Like most website operators, Joy of Animals 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. Joy of Animals’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Joy of Animals’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Joy of Animals may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Joy of Animals also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Joy of Animals blogs. Joy of Animals 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 are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Joy of Animals’s website choose to interact with Joy of Animals in ways that require Joy of Animals to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Joy of Animals gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at Joy of Animals.com to provide an email address. Joy of Animals collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Joy of Animals. Joy of Animals 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.
Joy of Animals may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Joy of Animals may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Joy of Animals does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Joy of Animals 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 Joy of Animals’s behalf or to provide services available at Joy of Animals’s website, 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 Joy of Animals’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Joy of Animals 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, Joy of Animals discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Joy of Animals believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Joy of Animals, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Joy of Animals website and have supplied your email address, Joy of Animals 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 Joy of Animals and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. 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. Joy of Animals takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Joy of Animals, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Joy of Animals 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 Joy of Animals may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.