Your privacy is critically important to us. At eLife Media we have a few fundamental principles:
- We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
- 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 on-going operation of one of our services.
Like most website operators, eLife Media 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. eLife Media’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how eLife Media’s visitors use its website. From time to time, eLife Media may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
eLife Media also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. eLife Media 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 eLife Media’s websites choose to interact with eLife Media in ways that require eLife Media to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that eLife Media gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for Membership at HealthyRant.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with eLife Media – by purchasing access to the Healthy Rant Premium service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, eLife Media collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with eLife Media. eLife Media 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.
eLife Media may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, eLife Media may monitor the most popular blog posts on the HealthyRant.com site. eLife Media may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, eLife Media does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
eLife Media 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 eLife Media’s behalf or to provide services available at eLife Media’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 eLife Media’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. eLife Media 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, eLife Media discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when eLife Media believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of eLife Media, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an eLife Media website and have supplied your email address, eLife Media 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 eLife Media 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. eLife Media takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If eLife Media, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that eLife Media 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 eLife Media may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.