the services we provide to you, and improve our offerings;
• To provide you with notices, updates, news and marketing communications;
• To provide certain features or functionalities on the Site;
• For marketing and promotions, including to check your eligibility for competitions and to contact you in the event that you win;
• To create, maintain, customize, and secure your account with us;
• To provide you with support, to communicate with you and respond to your inquiries, including to investigate and address your concerns and monitor and improve our responses;
• To personalize your experience and to deliver content and product and service offerings, products, and services relevant to your interests, including offers and advertisements through third-party sites, and via email (with your consent, where required by law);
• To help maintain the safety, security, and integrity of our Site, services, databases, other technology assets, and business;
• For testing, research, analysis, and product development, including to develop and improve our Site and services;
• To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations;
• To prevent illegal activity, fraud, and abuse;
• As described to you when collecting your Personal Information; and
• To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Information held by us about our users is among the assets transferred or liquidated.
OUR INFORMATION SHARING PRACTICES
We share your information, including any Personal Information, in the circumstances described below.
When we disclose Personal Information for a Business Purpose, we enter into a contract with service providers that describe the purpose and require the recipient to keep that Personal Information confidential and use only for performance of the contract, and not for any other purpose. We disclose Personal Information for the Business Purposes described in this Privacy Notice and to Service Providers (including Social Media and Analytics Providers), Payment Processors, and affiliated persons or third party-service providers assisting us in the operation, management, improvement, research, and analysis of the Site.
If you purchase or pay for products or services via the Site, the transaction may be handled by our service providers or third party vendor(s) responsible for processing your payment (“Payment Processors”). These entities have their own privacy policies and those terms will apply to you. Please be sure to review them at the links provided during payment processing.
We use third-party service providers to serve advertisements or collect data on our behalf across the internet and on this Site (“Advertisers”). Some of these Advertisers may collect your Personal Information about your Site visits and your interactions with our products and services to tailor marketing messages on the Site or other sites, or to trigger real-time interactions, customize the Site, or enhance your profile. Advertisers may be able to use information from your Site visits to send marketing messages to you in a way that could personally identify you. The information collected by Advertisers may include your IP address, email addresses and other user and device level information. For example, when Advertisers send advertisements and links that appear on the Site directly to your browser, they automatically receive your IP address. Please keep in mind that your browser settings may not permit you to control Advertisers’ technologies, and this Privacy Notice does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, Advertisers. If you would like more information about Advertisers’ practices, please see http://optout.aboutads.info/#!/.
AS REQUIRED BY LAW & SIMILAR DISCLOSURES
We may disclose all information collected via the Site as required by law and subject to any law enforcement requests and legal processes. For example, and without limitation, in our discretion, we may disclose information to government regulators, law enforcement authorities or alleged victims of identity theft. We will notify you in the event of a government or legal request for your information unless otherwise prohibited by law.
If we should ever transfer or restructure the operational ownership of the Site, such as through a merger with another entity or a reorganization of all or a part of our operational responsibilities or assets, we may disclose, transfer, assign our rights, and/or delegate our duties to your information without notice and consent, including to prospective or actual recipient or acquiring entities. Should this occur, we will require any third party receiving your Personal Information as described under this subsection to be contractually required to provide the same level of privacy compliance as provided by us under this Privacy Notice.
If you interact with us or our other users regarding Vault and its products and services on any Social Media you are subject to the terms, conditions and data handling practices of those services. We are not responsible for the Personal Information that you choose to submit or link on any Social Media. Social Media operates independently from Vault, and we are not responsible for Social Media interfaces or privacy or security practices. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and settings of any Social Media with which you interact to help you understand their privacy practices. If you have questions about the security and privacy settings of any Social Media that you use, please refer to the applicable privacy notices or policies.
YOUR CHOICE AND OPTIONS RELATING TO OUR COLLECTION
You can choose not to provide Personal Information. You may always decline to provide your Personal Information to us. Registering for an account is not required to access some of our online content. If you decide to register, you can choose to provide information that does not reasonably identify you to others by selecting a username that is not related to your actual name. You can also decline to provide any optional information in your account. If you choose not to provide certain Personal Information to us, some of your experiences may be affected (for example, we cannot send you our newsletter if you do not provide your email address).
YOU MAY DECLINE OTHER REQUESTS
We use your Personal Information as needed for the purposes for which it was collected or where you have consented to our use of such information. If you do not wish to provide information to us or do not wish to consent to the uses described in this Privacy Notice, please do not use the Site, set up an account, or supply the requested information to us.
ONLINE TRACKING CHOICES
Some web browsers incorporate a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) or similar feature that signals to websites that a user does not want to have the user’s online activity and behavior tracked. If a website that responds to a particular DNT signal receives the DNT signal, the browser can block that website from collecting certain information about that browser’s user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and DNT signals are not yet uniform. For this reason, many website operations, including the Site, do not respond to DNT signals.
SAFETY AND INFORMATION SECURITY MEASURES
We use certain physical, managerial, and technical safeguards designed to preserve the security of your information that we maintain in connection with your use of the Site. For example, we encrypt all data with secure sockets layer (SSL) or similar technologies when we transmit your data. This, however, does not guarantee that your information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by any breach of our physical, technical or managerial safeguards. In the event that any of your Personal Information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and will notify you, as appropriate, in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations.
We or our third-party hosting providers store Personal Information in operating environments that are safeguarded against public or unauthorized access and protected from internal access with physical and technical security measures. While these measures are helpful to safeguard your Personal Information after we receive it, no transmission of data over the internet is 100% secure.
NOTICE TO USERS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Please be aware that we are headquartered in the United States. The Site is governed by United States law. If you are using any of our products or services from outside of the United States, your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers may be located. The United States might not offer the same level of privacy protection as the country where you reside or are a citizen. By using the Site, communicating with us via mail, email or telephone, or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the transfer to, and processing of, your information in the United States.
Email communications you receive from us will generally provide an unsubscribe link or instructions allowing you to opt out of receiving future emails or to change your contact preferences. If you have an account with us, you can also change your contact preferences by updating your contact information within your account settings. Please remember that even if you opt out of receiving marketing e-mails, we may still send you important service information related to your account and the Site. If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses.
CALIFORNIA SHINE THE LIGHT LAW
California Civil Code § 1798.83 permits users who are California residents to obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of third parties to whom we have disclosed Personal Information (if any) for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and you wish to make such a request, please send an e-mail with “California Shine the Light” in the subject line to email@example.com.
NOTICE TO EUROPEAN USERS
Residents of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) may be entitled to rights under The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). If you qualify, these rights are summarized below.
If you request to exercise your rights under the GDPR, we may require verification of your identity before we respond to any such request. If you are entitled to these rights, you may exercise the following rights with respect to your Personal Information that we collect and store:
• the right to withdraw consent to data processing at any time;
• the right of access to your Personal Information;
• the right to request a copy of your Personal Information;
• the right to correct any inaccuracies in your Personal Information;
• the right to erase your Personal Information;
• the right to data portability, meaning to request a transfer of your Personal Information from us to any other person or entity as chosen by you;
• the right to request restriction of the processing of your Personal Information; and
• the right to object to processing of your Personal Information.
You may exercise these rights free of charge. These rights will be exercisable subject to limitations as provided for by the GDPR. Any requests to exercise the above-listed rights may be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an EEA resident, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a Data Protection Authority about how we process your Personal Information at the following website: https://edpb.europa.eu/about-edpb/board/members_en.
If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice, the ways in which we collect and use your information described in this Privacy Notice, please do not hesitate to contact us by:
• Calling us at +1 (406) 201-1236
• Emailing us at email@example.com